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Mon Mar 410:08Zack Wheeler Signs Big ExtensionZack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Jon Heyman of MLB Network has reported that Philadelphia Phillies ace Zack Wheeler has agreed to terms on a three-year, $126 million extension to remain in Philly for the foreseeable future. The right-hander already has a year left on his current deal, so the extension won't kick in until the 2025 season. Wheeler is coming off of an impressive 2023 campaign and has consistently been one of the top pitchers in the league since signing with the Phillies four seasons ago. With one of the better offenses in the league, Wheeler should continue to rack up W's to go along with his other strong numbers. He is a safe Top-10 option as a starting pitcher heading into the season.
Source: Jon
Mon Mar 408:32David Bote Showing Power Early In SpringDavid Bote2BCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote pinch-hit and went 1-for-1 with a two-run homer on Sunday. Bote's home run was his third of the Cactus League. The utility man has been off to a hot start this spring, but will need to continue to have a strong showing to break camp as a bench option for the Cubs. Despite his strong power thus far, Bote offers zero for fantasy managers at the moment.
Mon Mar 408:21Chris Bassitt Looks To ImproveChris BassittSPAthleticsFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassitt has made two appearances in the Grapefruit League this spring with mixed results. After two scoreless innings of relief in his first outing, Bassitt served up three runs in his most recent performance on Saturday. The veteran got off to a slow start last season, but had a good year overall with a nice 3.60 ERA to go along with 186 k's in 200 innings in 33 starts. His next chance to show off his talent should come in the middle of this week. Entering 2024, Bassitt is a nice 3/4 option for managers as he remains a consistent year-to-year option.
Mon Mar 408:06Javier Baez Hitless In SpringJavier Báez2B/3B/SSCubsJetBlack
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.
Sun Mar 323:38Marcell Ozuna Off To Blistering Start This SpringMarcell OzunaCF/LFCardinalsRoto Value
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.
Sun Mar 316:43Chris Sale Looks Excellent Early OnChris SaleSPRed SoxLas Vegas Giants
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Chris Sale has looked sharp through two starts with his new team this spring. The left-hander has struck out nine batters with only three hits allowed in 5 2/3 innings of work. It's a small sample size but it's great to see Sale looking like himself again. The seven-time All-Star was traded to Atlanta from the Boston Red Sox in December. Sale has struggled to stay healthy over the last few seasons. He made 20 starts with the Red Sox last season but didn't look like himself. Fantasy managers shouldn't get too eager but possibly the old Sale is back with his new team.
Source: Talkin'
Sun Mar 316:36Elvis Andrus Joins DiamondbacksElvis AndrusSSRangersTexas BigSticks
The Arizona Diamondbacks have brought in shortstop Elvis Andrus on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. On paper, Andrus doesn't exactly fit in the overcrowded D-Backs infield. Geraldo Perdomo has already been named the starting shortstop. It won't be long before top prospect Jordan Lawlar is in the mix as well. At best, Andrus will have a bench role but that likely wouldn't be enough to provide consistent fantasy value. He slashed .251/.304/.358 with six homers and 12 steals during his time with the Chicago White Sox last season.
Source: Jesse
Sun Mar 316:23Alex Cobb Shouldn't Miss Much TimeAlex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (hip) isn't expected to miss much time and should return relatively soon, according to Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi. The veteran right-hander is working his way back from offseason hip surgery. He'll open the season on the injury list but isn't expected to miss much time. The 36-year-old exceeded expectations with the Giants last season. When healthy, Cobb should be worth rostering in mixed leagues.
Source: Alex
Sun Mar 313:22Alex Verdugo Scratched With Leg ContusionAlex VerdugoCFDodgersFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo (leg) was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League lineup on Sunday with a left-leg contusion that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. Verdugo is just dealing with a bruise, so it's nothing serious. The 27-year-old should be able to return to the team's spring training lineup in a day or two. Consider him day-to-day for now. The Yanks acquired Verdugo via trade from the Red Sox this offseason. He's proven to be a mediocre hitter the last couple years in Boston, but perhaps the change of scenery to the Bronx will invigorate him offensively. Verdugo didn't hit the ball very hard in 2023 and has been merely average in the power and speed departments, giving him limited fantasy upside for outfield depth in deep-mixed leagues.
Source: Yes Network - Meredith
Sun Mar 313:18Justin Verlander Throws Bullpen SessionJustin VerlanderSPAstrosPoison Pills
Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw around 60 pitches during his bullpen session on Sunday morning. Verlander worked out of both the stretch and from the windup and appeared to throw some breaking pitches. The Astros are expected to determine if he's ready to face hitters next in camp. The 41-year-old's shoulder didn't respond the way he would have hoped this offseason, so he entered spring training behind the team's other pitchers. Even if Verlander moves to live batting practice sessions next, there's no guarantee he won't open the 2024 regular season on the injured list as a precaution. The future Hall of Famer was still productive for fantasy managers last year, but injuries aren't going to go away, making him more of a No. 3 starter than a fantasy ace now days.
Source: Houston Chronicle - Matt
Sun Mar 312:57Braves GM “Highly Confident” Ronald Acuna Jr. Will Be ReadyRonald AcuñaCFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has a great chance to be in the Opening Day lineup, according to the team's general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Anthopoulos was on MLB Network Radio on Sunday morning with Jon Morosi and said he was "highly confident" that Acuna would be in the team's Opening Day lineup. The reigning NL MVP's health has been a hot topic this offseason as he's been dealing with meniscus irritation in his surgically repaired right knee. The fact he's been dealing with irritation in the same knee where he tore his ACL back in 2021 is why there has been so much concern. The 26-year-old is heading to California this week to have his keen examined by a specialist but the Braves GM sounded confident that everything will work out. Acuna is coming off a sensational 2023 season in which he slashed .337/.416/.596 with 149 runs scored, 41 home runs, 106 RBI, and 73 stolen bases over 643 at-bats. He's so important to the Braves that they're going to be extremely cautious with him. We should find out more about his status following his visit with the knee specialist later this week.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB
Sun Mar 312:39German Marquez Set To Begin Throwing Bullpen Sessions This WeekGermán MárquezSPRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (elbow) is scheduled to start throwing bullpen sessions this week, according to general manager Bill Schmidt. Marquez, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, hasn't had any bullpen sessions since his surgery. The 29-year-old veteran started just four games last season before landing on the injured list with an elbow issue. In those four starts, he compiled a 4.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 17:3 K/BB Ratio over 20 innings. The Rockies GM noted that Marquez should make it back to the starting rotation after the 2024 All-Star break, barring any setbacks. Marquez has had effective stints throughout his eight-year career but he's hard to trust every time he takes the mound due to his team context and home ballpark.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB
Sun Mar 309:36Yandy Diaz Off To A Cold StartYandy Díaz3B/DHIndiansFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz went 0-for-3 on Saturday in a 3-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Boston Red Sox. Last year's AL batting champ is now 1-for-9 with three strikeouts through four spring games. The 2023 Silver Slugger Award winner has a strong offensive profile, with his chase rate, Hard-Hit%, and average EV checking in at 92nd percentile or better. He's also got strikeout and walk rates that are much better than the league averages. Diaz will once again hit for a high average in 2024, although he projects for light home run and RBI totals as far as first baseman go. Despite this, his NFBC ADP is 130 overall which makes him a value there, with RotoBaller ranking him 117 overall.
Sun Mar 309:13Dansby Swanson Gets On Base Again SaturdayDansby SwansonSSBravesFree Agent
Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 in an 8-5 Cactus League loss on Saturday. That makes him 2-for-7 in the spring with a run scored. The 2x All-Star also has three walks, putting his OBP at .500 (5-for-10). He's been on base via hit or walk in each of his first four spring games. Swanson should once again be a solid overall contributor for fantasy as he's produced no less than 22 HR, 80 RBI, 78 R, and 9 SB each of the past three seasons. ATC projections call for more of the same in 2024 plus double-digit steals to boot, making him a value at his current NFBC ADP of 125. RotoBaller ranks the 30-year-old Gold Glover much higher, at 103 overall.
Sat Mar 222:52Max Scherzer Could Return In JuneMax ScherzerSPNationalsJetBlack
Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said the team is looking at "June" for right-hander Max Scherzer (back) to return in 2024. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-December. Scherzer initially had a timeline to return around the All-Star break, but the veteran will continue rehab and could potentially come back in June. "With Max, we are now looking at June. That's a little bit earlier than we thought," said Bochy. The 39-year-old owned a 3.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 174:45 K: BB across 152 2/3 innings in 2023. With the latest news, Scherzer could see a bump in his NFBC ADP of 319 and is worth stashing in all fantasy leagues.
Source: MLB
Sat Mar 222:25Aledmys Diaz Dealing With A Groin Strain, Out 2-3 WeeksAledmys DíazSSBlue JaysWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Oakland A's infielder Aledmys Diaz (groin) is set to miss the next 2-3 weeks due to a strained left groin. He was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and underwent an MRI, which revealed a left groin strain. There is a chance Diaz could return before the end of spring training, but that's the case scenario according to A's manager, Mark Kotsay. "That's probably optimistic. That's the best outlook. But it's hard to put a timeframe on that type of injury right now," said Kotsay. Diaz is currently battling to be the A's starting third baseman. The 33-year-old slashed .229/.280/.337 with four homers, 24 RBI, 25 runs, and a stolen base over a stolen base over 344 plate appearances in 2023. Diaz doesn't offer much fantasy value and is mainly an option in deep or AL-Only leagues. Darell Hernaiz, Jordan Diaz, and Brett Harris should all see an uptick in playing time while Diaz is sidelined, but all three are not on the fantasy radar.
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
Sat Mar 217:36Taijuan Walker Ready To ThrowTaijuan WalkerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Taijuan Walker (knee) said he is feeling good and played catch on Saturday. He plans to play catch again on Sunday from a longer distance. Phillies skipper Rob Thomson said that Walker threw batting practice and came in with "normal spring training soreness" in his right knee. The veteran's goal is to throw off a mound in the next few days. The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid season in 2023, his first with the Phillies, as he worked to a 4.38 ERA while taking the ball for a career-high 31 starts and 172 2/3 innings of work. He did, however, go 15-6 in that time behind a strong Phillies offense. On the downside, he struck out just 18.8% of his opponents and is a fading fantasy asset at this time.
Source: Alex
Sat Mar 213:37Wade Miley Has Shoulder SorenessWade MileySPOriolesFree 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
Sat Mar 213:32Patrick Wisdom Expected To Return On TuesdayPatrick Wisdom3BCardinalsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs corner infielder Patrick Wisdom (quadriceps) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Tuesday versus the Kansas City Royals. Wisdom was scratched from the team's spring training game on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies with right-quadriceps tightness, but it's not a major issue and he should be ready to go after taking the weekend off to rest up. The 32-year-old right-handed slugger should be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day at the end of March. The former first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2012 out of Saint Mary's has hit 20-plus homers in each of the last three years, but he doesn't provide much else for fantasy managers and may play sparingly in 2024. Wisdom is a career .214/.298/.468 hitter in six big-league seasons.
Source: The Athletic - Sahadev