Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe said he's fully recovered from a broken left forearm suffered on Sept. 24 in a collision at third base, and has been able to start his workouts at his usual timeframe.
Perhaps no one is more encouraged to see the additions the Astros made this winter than All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve, who at 24 years old suddenly finds himself as one of the longest current tenured members of the club.
Red Sox principal owner John Henry expects a pitch clock, similar to what could be implemented in Triple-A and Double-A during the 2015 season, to make its way to the game's highest level within a couple of years.
Ryan Vogelsong officially returned to the Giants on Friday, as the right-hander signed a one-year deal to remain with the team that first drafted him and to which he returned in 2011.
Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, making a rare offseason appearance at the team's award dinner, said he is 100 percent healthy.
After enduring two knee surgeries and an offseason of reflection, Nick Swisher is eager to show the Indians that he can once again be an offensive force.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn readily admits that the October 2014 version of himself might not believe it if you told him how the club's offseason would go.
The Marlins have filled a need for a fourth outfielder by agreeing on Friday to a one-year contract with 10-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical. The club has not confirmed the deal.
The Cubs and recently acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Chicago also claimed right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday, becoming the right-hander's fourth team in 5 1/2 weeks. He asked for $10.8 million in arbitration last week and was offered $8.5 million by the Astros. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros.
Free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong reached agreement Friday on a $4 million, one-year deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants. Vogelsong passed a physical and reached the deal three days after general manager Brian Sabean said Vogelsong was close to joining another team - thought to be the Houston Astros. The 37-year-old adds depth to a rotation that features ace Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, who is working back from elbow surgery that ended his season in July.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,062,500.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.
The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed Thursday to a $4 million, one-year contract with a vesting option, a deal subject to a successful physical before it can be finalized. Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field platoon in a new-look outfield. He could share time with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte, a switch-hitter who signed as a free agent. Gomes, 34, hit only .234 with a career-low six homers for Boston and Oakland last year.
Right-hander Tanner Roark could be moved to the bullpen, unless the Nationals trade one of their other starters, something general manager Mike Rizzo has said they are not looking to do.
Ichiro Suzuki has decided to play for the Miami Marlins. Suzuki and the team have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Suzuki's signing is just one of many eye-catching moves by the Marlins in this offseason, starting with the record $325 million, 13-year contract given in November to slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He topped the 200-hit mark in his first 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits in his 14 seasons with the Yankees and Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners unveiled a fresh look with some old-school trimmings on Friday, as new slugger Nelson Cruz and pitchers James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and Charlie Furbush served as models introducing the club's new alternate uniforms.
Had Astros top prospect Carlos Correa not broken his right ankle sliding into third base last summer while playing at Class A Advanced Lancaster, he likely would have finished the year at Double-A Corpus Christi and put himself in position to reach the Majors early this season.
Jose Iglesias briefly caught himself in a time warp Thursday when he was asked about working with infield coach Omar Vizquel this spring. "I can't wait," he said. "We've got a new manager ... " Brad Ausmus was new last spring.
Troy Tulowitzki earned this offseason's mantle as the best shortstop in the game, according to MLB Network, as well as the personal lists of hosts Brian Kenny and Bill Ripken.
As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.