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|3/16/2018||Lance McCullers Jr., Hou, P|
|McCullers, a product of Tampa Jesuit High School, allowed one hit over 4 1/3 innings as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-0 on Friday night.
Analysis: McCullers had allowed one run and five hits over 8 1/3 innings in three previous Grapefruit League starts.
|3/16/2018||Jeremy Hellickson, Was, P|
|A person familiar with the deal says Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
Analysis: The right-hander was 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA last year in 30 starts for Philadelphia and Baltimore, which acquired him July 28. Hellickson was 2-6 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 starts with the Orioles.
|3/16/2018||José Altuve, Hou, 2B|
|A person familiar with the negotiations says Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a contract that guarantees him an additional $151 million over five seasons from 2020-24. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced.
Analysis: The AL MVP hit .346 last season to win his second straight batting title and third in four seasons. He had 24 homers, 82 RBIs and 32 stolen bases
|3/16/2018||Shohei Ohtani, LAA, P|
|Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in his second major league spring training start for the Los Angeles Angels, allowing long home runs to Colorado's Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado on Friday.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Japanese two-way star was making his first big league exhibition appearance since Feb. 24, when he pitched 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee and gave up Keon Broxton's home run leading off the second.
|3/16/2018||Kennys Vargas, Min, 1B|
|The Twins designated Vargas for assignment Friday.
Analysis: Vargas was originally signed by the Twins in 2009 and played parts of four seasons with Minnesota, hitting .252 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 236 career games. Vargas became expendable after Minnesota signed free agent first baseman Logan Morrison earlier this year.
|3/16/2018||Eugenio Suárez, Cin, 3B|
|Suarez and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $66 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes a team option for 2025 that if exercised would make the deal worth $79 million over eight years.
Analysis: Cincinnati obtained Suarez from Detroit in December 2014 as part of the trade that sent right-hander Alfredo Simon to the Tigers. Suarez hit .260 last season and set career bests with 26 homers, 82 RBIs and .828 OPS. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.
|3/16/2018||Jerad Eickhoff, Phi, P|
|Eickhoff will miss six to eight weeks with a mild lat strain.
Analysis: Eickhoff was limited to just 24 starts last year with back and hand injuries and now will have to start this season on the disabled list. If the original timeline holds, he'll be back in late April at the earliest. The Phillies' fifth starter spot is now in question.
|3/15/2018||Clayton Blackburn, Tex, P|
|Blackburn will be sidelined at least a couple months after he was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his right elbow.
Analysis: Blackburn certainly won't be rushed and he won't even pick up a ball for four to six weeks.
|3/15/2018||Mark Trumbo, Bal, RF|
|Trumbo will start the season on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right quad. Manager Buck Showalter says Trumbo will miss a minimum of three to four weeks. The announcement came Thursday, two weeks before opening day.
Analysis: Trumbo missed a week with the quad injury and returned to action Wednesday against the New York Yankees. He felt discomfort after the game and had an MRI on Thursday. Trumbo, who led the major leagues in home runs with 47 in 2016, hit 23 homers last year with 65 RBIs. He batted .234 as an outfielder and designated hitter. This spring, the 32-year-old has hit just .130 with a home run and two RBIs.
|3/15/2018||Chris Archer, TB, P|
|Archer has been named the Tampa Bay Rays' opening day starter for a franchise-record fourth consecutive season. Archer is set to pitch against the Boston Red Sox on March 29 at Tropicana Field, the team announced Thursday. The 29-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA on opening day.
Analysis: Archer was 10-12 with a 4.07 ERA in 34 starts last year and is 51-63 with a 3.63 ERA in six big league seasons.
|3/14/2018||Zack Greinke, Ari, P|
|Arizona ace Zack Greinke's start against Cincinnati was cut short Wednesday after one inning because of right groin tightness.
Analysis: Greinke had been scheduled to throw five innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner retired Ben Revere on a groundout, allowed Jesse Winkler's single, then struck out Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett.
|3/14/2018||Martín Prado, Mia, 3B|
|Prado will begin the season on the disabled list while he recovers from right knee surgery.
Analysis: Hamstring and knee injuries limited Prado to 37 games last year, and while he has been working out, he has yet to play in spring training. Brian Anderson, who played in 25 games as a rookie last year and batted .262, is expected to start at third on opening day. Prado, 34, is a career .291 hitter but hasn't played since July 17.
|3/13/2018||David Wright, NYM, 3B|
|Wright won't participate in baseball activities for two months because of back and shoulder issues, another setback in his attempt to return from injuries that have sidelined him for two years. He hopes to start working out in May.
Analysis: The 35-year-old Wright has been limited to 75 regular-season games during the past three years. He was on the disabled list from April 15 to Aug. 24, 2015, when he strained his right hamstring and then developed spinal stenosis. He returned as the Mets won their first NL pennant since 2000 but has not played for them since May 27, 2016.
|3/12/2018||Shohei Ohtani, LAA, P|
|Angels DH Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 4 on Monday.
Analysis: The much-hyped pitcher/DH has struggled both on the mound and at the plate so far this spring. He's batting .111.
|3/12/2018||Kevin Pillar, Tor, CF|
|Pillar pounded out three hits in Monday's spring game against the Red Sox.
Analysis: Pillar is riding hot during the spring with a .520 average.
|3/12/2018||Blake Swihart, Bos, C|
|Swihart connected on a home run for the Red Sox on Monday.
Analysis: Swihart is opening some eyes this spring, batting .371.
|3/12/2018||Starling Marte, Pit, CF|
|Marte doubled for Pittsburgh in Monday's spring game.
Analysis: Marte is tearing it up for the Bucs, hitting .478 on the spring. He should be in line for a big season.
|3/12/2018||Chase Anderson, Mil, P|
|The Brewers have picked Anderson to start on opening day on March 29 at San Diego.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Anderson had the best season of his four-year career in 2017, going 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts. He will be making his first career opening day start when he takes the mound in San Diego. Anderson will be the fifth different opening day starter for the Brewers in the last five seasons. Junior Guerra got the honor last year, and he was preceded by Wily Peralta, Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo.
|3/11/2018||Jake Arrieta, Phi, P|
|Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal. The deal is reportedly worth $75 million.
Analysis: The 32-year-old righty was among several top free agents didn't get a deal for six or seven years in a changing free-agent market. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them. Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Chicago Cubs and helped them win the World Series the next season. He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA last year.
|3/11/2018||Anthony DeSclafani, Cin, P|
|DeSclafani has a strained left oblique, the third year in a row that the Cincinnati Reds starter has been hurt during spring training.
Analysis: Manager Bryan Price said DeScalfani felt discomfort during his last spring appearance and an exam found the problem. It's unclear how long the right-hander might be sidelined. The Reds open the season in a little over two weeks. DeSclafani also suffered a strained left oblique before the 2016 season and was sidelined until June. He missed all of last season with a sprained elbow.
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