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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’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

Update: Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas will earn $5.6 million this year and $8.7 million in 2017 as part of his two-year, $14.3 million to avoid salary arbitration Friday.

Moustakas' signing means general manager Dayton Moore will keep his perfect record of not allowing any case to get to an arbitration hearing. More importantly, it locks up Kansas City's all-star 3B for another two years. "Moose" is coming off a career-year in which he hit .284 and slugged 22 homers. The championship winning Royals have kept their core intact for the most part and are ready to start their journey to repeat.  Analysis: James Grande

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) say's he's 100 percent healthy. But he can't say for sure he'll be ready for opening day.

Tanaka underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow back in October. He has already began throwing off a mound and apparently feels 100 percent at this point. However, the 27-year-old righty will need time to build his stamina back. Analysis: Nate Miller

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

Ryan Madson is expected to serve as the eighth-inning setup man for closer Sean Doolittle.

Madson will share set-up responsibilities with John Axford and Liam Hendricks, so while there tends to be a hierarchy for duties leading up the ninth inning, it appears that the A's will handle things more situationally for now. That's not to say that a hierarchy won't develop because it probably will, but for now, Madson becomes part of the plan in the late innings. 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

Ian Desmond is now considered a ‘long shot’ to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays, as the Rays do not want to give up their No. 13 overall pick in order to land him.

It seems like the entire baseball world has given up on Desmond as he continues to float around free agency without a home. The qualifying offer the Nationals made obviously complicates things as compensation is now required, but after a year in which he hit just .233 with 19 home runs, a third straight declining season, it looks as if few teams are going to make the move. There's still time for him and it would be shameful to not see him land somewhere with a starting job, but for those drafting now, his situation is not particularly appealing. Analysis: Howard Bender

A.J. Preller believes Fernando Rodney will be a full go for Spring Training despite his recent hamstring issue.

Rodney was pulled from a game last Thursday after experiencing leg tightness. The original report was that the exit was purely precautionary and that seems to be true after what we heard from Preller on Wednesday. Fernando Rodney will be 39 years old at the start of the 2016 season.  Analysis: Drew Phelps


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