The Rangers have agreed to terms with pitcher Tommy Hanson on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to Major League sources. An official announcement is pending a physical, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
For the coming season, there is no question that Paul Goldschmidt sits atop the fantasy first-base mountain. The D-backs superstar can match virtually any player in the power department, and he also has the wheels to reach double digits in steals.
With the talent difference among the top 10, 15 or 20 teams paper thin, some players seem to be critical to a team's hopes. Every club has a couple of guys it believes might mean the difference between making and missing the postseason. Here are 10 such players.
Consecutive underachieving seasons and a tougher division around them have a way of tempering expectations, but for the Angels that might be a welcome breath of fresh air.
Most have probably never heard of weighted runs created plus (wRC+). And that's totally understandable. But never have such evaluations been more important than in today's climate, given the dollars at stake and the league-wide offensive decline taking place.
Spring Training is the annual sign that better days are within range. Baseball beats the first robin of spring every year. The days will eventually be warmer. And they will be days accompanied by baseball.
This week brings us the literal and figurative warmth that fans of the national pastime have been craving since Koji Uehara punched out Matt Carpenter on a chilly late-October night at Fenway Park.
So now, after another tumultuous offseason, the Rangers are ready to rev it up for another run at the postseason with pitchers and catchers due to report on Sunday. They have added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to help bolster their lineup.
With a lot of options still within the reach of eager and astute front offices, many Major League teams can still unearth players on the free-agent market and elsewhere who will help them win this year and in the future.
Paul Maholm beat Josh Beckett to Dodgers Spring Training, and he might beat him out of the fifth-starter's job, too.
The Red Sox on Sunday announced that they are bringing a familiar face home again, signing veteran lefty reliever Rich Hill to a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said he won't let a pending Feb. 18 salary arbitration hearing in Tampa distract him from preparing for the upcoming season.
A 14-win rookie season for Hyun-Jin Ryu pretty much put a rough Spring Training debut in the rearview mirror, but not for Ryu.
While the Dodgers have already announced that they will start Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in their opening series with the D-backs on March 22-23 in Sydney, Australia, the D-backs will wait a while before deciding on their pitchers.
Don't count out Archie Bradley just yet. With the D-backs likely to officially announce Bronson Arroyo's signing early this week, it looks as though the Arizona rotation is set with Patrick Corbin, Arroyo, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy.
The vicissitudes of the 2013 season behind him, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly joined his club in camp this weekend with a renewed attitude and in a different comfort zone. There are no guarantees in sports, but there's something about a three-year contract that brings a spring to the step.