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  • David Bednar RP | PIT

    Pirates' David Bednar: Remaining closer

    Bednar remains the Pirates' closer after the team signed Aroldis Chapman this offseason, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    Bednar has posted three consecutive excellent seasons with the Pirates, and he's served as the closer for the latter two. It therefore hardly comes as a surprise that he's locked into the role in 2024, but manager Derek Shelton went out of his way early in camp to make clear that Bednar is first in line for saves.

  • Edgar Navarro RP | CHW

    White Sox's Edgar Navarro: Requires Tommy John surgery

    Navarro will undergo Tommy John surgery in March, Scott Merkin of reports.

    Navarro was outrighted off Chicago's 40-man roster in December, and he'll now be prevented from returning to action until midway through the 2025 season. The 26-year-old righty has allowed seven earned runs through 8.2 major-league innings in his career.

  • Kolton Ingram RP | DET

    Tigers' Kolton Ingram: DFA'd by Detroit

    Ingram was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Tuesday.

    The move corresponds with Detroit claiming TJ Hopkins off waivers. Ingram himself was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Feb. 5 after being DFA'd by the Angels the week prior. The left-hander spent most of his time last season between Double-A and Triple-A, though he did pitch 5.1 innings across five games with the Angels and accrued an 8.44 ERA and a 7:5 K:BB.

  • Cody Bradford RP | TEX

    Rangers' Cody Bradford: Will pitch Friday

    Bradford is set to follow Dane Dunning in the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals on Friday, Jeff Wilson of reports.

    The left-hander made his MLB debut in 2023 after spending time with Triple-A Round Rock. He bounced between the minors and majors during the regular season, and he worked as both a starter and reliever with the big club. Bradford finished last season with a 4-3 record for Texas while accruing a 5.30 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 12 walks over 56 innings. He's looking to lock down a spot at the back end of the Rangers' starting rotation during spring training.

  • Keaton Winn RP | SF

    Giants' Keaton Winn: Good shot at rotation spot

    Giants manager Bob Melvin indicated Tuesday that Winn is in a favorable spot to capture one of the open spots in the rotation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Melvin noted that he has four pitchers in mind in competition for the fourth and fifth rotation spots, but Winn and Tristan Beck are the clear early front-runners. Winn, 26, posted a 4.68 ERA and 35:8 K:BB across 42.1 frames covering five starts and four relief appearances with San Francisco in 2023. The Giants will eventually get Alex Cobb (hip) and Robbie Ray (elbow) back, but Winn and Beck could both have time to establish themselves before then.

  • Tristan Beck RP | SF

    Giants' Tristan Beck: Leg up on rotation spot?

    Giants manager Bob Melvin indicated Tuesday that Beck is in good position to win one of the spots in the rotation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Beck, 27, pitched mostly in relief for the Giants in 2023, collecting a 3.92 ERA and 68:21 K:BB over 85 innings covering 33 appearances (three starts). He's mostly been a starter in the minors, though, and it sounds like he'll get a chance to be part of the Giants' rotation at least until Alex Cobb (hip) and Robbie Ray (elbow) are ready. Keaton Winn is the other likely candidate to slide in behind Logan Webb, Jordan Hicks and Kyle Harrison.

  • Kevin Ginkel RP | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Throws bullpen session

    Ginkel (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Alex Weiner of reports.

    Ginkel came into camp with some right elbow soreness, but the fact he was able to play catch over the weekend and now return to the bump is certainly an encouraging development. It's not clear when he might be cleared for game action, but Ginkel is trending in a positive direction.

  • Josh Sborz RP | TEX

    Rangers' Josh Sborz: Considered high-leverage option

    Sborz is among of four relievers being considered as high-leverage bullpen option, Kennedi Landry of reports.

    Sborz joins Jose Leclerc, David Robertson and Kirby Yates among the relievers manager Bruce Bochy plans to use in high-leverage situations. Bochy stopped short of naming a closer and refused to place them in any order early in camp. "We've got some high-leverage guys down there that can help each other out and help give guys days off," Bochy said. "I'm not going to get into exactly what the pecking order is, because they're all really good relievers with really good resumes." Sborz had an inflated 5.50 ERA in 2023, but a 3.35 xERA suggests he pitched better than the standard ERA indicates. His 36.9 strikeout percentage and 66:17 K:BB were also encouraging. Health will be a factor for Sborz, who has spent five stints on the injured list over the last two seasons.

  • Kaleb Ort RP | BAL

    Orioles' Kaleb Ort: Acquired by Baltimore

    The Orioles acquired Ort from the Phillies on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.

    Ort had been designated for assignment by Philadelphia earlier in the day but quickly found a new home. He'll compete for a spot in the Orioles' bullpen but does have options remaining.

  • Chris Paddack RP | MIN

    Twins' Chris Paddack: Starting in spring opener

    Manager Rocco Baldelli said Paddack is scheduled to start the Twins' spring opener Friday versus the University of Minnesota, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

    Paddack threw approximately 55 pitches Sunday in a live session and is expected to work about two innings in the exhibition contest. After making a full recovery from his May 2022 Tommy John surgery, Paddack returned to action for the Twins in late September and struck out eight while allowing three earned runs across five innings between his two relief appearances during the regular season, then struck out six over 3.2 scoreless frames during Minnesota's postseason run. Now nearly two years removed from elbow surgery and entering the second season of a three-year, $12.5 million deal, Paddack will be vying for a spot in Minnesota's Opening Day rotation this spring.

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