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  • Starling Marte To Make Spring Debut Friday

    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (groin) is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. Marte underwent core surgery during the offseason, and manager Buck Showalter is taking every precaution to ensure his readiness for the season. Marte was one of the marquee offseason acquisitions made by the Mets before last season. He pocketed $78 million on a four-year contract, which included a $5 million signing bonus. The 34-year-old put together one of the most productive seasons in his 11-year career. Marte matched his OPS+ career high with a 132 mark and compiled a .292 average. He maintained a 19.2% strikeout rate with a .355 wOBA. The Dominican is one of the most envied hitters in the Mets lineup and hopes to continue his consistency at the pro level in 2023.

    Mar 8 · Source via Mets Starling Marte
  • Sean Bouchard Leaves Game With Injury

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Sean Bouchard (arm) exited Wednesday's game due to a biceps injury. Bouchard was removed in the first inning after experiencing pain in his left bicep during an at-bat. The Rockies are hoping that it is not a concerning matter, and he should return to the lineup soon. The 26-year-old spent four seasons in the Rockies system before getting promoted in 2022 for 27 games. He made 97 plate appearances and slashed .297/.454/.500 with a 157 OPS+. He also hit three home runs and drove in 11 runs. The San Diego native has already shown maturity as a hitter in the big leagues, which is simply a carryover from his success in the minors. Bouchard amassed a 1.038 OPS with Triple-A Albuquerque before being promoted to the big leagues. He could be an under-the-radar option in the outfield if his bat continues to contribute.

    Mar 8 · Source via Rockies Sean Bouchard
  • Gavin Lux Has Successful Knee Surgery

    Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux's (knee) surgery on Wednesday "went well," according to manager Dave Roberts. In addition to suffering a torn right ACL in a Cactus League game on Feb. 27, Lux's surgery confirmed the damage to his LCL was "more than a sprain." The 25-year-old will miss the entire 2023 season, so fantasy managers in single-year leagues can avoid him. In his absence and with former shortstop Trea Turner in Philadelphia, Miguel Rojas and Chris Taylor are expected to split time at the position, with Rojas being the primary option at the 6.

    Mar 8 · Source via Dodgers Gavin Lux
  • Miguel Vargas Cleared To Swing

    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Miguel Vargas (finger) isn't in the team's Cactus League lineup on Wednesday, but he said his routine is "back to normal." Whenever Vargas returns to the spring lineup, he should be cleared to swing in the game. The Dodgers have kept Vargas in their Cactus League lineups to work on his defense, but he's only been tracking pitches at the plate due to a hairline fracture in his right pinkie finger. As long as the 23-year-old doesn't have any setbacks when he resumes swinging in games, he should be ready for Opening Day. Vargas is one of the Dodgers' best hitting prospects and has a shot to become their everyday second baseman in 2023, giving him some appeal in mixed leagues.

    Mar 8 · Source via Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Tony Gonsolin Could Miss Opening Day

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin's left ankle is still "tender," according to manager Dave Roberts. However, X-rays came back clean for any fractures. Roberts said he "doesn't feel good" about Gonsolin being ready for Opening Day, but he continues to be listed as day-to-day in spring camp. Gonsolin suffered a sprained ankle doing drills in camp and will not throw for at least a few more days. The 28-year-old All-Star might not be able to make his first turn through the rotation in the regular season, but barring a setback, he shouldn't miss too much time early on. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect even better numbers from Gonsolin in 2023, but he should be a rotation staple for the Dodgers.

    Mar 8 · Source via Dodgers Tony Gonsolin
  • Big Hype Prospects: Walker, Baty, Volpe, Colas, Jameson

    The hype is real this week on Big Hype Prospects. Numerous notable youngsters are among the top performers in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Five BHPs In The News Jordan Walker, 20, OF, STL (AA) 536 PA, 19 HR, 22 SB, .306/.388/.510 Walker is fourth among qualified spring hitters with a 1.429 OPS across 28…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Mets Yankees White Sox Diamondbacks Rangers Reds Jordan Walker Brett Baty Anthony Volpe Oscar Colas Drey Jameson Cole Ragans Masyn Winn Christian Encarnacion-Strand prospects
  • Daniel Hudson, Yency Almonte Facing Hitters Wednesday

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitchers Daniel Hudson (ankle, knee) and Yency Almonte (elbow) are scheduled to face live hitters on Wednesday for the first time since spring training started. Hudson suffered a season-ending torn left ACL last June and also had a setback with an ankle injury, which will cause him to open the 2023 season on the injured list. However, Hudson could be back as a closing option for the Blue in the middle of April. The 28-year-old Almonte missed most of the second half in 2022 with an elbow injury, and he could also open the season on the injured list for the Dodgers. Hudson should have much more fantasy appeal than Almonte as an option to close out games for one of the best teams in baseball.

    Mar 8 · Source via Dodgers Daniel Hudson Yency Almonte closers
  • Gregory Soto Reports To Camp Wednesday

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Gregory Soto reported to major-league spring training camp on Wednesday. Soto has been late getting to spring training this year due to visa issues, but he should still have time to get himself ready for Opening Day as he gets set to begin his first year in Philadelphia. The 28-year-old left-hander had a career-high 30 saves for the Detroit Tigers last year. However, he also saw a dip in his strikeout percentage while continuing to be wild with a 12.9 percent walk rate. His move to an extremely crowded back end of the Phillies bullpen makes him very volatile for fantasy purposes given his wildness and likely huge drop in save opportunities.

    Mar 8 · Source via Phillies Gregory Soto closers
  • Felix Bautista, DL Hall To Throw Live BP Next Week

    Baltimore Orioles pitchers Felix Bautista (knee, shoulder) and DL Hall (back) are both scheduled to throw live batting practice sessions in camp next week. Hall also threw a side session on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Bautista, who should operate as Baltimore's closer when healthy, is being slowly built up in spring training after complaining of knee and shoulder soreness. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Bautista should be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season. Hall, 24, won't be ready for Opening Day due to a lower back injury, but he shouldn't be on the shelf for long to open the year. The Orioles clearly view Hall as a future starter in their rotation, but don't be surprised if he begins the year down on the farm when he's ready to go.

    Mar 8 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista DL Hall prospects
  • Frankie Montas Expects To Pitch This Year

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Frankie Montas (shoulder) said that he "for sure" expects to pitch for the team in 2023. He doesn't have a target date set yet, and he will resume playing catch in around nine to 10 weeks after having right shoulder surgery on Feb. 21. Perhaps the 29-year-old right-hander will be able to help the Yankees down the stretch, but there's little chance that he'll do much for fantasy managers in 2023. Montas admitted he wasn't 100 percent healthy after the Yankees acquired him from the Oakland Athletics at last year's trade deadline. In his eight starts for the Yankees in the second half, he had a 6.35 ERA (4.93 FIP), 1.54 WHIP, 15 walks and 33 strikeouts in 39 2/3 frames.

    Mar 8 · Source via Yankees Frankie Montas
  • Adalberto Mondesi Works Out Wednesday

    Boston Red Sox shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (knee) had a good day at spring training on Wednesday while hitting and taking ground balls. Mondesi is expected to increase his workload in the coming days in camp, but he's still not expected to be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. The 27-year-old could bump Enrique Hernandez back to the outfield when he's fully healthy. Mondesi entered the league with plenty of potential from a speed perspective, but injuries have hurt him recently. He suffered a torn ACL in 2022 and played in only 15 games for the Kansas City Royals. It's also possible that he could form a platoon with Hernandez at short when he's ready, which would limit his fantasy appeal in deeper leagues.

    Mar 8 · Source via Red Sox Adalberto Mondesi
  • James Paxton Hopes To Get On A Mound By End Of Week

    Boston Red Sox left-hander James Paxton (hamstring) played catch on Wednesday in camp and is hoping to get back on a mound by the end of this week. In his Grapefruit League debut last Friday, Paxton suffered a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, which is expected to cause him to miss Opening Day. The 34-year-old starting pitcher missed all of the 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he's only made six starts (21 2/3 innings) over the last three seasons with the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners due to injuries. This guy just can't stay healthy, so it makes him extremely hard to trust in fantasy.

    Mar 8 · Source via Red Sox James Paxton
  • Brayan Bello, Garrett Whitlock To Throw Live BP Saturday

    Boston Red Sox pitchers Brayan Bello (forearm) and Garrett Whitlock (hip) will throw live batting practice sessions in spring training on Saturday, according to manager Alex Cora. The Red Sox are taking it slow with Bello after he started having soreness in his right forearm in mid-February. The 23-year-old has a bright future in Boston, but he could be slightly delayed for the start of the 2023 regular season. Meanwhile, Whitlock's Opening Day status is in doubt, but like Bello, he might not need to miss much time to open the regular season, barring any further setbacks with hip. The 26-year-old has been more dominant for the BoSox out of the bullpen, but he could have a higher fantasy ceiling if used in Boston's rotation this year.

    Mar 8 · Source via Red Sox Garrett Whitlock Brayan Bello
  • Justin Turner Could Miss Two Weeks

    Boston Red Sox third baseman/designated hitter Justin Turner (face) will get the stitches out of his face in around two weeks, so it's too early to say if he'll be ready for Opening Day. Turner was hit by a pitch in Grapefruit League play earlier this week, but even if he's not ready for the start of the regular season, the 38-year-old veteran probably won't miss too much time. Turner is expected to serve as Boston's primary designated hitter in his first year with the team after spending the last nine years of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's nearing the end of his career and his power took a big dip in 2022, but Turner still has excellent plate discipline and can provide decent counting stats if he can stay healthy.

    Mar 8 · Source via Red Sox Justin Turner
  • Tigers Notes: Nevin, Ibáñez, Rosenthal

    The Tigers have a couple of injury situations to monitor, as relayed by Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. Infielder Tyler Nevin removed himself from batting practice yesterday and reported feeling soreness in his oblique. Meanwhile, fellow infielder Andy Ibáñez sprained the fourth finger on his left hand while preparing for the World Baseball…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Andy Ibanez Tyler Nevin Trevor Rosenthal
  • Nestor Cortes Throws Three-Inning Simulated Game

    New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes (hamstring) threw a three-inning simulated game at spring training on Wednesday. Cortes has been behind the other pitchers in camp due to a mild right hamstring strain, but he's getting closer to making his Grapefruit League debut, which could come early next week. The 28-year-old southpaw could be ready to take his first turn in the starting rotation in the regular season if he can avoid any setbacks from here on out in camp. He was an excellent value pick in fantasy last year and could once again be a solid contributor in 2023 after he made the All-Star team for the first time in 2022. Cortes uses deception instead of velocity to induce weak contact.

    Mar 8 · Source via Yankees Nestor Cortes
  • Joe Musgrove Throws Off Flat Ground Wednesday

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (toe) threw off flat ground in camp on Wednesday for the first time since breaking his left big toe in the weight room recently. He's not landing on his left foot yet and is keeping both feet on the ground when he throws, but he's still putting weight on his left big toe and said everything has felt normal. The 30-year-old right-hander is doing everything he can to speed his recovery, including using a hyperbaric chamber, but the expectation is that he's going to miss a start or two to open the 2023 regular season. Even with the toe injury, Musgrove should still be considered by fantasy managers to be a top-30 fantasy starter for the Padres.

    Mar 8 · Source via Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Juan Soto To Play In B Game Thursday

    San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto (calf) is scheduled to appear in a B game on Thursday, according to manager Bob Melvin. If all goes well, Soto could join Team Dominican Republic for the 2023 World Baseball Classic ahead of their first game against Team Venezuela on Saturday. The 24-year-old left-handed slugger is 100 percent healthy after dealing with left calf tightness last week in camp. Barring setbacks at the WBC, Soto should be ready to rock for Opening Day later this month. More was expected of him at the plate in 2022, but he looked more like his normal self in the postseason and should be able to bounce back in his first full season in San Diego.

    Mar 8 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Miles Mikolas To Start Wednesday For Team USA

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas is scheduled to start against Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday for Team USA. Mikolas was an All-Star for the second time in 2022, and he's allowed two hits and no runs while striking out five in five Grapefruit League innings so far in spring training. The 34-year-old is guaranteed a rotation spot with St. Louis Heading into the 2023 season after posting a 3.29 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.03 WHIP and career-high 19 percent strikeout rate in 33 outings (32 starts) covering 202 1/3 innings. Mikolas doesn't walk many, but he also doesn't strike out a ton and isn't an overpowering pitcher, making him more of a fantasy streamer.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cardinals Miles Mikolas
  • Pirates Acquire Mark Mathias From Rangers

    The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder/outfielder Mark Mathias from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates moved right-hander Max Kranick to the 60-day injured list. Mathias, 28, played 30 games in the big leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers and Rangers last year, hitting .247/.319/.506 with an .825 OPS, six home runs, 20 RBI and 13 runs scored in 91 plate appearances. The utility man has only played in 46 major-league games in two seasons and doesn't have a huge track record of offensive success in the minor leagues, but he will have more of an opportunity to play at the big-league level for the rebuilding Bucs.

    Mar 8 · Source via Pirates Rangers Max Kranick Mark Mathias
  • Nathan Eovaldi To Throw Light Bullpen Wednesday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (side) will throw a "light bullpen" session at camp on Wednesday. It's the first time that Eovaldi will get back on a mound in spring training since he experienced left-side tightness in camp last week. The 33-year-old right-hander still has some time to build his arm back up in time for Opening Day, but any further setbacks would be costly. Eovaldi is joining the Rangers in 2023 after going 6-3 with a 3.87 ERA (4.30 FIP), 1.23 WHIP and 22.4 percent strikeout rate in 109 1/3 innings over only 20 starts. Injuries in Beantown cost Eovaldi some time, velocity and K's for fantasy managers. Home runs were also an issue. Like the Rangers' ace Jacob deGrom, durability makes Eovaldi more of a risk.

    Mar 8 · Source via Rangers Nathan Eovaldi
  • Jacob deGrom Throwing To Live Hitters Wednesday

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) will throw to live hitters in spring training on Wednesday. deGrom is expected to throw around 30 pitches on Wednesday, and barring any kind of setback, he should be ready for Opening Day at the end of March after initially feeling left side tightness early in camp. The 34-year-old right-hander still has ace potential, but he's become much riskier in fantasy drafts given his recent injury history. If he gets through the rest of spring training unfazed while looking strong, fantasy managers will feel a little bit more comfortable taking him as a fantasy ace in his first year with the Rangers.

    Mar 8 · Source via Rangers Jacob deGrom
  • Victor Robles Carted Off On Wednesday

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (undisclosed) made a great play in the outfield in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers but fell down after colliding with the wall and was in a lot of pain. Robles tried to walk it off but then fell down again and eventually had to be carted off the field. This could be a serious injury for the 25-year-old outfielder, but we'll away more information on the specific nature of his injury. Robles has mostly been a disappointment for the Nats but still plays great defense, which has kept him in the starting lineup. There's little to like about his bat, especially for a rebuilding Washington club.

    Mar 8 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Pirates' Jarlin Garcia Shut Down For Several Weeks

    Pirates lefty Jarlin Garcia, who signed a one-year, $2.5MM deal with a club option for the 2024 season this offseason, will go multiple weeks without throwing, director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk announced Wednesday (Twitter link via Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). While scans of Garcia’s elbow and shoulder have come back clean, he’s…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Jarlin Garcia closers
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Hits In Cages Wednesday

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) hit in the cages on Wednesday and did some light running and fielding work at spring training. There's no timeline on his return to Grapefruit League games, but it's possible that he'll play again next Wednesday. Guerrero is dealing with some right knee inflammation that isn't considered very serious, but the Blue Jays are being cautious with one of the best hitters in baseball. If he can avoid a setback, he should be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. The 23-year-old is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman heading into the 2023 campaign.

    Mar 8 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Lorenzo Cain To Retire This Summer

    Free-agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain will officially retire this summer as a member of the Kansas City Royals, the team he spent seven years with from 2011-17. The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that he spent six of his seasons with. He hit just .179/.231/.234 with a career-low .465 OPS, one home run, nine RBI and 17 runs scored in 43 games for the Brewers in his final season in 2022. Over his 13 years in the big leagues, Cain had a .283/.343/.407 slash line with a .749 OPS, 87 home runs, 454 RBI, 626 runs scored and 190 stolen bases in 1,171 games played. Cain was never really known for his power, but he made plenty of contact, could run well on the bases and was excellent on defense in center field.

    Mar 8 · Source via Lorenzo Cain
  • Adam Wainwright To Start Game 1 For Team USA

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 of the World Baseball Classic for Team USA on Saturday night against Team Great Britain. Wainwright hasn't looked good in his first two Grapefruit League starts in spring training, topping out in the upper-80s with his fastball, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while walking one and striking out four in five innings of work. The 41-year-old was apparently dealing with some muscle issues in his back and legs, so it will be interesting to see if he looks any better this weekend against a team that Team USA should be able to beat easily. With his velocity dipping with age in recent seasons, Wainwright isn't very attractive to fantasy managers in what is expected to be the final season of his excellent career.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cardinals Adam Wainwright
  • Mitch Moreland Announces Retirement

    Twelve-year big league veteran Mitch Moreland didn’t play during the 2022 season, and the 37-year-old confirmed to Rob Bradford of that his days as a player are now behind him. “I’m retired,” Moreland said, noting that he’s enjoyed being able to spend the past year-plus with his family. Bradford adds that Moreland is currently…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Mitch Moreland
  • Lucas Gilbreath To Have Tommy John Surgery

    Colorado Rockies left-hander Lucas Gilbreath (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery next week, which will knock him out for the entire 2023 season. Depending on how his recovery goes, he could also miss the start of the 2024 campaign. The 27-year-old southpaw reliever appeared in 47 games out of the bullpen for Colorado in his second season with the team in 2022 and posted a 4.19 ERA (3.53 FIP), 1.46 WHIP, 26 walks and 49 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched. He had a 3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, one save and 44 strikeouts in 47 outings (one start) over 42 2/3 innings in his rookie season with the Rockies in 2021. Gilbreath can obviously be avoided in all fantasy drafts.

    Mar 8 · Source via Rockies Lucas Gilbreath closers
  • Astros Hoping To Lock Up Framber Valdez

    Houston Astros general manager Dana Brown said he's giving contract talks "48 hours" in the team's attempt to lock up star left-hander Framber Valdez to a long-term contract extension at spring training. Valdez isn't scheduled to become a free agent until after the 2025 seasons, so the Astros still have time if they can't get something done in the next few days at camp. The 29-year-old southpaw tossed a career-high 201 1/3 innings in the regular season last year and went 17-6 with a 2.82 ERA (3.06 FIP), 1.16 WHIP and 23.5 percent strikeout rate in 31 starts to make the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Fantasy managers shouldn't consider him an ace, but he's a solid second starter heading into his sixth MLB season.

    Mar 8 · Source via Astros Framber Valdez
  • Astros Working On Extension For Kyle Tucker

    Houston Astros general manager Dana Brown said he's giving contract talks "48 hours" in their attempt to lock up star outfielder Kyle Tucker to a long-term deal. "We're communicating. It looks like we're further away with Tucker, but we'll see," Brown said. Some sources suggest Tucker is looking for a longer deal. He's slated to become a free agent after the 2025 season. The 26-year-old slugger has quickly become a top-10 fantasy asset in one of the best lineups in baseball. He made the All-Star team for the first time in 2022 by hitting .257/.330/.478 with an .808 OPS, career-high-tying 30 home runs, a career-high 107 RBI, 71 runs scored and career-high 25 stolen bases in 609 plate appearances over 150 games.

    Mar 8 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Still Has Not Resumed Throwing

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) still isn't throwing in spring training, according to manager Dusty Baker. McCullers suffered a right forearm strain three weeks ago during a bullpen session and has yet to resume throwing, and he's already been ruled out for Opening Day. Now fantasy managers want to know just how long McCullers will be out, but we don't know just yet. But the 29-year-old has plenty of injury history and is known as a slow healer, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss around the first month of the 2023 season, if not more. He dealt with a similar arm injury in 2022, so the Astros are going to be extremely cautious. It's causing McCullers' fantasy stock to fall considerably.

    Mar 8 · Source via Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Yordan Alvarez Hopes To Start Swinging Next Week

    Houston Astros outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (hand) said that he hopes to start swinging a bat next week at spring training. General manager Dana Brown recently said that he was hoping Alvarez would be swinging by this weekend, so it appears the 25-year-old left-handed slugger is getting close. He's been held back in camp due to lingering left hand soreness. Alvarez dealt with soreness in both of his hands in 2022, so it's a bit concerning for fantasy managers with Opening Day quickly approaching. If he suffers a setback once he resumes swinging, there's a pretty good chance he won't be ready for the start of the season. When healthy, Alvarez is one of the best all-around hitters in the game and is a first-round target in fantasy drafts.

    Mar 8 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Garrett Mitchell Hits Third Homer Of Spring Tuesday

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Garrett Mitchell continued to flash surprising power this spring in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the White Sox. The 24-year-old went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, his third of the spring. He has gotten off to a strong start this spring, batting .353 in 17 at-bats. Mitchell is set to serve as the center fielder for the Brewers in 2023 after slashing .311/.373/.459 with two HR and eight stolen bases in 68 plate appearances in his debut in 2022. While he is an intriguing fantasy option and does possess a good deal of speed, Mitchell has never hit for much power. It also should not be expected that he will be able to hit for such a high average over the course of his first full season. However, he is well worth a look with a current average draft position of 307.

    Mar 8 · Source via Brewers Garrett Mitchell
  • Rays Have Discussed Extension With Top Prospect Curtis Mead

    The Rays and top infield prospect Curtis Mead have had some discussions regarding a possible contract extension this spring, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link). There’s no indication a deal is likely or imminent, though the talks add an interesting storyline to Tampa Bay camp. Mead, 22, has still yet to make his major league…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Curtis Mead prospects
  • Corbin Burnes Not Sharp Tuesday

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes had a poor showing in his second spring training start as the White Sox beat the Brewers 5-2. The ace pitched 3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with no strikeouts. He has only pitched 5 1/3 innings this spring, but Burnes has a 6.75 ERA to this point. Fantasy managers shouldn't worry, as he should still be a top fantasy pitching option after going 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 30.5% strikeout rate in 202 IP in 2022.

    Mar 8 · Source via Brewers Corbin Burnes
  • Henry Davis Assigned To Minor League Camp Tuesday

    Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Henry Davis was one of the players assigned to the team's Minor League camp on Tuesday. This is not surprising, as the 23-year-old only reached Double-A Altoona last season while dealing with a left wrist injury. When he did play, Davis slashed .207/.324/.379 with four home runs, 18 RBI, and three stolen bases in 136 plate appearances. He is still a name to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues and is the team's top prospect, although they also have Endy Rodriguez, who plays catcher and performed well in the minors last season. Either way, fantasy managers can hope that Davis hits better this season and may see some time with the Pirates in the summer.

    Mar 8 · Source via Pirates Henry Davis prospects
  • Mookie Betts To See Time At Second In World Baseball Classic

    Team USA manager Mark DeRosa said Tuesday that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts will play some second base for Team USA during this year's World Baseball Classic. Team USA's only true second baseman on the roster is Mets Jeff McNeil, but Betts began his career as a second baseman and has sporadically played it throughout his big-league career. This plan may also be implemented by the Dodgers at times this season, as Gavin Lux (knee) will miss the entire 2023 season due to a torn ACL. Betts is a top fantasy option in a relatively shallow position of outfield, but second base is even shallower. As such, his fantasy value could rise that much more if he becomes second base eligible during the season.

    Mar 8 · Source via Dodgers Mookie Betts
  • Triston Casas Stays Hot At The Plate This Spring

    Boston Red Sox first base prospect Triston Casas continued to hit in Tuesday's 10-2 Grapefruit League win over the Braves. The 23-year-old went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, an RBI, a walk and a strikeout. He is now batting .444 with two home runs in 18 spring at-bats. Casas is Boston's top-ranked prospect and enters the 2023 season poised to be their everyday first baseman. He only slashed .197/.358/.408 in his first 95 plate appearances with the Red Sox last season, but he slashed an impressive .273/.382/.481 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 317 plate appearances with Triple-A Worcester. Casas remains a top fantasy name in dynasty leagues and also could prove to be a useful pick this season in mixed leagues if he can tap into his power potential.

    Mar 8 · Source via Red Sox Triston Casas prospects
  • Tanner Houck Earns Win Tuesday

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck picked up the win in Tuesday's 10-2 Grapefruit League win over the Braves. Making his second start of the spring, Houck pitched three innings and faced a number of the Braves' starting bats, allowing two runs on three hits (including a two-run home run) and two walks with four strikeouts. The 26-year-old has turned in strong results as both a starter and reliever in his career, compiling a 3.02 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 27.6% strikeout rate in 146 innings. He is competing for a spot in the Red Sox's starting rotation currently, and despite the diminished offense backing him, his strikeout upside would make him worth a late-round look if he earns a spot.

    Mar 8 · Source via Red Sox Tanner Houck
  • Astros Facing Gaps In Extension Talks With Kyle Tucker, Framber Valdez

    The Astros have spent the past few weeks attempting to work out extensions with a number of key players. Outfielder Kyle Tucker and starting pitcher Framber Valdez are among those with whom the club has been in contact, though the New York Post’s Jon Heyman now casts some doubt on the chances of either player signing this…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Kyle Tucker Framber Valdez
  • Rockies' Lucas Gilbreath To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, he announced on TikTok (h/t to Danielle Allentuck of the Denver Gazette). He’ll miss the entire 2023 season and likely be sidelined into the ’24 campaign as well. It’s a disappointing but not surprising development. Thomas Harding of reported last week that the procedure…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Rockies Lucas Gilbreath closers
  • The Cardinals' Backup Catcher Competition

    The Cardinals wasted little time finding a replacement for franchise icon Yadier Molina following his retirement, inking longtime division rival Willson Contreras to a five-year contract in free agency. That solidifies the lion’s share of catching time in the immediate future, but there’ll at least be some competition with regard to who’ll back Contreras up…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Tres Barrera Willson Contreras Ivan Herrera Andrew Knizner Yadier Molina
  • Jake Odorizzi's Readiness For Opening Day In Question

    In conversation with reporters, including Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News, Rangers GM Chris Young provided an update on right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who has spent the beginning of the spring battling arm fatigue. Odorizzi has been throwing bullpen sessions, but has yet to face live hitters, which, Young notes puts his readiness of Opening…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Jake Odorizzi
  • Oscar Colas Could Make An Impact For White Sox

    Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Oscar Colas continued his hot start in Spring Training with a 2-for-3 performance in a victory on Tuesday versus the Milwaukee Brewers. Both his hits were singles and he also drew a walk. The Cuban has now hit safely in nine of his 21 at-bats with one RBI and a stolen base. Colas signed with the White Sox in January of 2022 and has already made a strong impression with a .314 batting average to go along with 23 homers and 79 RBI over 481 at-bats between High-A and Triple-A. If that isn't enough, the lefty slugger hit .362 against southpaws this past season. The White Sox are coming off a disappointing showing this past season and lost Jose Abreu to the Houston Astros in free agency. Although he played centerfield this past season, Colas has been playing in right field this spring where his competition has been Gavin Sheets and Leury Garcia. Colas provides much more upside than those two and a strong spring would make it hard for the White Sox to justify not handing him the keys. Regardless of where he starts the season, Colas should be able to make an impact in all formats this season at the dish.

    Mar 7 · Source via White Sox Oscar Colas prospects
  • Kyle Harrison Gets Rocked In Second Spring Start

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher prospect Kyle Harrison got lit up in his second start of the spring on Tuesday versus the Cincinnati Reds. After struggling in his first start by allowing three hits on two runs over an inning, Harrison didn't fare better Tuesday afternoon by allowing five runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. The former third-round pick in 2020, Harrison rapidly climbed the Top-100 board entering 2023. The lefty excelled last season between High-A and Double-A with a 2.71 ERA to go along with 186 strikeouts and 49 walks over 113 innings. With a plus fastball and slider, Harrison's development of his changeup this past season has completed his arsenal. Harrison, 21, is unlikely to break camp with the Giants, but with starting pitchers Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood and Sean Manaea all having injury histories and the Giants potentially in a youth movement, Harrison could make his debut in 2023 at some point. For now, he's a name for dynasty managers to consider and redraft managers can ignore him for now.

    Mar 7 · Source via Giants Kyle Harrison prospects
  • Jordan Westburg Slumping Early In Spring Training

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop prospect Jordan Westburg went 1-for-4 with a double on Tuesday versus the Minnesota Twins. Westburg is a consensus Top-100 prospect, but has been off to a slow start in a small sample size this spring. The 24-year-old is just 4-for-18 with two RBI, but it's much too early to question his potential impact in 2023. Westburg has shown plenty of power throughout his minor league with 27 homers and 106 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A in 2022. With fellow shortstop prospect Gunnar Henderson likely to land an Opening Day spot, Westburg may need to switch to second base or third base to see everyday at-bats at the big-league level in 2023. Regardless, Westburg's biggest competition will be infielders Jorge Mateo and Adam Frazier and it might be sooner than later that he forces the Orioles hand, if either player starts slow with the Orioles ready to compete this season. Westburg is a stash in redraft leagues for now, but should be rostered in all dynasty leagues.

    Mar 7 · Source via Orioles Jordan Westburg prospects
  • Gunnar Henderson Off To Slow Start

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop/third base prospect Gunnar Henderson went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout on Tuesday versus the Minnesota Twins. Arguably the top prospect in the game right now, Henderson has come out of the gates sluggish this spring with just two hits in his first 13 at-bats. The 21-year-old has flown through the Orioles system and spent the last month of the season in the big leagues where he held his own with a .259 batting average to go along with four homers and 18 RBI in 116 at-bats. Henderson has shown the ability to make adjustments throughout his career and managers shouldn't worry about his slow start this spring yet. Likely to open the season at shortstop or third base, Henderson should be on draft boards in all formats with his ability to hit for power and add speed.

    Mar 7 · Source via Orioles Gunnar Henderson prospects
  • Grayson Rodriguez Continues To Make Case For Rotation Spot

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher prospect Grayson Rodriguez tossed 2 2/3 innings on Tuesday versus the Minnesota Twins. The big hurler allowed three hits, one run, two walks and recorded four strikeouts on the afternoon. The 23-year-old had a phenomenal 2022 campaign going 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA alongside 109 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings. With the exception of one outing in High-A and two in Double-A, Rodriguez spent the year in Triple-A. Rodriguez was on the cusp of being called up last season, but suffered a Grade 2 lat strain that sidelined him for most of the second half. Now healthy, Rodriguez is being given every chance to earn a spot in the rotation this spring. Even if he earns a rotation spot, the Orioles could still limit him throughout points of the season, but he will be worth rostering in all formats with his sky high potential and strikeout ability.

    Mar 7 · Source via Orioles Grayson Rodriguez prospects
  • Jordan Walker Continues To Hit This Spring

    St.Louis Cardinals third base prospect Jordan Walker started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a single on Tuesday versus the Detroit Tigers. Walker, 20, is one of the games top prospects and his hot start to the spring is evidence of that. In his first 24 at-bats, he has hit .417 with five runs, three homers and 10 RBI. Walker is one of the best young sluggers in the game, but with third base taken up by Nolan Arenado, the Cardinals have been playing Walker in both left and right field this spring. Despite his age, Walker appears ready to make an impact in 2023. For now, his best bets for everyday at-bats would be platooning with Lars Nootbaar in right field and also entering the lineup as a designated hitter. Walker has light tower power and would have plenty of RBI opportunities in a stacked Cardinals lineup, if he does indeed break camp with the team. Walker should already have been rostered in dynasty leagues and managers in redrafts leagues will want to keep tabs on his roster status with his ability to be a difference maker in 2023.

    Mar 7 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Yankees Sign Nick Ciuffo To Minor League Deal

    The Yankees have signed catcher Nick Ciuffo to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at This is a nice birthday present for Ciuffo, who turns 28 years old today. Originally selected by the Rays in the first round of the 2013 draft, he was a notable prospect in their system for…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Nick Ciuffo
  • Lorenzo Cain To Officially Retire As A Royal This Summer

    Outfielder Lorenzo Cain was released by the Brewers in June of last year and didn’t sign with another team. He tells Andy McCullough of The Athletic that he got some interest from other clubs but ultimately decided to call it a career. He will return to Kauffman Stadium at some point during the upcoming season…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Lorenzo Cain
  • Reds Add Chase Anderson To Major League Camp

    The Reds’ original minor league deal with Chase Anderson last month did not contain an invite to Major League spring training, but Cincinnati announced today that he’s now been added to big league camp. Furthermore, manager David Bell tells Reds beat writers that Anderson is in the mix for a spot in the big league…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Chase Anderson closers
  • Paul Blackburn Wants To Use Changeup More

    Oakland Athletics right-hander Paul Blackburn, who is entering a season with a secure rotation spot in 2023 for the first time in his career, is utilizing that luxury by treating spring games as a testing ground for a more versatile repertoire of pitches. He wants to increase the usage of his changeup against right-handers after not being able to do so in 2022 due to a finger injury that ended his season in August. Blackburn's changeup plan is still a work in progress this spring, but the 29-year-old is coming off his first All-Star campaign in which he had a 4.28 ERA (4.21 FIP), 1.26 WHIP and career-high 19.1% strikeout rate in 21 starts. He isn't a big strikeout guy and doesn't overpower hitters, but he could create more weak contact with his six-pitch mix in a pitcher-friendly home park.

    Mar 7 · Source via Athletics Paul Blackburn
  • Mike Clevinger To Make Spring Debut Saturday

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger said he will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday against his former team, the San Diego Padres. The league was investigating Clevinger after domestic-violence chargers were made against him, but MLB has decided not to discipline him this season. It's good news for his fantasy value in 2023, but the 32-year-old right-hander still isn't all that attractive after going 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA (4.97 FIP), 1.19 WHIP and career-low 18.8 percent strikeout rate in 114 1/3 innings over 23 outings (22 starts) for the Friars in 2022. Clevinger will need to rediscover some velocity if he wants to improve his K rate, and home runs could continue to be a problem. Injuries have been an issue as well, so fantasy managers should project a low ceiling in his first year in the American League Central.

    Mar 7 · Source via White Sox Mike Clevinger
  • Nick Allen Not Guaranteed To Start At Shortstop

    Oakland Athletics infielder Nick Allen isn't a lock to open the 2023 season as the team's starting shortstop, according to general manager David Forst. Allen is probably still the favorite for the 6 to open the regular season, but Aledmys Diaz could also be pushing him for playing time at the position. The 24-year-old Allen is solid defensively, but his bat is lagging behind. In his first 100 big-league games for the A's in 2022, he slashed .207/.256/.291 with a .547 OPS, four home runs, 19 RBI, 31 runs scored and three stolen bases in 326 plate appearances. Allen should only be a middle infield option for those in AL-only leagues in 2023.

    Mar 7 · Source via Athletics Nick Allen
  • Marcell Ozuna The Favorite For DH Job

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna remains the favorite for primary designated hitter duties for the team in 2023. Ozuna is playing often in the Grapefruit League in spring training and is strictly being used as a DH, despite saying before arriving to camp that his throwing arm was stronger after rehab work in the winter. The Braves prefer not to use him in left field, and they are hoping he can bounce back offensively after leading the National League in home runs and RBI in the shortened 2020 campaign. In the last two seasons, though, he has hit a combined .222 with 30 home runs and a .675 OPS in 172 games. The 32-year-old still has decent power, but everything else could be volatile for fantasy managers.

    Mar 7 · Source via Braves Marcell Ozuna
  • Kyle Wright Could Make Spring Debut Next Week

    Atlanta Braves right-hander Kyle Wright (shoulder) will throw a side session on Tuesday and live batting practice on Friday, and he could make his Grapefruit League debut next week. It sets him up to make three spring starts before Opening Day. Wright could make another start against minor-leaguers and then be lined up for the second series of the regular season against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 27-year-old is being in camp after needing a cortisone injection in his shoulder in January. Wright broke out for Atlanta in 2022 with a league-high 21 wins, career-best 3.19 ERA (3.58 FIP), 1.16 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 180 1/3 innings (30 starts). Some regression could be in store, but Wright should still be considered a very solid fantasy starter.

    Mar 7 · Source via Braves Kyle Wright
  • Chase Anderson Promoted To Big-League Camp

    The Cincinnati Reds promoted/invited right-hander Chase Anderson to major-league spring training on Tuesday while also reassigning left-hander Andrew Abbott, right-handers Alan Busenitz, Ben Lively and Connor Phillips, outfielder Allan Cerda, infielder Alex McGarry and catcher Jhonny Pereda to minor-league camp. Anderson will be hoping to earn a spot on the team's Opening Day roster after struggling to a 6.38 ERA (5.07 FIP), 1.33 WHIP and 22.3 percent strikeout rate in nine games (seven starts) over 24 innings for the Reds last season. The 35-year-old would most likely serve in a long-relief role for Cincinnati, and he won't have much fantasy appeal at all, if any.

    Mar 7 · Source via Reds Chase Anderson
  • Juan Soto Says He's 100 Percent Healthy

    San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto (calf) ran on Tuesday morning to test his injured calf and said that he is 100 percent healthy. "They don't want to take any risk," Soto said. If things continue to go well, the expectation is that Soto will join Team Dominican Republic in Florida by Friday for the World Baseball Classic. The Dominican's first game in the tournament is this Saturday. The 24-year-old left-handed slugger has been slowed by left calf tightness in spring training in the last week, but it's a very minor injury. Barring a setback during the WBC, Soto should be fully healthy for Opening Day and will be a fine bounce-back candidate in fantasy leagues in the late first round of drafts.

    Mar 7 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Dany Jimenez Struggling With Velocity In Camp

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Dany Jimenez has been struggling with his velocity so far in spring training. The 29-year-old Dominican right-hander got up to the low-90s on the radar gun in his most recent Cactus League outing, but before that he topped out in the upper-80s with his fastball. It's something to keep an eye on after Jimenez ended the 2022 campaign with right shoulder issues. Jimenez is still one to watch for saves in Oakland, but hopefully he'll show more life with his pitches as we near Opening Day at the end of March. In his rookie season in 2022, he had a 3.41 ERA (3.46 FIP), 1.19 WHIP, his first 11 saves (a team high) and 34 strikeouts in 34 1/3 relief innings. Walks could also be an issue again, so Jimenez is merely an option for save speculators in deeper leagues.

    Mar 7 · Source via Athletics Dany Jimenez closers
  • Trevor Rosenthal Won't Be Ready For Opening Day

    The Detroit Tigers will take their time ramping up relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal in spring training to make sure that he stays healthy. Manager A.J. Hinch didn't put a timetable on Rosenthal's readiness for games and said "Opening Day is not something that's feasible." "It does not matter when he's ready, as long as he's healthy." Rosenthal isn't dealing with any injury currently, but he's had a long list of ailments in recent seasons. The 32-year-old just signed a minor-league deal with Detroit over the weekend. Thoracic outlet syndrome has kept him out of the big leagues since the shortened 2020 season, so it's anyone's guess as to how effective he'll be with the Tigers in 2023.

    Mar 7 · Source via Tigers Trevor Rosenthal
  • Sam Huff Returns On Monday

    Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff (shoulder) returned to Cactus League play on Monday night in the 4-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies, walking in his only plate appearance. He also caught two innings in the contest. Huff suffered a right shoulder injury in a Cactus League game last Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. The backup backstop hits the ball hard and has intriguing power, but he also strikes out a ton. In 44 games for Texas last year, he hit .240/.303/.372 with a .675 OPS, four long balls, 10 RBI and nine runs scored in 132 plate appearances in just his second major-league season. Huff will need to improve his defense behind the plate in order to get more opportunities with Texas.

    Mar 7 · Source via Rangers Sam Huff
  • A.J. Puk Throws Live Batting Practice

    Miami Marlins left-hander A.J. Puk (groin) threw a live batting practice session on Tuesday morning in camp, and the next step is for him to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday as long as he checks out fine. The 27-year-old southpaw is taking things slow in spring training while dealing with left adductor tightness, but barring another setback, he has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day. Puk was going to be more interesting for fantasy managers in a potential starting role for the Oakland Athletics, but he was traded to the Marlins. In Miami, he should be put into a high-leverage bullpen role, and he could see some save opportunities in the team's closer-by-committee approach.

    Mar 7 · Source via Marlins A.J. Puk closers
  • Terrin Vavra To Resume Swinging Tuesday

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Terrin Vavra (shoulder) said he will swing a bat on Tuesday to test his injured left shoulder. He's been feeling much better and expects to play in Grapefruit League games soon. The 25-year-old has been dealing with left shoulder discomfort since late last week and has taken some time off as a precaution in camp. In his first 40 big-league games in 2022, Vavra hit .258/.340/.337 with a .677 OPS, one home run, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored in 103 plate appearances for the O's. He displays excellent plate discipline, which should allow him to have a strong on-base percentage, but he only has modest speed and very little power at the plate. Vavra also probably won't play every day for Baltimore unless an injury opens up a spot.

    Mar 7 · Source via Orioles Terrin Vavra
  • Andrew Knizner Not Assured Backup Job

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol made it clear on Tuesday that the backup catching job behind starter Willson Contreras is wide open in spring training. Incumbent Andrew Knizner and newcomer Tres Barrera are in a battle for the job in camp, with Barrera impressing the coaching and pitching staffs with his work. Knizner has served as St. Louis' primary backup the last two seasons, but he hasn't impressed anyone with his bat. He hit .215/.301/.300 with a .601 OPS, four home runs, 25 RBI and 28 runs score in 293 plate appearances and 96 games in 2022.

    Mar 7 · Source via Cardinals Andrew Knizner
  • Marlins Continue To Talk With Yuli Gurriel

    The Miami Marlins continue to talk with free-agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, according to sources. If they were to sign him, it would likely be a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league spring training. Gurriel remains on the open market a year after slashing .242/.288/.360 with a career-low .647 OPS, eight home runs, 53 RBI, 53 runs scored and career-high eight stolen bases in 584 plate appearances and 146 games for the Houston Astros. The 38-year-old also sprained his right MCL in the World Series, although he should be fully healthy for Opening Day this year. Gurriel can handle himself defensively at first base, but his offensive skills are in decline and he's unlikely to be very attractive in fantasy if he lands in Miami.

    Mar 7 · Source via Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Tyler Naquin Back In Cactus League Lineup

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Tyler Naquin (shoulder) is back in the Cactus League lineup on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox and right-handed starter Lance Lynn, starting in right field and batting fifth in the order. Naquin has missed a couple of games while dealing with minor shoulder discomfort, but he'll be back in the fold Tuesday. The 31-year-old has only played in three spring games to this point and has gone 2-for-8 with two doubles, one RBI and three strikeouts in nine plate appearances. He's hoping to win an Opening Day roster spot with Milwaukee after hitting a combined .229/.282/.423 with a .705 OPS, 11 home runs, 46 RBI, 47 runs scored and four stolen bases in 105 games with the Reds and Mets in 2022. If he makes the Brewers roster, he'll have limited playing time against right-handers.

    Mar 7 · Source via Brewers Tyler Naquin
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Could Resume Swinging This Weekend

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) continues to get treatment on his right knee and is feeling better every day, according to manager John Schneider. Guerrero could get back in the batting cages by the weekend. Guerrero is dealing with a sore right knee and is taking things slowly in camp. It's not a serious injury by any means, but the Blue Jays aren't going to rush him back to Grapefruit League action. The 23-year-old has a good shot of returning to game action at some point next week, and barring any setbacks once he returns, he should still be considered the top fantasy option at first base in 2023.

    Mar 7 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Tanner Scott Throws Live Batting Practice

    Miami Marlins relief pitcher Tanner Scott (biceps) is throwing live batting practice on Tuesday. If he comes out of the session well, Scott will make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. The 28-year-old left-hander has been slightly behind the other pitchers in camp due to left biceps discomfort, but as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he should be ready for Opening Day. The Marlins will roll into the regular season with a closer committee, so Scott could have some save opportunities alongside Dylan Floro, Matt Barnes and potentially A.J. Puk. Scott struck out 90 hitters in 62 2/3 innings, but he also had a bloated 15.9 percent walk rate. He had a career-high 20 saves in 2022. If you can live with the walks, Scott will be useful for K's and holds.

    Mar 7 · Source via Marlins Tanner Scott closers
  • Robert Suarez Drops Out Of World Baseball Classic

    San Diego Padres relief pitcher Robert Suarez has decided not to compete in this year's World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela. "Just to be around the team and get my training in and get ready for the start of the season," said Suarez. "The goal is always to have a better season." The 32-year-old signed a five-year, $46 million deal to remain in San Diego after he declined his $5 million option for 2023. Suarez was dominant in the late innings out of the bullpen for the Friars in his first big-league season, posting a 2.27 ERA (3.22 FIP), 1.05 WHIP, one save and 61 strikeouts in 47 2/3 relief innings. He'll enter the 2023 season as the team's primary setup man, and he could eventually become the Padres' closer if Josh Hader is traded.

    Mar 7 · Source via Padres Robert Suarez closers
  • Joe Musgrove Using Hyperbaric Chamber To Heal

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (toe) has been using a hyperbaric chamber in hopes that he can get back on a mound sooner than anyone expects after recently breaking his left big toe in a weight-room accident. He's also adhering to a diet that is full of iron and potassium and low on salt. Musgrove's goal is to rejoin the team out of camp, but he knows he'll likely have to miss a start or two. "I'm optimistic. I think this thing's gonna be good in two weeks, and then I'm gonna suck it up for a couple of days and get through some (expletive) discomfort and find a way to manage it," Musgrove said. The good news is that he won't need surgery, but he'll need to make sure he doesn't return too soon or alter his mechanics.

    Mar 7 · Source via Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Jonathan Loaisiga "Looks Outstanding"

    New York Yankees right-handed reliever Jonathan Loaisiga "looks outstanding" this spring, according to manager Aaron Boone. Loaisiga had the distinction of being the slowest pitcher in baseball last year with nobody on base, but this year he'll be forced to speed up with the new pitch clock in play. He had a 7.02 ERA over 16 2/3 innings last May when he landed on the injured list. But thanks to a mechanical tweak after he returned, he finished with a 1.76 ERA in his final 31 games. The Yankees are banking on Loaisiga returning to his second-half form from a year ago as one of their most trusted high-leverage bullpen arms. The 28-year-old won't have many save chances, but he'll be plenty useful in holds leagues if he pitches like he did down the stretch in 2022.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Jonathan Loaisiga closers
  • Andrew McCutchen Playing Against Blue Jays

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (hand) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays and left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, and he's serving as the designated hitter and batting third in the lineup. McCutchen left Sunday's game early against the Minnesota Twins due to hand soreness, but it was merely a precautionary measure. Back with Pittsburgh, McCutchen is expected to open the 2023 regular season as the team's primary right fielder, which will give him appeal in deep mixed and NL-only leagues. The 36-year-old is far removed from his prime, and his power took a big drop in 2022 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Even with the rebuilding Bucs, there's a chance McCutchen could become a platoon player eventually this year.

    Mar 7 · Source via Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Whit Merrifield Back In Grapefruit League Lineup

    Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Whit Merrifield (quadriceps) is back in the starting lineup for the Grapefruit League game on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and right-hander Mitch Keller. He's starting at second base and batting leadoff. Merrifield suffered a right quadriceps injury last Thursday and hasn't played in a spring game since as a precaution. The 34-year-old is heading into his first full season with Toronto after being acquired from the Kansas City Royals in 2022. He was in serious decline in KC before the trade, but he hit .281 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 44 games with the Jays to close out the year. Merrifield has a better shot to rack up counting stats this year in a better lineup, but fantasy managers shouldn't bank on a return to his All-Star form.

    Mar 7 · Source via Blue Jays Whit Merrifield
  • Oswald Peraza Expected To Return Thursday

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza (foot) is dealing with a minor foot injury in camp and is expected to return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday, according to sources. Peraza is battling for the starting shortstop gig in spring training this year with fellow prospect Anthony Volpe and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The 22-year-old Venezuelan has gone 2-for-9 so far in spring games with one stolen base, two walks and a strikeout in 12 plate appearances. His speed will probably be his best asset initially in the majors, with his power slowly developing as he matures. Peraza could be the favorite to open the 2023 season as the Yankees' shortstop, but he'll also need to hold off Volpe in the long run.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Tony Gonsolin Has An Ankle Sprain

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin (ankle) is being listed as day-to-day with a left ankle sprain that he suffered during drills in spring training on Monday, and he won't make his scheduled Cactus League start on Wednesday. Gonsolin has a noticeable limp, although this injury shouldn't cause him to miss Opening Day later this month. The 28-year-old right-hander had by far the best season of his career for the Blue in 2022, going 16-1 with a career-best 2.14 ERA (3.28 FIP), 0.88 WHIP and 23.9 percent strikeout rate in 130 1/3 innings over 24 starts. However, fantasy managers should expect some regression in 2023, although pitching for one of the best teams in baseball certainly helps.

    Mar 7 · Source via Dodgers Tony Gonsolin
  • Anthony Volpe Continues To Swing Hot Bat This Spring

    Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe went 1-for-2 with a run and pair of walks in a start on Monday. Volpe drew the start with fellow shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza (foot) sidelined with a minor foot injury. Volpe, 21, is the teams top prospect and has been off to a hot start this spring with a .353 batting average to go along with five runs, one home run, one RBI and three stolen bases over 17 at-bats. The young shortstop has developed physically since being draft in the first-round out of high school and has shown strong exit velocities and power to all fields. Volpe has opened the eyes of manager Aaron Boone and he has mentioned recently that Volpe could have a chance at breaking camp with the team. Although those words are encouraging, it is more likely that Volpe will open the season in Triple-A with Oswald Peraza already on the 40-man roster and shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa still in the mix. Regardless, Volpe has made real strides so far this spring and could make his big-league debut in 2023. Volpe's highest value is in dynasty leagues, but he when called up, he will make for an exciting addition in redraft leagues. He is a name to keep a close eye on this spring.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Aaron Judge Hits First Homer Of Spring Monday

    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit his first long ball of the season in Monday's 9-2 Grapefruit League win over the Pirates. The 30-year-old hit an impressive opposite-field, three-run shot in the sixth inning and is now batting .500 this spring. The 2022 American League Most Valuable Player obviously did a great job of hitting the ball over the fence last season, slashing .311/.425/.686 with 62 HR, 131 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. While it is unrealistic to expect that many from him this season, fantasy managers can still confidently draft Judge as a top overall fantasy player and one of baseball's best sources of power.

    Mar 7 · Source via Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Continues To Hit This Spring

    Cincinnati Reds corner infielder Christian Encarnacion-Strand continued to make a strong impression this Spring in Monday's 6-1 Cactus League win over the Rockies. The 23-year-old went 2-for-3 with a single and a solo home run. He mashed in Double-A in 2022 and is now batting .647 with three HR in 17 spring at-bats. With Joey Votto (shoulder) recovering from a surgically-repaired shoulder, there may be an opportunity for Encarnacion-Strand to find a roster spot at the start of the regular season. However, the Reds have other options in Tyler Stephenson and Wil Myers for first base. Either way, Encarnacion-Strand is a player to keep an eye on as a potential breakout candidate in fantasy leagues this season.

    Mar 7 · Source via Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • Ian Happ "Would Love To Stay" With Cubs In 2024

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ said Monday that he "would love to stay" with the Cubs following the 2023 season. The 28-year-old agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million deal entering his final year of arbitration. Happ has had an up-and-down career with his bat but had a solid 2022 season, slashing .271/.342/.440 with 17 home runs, 72 RBI, and nine stolen bases. He could be one of baseball's more attractive free agents should he not agree to an extension with the Cubs. Happ offers power and speed for fantasy managers with the potential for a decent to slightly above-average batting average.

    Mar 7 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Shohei Ohtani Hits Two Homers In Team Japan Exhibition

    Los Angeles Angels star designated hitter/starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani got the pre-World Baseball Classic festivities off to a strong start in Monday's exhibition game between Team Japan and the Hanshin Tigers. After striking out in his first at-bat, Ohtani proceeded to hit a pair of three-run home runs in his next two at-bats, including one from his knee. The two-way phenom has been one of MLB's brightest stars and carries just as much hype in international play. It will be exciting to see him play in the World Baseball Classic before returning to the Angels for the regular season.

    Mar 7 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Bailey Falter In Line For Fifth Rotation Spot

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Bailey Falter currently seems to have the best shot at the team's fifth rotation spot with Andrew Painter (elbow) dealing with a tender throwing elbow, per's Todd Zolecki. The 25-year-old had a solid 2022 season serving mostly as a starter, going 6-4 in 20 appearances (16 starts) with a 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 21.2% strikeout rate. While he doesn't offer a ton of upside in any facet, he could be a worthwhile streamer in favorable matchups behind a strong lineup if he does earn the rotation spot.

    Mar 7 · Source via Phillies Bailey Falter
  • Andrew Painter Unlikely To Make Opening Day Roster

    The Philadelphia Phillies did not provide any update on starting pitcher prospect Andrew Painter's (elbow) sore right elbow Monday. The 19-year-old felt some tenderness and went for tests last Friday. While the No. 6 overall prospect did have a shot to make the Opening Day roster, it now seems highly unlikely that that will come to fruition. While the Phillies will want to be cautious with Painter, the good news is there does not seem to be serious concern about his long-term health. Painter may become a fantasy factor in re-draft leagues at some point this season, but it sounds like Bailey Falter is now in line to fill in the fifth starting spot.

    Mar 7 · Source via Phillies Andrew Painter prospects
  • Greg Jones To Begin Playing Outfield

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Greg Jones is expected to begin playing outfield this week. The 24-year-old has played shortstop almost exclusively since being drafted in the first-round by the Rays in 2019. Despite that, it sounds like he'll make a move to the outfield with Wander Franco serving as the shortstop in Tampa Bay. Manager Kevin Cash mentioned the importance of having defensive versatility on his team. Jones hasn't played above Double-A yet, but could be making his debut in Tampa Bay sooner rather than later.

    Mar 6 · Source via Rays Greg Jones
  • Spencer Howard Dealing With Arm Fatigue

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Spencer Howard (arm) was scheduled to take the ball during Monday's Grapefruit contest against the Colorado Rockies. However, that didn't happen due to the fact Howard was dealing with arm fatigue. The expectation is that Howard should be able to take the mound within the next few days, assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks. The 26-year-old struggled heavily last season during his 10 appearances with the Rangers. There is no reason to believe Howard will be a fantasy asset this upcoming season.

    Mar 6 · Source via Rangers Spencer Howard
  • Oswald Peraza Misses Monday's Game

    New York Yankees shortstop Oswald Peraza (foot) was held out of Monday's Grapefruit matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates. There is no need for fantasy managers to panic here. It sounds like Peraza is dealing with a minor foot issue, so the team decided to hold him out of this game. The Yankees don't want to risk anything in Spring Training, so he'll likely sit as long as he needs. There is a good chance that Peraza is back in the lineup for their next game.

    Mar 6 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Justin Turner Released From The Hospital

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Justin Turner (face) has been released from the hospital. The 38-year-old was hit in the face by a pitch during Monday's Grapefruit contest against the Detroit Tigers. He was helped off the field with a trainer and taken to a nearby hospital. Luckily, Turner doesn't appear to be dealing with any serious injuries. All the tests came back clean and Turner isn't dealing with a concussion or any fractures. However, he did receive 16 stitches in his face, but is safely home now. The organization has not given an update on how long Turner is going to be sidelined. Fantasy managers will have to check back for another update on his status.

    Mar 6 · Source via Red Sox Justin Turner
  • Jose Quintana Could Begin Season On Injured List

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jose Quintana (rib) is in danger of missing time after suffering an injury during Sunday's Spring Training contest. The left-hander has been diagnosed with a small stress fracture on his fifth rib on his left side. He has withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic due to this injury. The 34-year-old will head back to New York to get additional imaging done. After that, the Mets should be able to give a better timetable on Quintana. There is a decent chance that he begins the 2023 season on the injured list. Fantasy managers will have to stay tuned for more information.

    Mar 6 · Source via Mets Jose Quintana
  • Mariners Release Nick Margevicius

    The Mariners announced today that left-hander Nick Margevicius has been released. Their spring camp is now down to 71 players. Margevicius, 27 in June, once seemed like he was on a path to being a useful big league starter but has been held back by injuries in recent years. Originally drafted by the Padres, that…

    Mar 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Nick Margevicius
  • Edmundo Sosa Fine After Being Hit By Pitch

    Philadelphia Phillies infielder Edmundo Sosa (forearm) said he's OK after being hit by a pitch on his right forearm in the Grapefruit League game on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles. He's just dealing with a little tightness after leaving the game early as a precaution. The Phillies figure to use the 27-year-old as a utility player in 2023, and he's also been getting some repetitions in the outfield in camp. In 78 games with the Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals in 2022, he hit .227/.275/.369 with a .644 OPS, two home runs, 21 RBI, 26 runs scored and a career-high six stolen bases in 190 plate appearances. Unless the Phillies are hit with injuries, Sosa figures to serve in a bench role yet again.

    Mar 6 · Source via Phillies Edmundo Sosa
  • Juan Soto Expected To Be Fine For World Baseball Classic

    San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto (calf) is expected to be fine and able to play in this year's World Baseball Classic for Team Dominican Republic. Soto has dealt with some minor left calf tightness recently in spring training, but he has returned to the Cactus League lineup and is expected to report for the WBC this Friday. In his four spring games, the 24-year-old has gone 8-for-11 with a home run and seven RBI, so he's off to a great start. Fantasy managers shouldn't be concerned about his injury and should be looking forward to what should be a bounce-back campaign in his first full season with the Friars. Soto is a borderline first-round pick in fantasy drafts.

    Mar 6 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Hunter Brown Struggles With Command

    Houston Astros starting pitcher prospect Hunter Brown struggled in his second start of the spring on Monday. The teams top prospect got through the first inning with just a single allowed, but opened the second frame with three walks and was yanked for reliever Ty Buttrey. Buttrey would in turn allow all three inherited runners to score and that left Brown with a line of one hit, three runs, three walks and two strikeouts over one inning. The 24-year-old also struggled with his command by allowing two free passes in his previous outing. Despite his rough start to spring, Brown excelled in seven games (two starts) for the Astros in 2022 with a 0.89 ERA with 22 strikeouts and seven walks over 20 1/3 innings. Brown remains one of the top pitching prospects in the game, but the Astros strong rotation options may make it hard for Brown to break camp with a permanent spot right away. Brown should already be rostered in dynasty leagues and managers in redraft leagues should keep an eye on his status entering the season. If he earns a spot in the rotation, Brown will be worth rostering.

    Mar 6 · Source via Astros Hunter Brown prospects
  • Masyn Winn Shows Patience On Monday

    Hitting first for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, shortstop prospect Masyn Winn went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a pair of walks. Winn has been off to a nice start this spring with six hits over his first 15 at-bats. He has also scored four runs to go along with a homer, two RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Behind third baseman Jordan Walker, Winn is the best prospect in the Cardinals system. Winn has always had elite defense, but he improved his patience at the plate and started elevating the ball more in 2022. This was evident with a .283 batting average to go along with 12 homers, 63 RBI and 43 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A. The Cardinals currently have infielder Tommy Edman slated to be the Opening Day shortstop with veteran Paul DeJong also on the roster and their current situation presents a hard situation for Winn to make the big-league squad. Managers in dynasty leagues should consider stashing the speedy shortstop, while redraft managers shouldn't expect much out of Winn for now with no clear path to playing time.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cardinals Masyn Winn prospects
  • Tink Hence K's Two In Relief

    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Tink Hence worked a scoreless frame in Monday's victory versus the Houston Astros. The right-hander allowed a free pass, but also struck out two on the afternoon. Hence, 20, has rapidly climbed Top-100 boards over the past year and for good reason. Hence was 0-1 with a shiny 1.38 ERA in 52 1/3 innings with 81 strikeouts and a clean 0.88 WHIP over 16 starts for Single-A Palm Beach. Currently sporting a fastball that can hit up to 99 MPH to go along with a nasty curveball and an above average changeup to polish things off, Hence has all the makings of a future top of the rotation option. Hence has been limited by the Cardinals and it will be interesting to see if they let training wheels off a little more this upcoming season, but managers in dynasty leagues should start to keep tabs on Hence. With Hence a few years away from reaching the big leagues, managers in redraft leagues can ignore him at the moment.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cardinals Tink Hence prospects
  • Yordan Alvarez Could Swing By The Weekend

    Houston Astros general manager Dana Brown said on the team's radio broadcast on Sunday that outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (hand) will take some swings "maybe by next weekend." Soreness in Alvarez's left hand, which is also something he dealt with last year, has prevented him from swinging the bat in spring training to this point. The Astros remain optimistic that the 25-year-old left-handed slugger will be ready for Opening Day, but if he has any setbacks once he resumes swinging, his fantasy managers can probably kiss Opening Day goodbye. When he's healthy, Alvarez is an easy top-10 fantasy asset in one of the best lineups in baseball.

    Mar 6 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Kyle Hendricks Throws First Bullpen Session

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session on Monday since getting injured last July. Hendricks was able to air it out on Monday and said afterwards that he was feeling great. Despite the positive session, he is about a month behind and is expected to open the year on the injured list. The 33-year-old right-hander isn't expected to make any Cactus League starts in spring training. Barring any setbacks, Hendricks seems likely to miss around the first month of the 2023 regular season. Fantasy managers in mixed leagues should leave him to the waiver wire to begin the year.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Chris Sale Goes Two Scoreless Innings In Spring Debut

    Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale (wrist) allowed two hits and struck out two in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. It was a nice spring debut for the 33-year-old starting pitcher. He is healthy in camp, but the Red Sox were bringing him along slowly after he made just two starts in 2022 due to various injuries, including a fractured wrist that required surgery. There's potential for Sale to return to ace status for fantasy managers, but it's hard to get past his injuries in recent seasons. He's made only 11 starts (48 1/3 innings) over the last three years for the Red Sox. RotoBaller currently has Sale ranked as the No. 48 fantasy starter.

    Mar 6 · Source via Red Sox Chris Sale
  • Andrew McCutchen Is Fine

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (hand) is fine after he was hit by a pitch in Grapefruit League action on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, and his removal from the contest was purely precautionary. McCutchen is no longer in his prime, but he's expected to be Pittsburgh's starting right fielder to open the 2023 season after spending his first nine MLB seasons with the team, including five straight All-Star seasons from 2011-15. It's no secret that the 36-year-old is in decline after slashing .237/.316/.384 with a career-low .700 OPS, 17 home runs, 69 RBI, 66 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 580 plate appearances and 134 games for the Brewers in 2022. A move to the rebuilding Pirates will further drop McCutchen's 2023 fantasy value.

    Mar 6 · Source via Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Justin Turner Hit In Face By Pitch Monday

    Boston Red Sox third baseman/designated hitter Justin Turner (face) was hit in the face by a pitch from Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning in Grapefruit League play on Monday. Turner was immediately gushing blood while going down onto the dirt, but he was able to stand up and walk off the field while being escorted by a trainer. The 38-year-old veteran was then taken to a local hospital. Check back for further updates on Turner's condition and for a potential return date. Depending on exactly what damage the ball did to his face, Turner could be in danger of missing Opening Day now. Turner should mostly serve as Boston's designated hitter in his first year in Beantown. The two-time All-Star's power is fading, but he still hit a useful .278/.350/.438 with a .788 OPS, 13 home runs, 81 RBI and 61 runs in 128 games last year for the Dodgers.

    Mar 6 · Source via Red Sox Justin Turner
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