Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw off of a mound for the first time since his surgery and it went great.
An arthroscopic procedure was done back in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow that had been there since prior to signing with the Yankees. With his pre-spring training and rehab plan already in full swing he should be good to go for the start start of the pre-season work coming his way. Tanaka is still dealing with the partially torn ligament in his elbow and was spotty at times last season as he tried to pitch around the injury. Overall he went 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts for the Bronx Bombers and should be able to improve on those numbers assuming he stays healthy this season. Analysis: Matt Selz
Travis Ishikawa has signed a minor league contract with the White Sox.
Ishikawa was slated to be a member of the Mariners with the same type deal less than a month ago but that fell through. He managed to see action in just 44 games in 2015 carrying just a .206/.306/.302 slash line and with the White Sox having very good first base depth already, Ishikawa should be a minor league depth piece for Chicago for much of the season. Analysis: Matt Selz
Jason Castro lost his arbitration case on Tuesday and he will get $5 million for this season.
Astros brass and Castro were just $250,000 apart in their initial offerings but decided to take it in front of the arbitrator instead of settling. The lefty backstop followed up a disappoint 2014 campaign with a similarly disappointing 2015 one in terms of offense as he's managed just a .217 AVG and 25 homers over the last two years combined. He does however bring good defense and pitch framing to the table which ultimately got him the million dollar raise over 2015's salary but from a fantasy prospective he is a buy-low kind of player and hope that he turns things around with the bat this season. Analysis: Matt Selz
Cuban Lazarito Armenteros will decide which team he will sign with on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 10th, is the first day he is eligible to sign with a major league club following his clearance by the commissioners office. Armenteros, 16, is the next Cuban phenom who is being compared to everyone from Bo Jackson and Willie Mays combined to Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. That's a serious list of comps for a 16-year-old kid but if the scouts are right he could be the next super star to arrive in the big leagues as a teenager. The Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Angels, and Diamondbacks are all out of the signing process due to international signing rules in baseball and a few more teams will have to decide if it's worth it to pay a dollar-for-dollar tax on anything over $300,000 in order to sign the kid. It will certainly be a horserace down to the moment he signs his name on the dotted line. Analysis: Matt Selz
John Lamb underwent disc surgery on his back in December.
Lamb, 25, came over from the Royals as part of the Johnny Cueto deadline deal and pitched for the Reds the rest of the way in 2015, despite his terrible numbers. The fact that the procedure went unreported until now, nearly two months later, is surprising in this day and age of social media and instant news outlets. He is penciled in as the Reds fifth starter but will now undoubtedly miss the start of the season and may need a tune up in Triple-A first. His 5.80 ERA over the last 50 innings as a Red isn't great but he did post a 3:1 K:BB ratio (58:19) meaning there is hope he can get the ERA figure down. He will be a waiver wire add come draft time. Analysis: Matt Selz