Evan Gattis Headshot

Astros pick up 2017 option on catcher/DH Evan Gattis.

Added 11/04/16 3:02 pm (EST)   Source
Gattis batted only .251 with a .319 on-base percentage this season. He was able to slug for a career-high 32 home runs while driving in 72 runs. He also helped the Astros with catching in 2016 and served as a big bat in the DH spot. He will continue to be the catcher/DH in 2017.
Michael Saunders Headshot

Saunders (hand) played in a minor league game Saturday and had three at-bats, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports.

Added 6:16 am (EST)
Saunders left Friday's Grapefruit League game after being hit in the right hand, but the move was purely precautionary. The veteran outfielder will open the season as the Phillies' starter in right field.
Cameron Rupp Headshot

Rupp went 0-for-3 and left four runners on base in Saturday's 3-3 tie with the Red Sox.

Added 6:09 am (EST)
A tough game for Rupp, who has just five hits in 31 at-bats this spring. Despite the slow start, Rupp is at no risk of losing his job to anyone. However, he will need to produce during the regular season to hold off top prospect Jorge Alfaro at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, who waiting for his opportunity in the majors.
Cody Asche Headshot

Asche went 2-for-3 with a homer in Saturday's game against the Indians.

Added 1:46 am (EST)
The homer was the fourth of the spring for Asche, who is hitting .316/.469/.763 in 38 spring at-bats. A non-roster invitee, Asche is making a big push for an Opening Day roster spot. He can play the corner spots in the infield and outfield, which makes him an ideal solution for backing up Melky Cabrera in left field and Todd Frazier at third base.
Delino DeShields Headshot

DeShields is hitting .265/.290/.286 with nine stolen bases this spring and remains in the mix to win playing time in left field, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Added 1:37 am (EST)
DeShields has drawn 10 walks with a 12:10 K:BB ratio in 59 place appearnces, so his plate discipline is encouraging. The left field situation in Texas remains murky as Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar and DeShields have all had good springs and remain in the mix.
Ryan Rua Headshot

Rua started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a home run in Saturday's spring training win over Oakland. He's hitting .327 with three home runs this spring.

Added 1:30 am (EST)
The left field situation in Texas remains murky as Rua, Jurickson Profar and Delino DeShields have all had good springs and remain in the mix.
Rymer Liriano Headshot

Liriano started in right field Saturday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against Cleveland.

Added 1:28 am (EST)
When Charlie Tilson went down with a foot injury, the chances of Liriano and several other fringe outfielders were given a boost. Unfortunately for Liriano, he hasn't done much with the bat, hitting .170 with 18 strikeouts in 40 at-bats. Never mind a starting spot, Liriano's chances of a roster spot are quickly fading. Avisail Garcia is the presumed starter in right field while the center field competition between Peter Bourjos and Jacob May rages on as we approach the final week of camp. Because the White Sox are relatively thin in the outfield, Liriano could nab a bench spot, but Leury Garcia as out-hit him and appears to have the edge as a depth outfielder.
Melky Cabrera Headshot

Cabrera started in left field Saturday and went 0-for-3 against the Indians. He's hitting just .220 (11-for-50) with a .544 OPS this spring.

Added 1:07 am (EST)
Despite the low average, Cabrera will be the White Sox's starting left fielder to the open the season. The question remains for how long. As a veteran on a rebuilding team, Cabrera joins Jose Quintana, David Robertson and Todd Frazier has players the White Sox can flip for desperately needed young position prospects.
Ross Detwiler Headshot

Detwiler is expected to opt out of his contract Sunday since he won't make Oakland's final 25-man roster, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Added 1:04 am (EST)
Detwiler has struggled this spring with a 11.88 ERA. He'll likely sign with another club and begin the season in Triple-A.
Raul Alcantara Headshot

Alcantara appears set to begin the season as Oakland's fifth starter based on how the starting pitcher's schedules line up this week and with Jesse Hahn struggling Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Added 1:01 am (EST)
Alcantara hasn't been impressive this spring with a 4.50 ER with a 9:7 K:BB ratio in 20 innings. However, Alcantara is out of minor league options. His tenure as the fifth starter may not last long if Sonny Gray is able to return from a back injury in April.
Andrew Triggs Headshot

Triggs appears set to begin the season as Oakland's No. 4 starter after Jesse Hahn struggled again Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Added 12:53 am (EST)
Triggs has a 5.06 ERA this spring but an solid 12:2 K:BB in 16 innings. Triggs will try to carry over momentum from the 2.78 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 21:1 K:BB he showed in his last five starts last year.
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