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Tue Feb 2022:10Gary Sanchez's Deal With Brewers Is Back OnGary SánchezC/DHTwinsTeam Joker
Free-agent catcher Gary Sanchez (wrist) is close to finalizing the one-year, $7 million contract that he reached with the Milwaukee Brewers nearly two weeks ago, according to sources briefed on the discussions. There was a holdup because the Brewers had lingering concerns over the condition of Sanchez's right wrist after his physical, and the expectation is he will accept a lower base salary with incentives that would allow him to earn the original $7 million if he stays healthy. The deal also includes a mutual option for 2025. The 31-year-old veteran backstop fractured his right wrist on Sept. 6 while with the Padres when he was hit by a pitch. Before that, he had a resurgent 2023, batting just .218 but hitting 19 homers with a .792 OPS in 260 plate appearances. In Milwaukee, he'll be the primary backup to William Contreras but will also see at-bats at designated hitter.
Source: The Athletic - Ken
Tue Feb 2018:38Drew Rasmussen Placed On 60-Day Injured ListDrew RasmussenSPRaysTeam Joker
The Tampa Bay Rays placed right-hander Drew Rasmussen (elbow) on the 60-day injured list on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for the signing of infielder Amed Rosario. Rasmussen won't return until the second half of the 2024 season after having an internal-brace procedure on his right elbow last July. The 28-year-old looked great for the Rays in eight starts last year before getting hurt, posting a 2.62 ERA (2.54 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP with 11 walks and 47 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings pitched, but fantasy managers are going to have to wait until later this year to get another look at him. He's already had two Tommy John surgeries in his career, too, so expecting Rasmussen to pick up where he left off in 2023 would be pretty foolish.
Source: Rays
Tue Feb 2018:33Shohei Ohtani Wants To Get 50 At-Bats This SpringShohei OhtaniDH/SPAngelsBuchanalia
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he had a conversation with designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (elbow), and Ohtani wants 50 at-bats this spring to be ready for the regular-season opener in Korea against the division-rival San Diego Padres. The at-bats could come as a combination of live batting practice, simulated games on the back field and in Cactus League games. The 29-year-old Japanese superstar had right-elbow surgery last September and won't pitch at all in his first year in LA, but he will open the regular season as the full-time DH. Ohtani could get off to a slow start at the plate as his surgically repaired right elbow adjusts, but he should still be in consideration for fantasy managers late in the first round after winning his second American League MVP in 2023 in the last three years.
Source: Orange County Register - Bill
Tue Feb 2017:15Dane Dunning To Start Spring Opener On FridayDane DunningSPRangersBallbusters
Texas Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning will take the hill for the team's Cactus League opener on Friday against the Kansas City Royals, with Cody Bradford scheduled to follow him in relief. Dunning threw a career-high 172 2/3 innings in the regular season in 2023 over 35 appearances (26 starts) and went 12-7 with a career-best 3.70 ERA (4.27 FIP) and 1.26 WHIP with 55 walks and a career-high 140 strikeouts at the back end of the team's starting rotation. The 29-year-old relies on inducing weak contact and isn't going to overpower hitters, and he'll likely be moved to a long-relief role in the second half in 2024 if both Jacob deGrom (elbow) and Max Scherzer (back) are able to return from their injuries. Dunning is outside RotoBaller's rankings of the top-100 fantasy pitchers.
Source: - Jeff
Tue Feb 2017:09Kris Bubic To Throw First Bullpen On TuesdayKris BubicSPRoyalsTeam Sapinski
Kansas City Royals left-hander Kris Bubic (elbow) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of spring training on Tuesday. Bubic is recovery from Tommy John surgery last April and is scheduled for a midseason return in 2024. The 26-year-old southpaw made only three starts for the Royals last year before having surgery, and he went 3-13 with a career-worst 5.58 ERA (4.78 FIP) and 1.69 WHIP with 63 walks and 110 strikeouts over 129 innings and 27 starts in 2022. Bubic won't be a lock for the Royals' starting rotation this summer, either, as long as both Seth Lugo and Michael Wacha are healthy around the All-Star break. Fantasy managers in deep-mixed fantasy leagues should hold off on Bubic until he proves he's healthy in the second half.
Source: - Anne
Tue Feb 2016:52Brandon Lowe Still Under The WeatherBrandon Lowe2BRaysObi-Wan
Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (illness) was held out of workouts at spring training again on Tuesday due to an illness, according to manager Kevin Cash. Lowe should be able to rejoin the team at camp later this week. The 29-year-old left-handed-hitting infielder will open the 2024 season as the team's regular second baseman as long as he can stay healthy. He managed to play over 100 games in 2023 for just the second time in six major-league seasons while hitting .231/.328/.443 with 21 home runs, 15 doubles, a triple, 68 RBI, seven stolen bases and 58 runs scored in 109 games. Lowe is an injury risk and struggles to hit left-handers, but otherwise, his power from the left side at the keystone makes him a solid backup middle-infield option for fantasy managers.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc
Tue Feb 2016:10Sonny Gray To Start On Opening DaySonny GraySPTwinsObi-Wan
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Sonny Gray will get the nod on Opening Day this year on March 28 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It will be Gray's first start for the Cardinals after signing a three-year, $70 million deal in free agency this offseason. The 34-year-old veteran finished second in the American League Cy Young voting in 2023 after he went 8-8 with a 2.79 ERA (league-best 2.83 FIP) and a 1.15 WHIP with 55 walks and 183 strikeouts in 184 innings over his 32 starts in his second year with the Minnesota Twins. He doesn't throw very hard, but Gray is great at keeping the ball out of the air while limiting hard contact, and he should be able to maintain a solid floor as a third fantasy starter in his new digs in St. Louis in 2024. However, his first matchup of the year against the Dodgers will be a tough one.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick
Tue Feb 2016:00Riley Greene Faces Live Pitching TuesdayRiley GreeneCFTigersDoubleHeader
Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene (elbow) faced live pitching in camp on Tuesday for the first time since last September. "I didn't even think about my arm. I feel normal...I wasn't nervous. I wasn't breathing hard. I was just ready to get in the box," Greene said. His 2023 season ended early due to Tommy John surgery, but the fact that it was to his right (non-throwing) arm means that Greene isn't facing restrictions at spring training and should be ready to go for Opening Day in 2024. The 23-year-old left-handed hitter could be eased into the Grapefruit League schedule this spring, but he should be good to go for fantasy managers on Opening Day as an upside No. 3 outfielder as Detroit's starting center fielder.
Source: MLive - Evan
Tue Feb 2014:59Tarik Skubal Throwing Gas In CampTarik SkubalSPTigersObi-Wan
Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal hit 100 mph on his fastball on his last pitch during his live batting practice session in spring training on Tuesday. Skubal's velocity was on the rise last year in his first season back from flexor-tendon surgery in August of 2022, and his increased velocity early in camp just shows that he's fully healthy entering the 2024 regular season. The 27-year-old southpaw shouldn't be expected to be hitting triple digits often over the course of the season. Skubal finished 2023 by going 4-1 with a 1.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 52 strikeouts and six walks in his final six starts. The former ninth-round pick in 2018 should see an innings boost in 2024 if he stays healthy, making him a popular target in fantasy drafts this spring as a SP2 with upside in the weak American League Central.
Source: Detroit News - Chris
Tue Feb 2014:53Amed Rosario Agrees With Rays On One-Year DealAmed RosarioSSGuardiansTeam Sapinski
Free-agent infielder Amed Rosario and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed on Tuesday to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, according to sources. The 28-year-old will bring a strong bat against left-handed pitching and should get at-bats at shortstop, second base and potentially in the corner-outfield spots in 2024. It's more insurance for the Rays at shortstop with the possibility that Wander Franco will never play in the big leagues again. Rosario is a career .272 hitter in seven major-league seasons, and he slashed .263/.305/.378 with six home runs, 58 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 70 runs scored in 142 games last year with the Guardians and Dodgers. The move to Tampa makes the veteran infielder more attractive as a deep-mixed corner infielder and for DFS lineups against lefties, who he has hit .298/.339/.467 against in his career.
Source: - Jeff
Tue Feb 2014:47Aaron Judge Likely To Require "Constant Maintenance"Aaron JudgeCF/DH/RFYankeesDark Angel
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (toe) said his toe will likely require "constant maintenance" for the rest of his career, but that it's been feeling good so far this year. Judge tore a ligament in his right big toe last summer when he crashed into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium in June and ended up missing two months. The 31-year-old avoided surgery, but it's something that all fantasy managers will be keeping a close eye on in 2024 and beyond. It's something that shouldn't be an issue in terms of Judge's power stroke moving forward, but it could cause him to take more rest days so that the Yankees can keep him fresh over the course of the season. Playing center field until prospect Jasson Dominguez (elbow) returns won't make it easier on his toe, either. Despite missing 56 games in 2023, Judge still finished fourth in the American League with 37 home runs.
Source: New York Daily News - Gary
Tue Feb 2013:41Emmanuel Rivera A Backup Option At ShortstopEmmanuel Rivera3BRoyalsFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Emmanuel Rivera is a backup option at shortstop behind starter Geraldo Perdomo this year, despite the fact that he hasn't played the position as a professional. However, the 27-year-old Rivera has played the 6 in winter ball and again this offseason, and some in the front office think he has the best hands of anyone in the infield and is a right-hander that hits lefties well. Rivera could be an option to spell Perdomo against tough left-handed pitching in 2024. He will get more work at short in camp and is also out of minor-league options. Top prospect Jordan Lawlar is the future at the position in Arizona, but he needs more development in the minor leagues. In addition to Rivera, Ketel Marte, Jace Peterson and Kevin Newman are other backup shortstop options for the Snakes in 2024.
Source: - Steve
Tue Feb 2013:30Josh Sborz A High-Leverage Option For RangersJosh SborzRP/SPRangersFree Agent
Along with Texas Rangers relievers Jose Leclerc, Kirby Yates and David Robertson, right-hander Josh Sborz will be a high-leverage option for the team in the late innings in 2024. Manager Bruce Bochy isn't placing any of the four potential closing options in any sort of order in spring training, but Leclerc and Robertson figure to have the best chance for regular save opportunities. The 30-year-old Sborz had a rough 5.50 ERA last year, but his 3.35 xERA as well as his 36.9 percent strikeout rate point to a rebound in the ERA department this year. As long as he's able to stay healthy -- he's been on the injured list five times in the last two years -- Sborz should at least be interesting for fantasy managers in holds leagues in the back of Texas' bullpen.
Source: - Kennedi
Tue Feb 2013:15Kyle Bradish Plays Catch TuesdayKyle BradishSPOriolesDoubleHeader
Baltimore Orioles right-hander Kyle Bradish (elbow) played catch out to 90 feet at spring training on Tuesday. Bradish is dealing with a partial tear of UCL in camp but is hoping that rest and rehab will help him avoid Tommy John surgery, which would keep him out for all of the 2023 season. The 27-year-old had a platelet-rich plasma injection and is throwing multiple times per week. Even if he avoids Tommy John surgery, Bradish will open the 2024 regular season on the injured list for the Orioles. Bradish was a breakout candidate for Baltimore and for fantasy managers last year, but he's already off to a bad start in 2024, and it would be wise to expect some regression if he doesn't eventually succumb to elbow reconstruction.
Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jacob Calvin
Tue Feb 2013:11Andrew Benintendi Dealt With Hand Injury Last YearAndrew BenintendiLFRoyalsDoubleHeader
Chicago White Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi (hand) said he was hindered by a hand injury in 2023 and focused on getting stronger this winter. "Added a little bit of weight. I think this was one of my best offseasons, as far as working out and getting stronger. We'll see how it translates, hopefully it does. Time will tell," Benintendi said. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter had surgery on his right hamate bone, which ended his 2023 season prematurely. It could help explain why he hit just .262/.326/.356 with only five home runs, 45 RBI, 13 stolen bases and 72 runs scored in 562 at-bats in his first year in the Windy City. Due to lack of better options, he's the leading candidate to hit leadoff for the Pale Hose in 2024, too, so with better healthy, perhaps Benintendi will be a candidate for a decent bounce-back this year.
Source: CHGO Sports - Vinnie
Tue Feb 2000:57Maikel Garcia To Start Season At Third BaseMaikel GarciaSSRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals manager Matt Quatraro said Monday that, while the team values the multi-position skill of several of their players, third baseman/shortstop Maikel Garcia will start the season at third base. This is not that surprising, as the 23-year-old spent the majority of his rookie season at the hot corner. Garcia slashed .272/.323/.358 in his first season with four home runs, 59 runs scored, 50 RBI, and 23 stolen bases in 515 plate appearances. Garcia offers little power in a position that usually can offer it pretty late, but he does offer a good batting average and plenty of speed. His ability to play different positions may help ensure consistent playing time, which could end up making him a worthwhile late-round pick in rotisserie leagues.
Source: Bally Sports Kansas City -
Tue Feb 2000:49Hyun Jin Ryu Reportedly Signs With Former KBO TeamHyun Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Korean media reported Monday that free-agent starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu signed a contract with his former KBO team, the Hanwha Eagles. The team has not confirmed the deal's finalization. The 36-year-old lefty played with the team from 2006 through 2012, earning Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards in 2006. His big-league experience with the Dodgers and Blue Jays offered some solid fantasy seasons from 2013 through 2023. However, numerous injuries limited him to just 79 innings pitched over the last two seasons. At this point, Ryu can be crossed off the list of potential late-round fantasy options.
Source: Jeeho Yoo -
Tue Feb 2000:33Jeremy Pena Bringing Quieter Batting Stance To 2024Jeremy PeñaSSAstrosTeam Lorin
Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena showcased a more efficient batting stance in Monday's live batting practice, per the Athletic's Chandler Rome. The changes include less pre-pitch bat movement and a more subtle front-leg load. Manager Joe Espada expressed his pleasure in Pena's changes, saying he is "hitting the ball in the air more with power". Power was an issue for the 26-year-old last season, as he slashed .263/.324/.381 with 10 home runs, 81 runs scored, 52 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. The batting average improvements were welcome and Pena showed he could hit for some power in his rookie season when he hit 22 HR. His fantasy value could take an uptick in 2024 if he can maintain his BA gains while also adjusting to hit for more power.
Source: Chandler Rome - The
Tue Feb 2000:23Mariners Have Discussed Pursuing Matt ChapmanMatt Chapman3BBlue JaysDoubleHeader
The Seattle Mariners have already made several moves this offseason but "have discussed the possibility of adding" free-agent third baseman Matt Chapman, per the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish. The 30-year-old had an excellent start to the 2023 season but finished with a .240/.330/.424 slash line and 17 home runs, 66 runs scored, and 54 RBI in 581 plate appearances with the Blue Jays. Even with the down season, Chapman would be both an offensive and defensive upgrade to the team's current options, which include Luis Urias and Josh Rojas. While T-Mobile Park is not great for hitters, it would be a decent landing spot for Chapman from a fantasy perspective given the lineup the team has constructed this offseason.
Mon Feb 1921:23Ryan O'Hearn To See Reps In Corner OutfieldRyan O'HearnDH/PHRoyalsFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that first baseman Ryan O'Hearn will be getting reps in the corner outfield at spring training. O'Hearn could see an occasional start in the outfield this year, but most of his playing time figures to come at first base and designated hitter. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger was in the strong side of a platoon at first for the O's in 2023 and impressed with a .289/.322/.480 slash line, .801 OPS, a career-high-tying 14 home runs, 22 doubles, a triple, 60 RBI, five stolen bases and 48 runs scored in a career-high 112 games in his first year with the team. O'Hearn hit the ball hard consistently and was mostly a surprise because of the fact that he cut down on his strikeout rate in his first year in Baltimore. He'll be an asset in deep-mixed and AL-only leagues, but betting on a repeat might be foolish.
Source: - Jake