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Mon Mar 408:06Javier Baez Hitless In SpringJavier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez went 0-for-3 versus the New York Yankees on Sunday. Baez is now hitless in his first 11 at-bats with no walks in the Grapefruit League. Speaking earlier in the offseason, Baez noted that he strengthened his conditioning after dealing with back and core injuries in his first two seasons for the Tigers. The 31-year-old is certain to get plenty of playing time in Detroit this year, but much of that can be due to the six-year, $140 million deal that he signed, in which he is in year three of. Due to past success, Baez is always worth keeping an eye on, but outside of deeper leagues, the former MVP candidate can remain nothing more than a late-round dart throw or watch-list candidate.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Mar 323:38Marcell Ozuna Off To Blistering Start This SpringMarcell OzunaCFMarlinsFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna is slashing .538/.600/..846 with a home run and three runs scored over six spring games. He bounced back in 2023 after a lackluster 2022. The 33-year-old blasted a career-high 40 home runs and collected 100 RBI over 592 plate appearances in 2023. Ozuna's production was backed up by career-highs in barrel rate (16.6%) and hard-hit rate (49%). He is projected to hit in the heart of the order in a loaded Braves lineup that includes Ronald Acuna Jr., Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies, and Austin Riley. Ozuna has always been a boom-or-bust player and only qualifies at utility in NFBC leagues. Despite the lack of position eligibility, Ozuna should pop 30-plus homers (ATC projects 30) and is a solid pick at his current NFBC ADP of 151.
Source: MLBRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 221:35Lance Lynn Set To Make Spring Debut On FridayLance LynnSPCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn is lined up to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday versus the Washington Nationals. Lynn began his career in St. Louis and will be sporting the Cardinals uniform for the first time since 2017 after signing a one-year, $10 million deal with the team during the offseason. The 36-year-old owned a 5.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and a 191:67 K: BB over 183 2/3 innings in 2023. He allowed a league-high 44 home runs and saw his BB% rise from 3.7% in 2022 to 8.4% in 2023. Lynn currently has an NFBC ADP of 297 and should improve on his lackluster 2023, throwing half his games at pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium this season, making him a solid pick in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: John DentonRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 213:37Wade Miley Has Shoulder SorenessWade MileySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said that left-hander Wade Miley (shoulder) is dealing with left-shoulder soreness in camp, which is the reason why the skipper said on Friday that Miley is "50-50" to be ready for Opening Day. "Played catch, played through it. Hasn't had any problem since," Murphy said. "We just want to go slow because of his history. Everything hurts on him. Happens when you're 50." Miley isn't 50, but he's 37 and should be of no interest to fantasy managers in mixed leagues in 2024, especially since he might not even be ready for the start of the season. The good news is Miley was able to play catch on Saturday. Miley has dealt with various arm injuries the last few years and relies on weak contact to get outs. At best, he'll be a matchup-based streamer in deep-mixed leagues when he's healthy.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Todd RosiakRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 121:53Gerrit Cole Has Mixed Results During Spring DebutGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole made his spring debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. The veteran right-hander saw mixed results during Friday's win. Cole allowed two runs on four hits over two innings of work. The 33-year-old stuck out one batter and didn't issue a walk during his short outing. He served up a two-run home run to Daniel Vogelbach in the opening frame. After that, Cole settled down and looked fairly sharp. Fantasy managers shouldn't read too much into this outing and believe in Cole as the ace pitcher he'll likely continue to be in 2024.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 117:21Nolan Arenado Goes Without A Hit FridayNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado went hitless with one strikeout in two plate appearances during a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Friday. The veteran began his spring by collecting four hits, including two doubles, across his first three games but is now hitless over his last two Grapefruit League contests. He is now hitting .364 with two RBI, one run, and a .909 OPS across 11 trips to the plate this spring. After an MVP-caliber 2022 season, Arenado's bat predictably regressed in the 2023 season. That said, the 32-year-old still hit .266 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI across 144 games played, his fewest in a full season since 2014. His underlying metrics were concerning but he should still be able to provide quality production at the hot corner for fantasy managers this season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:28Anthony DeSclafani Delayed In CampAnthony DeSclafaniRPMarlinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins pitchers Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) and Caleb Thielbar (hamstring) have been delayed in camp but are ramping up their throwing. Trainer Nick Paparesta said that both pitchers still have time to be ready for Opening Day. DeSclafani is dealing with right-elbow soreness, while Thielbar is dealing with a left-hamstring strain. DeSclafani, 33, was acquired in an offseason trade with the Mariners. It's a troubling sign he's hurt again after missing most of last year due to a flexor issue in his arm. In his 19 outings (18 starts) for the Giants in 2023, DeSclafani went 4-8 with a 4.88 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 79 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings. His injury in camp could make Louie Varland the favorite for Minnesota's final rotation spot to open the year.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Bobby NightengaleRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:18Wade Miley "50-50" To Be Ready For Opening DayWade MileySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said on Friday morning that left-hander Wade Miley (undisclosed) is "50-50" to be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season. "We'll let you know more in about 10 days," Murphy said. It's unclear exactly what is wrong with Miley, but the soft-tossing southpaw may not be a part of Milwaukee's Opening Day rotation. The 37-year-old veteran has been slowed by elbow and shoulder injuries in recent seasons, so perhaps he's had another arm setback. Even if Miley was healthy, he wouldn't be very attractive to fantasy managers in mixed leagues. At best, he's a deep-league streaming option in favorable matchups, but his lack of strikeout upside keeps his fantasy floor low.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Todd RosiakRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 112:50Patrick Corbin Incorporating A New CutterPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin looked better in his second Grapefruit League outing on Thursday while incorporating more of his newest pitch, a cutter. He needed 49 pitches to complete 1 2/3 innings last Saturday, but on Thursday he cruised through three innings on 41 pitches (32 strikes) and didn't allow a run or walk a batter while scattering three hits and striking out four. One of his K's came on his new cutter. Corbin induced swings on six of the seven cutters he threw (three whiffs). The 34-year-old southpaw plans to continue using the cutter to complement his traditional fastballs-slider combo that he has struggled with in recent seasons. It's something to keep an eye on, but most fantasy managers are avoiding Corbin this year after he had a weak 15.7% strikeout rate last year.
Source: MASN Sports - Mark ZuckermanRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 2915:56Yasmani Grandal The Starter Over Henry Davis?Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Henry DavisFree Agent
When asked if catcher Yasmani Grandal was the team's starting catcher, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton suggested that Grandal would be the starter, but that he would have his workload limited over the course of the season. "Yaz is going to catch. Yas is also 35 years old, so whoever our C2 is is going to get some time. We have to be very mindful of when he catches and how much he catches, mindful of making sure we get the second guy in there in a situation that we like all the time." Shelton said. Henry Davis, a former first-rounder, figures to be the favorite for the No. 2 job after playing exclusively right field in his MLB debut in 2023. Davis is younger and clearly has more offensive upside than the aging Grandal, but his uncertain playing time is going to hurt his fantasy value in deeper leagues as he enters his first full major-league season.
Source: Pittsburgh PG - Jason MackeyRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 2912:41Joc Pederson Back In Cactus League LineupJoc PedersonCFDodgersFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder/designated hitter Joc Pederson (personal) is back in the team's Cactus League lineup on Thursday, starting in left field and hitting fifth against the San Francisco Giants. Pederson was scratched from the spring training lineup on Tuesday because he had to attend to a personal matter, but he's back out on the field on Thursday. The 31-year-old left-handed slugger is coming off a down year in 2023 for the San Francisco Giants in which he hit .235/.348/.416 with 15 home runs, 51 RBI and 59 runs scored in 358 at-bats a year after his second All-Star selection in 2022. Pederson is mostly expected to serve as Arizona's designated hitter against right-handed pitching in his first year in the desert. He's now in a more favorable hitting environment, but a likely platoon role gives Pederson a low fantasy ceiling and floor.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2814:22Kolten Wong Inks Minors Deal With OriolesKolten Wong2BCardinalsFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles have signed veteran infielder Kolten Wong to a minor-league deal that includes an invite to big-league spring training. The 33-year-old has several productive seasons on his resume but suffered a disastrous 2023 campaign. Wong hit just .183 with four home runs, three stolen bases, and a .519 OPS across 87 games split between the Mariners and Dodgers. He hit .165 with a .468 OPS across 67 games with the Mariners before being released and he rebounded to a .300 average and an .853 OPS across 34 plate appearances with the Dodgers. He joins a crowded, youthful, and talented infield in Baltimore as he might be able to provide some veteran insurance behind baseball's No. 1 prospect in Jackson Holliday at the keystone.
Source: MLB Transaction TrackerRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2800:59Christian Yelich Takes Live Batting Practice TuesdayChristian YelichLFMarlinsFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich faced teammates DL Hall and Devin Williams in live batting practice Tuesday but has yet to debut in a Cactus League game. The good news is that the 32-year-old is gearing up for the regular season and has gotten at least 600 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons. Yelich had a solid 2023, slashing .278/.370/.447 with 19 home runs, 106 runs scored, 76 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. The Brewers lineup may not be as strong as it has been, but Yelich should still provide all-around fantasy value hitting at the top of the lineup.
Source: David Adler - MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2723:34Julio Teheran Joins OriolesJulio TeheranSPBravesFree Agent
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.
Source: New York Post - Jon HeymanRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2715:44Joc Pederson Scratched For Personal ReasonsJoc PedersonCFDodgersFree Agent
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.
Source: Arizona Sports - Alex WeinerRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2715:01J.T. Realmuto To Make Spring Debut WednesdayJ.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
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.
Source: MLB.com - Todd ZoleckiRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2713:07Starling Marte To Make Grapefruit League Debut WednesdayStarling MarteLFPiratesFree Agent
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.
Source: Newsday - Tim HealeyRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2712:41Craig Kimbrel Expects To Make Spring Debut ThursdayCraig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
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.
Source: MASN Sports - Roch KubatkoRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2712:08Bryce Harper To Make Spring Debut WednesdayBryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
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.
Source: MLB.com - Todd ZoleckiRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 2618:09Matt Carpenter Scratched From Grapefruit League LineupMatt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
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.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick GooldRotoBaller.com
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