Cardinals to call up prospect Tyler O’Neill

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MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reports that the Cardinals plan to promote outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill before tomorrow’s game.

O’Neill, 22, who was acquired last summer from the Mariners, was a third round pick in the 2013 draft. He has posted an .856 OPS, has hit 37 home runs, knocked in 113 runs, and has stolen 14 bases in 142 games at Triple-A since the beginning of last season.

Where he’ll play is unclear given that the Cards’ outfield appears pretty set with Tommy Pham, Marcel Ozuna and Dexter Fowler, but that’s Mike Matheny’s problem, not ours. My guess is that the Cards wouldn’t call him up without a plan. They’re crazy like that.

UPDATE: Yep, seems there was a plan: to possible fill in for Tommy Pham, who Trezza reports will undergo tests on his right groin today. Pham finished last night’s game, but he was apparently gimpy. At the moment there’s no indication that it’s serious, but it does explain why O’Neill would be called up.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.