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Jorge De La Rosa has made the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster.

De La Rosa didn't have a particularly strong spring (5.63 ERA in eight Cactus League outings) but the D'Backs are hoping he still has some juice left as a middle reliever/lefty specialist. Chase Field isn't a pitcher's park by any stretch, but it's certainly a step up from Coors Field, where De La Rosa spent his previous nine seasons.

Diamondbacks released OF Gregor Blanco.

Blanco has been battling an oblique injury that made him unlikely for the Opening Day roster, and the D'Backs have just decided to cut the veteran outfielder loose. However, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says the club has interest in re-signing the outfielder if he can't find a big league contract elsewhere. He batted .225/.295/.400 this spring. It shouldn't take Blanco long to find a new gig, although it's possible he'll have to spend some time in the minors.

Diamondbacks re-signed OF Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract.

The Diamondbacks were forced to release Blanco on Monday, but it didn't take the two sides long to hammer out a new agreement. The veteran outfielder has been dealing with an oblique injury in recent days, but he's expected to begin the season with Triple-A Reno. He's useful depth to have around.

Tom Wilhelmsen has made the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster.

The Diamondbacks optioned Ketel Marte to Triple-A Reno to open up a roster spot for the veteran. Wilhelmsen agreed to a minor league deal with Arizona in February and impressed by posting a 0.96 ERA over nine Cactus League outings. He'll be used in middle relief.

Diamondbacks designated RHP Evan Marshall for assignment.

That clears a roster spot for Christian Walker, who was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on Tuesday. Marshall was optioned to Triple-A Reno last week. The 26-year-old middle reliever holds a 4.50 ERA across 85 major league appearances.

Diamondbacks optioned SS Ketel Marte to Triple-A Reno.

Marte showed flashes this spring (.250, 1 HR, 6 RBI in 48 Cactus League at-bats) but didn't do enough to secure a roster spot. After trading Jean Segura to Seattle this offseason, the D'Backs are left with Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed to man shortstop. Marte should see time with the big club at some point this year.

Diamondbacks placed OF Socrates Brito on the 60-day disabled list with a disclosed finger.

Brito had surgery to repair his dislocated left ring finger earlier this month. He remains out indefinitely. Yasmany Tomas, A.J. Pollock and David Peralta will make up the Diamondbacks' Opening Day outfield.

Braves released LHP Paco Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who missed the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery, allowed one run over four innings this spring. The release is a bit of a surprise. The 25-year-old owns a 2.53 ERA and 91/30 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings in the majors, so he shouldn't be out of a job for long.

Braves optioned RHP Matt Wisler to Triple-A Gwinnett; reassigned RHP Joel De La Cruz to minor league camp.

Wisler has been a prominent part of the Braves' rotation over the past two seasons while putting up a 4.88 ERA, but there's no room for him right now. He'd likely be one of the first pitchers called up if there's an injury.

Braves purchased the contract of INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Bonifacio is now officially on the Braves' 40-man roster. The 31-year-old hasn't done much in the majors over the past couple of seasons, but checks some boxes for the Braves as a switch-hitter with speed who has experience between the infield and the outfield.

Braves purchased the contract of LHP Eric O'Flaherty from Triple-A Gwinnett.

O'Flaherty has won a spot on the Braves' 40-man roster. A non-roster invitee this spring, the 32-year-old has posted a strong 1.69 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings during Grapefruit League action. It's been a rough couple of years for him, but he's feeling good after his elbow surgery last August. He'll function as a lefty specialist in his return to Atlanta's bullpen.

A.J. Pierzynski is joining Fox Sports as a full-time analyst.

That means Pierzynski's 19-year career in the big leagues is officially over. The 40-year-old had a tendency to rub people the wrong way with his brash personality (a fact he readily admits) but was a productive hitter throughout his career, batting .280 with 188 homers over 7,290 major league at-bats for seven different clubs. Pierzynski made two All-Star appearances and won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005. He's been a part of Fox's postseason coverage for several years.

Orioles reassigned INF Paul Janish to minor league camp.

Janish appeared in 14 games with the Orioles last season, but he was in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. The 34-year-old was unable to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Orioles acquired RHP Alex Asher from the Phillies for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Asher had a poor spring and wasn't going to make the Phillies' Opening Day roster. Despite his Grapefruit League struggles, Asher fared well in a small sample size in the big leagues last season, contributing a 2.28 ERA over five starts for Philadelphia. He'll start out in Triple-A but should make a few cameos in Baltimore later in the year.

Orioles optioned RHP Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Wright struggled to the tune of an 8.38 ERA over four starts this spring. The 27-year-old will serve as rotation depth in Triple-A.

Red Sox reassigned RHP Kyle Kendrick to minor league camp.

This is an indication that the Red Sox think Drew Pomeranz will be good to go for the start of the regular season. Kendrick enjoyed a really good spring, putting up a 2.17 ERA and 26/4 K/BB ratio over 29 innings. He'll represent rotation depth in Triple-A.

Cubs released INF Munenori Kawasaki.

Kawasaki, 35, appeared in 14 games with the Cubs last season and batted .255/.352/.312 over 102 games in Triple-A. He's a clubhouse/fan favorite and the Cubs would surely like to work out a new deal, but he could find a more appealing opportunity elsewhere.

Reds re-assigned OFs Desmond Jennings and Sebastian Elizalde to minor league camp.

Jennings has an opt-out clause in his contract, so he figures to exercise it rather than accept a minor league assignment. He batted just .195 this spring and lost out on a bench spot to Patrick Kivlehan.

Reds claimed 2B Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers.

The Brewers decided they didn't need Gennett anymore with Jonathan Villar moving to second base full time this year. The 26-year-old will give the Reds some infield depth behind starters Zack Cozart, Eugenio Suarez and Jose Peraza and could see time in the outfield as well. Gennett set career-highs with 14 homers, 56 RBI and eight steals last season.

Reds optioned RHP Tim Adleman to Triple-A Louisville.

C Rob Brantly, RHP Louis Coleman, INF/OF Hernan Iribarren, LHP Lucas Luetge, 2B Tony Renda and RHP Sal Romano are also being sent down. Adleman had a rough spring, logging an 11.81 ERA over six Cactus League outings. He made 13 starts for the Reds as a rookie last season. Adleman will be back in Cincinnati at some point this year.

Indians signed INF/OF Jose Ramirez to a five-year, $26 million extension.

The agreement was reported late last week and it's now official. The extension includes two club options at $11 million (2022) and $13 million (2023), so the deal could max out at $50 million. Ramirez is coming off a breakout 2016 where he batted .312/.363/.462 with 11 homers, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases over 152 games.

Shawn Armstrong has made the Indians' Opening Day roster.

Armstrong did well for himself as a September call-up last year, contributing a rock-solid 2.53 ERA over 10 outings for the Tribe. He'll be employed as a middle reliever this year with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen handling most of Cleveland's high leverage opportunities.

White Sox reassigned LHP Cory Luebke to minor league camp.

Luebke, a non-roster invitee, allowed four runs (one earned) with a 6/3 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings this spring. The 32-year-old has had all sorts of injury issues in recent years and struggled with the Pirates last year. He'll try to put himself back on the map in Triple-A.

Astros optioned OF Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno.

Tucker just made his Grapefruit League debut after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder last September. The 26-year-old was the Opening Day DH last season, but he batted just .164/.222/.328 over 144 plate appearances with the Astros in 2016. He'll try to get back on track in the minors.

Royals reassigned C Brayan Pena to minor league camp.

Drew Butera will begin the year as Salvador Perez's backup. Pena figures to provide catching depth at the Triple-A level.

Yusmeiro Petit has made the Angels' Opening Day roster.

Petit had been a non-roster invitee. The right-hander dominated in his five Cactus League outings, contributing a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings of work. He'll begin the year as a long reliever but could force his way into the starting rotation at some point.

Marlins optioned C Tomas Telis to Triple-A New Orleans.

An expected cut with A.J. Ellis expected to serve as J.T. Realmuto's backup this season. Telis will provide some catching depth in Triple-A.

Marlins optioned RHP Brian Ellington to Triple-A New Orleans.

Ellington gave up five runs on 10 hits and 11 walks over 10 1/3 innings this spring. The hard-throwing right-hander has posted a 2.64 ERA in 55 appearances in the majors over the past two seasons, but there's no room for him in the Marlins' bullpen after their offseason additions. He should get a shot at some point down the line.

Marlins optioned LHP Justin Nicolino to Triple-A New Orleans.

This is an indication that Adam Conley will get the nod for the fifth starter job. Nicolino posted a 3.86 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances this spring, but there's not much upside here. He owns a 4.52 ERA with just 3.5 K/9 in the majors.

Marlins optioned LHP Hunter Cervenka to Triple-A New Orleans.

Cervenka put up a 4.66 ERA in 10 appearances during Grapefruit League action. The 27-year-old was acquired from the Braves last August and will serve as bullpen depth in the minors.

Twins optioned LHP Buddy Boshers to Triple-A Rochester; reassigned INF Tommy Field to minor league camp.

Boshers was tagged for 11 runs in 9 1/3 innings of work this spring. The 28-year-old appeared in 37 games with the Twins last season and will serve as bullpen depth in the minors.

Brewers released 1B Cody Decker.

OF Nick Cain, RHP Kaleb Earls, RHP Alex Farina, LHP Cesar Jimenez, LHP Mitch Lambson and 1B Tyrone Perry are also getting pink slips. The 30-year-old didn't see any action in the Cactus League, though he did log 11 at-bats for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Decker is hitless in 11 career big league at-bats.

Mets reassigned RHP Paul Sewald to minor league camp.

Sewald put up an impressive 2.51 ERA and 12/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings this spring, but it wasn't enough to win a bullpen spot. It's worth noting that Josh Edgin is out of options, so that could have been the deciding factor here for the Mets.

Mets optioned C Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas.

As expected, Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera will serve as the Mets' Opening Day catchers. Plawecki performed reasonably well this spring (.269 AVG in 26 at-bats) but it wasn't enough to overtake either of the incumbents. The Mets won't need him until d'Arnaud or Rivera gets hurt.

Phillies released OF Chris Coghlan.

Coghlan appeared to have a leg up for a bench spot, so this move comes as a surprise. With Coghlan out of the picture, the final two bench spots figure to come down to Jesmuel Valentin, Daniel Nava, and Brock Stassi.

Pirates reassigned RHP Josh Lindblom to minor league camp.

The 29-year-old held his own against big leaguers this spring, compiling a 4.29 ERA over six Grapefruit League outings (three starts). Lindblom will likely start off the year with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Pirates optioned LHP Steven Brault to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brault put up a solid 3.45 ERA across 15 2/3 innings this spring, but that wasn't enough to win the final spot in the Pirates' rotation. The fifth spot is now down to Tyler Glasnow, Drew Hutchison and Trevor Williams.

Padres purchased the contract of INF Erick Aybar from Triple-A El Paso.

Aybar has been officially added to the 40-man roster and will be the Opening Day shortstop. The 30-year-old fell off the map last year while batting .243/.303/.320 in 126 games between the Braves and Tigers, but he should have some value in NL-only formats as long as he keeps a starting job.

Rays acquired OF Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

The deal was reported on Monday night and is now official. Bourjos batted just .251/.292/.389 over 123 games with the Phillies last season, but he's a right-handed bat with experience at all three outfield positions. He'll begin the year with a spot on the Rays' bench.

Rangers released OF Joe Jackson.

Yes, Jackson is the great-great-great-nephew of "Shoeless Joe." The 24-year-old hit .269/.323/.375 with five homers and 52 RBI over 113 games in Double-A last year.

Rangers reassigned RHP Allen Webster and C A.J. Jimenez to minor league camp.

Webster, a non-roster invitee, posted a 4.02 ERA and 13/9 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings during Cactus League action. The 27-year-old has the ability to become a free agent if he so chooses.

Blue Jays reassigned LHPs Jeff Beliveau, Chad Girodo, and Tim Mayza, and RHPs Leonel Campos and Casey Lawrence to minor league camp.

All were non-roster invitees in camp. Beliveau, 30, had some success out of the Rays' bullpen a couple of years back. He made his return from labrum surgery last year while posting a 2.54 ERA and 66/29 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings between the Orioles' High-A and Double-A affiliates.

Nationals placed 1B Clint Robinson on outright waivers.

If Robinson goes unclaimed in the next 72 hours, he'll have the option to report to Triple-A Syracuse or be granted his release. Robinson had been competing with Adam Lind for a backup job at first base. Now that Lind is safely on the team, it looks like Washington's final bench spot will go to either Michael Taylor or Wilmer Difo.


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