George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have informed other teams that they are willing to listen to trade offers for utilityman Rob Refsnyder.
Refsnyder, soon 26 years old, doesn’t have a fixed role on the team. As a result, he played first base, second base, third base, and both outfield corners last season. He hit .250/.328/.309 with nine doubles and 12 RBI in 175 plate appearances last season.
Refsnyder will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2019, so an interested team would have a cheap, versatile player for a handful of seasons. As King notes, Refsnyder also has one minor league option remaining as well.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.