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Wed Feb 2114:52Sixto Sanchez Faces Live Hitters WednesdaySixto SánchezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins right-hander Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time since last September when he appeared in a rehab game before being shut down again due to his ailing right shoulder. The rehab outing was his first appearance since the 2020 season when he tossed a 3.46 ERA for the Fish in seven starts down the stretch en route to a surprising playoff berth. However, he underwent shoulder surgery shortly after and has yet to appear in a big-league game since. Now 25, the former top prospect is out of minor league options and reportedly is not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster. As a result, the Marlins would likely lose Sanchez on waivers as an attractive reclamation project for a rival club if he does not make the team.
Source: Isaac AzoutRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2114:41Ty France Added Bat Speed This OffseasonTy France1B/2B/DHMarinersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France met with the media on Wednesday and explained how he added 3.5 mph of bat speed to his swing. He mentioned it was 'crazy' to see how bad his swing was, so he decided to clean up his mechanics, apparently successfully. The 29-year-old indeed took a step back at the plate in 2023 when he hit .250 with just 12 home runs and a .703 OPS across a career-high 665 plate appearances. That production was worth a 104 wRC+ that grades out just 4% above the league average. However, he posted a minimum wRC+ of 125 from 2020-2022, but mostly due to high batting averages and low strikeout rates. His .147 career isolated power leaves much to be desired at the first base position, putting a significant damper on France's fantasy value.
Source: Jen MuellerRotoBaller.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 2113:25Jose Ramirez Could Hit Second This YearJosé Ramírez3B/DHGuardiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians manager Stephen Vogt said he's talked to All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez about hitting second and third in the lineup this year. Ramirez has traditionally hit third but moved into the No. 2 spot last year to try and help the team's struggling offense. Either way, Ramirez is going to hit near the top of Cleveland's batting order, and it's probably not going to affect his overall production. The 31-year-old switch-hitter is one of the best all-around hitters in baseball despite not having much protection around him in Cleveland. He's been an All-Star each of the last three years and five times overall, and he slashed a strong .282/.356/.475 again in 2023 with 24 homers, 80 RBI and 28 steals in 156 games. J-Ram should come off the board in the second round of fantasy drafts.
Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul HoynesRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2113:16Tejay Antone Healthy In CampTejay AntoneRPRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tejay Antone (elbow) is going through a normal spring training this year for the first time in three years. Antone had Tommy John surgery in 2021 and had multiple setbacks since, including one before last season. He also dealt with elbow tendinitis that put him on the injured list at the end of 2023. The 30-year-old right-hander is in camp trying to win a spot in Cincy's bullpen this spring after making just five appearances out of the bullpen for the team last year. Antone debuted in the major leagues with the Reds in the shortened 2020 season but has only thrown 74 2/3 innings over 41 appearances (five starts) in that time, posting a strong 2.41 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with three saves, 31 walks and 94 strikeouts. He has the stuff to be a high-leverage reliever, but expect the Reds to ease him in if he makes the Opening Day bullpen.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Gordon Wittenmyer and Charlie GoldsmithRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2113:10Noelvi Marte To Miss First Five Cactus League GamesNoelvi MarteSSMarinersFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds rookie infielder Noelvi Marte (hamstring) said the Grade 2 hamstring strain he suffered while playing winter ball feels "good," but the Reds are slow-playing him in camp and he's expected to miss the first five Cactus League games as a result. The Reds are saying there's no reason Marte won't be ready for a full workload by the March 28 season opener. "He's in great shape," manager David Bell said. "He's way ahead of where he could have been." The 22-year-old made his big-league debut on Aug. 19 last year and hit .316 with three home runs and an .822 OPS in 114 at-bats. Marte has an exciting blend of power and speed and is a candidate to hit 25 home runs in his first full season in the big leagues, although he could split playing time at third base with Jeimer Candelario in 2024.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Gordon Wittenmyer and Charlie GoldsmithRotoBaller.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 2112:52Graham Ashcraft Slightly Behind In CampGraham AshcraftSPRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft (toe) is a little bit behind the other pitchers in spring training after right big-toe surgery in September. He is a few days behind the other starters, but it's mostly about conditioning. It sounds like Ashcraft's toe won't be an issue as he prepares for the start of the 2024 regular season. The 26-year-old should be ready for Opening Day, barring a setback this spring. In his second big-league season in 2023, Ashcraft went 7-9 with a 4.76 ERA (5.06 FIP) and 1.37 WHIP with 52 walks and a career-high 111 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings pitched over 26 starts for the Reds. He started the season strong before eventually falling apart and needing surgery to close out the season. Despite throwing very hard, Ashcraft's strikeout numbers have left a lot to be desired.
Source: The Athletic - C. Trent RosecransRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2112:36Hunter Greene Working On A CurveballHunter GreeneSPRedsFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Hunter Greene is working on a new curveball in camp this year. Last year, Greene used his fastball 54.4% of the time, his slider 40.3% and his changeup only 5.3%. His fastball averaged 98.3 mph in 2023, the slider was 87.3 mph, and the changeup was 91.1 mph. The new curve is in the low-80s. "It's exciting," Greene said. "(I'll) continue to refine it and work on it, but looking forward to being able to have a good offering this season." The 24-year-old has also thrown a split-fingered fastball, but it's unclear how much he'll use those pitches in 2024. The hard-throwing Greene's fastball could be even more devastating with a slow curve to keep hitters honest. He has plenty of fantasy upside, but he hasn't thrown more than 125 2/3 innings in his first two years in the big leagues.
Source: The Athletic - C. Trent RosecransRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2112:31Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly To Make Spring Debuts SoonZac GallenSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Merrill KellySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen is scheduled to make his first spring Cactus League start on March 1 against the Cincinnati Reds, while right-hander Merrill Kelly will make his first start on March 8 against the Chicago Cubs. Including the playoffs, Gallen and Kelly threw 243 2/3 and 201 2/3 innings, respectively, in 2023. Kelly took some time off in the offseason before getting back to his training regiment that included range-of-motion exercises, according to manager Torey Lovullo. Because of the big workloads in their run to the World Series last year, the D-backs will make sure to take it easy on both pitchers this spring. Gallen is a low-end No. 1 fantasy starter, while Kelly profiles as more of a No. 4 to round out your fantasy rotation.
Source: MLB.com - Jack MagruderRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2112:25Gleyber Torres Wants "To Be A Yankee For Life"Gleyber Torres2B/SSYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, who is entering the final year of his deal in 2024, said on Wednesday at spring training that wants "to be a Yankee for life." However, there have been no extension talks with the team to this point. Torres said he understands the team's hesitancy since the last two extensions for Luis Severino and Aaron Hicks didn't work out due to injuries. The 27-year-old Torres has been a staple for the Yankees at the keystone the last two years, hitting a combined .266/.330/.452 with a .782 OPS, 49 home runs, 144 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 298 games played. Contract issues aside, Torres has maintained a solid power/speed combination at the second base position for fantasy managers and could have an even better year in 2024 in what should be an improved Yankees lineup.
Source: Newsday - David LennonRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2112:18Gerrit Cole To Face Live Hitters WednesdayGerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole is scheduled to face live hitters at spring training on Wednesday over two innings for his first live batting practice session of camp. Cole won the American League Cy Young award in 2023 by going 15-4 with a league-best 2.63 ERA (3.16 FIP), a league-best 0.981 WHIP, 48 walks and 222 strikeouts in a league-high 209 innings over 33 starts. The six-time All-Star has had an ERA over 4.00 just once in his 11 major-league seasons and has now topped the 200-strikeout mark six times in his career, including in each of the last two seasons. He's fully healthy as he prepares for the start of his 12th season in the majors and is justifiably in consideration to be the first starting pitcher off the board in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Source: The Bergen Record - Pete CalderaRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2112:14Red Sox's Extension Talks With Brayan Bello May Be Heating UpBrayan BelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox right-hander Brayan Bello said his agents have been engaged in extension talks with the Red Sox in recent weeks and that a deal may be close between the two sides. Bello said "maybe" when asked if a deal could be done before the end of spring training. The 24-year-old isn't eligible for arbitration until after the 2025 season and won't hit free agency until after 2028, but the Red Sox have vowed to be more aggressive in extension talks for younger players who are far from free agency after failing to lock up previous stars Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts. Bello is one of the most intriguing young arms in fantasy in 2024 and is expected to anchor Boston's starting rotation this year. He's gone 14-19 with a 4.37 ERA in 214 1/3 innings over 41 games (39 starts) since debuting in July of 2022.
Source: MassLive.com - Chris CotilloRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2112:09Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Feeling GreatVladimir Guerrero1B/DHBlue JaysFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. said he "feels great" at camp this spring and is sporting a leaner physique after putting in hard work to get his body right in the offseason. The 24-year-old arrived this week at camp looking noticeably slimmer and stronger. "He looks great," manager John Schneider said of Guerrero. "He put a ton of work in and I love the way he looks, love the way he's prepared, and that's what really good players do. They take ownership of everything in the offseason and they're ready to go." Fantasy managers can only hope his improved conditioning will lead to another monster season, like the one he had in 2021. But since that year, his offensive numbers have declined, and he had a .788 OPS in 2023. Still, Vladdy's floor is high and he's RotoBaller's No. 5 fantasy first baseman.
Source: The Athletic - Kaitlyn McGrathRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2112:02Marlins Offer Tim Anderson A Starting JobTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
The Miami Marlins have offered free-agent shortstop Tim Anderson a contract to be their primary shortstop, according to a source. The 30-year-old has made all but two of his major-league starts at shortstop, but he played at second base in last year's World Baseball Classic. The two-time All-Star had a terrible .582 OPS with just one home run in 123 games for the Chicago White Sox last year, which has made his free-agent market almost non-existent this winter. It's looking more likely that Anderson is going to have to accept a one-year, prove-it deal to get his value back up heading into 2025, and Miami may be the place to do it. Currently, Jon Berti is Miami's projected starter at the 6 in 2024. Coming off his terrible 2023 campaign, Anderson is ranked as the No. 32 fantasy shortstop at RotoBaller.
Source: MLB Network - Jon MorosiRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2100:56Liam Hendriks Expects To Pitch By Trade DeadlineLiam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks (elbow) said Tuesday that he hopes to debut for his new team by the trade deadline. The 35-year-old veteran overcame non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last year but then underwent Tommy John surgery in August. Hendriks said, "That's my goal. That's 12 months-ish. ... Throwing has been going well." It remains to be seen if Hendriks can hit that timeline, but he should offer fantasy impact when he does return. He was one of baseball's top closers with the White Sox from 2021 through 2022, earning a combined 75 saves. Kenley Jansen is the team's current closer, although he has been mentioned in trade rumors this off-season.
Source: Ian Browne - MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Wed Feb 2100:46No Extension Talks Yet For Marlins, Luis ArraezLuis Arraez1B/2B/3B/DH/LFTwinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez said Tuesday that while he "100 percent yes" would be interested in a contract extension, the team has not started any related conversations. The 26-year-old and the Marlins just completed his arbitration case, in which he will earn the $10.6 million the Marlins filed for in 2024, rather than the $12 million he had filed for. Arraez slashed .354/.393/.469 with 10 home runs and 69 RBI in 2023, earning his second batting title. President of baseball operations Peter Bendix said, "I love that he wants to stay here... That's something that we're going to keep internal." While his lack of high-level contribution in other categories limits his overall fantasy value, Arraez's elite batting average skills are undeniable.
Source: Christina De Nicola - MLB.comRotoBaller.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 2022:29Kyle Hendricks Ramping Up After Normal OffseasonKyle HendricksSPCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks is looking to build off his solid 2023 season after returning from a worrisome shoulder injury that caused him to get a late start last spring training. Hendricks looked good in a live batting practice session last Saturday and was sitting around 86-88 mph with his fastballs. The 34-year-old soft-tossing veteran didn't throw his first bullpen session last spring until Feb. 24 and didn't make his season debut until May while working back from a capsular tear in his right shoulder. Upon his return, Hendricks "felt completely normal again," and it was backed up the fact that he topped 90 mph on a fastball 14 times while seeing the highest spin rate of his career on his changeup. Hendricks will be a key starter for Chicago's rotation, but there's just not much fantasy upside due to his lack of strikeouts.
Source: MLB.com - Jordan BastianRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2022:10Gary Sanchez's Deal With Brewers Is Back OnGary SánchezC/DHTwinsFree Agent
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 RosenthalRotoBaller.com
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