News for Free Agent Players - 2018 Ezra Stiles Rotisserie Association

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Sun Mar 313:22Alex Verdugo Scratched With Leg ContusionAlex VerdugoCF/RFDodgersFree 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 MarakovitsRotoBaller.com
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 CoffeyRotoBaller.com
Sat Mar 213:32Patrick Wisdom Expected To Return On TuesdayPatrick Wisdom3B/PHCardinalsFree 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 SharmaRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 114:23Brandon Dixon Hangs Up His CleatsBrandon Dixon1B/2B/PH/RFRedsFree Agent
Free-agent utility player Brandon Dixon announced his retirement from professional baseball on his Twitter/X account on Thursday. It was a brief career as the 32-year-old played in parts of five seasons and appeared in just 235 games. He hit .224 with 22 home runs, six stolen bases, and a .663 OPS across 658 trips to the plate in that time. However, he did pace the Tigers with a career-high 15 home runs in the 2019 season when he played in 118 games. Most recently, he played two seasons for his hometown San Diego Padres, hitting .203 with two homers, one steal, and a .573 OPS across 86 trips to the plate in the 2023 campaign.
Source: Brandon DixonRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:08Luis Urias To Throw On FridayLuis Urías2BPadresFree Agent
Seattle Mariners general manager Justin Hollander said that infielder Luis Urias (shoulder) is going to start trying to throw in infield drills in camp on Friday, but he'll be limited. The hope is that Urias can be ready for Opening Day in late March. The 26-year-old is being held back in spring training due to right-shoulder inflammation, and he's still no guarantee to be ready by Opening Day. If healthy, Urias will have an opportunity to earn playing time at the hot corner in Seattle, but he hasn't proven to be fantasy relevant in mixed leagues in recent seasons. In his six years in the majors with the Padres, Brewers and Red Sox, Urias holds a .234/.333/.385 slash line with 48 homers, 180 RBI and nine steals in 445 games. He's become somewhat of a Quad-A player that just hasn't gotten over the hump at the highest level.
Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 112:44Tanner Rainey Not Worried About VelocityTanner RaineyRP/SPNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Rainey, who returned late last year from Tommy John surgery, had a perfect inning in his Grapefruit League outing on Thursday and threw only nine pitches (six strikes). His fastball topped out at 92 mph, though, which was a bit alarming since he averaged 97 mph on his fastball before his elbow injury. However, the 31-year-old wasn't concerned, pointing out he's never thrown hard in spring training and has no doubts his full velocity will return by the start of the season. Rainey made just one appearance in 2023 and could have a high-leverage role in Washington's bullpen in 2024 if he stays healthy. He might be useful in deep holds leagues, but it's probably going to take an injury to Kyle Finnegan or Hunter Harvey for Rainey to get any save chances for a Nats team that isn't expected to be very good.
Source: MASN Sports - Mark ZuckermanRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 100:39Dakota Hudson Competing For Rotation SpotDakota HudsonRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Colorado Rockies pitcher Dakota Hudson is competing for a spot in the starting rotation at the MLB level, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. He worked around two walks and one hit to toss a shutout inning on Thursday. Cut loose by the St. Louis Cardinals this past offseason, Hudson posted a 5.06 FIP, 4.98 K/9, 3.76 BB/9, and 51.5 GB% last year. The former first-round pick hasn't quite lived up to his potential, but he's still in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot. He has logged at least two MLB outings in each of the last six seasons and should extend that streak to seven in 2024.
Source: Thomas HardingRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 2919:21Patrick Wisdom Dealing With Quad TightnessPatrick Wisdom3B/PHCardinalsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs corner infielder Patrick Wisdom (quadriceps) was scratched for precautionary reasons in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Colorado Rockies due to right-quadriceps tightness, according to the team. Wisdom's injury doesn't sound very serious, but Chicago could choose to hold him back for another day or two just to be safe early in spring training. In his first three Cactus League contests, the 32-year-old veteran has gone 1-for-8 with a double. Wisdom hit .205/.289/.500 with 23 home runs, 46 RBI and four stolen bases in 97 games in his fourth year with the Cubbies in 2023 over 302 plate appearances. He's recorded 20-plus long balls in each of the last three campaigns, but the one-dimensional power bat doesn't do much else and is a career .214 hitter. Target him as a modest power/corner-infield option late in deep-mixed fantasy leagues.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Maddie LeeRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 2919:08Christian Walker Has Right-Hand ContusionChristian Walker1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker (hand) has been diagnosed with a right-hand contusion after being hit by a pitch on his hand and leaving Thursday's Cactus League game early against the San Francisco Giants. Apparently X-rays came back negative on Walker's hand after he was hit by a pitch, so he should be considered day-to-day. Arizona will likely rest their starting first baseman for a few days, but he could be back in the lineup later this weekend. The 32-year-old right-handed hitter isn't getting any younger and could only stick around one more year in the desert, but he's been one of the most consistent power bats at first base over the last two years and should be viewed as a high-floor, top-10 fantasy first baseman this spring.
Source: The Arizona Republic - Theo MackieRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 2916:36Christian Walker Leaves Early After Being Hit By PitchChristian Walker1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker (hand) left the team's Cactus League game early on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants after being hit on the hand by a pitch. He'll presumably be taken for X-rays, and we'll have the results of those X-rays when they become available. Hopefully, the 32-year-old avoids any breaks in his hand is just dealing with a contusion. When healthy, Walker is a top-10 fantasy first baseman for the reigning National League champions. In the last two regular seasons in the desert, he's hit .250/.330/.487 with an .817 OPS, 69 home runs and 197 RBI in 317 games played. Walker also managed to steal a career-high 11 bases in 2023 as a cherry on top. Check back for an injury update on Walker later on Thursday.
Source: The Arizona Republic - Theo MackieRotoBaller.com
Thu Feb 2912:45Robert Stephenson Unsure If He'll Be Ready By Opening DayRobert StephensonRP/SPRedsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Robert Stephenson (shoulder) said he's confident he'll be pitching in spring training games, but he's not sure it will be enough games for him to be active on Opening Day in late March. Stephenson is working his way back from right-shoulder soreness in camp and was able to play catch on Wednesday, but there just might not be enough time for him to be fully ready for the start of the 2024 season. Although Stephenson signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Angels in free agency this offseason, he's expected to be the primary bridge to closer Carlos Estevez in his first year in Anaheim. Even so, the 31-year-old veteran should be a solid source of holds for fantasy managers near the back end of the Angels' bullpen.
Source: Orange County Register - Jeff FletcherRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2823:45Edmundo Sosa Expected To Return ThursdayEdmundo SosaSSCardinalsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies infielder Edmundo Sosa (foot) was scratched from the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday due to a left-foot contusion. He's listed as day-to-day after fouling a ball off his foot, but manager Rob Thomson said that Sosa is expected to return to spring training action on Thursday. "He's fine, he told me he could have played, I would think for sure he's going to be in there tomorrow," Thomson said. The 27-year-old Panamanian hit .251/.293/.427 with a career-high 10 home runs, 30 RBI, four steals and 34 runs scored for the Phils in 104 regular-season games in 2023. Sosa has proven to be a below-average major-league hitter, but he can play second base, third base, and shortstop and isn't a terrible utility infielder to have around in real life.
Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Corey SeidmanRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2817:15Mets Looking At Michael Lorenzen, Other PitchersMichael LorenzenSPRedsFree Agent
The New York Mets have recently checked in on free-agent starting pitchers, including right-hander Michael Lorenzen, according to league sources. However, the communication likely reflects a desire to stay connected if they have another injury rather than imminent, serious interest. New York's top starter, Kodai Senga, has already been shut down for three weeks due to a strain in the back of his shoulder. FanGraphs projects the Mets to have the sixth-worst rotation in the majors, so adding more pitching depth would be a good idea. They are banking on a bounce-back from Luis Severino and steps forward from Sean Manaea and Tylor Megill. Other options to beef up the rotation besides Lorenzen include lefties Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery and righty ... [More]
Source: The Athletic - Tim Britton and Will SammonRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2815:05Sam Hilliard Claimed Off Waivers By Rockies From OriolesSam HilliardLFRockiesFree Agent
The Colorado Rockies have claimed outfielder Sam Hilliard off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. The O's had claimed him earlier in the offseason from the Atlanta Braves where he appeared in 40 games in the 2023 season, hitting .236 with three home runs and four stolen bases across just 78 trips to the plate. Now, the 30-year-old returns to the organization where he spent the first four seasons of his big-league career from 2019-2022. He appeared in 214 games with the Rockies, slugging a career-high 14 home runs in the 2021 season. His bat has largely been well below the league average in his career as he owns a .215 lifetime average with 32 homers, 19 steals, and a .718 OPS across 254 games, production that grades out 22% below the league average, as per his 78 wRC+.
Source: Colorado RockiesRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2814:33Tim Locastro Signs Minors Deal With PadresTim Locastro2BDodgersFree Agent
The San Diego Padres have signed veteran outfielder Tim Locastro to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to big-league spring training. The 31-year-old has played sparingly throughout his big-league career as he has accumulated just 616 plate appearances across parts of seven MLB campaigns. In that time, he has hit .228 with nine home runs but has also swiped 45 bases and scored an even 100 runs. He spent the 2023 season with the Mets where he hit .232 with two HR, six SB, and a .731 OPS across 67 trips to the plate, production that graded out 9% superior to the league average, as per his 109 wRC+. Locastro doesn't offer much with his bat but his speed could land him a depth role with the Friars this season.
Source: MLB Transaction TrackerRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2813:23Nick Senzel, Keibert Ruiz Scratched WednesdayNick Senzel3BRedsFree Agent
Keibert RuizCDodgersFree Agent
Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel (illness) and catcher Keibert Ruiz (illness) were both scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to illnesses. Senzel has been sick now for a few days, and Ruiz may have caught the same bug. Both players should be able to return to the lineup in a few days at spring training and will be fine for Opening Day in late March. Senzel, a former first-rounder, flamed out in Cincinnati, mostly due to injuries. The 28-year-old is expected to try and stick as Washington's primary third baseman in 2024, and his power/speed combination makes him worth a bench spot in deep-mixed leagues if he wins the job. Ruiz, 25, has gone 1-for-4 in his two Grapefruit League games so far. He's not an elite fantasy catcher, but he has a strong floor due to his status as the Nats' starting catcher.
Source: MASN Sports - Mark ZuckermanRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2812:30Angels Confirm That Carlos Estevez Is The CloserCarlos EstévezRPRockiesFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels skipper Ron Washington confirmed that right-hander Carlos Estevez is the team's closer to open the season. "Right now, we've got him as a closer," Washington said. "So we don't need to talk about that." The 31-year-old is coming off a season that saw him register a 3.90 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. He was a first-time All-Star and saved a career-high 31 games in 35 tries. However, he was much better in the first half, posting a 1.80 ERA in 35 innings before having a 6.59 ERA in 27 1/3 innings in the second half. Estevez said that when he struggled, it was more mental than physical, so he's not too worried. However, if Estevez struggles like he did in the second half in 2023, Robert Stephenson could be an option to replace him in the team's closer role.
Source: MLB.com - Rhett BollingerRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2812:22Robert Stephenson Dealing With Shoulder SorenessRobert StephensonRP/SPRedsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Robert Stephenson (shoulder) is dealing with some right-shoulder soreness in camp but is playing catch on Wednesday. It's the reason why Stephenson hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game yet, although it's a good sign that he's playing catch in Wednesday, and he still has enough time to get ready for Opening Day in late March. Last year, Stephenson battled elbow soreness and opened the regular season up on the injured list. When healthy, he's expected to serve as the Angels' primary setup man for closer Carlos Estevez, which will give him plenty of fantasy appeal in holds leagues. The 31-year-old veteran, a former first-rounder, had a solid 3.10 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, one save and 77 K's in 52 1/3 relief innings in 2023 for the Pirates and Rays.
Source: Orange County Register - Jeff FletcherRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2812:08Luis Urias Could Begin Season On Injured ListLuis Urías2BPadresFree Agent
Seattle Mariners third baseman Luis Urias (shoulder) could need to open the 2024 regular season on the injured list due to right-shoulder inflammation. Urias has been throwing from around 70 feet at spring training, but it doesn't sound like he's close to making his Cactus League debut. On top of it, the 26-year-old infielder didn't play well in the Mexican winter league and showed up to camp in less-than-stellar shape. When healthy, the former top prospect of the San Diego Padres will likely be stuck in a platoon role at the hot corner in Seattle with Josh Rojas. Dylan Moore, Sam Haggerty, and Brian Anderson are also options for the Mariners at the position. Already only an option in AL-only fantasy leagues, Urias' stock is dropping even further due to his shoulder injury this spring.
Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2811:46Logan Webb Allows Three Hits, Two Earned Runs In Spring DebutLogan WebbSPGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb made his spring debut on Saturday in an 8-4 Cactus League loss to the Chicago Cubs. Last year's NL Cy Young award runner-up threw two innings, allowing three hits, two earned runs, and striking out two while walking none. The former fourth-round MLB draft pick had the highest percentage of ground balls last season at 62.1% which helped him lead the league in ground ball double plays as well (30). After a leadoff single by Mike Tauchman, he was able to get Nick Madrigal to ground into a double play. Webb was also among the league leaders in K/BB in 2023, and with two Ks and zero BBs Saturday, it appears we'll see more of the same again this season from the Giants' ace. Webb is the 16th pitcher coming off draft boards (63rd overall) and should be a solid number two starter on fantasy pitching staffs with some upside (RotoBaller rank is 56th overall).
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
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