Dexter Fowler Headshot

Dexter Fowler will exercise a $5 million buyout clause in his contract and become a free agent.

Added 11/04/16 10:00 am (EST)   Source
Fowler was on the market last season before resigning with the Cubs, and the same could happen again this off season. Instead of taking the $9 million mutual option with the Cubs, he took the $5 million buyout. Don't expect Fowler to wait to be signed until Spring Training begins again like lat season, but look for the Cubs or another team to make a decision during the Winter meetings starting next week.
Amir Garrett Headshot

Garrett allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks, striking out over 1.2 innings in his spring training debut.

Added 2:07 am (EST)
Garrett had a case of nerves early on, when the Indians did their damage against him. "I didn't know what my nerves would be like today. Going into the game, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," Garrett said. "I'm all calm now. I got the first one out of the way, and I'm ready to roll." Both of his strikeouts came on sliders, a pitch he's working on this spring.
Jumbo Diaz Headshot

Diaz struggled in his Cactus League debut Saturday, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch in his inning of work.

Added 1:54 am (EST)
Control has always been Diaz's biggest hindrance to carving out a big role in the majors. While we hesitate to extrapolate more out of a spring training debut than is appropriate, this outing is illustrative of his struggles in the past.
J.T. Chargois Headshot

Chargois gave up a run with two hits over one inning in his spring debut Saturday.

Added Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Chargois will compete for a bullpen role this spring. He had a 1.29 ERA with 41 strikeouts against just eight walks in 35.0 innings last year at Triple-A, but struggled in the majors with a 4.70 ERA and ugly 17:12 K:BB ratio. With a high 90s fastball and strong strikeout rate (10.5 K/9 at Triple-A), Chargois could be a dark horse candidate to take over the closer role if Brandon Kintzler struggles and Glen Perkins fails to return from injury.
Albert Pujols Headshot

Pujols (foot) is still recovering from December surgery, but he has begun light defensive work at first base, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added Yesterday 11:55 pm (EST)
Pujols is slowly making his way back and it's unlikely he will see much action in Cactus League spring action. He is starting to work in the field and run on a treadmill, so it's a start. The veteran is optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day, but fantasy owners will want plenty of depth on hand if he is in your draft day plans.
Dustin Ackley Headshot

Ackley (shoulder) has not yet been cleared to throw in spring training, but he has started taking ground balls, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added Yesterday 11:49 pm (EST)
Ackley is still recovering from surgery in June 2016 to repair a torn labrum. If he is able to secure a spot on the Halos' roster he will be strictly used for depth.
Byung-Ho Park Headshot

Park went 1-for-2 with a home run in Saturday's spring training loss to the Red Sox.

Added Yesterday 11:45 pm (EST)
Park is 2-for-4 with a double and home run in his first two games. Park will need to have a stellar spring to win the DH job over Kennys Vargas, but he's at least off to a hot start.
Phil Hughes Headshot

Hughes gave up two runs over two innings with four hits allowed in his spring debut Saturday. It was his first game since season-ending surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome in July. "Felt like it had been 8 1/2 months," Hughes told MLB.com.

Added Yesterday 11:40 pm (EST)
While Hughes' numbers were not great, it was encouraging to see him pitch without any health concerns. Hughes had a rib under his right shoulder blade removed during the surgery and later said he'd been experiencing discomfort since 2015. He also suffered a broken leg from a batted ball in July and a later examination revealed the shoulder issue. With all the injuries , Hughes struggled and finished with a 5.95 ERA last season. If he can stay healthy, Hughes could be a bounce back candidate thanks to his stellar control.
Rick Porcello Headshot

Porcello will throw a two-inning simulated game Sunday, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.

Added Yesterday 10:17 pm (EST)
Manager John Farrell hasn't named a starter for Opening Day, but Porcello is in the mix. If he were to work every fifth day after his sim game, he would make six spring starters and be lined up for the Opening Day assignment April 3. He won the 2016 American League Cy Young award and normally would be a shoo-in for the assignment, but the team added Chris Sale in the offseason to their embarrassingly rich starting staff.
Chris Sale Headshot

Sale will make his first Grapefruit League spring start March 6 against the Astros, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.

Added Yesterday 10:13 pm (EST)
The southpaw has impressed his new skipper early on in spring and he will have plenty of time to get himself ready for the regular season and acclimated with his new club. Manager John John Farrell hasn't yet announced a starter for Opening Day, but Sale is a strong candidate for the assignment.
Parker Bridwell Headshot

Bridwell was hammered for three runs on two hits -- both of which were home runs -- and struck out two in Saturday's spring contest against the Pirates.

Added Yesterday 8:22 pm (EST)
Bridwell struck out the first two batters in the eighth inning before giving up back-to-back homers to Chris Bostick and Jin-De Jhang. The right-hander's physical makeup has always been highly regarded, but he's never consistently performed well through his professional career. Saturday was certainly not what he the Orioles had hoped to see in the 25-year-old's spring debut. Bridwell won't be afforded many opportunities to prove he can pitch at the big league level, so he'll need a drastically different outcome in his next Grapefruit League game, or he'll be on the first list of cuts.
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