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Francisco Liriano, Tigers reportedly agree to one-year deal

The Detroit Tigers have signed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract, reports Robert Murray of FanRag Sports.

What It Means:

Per Murray, Liriano can earn up to another $1 million in incentives and the 34-year-old southpaw will compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation. His ERA has gone up in each of the past two seasons.

Liriano spun a 5.96 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 19.6 strikeout percentage across 97 innings last season while going 6-7 in 18 combined starts for the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros.

Source: Robert Murray

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Orioles' Jonathan Schoop battling elbow bursitis

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is dealing with bursitis in his left elbow.

What It Means:

It isn't clear how long Schoop will be out, but it's worth noting the injury is on his non-throwing arm. The 26-year-old second baseman banged the elbow on something and had to have it drained after dealing with swelling.

Schoop slashed .293/.338/.503 with 32 home runs, 92 runs scored, and 105 RBI in 675 plate appearances (160 games) last season.

Source: Roch Kubato

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Athletics' Matt Chapman's (hand) X-rays come back clean

Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman doesn't have any structural damage in his right hand, X-rays and an MRI revealed.

What It Means:

Chapman has a bruised bone and is dealing with some swelling as a result. He received a shot to combat the issue but the 24-year-old third baseman should be fine for Cactus League play.

Chapman slashed .234/.313/.472 with 14 home runs, 39 runs scored, and 40 RBI in 326 plate appearances (84 games) as a rookie last season.

Source: Susan Slusser

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Athletics' Matt Chapman undergoing MRI on right hand

Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman left camp in Arizona on Thursday to undergo a precautionary MRI on his right hand back in Oakland.

What It Means:

Chapman began experiencing soreness in his hand earlier this week. More information should become available in the next couple of days.

Chapman slashed .234/.313/.472 with 14 home runs, 39 runs scored, and 40 RBI in 326 plate appearances (84 games) as a rookie last season.

Source: Oakland Athletics

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Pirates acquire Corey Dickerson from Rays

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

What It Means:

In return, the Rays are receiving reliever Daniel Hudson, minor leaguer Tristan Gray and cash considerations. Dickerson was designated for assignment last weekend, but the Pirates made an offer for the productive 28-year-old hitter. He's due $5.95 million this season and is arbitration eligible in 2019.

Last year, Dickerson hit 27 home runs with 62 RBI, a .344 wOBA and 0.78 nERD.

Source: Pirates

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Daniel Hudson headed to Rays after trade with Pirates

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray, and cash considerations from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Corey Dickerson.

What It Means:

The Rays will likely use Hudson in a setup role behind closer Alex Colome. He's a right-hander that turns 31 in two weeks and recorded the second-worst SIERA (4.24) of his career last year.

Hudson averaged 4.3 FanDuel points in 71 games last season, with a 4.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 24.4 strikeout percentage across 61 2/3 innings while going 2-7 and blowing 2 saves.

Source: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Dodgers' Austin Barnes dealing with elbow discomfort

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher/second baseman Austin Barnes came into spring training with some discomfort in his right elbow, manager Dave Roberts shared on Thursday.

What It Means:

It doesn't sound like too much of a concern, as Roberts said Barnes would be able to catch and throw if the season started today, but the Dodgers are deciding to err on the side of caution and will limit him to DH duties for the first week of Cactus League play. Barnes is expected to split backstop duties with Yasmani Grandal in 2018.

Barnes averaged 7.3 FanDuel points in 102 games last season, with a .289/.408/.486 slash, 8 home runs, 35 runs scored, 38 RBI, and 4 steals across 262 plate appearances.

Source: Ken Gurnick

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Angels' Chris Young dealing with Grade 1 right calf strain

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Chris Young has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

What It Means:

Young says he suffered the injury on Tuesday and expects to miss about 10 days, although this sort of injury sometimes requires a longer timetable, so this is worth keeping an eye on with Opening Day quickly approaching. The 34-year-old outfielder signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Angels on February 18.

Young averaged 6.8 FanDuel points across 90 games for the Boston Red Sox last season, with a .235/.322/.387 slash, 7 home runs, 30 runs scored, 25 RBI, and 3 steals in 276 plate appearances.

Source: Jeff Fletcher

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Rays sign Carlos Gomez to one-year deal

Per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the Tampa Bay Rays have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal.

What It Means:

The deal's pending a physical, but if he passes the 32-year-old will make $4 million in 2018. He had struggled to garner interest on the market, after dealing with injuries over the last couple years. He's going to be asked to play a corner outfield position in Tampa Bay.

In 105 games and 426 plate appearances, Gomez totaled 17 home runs and 51 RBI on a .350 wOBA.

Source: Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com

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Steven Souza sent to Diamondbacks in three-team deal

According to azcentral's Nick Piecoro, the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays.

What It Means:

As the Diamondbacks parted with third baseman Brandon Drury -- who heads to the New York Yankees -- they added some outfield depth in Souza. Arizona also gets pitching prospect Taylor Widener in the deal. Drury's departure will open up time for Chris Owings and Ketel Marte while Souza splits time in left.

Souza had a career year with 30 home runs, 78 RBI and 16 stolen bases for the Rays in 2017.

Source: Nick Piecoro, azcentral

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