Yankees said Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has had no setbacks or any issues after having his surgery.
Yankees fans -- breathe a little. There have been no setbacks or issues since Tanaka had his elbow cleaned, which has seemingly been a little voice inside everyone's head, wondering if and when his elbow will blow. Tanaka is not sure when he'll be back on the mound pitching for the Yankees, even though he's pain free. For the Yankees sake, it needs to be as soon as he's ready to go. The Yanks need him to be the same pitcher he was in 2014 this season. Their rotation isn't their strong suit but a healthy, dominant Tanaka could change that outlook. Analysis: James Grande
Brewers signed Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract.
Boyer has played 15 seasons of professional baseball and this will be his 10th major league organization he's been a part of. Boyer, now 34, performed quite well out of the Twins bullpen last season. He appeared in a whopping 68 games and amounted a very respectable 2.49 ERA. It's actually surprising he wasn't able to sign an MLB deal after a season like that. That being said the Brewers aren't very good and are likely going to need a lot of fresh arms in the bullpen throughout the season, so Boyer will definitely get a shot as long as his old noodle stays healthy. Analysis: James Grande
Cubs have claimed C.J. Riefenhauser off of waivers.
Riefenhauser who just recently DFAd by the Baltimore Orioles will seemingly get a chance with the Cubs organization. It's not set in stone that he'll make the big league club, as he'll more than likely start the season in Triple-A, so long as he doesn't wow the team in spring training. Riefenhauser appeared in 17 games for the Rays in 2015, posting a 5.52 ERA. Analysis: James Grande
Cubs have signed Matt Murton to a minor league deal.
The 34-year old hasn't appeared in the major leagues since 2009, but that hasn't stopped him from trying. Murton is back where it all started, as he had three fairly productive years in a Cubs uniform at the beginning of his career. Since then, Murton's been everywhere. He's had stints with Oakland, Colorado, been in the minors and has been overseas in Japan. The Cubs outfield is quite crowded so Murton is going to have to do something really special in the minors if he wants to play in the bigs for the first time in seven years. Analysis: James Grande
A.J. Pollock will bat leadoff this season, in the opinion of MLB.com’s Diamondbacks beat writer Steve Gilbert.
After spending his first three seasons as a platoon outfielder, Pollack exploded onto the scene in 2015. He had a career year, getting his first all-star bid while hitting .314, clubbing 20 homers, and stealing 39 bases -- all career-bests. A majority of that work came from the number two hole in the lineup. He hit second 72 games last season as opposed to 48 games in the leadoff spot. His numbers were also way better from the two hole, a position he seems a lot more comfortable with. It'll be interesting if he's moved down at all during the season, but Pollack is the Diamondbacks offsenive catalyst and Paul Goldschmidt's production will in large part be helped by how well A.J. Pollack can perform. Analysis: James Grande
Adam Wainwright threw off a mound on Friday.
Wainwright got off to an excellent start to the 2015 season, pitching to a 1.44 ERA and 18-to-3 K/BB ratio across his first 25 innings. However, in his fourth start, he suffered an Achilles injury that kept him out for the rest of the campaign apart from three relief appearances in the final week of the regular season. The Cardinals would certainly benefit greatly if their now 34-year-old ace is back at 100 percent for 2016. Analysis: Nate Miller
Blue Jays sent RHP Chad Jenkins outright to Triple-A Buffalo.
You know you've hit rockbottom when you're bumped from the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd and no one claims you off waivers. It's not exactly the end of the road for the 28-year old right-handed reliever, but after a poor showing in the spring and regular season last year, it looks like Jenkins is going to have to significantly step up his game this spring if he wants his roster spot back or, at the least, an early call-up. Analysis: Howard Bender
Jed Lowrie can play multiple infield positions, but he’s expected to open the year as Oakland’s starting second baseman.
This is the way it was first penciled in when the A's brought Lowrie back to the team in the offseason. Marcus Semien is slated to remain the starting shortstop and for now, Danny Valencia will be at third. Now obviously, Valencia has a history of struggling against right-handed pitching, so that could affect where Lowrie plays on some days, but he [Valencia] had a solid year last season and improved his splits at the plate so the A's might give him a little rope here. For now, though, consider the keystone Lowrie's position and look for him to retain his multi-position eligibility as the year rolls on. Analysis: Howard Bender
Update: David Hernandez will enter spring training as the favorite for closing duties.
After trading away Ken Giles, the Phillies left themselves without much in the way of closer options. Hernandez has experience as a ninth-inning fill in from his days in Arizona and both Edward Mujica and Ernesto Frieri will join the team in spring training this year. There are likely a handful of less-experienced option who may emerge this spring, but Hernandez seems to be the current leader of the pack. Expect the team to let a competition brew with a final decision to be made closer to the start of the regular season. Analysis: Howard Bender