The Angels will start the season using a closer by committee approach. Phil Nevin did not slam the door on the possibility that Carlos Estevez might be the closer later in the season. Here is a projection for the AL West. It is cautiously optimistic about the Angels but the Astros are expected to win the division again. At least the Angels have the best designated hitter in the game.
The Brewers signed Luke Voit to a one year deal with a club option. They designated Keston Hiura for assignment. Pirates pitcher JT Brubaker will likely start the season on the injured list due to elbow soreness. The Mets selected Tommy Hunter and Tim Locastro and designated Darin Ruf for assignment. They optioned Tyler Megill. They also released Franchy Cordero and Nomar Mazara.
The Reds selected Derek Law. Forty one year old Adam Wainwright has a groin injury and will be out for several weeks. Luis Severino has a low grade lat injury. He will miss at least one start. The Rangers released catcher Sandy Leon. The Orioles will acquire Danny Coulombe from the Twins on an opt out deal. Orioles right handed rule 5 pick Andrew Politi is designated for assignment. Recently released by the Reds, Chad Pinder will go to the Nationals on a minor league deal. The Tigers traded Carlos Guzman to the Cubs for Zach McKinstry.
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