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3/8/2018 Mike Moustakas, KC, 3B
Moustakas and Kansas City have agreed to a one-year contract that keeps him with the Royals and guarantees the third baseman $6.5 million.

Analysis: The deal could be worth up to $22.7 million over two seasons, the person said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.
3/8/2018 Billy Hamilton, Cin, CF
Hamilton was hitless in two at-bats on Thursday, leaving him 0 for 16 on the spring.

Analysis: We don't think spring stats translate much into the regular season, but this is getting worrisome.
3/8/2018 Kendall Graveman, Oak, P
Graveman's spring struggled continued Thursday when he allowed three hits, three hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.

Analysis: The ace has a 12.00 ERA on the spring, but we're urging potential owners not to take his spring stats too seriously.
3/8/2018 Lorenzo Cain, Mil, CF
Cain continued his strong spring for the Brewers with two hits, including his third double, on Thursday.

Analysis: Cain raised his average to .409 on the spring.
3/8/2018 Ryan Cordell, CWS, CF
White Sox prospect Ryan Cordell batted third and had a pair of doubles on Thursday.

Analysis: Cordell also drove in two runs, raising his average to .389. Time to keep an eye on this guy.
3/8/2018 Ian Happ, ChC, 2B
Happ stayed hot with an RBI triple on Thursday.

Analysis: Happ, batting .429 on the spring, appears to have taken hold of the leadoff and center field jobs in Chicago.
3/8/2018 Dansby Swanson, Atl, SS
Swanson went 0 for 2 on Thursday.

Analysis: Swanson's average dropped to .182 on the spring after he hit .232 last year and spent time in the minors.
3/8/2018 Noah Syndergaard, NYM, P
Syndergaard struck out his last seven batters, allowing two hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his third start for New York.

Analysis: He struck out the side in consecutive innings, including Trea Turner, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in the third.
3/8/2018 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Tor, 3B
Guerrero Jr. had four singles in his spring training debut for the Toronto Blue Jays, a 9-3 win at the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. The 18-year-old third baseman, whose father Vladimir will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, signed with Toronto in July 2015 for a $3.9 million bonus.

Analysis: He was the designated hitter and had hits in the second inning off Nestor Cortes Jr., in the sixth and seventh against Tim Melville and in the ninth versus Asher Wojciechowski. He also flied out in the fourth against Darren O'Day. He hit .323 with 13 homers and 76 RBIs at a pair of Class A teams last year with a .910 OPS.
3/8/2018 Eduardo Núñez, Bos, 3B
Nunez is likely to be the opening-day second baseman for the Boston Red Sox while Dustin Pedroia recovers from offseason knee surgery.

Analysis: Nunez would be the first player other than Pedroia to start a Boston opener at second since Mark Loretta in 2006. Pedroia made his major league debut Aug. 22 that year.
3/8/2018 José De León, TB, P
De Leon has a torn UCL and will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Analysis: De Leon made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and was 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. Acquired the following January by the Rays, he pitched in one game for Tampa Bay last season, winning at the Texas Rangers on May 29, when he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.
3/7/2018 Danny Valencia, Bal, 3B
Danny Valencia drove in three runs with a pair of doubles on Wednesday.

Analysis: Valencia is making a case to have a role, raising his spring batting average to .411 for the Orioles.
3/7/2018 Billy McKinney, NYY, CF
McKinney, who has been part of trades for both Jeff Samardzija and Aroldis Chapman, hit a grand slam on Wednesday.

Analysis: McKinney has four homers on the spring, making a strong case to stick with the Yankees.
3/7/2018 Lewis Brinson, Mia, CF
Brinson, acquired from Milwaukee in the Christian Yelich trade, continued to make a strong case for a major league roster spot by getting two hits on Wednesday.

Analysis: Brinson, one of the Brewers' top prospects, has five doubles on the spring.
3/7/2018 George Springer, Hou, RF
Springer got a hit for the Astros on Wednesday.

Analysis: The World Series MVP is batting .368 this spring.
3/7/2018 J.D. Martinez, Bos, RF
Martinez went 0 for 2 in his Boston debut, hitting a pair of flyballs.

Analysis: Martinez, who signed with the Red Sox in late February, batted cleanup and played left field.
3/7/2018 Ricky Nolasco, KC, P
The Royals have signed Nolasco to a minor league contract that contains a spring training invite.

Analysis: The 35-year-old Nolasco spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, where he went 6-15 with a 4.92 ERA a year ago. He'll compete for a starting job on a Royals team that has a few question marks in its rotation.
3/7/2018 Luke Gregerson, StL, P
Gregerson is expected to be sidelined several days with tightness in his oblique.

Analysis: Gregerson, a top candidate to be St. Louis' closer, has worked just one inning this spring, so there's a chance he isn't ready for the start of the regular season if the injury lingers. The Cardinals have declared the injury as "minor", so it doesn't seem to be a long-term concern.
3/7/2018 Tyler Clippard, Tor, P
Clippard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays that includes a spring training invite.

Analysis: Clippard isn't coming off a good 2017 season, having compiled a 2-8 record and a 4.77 ERA over 67 appearances with three teams. The 33-year-old's experience and track record could still earn him a spot in Toronto's bullpen should he pitch well in Grapefruit League games.
3/7/2018 Ichiro Suzuki, Sea, RF
The Mariners have finalized a one-year contract with Suzuki that will bring the future Hall of Famer back to the organization where he once starred.

Analysis: One of the greatest players in team history, Suzuki spent his first 11 major league seasons with Seattle and won the 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year as well as two batting titles in a Mariners uniform. The 44-year-old will be ticketed for a bench role in his return, though injuries to outfielders Ben Gamel, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia could lead to a more significant role during the early part of the season.
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