MLB PLAYER NEWS
Athletics' Matt Chapman undergoing MRI on right hand
Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman left camp in Arizona on Thursday to undergo a precautionary MRI on his right hand back in Oakland.
Chapman began experiencing soreness in his hand earlier this week. More information should become available in the next couple of days.
Chapman slashed .234/.313/.472 with 14 home runs, 39 runs scored, and 40 RBI in 326 plate appearances (84 games) as a rookie last season.
Pirates acquire Corey Dickerson from Rays
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays.
In return, the Rays are receiving reliever Daniel Hudson, minor leaguer Tristan Gray and cash considerations. Dickerson was designated for assignment last weekend, but the Pirates made an offer for the productive 28-year-old hitter. He's due $5.95 million this season and is arbitration eligible in 2019.
Last year, Dickerson hit 27 home runs with 62 RBI, a .344 wOBA and 0.78 nERD.
Daniel Hudson headed to Rays after trade with Pirates
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray, and cash considerations from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Corey Dickerson.
The Rays will likely use Hudson in a setup role behind closer Alex Colome. He's a right-hander that turns 31 in two weeks and recorded the second-worst SIERA (4.24) of his career last year.
Hudson averaged 4.3 FanDuel points in 71 games last season, with a 4.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 24.4 strikeout percentage across 61 2/3 innings while going 2-7 and blowing 2 saves.
Dodgers' Austin Barnes dealing with elbow discomfort
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher/second baseman Austin Barnes came into spring training with some discomfort in his right elbow, manager Dave Roberts shared on Thursday.
It doesn't sound like too much of a concern, as Roberts said Barnes would be able to catch and throw if the season started today, but the Dodgers are deciding to err on the side of caution and will limit him to DH duties for the first week of Cactus League play. Barnes is expected to split backstop duties with Yasmani Grandal in 2018.
Barnes averaged 7.3 FanDuel points in 102 games last season, with a .289/.408/.486 slash, 8 home runs, 35 runs scored, 38 RBI, and 4 steals across 262 plate appearances.
Angels' Chris Young dealing with Grade 1 right calf strain
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Chris Young has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.
Young says he suffered the injury on Tuesday and expects to miss about 10 days, although this sort of injury sometimes requires a longer timetable, so this is worth keeping an eye on with Opening Day quickly approaching. The 34-year-old outfielder signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Angels on February 18.
Young averaged 6.8 FanDuel points across 90 games for the Boston Red Sox last season, with a .235/.322/.387 slash, 7 home runs, 30 runs scored, 25 RBI, and 3 steals in 276 plate appearances.
Rays sign Carlos Gomez to one-year deal
Per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the Tampa Bay Rays have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal.
The deal's pending a physical, but if he passes the 32-year-old will make $4 million in 2018. He had struggled to garner interest on the market, after dealing with injuries over the last couple years. He's going to be asked to play a corner outfield position in Tampa Bay.
In 105 games and 426 plate appearances, Gomez totaled 17 home runs and 51 RBI on a .350 wOBA.
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