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Date Player
4/1/2015 Zoilo Almonte, LF (Atl), LF
The Braves have outrighted Almonte to Triple-A Gwinnett after he cleared waivers.

Analysis: Because he had been outrighted previously, Almonte can opt for free agency. The 25-year-old Almonte is a former New York Yankees prospect who signed with the Braves after spending most of the 2014 season in the minors. He was expected to contend for a spot in left field but hit only .245 with four RBIs.
4/1/2015 Erasmo Ramirez, P (TB), P
The Rays have acquired Ramirez from Seattle in exchange for left-hander Mike Montgomery on Tuesday.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Ramirez was without a spot in the Mariners' plans after failing to win a job in the rotation during spring training and being out of minor league options. Ramirez has made 35 starts over the past three seasons for Seattle. Last season he was 1-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 17 appearances - 14 starts - with the Mariners.
4/1/2015 Mike Montgomery, P (Sea), P
The Mariners have acquired Montgomery from Tampa Bay for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.

Analysis: Montgomery has not pitched in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Royals with the 36th pick in 2008. The Rays obtained Montgomery as part of the seven-player trade that sent James Shields to Kansas City for Wil Myers before the 2013 season. Montgomery won 10 games last year at Triple-A Durham. He made six relief appearances this spring with the Rays, giving up three runs - two earned - in 11 1-3 innings.
4/1/2015 Rafael Furcal, 2B (KC), 2B
The Royals have released Furcal, two weeks after he signed a minor league deal.

Analysis: Furcal didn't appear in a Cactus League game as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in winter ball. Tuesday's move doesn't affect the Royals' big league roster as Furcal was not invited to camp. The 37-year-old Furcal played nine games last year with Miami after missing all of the 2013 season following elbow reconstruction surgery.
3/31/2015 Daniel Murphy, 2B (NYM), 2B
Murphy figures to begin the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

Analysis: The DL stint is likely to be backdated since he's being held out of Grapefruit League games, so he might only miss a week of the regular season.
3/31/2015 Josh Fields, P (Hou), P
Fields is battling a groin injury.

Analysis: The Astros haven't said definitively whether he'll be ready for opening day, but it's not looking good.
3/31/2015 Jose Mijares, P (Cin), P
Mijares has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Analysis: The 30-year-old left-hander last pitched in the major leagues with San Francisco in 2013. He agreed to a minor league contract with Cincinnati's Louisville team on Dec. 28 and was released March 23. His suspension, announced Tuesday, will start when he signs with another big league organization.
3/31/2015 Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (NYY), CF
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 and played five flawless innings of defense in his first game since being sidelined two weeks ago by an oblique strain.

Analysis: Ellsbury had an infield single and RBI single to left Tuesday for Double-A Trenton in a minor league game. He caught a flyball and cleanly fielded a line single. Ellsbury has no worries about being ready for the April 6 season opener against Toronto.
3/31/2015 Freddy Garcia, P (LAD), P
Garcia has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Analysis: Garcia, a 38-year-old right-hander, was 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA for Baltimore and Atlanta in 13 starts and four relief appearances in 2013. After the Braves released him late in spring training last year, the two-time All-Star played for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan. "Obviously, we're building starter depth," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday.
3/31/2015 Humberto Quintero, C (Bos), C
The Boston Red Sox agreed to pay a $100,000 retention bonus to Quintero.

Analysis: On Monday, the Red Sox obtained catcher Sandy Leon from Washington to replace Christian Vazquez, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. With Vazquez out, Ryan Hanigan is the only catcher in the major league camp other than Leon and Quintero. Leon was in the starting lineup Tuesday against a Tampa Bay split squad.
3/31/2015 Felipe Paulino, P (Bos), P
Paulino has been released by the Boston Red Sox.

Analysis: Paulino appeared in four spring training games for the Red Sox, giving up one run in four innings.
3/31/2015 Dayan Viciedo, RF (Tor), RF
Toronto released Viciedo from his minor league contract.

Analysis: Viciedo agreed with the Blue Jays on Feb. 28 and was competing for a reserve outfield spot after Michael Saunders tore his left meniscus shortly after the start of spring training. After being informed Tuesday that he did not make the opening-day roster, Viciedo requested his release. He would have earned $2.5 million if he made the major league roster.
3/31/2015 Alexi Casilla, 2B (TB), 2B
The Tampa Bay Rays have released Casilla.

Analysis: The veteran infielder, who signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay in February, was batting .267 in 17 spring training games. The 30-year-old is a .247 hitter in nine big league seasons with Minnesota and Baltimore.
3/31/2015 Chris Tillman, P (Bal), P
Tillman has been selected to start the Baltimore Orioles' opener at Tampa Bay on April 6.

Analysis: Manager Buck Showalter picked Tillman as his opening-day starter for the second consecutive season. Tillman was 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA last season for the AL East champion Orioles. The 26-year-old is set to become the first Baltimore pitcher to start consecutive openers since Jeremy Guthrie in 2008 and `09.
3/31/2015 Randal Grichuk, RF (StL), RF
Infielder Pete Kozma and Grichuk will fill the Cardinals' final two bench spots on St. Louis' opening-day roster.

Analysis: Grichuk, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, is hitting .262 with four home runs. He's played all three outfield positions.
3/31/2015 Pete Kozma, SS (StL), SS
Kozma and outfielder Randall Grichuk will fill the Cardinals' final two bench spots on St. Louis' opening-day roster.

Analysis: Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday he liked Kozma's versatility. The shortstop has also played third, second, some outfield and even practiced catching this spring training. Though he's known more for his defense than his bat, Kozma began Tuesday with a .425 batting average.
3/31/2015 Reid Brignac, 3B (Mia), 3B
Manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday he decided to keep Donovan Solano over Brignac because of Solano's ability to play second, third and shortstop, as well as steal some bases.

Analysis: Brignac, in camp with a minor league contract, could elect to become a free agent. Miami assigned him to minor league camp along with outfielders Tyler Colvin and Cole Gillespie.
3/31/2015 Don Kelly, 3B (Mia), 3B
Infielder Donovan Solano and Kelly have been told they will be on the Miami Marlins' opening-day roster.

Analysis: Kelly signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. The seven-year veteran spent the past six seasons with Detroit and gives Miami some added offense off the bench.
3/31/2015 Donovan Solano, 2B (Mia), 2B
Solano and outfielder Don Kelly have been told they will be on the Miami Marlins' opening-day roster.

Analysis: Manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday he decided to keep Solano over Reid Brignac because of Solano's ability to play second, third and shortstop, as well as steal some bases. Solano hit .252 in 310 at-bats for the Marlins last season.
3/31/2015 Drew Hutchison, P (Tor), P
Toronto has picked Hutchison to make his first opening-day start, and the right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on April 6 in New York.

Analysis: Hutchison is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts at Yankee Stadium. After missing the 2013 season while recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery, Hutchison was 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA in 32 starts last season. He is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four spring training appearances.
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