The Padres have relieved Executive VP/GM Josh Byrnes of his duties.
Time for a change as the Padres need to find someone to blame for being such a laughingstock once against. Granted, they've been hit hard with injuries, but they still should be performing at a higher level.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is expected to return in 3-4 weeks.
After undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur in December, it seems like a quick recovery but that is no guarantee, just a goal. There is no way that he would go back to his 22.6 minutes-per-game upon returning, with him most likely being eased back into the line-up with such a long absence. With the end of the season in April, the only way Vasquez is worth owning is if Michael Carter-Williams is traded or if one of him and Jerryd Bayless is injured. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Rays manager Kevin Cash expects a healthy competition between Rene Rivera, Hank Conger and Curt Casali behind the plate.
Unless he improved his hitting dramatically, Rene Rivera figures to be at the back of the race between the three. River hit .178 last year in 110 games. He had 86 Ks, 11 walks, a measly 26 RBIs, and he was unhappy with is playing time last year, so expect him to be possibly traded at some time even though he holds almost no value. It appears that Hank Conger and Curt Casali will have a healthy competition though. Both are very close to production so one needs to step up. Conger is a switch hitter and had about the same production in 28 less games than Casali. Look for Conger to be the starter with Casali getting a healthy amount of looks as well. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Padres have signed RHP Trey McNutt to a minor league contract.
Let's not forget the Trey McNutt was once considered a top prospect and that he is only 26 years-old. McNutt will have to work his way back after a real lack of playing the last two years. He missed the entire 2014 season after having shoulder surgery and then only pitching in eight innings last year. He did show quite a bit of rust in those eight innings giving up six earned runs with three walks, and four strike-outs. He did get two wins but his ERA was a 6.750. Even if he can't get back to starting status, he could find himself as a really good relief pitcher. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Nationals have signed Nick Rickles to a minor league contract.
The career minor-leaguer has yet to make an appearance in the majors since being drafted back in 2011 by the Athletics. Nick Rickles played in Single-A ball for his first three seasons with a brief appearance at Double-AA, before missing the entire 2014 season due to a torn labrum. Last season at all three levels of the minors, Rickles batted .217 with 27 RBIs, four HRs, 49 Ks, and four BB. He is only 26 years-old so he has some time to make some noise, but for now he is more depth. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Orioles brass thinks that Hyun-Soo Kim could have a big impact immediately.
It will be interesting to see how Hyun-Soo Kim's game translates to the MLB this season. He is a very disciplined batter and does not strike-out a lot. Last season in the Korean Baseball Organization Kim drew 101 walks while only striking out 63 times in 630 plate appearances. Kim could be an absolute steal in drafts if his game stays the same. A transition period would be expected from him to adapt, but the upside is there. Last season he batted .326 with 28 HRs, 121 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Zach LaVine won the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.
Before trying to defend his dunk title, from last year, on Saturday, the Minnesota PG played in the Rising Stars Challenge with fellow Freshman and Sophomores in the league. He posted a 30 point seven rebound performance in the defense-less game that ended 157-154 in favor of the U.S. team. LaVine makes the second straight T'wolves player to win the award with Andrew Wiggins winning it last year. LaVine will now turn his attention to winning the dunk title once again in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night. Analysis: Matt Selz