Content provided by Player News - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
|Orioles interested in re-signing Vance Worley||01-22-2017|
|Vance Worley P BAL|
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in re-signing free agent right-hander Vance Worley.
|Kubatko notes that after bringing back Mark Trumbo, the club may not be shopping at the high end of the free agent pitching market, which would rule out Jason Hammel. Worley was non-tendered by the O's in December rather than giving him a raise in his final year of arbitration. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $3.3 million in arbitration.|
|Report: Yordano Ventura dies in car accident||01-22-2017|
|Yordano Ventura P KC|
Christian Moreno of ESPN Deportes 1050 AM reports that Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
Christian Moreno on Twitter
|Awful. There have been other reports out of the Dominican Republic on the tragic news, and Moreno says it has been confirmed by the Dominican police. Fellow countryman Andy Marte was killed in a separate accident, according to Moreno, who also reports that both Ventura and Marte were "said to be under the influence." Ventura was just 25 years of age.|
|Nationals reportedly not high on Matt Wieters||01-22-2017|
|Matt Wieters C BAL|
Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post was told by a source that the Nationals "have never been particularly high on" Matt Wieters.
|Janes adds that the Nats "harbor concerns about (Wieters') defense and his health." The two sides have been connected this offseason because Washington could potentially use catcher help and Wieters' agent, Scott Boras, is known to have a good relationship with the Nationals. However, it doesn't sound like there's a fit here unless the market for Wieters really bottoms out. That's certainly possible given the lack of apparent options he has at this point.|
|Preston Tucker (shoulder) hasn't taken swings||01-22-2017|
|Preston Tucker LF HOU|
Preston Tucker has yet to take any swings this offseason after last September's surgery on his right shoulder.
|Tucker estimated on Saturday that he's feeling about 95 percent, adding that "from what I'm limited to do, I feel great." He is slated for a doctor's visit in early February, at which point he expects to be cleared for full activity going into spring training. With the Astros' additions this offseason, there's a good chance Tucker will begin 2017 in the minors.|
|Mahtook, Jones, Collins competing for CF job||01-22-2017|
|Mikie Mahtook RF DET|
Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a radio interview at the team's TigerFest that Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins and JaCoby Jones will compete for playing time in center field.
Detroit Free Press
|Mahtook has the most experience in center field of the three, but he's coming off a season where he batted an ugly .195/.231/.292. It's a situation that's unlikely to bear much fruit for fantasy owners, and it's still possible the Tigers will acquire another outfielder. If they do wind up sticking with some form of the aforementioned trio in center field, look for a potential platoon of Collins and Mahtook, with Jones likely to begin the year in the minors.|
|Benoit the favorite to close for Phillies?||01-22-2017|
|Joaquin Benoit P PHI|
Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer considers Joaquin Benoit the favorite to close for the Phillies this season.
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
|Jeanmar Gomez saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but he faded down the stretch and he's expected to have a different role in 2017. Hector Neris might be the team's most talented reliever, but he could be kept in a setup role for now. Benoit is 39 and got off to a rough start last season in Seattle, but he finished strong after going to Toronto with a 0.38 ERA across 25 appearances. Philly's goal is probably for Benoit to have a nice first half in the closer role and then trade him at the deadline.|
|Andy Marte killed in car accident||01-22-2017|
|Andy Marte 3B ARZ|
Former top prospect Andy Marte has been killed in a car accident.
Rodney Linares on Twitter
|Marte never reached expectations after being ranked as one of the top prospects in the game back in the early 2000s, but that hardly seems to matter right now. The former Brave, Indian and Diamondback had played the last two seasons in Korea. He turned just 33 last October.|