News for Free Agent Players - 2019 5x5 NL League - $260 Cap

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Sat Apr 117:00Max Fried Will Be Placed On Injured ListMax FriedSPBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (hamstring) will require a trip to the injured list, according to manager Brian Snitker. The left-hander suffered a left hamstring strain during Thursday's contest. It sounds like the team plans to wait until Fried's next scheduled start before officially placing him on the injured list. Bryce Elder or Ian Anderson will likely be asked to take the mound in his place. The Braves will likely wait until closer to Fried's scheduled start before making the decision. It's also worth noting that Kyle Wright is eligible to return in mid-April, which could ease the loss of Fried.
Source: David O'
Sat Apr 116:55Ranger Suarez To Throw Again On MondayRanger SuárezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Friday. Afterwards, Suarez felt fine and is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Monday. The 27-year-old was placed on the injured list earlier this week due to a left elbow strain. It's going to take multiple weeks for Suarez to get back to full health. The team needs him to regain his arm strength and work up his pitch count before they let him back on the mound. In the meantime, Matt Strahm will likely continue making starts for Philly.
Source: Alex
Sat Apr 116:42Mike Moustakas Making Season DebutMike Moustakas2BBrewersFree Agent
Colorado Rockies third baseman Mike Moustakas is set to make his season debut against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. The left-handed slugger sat out the first two games of the regular season. Now, Moustakas will bat seventh and serve as the designated hitter against right-hander Michael Wacha. The 34-year-old didn't offer much upside with his bat last season. That being said, fantasy managers shouldn't have high hopes for Moustakas to be a fantasy contributor. Although, Colorado would be the place for Moustakas to have a bounce back year, if one was to happen.
Sat Apr 116:33Robbie Ray Placed On Injured ListRobbie RaySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray (hip) has been placed on the 15-day injured list. This is bad news after Ray struggled during his season debut. The left-hander allowed five runs (three earned) with four hits and five walks allowed on Friday. As of now, the Mariners haven't announced how long Ray is going to be sidelined. In the meantime, they've recalled left-hander Gabe Speier from Triple-A. However, he's expected to pitch out of the bullpen until the Mariners figure out how to fill their void in the starting rotation. This is obviously a blow to fantasy managers who took Ray early in drafts.
Source: Maury
Sat Apr 114:37Logan Webb Next Start Moved UpLogan WebbSPGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb will make his next start on Wednesday, the second of three meetings with the Chicago White Sox. Anthony DeSclafani will begin the series on the bump, with Alex Wood on track to close out the series on Thursday. Webb had 12 strikeouts in the opening day loss to the New York Yankees. However, he finished with an ugly 6.00 ERA in six innings. Of course, the 26-year-old right-hander has a chance to turn things around versus Chicago, so fantasy managers should be optimistic moving ahead.
Source: Alex
Sat Apr 113:35Starling Marte Taking A Seat On SaturdayStarling MarteCFPiratesFree 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 113:19Luis Urias To Miss Six To Eight WeeksLuis UríasSSPadresFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Luis Urias (hamstring) is expected to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during his final at-bat of Thursday's opening-day game against the Cubs. Manager Craig Counsell told reporters that the team expects Urias to be out closer to two months. The 25-year-old infielder was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to March 31. Brian Anderson and Mike Brosseau will likely split duties at third while Urias is out. Brosseau is manning the hot corner on Saturday against Justin Steele and the Cubs.
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
Sat Apr 111:01Willson Contreras Out SaturdayWillson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras (knee) is out of the starting lineup on Saturday. Andrew Knizner is doing the catching and is batting eighth against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman. Contreras left the Opening Day game early on Thursday with a knee contusion, but X-rays turned up negative on Friday and he's currently just day-to-day. His injury doesn't appear to be too serious, so fantasy managers shouldn't be without him for too long. When healthy, the 30-year-old backstop is one of the best offensive catchers in baseball. Knizner will be a low-upside, low-cost DFS option at the catching position Saturday.
Source: Baseball
Sat Apr 110:57Juan Soto Not Focused On Contract SituationJuan SotoLFNationalsFree Agent
San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto isn't focused on a new contract, according to general manager A.J. Preller. Instead, the multi-time All-Star prefers keeping his attention on the season. "With Juan, it's been more about the baseball side of things," Preller stated when asked about a potential Soto extension. San Diego has made some big moves within the last year, including reaching agreements with several prominent players. Most recently, the club reportedly came to a seven-year, $80 million extension with infielder Jake Cronenworth. Soto's production dipped in 2022 after suiting up for the Nationals before his trade to San Diego. However, he's expected to finish the year as a top fantasy option, regardless of how negotiations play out with the Padres.
Source: AJ
Sat Apr 110:38Jake Cronenworth, Padres Agree To ExtensionJake CronenworthSSPadresFree Agent
San Diego Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth agreed to a seven-year, $80 million extension with the team. The deal starts in 2024 and will keep him in San Diego until the completion of the 2030 season. The 29-year-old has posted a .256/.337/.431 slash line in 366 career games with the Padres. His versatility allows him to handle multiple areas in the infield, although he's been spending time at first base. Cronenworth had also played at least 152 games in each of his last two seasons, which is always a plus for fantasy managers.
Source: Jeff
Fri Mar 3122:32Rhys Hoskins Undergoes Successful Knee SurgeryRhys Hoskins1BPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (knee) underwent successful knee surgery on Thursday. While everyone already knew he was due to go under the knife, the team provided an update, reporting he's looking at a seven to nine-month recovery time. Unfortunately, that means the 30-year-old won't play this season, so assuming things move in the right direction, he should return next spring. However, Hoskins will be a free agent, meaning it's anyone's guess where he'll be in 2023-24.
Source: Philadelphia
Fri Mar 3122:09Luis Urias Reportedly Heading To Injured ListLuis UríasSSPadresFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Luis Urias (hamstring) is likely heading to the injured list, according to Adam McCalvy of The 25-year-old limped off the field late in Thursday's loss to the Chicago Cubs after going without a hit in four at-bats. While it isn't official, fantasy managers should begin planning for the inevitable. As a result, Brian Anderson is expected to make the move from right field to the hot corner. At the same time, prospect Joey Wiemer is anticipated to be called up from Triple-A Nashville after he was optioned there just a few days ago. Wiemer had a quality year in the minors last season, ending with 124 hits, 81 runs, 77 RBI, 31 stolen bases, and 21 homers, so he's worth a look in deep fantasy setups.
Source: Adam
Fri Mar 3121:24Anthony Rendon Being Investigated By MLBAnthony Rendon3BNationalsFree 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 3121:09Willson Contreras Receives Good News On FridayWillson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras (knee) is listed as day-to-day. The 30-year-old took a 103 mph pitch to his knee during Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays on opening day, forcing his premature exit from the contest. He had X-rays on Thursday, but fortunately, more testing on Friday confirmed he suffered a right knee contusion. Contreras signed a five-year, $87.5 million contract in December after spending his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. He looked good in his debut for the Cards, amassing two hits in four at-bats while adding two runs. Nevertheless, fantasy managers are certainly pleased with the update. But in the meantime, Andrew Knizner is the favorite to handle things behind the plate until Contreras can return.
Source: St. Louis
Fri Mar 3118:57Mike Moustakas Remains Out AgainMike Moustakas2BBrewersFree Agent
Colorado Rockies third baseman Mike Moustakas is out of the starting lineup once again for Friday's game against the San Diego Padres. The left-handed slugger sat out on Opening Day, which led some to believe he'd start against right-hander Nick Martinez on Friday. That is not the case as Elehuris Montero remains at third base and moves down one spot in the batting order. The 34-year-old didn't offer much help offensively last season, so he might end up as a bench option in Colorado. Fantasy managers shouldn't have high hopes for Moustakas in 2023.
Fri Mar 3116:39Paul Sewald Picks Up Win On Opening DayPaul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Paul Sewald picked up his first win of the season on Opening Day on Thursday night in the 3-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians. Sewald worked a perfect eighth inning and struck out one, while Andres Munoz got the save after giving up two hits in a scoreless ninth inning. The 32-year-old picked up the hold, but fantasy managers that drafted him for saves should be disappointed. He had a career-high 20 saves last year and should be in the mix for saves again in 2023, but Munoz could be a thorn in his side all year in the ninth inning. It's something to keep an eye on in the early portions of this season.
Fri Mar 3116:29Josh Rojas Hitting Leadoff Against DodgersJosh Rojas3BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Josh Rojas is starting at third base and is hitting leadoff on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Dustin May. Rojas didn't get the start on Opening Day on Thursday, with Evan Longoria starting at the hot corner instead against a left-handed pitcher. Longoria will be on the bench to start on Friday. Rojas figures to be on the strong side of a platoon at third base with Longo this year, giving the 28-year-old plenty of fantasy value in deep-mixed leagues while also being attractive to the D-backs and fantasy managers for his defensive versatility. He hit .275 (11-for-40) with three doubles, two RBI, eight runs scored and three stolen bases in 15 Cactus League games, and he's even more attractive at the top of Arizona's lineup.
Source: Baseball
Fri Mar 3116:17Opt-Out Clause The Sticking Point For Bryan Reynolds ExtensionBryan ReynoldsCFPiratesFree Agent
An opt-out clause is the current sticking point in contract-extension negotiations between the Pittsburgh Pirates and outfielder Bryan Reynolds, according to a major-league source. Neither side has broken off talks, which means they could still reach a deal in the next few days. The two sides have found common ground over the last few days, agreeing on a package of around $106 million over eight years, according to a major-league source. Reynolds is also willing to backload the money, which would give the team financial flexibility over the next few years. A no-trade clause is not on the table. In exchange for giving up ground on the money end, the 28-year-old wants the ability to opt out of the contract, but the Bucs have historically been opposed to using opt-outs.
Source: The Athletic - Rob
Fri Mar 3115:35Wilmer Flores Hits Third In Thursday's ContestWilmer Flores2BDiamondbacksFree 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.