Indians’ pitcher Danny Salazar is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Left-hander Josh Smoker has been traded from the Mets to the Pirates for minor league lefty Daniel Zamora and cash. Smoker went 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings over 54 relief appearances last year.
The Cleveland Indians are removing the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms starting in the 2019 season. Under growing pressure to eliminate Chief Wahoo, the club has been transitioning away from the logo in recent years.
The Pirates and left-handed closer Felipe Rivero finalized a $22 million, four-year contract that includes two club options. Rivero converted 21 of 23 save opportunities last season.
The Pirates traded 5-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen to the Giants for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. Pittsburgh also will send San Francisco cash to cover part of McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary.
The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs receive right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.
Closer Cody Allen and the Cleveland Indians agreed on a one-year $10.57 million contract. Allen had 30 saves and a 2.94 ERA for the Tribe last year.
George Springer homered to lead the Astros to their first World Series Championship as Houston topped LA 5-1 in Game 7. Springer, who tied a World Series record with five homers in the Fall Classic, was named the Willie Mays World Series MVP.
Houston hosts Los Angeles in Game 3 of the World Series tonight at 8:20. Yu Darvish gets the start for the Dodgers and Lance McCullers Jr. goes for the Astros with the series knotted at a game apiece.
George Springer hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to lift the Astros past the Dodgers 7-6, to tie the World Series at one game apiece. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Houston.