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Carlos Martinez (shoulder) offseason program displeasing Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez's (shoulder) offseason training regimen is irking Cardinals president John Mozeliak.

What It Means:

"Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder," said Mozeliak, "and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to [club-implemented workouts]." The Cardinals placed Martinez on a no-throw program Tuesday morning at camp due to concerns about the strength of his right shoulder, indicating the 27-year-old right-hander may not be ready for the start of the season. He was limited to 118 2/3 innings (18 starts, 15 relief appearances) last season due to multiple upper-arm injuries.

numberFire's models currently expect Martinez to record a 3.70 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 181 strikeouts and 75 walks across 180 innings this season.

Source: Mark Saxon

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Manny Machado reportedly agrees to 10-year, $300 million deal with Padres

The San Diego Padres and infielder Manny Machado have agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

What It Means:

The deal will be the largest free-agent contract in the history of American sports once it becomes official, at least until Bryce Harper signs. Machado, 26, slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs, 107 RBI, 84 runs scored, and 14 steals across 709 plate appearances for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

numberFire's models project Machado for a .295 batting average with 34 dingers, 99 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 13 steals for the Padres in 2019.

Source: MLB.com

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Mariners' Mallex Smith (elbow) may miss Japan series

Seattle Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith (right elbow strain) is unlikely to be ready to play the field for games in Japan against the Oakland Athletics on March 20-21.

What It Means:

The Mariners are taking it easy with Smith to start the spring as he continues to recover from his elbow injury, but even if he's not cleared for defensive duties, the 25-year-old could contribute as a designated hitter or pinch-runner in Japan. That said, it wouldn't be surprising if Smith is held out until Seattle's season opener against the Boston Red Sox at home on March 28. He slashed .296/.367/.406 with 40 stolen bases over 141 games (544 plate appearances) last season, adding 65 runs scored, 40 RBI, and 2 homers.

numberFire's models currently expect Smith to bat .271 with 34 steals, 66 runs scored, 4 dingers, and 38 RBI in 2019.

Source: MLB.com

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Cardinals' Carlos Martinez (shoulder) not throwing for 2 weeks

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez will be on a no-throw program for two weeks in order to strengthen his shoulder.

What It Means:

The positive news is that an MRI taken Monday revealed no structural damage in Martinez's shoulder, but this does create some doubt about the 27-year-old right-hander's availability for the start of the season. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Martinez will be re-evaluated on March 5.

numberFire's models currently expect Martinez to record a 3.70 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 181 strikeouts and 75 walks across 180 innings this season.

Source: Jennifer Langosch

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Mike Moustakas reportedly re-signs with Brewers, will try second base

The Milwaukee Brewers and third baseman Mike Moustakas have agreed to a 1-year contract renewal, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal will pay Moustakas $10 million once finalized. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Monday that the club will try Moustakas out at second base this spring. The 30-year-old has never played second base in the majors, but if he's comfortable with the switch, Travis Shaw would likely take over at the hot corner for Milwaukee. Moustakas slashed .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs, 95 RBI, and 66 runs scored across 635 combined plate appearances for the Brewers and Kansas City Royals last season.

numberFire's models expect Moustakas to hit .257 with 28 dingers, 87 RBI, 69 runs scored, and 3 steals in 2019.

Source: Ken Rosenthal

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Giants' Bruce Bochy to retire after this season

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday that he's retiring after the 2019 season.

What It Means:

Bochy informed his players during a team meeting on Monday morning. He made his managerial debut in 1995 with the San Diego Padres, where he won a National League pennant in 1998. Bochy later joined the Giants in 2007 and went on to win three World Series titles (2010, 2012, 2014). Turning 64 in April, the future Hall of Famer needs 82 more wins to enter the top-10 all-time. Bochy is averaging 80.3 wins per season in his career.

Bochy is 1926-1944 (.498) over 24 seasons.

Source: Alex Pavlovic

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Angels' Justin Upton dealing with patellar tendinitis

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton is dealing with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

What It Means:

The Angels will take a conservative approach with Upton this spring, but he should be fine for Opening Day. The 31-year-old slashed .257/.344/.463 with 30 home runs and 85 RBI over 613 plate appearances (145 games) last season.

numberFire's models expect Upton to hit .258 with 30 dingers, 86 RBI, 83 runs scored, and 10 steals in 2019.

Source: Maria Torres

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Craig Kimbrel 'extremely unlikely' to return to Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are "extremely unlikely" to re-sign closer Craig Kimbrel, club chairman Tom Werner said Monday.

What It Means:

If Kimbrel isn't brought back, the Red Sox will likely turn to Ryan Braiser or Matt Barnes at closer. The right-hander spent the past three seasons in Boston. He turns 31 in May.

Kimbrel converted 42 saves with a 2.74 ERA and 96 strikeouts (31 walks) across 62 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2018.

Source: Alex Speier

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Brewers' Mike Moustakas reportedly agrees to one-year deal on Sunday

The Milwaukee Brewers and third baseman Mike Moustakas have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract on Sunday.

What It Means:

Moustakas will remain with the Brewers after reportedly signing a one-year contract on Sunday. Look for the veteran infielder to remain at third while Travis Shaw starts at second base.

In 54 games with Milwaukee last season, Moustakas produced 8 home runs and 33 RBI.

Source: Ken Rosenthal

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Mallex Smith's (elbow) Opening Day status for Mariners in air

Seattle Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith (right elbow) will be limited the first 7-10 days of spring training, manager Scott Servais said.

What It Means:

The Mariners expect Smith to be an everyday starter in center field and the injury is to his throwing arm, so the club understandably wants to err on the side of caution with his recovery. "I don’t know right now," Servais replied when asked if Smith would be ready for Opening Day. "I don’t know if you are going to have a good idea until he picks up a ball again. We’re just trying to let it calm down." Smith, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this offseason and is expected to be an elite source of steals in 2019.

Smith slashed .296/.367/.406 with 40 stolen bases over 141 games (544 plate appearances) last season, adding 65 runs scored, 40 RBI, and 2 taters.

Source: Seattle Times

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