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  • Julio Teheran Joins Orioles

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    Free-agent right-hander Julio Teheran signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Teheran will receive $2 million if he's on the major-league roster in 2024, and his deal also includes a $100,000 signing bonus and an opt-out clause. The 33-year-old pitched above expectations in 2023 with the Milwaukee Brewers, going 3-5 with a 4.40 ERA (4.93 FIP) and 1.13 WHIP with 13 walks and 50 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings over 14 appearances (11 starts). At best, Teheran will provide some veteran insurance for an Orioles rotation that will be without both righty Kyle Bradish (elbow) and lefty John Means (elbow) to start the season. Fantasy managers should be avoiding Teheran in mixed leagues if he's making starts in Baltimore early in the year.

    Feb 27 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Julio Teheran
  • Latest On Cubs' Bullpen Plans

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    Though Spring Training is underway, this offseason business is ongoing. The Cubs just reached an agreement to bring back Cody Bellinger over the weekend, a three-year, $80MM pact with a couple of opt-outs. Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic took a look at what could be next for the Cubs and suggested they may be done…

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Chicago Cubs Yency Almonte Adbert Alzolay Mark Leiter Julian Merryweather Drew Smyly Ryne Stanek
  • Red Sox Have Virtual Meeting With Jordan Montgomery

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    The Boston Red Sox recently had a zoom meeting with free-agent left-hander Jordan Montgomery. He would represent an upgrade for Boston's starting rotation in 2024 and potentially beyond if he's signed to a long-term deal. The Red Sox have the payroll flexibility to do it, but it's unclear if they'll pull the trigger. Outside of Blake Snell, Montgomery is the best starting pitcher still available on the free-agent market. The 31-year-old southpaw had a career-best 3.20 ERA (3.56 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with 48 walks and a career-high 166 strikeouts in 188 2/3 innings over 32 starts for the Cardinals and Rangers last year. He was even better in the playoffs on his way to winning a World Series ring with Texas. Montgomery is a below-average strikeout artist and would be moving to a tough ballpark and division if he lands with the Red Sox, but he's still worth a gamble as a No. 3/4 fantasy starter because of his control and ability to generate weak contact.

    Feb 27 · Source via Boston Red Sox Jordan Montgomery
  • Giants Still A Potential Landing Spot For Matt Chapman

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    The San Francisco Giants remain in play to sign free-agent third baseman Matt Chapman. Now that outfielder Cody Bellinger has re-signed with the Chicago Cubs, more attention has turned to Chapman as the best available position player on the open market during spring training. MLB Network's Jon Morosi doesn't think there's a better fit out there than the Giants for Chapman. The Giants could use some more pop in their lineup, and Chapman has played under manager Bob Melvin before in Oakland. The 30-year-old is an elite defender at third base and .234/.327/.429 with 44 homers and 130 RBI in his two years in Toronto. Chapman hasn't been a health risk, but his 30% strikeout rate is concerning, and a move to a pitcher-friendly park in San Francisco wouldn't be great from a player that regressed at the plate as the season went on in 2023.

    Feb 27 · Source via San Francisco Giants Matt Chapman
  • Cedric Mullins Reportedly Back To 100%

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    Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins (groin) reportedly feels 100% heading into the 2024 season. He spent most of 2023 dealing with a groin injury that led to two trips to the injured list. Before the injury, his slash line was .263/.356/.479. He had eight home runs and 13 stolen bases through 53 games. After that, he played 63 games, slashing .205/.257/.357. In that span, he had seven homers and just six steals. Hoping to stay healthy in 2024, he has even studied the "biomechanics" that led to his groin injury. Mullins will turn 30 in October. If he truly is healthy, this could be his best season since he broke out in 2021.

    Feb 27 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Cedric Mullins
  • Red Sox Sign Jason Alexander To Minor League Deal

    The Red Sox have signed right-hander Jason Alexander to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. The righty is a client of Apex Baseball. Alexander, 31 on Friday, was able to make his major league debut with the Brewers in 2022. He tossed 71 2/3 innings over 11 starts and seven relief…

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Boston Red Sox Jason Alexander
  • Cardinals Designate Buddy Kennedy For Assignment

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    The Cardinals have designated infielder Buddy Kennedy for assignment, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That opens up a roster spot for shortstop Brandon Crawford, whose previously-reported deal is now official. Kennedy, 25, has never appeared in a game as a Cardinal, having just been claimed off waivers from the Athletics in October.…

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors St. Louis Cardinals Buddy Kennedy
  • White Sox Acquire Bailey Horn From Cubs

    The White Sox and Cubs have agreed on a trade sending left-hander Bailey Horn from the Cubs to the Sox in exchange for minor league righty Matt Thompson, per announcements from both clubs. Sahadev Sharma and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on the deal prior to the official announcement. Sharma reported last night that the Cubs…

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Bailey Horn
  • Carlos Hernández Shut Down Due To Shoulder Soreness

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    Royals manager Matt Quatraro provided some updates about the club’s players to Anne Rogers of MLB.com (X links). Right-hander Carlos Hernández will be shut down for a while due to shoulder soreness while left-handed pitching prospect Christian Chamberlain has a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Last week, it was reported that Hernández had been slowed by…

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Carlos Hernandez
  • Giants' Tristan Beck Undergoing Testing For Hand Injury

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    Giants right-hander Tristan Beck has left the team’s spring complex and is traveling back to San Francisco to undergo testing after experiencing discomfort in his right hand, the team announced to reporters (X link via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area). The team will provide further updates in the coming days. Beck, 27, becomes…

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors San Francisco Giants Tristan Beck
  • Osleivis Basabe Injured On Tuesday

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    Tampa Bay Rays rookie shortstop Osleivis Basabe (head) was shaken up in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees after sliding head-first into third base. He had to be helped off the field and was removed from the contest early. Basabe almost certainly will be checked for a concussion and will probably be forced to miss at least a couple days in spring training. The 23-year-old Venezuelan middle infielder made his major-league debut in 2023 and looked overmatched at the plate, going 19-for-87 (.218) with a home run and 12 RBI. Even with Wander Franco's off-the-field issues heading into the 2024 season, Basabe profiles as a bottom-of-the-order utility player in Tampa this year and should be off the fantasy radar in mixed leagues.

    Feb 27 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Osleivis Basabe
  • Jesse Scholtens Done For Season With Torn UCL

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    Chicago White Sox right-hander Jesse Scholtens (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list on Tuesday and is scheduled to have surgery to fix a torn UCL in his right elbow on Friday. The 29-year-old will in turn miss all of the 2024 season. The move to place Scholtens on the 60-day IL was made to open up a 40-man roster spot after the team acquired left-hander Bailey Horn from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in exchange for right-hander Matthew Thompson. Scholtens also ended last year on the injured list due to a calf strain. The former ninth-round pick of the Padres in 2016 out of Wright State made his big-league debut for the Pale Hose last year and had a 5.29 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, his first career save, 30 walks and 58 strikeouts in 85 innings over 26 appearances (11 starts). We won't see him again until 2025.

    Feb 27 · Source via Chicago White Sox Jesse Scholtens
  • 'I just saw the best player on the field': Wyatt Langford is turning heads with every thunderous swing of his bat

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    Less than a year after being drafted, the Rangers' 22-year-old outfielder appears destined for MLB stardom.

    Feb 27 · ESPN Prospects Texas Rangers Wyatt Langford
  • Joc Pederson Scratched For Personal Reasons

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder/designated hitter Joc Pederson was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League contest for personal reasons, but he'll be back in spring training action in a couple of days, according to manager Torey Lovullo. There is really nothing for fantasy managers to worry about here. The 31-year-old veteran left-handed slugger comes to Arizona after a disappointing .235/.348/.416 slash line with 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 121 games for the San Francisco Giants following his All-Star campaign in the Bay Area in 2022. He still has outfield eligibility for fantasy managers, but that may not be the case in 2025, as he's expected to serve mostly as the D-backs' DH in 2024. Pederson is a fair bet to bounce back at least slightly in a better hitting environment, but a potential platoon role will also hurt his overall fantasy upside.

    Feb 27 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Joc Pederson
  • Masyn Winn Still The Team's Starter At Shortstop

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    The St. Louis Cardinals have told young infielder Masyn Winn that he's still in line to be the starter at shortstop in 2024 despite the signing of veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford on Monday. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said "this is Masyn's job." Crawford, who has been a liability on offense the last two years, is merely a veteran insurance policy for the 21-year-old Winn. The youngster hasn't looked very good so far in spring training, though, and he also hit just .172/.230/.238 in 37 games in his major-league debut with the Cardinals in 2023. The former second-rounder in 2020 is still pretty young, though, and he did hit .288 with 18 homers and 17 steals in 105 games for Triple-A Memphis. We are expecting better results in his first full season in the majors, and his ability to make contact and his speed on the basepaths stand out the most.

    Feb 27 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Masyn Winn
  • Nolan Jones Gets Off To A Slow Spring Start

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    Through three Cactus League appearances, Colorado Rockies outfielder Nolan Jones has gone 0-for-7 with three strikeouts. No need to panic, but managers who have invested in his services will be hoping he shakes off the rust sooner rather than later. After a breakout campaign in 2023 where he finished with a .297-20-62-60-20 line in just 106 games (424 PA), his fantasy stock has gotten expensive with an NFBC ADP of 55th overall. The former second-round pick has the talent and the stats to back up the breakout, such as his better-than-league-average chase rate (28.7%), BB% (12.5%), and 94th percentile Barrel% (15.7%). However, some are cause for caution, including K% (29.7%), Contact% (70.7%), and an unsustainable BABIP of .401. The 25-year-old will look to get back on track next time out.

    Feb 27 · Source via Colorado Rockies Nolan Jones
  • J.T. Realmuto To Make Spring Debut Wednesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson said that both catcher J.T. Realmuto and first baseman Bryce Harper will make their Grapefruit League debuts on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves. After coming off of a 2022 season in which the backstop won a Silver Slugger award, Realmuto had somewhat of a disappointing 2023. The 3x All-Star tallied a .252-20-63-70-16 line with a .324 WOBA and 102 wRC+. The HR, RBI, and R totals were still top-6 or better at the position, however, these numbers were all down year-over-year. Realmuto will enter the season at age 33 so we'll see how his numbers -- especially the stolen base totals -- can hold up. The former third-round pick still had a strong Barrel% of 11.2% last season so managers should still be able to count on the power being there in 2024.

    Feb 27 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Marcus Semien Getting On Base Through Two Spring Appearances

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    Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien made his Cactus League debut in Friday's 5-4 win over the Royals, going 0-for-1 with a walk. He followed that up with a 1-for-2 outing that included a hit by pitch on Sunday in a 0-0 tie with the Giants, bringing his spring OBP to .600. Although he should be fine, he was pinch run for at first base after the HBP. Semien is coming off a season in which he played all 162 games, had a 25-game hit streak, earned his second All-Star nomination, and earned his second Silver Slugger award on his way to a third-place finish for AL MVP. The righty even finished off the Rangers' postseason run with a 7-game hit streak. Going off the board at around the 28th overall pick, RotoBaller sees a bit more upside with a ranking of 24th overall, and he should finish once again as one of the top second base options in 2024.

    Feb 27 · Source via Texas Rangers Marcus Semien
  • Tristan Beck Dealing With Hand Discomfort

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    The San Francisco Giants said that right-hander Tristan Beck (hand) went back to San Francisco to see doctors because of right-hand discomfort. Beck and Keaton Winn (elbow) were the favorites to round out San Fran's starting rotation to begin the year with Alex Cobb (hip) and Robbie Ray (elbow) not ready, but now both Beck and Winn are injured. It's unclear if either Beck or Winn will be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season, but if they aren't, the Giants could be forced to go with some inexperienced arms at the back of their rotation early on. The 27-year-old Beck had a 3.92 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, two saves and 68 strikeouts in 33 outings (three starts) in his MLB debut in 2023, but he had a 7.50 ERA in his three starts late in the year. He may have a brighter future in a relief role.

    Feb 27 · Source via San Francisco Giants Tristan Beck
  • Kerry Carpenter Doing Some Running Tuesday

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Kerry Carpenter (hamstring) is out early on Tuesday doing some running work at spring training, which is a good sign for him after being diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain last Friday. The 26-year-old is considered day-to-day right now and is going to be held out of Grapefruit League games for the time being as a precaution. Still, it would be a surprise if Carpenter isn't ready to go for Opening Day in late March. He earned an everyday role for the Tigers by hitting .278/.340/.471 with an .811 OPS, 20 home runs, 17 doubles, two triples, 64 RBI, six stolen bases and 57 runs scored in 118 games and 459 trips to the plate in 2023 in his first full season in the bigs. However, he had a long dry spell in the power department late last year and struggled against lefties. If those trends continue, a platoon role could be on tap for Carpenter.

    Feb 27 · Source via Detroit Tigers Kerry Carpenter
  • Riley Greene Playing Outfield On Tuesday

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    Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene (elbow) is starting in right field and is batting leadoff for Tuesday's Grapefruit League contest against the Toronto Blue Jays. Greene made his spring training debut on Monday as the designated hitter but will now return to the outfield for the first time in game action since having Tommy John surgery on his right (non-throwing) elbow last September. The 23-year-old left-handed hitter looked even better in his second major-league season in 2023 before suffering his season-ending elbow injury. Greene slashed .288/.349/.447 with 11 home runs, 19 doubles, four triples, 37 RBI, seven stolen bases and 51 runs scored in 99 games played. If he can cut down on his strikeouts and make some more contact, he'll have even more upside for fantasy managers as a No. 3 outfielder.

    Feb 27 · Source via Detroit Tigers Riley Greene
  • Starling Marte To Make Grapefruit League Debut Wednesday

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    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (groin) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday, according to manager Carlos Mendoza. Marte played in only 86 games last year while coming off double-hernia surgery the previous offseason, and he struggled to a .248/.301/.324 slash line with five home runs and 28 RBI, although he did steal 24 bases in 341 plate appearances before eventually being shut down with a groin injury. Injuries are a big concern for the 35-year-old veteran coming into the 2024 campaign, although he's apparently fully healthy this spring after playing in the Dominican winter league. Marte could rebound with better health this year, but the injury risk alone makes him more of a No. 5 of 6 outfielder for fantasy managers.

    Feb 27 · Source via New York Mets Starling Marte
  • Evan Carter Back In Action Tuesday

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    Texas Rangers outfielder Evan Carter (forearm) is starting in right field and batting second in the team's Cactus League game on Tuesday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Carter was pulled from Sunday's spring training game early against the San Francisco Giants after he was hit by a pitch on his left forearm. However, X-rays on the 21-year-old came back negative, and he was taking part in an intrasquad game on Monday. One of the top prospects in baseball, Carter made his big-league debut in 2023 and hit .306/.413/.645 with a 1.058 OPS, five home runs, 12 RBI and three steals in 23 regular-season games before becoming a lineup regular during the team's World Series run. He'll be an everyday outfielder for Texas in his first full season and will be an attractive No. 2/3 fantasy outfielder because of his 20-steal potential. However, his struggles against lefties could become an issue.

    Feb 27 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Evan Carter
  • Byron Buxton Playing Center Field Tuesday

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    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) is playing center field on Tuesday in the Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time since Aug. 22 of 2022. He's also hitting second in the batting order. Injuries have been the story of Buxton's career to this point, despite all of power/speed talent. The 30-year-old needed surgery on his knee last October but said he's been feeling great so far this spring and plans to be the team's full-time center fielder in 2024. After making his first All-Star team in 2022, Buxton only played in 85 games last year and hit a weak .207 (63-for-304), but he also managed to club 17 home runs. Buxton still has the ability to be a league-winner if he can stay healthy, but the odds are against that since he's played in over 100 games just one in his nine seasons in the majors with the Twins.

    Feb 27 · Source via Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton
  • Jesus Luzardo To Start On Opening Day

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    Miami Marlins manager Skip Schumaker announced on Tuesday that left-hander Jesus Luzardo will start on Opening Day on March 28 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Luzardo will be the staff ace in Miami in 2024 with Sandy Alcantara (elbow) out for the entire season. In his second full season with the Fish last year, Luzardo went 10-10 with a 3.58 ERA (3.55 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP with 55 walks and a career-high 208 strikeouts in 178 2/3 innings over 32 starts. The 25-year-old Peruvian southpaw could be affected by a career-high workload last year, but it shouldn't be enough of a concern to dissuade fantasy managers from rolling with Luzardo as their No. 2 starter with upside this year.

    Feb 27 · Source via Miami Marlins Jesus Luzardo
  • Jackson Holliday Hitting Leadoff On Tuesday

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    Baltimore Orioles shortstop prospect Jackson Holliday, the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball this year, is starting at second base and batting leadoff in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers. Holliday has a realistic chance to make the club's Opening Day roster out of camp, although he's gone 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in his first two spring training games. If the 20-year-old does make the Opening Day roster for the O's, he'll be the team's starting second baseman to start. In the long term, there's no question that Holliday will be a shortstop in Baltimore, but the temporary move to the keystone will give him a better chance to contribute sooner than later at the big-league level. The upside is through the roof with the youngster, making him worth a stash in mixed fantasy leagues in 2024.

    Feb 27 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Craig Kimbrel Expects To Make Spring Debut Thursday

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    Baltimore Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel (quadriceps) threw a live batting practice session on Monday at camp and said he felt great. Kimbrel expects to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday. Kimbrel dealt with quadriceps soreness over the weekend and was shut down for a few days as a precaution. The 35-year-old veteran reliever is feeling good again now, though, and has plenty of time to get himself right before Opening Day at the end of March. Kimbrel joined the Orioles in the offseason on a one-year deal to serve as the team's closer in 2024 with Felix Bautista (elbow) out for the year. He led the Phillies with 23 saves in 2023 and had a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 94 strikeouts in 69 innings. Injuries are a concern, but as long as he's healthy, he should receive plenty of save opportunities in Baltimore.

    Feb 27 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Gunnar Henderson Taking Batting Practice Tuesday

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    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Gunnar Henderson (oblique) is taking batting practice on Tuesday, according to manager Brandon Hyde. It's the first time that Henderson is taking batting practice since camp opened and he was dealing with some left-oblique soreness. It's a step toward Henderson playing in spring training games, which could come at some point this week if he gets through batting practice fine. The 22-year-old's injury is not serious at all, with the Orioles practicing caution with their starting third baseman. Henderson was a revelation in his first full season in the big leagues with the O's in 2023 and should be considered a top-five fantasy third baseman going into Year 2 in one of the stronger offenses in baseball.

    Feb 27 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson
  • Shohei Ohtani Batting Second In Spring Debut

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    Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (elbow) will bat second in his Cactus League debut on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Dave Roberts said that would be a hint for where Ohtani bats in the regular season. He's serving as the DH behind leadoff man Mookie Betts. The 29-year-old Japanese superstar had right-elbow surgery last September and has been eased into action in his first spring training, but he's fully expected to be ready to serve as LA's full-time DH when the Dodgers kick the regular season off in late March in a two-game series against the San Diego Padres in Korea. There's a chance that Ohtani's elbow could affect him early on at the plate, but it shouldn't be a reason to pass on Ohtani's explosive bat late in the first round or early in the second in upcoming fantasy drafts.

    Feb 27 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Walker Buehler To Face Hitters On Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler (elbow) is scheduled to face hitters for the first time this spring on Tuesday. Buehler didn't pitch for the Dodgers at all in 2023 while recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2022. As a result, the team is slow-playing him in camp this year, and he's not going to be ready to pitch to begin the season. The Dodgers aren't exactly putting a specific timeline on when he might make his 2024 debut, but fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if he's held out for the entire first month of play. It's unclear what to expect from the 29-year-old once he does return to the Dodgers' starting rotation this year, but Buehler has proven to be a fantasy ace before having elbow surgery, making him worth the risk as a back-end rotation option in all mixed leagues.

    Feb 27 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler
  • Julio Rodriguez To Take Flips On Tuesday

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    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (hand) is scheduled to take some flips in the batting cages at spring training on Tuesday, and things are moving in a good direction. Rodriguez is day-to-day with some inflammation in his left hand. It's nothing serious, but the Mariners aren't going to take any chances with one of the best overall players in the game early in spring training. Depending on how he feels, the 23-year-old could return to Cactus League play later this week, and he should be totally fine by Opening Day. J-Rod made a statement in his sophomore season in 2023 and was an All-Star for the second straight year to begin his MLB career. As a true five-category contributor, he is a top-five fantasy asset in all formats.

    Feb 27 · Source via Seattle Mariners Julio Rodriguez
  • Alec Bohm Expected To Play On Wednesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson said that third baseman Alec Bohm (neck) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves. Bohm has had a neck issue in camp the last few days, but he's good to go now and will start playing in spring games this week. The Phillies were being cautious with the 27-year-old when they held him out of games this past weekend. He will be ready for Opening Day at the end of March, barring any sort of setback once he begins playing in games. Bohm hit .274/.327/.437 with a career-high 20 home runs, 97 RBI and four stolen bases in 145 games in 2023 in his fourth year in the big leagues. He was a solid run producer for the Phils and fantasy managers, but it's fair to wonder how much more Bohm can actually improve, especially if he hits near the bottom of the batting order.

    Feb 27 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Alec Bohm
  • Bryce Harper To Make Spring Debut Wednesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson said that first baseman Bryce Harper and catcher J.T. Realmuto are expected to make their Grapefruit League debuts on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves. Harper and Realmuto are just getting a few days in camp to ramp up. Harper is making the full-time transition from the outfield to first base in 2024, but it's unclear if he'll be eased in as the designated hitter early in spring games. The 31-year-old former MVP got a late start to last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2022 but finished with a strong .293/.401/.499 slash line with a .900 OPS, 21 home runs, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 126 games. Harper is no longer eligible in the outfield for fantasy managers, but with him ready to go to start the 2024 season, he should be viewed as a top-five fantasy first baseman in 2024.

    Feb 27 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Yankees Still Have A Chance To Land Blake Snell

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    Free-agent left-hander Blake Snell and the New York Yankees continue to discuss potential scenarios, but so far it's just talk without much progress. Snell would give the Yankees both reigning Cy Young winners and make them the clear favorite in the American League. However, any deal for Snell would also trigger a 110 percent tax, meaning the move would cost more than double his salary. The Yankees continue to keep the lines of communication open with Snell, but after talking on Monday, the two sides don't appear to be any closer to a deal. One Yankees person characterized the chances for a deal as extremely low. The 31-year-old Snell is going to cost $30 million a year, so it's unclear how many other teams remain in the market for him. So far, the Yankees have made the only known public offer to Snell -- for five years, although they are believed to be willing to go six years at close to $28 million per year.

    Feb 27 · Source via New York Yankees Blake Snell
  • Trea Turner Goes Hitless, Draws A Walk In Spring Debut

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    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner saw his first game action of the spring on Sunday in a 4-0 Grapefruit League win over the New York Yankees. The 2x All-Star went 0-for-2 with a walk but did not steal a bag or come around to score after getting on base. Last season, Turner got off to a slow start but eventually was able to turn things around during his first season in Philly. The former NL batting champ slashed .247/.299/.389 in the first half with a .297 WOBA and 84 wRC+, but in the second half it was .292/.348/.554 with a .381 WOBA and 140 wRC+, so he'll look to carry that momentum into 2024. Combined with his ability to steal bases, he goes off draft boards late in the first round (NFBC ADP of 12). RotoBaller ranks him at 14, however, if he can outperform his ATC projection of 28 stolen bases (he had 30 in '23), then he could pay off his high price tag.

    Feb 27 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Trea Turner
  • What Does Matt Chapman's Market Look Like After The Cody Bellinger Deal?

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    For weeks now, the baseball world’s spotlight has been pointed at the “Boras Four.” Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery are all represented by the Boras Corporation and each one lingered in free agency until late February as a staring contest seemed to be taking place between the agency and interested clubs.…

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago Cubs Matt Chapman Cody Bellinger
  • CJ Abrams Swipes First Bag Of Spring Monday

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams picked up his first stolen base of the spring in Monday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Mets. The 23-year-old is 2-for-5 with two singles in his first games of spring action. The former first-round pick delivered a power-speed combination in 2023, slashing .245/.300/.412 with 18 home runs, 83 runs scored, 64 RBI, and 47 stolen bases in 614 plate appearances. The Nationals aren't the best lineup to hit in for counting stats, but the allure of Abrams' HR and SB totals with the hope for some batting average regression have him as a higher-end fantasy pick heading into 2024.

    Feb 27 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • No Firm Timeline On Tommy Edman Playing Spring Games

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    St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said Monday that there is no firm timetable for when middle infielder/outfielder Tommy Edman (wrist) will begin playing in Grapefruit League games. The 28-year-old had offseason surgery on his right wrist and is now hitting off a tee and with soft toss from coaches. The switch-hitter is progressing quicker hitting from the right side of the plate. Like the Cardinals overall, Edman had a down 2023, slashing .248/.307/.399 with 13 home runs, 69 runs scored, 47 RBI, and 27 stolen bases in 528 plate appearances. While Edman provides plenty of speed and could benefit from a lineup bounce back, his lack of power may be dinged further as he returns from his wrist injury. Fantasy managers should keep an eye out for further updates over the coming weeks.

    Feb 27 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Edman
  • Simeon Woods Richardson Showcases New Arm Angle Monday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson turned in a strong spring debut Monday, pitching a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Juan Soto in a 9-2 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees. The 23-year-old said that he has been working on altering his arm angle this off-season, bringing his delivery down from directly over the top. Woods Richardson spent most of his time last season at Triple-A St. Paul, going 7-6 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 19.3% strikeout rate in 113 2/3 innings pitched. While he has time in his career left to figure out how to deliver effective results, fantasy managers can keep him on the back burner for now.

    Feb 27 · Source via Minnesota Twins Simeon Woods Richardson
  • Liam Hendriks Throws On Flat Ground Monday

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    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks (elbow) threw on flat grass from about 60 feet on Monday, per the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham. He was throwing to a catcher standing up and "threw with a pretty decent amount of zip". The 35-year-old is recovering from Tommy John surgery and hopes to make his season debut at the end of July. Hendriks has recently been a top fantasy contributor, and while he has a ways to go to return and the Red Sox currently have a strong closer in Kenley Jansen, Hendriks could find himself in the fantasy mix during the second half of the season.

    Feb 27 · Source via Boston Red Sox Liam Hendriks
  • Luis Castillo Brings Heat In Spring Debut Monday

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    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo looked ready to go in his spring debut Monday, firing two scoreless innings in a 2-0 Cactus League win over the Reds. Castillo's fastball touched 96 MPH as he allowed no hits and a walk with a strikeout. The 31-year-old turned in another stellar season in 2023, going 14-9 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 27.3% strikeout rate in 33 starts and 197 innings pitched. Given the turbulent pitching landscape last season and his track record, Castillo has moved up into ace fantasy consideration for 2024.

    Feb 27 · Source via Seattle Mariners Luis Castillo
  • Luis Robert Jr. Hitless Through Two Spring Games

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    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. has played in both Grapefruit League games to start spring, going a combined 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The overall positive takeaway is that the 26-year-old is healthy and on the field, as injuries have been an issue throughout his career. Robert Jr. was able to stay on the field for most of 2023, slashing .264/.315/.542 with 38 home runs, 90 runs scored, 80 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 595 plate appearances over 145 games. Despite hitting in a weak White Sox lineup, Robert Jr. has the potential to be a top fantasy contributor if he can stay healthy. It will be an encouraging sign for fantasy managers if he can put in a full spring.

    Feb 27 · Source via Chicago White Sox Luis Robert
  • Rafael Devers Homers In Spring Debut Sunday

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers started his spring on the right foot Sunday, going 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and a walk in an 8-6 Grapefruit League win over the Twins. The 27-year-old is coming off another excellent season in which he slashed .271/.351/.500 with 33 home runs, 90 runs scored, 100 RBI, and five steals. Devers should be a top fantasy option and four-category contributor even if the Red Sox lineup does not bounce back from its overall disappointing 2023.

    Feb 27 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Shawn Dubin Dealing With Shoulder Inflammation

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    Houston Astros right-hander Shawn Dubin (shoulder) is dealing with right-shoulder inflammation in camp and will be shut down from throwing for three days. The injury, although it may not be very serious, is going to make it more difficult for Dubin to win a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen out of spring training. The 28-year-old former 13th-round pick in 2018 out of Georgetown appeared in three games (one start) in his big-league debut for the Astros last year, giving up seven earned runs on 12 hits (one homer) while walking three and striking out 11 in nine innings pitched. Dubin is not on the fantasy radar at all, even if he makes the big-league roster out of camp. He had a rough 6.63 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 55 2/3 innings at Triple-A Sugar Land last year.

    Feb 26 · Source via Houston Astros Shawn Dubin
  • Sam Bachman, Jose Quijada Continue Their Throwing Programs

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    Los Angeles Angels pitchers Sam Bachman (shoulder) and Jose Quijada (elbow) have continued their throwing programs in spring training. Bachman is recovering from right-shoulder surgery last September and was planning to throw from 75 to 90 feet on Monday. Quijada, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last May, was planning to throw up to 120 feet on Monday. Bachman will begin the 2024 season on the injured list and is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2024 season. He's not a lock to join the big-league roster when he's activated. Quijada will open the year on the 60-day injured list and probably won't make his 2024 debut until after the All-Star break.

    Feb 26 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Sam Bachman Jose Quijada
  • John McMillon Throws Live Batting Practice

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander John McMillon (forearm) was scheduled to throw a live batting practice session in camp on Monday. Barring a setback, McMillon could soon make his Cactus League debut. The 26-year-old made his major-league debut in 2023 for the Royals and allowed just one earned run on a solo home run while walking none and striking out eight in four relief innings. However, his rookie season ended early due to a right forearm strain that he's still working through. McMillon has some strikeout upside, but he also had too many walks in the minors. If he's healthy in time for Opening Day, he should find a spot in the big-league bullpen and could eventually be used in late-inning situations for his ability to miss bats.

    Feb 26 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals John McMillon
  • Mason Thompson To Be Re-Evaluated This Week

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Mason Thompson (elbow) is set to be re-examined by team doctors this week after being shut down the last two weeks of camp with a sore elbow. Thompson had Tommy John surgery nine years ago as a junior in high school. He's avoided major injuries since then, but he did miss three months due to a right-biceps strain in 2022. Manager Dave Martinez admitted he's "a little concerned." Thompson was dominant at times out of Washington's bullpen, but he wasn't guaranteed a spot on this year's Opening Day roster, so his elbow injury is going to make it even tougher for him to earn a spot. He struggled through most of the second half in 2023 and finished with a 5.50 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 51 games.

    Feb 26 · Source via Washington Nationals Mason Thompson
  • Nick Senzel Out Sick Monday

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    Washington Nationals third baseman/outfielder Nick Senzel (illness) was not in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Monday against the New York Mets because he was feeling under the weather. With Senzel sitting out, prospect Brady House got the start at third base for the Nats. The 28-year-old Senzel is expected to see regular playing time at the hot corner in D.C. for the rebuilding Nationals in 2024. Perhaps the former first-round pick can pick things up with a change of scenery, but fantasy managers in most leagues should be content to wait and see what happens. Injuries have been the story of his career to this point. Senzel missed time in 2023 with the Reds due to toe and knee injuries and finished with a .236 average, a career-high 13 home runs, 42 RBI and six steals in 104 games.

    Feb 26 · Source via Washington Nationals Nick Senzel
  • Matt Carpenter Scratched From Grapefruit League Lineup

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    St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Matt Carpenter (wrist) was scratched from the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Monday due to a bruised left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a previous game over the weekend. Carpenter's injury doesn't sound very serious, but the Cardinals will take it easy on the 38-year-old left-hander for a day or two. Carpenter essentially became a bench coach for the San Diego Padres last year after hitting just .176/.322/.319 with five home runs, 31 RBI and 67 strikeouts in 237 plate appearances over 76 games played. It was a big disappointment after he hit 15 home runs in 2022 with the Yankees before getting hurt. It's unlikely at this point that Carpenter will have a resurgence as he returns to St. Louis.

    Feb 26 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
  • Ross Stripling's Spring Debut Pushed Back

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    Oakland Athletics right-hander Ross Stripling (finger) was originally scheduled to make his Cactus League debut with his new team on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he is being pushed back a few days with what manager Mark Kotsay described as a minor cut on his right index finger. Instead, Mitch Spence, a Rule 5 draft pick, replaced Stripling on the mound. The injury to Stripling's finger doesn't sound serious at all. The 34-year-old is locked into Oakland's starting rotation in 2024 after being acquired in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. He'll be moving to another pitcher-friendly environment, but that's about where the positives end. Stripling doesn't miss many bats and won't get much run support from the A's offense. He's outside of RotoBaller's top-100 fantasy starting pitchers.

    Feb 26 · Source via Oakland Athletics Ross Stripling
  • Jung Hoo Lee To Make Cactus League Debut Tuesday

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    San Francisco Giants outfielder Jung Hoo Lee (side) is scheduled to play center field and bat leadoff on Tuesday in the team's Cactus League contest against the Seattle Mariners. Lee was scratched from making his spring training debut over the weekend due to minor side soreness, but he'll be ready to return on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Korean outfielder will be San Fran's starting center fielder in his first year in the States after the Giants signed him to a six-year, $113 million deal in free agency. Lee doesn't have much power in his bat, but he has excellent contact and on-base abilities and should provide value as a depth outfielder in mixed fantasy leagues in 2024 for his OBP, average and runs scored. However, there is also some concern that he might need a period of adjustment to increased MLB velocities.

    Feb 26 · Source via San Francisco Giants Jung Hoo Lee
  • Nick Ahmed Signs Minor-League Deal With Giants

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    Free-agent shortstop Nick Ahmed signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Ahmed and long-time Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford battled for the National League Gold Glove at the 6 for a while, with Ahmed winning it in 2018-19 while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 33-year-old veteran will give the Giants a backup option to rookie Marco Luciano at shortstop in 2024. Ahmed really struggled at the plate in his 10th season in the desert last year, slashing just .212/.257/.303 with two home runs, 17 RBI, five stolen bases and 14 runs scored in 72 games played before he was released in September. Unless Luciano misses extended time with an injury, Ahmed isn't going to be attractive in many fantasy leagues.

    Feb 26 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Nick Ahmed Marco Luciano
  • Cardinals Sign Brandon Crawford

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    The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent shortstop Brandon Crawford to an undisclosed deal on Monday, according to league sources. The three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants is expected to serve as the backup to 21-year-old rookie shortstop Masyn Winn while the team awaits further clarity on Tommy Edman's recovery from wrist surgery. Crawford spent the previous 13 seasons in the Bay Area, playing a key role in the team's 2012 and 2014 World Series championships. He was an All-Star as recently as 2021, but his performance started to decline in 2022, and he appeared in just 93 games last year due to various injuries and finished with a meager .194/.273/.314 slash line. The 37-year-old is a good defender but can't be counted on for offensive production at this point, and the 2024 season could easily be Crawford's last as a pro.

    Feb 26 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Brandon Crawford Tommy Edman Masyn Winn
  • Enrique Hernandez Returns To Dodgers

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    Free-agent infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez signed an undisclosed one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The 32-year-old Puerto Rican utility man began the 2023 season with the Boston Red Sox before finishing the year in LA. In total, he hit .237/.289/.357 with 11 home runs, 23 doubles, 61 RBI, four stolen bases and 57 runs scored in 140 games played. He'll basically take the place of Manuel Margot, who was traded to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, as a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers in 2024. But Hernandez can also fill in where needed on the infield. Although he had double-hernia surgery last October, he's expected to be ready for Opening Day. Because Hernandez won't be an everyday player on a stacked Dodgers roster, he shouldn't attract much attention in mixed fantasy leagues this year.

    Feb 26 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez
  • Bo Naylor Scratched With Back Spasms

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    Cleveland Guardians catching prospect Bo Naylor (back) was scratched from the team's Cactus League lineup on Monday against the San Diego Padres due to back spasms. The Guardians are probably just being cautious with the young catching prospect early in spring training, but we'll have more updates on the 24-year-old backstop's condition once we know more. He's likely to be day-to-day. Naylor took over in Cleveland last year during the summer and hit .237/.339/.470 with an .809 OPS, 11 home runs, 32 RBI and five stolen bases in 67 games in 2023. Naylor, the younger brother of Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor, will be the team's starting catcher from the get-go in 2024. If he stays healthy and gets enough playing time, he has the potential to be a top-10 catcher in fantasy when all is said and done, mainly due to his speed.

    Feb 26 · Source via Cleveland Guardians Bo Naylor
  • Alek Thomas Dealing With Wrist Soreness

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Alek Thomas (wrist) is dealing with wrist soreness that kept him out of the team's Cactus League lineup on Monday. He has been tracking pitches during live batting practice sessions without swinging in the meantime, and manager Torey Lovullo said the concern is minimal and that Thomas could have played on Monday, if needed. It sounds as though the 23-year-old center fielder should be back in spring training action by the end of the week, if not sooner, and he'll be good to go for Opening Day in late March. Thomas struggled at the plate in 125 games for the D-backs last year, slashing .230/.273/.374 with nine home runs, 39 RBI and nine steals and was demoted to the minors in the first half. Unless he improves against left-handers, he probably isn't going to be much of an asset in shallow mixed leagues in 2024.

    Feb 26 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Alek Thomas
  • Corbin Carroll Makes Spring Training Debut Saturday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll made his spring debut on Saturday during a 6-2 Cactus League win over the Colorado Rockies. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year was not a factor, however, going hitless in two at-bats and drawing a walk in his third plate appearance. He was then taken out for a pinch runner. One spring training game does not a season make, however, and Carroll figures to be one of the top offensive weapons in all of real-life and fantasy baseball this season. The former first-round draft pick will look to build upon his 2023 All-Star campaign after he tallied a .285-25-76-116-54 line in 155 games. Carroll is ranked fifth overall at RotoBaller and is being taken around the same pick in 2024 fantasy drafts. At that pick, managers have to decide whether they want the HR/RBI upside of Mookie Betts or lower (yet respectable) totals in those categories from Carroll but with 40 more stolen bases than the Los Angeles Dodger second baseman.

    Feb 26 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll
  • Matt Olson Walks, Picks Up A Hit In Spring Debut

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    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson made his spring debut on Sunday in a 5-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Boston Red Sox. Last year's MLB home run leader drew a walk on four pitches in his first at-bat, then took a swing at the first pitch he saw in the next at-bat which resulted in a rare infield single for the plodding slugger. The 2x All-Star had a career year in 2023, putting up a .283-54-139-127-1 line and allowing Braves fans to firmly put the days of Freddie Freeman in the rearview mirror. The 2023 Silver Slugger Award winner has played all 162 games his first two seasons in Atlanta and another 40 home run, 100 RBI, and 100 runs scored campaign should be in the offing in 2024. Olson is rightfully the second first baseman off the board in drafts as he won't help in the stolen base category (unlike the aforementioned Freddie Freeman), but is a rock-solid second-round pick for fantasy.

    Feb 26 · Source via Atlanta Braves Matt Olson
  • Dodgers Trade Manuel Margot To The Twins

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded outfielder Manuel Margot to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for shortstop Noah Miller. At this time, it's unclear who the Dodgers have received in return. It was certainly a short tenure for Margot in the Dodgers organization after the club acquired him as part of the trade that also landed them right-hander Tyler Glasnow on Dec. 15. The veteran hit .264 with four home runs and nine stolen bases in a platoon role in Tampa Bay last season, appearing in just 99 games and fewer than 100 contests for the second straight season. He could be deployed similarly with the Twins in 2024 as he should take over right field from the lefty-swinging Max Kepler versus left-handed pitching.

    Feb 26 · Source via Minnesota Twins Los Angeles Dodgers Manuel Margot
  • Eury Perez Trying New Curveball Grip

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    Miami Marlins pitcher Eury Perez is trying out a new curveball grip that he and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre have come up with in spring training. Perez noted the curveball looks good in bullpen sessions, but he needs to trust it more. The towering 6-foot-8 righty made his big-league debut at just 20 years of age in the 2023 season and worked to a 3.15 ERA across 19 starts, but the club limited his workload after throwing just 77 innings in the minors in the 2022 season. Perez should be given a much longer leash in the 2024 season, especially with ace Sandy Alcantara (elbow) out for the season due to Tommy John surgery. He is certainly worth an investment on draft day and is a dynasty league gem moving forward.

    Feb 26 · Source via Miami Marlins Eury Perez
  • Jack Flaherty Tosses Perfect Inning In Spring Debut

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    Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Flaherty worked a perfect inning in his spring debut with the team on Monday versus the Houston Astros. The veteran was brought into Detroit on a one-year, $14 million deal this offseason after he struggled between the Cardinals and Orioles in the 2023 campaign. The 28-year-old posted a 4.99 ERA across 29 outings (27 starts) but struggled mightily following a trade-deadline deal to the O's where he posted a 6.75 ERA in 34 2/3 innings of work. However, the 2023 season was also his healthiest full campaign since 2019, and he will get a shot at taking the ball every fifth day with the Tigers in 2024. He could be a solid late-round sleeper as he posted a 3.22 ERA as recently as the 2021 season and is coming off his first healthy offseason in some time.

    Feb 26 · Source via Detroit Tigers Jack Flaherty
  • Gregory Santos To Begin Throwing Program Tuesday

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    Seattle Mariners right-hander Gregory Santos (lat) will begin his throwing program on Tuesday. The 24-year-old was acquired this offseason in a trade with the Chicago White Sox after he impressed in 60 appearances on the south side in his rookie campaign in 2023. Santos worked to a 3.39 ERA in his 66 1/3 innings of work but also posted a 2.65 FIP and allowed just two home runs on the season while posting a tiny 0.27 HR/9 clip. The Mariners have Andres Munoz and Matt Brash as the key late-inning arms at the back end of their bullpen, meaning Santos' chances at saves and holds could be limited. He is best left off the fantasy radar barring a notable injury to either Munoz or Brash.

    Feb 26 · Source via Seattle Mariners Gregory Santos
  • Matt Barnes Linked To Nationals

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    Free-agent reliever Matt Barnes' market is heating up, as the Washington Nationals are one club that is linked to him. The right-hander underwent offseason surgery on his hip but threw for interested clubs in late January and appears ready to join a big-league spring training camp soon. It was a tough 2023 season for the 33-year-old who dealt with both injuries and inconsistency as he posted a 5.48 ERA across 24 outings. However, he also posted a 4.15 FIP and 4.35 SIERA, suggesting he was better than his surface ERA might suggest. Once a staple in the Red Sox bullpen, Barnes owns a career 4.13 ERA across 453 appearances while boasting an impressive 29.4% K%, although that figure has hovered around just 20% in each of the last two seasons.

    Feb 26 · Source via Washington Nationals Matt Barnes
  • Brandon Crawford, Cardinals Could Be Nearing Agreement

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    The St. Louis Cardinals and free-agent shortstop Brandon Crawford could be nearing an agreement, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. The long-time Giants infielder's tenure with the club all be ended on Monday when the team agreed to a contract with veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed. After exploding for an MVP-caliber 2021 season, it has been a struggle at the plate for Crawford over the last two seasons. Most recently, he hit .94 with seven home runs, three stolen bases, and a .587 OPS across just 94 games last season, production that graded out 37% below the league average, as per his 63 wRC+. He has spent all 13 of his big-league seasons with the Giants.

    Feb 26 · Source via St. Louis Cardinals Brandon Crawford
  • Austin Riley Homers In Spring Training Debut

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    After flying out to right in his first at-bat in Sunday's 5-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley hit a Joe Jacques pitch off the pavilion in right field for his first hit and home run of the spring. It was a solo shot for the 2x All-Star, ending the day 1-2 with one RBI and one run scored. Riley hit 37 long balls last season and with the slugger projected for 38 again in 2024, he's in prime position to rack up RBIs hitting out of the third spot in the potent Braves batting order. The former first-round pick won't help you in the stolen base department but will provide stellar production in every other meaningful category. He's also durable, playing nearly 160 games in three consecutive seasons, which helps affirm his status as the second third baseman off of draft boards and his ranking of 19th overall at RotoBaller, just ahead of his NFBC ADP of 20th overall.

    Feb 26 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Evan Carter Takes Part In Intrasquad Game

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    Texas Rangers outfielder Evan Carter (forearm) faced right-hander Jon Gray in an intrasquad game in camp on Monday and looks to be swinging the bat fine. Carter was hit by a pitch on his left forearm in the Cactus League game on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants and left the game early as a precaution. X-rays came back negative on the 21-year-old lefty hitter, though, and he's already back to swinging a bat. The injury was not serious, and Carter should return to Cactus League games before the end of the week. He should be just fine for Opening Day in late March. As a young outfielder with 25-stolen base potential over a full season while hitting near the top of a strong lineup in Texas, Carter has plenty of fantasy appeal as a No. 2/3 outfielder heading into his first full season in the majors.

    Feb 26 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Evan Carter
  • Red Sox Could Get Something Done With Jordan Montgomery

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    The Boston Red Sox remain in play to sign free-agent left-hander Jordan Montgomery, as one National League executive said on Sunday that "we hear the Red Sox and Scott Boras had a good meeting recently and may get some deal eventually done on Jordan Montgomery." The 31-year-old southpaw hasn't found a team that is willing to meet his contractual demands yet this offseason after helping the Texas Rangers win the World Series last fall. In 32 combined starts with Texas and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2023, he went 10-11 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 48 walks and a career-high 166 strikeouts in 188 2/3 regular-season innings. Boston could definitely use the rotation help, but a move to the demanding American League East wouldn't be the best landing spot for Montgomery, who lacks true upside in fantasy due to his lack of swing-and-miss stuff.

    Feb 26 · Source via Boston Red Sox Jordan Montgomery
  • Yoshinobo Yamamoto To Make Spring Debut On Wednesday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers. After signing a 12-year, $325 million deal with the Dodgers this offseason, Yamamoto is expected to serve as the team's ace to open the 2024 season. The 25-year-old will be eased into the big leagues in the States with the Dodgers going with a six-man starting rotation. He won the Pacific League MVP award in each of the last three seasons while pitching in Japan and is expected to start one of the team's two games to open the year in Korea against the San Diego Padres on March 20-21. Despite his small frame, Yamamoto hits the upper-90s with his fastball with ease and features impeccable command with his other offerings. While being backed by LA's strong offense, Yamamoto has ace potential right away in fantasy.

    Feb 26 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Yoshinobu Yamamoto
  • Yuki Matsui Day-To-Day With Back Inflammation

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    San Diego Padres left-hander Yuki Matsui's (back) MRI exam showed inflammation but no structural damage in his back, according to manager Mike Shildt. Matsui is considered day-to-day. Matsui was scratched from spring training action over the weekend due to tightness in his back, but it appears the injury isn't very serious. It's unclear when the 28-year-old southpaw reliever will appear in another Cactus League game, though, after he was impressive in striking out the side in his inning of work in the spring training opener last Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. If Matsui is anywhere close to as dominant this year as he was in his Cactus League opener, he'll be in the mix for saves in San Diego in his first year in the big leagues.

    Feb 26 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Yuki Matsui
  • Extension Unlikely For Royce Lewis Right Now

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    Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis is open to a contract extension with the team, but as of right now, that is looking unlikely to happen. The first overall pick in 2017 is a client of agent Scott Boras, but Lewis said he'd be "an idiot" to not listen if the Twins wanted to discuss a long-term deal. Lewis had a breakout 2023 after missing two years with a torn ACL in his right knee. The Twins are in the midst of trimming payroll, potentially up to a $30 million reduction from last year. The 24-year-old is under team control through 2028, too, so the Twins are in no rush. He hit .309/.372/.548 with a .921 OPS, 15 home runs, 52 RBI and six stolen bases in just 58 games for Minnesota in 2023 and is now firmly a top-10 fantasy third baseman heading into the 2024 campaign, although he does come with considerable injury risk.

    Feb 26 · Source via Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis
  • Hunter Renfroe Dealing With Lower-Back Tightness

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Renfroe (back) has been dealing with some lower-back tightness in camp, according to manager Matt Quatraro, which is why he hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game yet. Renfroe will take part in the team's workout on Monday, though, and he's scheduled to make his spring training debut on Wednesday. Quatraro said there is no concern about Renfroe's availability. The 32-year-old right-handed-hitting veteran should be fine for Opening Day in late March and is projected to serve as Kansas City's starting right fielder in 2024 after signing a two-year deal with the club in free agency in the offseason. Renfroe didn't square the ball up often in 2023 despite managing to hit 20 home runs in 140 games. Outside of being a decent source of power, Renfroe shouldn't excite fantasy managers all that much in mixed leagues at this stage.

    Feb 26 · Source via Kansas City Royals Hunter Renfroe
  • Jasson Dominguez Takes Swings Off Tee Monday

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    New York Yankees rookie outfielder Jasson Dominguez (elbow) took 20 swings off a tee on Monday in camp, his first time swinging a bat since having Tommy John surgery in September of last year. Dominguez expects to do the same thing again on Wednesday. Up to this point, the 21-year-old outfielder had only been shagging fly balls in the outfield. It's a good step for The Martian, but he has a long ways to go in his recovery from elbow surgery and isn't expected to make his 2024 debut until later this summer. Still, Dominguez is one of the most intriguing outfield prospects in the game and deserves to be stashed in mixed leagues for his power/speed combination. When healthy, he is expected to be New York's starting center fielder.

    Feb 26 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Jasson Dominguez
  • Carlos Rodon Debuts A New Cutter

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    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon debuted a new cutter during his Grapefruit League outing on Sunday. Rodon now features a cutter, fastball, changeup, slider and a curveball in his repertoire. In addition to adding a new pitch, the 31-year-old southpaw has reportedly been touching the high-90s with his heater during live batting practice sessions in camp this year as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing first season in the Bronx in 2023. We won't really know how effective Rodon's cutter will be in game settings in the regular season for a while, but it's an interesting footnote for a pitcher that could be a steal in fantasy drafts if he can stay healthy in 2024. The two-time All-Star only made 14 starts for the Yanks last year and struggled to a 6.85 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 64 K's in 64 1/3 innings.

    Feb 26 · Source via New York Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Justin Verlander To Increase Intensity In Next Bullpen

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    Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday with more intensity to move him forward in his rehab, according to manager Joe Espada. Verlander came into spring training behind the team's other pitchers after his right shoulder didn't bounce back properly in the offseason, but he's been throwing low-intensity bullpen sessions in camp, consisting of only fastballs. The Astros haven't ruled the 41-year-old out for the start of the regular season, but it seems more likely than not that he'll open the year on the injured list. Even if Verlander is ready for Opening Day at the end of March, fantasy managers should expect the future Hall of Famer to miss some time at some point in 2024 due to injury. He's a poor bet to stay healthy all year at his age and is no longer the fantasy ace that he once was.

    Feb 26 · Source via Houston Astros Justin Verlander
  • Julio Rodriguez Has Inflammation In His Hand

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    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (hand) is dealing with inflammation on the top of his left hand in camp. Rodriguez's hand has been checked out and isn't serious, so he should be able to return to Cactus League play by this weekend. Fantasy managers that already drafted Rodriguez shouldn't be too worried, but it is something that we can keep an eye on when he returns to action in spring training. The 23-year-old superstar is a five-category contributor in fantasy and has been an All-Star in both of his big-league seasons to this point. He was even better in 2023, slashing .275/.333/.485 with an .818 OPS, 32 home runs, 37 doubles, two triples, 103 RBI, 37 stolen bases and 102 runs scored in 155 games. J-Rod is a top-five fantasy asset heading into his third MLB campaign.

    Feb 26 · Source via Seattle Mariners Julio Rodriguez
  • Garrett Cooper Signs With Cubs

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    Free-agent first baseman Garrett Cooper signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Sunday that includes a non-roster invite to major-league spring training, according to a source. Cooper will compete for playing time at first base this spring alongside newcomer Michael Busch and Matt Mervis. The 33-year-old veteran was an All-Star in 2022 with the Miami Marlins, and he hit .251/.304/.419 with a career-high 17 home runs, 18 doubles, a triple, 61 RBI and 42 runs scored in 123 games with the Marlins and San Diego Padres last season. At best, Cooper will probably be on the short side of a platoon at the cold corner in Chicago against left-handed pitching. In his seven seasons in the big leagues, he has never reached the 20-homer mark and has just one stolen base in 481 career games.

    Feb 26 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch Garrett Cooper Matt Mervis
  • Matt McLain Progressing Well

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that second baseman Matt McLain (oblique) is progressing well and is going through a lot of core/medicine-ball work. The next step for McLain is light swinging. McLain tweaked his right oblique early in spring training and was shut down for five to seven days, so he should resume light baseball activities in the next few days so that the Reds can see where he's at. Depending on how he bounces back, though, there's a chance the 24-year-old won't be ready by Opening Day. Before an oblique injury ended his rookie season in 2023, McLain was excellent for the Reds, hitting .290/.357/.507 with 16 homers, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 365 at-bats. The underlying numbers suggest that the former first-rounder will face some regression in Year 2, though, and the fact that oblique is still bothering him is also concerning for fantasy managers.

    Feb 26 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • X-Rays Come Back Negative On Evan Carter

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    Texas Rangers outfielder Evan Carter (forearm) left the team's Cactus League game early on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants after being hit by a pitch on his left forearm, but X-rays came back negative and he is considered day-to-day on Monday. It's good news for the 21-year-old, but the Rangers could hold him out of spring training games for a few more days to let him rest up. Either way, Carter should be just fine for Opening Day in late March. One of the top prospects in the game, Carter hit .306 (19-for-62) with five homers, 12 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 23 regular-season games in 2023 before helping the Rangers win their first World Series title last fall. He's going to hit near the top of Texas' batting order and has 20-steal potential, but his struggles against lefties could be an issue in his first full MLB season in 2024.

    Feb 26 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Evan Carter
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Hitless In Spring Debut

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    Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. made his spring debut in Sunday's 5-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Boston Red Sox. Batting in his typical leadoff spot, the reigning NL MVP didn't wait to get his spring season underway, swinging at the first pitch he saw from Boston righty Brayan Bello and grounding out to third. In the bottom of the third inning, Acuna came to the plate for the second time, and after seeing just one pitch again he sent a fly ball to right field off of Red Sox reliever Zack Kelly for an out. Though he ended the day 0-2, there are plenty of hits in the 4x All-Star's future. It will be a tall task to top his 2023 season after slashing .337/.416/.596 with 41 home runs, 106 RBI, 149 runs scored, and 73 stolen bases, but even if he falls somewhat short of that, there isn't another hitter that can match that kind of production in every category which is why he's the consensus No.1 overall pick in fantasy drafts.

    Feb 26 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Cubs To Sign Garrett Cooper To Minors Deal

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    The Cubs have signed veteran first baseman Garrett Cooper, according to Craig Mish of the Miami Herald (X link).  It is a minor league pact for Cooper, who will receive an invitation to Chicago’s big league spring camp. The 33-year-old hit .251/.304/.419 with 17 home runs over 457 combined plate appearances with the Marlins and…

    Feb 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago Cubs Garrett Cooper
  • Mets' Senga gets PRP shot, shut down 3 weeks

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    Mets pitcher Kodai Senga likely will start the season on the injured list after getting a PRP injection in his right shoulder. He will not throw for three weeks.

    Feb 26 · ESPN New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Mets Claim Kolton Ingram

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    The Mets have claimed left-hander Kolton Ingram off waivers from the Tigers.  Left-hander David Peterson was moved to New York’s 60-day injured list to create roster space. Ingram was designated for assignment by Detroit earlier this week, and he’ll now be joining his third organization in under a month.  The Angels DFA’ed Ingram when they…

    Feb 25 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Mets Kolton Ingram
  • Red Sox Notes: Crawford, Mata, Yoshida

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    While the Red Sox indicated early in the offseason that addressing the starting rotation would be a priority for the club this winter, it seems they’ll go into the 2024 season having only swapped out Chris Sale for Lucas Giolito, at least barring a late bid for Jordan Montgomery. Should the club stick with its…

    Feb 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Boston Red Sox Kutter Crawford Bryan Mata Masataka Yoshida
  • Astros Notes: Verlander, Whitley, McCormick

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    Astros ace Justin Verlander discussed his ongoing shoulder issues with reporters (including Chandler Rome of The Athletic) today, and his comments shed little light on whether the veteran righty will be able to take the mound on Opening Day next month. “We still got some time, obviously it’s tight, but things are progressing,” Verlander told…

    Feb 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Chas McCormick Justin Verlander Forrest Whitley
  • Evan Carter Pulled From Sunday's Game

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    Texas Rangers outfielder Evan Carter (hand) was forced to exit early during Sunday's Cactus League matchup against the San Francisco Giants. The 21-year-old was drilled in the left hand by southpaw Kyle Harrison on Sunday. Rangers' manager Bruce Bochy and the team trainer met with Carter at first base. They decided to pull Carter from the game but fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried. It's the beginning of Spring Training so every team is going to be extremely cautious right now. The expectation is that Carter will undergo X-rays but should be back in the lineup within the next few days.

    Feb 25 · Source via Prospects Texas Rangers Evan Carter
  • Jackson Merrill Collects Two Hits

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    San Diego Padres shortstop Jackson Merrill put together a nice performance during Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Merrill was given the start at designated hitter and batted leadoff during this game. He went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI in the 7-0 win. The Padres are likely going to move Merrill around quite a bit during Spring Training. Merrill played mostly shortstop at Double-A last season. However, the 20-year-old should get a chance to earn a corner outfield spot in San Diego. Although, there's a good chance Merrill heads to the minors to begin the 2024 season.

    Feb 25 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Michael Busch Set To Make Spring Debut On Monday

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    Chicago Cubs infielder Michael Busch is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Monday. Cubs' manager Craig Counsell mentioned that Busch has been dealing with some shoulder soreness early in camp. That being said, the Cubs have been extra cautious because it's the beginning of spring. The early expectation was that Busch would see regular time at first base this season. However, the Cubs came to an agreement on a three-year deal with Cody Bellinger on Sunday. Busch will most likely end up falling into a bench role to start the 2024 campaign.

    Feb 25 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • James Wood Blasts Another Homer

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    Washington Nationals outfielder James Wood got off to a hot start this spring. The 21-year-old blasted the first pitch he saw on Saturday over the wall. He carried that power into Sunday's contest. Wood smashed a two-run home run during Sunday's win over the Miami Marlins. Despite the early success, it's doubtful that Wood will crack the Opening Day roster. He slashed .248/.334/.492 with a ton of strikeouts during his time in Double-A last season. Wood has the potential to be a star but still needs time to develop all his skills.

    Feb 25 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Masyn Winn Looks Strong In Return

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    St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Masyn Winn (back) returned to the starting lineup after missing the first few spring contests. The young infielder looked ready to go as he went 3-for-3 with a double and a steal during Sunday's game against the Houston Astros. It doesn't appear that the back tightness was impacting his performance at all. Winn will probably find himself towards the bottom of the lineup to begin the season. He might not be a must-have player right away, but Winn is someone to keep on the radar.

    Feb 25 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Masyn Winn
  • Shohei Ohtani To Make Spring Debut On Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is reportedly set to make his spring training debut on Tuesday. The superstar slugger has been able to take batting practice and appears to be progressing well from his elbow surgery. The assumption is that Ohtani will be ready for full-time DH duties once the regular season begins. Sadly, Ohtani won't be able to pitch this season but smacked over 40 home runs as a two-way player last season. Possibly, Ohtani can hit 50 homers as a full-time hitter this season. Regardless, Ohtani should be a great fantasy asset as a hitter.

    Feb 25 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani
  • Latest On Giants' Past Negotiations With J.D. Martinez

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    Reports yesterday indicated that veteran slugger J.D. Martinez had turned down a contract offer from the Giants earlier this offseason, before the club ultimately landed Jorge Soler on a three-year deal. There have been conflicting reports regarding the nature of the sides breaking off negotiations, with the New York Post’s Jon Heyman suggesting that Martinez…

    Feb 25 · MLB Trade Rumors San Francisco Giants J.D. Martinez
  • Freddie Freeman Homers, Collects Two RBI In Spring Training Debut

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    Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-2 with a homer, sacrifice fly, two RBI and a run scored in Friday's 4-1 Cactus League win over the Padres. Freeman was batting in his usual second spot in the order and picking right where he left off last season. He ambushed the first pitch he saw from Padres right-handed starter Jhony Brito, sending it over the left-centerfield wall for his first home run of the spring. In his third at-bat, the perennial All-Star nearly had another HR when he sent the first pitch he saw to the warning track in right-center, but it resulted in a sac fly instead, driving in his second run of the game. As one would expect, Freeman hasn't missed a beat, and after hitting .331-29-102-131-23 last season, the veteran appears primed for another strong campaign. Now projected to hit in front of last year's AL MVP, Shohei Ohtani, his run totals could see a bump, and he had 12 more SB than any first baseman in 2023. Going around eighth overall, the 34-year-old is a fine foundational piece and multi-category contributor for any 2024 fantasy baseball team.

    Feb 25 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Freddie Freeman
  • Angels Release Francisco Mejia From Minor League Deal

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    The Angels released catcher Francisco Mejia from his minor league deal today, as noted by Sam Blum of The Athletic. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register adds that, according to manager Ron Washington, the club decided to part ways with Mejia after deciding they want to offer their young catchers additional at-bats and hoped…

    Feb 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Los Angeles Angels Francisco Mejia
  • Phillies Sign Cam Gallagher To Minor League Deal

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    The Phillies and catcher Cam Gallagher are in agreement on a minor league deal, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic. The deal includes an invitation to big league Spring Training, and Gelb indicates that Gallagher is already in camp with the team. The 31-year-old Gallagher has participated in parts of seven big league seasons,…

    Feb 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Philadelphia Phillies Cam Gallagher
  • Michael Harris II Doubles, Homers In 2024 Spring Training Debut

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in Saturday's 6-5 Grapefruit League win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He led off for the Braves and homered on the first pitch off Rays' right-hander Nathan Wiles for his first long ball in spring training. The 22-year-old capped his two-hit performance with a double in the top of the fourth inning. Harris slashed .293/.331/.477 with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 76 runs, and 20 stolen bases over 539 plate appearances in 2023. He is expected to hit in the bottom of the order in a loaded Braves lineup that includes Ronald Acuna Jr., Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies, and Austin Riley. Harris would have to max out production to pay dividends on his third-round price tag. Despite hitting near the bottom of the order, Harris has 20-20 upside and should contribute enough in every hitting category, making him a strong OF2 in upcoming fantasy drafts.

    Feb 25 · Source via Atlanta Braves Michael Harris
  • Max Muncy In Better Shape

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    Los Angeles Dodgers corner infielder Max Muncy appears to be in improved physical condition at spring training this year. Both manager Dave Roberts and general manager Brandon Gomes gave credit to Muncy for taking on the challenge to improve himself in the offseason. "Our hitting guys are raving about him," Gomes said. The 33-year-old veteran left-handed hitter has never been in peak physical form, but he's still a great hitter. However, he's been hurt by nagging injuries in recent seasons and has hit just .204 the last two years while also slugging 57 home runs and driving in 174 runs in 271 games played. Muncy knows how to lift the ball for home runs and his fantasy value is boosted by residing in an excellent Dodgers lineup, but there's a lot of swing and miss to his game, and he's not getting any younger.

    Feb 25 · Source via Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy
  • Oneil Cruz Making Spring Debut Sunday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (ankle) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles and is batting leadoff and playing shortstop. It's great to see Cruz playing in games again after he fractured his left ankle early last season. The 25-year-old's injury required season-ending surgery in 2023. Cruz is fully healthy now, though, and will be Pittsburgh's starting shortstop. His size (6-foot-7, 215 pounds) is unorthodox for a shortstop, but the left-handed-hitting Dominican has a lot of upside at a premium position if he can stay healthy for a full season. In his three years in the big leagues over 98 games (410 plate appearances), Cruz has hit .237/.302/.449 with 19 home runs, 61 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He should easily be a top-10 fantasy shortstop at the end of the year if he can avoid another injury.

    Feb 25 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Astros Plan To Hit Yordan Alvarez Second In Batting Order

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    Houston Astros manager Joe Espada said his plan right now is to bat outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez second in the batting order this year. The ideal top four of Espada's lineup is second baseman Jose Altuve at leadoff, followed by Alvarez, third baseman Alex Bregman and outfielder Kyle Tucker. Alvarez hit mostly out of the third spot last year and is an RBI machine, racking up an incredible 298 RBI in the last three seasons for the Astros. The former American League Rookie of the Year in 2019 could see fewer chances to drive in runs hitting in the two-hole, but it won't be enough to drastically affect his fantasy appeal as one of the best overall hitters in baseball. The 26-year-old is a pretty big injury risk, but he should still come off the board late in the first round or early in the second round of fantasy drafts.

    Feb 25 · Source via Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Tim Anderson Says His Knee Is Healthy

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    Miami Marlins shortstop Tim Anderson, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the team this week, said his left knee is "healthy" and ready to go for the 2024 season. Anderson's left-knee sprain contributed heavily to his struggles in 2023, in which he hit just one home run while delivering a .582 OPS, the lowest among all qualified hitters. The 30-year-old hasn't played in more than 123 games in a season since 2019 due to injuries, which makes him a pretty big injury risk as he tries to bounce back from a dreadful season. His sprint speed, which has been well above-average for the bulk of his eight-year career, fell to the 46th percentile last year. But if the former first-rounder can regain even a fraction of his old form -- he was the only player in the majors to hit .300 or better in each season from 2019-22 -- fantasy managers will have a steal on their hands.

    Feb 25 · Source via Miami Marlins Tim Anderson
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. Making Spring Debut Sunday

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    Miami Marlins outfielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. (toe) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Washington Nationals and is batting cleanup and starting in center field. Chisholm battled turf toe last year and had to have surgery to fix it in October, but he's back in action in spring training and should be fully ready to go for the start of the 2024 regular season at the end of March. The 26-year-old is one of the bigger risk/reward fantasy commodities in baseball. In 97 games for the Fish last year, he hit .250/.304/.457 with 19 home runs and 22 stolen bases. If Chisholm can stay healthy -- he's played in over 100 games just once in his four major-league seasons -- he has the power/speed ability to be a league-winner for fantasy managers. RotoBaller has Chisholm ranked as the No. 17 fantasy outfielder entering his fifth MLB campaign.

    Feb 25 · Source via Miami Marlins Jazz Chisholm
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