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  • Diamondbacks Sign Elvis Andrus To Minors Contract

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    The Diamondbacks announced that infielder Elvis Andrus has been signed to a minor league contract.  Andrus receives an invitation to Arizona’s big league Spring Training camp. Andrus joins Kevin Newman as a veteran non-roster signing battling for a backup role on the Diamondbacks’ roster.  Geraldo Perdomo has already been tapped as the everyday shortstop for…

    Mar 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Elvis Andrus
  • Alex Cobb Shouldn't Miss Much Time

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (hip) isn't expected to miss much time and should return relatively soon, according to Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi. The veteran right-hander is working his way back from offseason hip surgery. He'll open the season on the injury list but isn't expected to miss much time. The 36-year-old exceeded expectations with the Giants last season. When healthy, Cobb should be worth rostering in mixed leagues.

    Mar 3 · Source via San Francisco Giants Alex Cobb
  • Phillies Interested In Blake Snell On Short-Term Contract

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    The Phillies re-signed Aaron Nola early in the offseason, made a big push to sign Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and a chance still remains that they could make one more splash in the free agent pitching market.  According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Philadelphia would be open to bringing Blake Snell into the fold, but not on…

    Mar 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Philadelphia Phillies Blake Snell
  • Tristan Beck Moved To 60-Day Injured List

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    To make room on the active 40-man roster for newcomer Matt Chapman, the San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Tristan Beck (arm) on the 60-day injured list on Sunday. Beck could be forced to miss the entire 2024 season. The 27-year-old is set to have vascular surgery on Monday to fix an aneurysm that was discovered in his upper right arm last week. At the very least, Beck won't be an option for San Francisco's starting rotation until the second half of the season. Keaton Winn (elbow), Alex Cobb (hip) and Robbie Ray (elbow) are also injured, so the Giants' rotation is going to be stretched thin early in the season. They could be forced to move Sean Hjelle into a starting role.

    Mar 3 · Source via San Francisco Giants Tristan Beck
  • Mets Option Luisangel Acuna To Triple-A

    The New York Mets optioned infield prospect Luisangel Acuna and left-hander Kolton Ingram to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday and reassigned outfielder Drew Gilbert, right-handers Eric Orze, Cam Robinson, Christian Scott and Mike Vasil, catcher Kevin Parada, infielder Jett Williams and left-hander Danny Young to minor-league camp. Acuna, 21, is one of the Mets' top prospects, but he will begin the 2024 season in the minors, as expected. He was the headliner in the deal with the Rangers last year that sent Max Scherzer to Texas. The Venezuelan infielder hit a combined .294/.359/.410 with nine home runs, 63 RBI, 57 stolen bases and 93 runs in 121 games with Double-A Binghamton and Double-A Frisco. If Acuna, one of the younger brothers of Ronald Acuna Jr., tears it up at Syracuse this year, he could make his MLB debut later this year.

    Mar 3 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Luisangel Acuna
  • Nick Lodolo To See Specialist On Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo (leg) is throwing a side bullpen session in camp on Sunday and will see a specialist for his left tibia to undergo tests on Monday. The outcome of those tests will likely determine whether he can be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season or soon thereafter. A stress reaction in Lodolo's left tibia limited him to just seven starts in 2023, but the 26-year-old southpaw is still feeling something in his leg this spring, prompting the Reds to send him for further testing. Even if the tests come back positive on his leg on Monday, fantasy managers shouldn't expect Lodolo to be in the team's Opening Day starting rotation. Still, given his high strikeout upside, Lodolo is worthy of stashing in deep-mixed leagues for rotation depth as long as his tests don't reveal something really bad.

    Mar 3 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Yankees Option Luis Gil To Triple-A

    The New York Yankees optioned right-handers Luis Gil and Yoendrys Gomez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday and also reassigned right-handers Chase Hampton and Art Warren to minor-league camp. In his two Grapefruit League appearances, Gil gave up two runs while walking two and striking out three. It's not a huge surprise that the 25-year-old will open the year on the farm after he missed most of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery. It remains to be seen if he'll be used as a starter or reliever at Triple-A to begin the season, but his clearest path back to the Bronx will probably be as a member of the bullpen.

    Mar 3 · Source via New York Yankees Luis Gil
  • Alex Verdugo Scratched With Leg Contusion

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    New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo (leg) was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League lineup on Sunday with a left-leg contusion that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. Verdugo is just dealing with a bruise, so it's nothing serious. The 27-year-old should be able to return to the team's spring training lineup in a day or two. Consider him day-to-day for now. The Yanks acquired Verdugo via trade from the Red Sox this offseason. He's proven to be a mediocre hitter the last couple years in Boston, but perhaps the change of scenery to the Bronx will invigorate him offensively. Verdugo didn't hit the ball very hard in 2023 and has been merely average in the power and speed departments, giving him limited fantasy upside for outfield depth in deep-mixed leagues.

    Mar 3 · Source via New York Yankees Alex Verdugo
  • Justin Verlander Throws Bullpen Session

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    Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw around 60 pitches during his bullpen session on Sunday morning. Verlander worked out of both the stretch and from the windup and appeared to throw some breaking pitches. The Astros are expected to determine if he's ready to face hitters next in camp. The 41-year-old's shoulder didn't respond the way he would have hoped this offseason, so he entered spring training behind the team's other pitchers. Even if Verlander moves to live batting practice sessions next, there's no guarantee he won't open the 2024 regular season on the injured list as a precaution. The future Hall of Famer was still productive for fantasy managers last year, but injuries aren't going to go away, making him more of a No. 3 starter than a fantasy ace now days.

    Mar 3 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Gunnar Henderson Expected To Play In Spring Game Monday

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    Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that third baseman Gunnar Henderson (oblique) is expected to play in the team's Grapefruit League game on Monday. The Orioles have held Henderson out of the early spring training slate due to an oblique injury that he suffered early in camp. The 22-year-old's injury was never considered serious, though, and they have been slow-playing him strictly as a precaution. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback with his oblique injury once he begins playing in Grapefruit League games, he should be just fine for Opening Day in late March. Henderson backed up the hype as one of the faces of the future for the franchise with a breakout 2023 season, and he should be considered a top-five fantasy third base target in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 3 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson
  • Josh Jung Doing Baseball Activities

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    Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said that third baseman Josh Jung (calf) has begun doing "baseball activities" at camp. Jung is taking some swings in the batting cages on Sunday. Jung, the team's starting third baseman, suffered a left-calf strain early in spring training and is just now resuming baseball activities. As long as he doesn't suffer any further setbacks and is able to get into Cactus League games soon, Jung still has a chance to be ready to play by Opening Day at the end of March. The 26-year-old has developed a reputation for being injury-prone early in his MLB career, but he was still a first-time All-Star in 2023 despite missing extended time due to a thumb injury. Jung hit .266 (127-for-478) with 23 homers and 70 RBI in 122 games last year and is RotoBaller's No. 10 fantasy third baseman heading into his second full season in the bigs.

    Mar 3 · Source via Texas Rangers Josh Jung
  • Braves GM "Highly Confident" Ronald Acuna Jr. Will Be Ready

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has a great chance to be in the Opening Day lineup, according to the team's general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Anthopoulos was on MLB Network Radio on Sunday morning with Jon Morosi and said he was "highly confident" that Acuna would be in the team's Opening Day lineup. The reigning NL MVP's health has been a hot topic this offseason as he's been dealing with meniscus irritation in his surgically repaired right knee. The fact he's been dealing with irritation in the same knee where he tore his ACL back in 2021 is why there has been so much concern. The 26-year-old is heading to California this week to have his keen examined by a specialist but the Braves GM sounded confident that everything will work out. Acuna is coming off a sensational 2023 season in which he slashed .337/.416/.596 with 149 runs scored, 41 home runs, 106 RBI, and 73 stolen bases over 643 at-bats. He's so important to the Braves that they're going to be extremely cautious with him. We should find out more about his status following his visit with the knee specialist later this week.

    Mar 3 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • German Marquez Set To Begin Throwing Bullpen Sessions This Week

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    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (elbow) is scheduled to start throwing bullpen sessions this week, according to general manager Bill Schmidt. Marquez, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, hasn't had any bullpen sessions since his surgery. The 29-year-old veteran started just four games last season before landing on the injured list with an elbow issue. In those four starts, he compiled a 4.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 17:3 K/BB Ratio over 20 innings. The Rockies GM noted that Marquez should make it back to the starting rotation after the 2024 All-Star break, barring any setbacks. Marquez has had effective stints throughout his eight-year career but he's hard to trust every time he takes the mound due to his team context and home ballpark.

    Mar 3 · Source via Colorado Rockies German Marquez
  • James Wood Tearing Up Spring Training

    Washington Nationals outfielder James Wood is raking through the first eight games of Grapefruit League play. The 21-year-old prospect is slashing .500/.636/1.063 with three home runs, six RBI, and one stolen base over 22 plate appearances. He's also walked six times and only struck out thrice. In his most recent contest, he hit cleanup and served as the Nats' DH. The hot start is very encouraging for Wood, who showed an impressive blend of power and speed across two levels of the minors last season (26 home runs, 91 RBI, and 18 stolen bases). He hit .262/.353/.520 to go along with the aforementioned counting stats with Nationals' High-A and Double-A affiliates. The hot start certainly gives him a chance to crack Washington's Opening Day roster but that is still far from a guarantee at this point. He's a must-roster in dynasty leagues and is an intriguing late-round pick in redraft leagues if it becomes clear that he's got a chance to make the team. Either way, he's a name to monitor moving forward.

    Mar 3 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Alexis Diaz Strikes Out The Side In Spring Debut

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    Cincinnati Reds closer Alexis Diaz made his spring debut on Thursday in a 5-4 Cactus League win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2023 All-Star struck out the side on nine pitches, generating six swing-and-misses, and the final to go down swinging was none other than perennial MVP candidate Mookie Betts. It looks like Diaz is ready for the regular season to begin and put a rough second half of last season behind him. The righty posted a 4.61 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in the second half of 2023, versus a first half that saw a 2.03 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Nevertheless, even though it could be a bumpy ride, the 27-year-old will be a top-15 RP option in 2024.

    Mar 3 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Alexis Diaz
  • Spencer Steer Goes Hitless Saturday, Draws A Walk

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    Cincinnati Reds multi-positional player Spencer Steer was 0-for-2 with a walk in a 10-4 Cactus League loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. After snagging two hits in his first spring game, Steer is now hitless in five straight at-bats, making him 2-for-8 with a walk, two RBI, and a run scored so far this spring. Steer had a breakout 2023 with a .271-23-86-74-15 line and is expected to put up similar numbers in 2024, although his projections are somewhat lighter across the board. The 15 steals were a welcome surprise after not stealing many bases during his minor league career. Combined with his multi-positional eligibility and hitting in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in all of baseball make him an attractive asset going into 2024 drafts.

    Mar 3 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Spencer Steer
  • Yandy Diaz Off To A Cold Start

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    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz went 0-for-3 on Saturday in a 3-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Boston Red Sox. Last year's AL batting champ is now 1-for-9 with three strikeouts through four spring games. The 2023 Silver Slugger Award winner has a strong offensive profile, with his chase rate, Hard-Hit%, and average EV checking in at 92nd percentile or better. He's also got strikeout and walk rates that are much better than the league averages. Diaz will once again hit for a high average in 2024, although he projects for light home run and RBI totals as far as first baseman go. Despite this, his NFBC ADP is 130 overall which makes him a value there, with RotoBaller ranking him 117 overall.

    Mar 3 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Yandy Diaz
  • Dansby Swanson Gets On Base Again Saturday

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    Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 in an 8-5 Cactus League loss on Saturday. That makes him 2-for-7 in the spring with a run scored. The 2x All-Star also has three walks, putting his OBP at .500 (5-for-10). He's been on base via hit or walk in each of his first four spring games. Swanson should once again be a solid overall contributor for fantasy as he's produced no less than 22 HR, 80 RBI, 78 R, and 9 SB each of the past three seasons. ATC projections call for more of the same in 2024 plus double-digit steals to boot, making him a value at his current NFBC ADP of 125. RotoBaller ranks the 30-year-old Gold Glover much higher, at 103 overall.

    Mar 3 · Source via Chicago Cubs Dansby Swanson
  • Giants Still Interested In Blake Snell

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    The Giants made another major addition yesterday with the signing of Matt Chapman, and might not yet be done with their March shopping.  Both Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle and Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area report that Blake Snell remains a target for the club, as the Giants continue to have…

    Mar 3 · MLB Trade Rumors San Francisco Giants Blake Snell
  • Wyatt Langford Homers Twice, Continues Torrid Spring

    Texas Rangers' top outfield prospect Wyatt Langford went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Saturday's spring game against the Chicago White Sox. Langford took Prelander Berroa deep in the third inning for his first long ball of the game. He later crushed a three-run shot off Bryan Shaw in the sixth inning for his second home run on Saturday. The 22-year-old has now homered three times over the last two games. He is slashing .353/.450/.882 with three home runs, seven RBI, and five runs over six spring training games. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft is competing for an Opening Day roster spot. He slashed .393/.525/.689 with four home runs, 11 RBI, and four steals in 17 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Langford is the Rangers' top prospect and could see his NFBC ADP of 154 skyrocket with his red-hot spring. Langford is the Rangers' top prospect and could see his NFBC ADP of 154 skyrocket with his red-hot spring.

    Mar 2 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Wyatt Langford
  • Matt McLain Set To Have Live At-Bats

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    Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt McLain (oblique) took 70 swings on Friday and is set to have live-at bats on Wednesday for the upcoming week. McLain has been shut down since he tweaked his right oblique early in spring training. The 24-year-old has progressed well from his oblique injury and no longer feels soreness. In his rookie season, McLain was excellent for the Reds, slashing .290/.357/.507 with 16 home runs, 50 RBI, and 14 stolen bases across 403 plate appearances. It's unclear if McLain will be ready for Opening Day, but he still has time to ramp up his activity and could return to action soon.

    Mar 2 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Max Scherzer Could Return In June

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    Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said the team is looking at "June" for right-hander Max Scherzer (back) to return in 2024. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-December. Scherzer initially had a timeline to return around the All-Star break, but the veteran will continue rehab and could potentially come back in June. "With Max, we are now looking at June. That's a little bit earlier than we thought," said Bochy. The 39-year-old owned a 3.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 174:45 K: BB across 152 2/3 innings in 2023. With the latest news, Scherzer could see a bump in his NFBC ADP of 319 and is worth stashing in all fantasy leagues.

    Mar 2 · Source via Texas Rangers Max Scherzer
  • Aledmys Diaz Dealing With A Groin Strain, Out 2-3 Weeks

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    Oakland A's infielder Aledmys Diaz (groin) is set to miss the next 2-3 weeks due to a strained left groin. He was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and underwent an MRI, which revealed a left groin strain. There is a chance Diaz could return before the end of spring training, but that's the case scenario according to A's manager, Mark Kotsay. "That's probably optimistic. That's the best outlook. But it's hard to put a timeframe on that type of injury right now," said Kotsay. Diaz is currently battling to be the A's starting third baseman. The 33-year-old slashed .229/.280/.337 with four homers, 24 RBI, 25 runs, and a stolen base over a stolen base over 344 plate appearances in 2023. Diaz doesn't offer much fantasy value and is mainly an option in deep or AL-Only leagues. Darell Hernaiz, Jordan Diaz, and Brett Harris should all see an uptick in playing time while Diaz is sidelined, but all three are not on the fantasy radar.

    Mar 2 · Source via Oakland Athletics Aledmys Diaz Jordan Diaz Brett Harris Darell Hernaiz
  • William Contreras Off To Solid Start This Spring

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    Milwaukee Brewers catcher William Contreras is slashing .286/.286/.571 with a home run and three RBI over five games during spring training. Contreras became one of the top catchers in fantasy baseball after slashing .289/.367/.457 with 17 home runs, 78 RBI, 86 runs, and six stolen bases over 611 plate appearances in 141 games last season. Milwaukee values Contreras' bat in the lineup as the 26-year-old logged 29 starts as the team's designated hitter. His 48.7% hard-hit percentage was a career-high, and Contreras saw his K% decrease seven points from 27.7% in 2022 to 20.6% in 2023. He has an NFBC ADP of 75 and is the third catcher off the board after Adley Rutschman and J.T. Realmuto. Contreras should be in the lineup daily as he looks to build on last season's success in 2024. The former Atlanta Brave is easily a top-five fantasy catcher and a solid pick in upcoming drafts at his current ADP.

    Mar 2 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers William Contreras
  • Lance Lynn Set To Make Spring Debut On Friday

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    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn is lined up to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday versus the Washington Nationals. Lynn began his career in St. Louis and will be sporting the Cardinals uniform for the first time since 2017 after signing a one-year, $10 million deal with the team during the offseason. The 36-year-old owned a 5.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and a 191:67 K: BB over 183 2/3 innings in 2023. He allowed a league-high 44 home runs and saw his BB% rise from 3.7% in 2022 to 8.4% in 2023. Lynn currently has an NFBC ADP of 297 and should improve on his lackluster 2023, throwing half his games at pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium this season, making him a solid pick in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.

    Mar 2 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Lance Lynn
  • Stone Garrett Making Progress From Leg Injury

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Stone Garrett is doing well in his recovery from a gruesome leg and ankle injury he suffered in August of last season. The 28-year-old broke his left fibula and injured his ankle while making a leaping catch against the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Aug. 23. He has been participating in most morning drills early in spring training but has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut. Nationals skipper Davey Martinez has said Stone has a realistic chance of cracking the Nationals' Opening Day roster despite his injury. Garrett was productive at the plate in 2023, hitting .269 with nine home runs, three stolen bases, and an .800 OPS across 271 plate appearances, production that graded out 15% superior to the league average, as per his 115 wRC+. Considering his early-career production, Garrett is a sound late-round pick on draft day.

    Mar 2 · Source via Washington Nationals Stone Garrett
  • Taijuan Walker Ready To Throw

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    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Taijuan Walker (knee) said he is feeling good and played catch on Saturday. He plans to play catch again on Sunday from a longer distance. Phillies skipper Rob Thomson said that Walker threw batting practice and came in with "normal spring training soreness" in his right knee. The veteran's goal is to throw off a mound in the next few days. The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid season in 2023, his first with the Phillies, as he worked to a 4.38 ERA while taking the ball for a career-high 31 starts and 172 2/3 innings of work. He did, however, go 15-6 in that time behind a strong Phillies offense. On the downside, he struck out just 18.8% of his opponents and is a fading fantasy asset at this time.

    Mar 2 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Taijuan Walker
  • Will Brennan Makes Swing Changes

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    Cleveland Guardians outfielder Will Brennan has made changes to his swing that include lowering his hands and working on a new loading pattern to aid his left-handed swing. The 26-year-old is in a battle for outfield playing time with the likes of Myles Straw, Estevan Florial, George Valera, and Deyvison De Los Santos, among others. Steven Kwan is a lock for everyday reps in left field and Ramon Laureano should handle the bulk of reps in right but the remainder of the club's outfield mix remains to be seen. Brennan hit .266 with five home runs, 13 stolen bases, and a .655 OPS across a solid 138 games played in the 2023 season. He remains well off the fantasy radar regardless of his status come Opening Day.

    Mar 2 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Will Brennan
  • Eury Perez Suffers Broken Nail Saturday

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    Miami Marlins right-hander Eury Perez (finger) left his Grapefruit League game against the New York Mets early with a broken fingernail on his right middle finger. The Marlins training staff came out to check on the youngster with one out in the third inning before he left the contest. Thankfully, Perez said he is in no pain and has no concerns in regards to his injury. He went 2 1/3 innings while allowing zero earned runs with one walk against two strikeouts across 36 pitches, 22 of which were strikes. The 20-year-old made his big-league debut in the 2023 season, working to a 3.15 ERA and a healthy 20.6% K-BB% across 19 starts. The club was cautious with his usage a season ago but is projected for 25 starts of 3.88 ERA ball by ATC in the 2024 campaign.

    Mar 2 · Source via Miami Marlins Eury Perez
  • Vidal Brujan Likely To Make The Roster

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    Miami Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said that infielder/outfielder Vidal Brujan has "a high likelihood" of winning a spot on the Opening Day roster out of camp. "He's got a really good chance to make the team," Schumaker said. "He's versatile. He's done enough in Triple-A. He can run. He switch hits. He can do a lot of things for us. I haven't told him that he's made the team or anything like that, but I would anticipate him being part of our club." The 26-year-old was acquired in the offseason from the Rays and doesn't have minor-league options remaining, so it makes sense. Unless injuries strike Miami's starters, though, Brujan projects to be a super-utility man in Miami. In his three big-league seasons in Tampa, Brujan hit just .157/.218/.221 with three homers, 24 RBI and nine steals in 99 games played.

    Mar 2 · Source via Miami Marlins Vidal Brujan
  • Braxton Garrett Could Move To Live BP Soon

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    Miami Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett (shoulder) could throw his first live batting practice of the spring soon. Garrett arrived to camp behind the other pitchers due to soreness in his left shoulder, so the Marlins have been slow-playing him early on. The 26-year-old southpaw may be forced to open the 2024 regular season on the injured list as a result, which will obviously be a hit to his fantasy value as rotation depth in deep mixed leagues. Garrett is coming off a strong season in 2023, though, as he went 9-7 with a 3.66 ERA (3.68 FIP) and 1.15 WHIP with 29 walks and a career-high 156 strikeouts in 159 2/3 innings over 31 outings (30 starts) in his fourth big-league season. Not only does Garrett keep the ball on the ground, but his slider generates a lot of swing and miss. If healthy, he can be a solid streamer in fantasy leagues in 2024.

    Mar 2 · Source via Miami Marlins Braxton Garrett
  • Trevor Rogers Could Make Spring Debut Tuesday

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    Miami Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers could make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday after looking strong in a live batting practice session in camp on Thursday. Rogers was limited to only four starts for the Fish last year due to multiple injuries, but he appears to be healthy now and is in line to be part of the team's Opening Day rotation. "The velo was good. The secondary was great," manager Skip Schumaker said. "We really didn't know what that was going to look like because it has been a while. He was throwing 93-94 mph in a setting with not much adrenaline. To see that and to see the changeup thrown for strikes and the slider was good. A lot of positives." Fantasy managers should leave Rogers undrafted and take a wait-and-see approach with him early in the year as a potential waiver-wire pickup.

    Mar 2 · Source via Miami Marlins Trevor Rogers
  • Wade Miley Has Shoulder Soreness

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    Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said that left-hander Wade Miley (shoulder) is dealing with left-shoulder soreness in camp, which is the reason why the skipper said on Friday that Miley is "50-50" to be ready for Opening Day. "Played catch, played through it. Hasn't had any problem since," Murphy said. "We just want to go slow because of his history. Everything hurts on him. Happens when you're 50." Miley isn't 50, but he's 37 and should be of no interest to fantasy managers in mixed leagues in 2024, especially since he might not even be ready for the start of the season. The good news is Miley was able to play catch on Saturday. Miley has dealt with various arm injuries the last few years and relies on weak contact to get outs. At best, he'll be a matchup-based streamer in deep-mixed leagues when he's healthy.

    Mar 2 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Wade Miley
  • Patrick Wisdom Expected To Return On Tuesday

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    Chicago Cubs corner infielder Patrick Wisdom (quadriceps) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Tuesday versus the Kansas City Royals. Wisdom was scratched from the team's spring training game on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies with right-quadriceps tightness, but it's not a major issue and he should be ready to go after taking the weekend off to rest up. The 32-year-old right-handed slugger should be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day at the end of March. The former first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2012 out of Saint Mary's has hit 20-plus homers in each of the last three years, but he doesn't provide much else for fantasy managers and may play sparingly in 2024. Wisdom is a career .214/.298/.468 hitter in six big-league seasons.

    Mar 2 · Source via Chicago Cubs Patrick Wisdom
  • Ian Happ Dealing With Hamstring Strain

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ (hamstring) is dealing with a mild left-hamstring strain in camp and won't get into Cactus League games for a bit, according to manager Craig Counsell. However, the Cubs remain optimistic that Happ will be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. The switch-hitting outfielder followed up his first All-Star campaign in 2022 with a .248/.360/.431 slash line, 21 home runs, 35 doubles, four triples, a career-high 84 RBI, a career-high 14 stolen bases and a career-high 86 runs scored in 691 trips to the plate over 158 games in 2023. Not only did Happ clear 20 homers for the third time in his career, but he also took more walks. The 29-year-old is solid across the board and has a solid floor as a No. 3 outfielder for fantasy managers.

    Mar 2 · Source via Chicago Cubs Ian Happ
  • Bobby Dalbec Could Be Pushed Off The Roster

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    After the Boston Red Sox signed veteran first baseman C.J. Cron to a minor-league deal this week, first baseman Bobby Dalbec's spot on the roster suddenly is insecure. The 34-year-old Cron has 187 home runs in 10 career major-league seasons. Dalbec spent most of last year toiling at Triple-A Worcester and he still has a minor-league option remaining. Pablo Reyes can also play all over the infield, including at first base, where he is getting more work in spring training, so he has much more versatility than Dalbec. Triston Casas is Boston's starting first baseman after he broke out offensively in 2023. The 28-year-old Dalbec was once a former top prospect in Boston's system, but it looks like they're moving on.

    Mar 2 · Source via Boston Red Sox Bobby Dalbec
  • Harold Castro Signs With Mexican League's Toros De Tijuana

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    The Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League announced the signing of Harold Castro for the 2024 season. The left-handed hitter had been one of the more experienced infielders still on the open market. Castro, a Venezuela native, has appeared in 450 major league games over the last six years. He spent the first five…

    Mar 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Harold Castro
  • Triston Casas Feeling Better Saturday

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    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas (illness) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Saturday against the Washington Nationals, playing first base and batting cleanup. Casas is now over his bout with the flu and will return to spring training action this weekend as he prepares for Opening Day in late March. The 24-year-old will be Boston's starting first baseman, and the 26-year-old left-handed slugger will have high expectations after breaking out to the tune of a .263/.367/.490 slash line with an .856 OPS, 24 home runs, 21 doubles, two triples, 65 RBI and 66 runs scored in 132 games in 2023 in his first full big-league season. If he stays healthy, Casas should improve as long as he keeps hitting the ball as hard as he did in 2023. RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 10 fantasy first baseman.

    Mar 2 · Source via Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Bowden Francis The Front-Runner For Rotation Spot?

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    MLB.com's Keegan Matheson suggests that right-hander Bowden Francis feels like the front-runner for the final rotation spot to open the year after posting a 1.73 ERA over 36 1/3 innings last year. "He added the splitter this year, which I think will be good against lefties to go with his heater and curveball," manager John Schneider said. "I think it's just about seeing what his stuff does. We tried to do this a bit last year as camp went on, trying to get him up to 50-60 pitches. His stuff is so good in short spurts, but can you harness that as you get your pitch count up?" Francis' main competition is Mitch White, but the team's No. 13 prospect, right-hander Chad Dallas, could be a dark-horse candidate. Of course, if Alek Manoah (shoulder) isn't ready for the start of the year, both Francis and White could be in the Opening Day rotation.

    Mar 2 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Bowden Francis
  • Alek Manoah Scratched From Sunday's Start Due To Injury

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    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah (shoulder) experienced some right-shoulder soreness during his last bullpen session in camp and will not make his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Sunday as a result. Manoah had an MRI exam on Friday that didn't show any structural damage, though, and the team is considering him day-to-day. It doesn't sound too serious, but this should raise more eyebrows than normal after Manoah's disastrous 2023 campaign when he also dealt with arm issues and was demoted to the minors twice. The 26-year-old wasn't sharp in his spring opener on Tuesday, either, hitting three batters in 1 2/3 innings. A bounce-back could be coming if Manoah is healthy and mentally right, but he's currently outside of RotoBaller's top-100 rankings for starting pitchers.

    Mar 2 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Joe Ryan Displays New Sinker On Friday

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    Minnesota Twins right-hander Joe Ryan, who has been criticized for relying too much on his fastball at times, displayed a new sinker in his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. Ryan threw five different pitches -- a four-seam fastball, a sweeper, splitter, a "shorter slider," and his new sinker. "It kind of just gives me the options now to throw whatever I want and whatever a lineup might dictate," Ryan said. "Just put a little indecision in the hitters' heads, and I think that always helps." The 27-year-old mostly relied on his four-seamer, sweeper and splitter in 2023, and he mostly used his fastball and splitter in his complete-game shutout of Boston on June 22. Ryan was great to start last year but fell apart and was injured late. If his secondary pitches can improve in 2024, he should serve as a solid high-end No. 3 starter for fantasy managers.

    Mar 2 · Source via Minnesota Twins Joe Ryan
  • Joey Wendle Has Shoulder Soreness

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    New York Mets infielder Joey Wendle (shoulder) is dealing with some right-shoulder soreness in camp, but he's been building back up and should make his spring training debut toward the end of next week. He's in his first year in New York in 2024 after hitting a weak .212/.248/.306 with two homers, 20 RBI, seven stolen bases and 33 runs scored in 318 plate appearances and 112 games for the Miami Marlins in 2023. The 33-year-old's greatest asset is his glove and his ability to play multiple infield positions, but he's not much to look at in fantasy with his bat. Even with Ronny Mauricio (knee) slated to miss the entire season, Wendle will most likely serve as a utility infielder for the Mets. Most of his playing time will likely come at third base to spell youngster Brett Baty.

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  • Jeff McNeil Delayed By Biceps Injury

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    New York Mets second baseman/outfielder Jeff McNeil (biceps) tweaked his left biceps muscle during cage work the other day in camp. The Mets don't think it's a serious injury, but McNeil is nevertheless delayed at spring training at the moment. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter will be held out of action for a few days in hopes that the injury clears up. McNeil still has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day in late March, but it's just another injury concern. He suffered a partial ligament tear in his left elbow late in 2023 and is going to have to deal with the issue again in 2024. The two-time All-Star won the National League batting title in 2022 but fell off with a .270/.333/.378 slash line with 10 homers, 55 RBI and 10 steals in 156 games last year. McNeil is an elite contact guy, but he doesn't move the needle all that much elsewhere for fantasy managers.

    Mar 2 · Source via New York Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Max Muncy Returns To Lineup Saturday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (hand) is back at third base and is hitting cleanup for the Dodgers in Saturday's Cactus League contest versus the Chicago Cubs. Muncy was forced from Wednesday's game early against the Texas Rangers after getting hit by a pitch on his hand, but X-rays came back negative and he's already back in action this weekend. The 33-year-old veteran left-handed slugger dodged a bullet and will be ready for the two-game series in Korea against the division-rival San Diego Padres on March 20-21. Muncy can lift the ball in the air and hit homers with the best of them while driving in plenty of runs in one of the best lineups in the league, but he's becoming pretty injury-prone as he ages and will be a big batting-average drain for fantasy teams.

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  • Rangers Hope Max Scherzer Can Return In June

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    The Texas Rangers are hoping to get right-hander Max Scherzer (back) back from his injury in June. "With Max, we are now looking at June. That's a little bit earlier than we thought," manager Bruce Bochy said. Scherzer is around three weeks away from resuming workouts six weeks after having surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back. The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer is hoping to make his 2024 season debut in June or July, barring any setbacks with his rehab. Not only was Scherzer injured last year, but he had trouble keeping the ball in the yard and is starting to look less dominant as he approaches 40 years old. The three-time Cy Young winner is only going to pitch around half a season in 2024, too, so fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting much out of him in his first full season in Texas.

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  • Julio Rodriguez Back In Cactus League Lineup

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    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (hand) is back in the team's Cactus League lineup on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, playing center field and batting second in the order. Rodriguez was dealing with minor inflammation on the back of his left hand in camp earlier this week and was held out for a few days in spring training action. It was never anything serious for the 23-year-old, though, and he's back in action this weekend. J-Rod will be fully ready to rock for Opening Day at the end of March and is one of the best all-around players in the game heading into just his third major-league season. Rodriguez has been an All-Star in his first two seasons and is a top-five overall fantasy selection in upcoming drafts.

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  • Vaughn Grissom Has A Groin Strain, Unlikely For Opening Day

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    Boston Red Sox second baseman Vaughn Grissom is dealing with a groin strain and his status for Opening Day is in doubt according to manager Alex Cora. Grissom had yet to make his spring debut as a result of a hamstring injury, but now he's dealing with this. Hopefully he won't miss much time if he does begin the season on the IL, as the former eleventh-round pick was set to be the Red Sox starting second baseman after coming over from the Braves in the offseason. He showed enough with his bat during his time in Atlanta that he will have fantasy relevance when he's on the field, and he won't cost a high draft pick.

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  • MRI Recommended For Ronald Acuna Jr.'s Sore Knee

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. had his sore right knee examined by a doctor on Friday and irritation was found in his meniscus. An MRI was recommended and Acuna now plans to travel to L.A. to see another doctor. As of now, the Braves are optimistic, expecting Acuna to be ready for opening day, however, fantasy managers and fans will be justifiably nervous as this is the same knee that he tore his ACL in back in 2021. This situation will be monitored closely so stay tuned for updates.

    Mar 2 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Cal Raleigh Hits First Home Run Of Spring Wednesday

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    Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh blasted his first home run of the spring on Wednesday in a 9-7 Cactus League loss to the Kansas City Royals. It was a three-run shot off Royals relief pitcher Chris Stratton, and it was also his first hit of the spring. The switch-hitting backstop is now 1-for-3 with a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored in two Cactus League games. The home run came from the left side which has been his more powerful side throughout his career, with a .248 ISO as a lefty and a .170 ISO as a righty. The former third-round draft pick won't hit for a high average but with 30 HR last season and a 12.6% barrel rate, fantasy managers can count on the power numbers being there again in 2024.

    Mar 2 · Source via Seattle Mariners Cal Raleigh
  • Cole Ragans Tosses Three Innings Of Scoreless Ball On Friday

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans made his second start of the spring on Friday, pitching well in a 5-4 Cactus League win over the Oakland Athletics. The southpaw went three innings, allowing just one hit while walking one and striking out three. Ragans struck out the first two batters he faced on three pitches each and now has a total of eight strikeouts in just five innings of work across his two starts with no earned runs allowed. After joining the Royals from the Rangers last season, Ragans was superb as a starter and he'll look to maintain that momentum in 2024. If these two starts are any indication of that, it appears he's picking up where he left off.

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  • Matt Chapman Signs Three-Year Deal With The Giants

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    Free agent third baseman Matt Chapman and the San Francisco Giants agreed on a three-year, $54 million contract on Friday. Chapman's deal includes an opt-out after the first two seasons, and he will make $20 million in 2024, $18 million in 2025, and $16 million in 2026. The 30-year-old has legit power, evidenced by his 56.4% hard-hit percentage and 17.1% barrel rate, ranking in the 98th percentile per Baseball Savant. Overall, Chapman slashed .240/.330/.424 with 17 homers and 54 RBI across 581 plate appearances with the Blue Jays last season. He will join a potentially potent Giants lineup with new acquisitions Jorge Soler and Jung Hoo Lee. Chapman should be in San Francisco's lineup daily and could easily pop 20-plus homers (ATC projects 24) in the heart of the Giants' batting order. However, with the recent signing, fantasy managers shouldn't expect Chapman's NFBC ADP of 275 to jump too much, making him a solid pick at his current ADP in upcoming fantasy drafts.

    Mar 2 · Source via San Francisco Giants Matt Chapman Jung Hoo Lee Jorge Soler
  • Sources: Giants, 3B Chapman agree on $54M deal

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    Matt Chapman and the San Francisco Giants have agreed on a 3-year, $54 million deal that includes opt outs after the first two years.

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  • Angels Stretching Jose Soriano Out As Starter

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    The Angels will build José Soriano up as a starting pitcher in camp, manager Ron Washington announced this morning (link via Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com). The right-hander is scheduled to start tomorrow’s matchup with the D-Backs, in which he’ll throw three innings. Soriano is going into his second big league season. He pitched exclusively out…

    Mar 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Jose Soriano
  • Brewers Sign Kevin Herget To Minor League Deal

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    The Brewers recently signed right-hander Kevin Herget to a minor league contract. He’s in big league camp and made his spring debut yesterday, tossing a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts against Texas. Herget became a minor league free agent at the start of last offseason. The 32-year-old had logged a career-high MLB workload…

    Mar 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Kevin Herget
  • Robinson Canó Signs With Mexican League's Diablos Rojos

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    The Diablos Rojos of the Mexican League announced that they have signed Robinson Canó, as relayed by Enrique Rojas of ESPN. Canó, now 41, has a lengthy list of accomplishments in his big league career, though his legacy is also burdened with a couple of suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs. After thriving in the early parts…

    Mar 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Robinson Cano
  • Juan Soto Blasts Homer On Friday

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    New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto continues to make hitting look easy as he took control during Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-handed slugger went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of runs scored during Friday's win. His home run came in the fourth inning when he took Chad Green deep to help increase the lead to 7-3. Soto has been impressive early in camp. He is 4-for-6 with two home runs and six RBIs, so fantasy managers shouldn't pass on during draft day.

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  • Gerrit Cole Has Mixed Results During Spring Debut

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole made his spring debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. The veteran right-hander saw mixed results during Friday's win. Cole allowed two runs on four hits over two innings of work. The 33-year-old stuck out one batter and didn't issue a walk during his short outing. He served up a two-run home run to Daniel Vogelbach in the opening frame. After that, Cole settled down and looked fairly sharp. Fantasy managers shouldn't read too much into this outing and believe in Cole as the ace pitcher he'll likely continue to be in 2024.

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  • Michael Kopech Looks Fantastic On Friday

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech looked nearly unhittable during Friday's game versus the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander struck out five batters over two hitless innings during Friday's loss. This is extremely encouraging for Kopech who seemed destined to end up in the bullpen. Possibly, Kopech can make a resurgence as a starting pitcher in 2024. It's still early in spring training, but his stuff looks better than ever before. Fantasy managers should start putting Kopech's name in the sleeper conversation during drafts.

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  • Luis Matos Blasts Two Homers

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    San Francisco Giants outfielder Luis Matos continued his red-hot stretch at the plate on Friday. The 22-year-old blasted two solo home runs during the 11-5 victory over the Texas Rangers. Now, Matos has three dingers over his last 11 at-bats. He is showing that he's ready for the big league level. Sadly, Matos doesn't have a good shot at earning a starting outfield spot to begin the season. The Giants are expected to start Jung Hoo Lee, Mike Yastrzemski, and Michael Conforto across their outfield to begin the 2024 season. Possibly, Matos grabs a bench spot, but a young player like Matos deserves everyday playing time. For now, the best move might be for him to stick in Triple-A until an everyday spot opens up in San Francisco.

    Mar 1 · Source via San Francisco Giants Luis Matos
  • Ian Gibaut Could Miss Opening Day

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    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Ian Gibaut (forearm) appears to be in danger of missing Opening Day. Reds' manager David Bell recently mentioned that Gibaut has yet to resume throwing after being shut down last week. The 30-year-old is still recovering from a forearm issue and is considered "close" for Opening Day. The right-hander was a viable option out of the bullpen for the Reds last season. He could see a few save chances, but Alexis Diaz is the primary closer in Cincinnati.

    Mar 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Ian Gibaut
  • Red Sox Agree To Minor League Deal With C.J. Cron

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    1:00pm: Cron will make a base salary of $2MM if on the roster and could unlock another $500K via incentives, per Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. 10:05am: The Red Sox and first baseman C.J. Cron are in agreement on a minor league deal, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive (X links). The client of Moye…

    Mar 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Boston Red Sox C.J. Cron
  • Max Muncy Taking Batting Practice Friday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (hand) is taking batting practice in camp on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts said the plan is to get Muncy back in the Cactus League lineup on Saturday. Muncy was hit by a pitch in his left hand in a spring training game on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, but X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day with a hand contusion. The 33-year-old left-handed slugger dodged a bullet and will be ready for the two-game series in Korea on March 20-21 against the San Diego Padres. Muncy has dealt with some nagging injuries in recent seasons and isn't going to help your fantasy team's batting average, but he should continue to supply plenty of power and RBI in one of the best lineups in baseball. In his six at-bats in Cactus League action, Muncy has three hits, including a homer.

    Mar 1 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy
  • Nick Lodolo To Have His Leg Re-Scanned

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that left-hander Nick Lodolo's (leg) recovery after throwing in camp on Thursday was "not perfect" and that he "still feels it." Lodolo is to be re-evaluated and have his leg "re-scanned," but Bell doesn't consider it a "major concern." If everything comes back OK, Lodolo could still start the 2024 regular season on time, but he would need to get into a Cactus League game by the end of next week. The 26-year-old southpaw missed most of last year due to a stress reaction in his left tibia and still isn't quite over the hump this spring. It's not what fantasy managers that were considering taking him late in drafts for rotation depth wanted to hear, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Lodolo is still a high-upside arm due to his swing-and-miss stuff when he's healthy.

    Mar 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Brandon Crawford Discusses Departure From Giants

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    Veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford recently signed with the Cardinals on a one-year, $2MM deal, officially bringing to a close his 13-season tenure at shortstop for the Giants in the majors as well as his sixteen years as a member of the organization. Crawford recently spoke to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic regarding the first foray…

    Mar 1 · MLB Trade Rumors St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford
  • Seiya Suzuki Reaches Base Once Friday

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki drew a walk as part of his two plate appearances during Friday's Cactus League contest versus the Chicago White Sox. His first-inning free pass was followed by a pop out to first base in the bottom of the third. It's been a solid spring for the 29-year-old in a small sample as he is 2-for-6 with a double and a walk across seven trips to the plate in three games. He will be looking to build off a strong sophomore campaign as Suzuki has been every bit of the five-year, $85 million contract the Cubs signed him to prior to the 2022 season. The outfielder hit .285 with 20 home runs, six stolen bases, and an .842 OPS across 138 appearances in the 2023 campaign. He doesn't offer elite power or speed but his 22 home runs, eight stolen bases, and .271 average projected by ATC make him a quality fantasy asset.

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  • Mason Miller Electric On Friday

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    Oakland A's pitcher Mason Miller was electric in his lone inning of work in Friday's Cactus League game versus the Kansas City Royals. The 25-year-old struck out the side on 16 pitches, reaching 101 mph on nine of his fastballs and even reached 103 mph on another. Miller showed power stuff in his 10-outing debut in his debut 2023 season but the oft-injured right-hander was sidelined for four months due to a UCL sprain in his right elbow. As a result, Miller will transition to a bullpen role in the 2024 campaign while A's skipper Bob Melvin said he would like to see Miller move up the bullpen hierarchy rather than use him as the team's closer right now. While he could turn into a dynamite closer at some point, he should not be drafted as such in 2024, especially on a poor A's club.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers Oakland Athletics Mason Miller
  • Joe Ryan Not Sharp Friday

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    Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Ryan was not at his best in a Grapefruit League contest versus the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Ryan started the game and allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk in two innings of work. He also struck out a pair. It was the first outing of the spring for the right-hander as he looks to clean up his run prevention in 2024. After working to a 3.55 ERA in 2023, Ryan posted a 4.51 mark across 29 starts in the 2023 campaign. However, he also increased his strikeout rate and lowered his walk rate, resulting in a fantastic 24.3% K-BB%, the second-best mark in baseball among the 45 pitchers who threw at least 160 innings a season ago. He remains susceptible to the long ball after posting a 31.6% ground-ball rate and 1.78 HR/9 last season but he is a rock-solid fantasy asset heading into the 2024 campaign.

    Mar 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Joe Ryan
  • Nolan Arenado Goes Without A Hit Friday

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    St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado went hitless with one strikeout in two plate appearances during a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Friday. The veteran began his spring by collecting four hits, including two doubles, across his first three games but is now hitless over his last two Grapefruit League contests. He is now hitting .364 with two RBI, one run, and a .909 OPS across 11 trips to the plate this spring. After an MVP-caliber 2022 season, Arenado's bat predictably regressed in the 2023 season. That said, the 32-year-old still hit .266 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI across 144 games played, his fewest in a full season since 2014. His underlying metrics were concerning but he should still be able to provide quality production at the hot corner for fantasy managers this season.

    Mar 1 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado
  • Matt Brash Cleared To Resume Throwing Next Week

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    The Mariners informed reporters today, including Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times, that right-hander Matt Brash has medial elbow inflammation and can start playing catch on Tuesday. He likely won’t be ready for Opening Day but it’s still a positive development since reporting from earlier this week indicated that missing the entire season was a…

    Mar 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Seattle Mariners Matt Brash Gregory Santos
  • Nick Castellanos Goes Hitless Friday

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    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos went hitless in a pair of at-bats in Friday's Grapefruit League contest versus the Miami Marlins. The veteran flew out to center field in his first trip to the plate in the second inning before lining out to third base in the fourth. The hitless effort lowered his spring-training average to just .125 (1-for-8) with a pair of strikeouts against zero walks across eight trips to the plate. The 31-year-old was involved in minor trade speculation this offseason on the heels of a season that saw him hit .272 with 29 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and a career-high 106 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Aside from an odd 2022 season, Castellanos is a fairly safe power bet with ATC projecting 24 home runs, eight stolen bases, 87 RBI, and a .263 average for the outfielder in the 2024 season.

    Mar 1 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Nick Castellanos
  • Noelvi Marte To Make Spring Debut Saturday

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that rookie infielder Noelvi Marte (hamstring) will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday. Marte suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain while playing in the Dominican winter league and had more issues with his leg in the leadup to spring training, so the Reds have been slow-playing the impressive young infielder in camp. The 22-year-old has made enough progress to play in Cactus League games, though, and he should be just fine for Opening Day at the end of March. He'll have to share playing time at the hot corner with Jeimer Candelario, but Marte has lots of upside for fantasy managers in all leagues thanks to an exciting mix of power and speed. It also helps that he's in a rising lineup in a great hitter's park. Marte hit .316 (36-for-114) with three homers, 15 RBI and six steals in his first 35 big-league games in 2023.

    Mar 1 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
  • Tristan Beck To Undergo Surgery To Address Aneurysm In Upper Arm

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    Giants right-hander Tristan Beck told reporters, including Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, that he will undergo vascular surgery on Monday at Stanford to address the aneurysm in his upper right arm. He won’t have a timetable for his return until after going under the knife. Earlier this week, it was reported that Beck was dealing…

    Mar 1 · MLB Trade Rumors San Francisco Giants Tristan Beck
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Being Checked By Doctor

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) is getting his sore right knee looked at by a doctor "just to make sure," manager Brian Snitker said. It's not an MRI exam, and Snitker also said, "I don't think it'll be anything." It may be nothing, but it doesn't hurt for the Braves and Acuna to get peace of mind this spring, especially considering that the 26-year-old superstar tore the ACL in the same knee back in 2021. The Braves scratched Acuna as a precaution from Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Baltimore Orioles, but he could be back in spring training games sooner than later if the exam doesn't turn up anything significant. Acuna broke records in 2023 and is elite across the board in all categories for fantasy managers as the top overall fantasy asset when he's healthy.

    Mar 1 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Spencer Torkelson Looking For Encore In 2024

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    Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson played in more games (159) than any player on the team in 2023 and hit .233/.313/.446 with 31 home runs, 34 doubles, one triple, 94 RBI and 88 runs scored in his second major-league season. In early May, he was hitting .198 with only two home runs. He was worth only 1.4 fWAR at first base and his on-base percentage was only .313. Torkelson's minus-11 defensive runs saved was the worst total from any MLB first baseman since Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis in 2017. The former first overall pick in 2020 has stuff he can work on, mainly his defense and getting on base more, but 2023 was a vast improvement over his rookie campaign. Torkelson could take another step forward in 2024 and already has elite raw power from the right side. RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 11 fantasy first baseman.

    Mar 1 · Source via Detroit Tigers Spencer Torkelson
  • David Bednar Still The Closer For Pirates

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    Despite the offseason addition of left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman and his seven All-Star selections, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander David Bednar remains the team's primary closer heading into the 2024 season. Bednar, who has been an All-Star each of the last two years himself, received a call from manager Derek Shelton after Chapman's signing, reassuring him of his role. The 29-year-old has saved 58 games while posting a strong 2.27 ERA in 111 appearances for Pittsburgh the last two years. His 39 saves in 2023 were more than double the previous year and were tied for second in the majors. Bednar's role remains pretty secure despite the presence of Chapman, and he's still a top-10 fantasy closer, even though the Pirates are one of the weaker teams in baseball.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Raisel Iglesias Makes Spring Debut Friday

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. He entered in the fourth frame and had a scoreless inning of work, with his only blemish being a two-out double to infield prospect Jackson Holliday. In his first full season with the Braves in 2023, Iglesias had a career-high 33 saves in 55 2/3 regular-season innings while also registering a 2.75 ERA (3.26 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with 15 walks and 68 strikeouts. That all came after the 34-year-old missed the first month of the season with a right-shoulder strain. He leaned more on his changeup than ever because opposing hitters started to sit on his fastball. All things considered, Iglesias has a strong floor as a top-five fantasy closer for one of the best teams in baseball.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Connor Norby Expected To Play In Games Soon

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    Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that infield prospect Connor Norby (side) won't play in Grapefruit League action on Saturday, but he's expected to get back into the spring training lineup in the next three to four days. There's still time for Norby to get ready for the start of the 2024 season, but even if he impresses when he gets back to game action this spring, he's fully expected to open the year at Triple-A Norfolk. The 23-year-old can play second base and the outfield, although he's not a standout defensively at either position, and he's blocked by a strong major-league roster. Norby's bat is what is intriguing after he hit .290/.359/.483 with an .842 OPS, 21 home runs, 92 RBI and 10 steals in 138 games at Norfolk in 2023. A trade may be his best bet for immediate fantasy value.

    Mar 1 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Connor Norby
  • Lars Nootbaar Has Revamped Swing

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    In his first season with a projected starting role in 2024, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar retooled his swing in the offseason with the help of Nolan Arenado after a disappointing 2023 campaign that saw him miss round 40 games due to injuries. Nootbaar revamped his swing mechanics in hopes of adding more power. The 26-year-old left-handed hitter clubbed 14 homers with a .418 slugging percentage in 426 at-bats in 2023, but there could be more power in his lumber. Nootbaar has always had great plate discipline, but he wanted to work on his lower half while also being able to lift more balls in the air to his pull side. Nootbaar's hands are now lower off his shoulders, which will allow him to create a more vertical swing path. Even if Nootbaar's average suffers as a result, it should lead to more backspin and balls clearing the fences. His power/speed combination makes him an intriguing fourth or fifth fantasy outfielder with upside.

    Mar 1 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Lars Nootbaar
  • Ricky Tiedemann To Face Live Hitters Soon

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    Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Ricky Tiedemann (hamstring) is feeling good after throwing a bullpen on Thursday, and it sounds like the next step is for him to face live hitters in camp soon. It should leave him plenty of time for a full ramp-up through March and into Opening Day late in March. The 21-year-old southpaw, one of the top overall pitching prospects in all of baseball, is still probably going to open the 2024 season with Triple-A Buffalo, especially considering he missed a big chunk of time last year in the minors due to an injury. Toronto isn't going to rush their best prospect to the big leagues, but he's still worth stashing in deep-mixed fantasy leagues due to his upside and the fact that he should make his MLB debut this year if he's healthy.

    Mar 1 · Source via Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Ricky Tiedemann
  • Carlos Rodon Yields Four Homers In Batting Practice Friday

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    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon surrendered four home runs during a live batting practice session against minor-league hitters on Friday. The 31-year-old allowed just one earned run with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings in his spring debut against the Blue Jays, so there's no reason for panic at this time. However, it's worth noting that he once again dealt with injuries in the 2023 season that limited him to just 14 starts while he posted a 6.85 ERA and dealt with big-time homer issues by way of a 2.10 HR/9 clip in that time. ATC projects a bounce-back season for the lefty as they peg him at a 4.08 ERA and a healthy 27.5% K% across 25 starts. While those numbers would serve fantasy managers well, he once again carries notable risk as part of his draft stock.

    Mar 1 · Source via New York Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Yu Chang To Miss 6-8 Weeks

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    Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yu Chang (oblique) is set to miss the next six to eight weeks as the injury is more severe than originally thought, according to skipper Kevin Cash. Chang's spring was off to a nice start as he homered on Sunday versus the Detroit Tigers but his chances at Opening Day are now zero. The 28-year-old spent the 2023 season with the Boston Red Sox but struggled mightily at the plate, hitting just .162 with six home runs, four stolen bases, and a .532 OPS across 112 plate appearances, production that graded out 61% below the league average, as per his 39 wRC+. A veteran of 235 MLB contests in parts of four seasons, Chang is a career .204 hitter with 20 home runs, five steals, and a .624 OPS across 650 trips to the plate.

    Mar 1 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Yu-Cheng Chang
  • Jose Soriano To Be Stretched Out As A Starter

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    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jose Soriano will be stretched out as a starter this spring and will start Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He still has a chance to end up in the bullpen but new Angels skipper Ron Washington wanted to give the 25-year-old a crack at the rotation. Soriano made his big-league debut in the 2023 season when he pitched to a 3.64 ERA alongside a big-time 30.3% K%, albeit alongside a 12.4% BB%, across 38 appearances. He made the jump to the bigs straight from Double-A where he posted a 4.24 ERA in 17 appearances (two starts). He struck out a hefty 29.8% of batters in Double-A but also walked 15.4% of the hitters he faced. His big strikeout numbers could be something to watch if he is able to crack the Angels' rotation in 2024.

    Mar 1 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Jose Soriano
  • Giants Becoming Favorites To Land Blake Snell

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    The San Francisco Giants appear to be firming as the favorites to land free-agent left-hander Blake Snell. A deal could come within the next 24-48 hours, reportedly, while the Giants are seen ahead of the New York Yankees who have an offer on the table for the two-time Cy Young winner. Snell took down the NL Cy Young Award in the 2023 season with the San Diego Padres. He worked to an MLB-best 2.25 ERA across 32 starts, posting a 14-9 record alongside a hefty 31.5% K%. Interestingly, he led all of baseball with 99 walks but was able to strand 86.7% of his base-runners, a figure well above his 78.2% career mark. While regression is likely, he would be a major boon to the Giants' beat-up rotation while his durability and strikeout figures will continue to serve fantasy managers quite well.

    Mar 1 · Source via San Francisco Giants Blake Snell
  • Brandon Dixon Hangs Up His Cleats

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    Free-agent utility player Brandon Dixon announced his retirement from professional baseball on his Twitter/X account on Thursday. It was a brief career as the 32-year-old played in parts of five seasons and appeared in just 235 games. He hit .224 with 22 home runs, six stolen bases, and a .663 OPS across 658 trips to the plate in that time. However, he did pace the Tigers with a career-high 15 home runs in the 2019 season when he played in 118 games. Most recently, he played two seasons for his hometown San Diego Padres, hitting .203 with two homers, one steal, and a .573 OPS across 86 trips to the plate in the 2023 campaign.

    Mar 1 · Source via Brandon Dixon
  • Gregory Santos Progressing Well In Throwing Program

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    Seattle Mariners pitcher Gregory Santos (lat) is progressing well early in his throwing program, according to M's general manager Justin Hollander. Santos was cleared to begin a throwing program on Tuesday and the early reports are positive at this time. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 3 for two minor leaguers and a draft pick. He enjoyed a nice rookie season in the bigs in the 2023 campaign when he worked to a 3.39 ERA and a 17% K-BB% across 60 appearances, even locking down five saves. He is slated for late-inning work again with the Mariners in 2024 but behind closer Andres Munoz. However, the unstable injury situation with Matt Brash could yield Santos some holds if Brash were to miss notable time.

    Mar 1 · Source via Seattle Mariners Gregory Santos
  • Anthony DeSclafani Delayed In Camp

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    Minnesota Twins pitchers Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) and Caleb Thielbar (hamstring) have been delayed in camp but are ramping up their throwing. Trainer Nick Paparesta said that both pitchers still have time to be ready for Opening Day. DeSclafani is dealing with right-elbow soreness, while Thielbar is dealing with a left-hamstring strain. DeSclafani, 33, was acquired in an offseason trade with the Mariners. It's a troubling sign he's hurt again after missing most of last year due to a flexor issue in his arm. In his 19 outings (18 starts) for the Giants in 2023, DeSclafani went 4-8 with a 4.88 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 79 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings. His injury in camp could make Louie Varland the favorite for Minnesota's final rotation spot to open the year.

    Mar 1 · Source via Minnesota Twins Anthony DeSclafani
  • Gary Sanchez Could Make Spring Debut On March 14

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    The Milwaukee Brewers are targeting March 14 for catcher Gary Sanchez (hand) to make his Cactus League debut. Sanchez's 2023 season came to an early end due to a fractured hand, and something came up in his physical (unrelated to last year's injury) that delayed his official signing with the Brew Crew this offseason. It has caused the 31-year-old veteran backstop to get a late start to spring training, but he's ramping things up now. Sanchez will have under two weeks to get up to speed for Opening Day, where he's expected to serve as William Contreras' backup while also seeing at-bats as the designated hitter. He had a resurgent season for the Padres by hitting 19 homers in 72 games, and while Sanchez can provide decent pop in two-catcher leagues, fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting a repeat of 2023.

    Mar 1 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Gary Sanchez
  • Wade Miley 50-50 To Be Ready For Opening Day

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    Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said on Friday morning that left-hander Wade Miley (undisclosed) is "50-50" to be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season. "We'll let you know more in about 10 days," Murphy said. It's unclear exactly what is wrong with Miley, but the soft-tossing southpaw may not be a part of Milwaukee's Opening Day rotation. The 37-year-old veteran has been slowed by elbow and shoulder injuries in recent seasons, so perhaps he's had another arm setback. Even if Miley was healthy, he wouldn't be very attractive to fantasy managers in mixed leagues. At best, he's a deep-league streaming option in favorable matchups, but his lack of strikeout upside keeps his fantasy floor low.

    Mar 1 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Wade Miley
  • Yuki Matsui Resumes Playing Catch

    San Diego Padres left-hander Yuki Matsui (back) has resumed playing catch in camp on Friday. The 28-year-old reliever was shut down from throwing last weekend due to inflammation in his back, but it wasn't a serious concern and he's already back to throwing. It remains unclear when he'll be able to get into another Cactus League game after striking out the side in his impressive debut last Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Barring another setback, though, Matsui will have time to get up to speed for the two-game opening series against the Dodgers in Korea on March 20-21. After signing a five-year, $28 million deal with the Friars in December, Matsui should have a significant late-inning role in SD in his rookie season, perhaps even taking over closing duties if Robert Suarez struggles in the ninth-inning role.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Yuki Matsui
  • Luis Urias To Throw On Friday

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    Seattle Mariners general manager Justin Hollander said that infielder Luis Urias (shoulder) is going to start trying to throw in infield drills in camp on Friday, but he'll be limited. The hope is that Urias can be ready for Opening Day in late March. The 26-year-old is being held back in spring training due to right-shoulder inflammation, and he's still no guarantee to be ready by Opening Day. If healthy, Urias will have an opportunity to earn playing time at the hot corner in Seattle, but he hasn't proven to be fantasy relevant in mixed leagues in recent seasons. In his six years in the majors with the Padres, Brewers and Red Sox, Urias holds a .234/.333/.385 slash line with 48 homers, 180 RBI and nine steals in 445 games. He's become somewhat of a Quad-A player that just hasn't gotten over the hump at the highest level.

    Mar 1 · Source via Seattle Mariners Luis Urias
  • Matt Brash Could Resume Throwing Next Week

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    An MRI exam on Seattle Mariners right-hander Matt Brash (elbow) confirmed that he's dealing with medial right-elbow inflammation, and he could resume throwing in camp next week, according to general manager Justin Hollander. It's great news after a recent report earlier this week suggested that Brash could be dealing with a serious arm injury. The 25-year-old was vital to Seattle's bullpen last year by going 9-4 with a league-leading 78 relief appearances. In 70 2/3 innings pitched in his second season in the big leagues, Brash had a strong 3.06 ERA (2.26 FIP), a 1.33 WHIP, his first four career saves, 29 walks and 107 strikeouts. Even though Brash's injury isn't serious, he'll still likely begin the year on the injured list. He had 25 holds in 2023 as well, so when healthy, Brash is certainly fantasy relevant despite his lack of save chances.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers Seattle Mariners Matt Brash
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Scratched With Knee Soreness

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) was scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League lineup against the Baltimore Orioles "as a precaution" due to right-knee soreness. While the injury isn't considered serious, it's certainly something to keep an eye on with the best player in baseball, especially after Acuna suffered a torn ACL in the same knee in 2021. The Braves aren't going to take any chances with the 26-year-old reigning National League MVP in spring training. If he's able to return to Atlanta's lineup in a few days, fantasy managers will be able to let out a collective sigh of relief. The Venezuelan outfielder should be the first player off the board in fantasy drafts after breaking records last year and leading the league in stolen bases (73), hits (217), runs (149), on-base percentage (.416), OPS (1.012) and total bases (383) while also hitting 41 homers and driving in 106 in 159 games.

    Mar 1 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Patrick Corbin Incorporating A New Cutter

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    Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin looked better in his second Grapefruit League outing on Thursday while incorporating more of his newest pitch, a cutter. He needed 49 pitches to complete 1 2/3 innings last Saturday, but on Thursday he cruised through three innings on 41 pitches (32 strikes) and didn't allow a run or walk a batter while scattering three hits and striking out four. One of his K's came on his new cutter. Corbin induced swings on six of the seven cutters he threw (three whiffs). The 34-year-old southpaw plans to continue using the cutter to complement his traditional fastballs-slider combo that he has struggled with in recent seasons. It's something to keep an eye on, but most fantasy managers are avoiding Corbin this year after he had a weak 15.7% strikeout rate last year.

    Mar 1 · Source via Washington Nationals Patrick Corbin
  • Tanner Rainey Not Worried About Velocity

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Rainey, who returned late last year from Tommy John surgery, had a perfect inning in his Grapefruit League outing on Thursday and threw only nine pitches (six strikes). His fastball topped out at 92 mph, though, which was a bit alarming since he averaged 97 mph on his fastball before his elbow injury. However, the 31-year-old wasn't concerned, pointing out he's never thrown hard in spring training and has no doubts his full velocity will return by the start of the season. Rainey made just one appearance in 2023 and could have a high-leverage role in Washington's bullpen in 2024 if he stays healthy. He might be useful in deep holds leagues, but it's probably going to take an injury to Kyle Finnegan or Hunter Harvey for Rainey to get any save chances for a Nats team that isn't expected to be very good.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Tanner Rainey
  • Kyle Finnegan Evolving With New Sweeper

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    Washington Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan tried out a new sweeper for the first time in a Grapefruit League game on Wednesday. "Finnegan's always been toying around with trying to get a third pitch," manager Davey Martinez said. "Cause everything he throws is hard. So, he wanted to create some kind of deception, more or less." The new pitch has been registering 78-79 mph, and its spin rate, horizontal break, and pitch shape have all been in line with the numbers for a quality sweeper to complement his high-90s fastball, slider and splitter. Finnegan's sweepers registered 84 and 85 mph on Wednesday, and one of them induced a strikeout. The new pitch could help boost the 32-year-old's career-low 21.9% strikeout rate from a season ago as Washington's co-closer.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Kyle Finnegan
  • Josh Naylor Goes 1-for-3 On Wednesday

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    Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor went 1-for-3 on Wednesday in an 8-6 Cactus League loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He's now 3-for-7 in three spring games, with all three hits being singles. Although he's been caught stealing once as well, it's good to see he's still running in 2024, as his 10 stolen bases last season were likely an added surprise bonus for anyone invested in him since he's not very fleet-of-foot (15th percentile sprint speed). The former first-round draft pick has superb contact skills, with a Contact% of 82.4% and a low K% of 13.7%. Combined with his power and sneaky speed, he offers managers a safe-floor option with upside for those who miss out on some of the higher-priced first base options.

    Mar 1 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Josh Naylor
  • Joey Gallo Dealing With Sore Quad

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    Washington Nationals outfielder/designated hitter Joey Gallo (quadriceps) has a sore quadriceps in camp and is only hitting right now, according to manager Dave Martinez. The skipper doesn't think it's a huge deal and thinks Gallo might be able to get into Grapefruit League games next week if all goes well. Martinez described it as the team being cautious right now. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger should be fine for Opening Day at the end of March. In his first season with the rebuilding Nationals, the veteran outfielder is expected to see most of his time in left field while also seeing DH at-bats. Because of his inability to make consistent contact, Gallo is prone to prolonged slumps. Strikeouts will come in bunches with some power added in. It's becoming harder and harder to justify a roster spot in fantasy for Gallo.

    Mar 1 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Gallo
  • Tristan Beck Needs Surgery On His Arm

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    San Francisco Giants right-hander Tristan Beck (arm) said he will undergo vascular surgery at Stanford University on Monday to address the aneurysm in his upper right arm. Beck was dealing with an arm injury in camp and was diagnosed with the aneurysm this week. Now that he's being forced to have surgery, there's a good chance the 27-year-old won't be able to pitch at all in 2024, although there has been no specific timetable given for his recovery from surgery. The Giants have some issues at the back of their starting rotation with the start of the season approach, as both Beck and Keaton Winn (elbow), who were projected to be their No. 4 and 5 starters, are hurt. Perhaps the injuries spur the Giants to sign one of Blake Snell or Jordan Montgomery in free agency?

    Mar 1 · Source via San Francisco Giants Tristan Beck
  • Justin Verlander To Throw Another Bullpen Sunday

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    Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session in camp on Sunday, and the Astros will determine Verlander's next step after that. The next step in his progression will be to get cleared to face live hitters, but the Astros aren't going to rush the 41-year-old, especially given all of his injuries in recent seasons. The future Hall of Famer had a late start to the 2023 campaign due to an injury but ended up finishing 13-8 with a 3.22 ERA (3.85 FIP) and 1.13 WHIP with 45 walks and 144 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings over 27 starts. Houston isn't ruling out Verlander for Opening Day, but it's more likely than not that he'll open the year on the injured list as a precaution. Verlander can still be useful as a No. 3 or 4 starter for fantasy managers, but he's become a pretty big injury risk at the tail end of his career.

    Mar 1 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Gunnar Henderson Taking Live Batting Practice

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    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Gunnar Henderson (oblique) is taking live batting practice in camp on Friday for the first time since dealing with a sore oblique muscle early in spring training. Henderson said it shouldn't be much longer before he makes his Grapefruit League debut. Barring a setback of some sort, the 22-year-old youngster will have plenty of time to get ramped up before Opening Day in late March. He was a big reason why the O's captured the American League East crown in 2023 in his first full MLB season. RotoBaller has Henderson ranked as the No. 5 fantasy third baseman in 2024 after he slashed an impressive .255/.325/.489 with an .814 OPS, 28 homers, 82 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 100 runs scored in 150 regular-season games. The scary part is he could improve in the batting-average department if his plate discipline gets better.

    Mar 1 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson
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