Check out the latest news and rumors around baseball.
Opening Day is only 16 days away, but the landing spots of top free agent pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel continue to be a major topic around the Hot Stove.
Teams are looking to solidify their rosters ahead of the regular season's start, and so me have started re-assigning minor league players from camp. With several moves left to be made, where will free agents and major league hopefuls end up by March 28?
Here's the latest news and rumors around baseball:
• Cubs closer Pedro Strop has a mild right hamstring strain and will not participate in drills over the next week. Strop, who has not been ruled out for Opening Day, was expected to be Chicago's closer while Brandon Morrow recovers from having orthoscopic surgery on his right elbow this winter. (Jordan Bastian, MLB.com)
• The Rays have "maintained regular contact" with Craig Kimbrel, but it seems "unlikely" that the club will be able to work out a deal with the closer. (Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times)
• The Mets re-assigned outfielder Tim Tebow to minor league camp on Tuesday. (Club announcement)
• Astros pitcher Francis Martes received an 80-game suspension without pay for testing postive for the performance enhancing substance Clomiphene. His suspension will start at the beginning of the regular season. (League announcement)
• If Kimbrel waits to sign until mid-June, he could potentially get a large one-year deal. (Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic)