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Wed Feb 2116:37Brandon Marsh Progresses To JoggingBrandon MarshCF/LF/RFAngelsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh (knee) has progressed to jogging at spring training. Marsh had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early February and was expected to need three to four weeks before making a full recovery. The 26-year-old left-handed hitter obviously won't be ready for the start of Grapefruit League games this weekend, but the Phillies are expecting him to be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback in his recovery from the minor surgery. When he's healthy, Marsh figures to be the team's starting left fielder against right-handed pitching, but he'll lose at-bats to Whit Merrifield against left-handers. Even though Marsh lowered his strikeout rate in 2023, he still struck out a third of the time. He's still an asset in mixed fantasy leagues because of his above-average power and his speed, and he's great defensively for the Phils as well.
Source: The Athletic - Matt GelbRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2114:27Ronel Blanco To Start Astros' Cactus League OpenerRonel BlancoRPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros right-hander Ronel Blanco will start the team's Cactus League Opener on Feb. 24 versus the Washington Nationals, according to manager Joe Espada. Espada didn't reveal much about the rest of his plans for the spring opener but did mention Dylan Coleman will be one of the scheduled relievers to appear in the contest. Blanco made seven starts and 10 relief outings for the Astros in 2023 and worked to a 4.50 ERA across 52 innings of work. He also tossed a 3.68 across 13 starts and two relief outings at Triple-A Sugar Land. The 30-year-old was recently mentioned as a potential rotation candidate to begin the 2024 season with fellow right-handers Lance McCullers Jr. and Luis Garcia out until the second half of the campaign while future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander is behind in camp due to a shoulder issue.
Source: Chandler RomeRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2113:04Sam Moll Expects To Be Ready For OpenerSam MollRPAthleticsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds left-hander Sam Moll (shoulder) is the team's only pitcher in camp yet to throw a bullpen session due to shoulder soreness he experienced during his offseason throwing program, but the veteran southpaw has been playing catch and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2024 season. He was one of the Reds' best performers down the stretch in 2023, posting a 0.73 ERA in 25 appearances after being acquired in a deadline trade with the Oakland Athletics. The 32-year-old reliever had a 3.03 ERA and 1.23 WHIP overall in 62 1/3 innings pitched last year with one save, 30 walks and a career-high 68 strikeouts. Moll will mostly serve in a middle-relief role and isn't really on the fantasy radar entering the season.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Gordon Wittenmyer and Charlie GoldsmithRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2100:37Brendan McKay Faces Live Hitters TuesdayBrendan McKaySPRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brendan McKay (elbow) successfully threw live batting practice Tuesday, the first time he had pitched to hitters since August of 2022. The former fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft has endured several injuries, the latest being Tommy John surgery in September of 2022. McKay is at camp as a non-roster invitee and has a long way to get in shape to pitch in the big leagues again, but his pedigree and the way the Rays manage their pitching staff could make him worth monitoring throughout the season. He may have the opportunity to become fantasy-relevant at some point.
Source: Adam Berry - MLB.comRotoBaller.com
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: MLB.com - Steve GilbertRotoBaller.com
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: MLB.com - Kennedi LandryRotoBaller.com
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 - Twitter.comRotoBaller.com
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 - Twitter.comRotoBaller.com
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: MLB.com - Jake RillRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1921:07Jake Brentz Throws First BP Session In CampJake BrentzRPRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals left-hander Jake Brentz (lat) threw his first live batting practice session in camp on Saturday and sat around 95-96 mph with his fastball. It's been nearly two years since he last took the mound in the big leagues in April of 2022 and it's been a year and a half since he had Tommy John surgery in July of 2022. Brentz suffered a lat strain that ended his 2023 season when he was coming back from elbow surgery last year. The 29-year-old southpaw is competing for a spot in the Royals' bullpen in spring training and would offer a high-powered lefty arm for earlier in the game while lefty closer William Smith handles the ninth. If he makes the team, Brentz will most likely be pitching in a low-leverage relief role for KC, which won't give him any fantasy appeal.
Source: MLB.com - Anne RogersRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1919:23Nate Pearson Working On New SplitterNate PearsonSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Nate Pearson is working on a new split-fingered fastball in camp as another pitch to complement his arsenal. "We're still working on it, but he threw some really good ones today that could be really effective at the major-league level," pitching coach Pete Walker said. Pearson is competing for a spot in the bullpen at spring training this year, and the Blue Jays view him as someone who could pitch up to three innings for them in relief. The 27-year-old hard-throwing righty has been set back by injuries early in his MLB career and continues to try and find his niche at the major-league level. So far in three seasons in Toronto, he has a 5.00 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with one save and 79 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings over 52 outings (five starts). Pearson could eventually become a high-leverage reliever, but he can be avoided for now in most fantasy leagues.
Source: The Athletic - Kaitlyn McGrathRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1919:06Alex Kirilloff Faces Live Pitching MondayAlex Kirilloff1B/DH/LFTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins first baseman Alex Kirilloff (shoulder) was scheduled to face live pitching at spring training on Monday at Hammond Stadium. It's a notable development for Kirilloff after he had surgery last October to fix the labrum in his right shoulder. The 26-year-old left-handed slugger doesn't appear to be limited at all at camp and should be good to go for Opening Day in 2024. In an effort to keep him healthy, the Twins figure to use Kirilloff mostly at designated hitter this year, although he can play both first base and the outfield. The former first-rounder has shown plenty of offensive ability in the minors, but he's only appeared in 192 games in three seasons with the Twins, mainly due to wrist injuries. Despite the injury risk, Kirilloff is worth a late-round flier in deep-mixed leagues for his power at a corner-infield spot.
Source: MLB.com - Do-Hyoung ParkRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1919:00Orioles Acquire Kaleb Ort From PhilliesKaleb OrtRPRed SoxFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles acquired right-hander Kaleb Ort from the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday in exchange for cash considerations. In a corresponding move, the Orioles designated outfielder Peyton Burdick for assignment. The move comes after the Phillies recently designated Ort for assignment. The 32-year-old will stay on the East coast and try to win a spot in Baltimore's Opening Day rotation out of spring training. He'll probably be a long shot to do so and could end up with a new organization before the start of the 2024 season, considering he's out of minor-league options. Ort had a 6.26 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 23 innings for the Boston Red Sox last year and has a 6.27 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in only 51 2/3 frames over three MLB seasons in Boston.
Source: Baltimore OriolesRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1918:25Hyun Jin Ryu Could Return To KoreaHyun Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Free-agent left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu is said to be entertaining an offer from his former Korean Baseball Organization team, the Hanwa Eagles. Ryu pitched for the Eagles from 2006 to 2012 and said that he will finish his career with the team. The 36-year-old veteran southpaw returned from Tommy John surgery last August and went 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA (4.91 FIP) and 1.29 WHIP with 14 walks and only 38 strikeouts in 52 innings in 11 starts down the stretch in his fourth year with the Toronto Blue Jays. His velocity was down, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise coming off Tommy John surgery, but at Ryu's age, he's no longer the strikeout artist he once was. Ryu's changeup also was much more hittable. Heading into his age-37 campaign and likely to head back to Korea, he's off the fantasy radar in 2024.
Source: Yonhap News - Jeeho YooRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1918:02Byron Buxton Thinks He Can Steal 30 Bases In 2024Byron BuxtonCF/DHTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) said he's been talking with Willi Castro about how many bases they can each steal this season, and Buxton said he thinks he's got 30 in him this year. "That means I'm on a lot and running a lot. I feel good. I feel real good," Buxton said. The 30-year-old oft-injured outfielder just needs to worry about staying healthy first. He's played in over 100 games in a season just once (in 2017) in his nine-year MLB career and has gone over 20 steals just once (also in 2017), so fantasy managers would be wise not to have that high of expectations for him on the basepaths in 2024. Buxton had arthroscopic knee surgery in September and couldn't even play defense in Minnesota at all in 85 games in 2023. He did manage 17 homers last year, but his plate skills overall declined, putting him outside RotoBaller's top-100 outfielders entering the 2024 season.
Source: MLB.com - Do-Hyoung ParkRotoBaller.com
Sun Feb 1814:21Livan Soto Claimed Off Waivers By The AngelsLivan SotoSSAngelsFree Agent
The Los Angeles Angels have claimed infielder Livan Soto off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Soto was designated for assignment by the Angels last month before being claimed by the O's, who subsequently DFA'd him again. He ends up back with the Angels and will likely just serve as infield depth for the big league club. He has a solid .375/.414/.531 career triple-slash line at the big league level but the sample size is quite small (64 at-bats between 2022-23).
Source: Rhett Bollinger of MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Feb 1812:31Louie Varland Being Stretched Out As StarterLouie VarlandSPTwinsFree Agent
The Minnesota Twins are planning to stretch right-hander Louie Varland out as a starter in camp, although he could still be moved back to the bullpen at some point. To help him try and lock down a starting role in 2024, the 26-year-old has been working on improving his two-seam fastball and his slider. He finished with a 4.63 ERA (5.02 FIP) and 1.22 WHIP with 17 walks and 71 strikeouts in 68 innings over 17 appearances (10 starts) for the Twins in his second big-league season in 2023. Varland impressed as a reliever, as he had a 1.50 ERA with 17 K's and just one walk in 12 innings while showing improved velocity to close out the year. He'll primarily be competing with newcomer Anthony DeSclafani for the No. 5 rotation spot in camp. If he wins a rotation spot, Varland will certainly be intriguing as rotation depth in deeper fantasy leagues.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Betsy HelfandRotoBaller.com
Sun Feb 1812:10Ezequiel Duran To Spend More Time At Third BaseEzequiel Duran3B/SSRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said that infielder Ezequiel Duran will now spend more time at third base and the infield as a whole than in the outfield with starting third baseman Josh Jung (calf) out for two to three weeks with a calf strain suffered in Friday. The team's No. 6 prospect, Justin Foscue, will also get reps at the hot corner, but he'll likely get most of his reps on the right side of the infield at first and second. Jung's injury also opens the door for the coaching staff to get more in-depth looks at non-roster invitees Jonathan Ornelas, Davis Wendzel and Matt Duffy. Duran and Josh Smith will see a lot of time on the left side of the infield this spring with Jung and Corey Seager (groin) injured. Duran, 24, got off to a great start in 2023 before fading down the stretch and not even playing in the team's World Series run. His versatility is an asset, but playing time is going to be hard to come by unless injuries open up time for him on the infield.
Source: MLB.com - Kennedi LandryRotoBaller.com
Sat Feb 1712:39White Sox Agree With Bryan Shaw On Minors PactBryan ShawRP/SPGuardiansFree Agent
The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training with free-agent right-hander Bryan Shaw on Saturday. Shaw returns to the White Sox after recording a 4.14 ERA (3.87 FIP), a 1.23 WHIP, a career-high four saves, 17 walks and 40 strikeouts in 45 2/3 relief innings for the Pale Hose in 2023. The 36-year-old will help bolster one of the weakest bullpens in the league again in 2024, although he won't be a lock to make the Opening Day roster out of camp. The 13-year major-league veteran has a career 3.93 ERA (4.04 FIP) and 1.33 WHIP with 19 saves and 677 strikeouts in 760 1/3 innings pitched with the White Sox, Cleveland Guardians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners.
Source: Chicago White SoxRotoBaller.com
Sat Feb 1712:15Byron Buxton Says He's Fully HealthyByron BuxtonCF/DHTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) said he is fully healthy heading into the 2024 season, which has put his mind at ease. He said he expects a normal buildup this spring as he prepares to return to center field for the Twins. "The pain's gone, so I'm a lot more happy. 100 percent. 100 percent. The last couple years were definitely painful," Buxton said. The 30-year-old oft-injured outfielder didn't play a single game in center field in the majors last year and had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in September to address patellar tendinitis. We'll believe Buxton playing center field on a regular basis when we see it. He hit just .207 (63-for-304) in 85 games in 2023, but he did manage to club 17 home runs and drive in 42. In addition to his knee injury, he also dealt with calf, back and rib issues. Buxton is probably the most risky player in the game because of his inability to stay out of the trainer's room.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Betsy HelfandRotoBaller.com
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