The Padres added a veteran backstop to their backup catcher battle Wednesday evening, agreeing to a non-roster deal with free agent A.J. Ellis, according to team sources.
With Evan Longoria acquired to play third base, Pablo Sandoval is likely relegated to the Giants’ bench — but Panda doesn’t mind at all.
Rockies manager Bud Black will experiment with dropping standout leadoff man Charlie Blackmon in the order, most likely to third, during Cactus League games.
Right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto began a five-day stretch of diminished activity Wednesday, which prevented him from participating in the Giants’ initial workout for pitchers and catchers.
The Dodgers’ reliever is glad to have his former teammate back, and says it’s a completely different clubhouse this time around.
Despite missing out on free agent Yu Darvish, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman feels fine about the team’s starting pitching depth heading into the season.
Clayton Richard and Bryan Mitchell are lined up to fill the first two slots in the Padres’ rotation. From there, things get a bit hazier.
The most intriguing positional battle in Peoria, Ariz., this spring will take place at second base — though that battle will almost certainly spill over to the third-base race as well. The fight for playing time between Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje could impact the entire makeup of the Padres’ infield.
When Wil Myers reports to Padres camp later this week, he’s planning to do so as a first baseman exclusively. The Padres have no designs on giving him any reps anywhere else. That is, of course, unless things change regarding a certain free-agent first baseman from Kansas City.
So many things can get in the way — randomness, regression, injuries, the Washington Nationals, etc. But the Dodgers and Cubs enter 2018 with the distinct possibility of doing something unprecedented in the National League — meeting three straight seasons on the NL Championship Series stage.
The Dodgers started 12 players in left field in 2017, and the position appears no more settled as Spring Training begins.