John Axford hopes to rebound from a tough 2013 season after discovering a mechanical issue that caused him to tip his pitches to opposing hitters, MLB.com reports.
Axford will be competing for the Indians closer role with spring, and has the most experience out of all the other contenders. The Indians signed him to be there closer this winter, but he is going to have to prove he can still get the job done at this level, after blowing a combined 16 saves over the last two seasons. If he locks down the job this spring, he is worth adding in the later rounds of this year's drafts.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with neck tightness.
Something had to be wrong with Strasburg, given his season-long struggles. He has not shown his usual control with his off-speed pitches and needs to get healthy to return to his expected dominant self, and the DL trip is a start in that direction. There is no hint that the neck issue has been the cause of his problems this season, but at least he gets to take some time off to be examined and hopefully set on track to pitch well again. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Grizzlies are exploring signing center Greg Oden.
Oden, the former first overall draft pick in the 2007 draft, last played for the Heat in 2014. Knee injuries have interrupted his career, limiting him to two seasons with Portland and the aforementioned time with Miami. He may decide to attend the upcoming Grizzly free agent camp in June, but nothing is in concrete yet. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson