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  • Ryan Kreidler 3B | DET

    Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: May be vying for last bench spot

    Kreidler is one of several players who figure to compete for Detroit's final bench spot this spring along with Keston Hiura, Eddys Leonard and others, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Hiura joined the team on Friday via a non-roster invite to camp, while Leonard has yet to appear in the majors, so Kreidler may have the inside track after appearing in 37 games for the Tigers over the past two seasons. However, he's a career .165 hitter, so if the team can get more offense from someone else, Kreidler may be squeezed off the roster. He's not on the fantasy radar at this point given his lack of production and likely small role.

  • Josh Jung 3B | TEX

    Rangers' Josh Jung: Out multiple weeks

    Jung was diagnosed with a strained left calf Saturday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Jung reported discomfort in his calf while fielding grounders Friday, and he is now set to miss at least two or three weeks before the team re-evaluates him. At that point, a better picture regarding Jung's status for Opening Day should be available.

  • Alec Bohm 3B | PHI

    Phillies' Alec Bohm: Wins arbitration hearing

    Bohm will make $4 million in 2024 after winning his arbitration hearing with the Phillies on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    The Phillies had offered $3.4 million, but the ruling went in Bohm's favor. It's a nice raise for the third baseman in what was his first year of arbitration eligibility. Bohm is coming off a 2023 campaign which saw him slash .274/.327/.437 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI.

  • Nolan Arenado 3B | STL

    Cardinals' Nolan Arenado: Sheds some weight for 2024

    Arenado (back) is in better shape entering 2024, John Denton of reports.

    Arenado has taken up pilates to be more flexible, losing a few pounds in the process. The 32-year-old third baseman is still expected to be the Cardinals' starter at the hot corner in 2024, so getting a little fitter can only help to keep him on the field. He had a challenging 2023, as did many Cardinals, slashing .266/.315/.459 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, 71 runs scored, 26 doubles and three stolen bases over 144 contests. It was the first time he finished with an OPS under .800 in a full season since his rookie year with the Rockies in 2013.

  • Coby Mayo 3B | BAL

    Orioles' Coby Mayo: Will focus on third base in camp

    Mayo will get most of his reps in big-league camp at third base, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    Mayo will also see time at first base and could work out in right field as well. The Orioles believe third base gives Mayo the quickest path to the majors, especially with Gunnar Henderson (oblique) limited to start the spring. That said, Mayo could require a little more time at Triple-A Norfolk before contending for a major-league spot. He slashed .267/.393/.512 with Norfolk over 62 contests after a midseason promotion in 2023.

  • Josh Jung 3B | TEX

    Rangers' Josh Jung: Set for MRI after injuring calf

    Jung felt discomfort in his left calf while fielding groundballs Friday, Jeff Wilson of reports.

    Jung will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. Corey Seager is already a question mark for Opening Day following sports hernia surgery, so the left side of the Rangers' infield could be further depleted. Jung finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2023 after slashing .266/.315/.467 with 23 home runs over 122 games.

  • Blue Jays' Eduardo Escobar: Joining Blue Jays

    Escobar signed a contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Escobar suffered through a miserable 2023 season, during which he posted a .267 wOBA and 66 wRC+ across 309 plate appearances split between the Mets and Angels. At 35 years old, he's not likely to see a major rebound in his results, but he could earn consistent at-bats at third base to begin the campaign.

  • Orioles' Gunnar Henderson: Nursing strained oblique

    Henderson's Grapefruit League debut will be delayed after he was diagnosed with a strained oblique, Jake Rill of reports.

    As things stand right now, the Orioles do not believe Henderson's availability for Opening Day is in jeopardy. That assumes he progresses from here on out without issue, of course. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year posted an .814 OPS with 28 home runs and 10 stolen bases over 150 contests for Baltimore last season.

  • Reds' Jeimer Candelario: Co-starter at hot corner

    Candelario is projected as a co-starter at third base along with Noelvi Marte (hamstring), Mark Sheldon of reports.

    Candelario, who signed a three-year contract during the offseason, is expected to play every day, whether that be at corner infield -- he has 79 career starts at first base -- or designated hitter. Marte, an elite prospect who was developed at shortstop, had a strong showing in 35 games for the Reds last season.

  • Mike Moustakas 3B | CHW

    White Sox's Mike Moustakas: Invited to White Sox camp

    Moustakas signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Wednesday and received an invitation to major-league spring training.

    After a solid start to the season with the Rockies in 2023, Moustakas' production fell sharply upon being traded to the Angels in late June. He slashed just .236/.256/.371 across 250 plate appearances with the Halos. The 35-year-old Moustakas will have a chance to make the White Sox's Opening Day roster, but he would likely be limited to a reserve role with the big-league club.

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