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Despite finishing the 2017 season as the Angels' primary closer, Blake Parker has not been named to that role to begin spring training, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

Ismael Guillon has not reported to spring camp due to difficulties with his visa, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Joaquin Benoit signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nationals on Monday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

General manager Neal Huntington said Nick Burdi (elbow) is progressing well in his throwing program and could resume mound work after spring training, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard are expected to compete for the everyday role at second base during spring training, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Chris Owings (finger) has been cleared for all baseball activity, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) fielded grounders and took batting practice with no issues Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

The Dodgers released Colt Hynes on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Gary Sanchez said Sunday that he spent the winter focusing on improving his flexibility, which he believes will help him from a defensive standpoint, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Dustin Fowler (kneecap) took part in live batting practice Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Justin Smoak said Monday that he spent the winter working on strengthening his hips, glutes and quadriceps to take pressure off his knees after he battled tendinitis during the 2018 season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Seung Hwan Oh's agent, Dong-wook Kim, said Monday that the Rangers elected not to sign his client to a contract after the reliever's medical test revealed right elbow inflammation, Sung Min Kim of Sporting News reports.

Ryan McMahon enters spring training as the Rockies' starting first baseman, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said Monday that Aaron Sanchez, who was limited to just eight starts in 2017 due to recurring blister issues, has been sharp in the early stages in spring training and will go through a normal throwing program leading up to Opening Day, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

The Reds view Jesse Winker as major-league ready and plan to use a four-man rotation in the outfield this season, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan reports. "I believe he's a major-league-ready player," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Some guys have to prove me wrong and others have to prove me right. I just really believe he is ready to get some regular playing time in the big leagues."

Chris Tillman signed a one-year contract with the Orioles on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

Sharlon Schoop re-signed with the Orioles on a minor-league contract Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Travis Wood had the splint on his right index finger removed Friday and isn't expected to face any limitations while playing catch during spring training, Katie Strang of The Athletic Detroit reports.

Alex Presley signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Baltimore on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Victor Martinez, who underwent surgery in September to correct an irregular heartbeat, said he went through his normal offseason training program and feels fine for the start of spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.