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  • Luke Williams LF | MIA

    Dodgers' Luke Williams: Signs MiLB deal

    Williams signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers on Friday.

    Williams was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers back in November and will remain in the Los Angeles system. The 26-year-old utility man recorded a .883 OPS through 58 plate appearances in Triple-A last year but just a .602 mark in 136 PAs split between the Giants and Marlins.

  • Nationals' Blake Rutherford: Inks MiLB deal with Nats

    Rutherford signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday.

    Rutherford has already been assigned to Triple-A Rochester ahead of training camp. Once a top prospect for the Yankees and White Sox, the 25-year-old batted .271/.311/.428 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases over 116 games at the Triple-A level in 2022.

  • Cubs' Curtis Taylor: Agrees to minor-league deal

    Taylor signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Friday.

    The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 3.91 ERA and 52:18 K:BB in 46 innings last season between three different levels of the Nationals' minor-league system. Taylor will serve as organizational depth for Chicago in 2023.

  • Yusniel Diaz RF | BAL

    Dodgers' Yusniel Diaz: Signs minor-league deal

    Diaz agreed Friday to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers that includes an invitation to spring training, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.

    Diaz returns to the organization that originally signed him out of Cuba in 2015, before being one of the top names dealt to the Orioles for Manny Machado at the 2018 trade deadline. The outfielder has made just one plate appearance in his MLB career and has registered a .261/.340/.410 slash line over parts of six minor-league seasons. He's a long shot to make the big-league roster and is likely ticketed for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

  • Eguy Rosario 3B | SD

    Padres' Eguy Rosario: Suffers broken ankle

    Rosario will be sidelined multiple months after suffering a fractured ankle while doing sprinting drills during winter ball, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Rosario needed surgery to repair the fracture and is expected to be on the shelf until around midseason. Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 prospect in the Padres' system, Rosario had been slated to compete in spring training for a reserve role. The 23-year-old went 1-for-5 at the plate during a cup of coffee with San Diego last season.

  • Jesus Luzardo SP | MIA

    Marlins' Jesus Luzardo: Wins arbitration case

    Luzardo won his arbitration case with the Marlins on Friday, setting his salary for 2023 at $2.45 million, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Luzardo finished the 2022 campaign red hot and concluded the season with a 3.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 120 punchouts in 100.1 innings over 18 starts. if he can stay healthy, the left-hander could be set for a breakout year in 2023 operating as Miami's No. 2 rotation option behind Sandy Alcantara.

  • Kodai Senga P | NYM

    Mets' Kodai Senga: Had issues with physical

    Senga had an "iffy medical" before Mets doctors signed off on his five-year, $75 million contract, Jon Heyman of The New York Post reports.

    Heyman didn't offer any more specifics on the nature of Senga's injury but added that it's common for Japanese pitchers to show "more wear and tear" on their arms because they usually handle heavier workloads at younger ages. He also writes that people within the organization expressed confidence the 30-year-old would be healthy in 2023. This doesn't sound like something to be overly worried about when considering Senga in fantasy leagues, but it should be filed away in the back of your mind.

  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Throwing near home

    Strasburg (ribs/shoulder) was taking part in a throwing program near his home Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    There is still no clarity as to how much the Nationals are going to be able to get out of Strasburg in 2023, but the 34-year-old right-hander continues to plug away in his ongoing recovery from July 2021 surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome. A stress reaction in his rib cage is what limited him to just one major-league start in 2022, and that injury was said to be related to the lingering TOS issue. Strasburg can probably be ignored again on fantasy draft day, unless a sudden reason for newfound optimism arises during spring training.

  • Mark Leiter RP | CHC

    Cubs' Mark Leiter: Re-signs on MiLB deal

    Leiter signed a minor-league contract Thursday with the Cubs that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Leiter was pushed off the Cubs' 40-man roster last month, but he's back now with a chance to impress on the MLB side of spring camp. The 31-year-old right-hander worked to a respectable 3.99 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 73:25 K:BB ratio over 67.2 innings with Chicago during the 2022 regular season.

  • Chris Owings 2B | PIT

    Pirates' Chris Owings: Inks minors deal with Pittsburgh

    Owings signed a minor-league contract Thursday with the Pirates that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.

    Owings struggled to a .107/.254/.143 batting line in 26 games (68 plate appearances) last season with the Orioles before getting released in June. He then latched on with the Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees and slashed .235/.303/.412 across 208 plate appearances in the International League. The 31-year-old can serve as organizational infield depth for Pittsburgh leading into the 2023 campaign.

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