News for Free Agent Players - 2019 5x5 Mixed League - $260 cap

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Sun May 2222:37Josh Donaldson Could Face SuspensionJosh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Major League Baseball will investigate New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson after an incident involving Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday, when Donaldson reportedly called Anderson "Jackie," referencing Jackie Robinson. If the MLB sees fit, Donaldson could be suspended for his actions. If Major League Baseball were to suspend Donaldson, it likely would only be for a few games. The 36-year-old went 0-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader against Chicago on Sunday and is now hitting .238/.349/.415 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in 152 plate appearances in his first year in the Bronx. With Donaldson sitting out in Game 2, DJ LeMahieu shifted to third base and Gleyber Torres started at the keystone.
Source: Newsday - Laura
Sun May 2222:07Freddy Peralta Will Go On Injured ListFreddy PeraltaRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (shoulder) will stay in Milwaukee and undergo an MRI exam on his right shoulder on Monday. Peralta reported tightness in the back of his shoulder during a mound visit on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. Manager Craig Counsell said Peralta will go on the injured list. Fantasy managers will know more of a timetable for the 25-year-old right-hander after his MRI results are released, but he's likely to miss at least a couple turns in the rotation. The Brewers will go with a five-man starting rotation with Peralta sidelined, but right-hander Aaron Ashby is a candidate to take Peralta's spot in the Brewers rotation moving forward.
Source: Bally Sports Wisconsin - Sophia
Sun May 2220:35George Springer Extends Streak Versus RedsGeorge SpringerCF/RFAstrosFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and run against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He has now logged a base hit in six consecutive games. The veteran outfielder is slashing .271/.340/.486 with seven homers, 22 RBI, a 22.4 percent strikeout rate, and 7.1 percent walk rate. He has posted high-level exit velocity once again, all while continuing to make his impact felt in a strong Toronto lineup. Springer remains a start-and-forget player in fantasy baseball.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2220:30Marcus Semien Extends Hitting Streak Versus HoustonMarcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 against the Houston Astros on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to five games and his on-base streak to eight. One of Texas' big offseason acquisitions, Semien is now slashing .182/.243/.234 with a 17.6 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate. He ranks among the bottom-eight percent of hitters in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, xwOBA, xBA, xSLG, and barrel rate. On a more positive rate, his 92nd-percentile sprint speed has helped to counteract his otherwise poor metrics. Although he started off slow, the veteran infielder appears to be trending in the right direction as of late.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2220:23Whit Merrifield Logs Four Hits In Twins SeriesWhit Merrifield2B/CF/RFRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals veteran Whit Merrifield hit the ball well during the team's most recent series against the Minnesota Twins. He logged a hit in each of the three games, posting a 4-for-11 line with two walks and two strikeouts. The 33-year-old, who has primarily played right field and second base this season, has racked up a base hit in 13 of his last 14 games. He has posted elite sprint speed and outfield jump metrics, as well as a phenomenal 13.3 percent strikeout rate, which is the second-lowest mark of his career. With that said, his .234 wOBA is both the worst mark of his career and also ranks among the bottom-five percent in MLB. All in all, though, Merrifield should be rostered in 100 percent of fantasy leagues and seems to be meeting the expectations that fantasy managers held when they drafted him.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2220:16Julio Urias Blanks Phillies On FridayJulio UrĂ­asRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias threw five scoreless innings against the Phillies on Friday. He gave up two hits and zero walks while striking out five batters. Urias has gone 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA, 6.80 K/9, and 1.76 BB/9 through eight starts this season. The southpaw has posted elite fastball and curveball spin metrics, all while pitching to contact and avoiding walks. He has been one of the most reliable pitchers in MLB as of late and should be started in 100 percent of fantasy leagues.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2220:13Aroldis Chapman Could Miss TimeAroldis ChapmanRPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) was removed early during Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The left-handed reliever gave up two runs in a non-save situation during Sunday's loss. That led to a trip from the trainer, but Chapman wanted to keep pitching. He faced two more batters before deciding to exit the game. It's unclear if Chapman will require a trip to the injured list. Fantasy managers will need to stay tuned for another update on Chapman after his Achilles treatment.
Source: Bryan
Sun May 2220:10Shane Bieber Strikes Out 10 Tigers BattersShane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber allowed two runs, six hits, and two walks over seven innings of work against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. He also struck out 10 batters. Although Bieber was ultimately charged with the loss, Sunday's series finale represented another step in the right direction for the hurler. After all, he's just two games removed from a brutal seven-run outing in which he walked three batters. Bieber's Baseball Savant page is a bit of a concern right now; he ranks among the bottom-third of the league in most major metrics and hasn't had much effectiveness while throwing his fastball or curveball. His next couple of outings will be pivotal in terms of assessing his fantasy value, without a doubt. For now, fantasy managers should feel quite comfortable starting him in their lineups.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2220:03Taylor Ward Will Undergo MRITaylor Ward3BAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward (neck, shoulder) is set to undergo an MRI on Monday. He crashed into the wall during Friday's game and hasn't played since then. The 28-year-old outfielder said he can play through the issue and won't require a trip to the injured list. However, the Angels want to be safe, so they'll have him undergo an MRI. That being said, fantasy managers will hopefully only be without Ward for another game or two. There should be another update on his status after his MRI on Monday.
Source: Sam
Sun May 2220:03Walker Buehler Earns Win Against DiamondbacksWalker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler allowed two runs, six hits, and two walks over five innings of work against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Wednesday. He struck out four batters and ultimately earned the win. The right-hander is now 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and .250 OBA while tallying a 20.1 percent strikeout rate and 6.2 percent walk rate. Buehler has boasted impressive command of his fastball and curveball, all while ranking in the 89th percentile in chase rate. He has been a key piece of the Los Angeles rotation and should continue to be rostered in all fantasy baseball leagues.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2219:56Austin Slater Exits Early Due To InjuryAustin Slater1B/LF/PH/RFGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants outfielder Austin Slater (wrist) was forced to exit early during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres. It's unclear how Slater suffered the injury, but it does make sense why he was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning. Outfielder Joc Pederson came into bat against a left-handed pitcher, which seemed like an odd decision at the time. Fantasy managers should get an update on Slater within the next day or two. However, he wasn't offering too much with the bat before the injury.
Source: Susan
Sun May 2219:55Matt Olson Struggling Offensively LatelyMatt Olson1BAthleticsFree Agent
Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson is enduring a bit of a slump as of late. He's just 3-for-23 with six strikeouts over the course of his last six games. Through 41 games in total, Atlanta's big offseason acquisition is slashing .242/.361/.425 with a 21.8 percent strikeout rate and 16.2 percent walk rate. He has hit the ball hard and owns an solid .357 xwOBA, but these metrics haven't translated very well to the Braves' game-by-game box scores. He should continue to be rostered in all fantasy baseball leagues, but it's more than understandable if managers have concerns about starting him day in and day out.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2219:50Brandon Belt Could Return Next SundayBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) could return from the injured list when first eligible. That being said, manager Gabe Kapler believes Belt should be able to return next Sunday. He was placed on the injured list ahead of Sunday's game after missing the two first games of the series against the San Diego Padres. Fantasy managers should expect Wilmer Flores to see more playing time at first base with Belt sidelined. However, at least fantasy managers shouldn't be without Belt for too long.
Source: Alex
Sun May 2219:49Corbin Burnes Roughed Up By Braves In Last StartCorbin BurnesRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes faltered a bit on Wednesday, allowing a season-high four runs over six innings of work against the Braves. He gave up seven hits (including two homers) and also hit two batters. When all was said and done, his record went unblemished; Burnes finished with the no-decision as Milwaukee won in extra innings. Despite the hurler's shaky outing, he remains one of the top pitchers in baseball. He owns a fantastic 2.26 ERA, 31.5 percent strikeout rate, and 4.1 percent walk rate through eight outings. He owns one of the best whiff rates in baseball and continues to throw one of the best fastballs in Major League Baseball. Undoubtedly, Burnes should be both rostered and started in all fantasy baseball leagues.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2219:44Spenser Watkins To Be Evaluated On MondaySpenser WatkinsRPTigersFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Spenser Watkins (arm) will be re-evaluated on Monday, according to head coach Brandon Hyde. Watkins was removed from Sunday's start after getting hit by a comebacker. He was drilled in the arm by Ji-Man Choi in the first inning and exited the game. It doesn't appear that Watkins has suffered a major injury, but fantasy managers should know more on Monday.
Source: Roch
Sun May 2219:38Nick Martinez To Start On MondayNick MartinezRPRangersFree Agent
San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Martinez will make the start on Monday, according to manager Bob Melvin. Right-hander Mike Clevinger (triceps) was scheduled to start before he ended up on the injured list. That being said, it appears the Padres are planning on using a six-man rotation while Clevinger is out. Martinez has been fairly decent through his six starts this season. However, the Milwaukee Brewers lineup can be dangerous at times. Regardless, Martinez is at least worth considering as a streaming option in deep leagues this week.
Source: Kevin
Sun May 2216:59Franchy Cordero Delivers Walk-Off Grand SlamFranchy CorderoCF/LFPadresFree Agent
Boston Red Sox outfielder Franchy Cordero was the hero in the team's 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Coming up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning of a 4-4 tie, Cordero launched his first home run of the year. It was a walk-off grand slam, completing the team's four-game sweep of the Mariners. The homer was Cordero's only hit of the day as he went 1-for-5. He is now slashing .231/.305/.404 with four RBI and 11 runs over 18 games on the year.
Sun May 2216:54Gregory Soto Locks Down His Seventh Save On SundayGregory SotoRP/SPTigersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Gregory Soto closed out the team's 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday. He only required eight pitches to get through a scoreless ninth inning. It was one of the rare uneventful save opportunities for Soto this year. It was just the second time this year where he was able to retire all three batters he faced en route to the save. The 27-year-old is now 7-for-8 in save chances with a 2.92 ERA on the year.
Sun May 2216:38Sandy Alcantara Pitches Complete Game On SundaySandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara pitched his first complete game of the year in the team's 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. He allowed six hits, two walks and three runs (all unearned) while striking out seven. Alcantara is known for his ability to pitch deep into games. He'd already had two eight-inning outings this year before Sunday's gem. The 26-year-old is now 4-2 on the year with a 2.11 ERA. He'll face the Braves once again in his next start on Saturday.
Sun May 2216:33Brandon Belt Placed On Injured List With Knee InflammationBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
The San Francisco Giants placed first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. Infielder Kevin Padlo was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Belt is currently hampered by right knee inflammation. He hasn't played since Wednesday, so the move to the injured list doesn't come as much of a surprise. The 34-year-old is hitting .228/.342/.386 with four home runs, 11 RBI and 14 runs over 26 games on the year.
Source: San Francisco