Fantasy Baseball News

  • Freddie Freeman Has Three Homers This Spring

    Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is also playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, was hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and four runs scored in seven Cactus League games before he departed for the WBC. The six-time All-Star slashed .325/.407/.511 with a .918 OPS. He led the league in plate appearances (708), runs scored (117), hits (199) and doubles (47) while also hitting 21 home runs, driving in 100 runs and stealing a career-high 13 bases in 159 games in his first year in LA. The 33-year-old should be more comfortable in his second year with the Blue and is RotoBaller's second-ranked fantasy first baseman, behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Mar 14 · Source via Dodgers Freddie Freeman
  • Paul Blackburn May Not Be Ready For Opening Day

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Paul Blackburn (finger) has a right middle fingernail avulsion (torn nail) that will cause him to be scratched from his Cactus League outing on Wednesday. Manager Mark Kotsay said it could jeopardize Blackburn's availability to begin the regular season as well. It's disappointing for the 29-year-old right-hander, who had a chance to be the team's Opening Day starter in 2023 after one of his best performances last year. He made only 21 starts due to injury, but he posted a 4.28 ERA (4.21 FIP), 1.26 WHIP and career-high 19.1 percent strikeout rate in 111 1/3 innings. Blackburn also dealt with a middle finger injury in 2022, but this injury appears unrelated. If he does start the year on the injured list, he shouldn't need to miss much time.

    Mar 14 · Source via Athletics Paul Blackburn
  • Gerrit Cole Hasn't Allowed A Run This Spring

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has yet to allow a run in 6 1/3 Grapefruit League innings this spring while striking out 11 hitters. Cole seems to be in midseason form already, but he'll have to wait several more weeks. The hard-throwing 32-year-old had a disappointing 3.50 ERA (3.47 FIP), but he also produced a strong 1.02 WHIP and a league-high 257 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings over 33 starts for the Yankees. Home runs were an issue, but otherwise Cole still looks the part of a fantasy ace, and managers should consider him a top-five arm in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 14 · Source via Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Dylan Moore To Make Spring Debut Thursday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Dylan Moore (abdomen) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. Moore has been brought along slowly this spring after having core-muscle surgery in the offseason, but he still has enough time to get ready for Opening Day later this month. The 30-year-old can also play the infield, although he doesn't have a clear path to regular playing time in Seattle, barring injuries to other players. All of his fantasy value lies in his legs, as he's stolen 42 total bases in the last two seasons while hitting only .197/.313/.354 with a .667 OPS, 18 home runs, 67 RBI and 83 runs scored in 230 games. Moore is a steals target in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

    Mar 14 · Source via Mariners Dylan Moore
  • Nick Gordon Expects To Play Thursday

    Minnesota Twins utility man Nick Gordon (ankle) said he expects to play second base in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gordon is recovering from a high-ankle sprain in spring training, but he's nearing his return to game action for the Twins. If he can avoid setbacks once he's back on the field, the 27-year-old should be ready to go for Opening Day at the end of March. Given his positional versatility, Gordon should see regular playing time in Minnesota after he produced a solid .272/.316/.427 slash line, .743 OPS, nine home runs, 50 RBI, 45 runs and six stolen bases in 136 games in his second big-league season in 2022.

    Mar 14 · Source via Twins Nick Gordon
  • Luis Gonzalez To Miss Half The Season

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Luis Gonzalez (back) is undergoing surgery on Tuesday to fix a herniated disc in his lower back. It's an estimated 16-week recovery timetable, so he'll miss at least half of the 2023 season. However, there's optimism that Gonzalez will finally put the issue behind him. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter was limited to 98 games with the Giants in his third year in the big leagues in 2022, and he hit .254/.323/.360 with a .683 OPS, four home runs, 36 RBI, 31 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 350 plate appearances. Fantasy managers in mixed leagues can ignore Gonzalez for now.

    Mar 14 · Source via Giants Luis Gonzalez
  • Ranger Suarez Throwing On Tuesday

    Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez (forearm) did some light throwing on flat ground on Tuesday at spring camp. Suarez has been dealing with tightness in his left forearm, which caused him to drop out of the World Baseball Classic, but the injury isn't considered to be very serious. The 27-year-old southpaw could still be ready in time for Opening Day, but it's unknown when he might get back into a Grapefruit League game. He'll likely need to throw a few bullpen sessions before that happens. Suarez doesn't overpower hitters and wasn't as good last year as he was during his 2021 breakout, but he has a secure rotation spot and is great at keeping the ball out of the air.

    Mar 14 · Source via Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Blue Jays Sign Ernie Clement To Minor League Deal

    The Blue Jays have signed infielder Ernie Clement to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training, tweets Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. The A’s released Clement over the weekend. Clement, 27 next week, had gone 2-for-11 with a walk, a strikeout and a stolen base in camp with Oakland, who claimed him off…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Cavan Biggio Ernie Clement Santiago Espinal
  • Kodai Senga Throws Bullpen Tuesday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Kodai Senga (finger) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday. The Japanese right-hander was scratched from his latest Grapefruit League outing due to right index finger tendinitis, but the injury isn't considered serious and he's expected to be ready for Opening Day. We'll have to wait and see when the 30-year-old can get back onto a mound in spring action, but it shouldn't be long, barring a setback. Senga was dominant the last decade overseas, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect that same dominance to translate, at least right away, in his first season in the major leagues.

    Mar 14 · Source via Mets Kodai Senga
  • Deivi Garcia Looking Good This Spring

    New York Yankees right-hander Deivi Garcia looked "really good" in 3 1/3 innings of relief in a spring game on Monday, according to manager Aaron Boone. "It's been encouraging to see how good his stuff's been really since the start of camp," Boone said. Garcia has allowed two runs in 7 1/3 Grapefruit League innings so far. His velocity is up and has credited his success due to an improved cutter. The 23-year-old Dominican has had his share of struggles in the last two seasons, mostly in the minor leagues, but it looks like he may be taking the next step in 2023. Command has been a big issue for the young right-hander, so he'll need to get that in control if he wants to see an extended stay at the big-league level this year.

    Mar 14 · Source via Yankees Deivi Garcia
  • Anthony Rizzo Not Worried About Back Issues

    Both New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) and the team are downplaying a back issue this spring. A "cranky" back caused him to miss the team's short road trip, but he was able to take batting practice on Monday and felt "fine." Rizzo has dealt with back issues the last few seasons, "but it's not to be really worried about at this time." Manager Aaron Boone said Rizzo could play in Grapefruit League action as soon as Tuesday. The 33-year-old's back got worse as the season wore on in 2022, and he required an epidural in September that led to an injured list stint. He's expected to manage his back throughout the year, but fantasy managers will need to have an insurance plan ready if they draft Rizzo as their top first baseman.

    Mar 14 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Victor Robles Back In Action Against Mets

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (knee) is back in the Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against the New York Mets and left-hander David Peterson. Robles is starting in center field and batting seventh in the lineup. It's Robles' first game action since he was carted off the field with a bruised knee in Grapefruit League play last week. The 25-year-old has been hitting well this spring, but his offensive exploits for the Nats the last couple of seasons have been nothing to write home about. In the last three years, Robles has slashed .216/.291/.306 with a .597 OPS, 11 home runs, 67 RBI, 99 runs and 27 stolen bases in 291 games played. He's still young and will see regular playing time, but that's about where the positives end.

    Mar 14 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Starling Marte Back In Grapefruit League Lineup

    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (head) is returning to the Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against right-hander Cade Cavalli and the Washington Nationals. Marte was hit in the head by a pitch in spring action on Sunday, but he avoided a serious injury and will be back in there. The 34-year-old Dominican has played in only two spring games so far while being eased in after having offseason groin surgery. The two-time All-Star was limited to 118 games in his first year in the Big Apple in 2022, and he hit .292/.347/.468 with an .814 OPS, 16 home runs, 63 RBI, 76 runs and 18 stolen bases in 505 plate appearances and 118 games. Marte also dealt with a broken finger, so durability issues are a concern for fantasy managers.

    Mar 14 · Source via Mets Starling Marte
  • Jordan Walker Returns To Lineup Tuesday

    St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Jordan Walker (shoulder) is back in the Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against the Houston Astros and right-hander Brandon Bielak. Walker is starting in left field and hitting third in the batting order. Walker strained his right shoulder while sliding head-first in a spring game last Saturday, but the injury was never considered serious and he's back out there Tuesday. The 20-year-old, who is MLB's fourth-ranked prospect in 2023, has been turning heads in camp by hitting .424 (14-for-33) with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven runs and a stolen base in 11 Grapefruit League games to this point. He's an absolute must-have dynasty/keeper asset this year, and his raw power should make him relevant in mixed leagues as well.

    Mar 14 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Christian Walker Removed As Precaution Monday

    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said that first baseman Christian Walker (hip) was removed from Monday's Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants as a precaution after getting hit by a pitch above his left hip. The 31-year-old should be considered day-to-day for now, and he should return to Cactus League play sooner than later. Walker improved his plate discipline last year and struck out less than 20 percent of the time. It led to a career-high 36 home runs, 94 RBI and 84 runs scored to go along with a .242/.327/.477 slash line and .804 OPS in 160 games played in his sixth year in the desert. Fantasy managers may forget about Walker, but he's not a bad target if you wait at the position in drafts.

    Mar 14 · Source via Diamondbacks Christian Walker
  • Mike Trout Golfs Three-Run Homer Monday

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was ready to represent Team USA in Monday's 12-1 World Baseball Classic win over Team Canada, going 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and two walks. Trout lined a low first-inning fastball just over the center-field fence to put Team USA ahead 9-0. The 31-year-old traded average for power in 2022, slashing .283/.369/.630 with 40 HR and 80 RBI in 499 plate appearances. Trout still remains one of baseball's best hitters, but injuries have limited his overall fantasy value over the past several seasons. He clearly is one of fantasy baseball's best options on an at-bat-by-at-bat appearance, but questions on his total playing time have dropped his average draft position to 20th overall. Despite this, Trout is still a strong early draft option in a relatively shallow position.

    Mar 14 · Source via Angels Mike Trout
  • Trea Turner Homers, Plates Two In World Baseball Classic Win

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner played his part offensively for Team USA in Monday's 12-1 World Baseball Classic win over Team Canada. Turner went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI. The 29-year-old signed an 11-year, $300 million deal this off-season after slashing .298/.343/.466 with 21 HR, 100 RBI, and 27 stolen bases with the Dodgers. Turner's combination of average, power, and speed make him one of fantasy's top overall picks, and he should continue to find success in a strong Phillies' lineup.

    Mar 14 · Source via Phillies Trea Turner
  • Lance Lynn Dominant In World Baseball Classic Win Monday

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lance Lynn was firing on all cylinders for Team USA In Monday's 12-1 World Baseball Classic win over Team Canada. Lynn pitched 5 innings, allowing one run on two hits (including a solo home run) and no walks with six strikeouts. The veteran had a decent 2022 season overall despite missing time recovering from right knee surgery, going 8-7 with a 3.99 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 24.2% strikeout rate in 21 starts. While he has never been flashy, Lynn has been a consistent fantasy contributor throughout his career. Age is of course a concern, but Lynn's high floor makes him a solid middle-of-the-rotation option for fantasy managers.

    Mar 14 · Source via White Sox Lance Lynn
  • Tigers Reportedly Sign Duque Hebbert To Minor-League Deal

    Detroit Tigers scout Luis Molina reportedly signed Team Nicaragua's relief pitcher Duque Hebbert to a minor-league contract Monday after his performance in the World Baseball Classic's 6-1 loss to Team Dominican Republic. The 21-year-old pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a double to Manny Machado but striking out Juan Soto, Julio Rodriguez and Rafael Devers. The right-hander has never pitched in affiliated pro ball, but his performance against some of MLB's best hitters clearly caught the attention of the Tigers.

    Mar 14 · Source via Tigers
  • Cristian Javier Strikes Out Four In Monday's Win

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier looked strong in his World Baseball Classic debut for Team Dominican Republic Monday, pitching four scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over Team Nicaragua. Javier struck out four while allowing two hits and a walk. The 25-year-old took another successful step forward in his young career in 2022, going 11-9 with a 2.54 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 33.2% strikeout rate in 148 2/3 innings pitched. The Astros signed Javier to a five-year, $64 million contract extension this off-season, so it is clear that they expect him to play a key part in their rotation. Javier could prove to be a top fantasy pitching option if he can maintain his high strikeout rate while also taking on another innings jump.

    Mar 14 · Source via Astros Cristian Javier
  • Manny Machado Homers For Dominican Republic Monday

    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado played his part offensively Monday in Team Dominican Republic's 6-1 World Baseball Classic win over Team Nicaragua. Machado went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run, his first of the spring. The 30-year-old had an outstanding 2022 season, slashing .298/.366/.531 with 32 HR, 102 RBI, and nine stolen bases. He is currently being drafted at about pick 14 overall, making him the third baseman drafted. The position is quite top-heavy and shallow overall, so Machado should be able to provide ample fantasy value once again in 2023.

    Mar 14 · Source via Padres Manny Machado
  • Juan Soto Hits Leadoff, Homers In World Baseball Classic Monday

    San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto gave Team Dominican Republic the spark it needed in Monday's 6-1 World Baseball Classic win over Team Nicaragua. Batting leadoff, Soto went 2-for-4 with a single, a solo home run, a walk, and a strikeout. The 24-year-old has gotten off to an encouraging start this spring after having a disappointing 2022 season, batting .727 in 11 Cactus League at-bats before joining Team Dominican Republic for the WBC. While he likely won't hit leadoff for the Padres, Soto should once again be a top fantasy pick and will hopefully experience some positive regression.

    Mar 14 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Blue Jays Notes: Stripling, Jansen, Kirk, Tiedemann

    Ross Stripling played two and a half campaigns in Toronto after being acquired from the Dodgers in a 2020 deadline trade. The right-hander had a quality second full season as a Blue Jay, throwing 134 1/3 innings of 3.01 ERA ball over 32 outings (24 starts) last year. It was a well-timed return to his…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Diamondbacks Giants Chris Bassitt Brandon Belt Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Danny Jansen Alejandro Kirk Alek Manoah Gabriel Moreno Ross Stripling Ricky Tiedemann Daulton Varsho prospects
  • Nick Senzel Not Expected To Be Ready For Opening Day

    Reds outfielder Nick Senzel is likely to open the 2023 campaign on the injured list, reports Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The former second overall pick has been delayed this spring after an offseason spent recovering from toe surgery. Nightengale notes that while there hasn’t been any setback, the Reds are taking things cautiously in…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Nick Senzel
  • Anthony Rizzo Takes Batting Practice On Monday

    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) was able to take batting practice on Monday. This is good news after the 33-year-old slugger was scratched ahead of Sunday's contest. Rizzo said he felt fine after batting practice, but continues to undergo treatment for a back issue. It doesn't sound like this injury is going to force Rizzo onto the injured list. Hopefully, Rizzo will be back in the lineup within the next few days. Although, fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if Rizzo misses time because of back issues throughout the season.

    Mar 13 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Jordan Yamamoto Retires From Baseball

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto has retired from professional baseball, according to his personal Twitter account. The 26-year-old was in camp with the Dodgers on a minor league contract. Yamamoto hasn't made an appearance on an MLB mound since 2021. The right-hander put together a decent rookie campaign in 2019, but struggled after that. He'll finish his MLB career with a 6.05 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets.

    Mar 13 · Source via Dodgers Jordan Yamamoto
  • Kris Bryant Scratched From Monday's Game

    Colorado Rockies third baseman Kris Bryant was a late scratch ahead of Monday's Cactus League game. It sounds like the slugger isn't dealing with an injury, but the team wanted to give him an extra day to rest. The Rockies are trying to manage Bryant's workload heading into 2023 after he played 42 games last season. The 31-year-old is hitting .278 with three home runs and four RBI this spring. Bryant has the potential to be a superstar, but injuries continue to hold him back. Hopefully, Bryant can stay healthy and should benefit from playing in Coors Field.

    Mar 13 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Trevor Bauer Signs With NPB's Yokohama DeNA BayStars

    7:06pm: The BayStars have officially announced Bauer’s signing on a one-year contract. 2:41pm: Free-agent right-hander Trevor Bauer has agreed to a one-year, $4MM deal with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, as first reported by Japan’s Sankei Sports (Twitter link). Bauer had previously been suspended for 324 games under MLB’s joint domestic violence, sexual…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Trevor Bauer
  • Nathan Eovaldi Pitches Well In Triple-A Start

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (side) put together a strong outing during his Triple-A start on Monday. The right-hander struck out two batters, while allowing two hits over two scoreless frames of work. He was able to throw 22 of his 29 pitches for strikes, which is good news. The next step would be for Eovaldi to make his return to Cactus League action. The expectation is that Eovaldi will be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. Fantasy managers should check back for another update on Eovaldi later in the week.

    Mar 13 · Source via Rangers Nathan Eovaldi
  • Jacob deGrom Looks Sharp On Monday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) posted a strong outing during his start in Double-A on Monday. The right-hander struck out five batters while allowing one-run over two innings of work. It's also worth noting that deGrom threw 20 of his 24 pitches for strikes in this outing. The next step is for deGrom to make his spring debut, barring any setbacks. The 34-year-old should be good for Opening Day, but fantasy managers shouldn't get ahead of themselves. There will likely be another update on deGrom within the next few days.

    Mar 13 · Source via Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Taj Bradley Optioned To Minors

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley has been optioned to Triple-A Durham on Monday. There was a chance that Bradley would make the Opening Day roster with Tyler Glasnow (oblique) sidelined. Despite that, it sounds like the team wants to see Bradley pitch in Triple-A to begin the season. The 21-year-old threw three scoreless innings with a 1.20 WHIP during Grapefruit league action. It shouldn't be long before we see Bradley making an impact in the big league rotation. He's worth stashing in dynasty and keeper leagues to begin the season.

    Mar 13 · Source via Rays Taj Bradley prospects
  • Orelvis Martinez Optioned To Minors

    Toronto Blue Jays infielder Orelvis Martinez has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. The 21-year-old put together an impressive spring, hitting .267 with two home runs and six RBI. He shouldn't need to much more time in the minors before he's ready for the big league level. Last season, Martinez blasted 30 home runs with 76 RBI in 118 games in Double-A. However, he produced a .203/.286/.446 slash line, so there is still room for improvement. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues should keep an eye on Martinez this season.

    Mar 13 · Source via Blue Jays Orelvis Martinez prospects
  • Mike Brosseau Continues Red-Hot Spring Monday

    Milwaukee Brewers infielder Mike Brosseau continued a red-hot spring on Monday, collecting three hits along with two runs scored and a pair of RBI in a Cactus League contest against the Cincinnati Reds. The 28-year-old is now hitting .474 with four home runs and a 1.776 OPS across 19 spring at-bats to this point. The righty-swinging Brosseau has largely been on the weak end of a platoon in his career and owns a lifetime .209 isolated power and an .823 OPS versus left-handed pitching versus a .149 ISO and .651 OPS against right-handed pitchers. He got into 70 games with the Brewers last season, hitting .255 with six homers and a .762 OPS with 105 of his 160 plate appearances coming against southpaws. Brosseau should see time across the infield in 2023 but doesn't get nearly enough playing time to warrant fantasy consideration as anything more than a potential streaming option in the right matchups.

    Mar 13 · Source via Brewers Michael Brosseau
  • Heston Kjerstad Continues Torrid Spring Monday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad continued a red-hot spring on Monday with a long solo home run to right field as part of a seven-inning, 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. It was the third long ball of the spring for the 24-year-old, who added a single on the afternoon and is now hitting a robust .478 with a 1.500 OPS across 23 at-bats in Grapefruit League action. Kjerstad's professional debut in 2022 was shortened by a hamstring issue, but he mashed to the tune of a .463 average and 1.201 OPS in 22 Single-A games before being humbled to a .233 average with just three homers and a .674 OPS across 43 High-A contests. The 2020 second overall pick will likely start back at the High-A level as he looks to work his way up the Orioles' minor-league ladder in 2023.

    Mar 13 · Source via Orioles Heston Kjerstad prospects
  • Max Scherzer Touched Up In Minors Game

    New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer wasn't at his best in a minors game on the backfields Monday afternoon. The three-time Cy Young Award winner surrendered five runs (three earned) across five innings of work, three of which ended early due to pitch count. Scherzer agreed to pitch in the minors game while allowing Tylor Megill, who is in competition for the final spot in the Mets' rotation, to pitch in the A game. Scherzer had previously allowed just one earned run in 4 2/3 innings of work in game action this spring, striking out six against zero walks. The 38-year-old has seen the injury bug creep in some over the last few seasons but still pitched to a stout 2.29 ERA and 26.4% K-BB% across 23 starts in 2022. He'll look to team up with former Detroit Tigers teammate Justin Verlander to form one of the better one-two punches in baseball this season.

    Mar 13 · Source via Mets Max Scherzer
  • Adrián Morejón To Undergo MRI After Experiencing Arm Discomfort

    Padres left-hander Adrián Morejón will undergo an MRI this week, reports AJ Cassavell of The lefty had departed yesterday’s game with discomfort above his elbow. Until that MRI takes place and a diagnosis is reached, it won’t be known if Morejón needs to miss time or how much. For now, it’s a concerning development…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Adrian Morejon
  • Mookie Betts To Serve As Leadoff Hitter In 2023

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/second baseman Mookie Betts will serve as the club's leadoff hitter for 2023, according to skipper Dave Roberts. Roberts noted that there were discussions surrounding the lefty-swinging Gavin Lux (knee) leading off against certain right-hander pitchers, but with Lux out for the season with an ACL tear, it will be Betts as the full-time leadoff man. The 30-year-old Betts, who will start approximately 20 games at second base this season, hit .269 with 35 home runs, 12 stolen bases and an .873 OPS across 142 games in the 2022 campaign. The 2018 AL MVP's bat has been at least 30% above league average in each of the last five seasons, per wRC+, and gains significant value as the leadoff hitter in an offense that led all of baseball with 847 runs scored a season ago. He should certainly be one of the first outfielders off the board on draft day.

    Mar 13 · Source via Dodgers Mookie Betts
  • Mets Potentially Shutting Down José Quintana For Three Months

    3:15 pm: General manager Billy Eppler tells reporters, including Tim Britton of The Athletic, that the report of the three-month shutdown is “premature.” They are still talking to doctors about next steps. 1:30 pm: The Mets are planning to shut down starter José Quintana for the next three months, reports Mike Puma of The New…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Jose Quintana
  • Andres Munoz Should Make Spring Debut Later This Week

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz (ankle) will throw live batting practice on Monday and should make his Cactus League debut in a game on Thursday or Friday. Munoz is behind the other pitchers in camp this spring after having surgery on his foot in the offseason, but barring a setback, he's expected to open the year in a high-leverage role at the back of Seattle's bullpen. The 24-year-old right-hander won't open the year as the primary closer for the M's, but if he's as dominant as he was in 2022, he'll still have plenty of fantasy value, especially in leagues that reward points for holds. Munoz had a strong 2.49 ERA (2.04 FIP), 0.89 WHIP, four saves and 96 strikeouts in 65 relief innings last year.

    Mar 13 · Source via Mariners Andres Munoz closers
  • David Villar Dealing With Hip-Flexor Strain

    San Francisco Giants third baseman David Villar's (hip) MRI exam revealed a mild hip-flexor strain. He will continue to be re-evaluated on a daily basis. Villar was scratched from the team's Cactus League lineup this weekend and remains out to begin the week. However, he's being listed as day-to-day and should be able to return to spring action before long. The 26-year-old made his major-league debut with the Giants last year and slashed .231/.331/.455 with a .787 OPS, nine home runs, 24 RBI and 21 runs scored in 181 plate appearances over 52 games. There's nothing really that stands out about Villar's offensive or defensive profile, making him mostly a target at the hot corner for depth in NL-only leagues.

    Mar 13 · Source via Giants David Villar
  • Brandon Crawford Being Shut Down For A Week

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) is experiencing left knee discomfort and will be shut down for one week in spring training. It's not a great sign for a player that his 36 years old, and there's a chance he may not be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. If Crawford isn't ready for the start of the regular season, Thairo Estrada could open the year as the Giants' starter at the 6. Crawford also missed time last summer with knee inflammation, so this is something to keep an eye on. At this point of his career, Crawford can't be counted on for much offensive production after he slashed .231/.308/.344 with a career-low .652 OPS, nine home runs, 52 RBI and 50 runs scored in 458 plate appearances and 118 games in 2022.

    Mar 13 · Source via Giants Brandon Crawford
  • Jordan Walker's Injury Isn't Serious

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jordan Walker (shoulder), MLB's fourth-ranked overall prospect, avoided a serious injury when he suffered a mild strained right shoulder while sliding in spring action on Saturday. Walker took batting practice in the cages on Sunday, and the team is confident he'll be ready to return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday after an off day on Monday. "I'm good. I actually just did some stretching and stuff and I feel fine," said Walker. The 20-year-old stands at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds and has plenty of raw power with the bat. He's one of the most intriguing and attractive young prospects for fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper leagues, and he also figures to attract attention for his power in mixed leagues in 2023.

    Mar 13 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Nick Senzel Expected To Open On Injured List

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel (toe) is expected to be out for the start of the 2023 regular season. He hasn't had a setback with his toe this spring, but he's no longer scheduled to play in a Cactus League game this week. The Reds don't want to rush him if he'll miss Opening Day anyway. Senzel had surgery to fix a fractured toe on his left foot last November and is still recovering from the procedure. He's still young at 27 years old and should return as the team's everyday center fielder, but the former first-rounder is running out of time to impress fantasy managers. With Senzel out early in the season, the Reds could use some combination of Will Benson, TJ Friedl and Stuart Fairchild in center field until Senzel is ready.

    Mar 13 · Source via Reds Nick Senzel
  • Mookie Betts To Play Around 20 Games At Second Base

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that outfielder Mookie Betts would play closer to 20 games at second base during the regular season to give Miguel Vargas days off when necessary. In addition to gaining second base eligibility in some fantasy leagues, Betts will serve as LA's leadoff man. It will give him more opportunities to score runs, but it will also take away valuable RBI opportunities. The 30-year-old will come off the board towards the back end of the first round of fantasy drafts this spring. The six-time All-Star hit .269/.340/.533 with an .873 OPS, career-high 35 home runs, 82 RBI, league-high 117 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 639 plate appearances and 142 games in his third year with the Blue in 2022.

    Mar 13 · Source via Dodgers Mookie Betts
  • Trevor Bauer Heading To Japan

    Free-agent starting pitcher Trevor Bauer will sign with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan's professional league. His deal is worth $4 million plus incentives, pending a physical. Bauer will attempt to rehabilitate his image overseas after the Los Angeles Dodgers released him in January after a lengthy domestic-violence suspension. It remains to be seen if the 32-year-old will return to the United States to pitch for an MLB team, but apparently no clubs had interest in him for the 2023 season. Bauer won the National League Cy Young in the shortened 2020 season with the Cincinnati Reds, but he's made only 17 starts since (107 2/3 innings) because of his lengthy suspension for domestic violence.

    Mar 13 · Source via Trevor Bauer
  • Jose Quintana To Be Shut Down For Three Months

    New York Mets left-hander Jose Quintana (rib) is expected to be shut down from throwing for at least three months after he was diagnosed last week with a stress fracture on the fifth rib on his left side, according to sources. He would begin throwing again in mid-June at the earliest to ramp up for a return to the starting rotation around the All-Star break. The 34-year-old signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Mets this offseason. With Quintana now sidelined for an extended period of time, Tylor Megill and David Peterson are the top two candidates to replace the veteran southpaw in New York's Opening Day rotation. Mets officials appear most intrigued by the idea of giving the spot to Megill, who had a 1.93 ERA in five starts to begin the 2022 season before injuries struck.

    Mar 13 · Source via Mets Jose Quintana
  • Sal Frelick Punches Italy's Ticket To WBC Quarterfinal

    Milwaukee Brewers outfield prospect Sal Frelick recorded a three-hit game as Italy beat the Netherlands 7-1 on Sunday to advance to the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals. The 30th-ranked overall prospect per MLB Pipeline, Frelick also recorded two RBI and scored a run in the winning effort. The 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .389 with a .977 OPS for the tournament and is putting himself in line for an MLB promotion in 2023, if he wasn't already. Frelick raked to the tune of a .365 average with four home runs, nine stolen bases and a .943 OPS across 46 games at Triple-A in 2022, his third minor-league stop of the season. With Tyrone Taylor to begin the season on the injured list and Garrett Mitchell dealing with a hamstring issue, Frelick's MLB debut could come sooner than later in 2023.

    Mar 13 · Source via Brewers Sal Frelick prospects
  • Felix Bautista To Make Spring Debut Tuesday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista will make his spring debut Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates after dealing with knee and shoulder issues this spring. Bautista was hampered by a knee injury late in the 2022 season while he underwent a shoulder strengthening program this spring. The 27-year-old took over closing duties for the Orioles in the second half of 2022, racking up 15 saves to go along with a stout 2.19 ERA and 34.8% strikeout rate across 65 appearances. Expected to be ready for Opening Day, Bautista should be a quality source of saves in 2023 as the Orioles' full-time closer while once again racking up plenty of punchouts as he's done throughout his professional baseball career.

    Mar 13 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista closers
  • Cristian Pache Having Big Spring For A's

    Oakland A's center fielder Cristian Pache has come out of the gates hot this spring as he chases down a full-time role for the A's in 2023. Through 10 Cactus League contests, Pache is hitting .417 with a double, two triples and a 1.065 OPS across 24 at-bats. To his credit, the 24-year-old has yet to strike out in that time, albeit with just one walk to his credit. Nonetheless, Pache has already put his excellent defense on display at the big-league level but has scuffled to a .156 batting average with four home runs, two stolen bases and a .439 OPS across 332 career trips to the plate. Pache even scuffled to a .248 average with four homers and one steal alongside a .687 OPS in 41 games at Triple-A in 2022. His chances for increased playing time improved with newcomer JJ Bleday being optioned to the minors, but Pache will likely need to carry his hot spring start into the regular season for everyday reps in 2023.

    Mar 13 · Source via Athletics Cristian Pache
  • Jake Fraley Enjoys Big Game Saturday

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley enjoyed a big day at the plate Saturday as part of an 8-7 Cactus League loss to the Texas Rangers. Fraley clubbed a fourth-inning two-run home run while he added a double and drove in three runs on the afternoon. The long ball was Fraley's second of the spring, and he's now hitting .375 with three stolen bases and four walks against five strikeouts across 24 at-bats this spring. Acquired from the Seattle Mariners prior to the 2022 season, the 27-year-old hit 12 homers with four steals and an .812 OPS across an injury-shortened 68-game season with the Reds last year. Fraley's 121 wRC+ from a season ago represents a figure 21% above the league average as he looks to put together a healthy and productive season in the corner outfield spots for the rebuilding Reds in 2023.

    Mar 13 · Source via Reds Jake Fraley
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Serving As DH Monday

    San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (knee) is batting third and serving as the designated hitter in Monday's Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants and left-hander Sean Manaea. Tatis was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a left knee bruise, but obviously it's not a very serious injury. The 24-year-old superstar will be suspended for the first 20 games of the 2023 season, but he's getting his work in at camp. Tatis has struggled with his timing so far in Cactus League games, going just 2-for-19, but that shouldn't worry fantasy managers too much. He has plenty of time to get his timing at the plate back. Barring more injuries this year, the sky is the limit for Tatis, and he'll be adding outfield eligibility as well.

    Mar 13 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Brett Baty Enjoying Red-Hot Spring

    New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty is raking this spring in his bid for an Opening Day roster spot. Baty has hit one home run with a double on his ledger, but he's also hitting a hefty .458 alongside a 1.177 OPS across 24 spring at-bats. The 23-year-old also has four walks against six strikeouts while collecting two stolen bases across 12 Grapefruit League contests. Baty debuted with the Mets in the 2022 season but struggled to a .184 batting average with two homers across 42 trips to the plate. He spent the bulk of last season at the Double-A level, posting a robust .312/.406/.544 slash line with 19 homers across 89 games. He's competing with veteran Eduardo Escobar for reps at third base, but he could also see time at designated hitter if he can stay hot entering the 2023 campaign.

    Mar 13 · Source via Mets Brett Baty Eduardo Escobar prospects
  • A's Option JJ Bleday To Triple-A

    The Oakland Athletics optioned outfielder JJ Bleday to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday. Bleday is headed for some more minor-league seasoning to begin the 2023 season, but he'll surely be up with the A's at some point this year. He was acquired from the Miami Marlins in the offseason in the deal that sent left-hander A.J. Puk to the Marlins. In 11 Cactus League games with Oakland, Bleday hit .286 with a home run and a stolen base. The 25-year-old former fourth overall pick in 2019 hit a disappointing .167/.277/.309 with a .586 OPS, five home runs, 16 RBI, 21 runs scored and four stolen bases in his first 65 major-league games in 2022 with the Fish. Bleday's prospect status has surely taken a hit, but he'll eventually get another chance in Oakland.

    Mar 13 · Source via Athletics JJ Bleday
  • Anthony Volpe Has Been Red-Hot This Spring

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe is doing "everything he needs to do" in the competition for the starting job at shortstop this spring, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Volpe crushed a home run and added a double in Sunday's Grapefruit League game as he continues his push to win the starting job on Opening Day. Through nine spring games, he's now hitting .320 with a 1.113 OPS. "I think they certainly respect his ability and the way he goes about things," manager Aaron Boone said. "A lot of our guys, especially our established, core players, I think he's gotten their attention." There are some concerns as to whether he can stay at the 6 in the long term, and some scouts believe it would be ideal for him to start 2023 at Triple-A. Volpe is turning heads, but Oswald Peraza remains the favorite to open as the starter at short because of his defense.

    Mar 13 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Kodai Senga Throws On Flat Ground Monday

    After a couple days of rest, New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga (finger) threw off flat ground on Monday morning from around 90 feet. Senga didn't appear to be throwing at maximum effort, but it was a step in the right direction. The Japanese hurler is confident he'll be ready for the start of the season despite dealing with tendinitis at the base of his right index finger. We'll keep a close eye on the 30-year-old starter as he gets ready for his first season in the big leagues. Senga was one of the most dominant pitchers in Japan over the last decade, but he's expected to have his growing pains in the majors as he fills the Mets' No. 3 rotation spot behind aces Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

    Mar 13 · Source via Mets Kodai Senga
  • Michael Brantley Back At Camp

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley (personal, shoulder) is back with the team in spring training on Monday. Brantley was away from the team due to personal reasons, but he has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut while recovering from surgery he had on his right labrum last August. The Astros aren't ruling out Opening Day, but the 35-year-old will need to ramp up his baseball activities quickly in camp if he's to have any shot at being ready for the 2023 regular season opener. When he's healthy, he's expected to hit in the two-hole for the Astros while playing regularly between left field and designated hitter. Brantley makes a ton of contact and can provide a high batting average, but he doesn't do much else for fantasy managers.

    Mar 13 · Source via Astros Michael Brantley
  • Lance McCullers Jr. To Throw Again Monday

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) will throw for a second time on Monday in the batting cages. It is McCullers' second throwing session in three days as he works to build his way back up after suffering a right forearm strain last month. The 29-year-old right-hander will open the 2023 season on the injured list, but he could make his season debut before the end of April, barring any setbacks along the way. His fantasy stock has fallen because of his injury, but McCullers is still worth a late-round flier in mixed leagues. Injuries have been an issue for him, and he appeared in just eight games in 2022 with a similar forearm injury that he initially suffered in the 2021 playoffs.

    Mar 13 · Source via Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Yandy Diaz Back In The Lineup Monday

    Tampa Bay Rays corner infielder Yandy Diaz (hand) is back in the Grapefruit League lineup on Monday against the Detroit Tigers and right-hander Miguel Diaz. Diaz is starting at third base and hitting leadoff for the Rays. Diaz was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the spring game on Friday, and this will be just his third Grapefruit League game after missing some time with a hip-flexor injury. X-rays on the 31-year-old's hand came back negative, so he should be fine for Opening Day unless he gets unlucky and suffers a third spring injury. Diaz doesn't hit for much power, but he makes a lot of hard contact and doesn't strike out often. He's a strong target in on-base-percentage leagues while hitting atop Tampa's lineup.

    Mar 13 · Source via Rays Yandy Diaz
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Should Return To Lineup In A Few Days

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) should be fine to return to the Grapefruit League lineup in a few days after his baserunning session went well over the weekend. It sounds like the knee worry is almost behind him. Guerrero is dealing with right knee inflammation, but the Blue Jays were taking a cautionary approach with their best player in spring training. The 23-year-old should be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season and should still be considered the No. 1 first baseman in upcoming fantasy drafts.

    Mar 13 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Craig Stammen "Highly Unlikely" To Pitch Again Following Shoulder Injury

    Padres reliever Craig Stammen suffered a torn capsule in his right shoulder and strained sub scapula Friday, as reported by the San Diego Union Tribune’s Kevin Acee. Stammen, who just celebrated his 39th birthday, acknowledged that his “playing days are probably over,” though it seems Stammen and the club have not decided whether or not…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Craig Stammen closers
  • Mets Place Zach Greene On Outright Waivers

    The Mets have placed right-hander Zach Greene on outright waivers,’s Anthony DiComo reports (Twitter link).  Greene was selected away from the Yankees in December’s Rule 5 Draft, and unless another team claims Greene on waivers, the Mets will have to offer him back to the Yankees for $50K.  If another team make a claim,…

    Mar 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Zach Greene
  • Starling Marte To Be Re-Evaluated On Monday

    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (concussion) appears to have avoided serious injury. The concussion test came back negative, so the team plans to re-evaluate him on Monday. The right-handed slugger was hit in the helmet by a pitch during Sunday's spring training contest. Luckily, he left the field under his own power and appears to be doing well. It doesn't sound like Marte is going to need a stint on the injured list. Fantasy managers should check back on Monday after he has been re-evaluated.

    Mar 12 · Source via Mets Starling Marte
  • Graham Ashcraft Pulled Early Due To Injury

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft (calf) was forced to exit early during Sunday's Cactus League matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander looked sharp during his first two innings. He racked up six strikeouts before he was forced to exit early in the third inning due to a left calf issue. The right-hander said afterwards that the injury wasn't concerning. However, the organization might have Ashcraft undergo further testing, so they can be safe. The expectation is that Ashcraft should be able to make his next scheduled start. The 25-year-old has some deep league appeal heading into the season, assuming he can stay healthy.

    Mar 12 · Source via Reds Graham Ashcraft
  • James Kaprielian Makes Spring Debut

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher James Kaprielian (shoulder) took the mound for the first time this spring on Sunday against the San Diego Padres. The right-hander struck out five batters over one 2/3 innings of work. However, he also walked three batters and allowed one hit as well. Kaprielian looked good as his fastball got up to 97 mph during this outing. The hope is that he feels good after this game and can continue on schedule for the rest of the spring. It sounds like Kaprielian should be able to be part of the Opening Day roster. Kaprielian has the potential to be a consistent option, but is more of a deep league target in fantasy leagues right now.

    Mar 12 · Source via Athletics James Kaprielian
  • Charlie Blackmon In No Rush To Return

    Colorado Rockies outfielderCharlie Blackmon(back) is improving after sustaining a back injury on Friday. Blackmon was removed in the first inning of Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants, which was ruled as back stiffness. Manager Bud Black added that the Rockies are in no rush to reinstate Blackmon as Opening Day approaches. The 36-year-old is expected to see a lot of DH opportunities to begin the season as a precaution to complete the recovery process. As the year progresses, he will slowly return to the outfield. Blackmon slashed .264/.314/.419 with a .733 OPS this past season. He smacked 16 home runs as well as a .317 wOBA. Barring any setbacks, the Rockies hope that Blackmon continues to contribute from an offensive standpoint.

    Mar 12 · Source via Rockies Charlie Blackmon
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Expected To Play On Monday

    San Diego Padres infielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (knee) was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup. However, manager Bob Melvin expects Tatis to return to Cactus League action on Monday. The right-hander slugger is reportedly dealing with a left knee contusion. He suffered the injury when he was hit in the knee on a pickoff throw during Saturday's game. It sounds like this is only a minor injury and Tatis is going to be fine going forward. Fantasy managers can breathe a sigh of relief as Tatis should return within the next few days.

    Mar 12 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Adrian Morejon Removed From Sunday's Contest

    San Diego Padres pitcher Adrian Morejon (elbow) was forced to exit early during Sunday's Cactus League matchup against the Oakland Athletics. The left-hander exited the game due to discomfort in his elbow on his pitching arm. That certainly sounds concerning, but nobody should jump to conclusions. The Padres are likely going to have Morejon undergo further testing. Although, it wouldn't be shocking if the 24-year-old began the 2023 season on the injured list. Fantasy managers will have to check back for more information.

    Mar 12 · Source via Padres Adrian Morejon
  • Josh Fleming Contending For Rotation Spot

    With Tampa Bay Rays incumbent aceTyler Glasnow(oblique) starting the season on the injured list, southpawJosh Flemingis making a case to fill the fifth rotation spot. Fleming made three starts last season and molded a 9.26 ERA with 11 strikeouts. The lefty has yet to make more than 11 starts in his three-year career, but he's got the longevity to become one. The 26-year-old spent quality time in Triple-A Durham, owning a 3.06 ERA over 10 starts. The Rays have certainly developed Fleming as a starter, but the lack of success playing that role raises some concerns. Despite these concerns, Tampa Bay is heavily considering Fleming to become the fifth starter. Other pitchers likeLuis PatinoandYonny Chirinosare potential candidates for the fifth spot.

    Mar 12 · Source via Rays Josh Fleming
  • Ronald Guzman Pulled From Sunday's Game

    San Francisco Giants infielder/pitcher Ronald Guzman (forearm) was pulled out of Sunday's Cactus League matchup due to injury. Guzman threw a wild pitch to the backstop and immediately bent down in pain afterwards. Manager Gabe Kapler mentioned that Guzman felt something in his forearm on the final pitch that he threw. The expectation is that the organization is going to have Guzman undergo further testing. Hopefully, this injury is minor, but fantasy managers will have to check back for more updates on his status.

    Mar 12 · Source via Giants Ronald Guzman
  • Bryan Mata Optioned To Minors

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Bryan Mata has been optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Sunday. The 23-year-old looked fantastic during Grapefruit action this spring. He threw seven scoreless innings with a 1.00 WHIP and six strikeouts. The right-hander made his return to the mound last season after a lengthy absence due to Tommy John surgery. He posted a 2.49 ERA with 105 strikeouts and only five home runs allowed in 19 games (18 starts) between Double-A and Triple-A last season. It appears Mata is getting extremely close to making his big league debut. The expectation is that Mata will take the mound for the Red Sox at some point in 2023.

    Mar 12 · Source via Red Sox Bryan Mata
  • Adrian Morejon Leaves With Arm Discomfort

    San Diego Padres southpawAdrian Morejon(arm) exited Sunday's game against the Oakland A's with arm discomfort. Manager Bob Melvin added that the pain ranges from the back of his arm to above his elbow. The Padres hope it is nothing serious and he can return soon. The 24-year-old-year-old is expecting to receive a heavy workload this coming season, and the Padres are looking to expand his versatility. Morejon composed a 4.24 ERA with 28 strikeouts across 34 innings. He missed a chunk of time due to a plethora of injuries, and the injury bug hasn't left him since turning pro in 2019. If he can stay healthy, Morejon is a threat in almost any situation and hopes to make his return as soon as possible.

    Mar 12 · Source via Padres Adrian Morejon
  • Ernie Clement Released By The A's

    Utility fielderErnie Clementwas released by the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. He was re-assigned to minor league camp on March 5th and sought to fill a role as organizational depth. In 2022, Clement played 63 games with the Cleveland Guardians and posted an appalling .485 OPS through 161 plate appearances. He was then claimed off waivers by the A's, who employed him for the remaining six regular season games. The 26-year-old is a top-tier defender and played various positions this past season. He has smooth hands and can play a fair game anywhere on the diamond. Clement will likely start in the minors if he is signed, and he could be an under-the-radar option in very deep-leagues if injuries pile up.

    Mar 12 · Source via Athletics Ernie Clement
  • Mets' Bryce Montes de Oca Suffers Forearm Strain

    Mets right-hander Bryce Montes de Oca left today’s Spring Training outing due to a forearm strain, manager Buck Showalter told reporters (including The Athletic’s Tim Britton).  Montes de Oca will undergo tests and imaging to determine the extent of the injury, and there is certainly plenty of extra concern considering de Oca’s history of arm…

    Mar 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Bryce Montes de Oca
  • Garrett Whitlock, Brayan Bello Face Live Hitters

    Boston Red Sox pitchers Garrett Whitlock (hip) and Brayan Bello (forearm) both threw to live hitters on Saturday in camp. Whitlock showed no ill-effects from right hip surgery he had last September when he threw two string innings (46 pitches). His next step will be his Grapefruit League debut against the Rays on Wednesday. Bello tossed 17 pitches in his first live action against hitters, and he will throw two more innings of live batting practice on Wednesday. Bello is scheduled to make his first spring start around March 19 or 20. Whitlock has an outside chance to be ready for the start of the season, but if not, he'll likely only miss a start or two. Bello is certain to start the year on the injured list, but he should be back at some point in April.

    Mar 12 · Source via Red Sox Garrett Whitlock Brayan Bello
  • John Schreiber Fans Two In Saturday's Outing

    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher John Schreiber walked none and struck out two in 1 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings in his Grapefruit League outing on Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. The 29-year-old right-hander faced five batters in his most recent spring outing. In his second season in Boston last year, Schreiber had a career-best 2.22 ERA (2.50 FIP), 0.98 WHIP, 22 holds his first eight career saves and a career-high 74 strikeouts in 65 innings over 64 relief appearances. He's not in line for regular save chances with Kenley Jansen in town, but Schreiber should be plenty relevant in leagues that reward points for holds.

    Mar 12 · Source via Red Sox John Schreiber closers
  • DL Hall Throws Live Session On Sunday

    Baltimore Orioles left-hander DL Hall's (back) live batting practice session on Sunday went "extremely well," and he has another one scheduled for Tuesday at spring training. If his session on Tuesday also goes well, the Orioles are hoping to get Hall into a Grapefruit League game. The 24-year-old southpaw is building himself up as a starter, but it remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Opening Day in a starting role. Baltimore has yet to decide whether they want to use Hall in a relief or starting role for the majority of the 2023 season. Hall has great stuff on the mound, but he's been unable to control it consistently. He allowed nine earned runs on 17 hits while walking six and striking out 19 in 13 2/3 innings in his first taste of the majors in 2022.

    Mar 12 · Source via Orioles DL Hall prospects
  • Justin Turner Could Resume Baseball Activities Monday

    Boston Red Sox third baseman/designated hitter Justin Turner (face), who had his stitches removed this weekend, could resume baseball activities on Monday. Turner was hit in the face by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game last Monday and needed 16 stitches after being taken to a local hospital. He's been feeling good and is expected to serve as the BoSox's primary designated hitter while occasionally filling in at first base for Triston Casas and at third base for Rafael Devers. The 38-year-old joined the Red Sox on a one-year deal that guarantees him $15 million after nine strong seasons with the Dodgers. Turner is no longer in his prime, but when healthy, he can still be a decent source for on-base percentage and counting stats.

    Mar 12 · Source via Red Sox Justin Turner
  • Michael Massey Returns To Spring Lineup

    Kansas City Royals second baseman Michael Massey (ankle) is back in the team's Cactus League lineup on Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians and right-hander Xzavion Curry. Massey is starting at second base and is hitting seventh in KC's batting order. The 24-year-old hasn't played since being hit in the ankle by a pitch on Wednesday. In 52 games in his rookie season for the Royals, Massey hit .243/.307/.376 with a .683 OPS, four home runs, 17 RBI, 16 runs scored and three stolen bases in 194 plate appearances. He's expected to open the year as the team's primary second baseman, and he also has a little pop, which will make him attractive in AL-only leagues as a middle infield option.

    Mar 12 · Source via Royals Michael Massey
  • Jordan Walker Will Hit On Sunday

    St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Jordan Walker (shoulder) said that he plans to hit on Sunday. "Yeah, I'm going to hit today. I'm not playing today, but I'm going to go to the cages to hit," Walker said. The 20-year-old suffered a strained right shoulder sliding into second base in the Grapefruit League game on Saturday, but he didn't need to undergo an MRI exam. He's expected to return to spring action after Monday's off day. Walker is the team's top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and he's surely played like it in camp. He's hitting .438 (14-for-32) with three home runs, three doubles, seven RBI, seven runs scored and a steal in 10 games. Walker should be considered a top-five dynasty prospect, and his raw power should play in redraft leagues as well once he reaches the majors in 2023.

    Mar 12 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Kodai Senga Says He'll Be Ready For Opening Day

    New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga (finger) say he will "for sure" be ready for his first start of the 2023 regular season despite dealing with right index finger tendinitis. Senga said through his interpreter that he is taking things day by day but could throw right now if he wanted to. He's merely exercising caution with Opening Day quickly approaching. The injury is a result of the 30-year-old adjusting to the different baseballs in the United States. He was scratched from his Grapefruit League outing on Saturday. One of the best pitchers in Japan in the last decade, Senga is expected to serve as New York's No. 3 starter behind Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in his first big-league season. Injuries could be an issue, and fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to be as dominant as he was overseas.

    Mar 12 · Source via Mets Kodai Senga
  • Anthony Rizzo Scratched With Cranky Back

    New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) was scheduled to make the trip for Grapefruit League action on Sunday, but he was scratched from the lineup because his back is "a little cranky," according to manager Aaron Boone. The plan is for Rizzo to play again on Tuesday when the team returns home. Billy McKinney will get the start at first and bat sixth on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Tanner Houck. The 33-year-old Rizzo continues to deal with back issues, but it's obviously not too concerning right now. It's probably something that the left-handed slugger will have to deal with throughout the year, so fantasy managers should bake that into their first base rankings.

    Mar 12 · Source via Yankees Anthony Rizzo
  • Chris Sale Won't Start On Opening Day

    Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale (wrist) won't start on Opening Day, which manager Alex Cora said was the plan all along. Cora also said there is "a good chance" that Corey Kluber will get the nod to kick off the 2023 regular season. Sale is one day after Kluber in the spring training rotation, so he's likely to get the ball in the second game of the regular season. The 33-year-old southpaw has been one of the most injured pitchers over the last few years, only making 11 starts (48 1/3 innings) over the last three seasons combined in Boston. The seven-time All-Star can still generate plenty of swings and misses when he's healthy, but the risk of injury has certainly made him less attractive to fantasy managers.

    Mar 12 · Source via Red Sox Chris Sale
  • Nathan Eovaldi To Start Triple-A Game Monday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (side) will start the team's Triple-A spring game on a back field on Monday. Like ace Jacob deGrom, Eovaldi has been a bit behind in camp while dealing with left side tightness. The Rangers are taking a cautious approach with both starters, but they will test it out in minor-league action to begin the week. If Eovaldi can avoid setbacks, he could get into a Cactus League game his next time out. The 33-year-old right-hander still has a shot to be in the Opening Day rotation in his first year in Texas. He was limited to 20 outings for the Boston Red Sox in 2022 due to injuries, which helps explain his drop in strikeout rate and velocity. Injuries and his issues with the long ball are concerning.

    Mar 12 · Source via Rangers Nathan Eovaldi
  • Jacob deGrom To Pitch In Double-A Game Monday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) will start the team's Double-A spring game on a back field on Monday. deGrom threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday and is now ready to make his debut in a spring game, albeit in a minor-league setting. If all goes well on Monday, the 34-year-old two-time Cy Young winner should be set to make his Cactus League debut in his next appearance. Left side tightness early in camp caused the Rangers to shut deGrom down for a bit, but he's ramped up and ready to go now. Barring a setback, he'll be good to go for Opening Day, although Texas could limit his workload initially to keep him healthy early on. When he's not injured, deGrom is a clear fantasy ace.

    Mar 12 · Source via Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Joey Votto Making Cactus League Debut Against Dodgers

    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (biceps, shoulder) is making his spring debut in the team's Cactus League game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Dustin May. Votto is starting at first base and batting second in the lineup. He missed the end of the 2022 season due to a torn rotator cuff and left biceps injury, so he's been brought along slowly this spring. It remains to be seen if the 39-year-old will be ready for the start of the regular season, but one thing is for sure: fantasy managers shouldn't count on Votto returning to his old self. He won't have much help around him in the lineup and he hit just 11 home runs in 2022 after clubbing 36 the year prior. Votto still has excellent plate discipline, but it would be unwise to bank on his power returning to All-Star form.

    Mar 12 · Source via Reds Joey Votto
  • Brandon Nimmo Making Spring Debut Sunday

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is making his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander Luis Patino. Nimmo is starting in center field and hitting in his usual leadoff spot in the batting order. The 29-year-old has been healthy this spring, but the Mets opted to hold him back to give him some extra rest this spring. Injuries have been an issue for Nimmo in the past, but he played in a career-high 151 games in 2022 and slashed .274/.367/.433 with an .800 OPS, 16 home runs, career-high 64 RBI, career-high 102 runs scored and three stolen bases in 673 plate appearances. Durability is an issue, but fantasy managers are getting a strong on-base guy and plenty of runs if they draft Nimmo.

    Mar 12 · Source via Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Forrest Whitley Sent To Minor-League Camp

    The Houston Astros sent right-hander Forrest Whitley to minor-league camp on Sunday. Now ranked as the team's No. 21 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, Whitley's prospect status has faded in recent years due to injuries, struggles in the minors and a suspension. The 25-year-old starter went 0-2 with a 6.53 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 40 innings over 13 outings (11 starts) at three minor-league levels in 2022 while returning from Tommy John surgery. Control has been a big issue for him, but he'll have a good shot to make his major-league debut in 2023 if he stays healthy. He's still young and the upside is there, but those in mixed redraft leagues can ignore him for now.

    Mar 12 · Source via Astros Forrest Whitley
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Throws On Saturday

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) threw 30 pitches off flat ground on Saturday for the first time since a bullpen session on Feb. 14. McCullers is dealing with a small muscle strain in his right forearm and will open the 2023 campaign on the injured list. The 29-year-old will now begin to build his arm back up, and if he doesn't suffer another setback, he could make his debut in the Astros' rotation around the end of April. Injuries continue to impede McCullers, but he has the stuff to be very useful for fantasy managers when he's healthy. He's worth a late-round flier in mixed leagues if you have room to stash him on the injured list for most of the first month of the season.

    Mar 12 · Source via Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Yordan Alvarez Hits Again Sunday

    Houston Astros outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (hand) hit soft toss again on Sunday and felt good. Alvarez resumed swinging on Saturday and is expected to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks with his sore left hand. It's been a little concerning for Alvarez, considering he dealt with soreness in both of his hands last year, too. It remains to be seen when he'll get into a Grapefruit League game, but for now, fantasy managers should still consider him in the first round of drafts as one of the best all-around hitters in the game.

    Mar 12 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Andres Munoz Adding New Pitch And Close To Spring Debut

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz (ankle) is likely within a week from making his Cactus League debut. He's tentatively scheduled to throw one more live batting practice before getting into a spring game. Munoz had surgery shortly after last seven to clean up a previously fractured ankle. The 24-year-old right-hander is throwing pain-free now and has added a two-seam fastball to his repertoire. It's still a work in progress, but it will give hitters something else to think about other than his four-seam fastball and slider. Munoz has time to get ready for Opening Day and could be even nastier as a setup man for Seattle. Even though he's not expected to open the year as the M's primary closer, Munoz has plenty of value for his strikeouts and holds.

    Mar 11 · Source via Mariners Andres Munoz closers
  • Casey Sadler Throws To Live Hitters

    Seattle Mariners right-hander Casey Sadler (shoulder) threw to live hitters for the first time in camp on Friday after coming off surgery. It was a big step, but Sadler still has a ways to go before he is pitching in big-league games. He wasn't throwing at full intensity and hitters were told to just track pitches and not swing. The 32-year-old reliever is currently on a team-record streak of 29 straight appearances without allowing a run. Sadler won't be rushed. He can start the season in the minors before working his way up to a potentially big part of Seattle's bullpen. Sadler didn't pitch at all in 2022 but had a 0.67 ERA in 40 1/3 inning of work in 2021. It remains to be seen when he'll be ready for the M's this year, but when he's back, he'll be an option in holds leagues.

    Mar 11 · Source via Mariners Casey Sadler
  • Jasson Dominguez Living Up To The Hype

    New York Yankees outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez is living up to all of the hype in spring training this year. Dominguez just turned 20 years old last month but hit his fourth Grapefruit League home run on Saturday. The switch-hitting center fielder has plenty of power, but he's maturing before the Yankees' eyes in camp. He's quickly becoming one of the highest-ceiling prospects in all of baseball with a five-tool pedigree. Dominguez is looking very comfortable in spring training, but even with Harrison Bader (oblique) likely to miss Opening Day, it's unlikely Dominguez starts the season in the big leagues. After all, he's played in only five Double-A games. He needs to be stashed in all dynasty leagues, and he'll be fantasy relevant in all single-year leagues whenever he makes his MLB debut.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Jasson Dominguez prospects
  • Alex Kirilloff Behind Schedule

    The Minnesota Twins are non-committal regarding the Opening Day readiness of outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist), who is still "a little behind our schedule" in his progressions against live pitching, according to president of baseball operations Derek Falvey. Kirilloff's progression has depended on his tolerance on a daily basis this spring. The 25-year-old left-handed slugger is trying to return from wrist surgery last August, and it's looking more likely that he'll open the 2023 season on the injured list for the Twins. And when he is healthy, the former first-rounder could be limited to a part-time role in a corner outfield spot for Minnesota. Kirilloff has shown flashes of his upside, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy and has plenty to prove this year.

    Mar 11 · Source via Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Garrett Mitchell "Doing Good"

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Garrett Mitchell (hamstring) is "doing good," according to manager Craig Counsell. The skipper also said that Mitchell would probably hit a little on Saturday and be back in the Cactus League lineup in around a week's time. Mitchell was removed from the game on Thursday with right hamstring tightness, but it doesn't appear that the injury will put him in danger of missing Opening Day later this month. The 24-year-old is being given every opportunity to be the team's regular center fielder in 2023 after the former first-rounder hit .311 with two home runs, nine RBI, nine runs scored and eight stolen bases in a small sample size of 28 games in his first taste of the big leagues last year. Mitchell is a very intriguing young player.

    Mar 11 · Source via Brewers Garrett Mitchell
  • Alex Cobb Diagnosed With Knee Contusion

    San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb (knee) was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after he took a hard line drive off his knee in the team's Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. When he initially went down, he was in so much pain that he thought his season might be over. Luckily, tests came back negative and it's possible that he won't miss any spring starts. The 35-year-old dodged a bullet on Saturday and should be just fine for Opening Day. Cobb went 7-8 with a 3.73 ERA (2.80 FIP), 1.30 WHIP and 23.9 percent walk rate in 28 starts (149 2/3 innings) in his first year in the Bay Area in 2022. There are injury concerns, but he pitches in a great ballpark and has a secure spot in the rotation. Cobb is a decent end-game target as a streamer in deep mixed leagues.

    Mar 11 · Source via Giants Alex Cobb
  • Twins Notes: Buxton, Polanco, Gordon, Miranda, Kirilloff, Rotation

    Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey met with reporters (including Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and’s Do-Hyoung Park) today at the Twins’ spring camp, and provided several injury updates.  The news is particularly good for Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco, as Falvey said both players are on track to be in the…

    Mar 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Byron Buxton Nick Gordon Sonny Gray Alex Kirilloff Pablo Lopez Kenta Maeda Tyler Mahle Jose Miranda Bailey Ober Jorge Polanco Joe Ryan closers
  • Joe Musgrove Throws Off Mound Saturday

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (toe) threw off a mound on Saturday just 12 days after fracturing his left big toe in a weight-room accident. Musgrove was looking good and appears to be ahead of schedule, but the Padres will still probably take it slow with him. The 30-year-old right-hander is targeting a season debut on April 6 against the Atlanta Braves, so Musgrove shouldn't miss much time early on in 2023. Musgrove has been strong for the Friars and fantasy managers the last two seasons and is looking to carry it into 2023. He's not a fantasy ace, but he's a solid SP2/3 target in fantasy drafts with one of the best lineups in baseball backing him in San Diego.

    Mar 11 · Source via Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Jacob deGrom Throws Bullpen Saturday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) looked pretty loose on Saturday morning while throwing a bullpen session in camp. If he comes out of the session on Sunday feeling fine, deGrom could make his Cactus League debut as early as Monday. The 34-year-old right-hander experienced some left side tightness early in spring training and was shut down as a precaution, but he's looked good ever since he resumed throwing and will have time to be ready for Opening Day in his first year in Texas. The Rangers could take it easy on the two-time Cy Young winner out of the gates given his extensive recent injury history, but when he's healthy, there's no doubt that he still possesses ace potential for fantasy managers.

    Mar 11 · Source via Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Run The Bases Sunday

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) will run the bases on Sunday, according to manager John Schneider. Guerrero has been hitting and doing defensive drills recently, and all has been going well with his knee. The 23-year-old has been dealing with some minor knee inflammation, but the Blue Jays aren't taking any chances, and Guerrero also dropped out of the World Baseball Classic as a result. As long as he doesn't suffer another setback, he should be ready for Opening Day. If everything goes well with his running on Sunday, Guerrero should be back in the Grapefruit League lineup at some point next week. He is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman.

    Mar 11 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Harrison Bader Out Roughly Six Weeks

    New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that outfielder Harrison Bader (oblique) will be out around six weeks due to a left oblique strain. Bader will begin the 2023 regular season on the injured list and won't make his debut until late April or early May. With the 28-year-old sidelined, the Yankees could use either Aaron Judge or Aaron Hicks to patrol center field, with Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial benefitting from more playing time in left field as a result. A foot injury limited Bader to 86 games with the Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals last year, and it wasn't until the postseason with the Yanks that he really started to swing a hot bat. Injuries continue to be an issue for him, and it will knock down his fantasy value in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 11 · Source via Yankees Harrison Bader
  • To top