- J.D. Martinez appears to have officially signed his contract with the Red Sox. The signing had been delayed due to a medical matter. The reports said a physical taken by Martinez showed an issue that could impact him later in his career. Despite this, the terms of the agreement appear to be unchanged. Expect an announcement by the team followed by a press conference as soon as today. The contract was reportedly worth $110 million over five years.
- Tim Anderson of the White Sox says he plans to steal more bases in 2018. He told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I’ll say over 25. In that 20s range is good... I’ll take more, though.” Anderson was an excellent base stealer in the minors and even went 9-for-9 in SB attempts in September of last season. The White Sox shortstop is already a target of mine and this news further helps his case.
- Logan Morrison signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Twins on Sunday. The 30-year-old slugger hit a career high 38 home runs in 2017. He is likely to serve as the primary designated hitter for Minnesota while getting the occasional day at first base. This signing knocks the value Kennys Vargas down. Vargas is now a question mark to even make the team out of Spring Training.
A few more quick hitters:
- Nicholas Castellanos will play almost exclusively right field for the Tigers in 2018.
- Willie Calhoun is the favorite to win the left field job for the Rangers.
- Shane Greene will open the season as the Tigers closer.
- Aaron Nola was named the Phillies Opening Day starter by manager Gabe Kapler.
- Seung-Hwan Oh did not reach an agreement with the Rangers and will instead sign with the Blue Jays.