1. Quick Hits: Peralta, Brewers, Mariners, Wallace

    Happy birthday to Diamondbacks right-hander Stefan Crichton, who turns seven years…er, make that 28 years old on this Leap Day.  As you might expect, there haven’t been too many big leaguers born on February 29, though the date has produced a pair of very notable figures from baseball history.  Pepper Martin (born in 1904) was…
  2. NL West Notes: Pederson, Leake, Rockies

    Joc Pederson has been sidelined for the last week due to a right hip injury, though the Dodgers outfielder made some “progress” today, manager Dave Roberts told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick and other reporters.  Pederson played catch today and took outdoor batting practice, swinging at about 75 percent effort.  The team is being cautious with Pederson’s…
  3. Collin McHugh Cleared To Begin Throwing

    10:06PM: The Blue Jays are one of the teams with some interest in McHugh, as TSN’s Scott Mitchell (Twitter link) reports that the right-hander “has been discussed internally” within Toronto’s front office. 11:03AM: Free-agent righty Collin McHugh has recently been cleared to begin a throwing program after undergoing a (non-surgical) tenex procedure on his right…
  4. How Much Could Yoan Moncada Command In An Extension?

    There have been some rumblings of possible extension talks between the White Sox and young star Yoan Moncada. He didn’t validate the reports but did say he’d be interested in a long-term stay. This all tracks on paper. The White Sox have long been one of the game’s most aggressive teams when it comes to…
  5. Latest Notes On Angels Pitching Staff

    Uncertainty surrounding starting pitching is nothing new for the Angels … but it surely isn’t welcome. The still-unknown outlook for Griffin Canning is weighing on the team at the moment. That’s the backdrop for several of the latest notes regarding the Los Angeles ballclub … GM Billy Eppler says he doesn’t feel any added need…
  6. Christopher Ilitch On Tigers’ Rebuilding Efforts

    Tigers owner Christopher Ilitch spoke confidently about his organization’s rebuilding efforts, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News writes. He also explained the pace of an increasingly agonizing process. Detroit fans won’t need or want to hear the gory details, but it ain’t pretty. The club lost 98 games in consecutive seasons leading up to last year’s…
  7. Andrew McCutchen To Open Season On Injured List

    Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen will open the 2020 campaign on the injured list, manager Joe Girardi told reporters including Matt Gelb of The Athletic (via Twitter). McCutchen has been working back to health from a torn ACL. This is certainly not the outcome the Phils hoped for. But there’s no indication that there’s cause for…
  8. Brent Honeywell Returns To Mound

    In a key moment for the Rays and righty Brent Honeywell, the prized youngster resumed throwing from the mound today, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He remains a long ways away from competitive action but now can begin his rehab in earnest. Long a lauded talent, Honeywell has been rehabbing for…
  9. Who Else Could The Red Sox Target In Trades?

    When Wil Myers’ name surfaced in trade rumblings surrounding the Padres, Red Sox and Mookie Betts, it seemed like a fairly straightforward thought process. The Padres wanted to acquire a star (Betts), had been seeking to jettison some of Myers’ contract and didn’t want to pay both Myers’ $20MM salary and Betts’ $27MM salary. But…
  10. Stephen Piscotty Questionable For Opening Day

    The Athletics are shutting outfielder Stephen Piscotty down after an MRI revealed that his intercostal strain is “a little worse” than anticipated, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Friday (Twitter link via Martin Gallegos of MLB.com). The Athletics aren’t completely ruling out a scenario wherein Piscotty is ready to go on Opening Day, but his outlook…