Rios is reportedly still receiving offers after several teams asked about his services this past offseason as well. The 35-year-old veteran understandably desires a significant role at this point in his career, but his best days seem well in the past. Rios posted a .255/.287/.353 slash line with 22 doubles, four homers and nine steals across 411 plate appearances for the Royals last year. He did swing the bat fairly well in the team's run to the World Series title, going 13-for-48 with a homer, two doubles, six RBI and six runs scored.
Williams signed a five-year deal with the Mavericks last July that is scheduled to pay him $5.5M per. Apparently, the veteran point guard believes he can make more elsewhere. Williams did help the Mavericks get to the playoffs by averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 1.5 treys per contest in 2015-16, but played less than 70 games for the the third straight campaign.
Lincecum has been ratcheting things up at the Giants' minor-league complex in Arizona and this type of velocity is obviously a promising sign for the veteran righty. Lincecum is reportedly not in any significant talks with the Giants on a potential contract and a few other suitors could have interest. He has much left to prove coming off of hip surgery last September.
The Ravens' selection of offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth pick of Thursday's draft seemed to open the door for release of Monroe. However, the team does not seem be too keen on cutting the veteran lineman.
This seems to speak to the idea that Bryant's ankle sprain is believed to be just a mild issue. He should return to the starting lineup by early next week.
The Braves acquired Inciarte via trade from Arizona this past offseason, but the young center fielder suffered a hamstring injury in the third game of the regular season and has been out ever since. The speedy leadoff man went 2-for-8 with two walks over his first 10 plate appearances with the Braves and the hope is he will be back atop the lineup by the middle of next week.
Coming off of a strong season for the Bulls and likely to chase championships at this point of what could well be a Hall-of-Fame career, it is certainly understandable that Gasol would be more than happy to join the Spurs. The six-time All-Star averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocks across 72 games for the Bulls in 2015-16.