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Sat Apr 113:35Starling Marte Taking A Seat On SaturdayStarling MarteLFPiratesFree Agent
New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte isn't in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Miami Marlins. This is just a scheduled day off for the veteran speedster. Jeff McNeil is taking over in right field and Luis Guillorme is filling in at second base. Marte has gotten off to a fantastic start this season, swiping two bags over the team's first two contests. He should be good to go for Sunday's series finale against the Marlins.
Sat Apr 111:11Joey Votto Heads Out On Rehab AssignmentJoey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (biceps, shoulder) was sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. Votto began the 2023 regular season on the 10-day injured list after having surgery to fix a torn left biceps and torn left rotator cuff in August of last year. If the 39-year-old left-handed slugger looks good on his rehab assignment and can avoid any setbacks, he could be activated from the injured list when he's eligible in early April. Votto should be better in 2023 if he's fully healthy, but fantasy managers probably shouldn't expect much from the aging star, especially with little protection around him in Cincy's lineup.
Source: Reds
Fri Mar 3121:24Anthony Rendon Being Investigated By MLBAnthony Rendon2BNationalsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon is being investigated by Major League Baseball. A viral video from Thursday showed the 32-year-old grabbing a fan by the shirt while using obscenities. The 12-second video ends with Rendon swinging at the fan, although it didn't connect. Rendon went 0-for-3 with a walk on opening day. It's unknown what led up to the incident. However, the veteran could be fined, suspended, or both.
Fri Mar 3118:39Tommy Pham Playing On FridayTommy PhamDHCardinalsFree Agent
New York Mets outfielder Tommy Pham is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Miami Marlins. The veteran outfielder will bat eighth versus left-hander Jesus Luzardo on Friday. The 35-year-old went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Opening Day. He is hopeful for better results during Friday's contest. Although, Pham didn't have much success at the plate last season. He'll mainly serve as a fourth outfielder for this Mets roster.
Fri Mar 3116:00Tommy Pham Starting Friday Against MarlinsTommy PhamDHCardinalsFree Agent
New York Mets outfielder Tommy Pham will make his first start of the year on Friday against the Miami Marlins and left-hander Jesus Luzardo. Pham is starting in left field and is batting eighth in the lineup. Mark Canha will serve as the designated hitter and Tomas Nido will do the catching. Daniel Vogelbach and Omar Narvaez are on the bench against the lefty. Pham didn't get the start on Opening Day on Thursday, but he entered for two at-bats and went hitless with one strikeout in a 5-3 win. The 35-year-old veteran had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2022 with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, thanks mostly to a career-high 26.8 percent strikeout rate. He'll be on the short side of a platoon in his first year in Queens.
Source: Baseball
Fri Mar 3115:35Wilmer Flores Hits Third In Thursday's ContestWilmer Flores3BMetsFree Agent
With right-hander Gerrit Cole on the mound for the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants infielder Wilmer Flores got the start at the hot corner and hit in the heart of the lineup, batting third. He went hitless in three at-bats but managed a walk during the 5-0 loss. The start likely signals that Flores will be the starting third baseman moving forward, not just a platoon option against left-handers. With everyday playing time from the middle of the lineup, the 31-year-old veteran will look to improve his numbers from 2022, where he hit .229, slugged 19 homers, drove in 71, and scored 72 times. If manager Gabe Kapler continues using Flores in this role, he has more fantasy value than initially thought, specifically in deep leagues, and should contribute power and counting stats.
Fri Mar 3115:10Charlie Culberson Joins BravesCharlie Culberson2BRockiesFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves have signed infielder Charlie Culberson to a minor-league deal. The 33-year-old was released by the Tampa Bay Rays a week ago. He'll make his return to Atlanta after spending 2018-2020 with the team. Since then, Culberson has served in a bench role with the Texas Rangers. The expectation is that he'll head to Triple-A and serve as additional depth for the organization. It's unlikely that Culberson has any fantasy value even if he makes it to the Braves roster.
Source: Atlanta
Fri Mar 3114:58Cesar Hernandez Signs With MarinersCésar Hernández2BPhilliesFree Agent
The Seattle Mariners have signed free-agent infielder Cesar Hernandez to a minor-league deal. The 32-year-old was recently released by the Detroit Tigers after failing to make the Opening Day roster. The expectation is that Hernandez will serve as organizational depth for Seattle. Last season, Hernandez hit .248/.311/.318 with a .629 OPS, one home run, 34 RBI with the Washington Nationals. The veteran infielder probably won't have fantasy value this season.
Source: Daniel
Fri Mar 3112:21Yimi Garcia Picks Up Win After Blowing SaveYimi GarcíaSPDodgersFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Yimi Garcia blew a save on Opening Day on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals but was credited with the win in an eventual 10-9 win. Jordan Romano picked up the save for Toronto. Garcia allowed two hits and two runs while walking two and striking out none in his inning of work in the eighth inning in the first game of the regular season. It wasn't the greatest start for the 32-year-old right-handed reliever, but it's telling that he worked ahead of Romano in the eighth inning with a one-run lead. Garcia had a career-high 22 holds in 2022 and will remain valuable in fantasy leagues that count holds.
Fri Mar 3100:55Gerrit Cole Nasty In Opening Day WinGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole had an immaculate Opening Day start on Thursday, tossing six shutout innings in a win over the San Francisco Giants. Maybe even more impressively, he struck out 11 Giants while allowing just three hits and two walks. Cole is looking to improve on his already great 2022 season, as he pitched to a 3.50 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and had a 257:50 K:BB ratio over 200 IP. If he can limit runs a little bit better, he has a very good shot at being the best pitcher in fantasy baseball.
Fri Mar 3100:42Jacob deGrom Has Rough Opening Day OutingJacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom had a rare off day on Thursday, allowing five runs on six hits over just 3 2/3 innings in his Opening Day start against the Philadelphia Phillies. It won't go down as a loss since the Rangers bats got to Aaron Nola and the Phillies bullpen, but it was not a usual deGrom game. On the bright side, he didn't walk a batter and still managed seven strikeouts. It was probably just a fluky game for one of the best pitchers in baseball, as his velocity was just fine and his movement appeared normal, too. Don't panic, as he'll still be dominant as long as he remains healthy.
Wed Mar 2923:31Justin Wilson Goes On 15-Day Injured ListJustin WilsonRPPiratesFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Justin Wilson (elbow) was placed on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday. No surprise here, as the lefty is still not 100% after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2022. Wilson, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in February, appeared in five games with the Reds last season, posting an 0-1 record with a 2.45 ERA and seven strikeouts in just over three innings. The 35-year-old wasn't expected to draw much interest from fantasy managers to begin with. However, since Wilson isn't due back until around the All-Star break, his fantasy value can't get any lower.
Source: Major League
Wed Mar 2922:51Shelby Miller Makes Opening Day RosterShelby MillerSPCardinalsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Shelby Miller has made the opening day roster, according to skipper Dave Roberts. The 32-year-old has had some productive outings throughout his career. However, he's coming off a miserable 2022 campaign, where he posted a hideous 6.43 ERA in four big league appearances. That said, he did enough this Spring to land a spot in the pen, although he's far from an attractive fantasy option at this point.
Source: Bill
Wed Mar 2918:22Jake Lamb Makes Team, Griffin Canning Placed On ILJake Lamb3BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Griffin CanningFree Agent
The Los Angeles Angels selected the contract of corner infielder Jake Lamb on Wednesday, so he will be on the Opening Day roster. In other moves, the Angels placed right-handers Griffin Canning (groin) and Chris Rodriguez (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to March 27. Lamb dealt with a minor left gluteus injury at the end of spring training, but he's fine now and will give the Angels an experienced left-handed bat off the bench early in 2023. The 32-year-old can fill in at both third and first base. The 26-year-old Canning is expected to miss at least the first couple weeks of the season. With him out, Tucker Davidson is expected to operate as the team's sixth starter, but he won't be needed until mid-April.
Source: Angels
Wed Mar 2918:04Adam Wainwright Resumes Throwing ProgramAdam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (groin) has played catch up to 120 feet, and the team is still finalizing a plan for when he gets back to full baseball activities. Wainwright suffered a groin strain while pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic and will open the 2023 regular season on the injured list. He's expected to miss the first month of the season, so look for the 41-year-old right-hander to make his season debut sometime in May. With declining skills and strikeout rates, Waino is really hard to get excited about in fantasy these days in what is expected to be the final season of his storied career.
Source: Belleville News - Jeff
Wed Mar 2911:30Nick Ahmed Unlikely To Play Every Day Early OnNick AhmedSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said shortstop Nick Ahmed (shoulder), who is coming off shoulder surgery, is unlikely to play every day early in the season. The D-backs will look to ease Ahmed back into action while also keeping young shortstop Geraldo Perdomo active. Perdomo hit just .195/.285/.262 with a .547 OPS, five home runs, 40 RBI, 58 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 148 games in 2022 in his first full major-league seasons, so he'll need to play better to hold off Ahmed once he's back to full health. Ahmed played in only 17 games last year due to his shoulder injury, and the 33-year-old also isn't much to look at offensively, but he has much more experience and is solid with the glove at the 6. He should only be stashed in NL-only leagues.
Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick
Wed Mar 2900:46Charlie Morton Wraps Up Uninspiring Spring TuesdayCharlie MortonSPPiratesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton turned in one final lackluster start in Tuesday's 7-5 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox. The 39-year-old pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits (including two home runs) and two walks with no strikeouts. It is of course small sample size, but Morton compiled a 6.00 ERA in 12 IP this spring. This follows a middling 2022 season in which Morton went 9-6 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 28.2% strikeout rate in 31 starts. Age is a concern, but Morton still seems like a worthwhile fantasy pick given his history and strikeout upside.
Tue Mar 2814:15Sandy Leon Re-Signs With RangersSandy LeónCNationalsFree Agent
Free-agent catcher Sandy Leon re-signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, according to sources. Leon was just released by the team on Monday, but he'll quickly make his return. The 34-year-old backstop will begin the season in the minor leagues and will provide the club with some veteran catching depth behind Jonah Heim. He has spent 11 years in the big leagues with five different organizations, but he has done very little with the bat. In 533 career games, Leon has hit just .210/.278/.314 with a .592 OPS, 31 home runs, 145 RBI and 154 runs scored with the Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Guardians, Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins.
Source: FanSided - Robert
Tue Mar 2810:52Tigers Release Cesar HernandezCésar Hernández2BPhilliesFree Agent
The Detroit Tigers granted second baseman Cesar Hernandez his release on Tuesday. Hernandez wasn't going to make the team's Opening Day roster, so he asked for and was granted his release after hitting .234 (11-for-47) with seven doubles, four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in 19 Grapefruit League games with the team this spring. The 32-year-old veteran will most likely have to settle for a minor-league deal with another team to open the 2023 campaign. He spent the 2022 campaign with the Washington Nationals and hit .248/.311/.318 with a .629 OPS, one home run, 34 RBI, 64 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 617 plate appearances and 147 games.
Source: Tigers
Tue Mar 2810:14Sergio Romo Officially Retires With GiantsSergio RomoRPGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo officially retired with the team after making one final appearance during a Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Romo pitched in the big leagues for 15 seasons with eight different teams and won three World Series rings. He was originally selected by the Giants in the 28th round of the 2005 draft. The 40-year-old reliever spent nine seasons in San Francisco, going 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves in 515 games. He made a franchise-record 27 playoff appearances for the team, most notably securing the save in the World Series-clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
Source: - Sonja