Before they stood as the envy of fellow Major Leaguers for more than a decade, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz experienced the frustration of being part of those Braves clubs that served as the game’s laughing stock during the late 1980s.
Pitchers and catchers don’t report to camp until Wednesday, but Rhys Hoskins has already been putting in work at the Phillies’ facility in Clearwater, Fla., for a week.
Eaton has not played in a game since April 28 when he suffered a torn ACL that ended his first season in Washington.
As they prepare to report to Spring Training this week, the Nationals made a move Monday night to improve their position player depth. Washington acquired utility man Matt Reynolds from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.
Later this week, Mickey Callaway will take the podium for his first Spring Training press conference as Mets manager.
Once teammates in Miami, Mets reliever AJ Ramos and Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton are now both New Yorkers. Why not take advantage? The friends began searching for apartments together shortly after the Marlins traded Stanton to the Yankees in December. And while they haven’t found a suitable space quite yet, they’re continuing to look.
The Braves won their arbitration hearing against right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, according to sources. He will receive the team’s $2.2 million salary offer instead of the $2.3 million figure he requested after the two parties ended negotiations last month.
The Phillies have made no secret that they want — and plan — to add a veteran starter to a rotation led by Aaron Nola and Jerad Eickhoff. So far, that has not happened. While it may not happen before Spring Training begins on Wednesday, it certainly can happen at any point before Opening Day.
The Marlins made news this offseason for the subtractions from their roster. Now, with Spring Training opening with pitchers and catchers’ workouts on Wednesday, the club is exploring the free agent market, and is open to making at least one addition.
Two veterans the Marlins are counting on to be fixtures in the everyday lineup are ready for Spring Training to start on Wednesday, but their status still may change before Opening Day or at some point during the season.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly is not shying away from the challenge of working and developing a young roster.
According to sources, the Phillies would like to bolster their rotation for the 2018 season by adding an experienced starter on a one- or two-year deal.