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Wed Feb 2114:27Ronel Blanco To Start Astros' Cactus League OpenerRonel BlancoRP/SPAstrosFree 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 2114:18Emerson Hancock Impressing Early In Spring TrainingEmerson HancockSPMarinersFree Agent
The Seattle Mariners are impressed with how pitching prospect Emerson Hancock has looked early in camp, specifically manager Scott Servais. The sixth overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, the right-hander's development has been slowed by injuries to this point but he did manage to make his big-league debut in the 2023 season, working to a 4.50 ERA across three starts and 12 innings of work. He spent the bulk of his season at Double-A Arkansas where he tossed a 4.32 ERA alongside a solid 16.8% K-BB% in 20 starts and just under 100 innings of work. However, a shoulder injury ended his season early as the injury red flags continued. He is projected to make 11 starts and 26 appearances in the big leagues by ATC in 2024 but with a 4.62 ERA and 18.6% K%. The 24-year-old's lack of strikeout stuff could limit his fantasy value moving forward.
Source: Ryan DivishRotoBaller.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
Tue Feb 2017:09Kris Bubic To Throw First Bullpen On TuesdayKris BubicSPRoyalsFree Agent
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: MLB.com - Anne RogersRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2016:52Brandon Lowe Still Under The WeatherBrandon Lowe2BRaysFree Agent
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 TopkinRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2016:29Luis Urias Recovering From Shoulder InflammationLuis UrĂ­as2B/3BRed SoxFree Agent
Seattle Mariners infielder Luis Urias (shoulder) came in a couple of weeks ago to the team's spring training facilities and was dealing with some right-shoulder inflammation before being shut down from throwing. However, tests came back good, and he was able to resume work at camp on Monday. The 26-year-old has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day in late March, although he could be eased into Cactus League play. Once one of the San Diego Padres' top prospects, the Mexican infielder has become more of a Quad-A player, hitting just .234 with 48 home runs in six major-league seasons. Urias slashed just .194/.337/.299 with three homers, 18 RBI and 41 strikeouts in 52 games with the Brewers and Red Sox in 2023 and comes to Seattle as infield depth in 2024.
Source: Shannon DrayerRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2013:30Josh Sborz A High-Leverage Option For RangersJosh SborzRPRangersFree 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
Mon Feb 1921:18Dillon Tate Faces Hitters On MondayDillon TateRPOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dillon Tate (forearm) faced live hitters in batting practice at spring training on Monday. Tate appeared in 13 minor-league rehab games last year while recovering from a right-forearm injury, but he never made it up to the big leagues. The good news is that the 29-year-old doesn't have any limitations in camp this year and should be in line for high-leverage duties out of Baltimore's bullpen in 2024. Veteran Craig Kimbrel will close games out for the O's with Felix Bautista (elbow) out for the entire season, but Tate could become useful in deep holds leagues if he can stay healthy. In his four seasons in the majors with Baltimore, Tate has a 3.97 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with eight saves, 53 walks and 143 strikeouts in 179 relief innings.
Source: MASN Sports - Roch KubatkoRotoBaller.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 PearsonRP/SPBlue 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 1919:18Mitch White Looks Electric In First BullpenMitch WhiteRP/SPBlue JaysFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider made sure to point out how "electric" right-hander Mitch White looked in his first bullpen session this spring, where he was sitting at around 94-95 mph with his fastball. Along with Bowden Francis, White is a leading candidate for the fifth starting rotation spot to open the 2024 season. He's been less successful in the big leagues, but he ended the season well at Triple-A Buffalo and is out of minor-league options. If he doesn't win a starting spot, he'll be a leading candidate to break camp in a long-relief role. The 29-year-old has had an ERA over 7.00 in his short time with the Blue Jays since 2022, but he could be in play in AL-only leagues if he shows improvement this year and manages to win the No. 5 starting role.
Source: The Athletic - Kaitlyn McGrathRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1919:00Orioles Acquire Kaleb Ort From PhilliesKaleb OrtRP/SPRed 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 1914:42Gregory Santos To Ramp Up His Throwing ProgramGregory SantosRP/SPWhite SoxFree Agent
Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said that relief pitcher Gregory Santos (lat) is progressing and will start ramping up his throwing program in the coming days at spring training. Santos reported right-lat soreness early in camp but could still be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback once he resumes throwing. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a trade this offseason and is expected to serve in some sort of setup role for the M's in 2024 in his first year in Seattle. Unless you're in a really deep holds league, Santos probably shouldn't be on your fantasy radar. In 66 1/3 relief innings for Chicago last year, Santos had a respectable 3.39 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 66 strikeouts and 17 walks.
Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1914:29Brendan White, Sawyer Gipson-Long InjuredBrendan WhiteRP/SPTigersFree Agent
Sawyer Gipson-LongSPTigersDark Angel
Detroit Tigers right-hander Brendan White (elbow) has been experiencing posterior right-elbow soreness in camp and will complete a short period of rest before re-starting his throwing program. Fellow right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long (groin) reported left-groin discomfort after throwing a bullpen session last week in which imaging confirmed a left-groin strain. White's injury could hurt his chances of winning a roster spot in Detroit's bullpen to start the year. The 25-year-old had a 5.09 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 44 K's and 15 walks in 40 2/3 innings over 33 outings (two starts) in his rookie year in 2023. Gipson-Long, 26, is probably unlikely to win a starting-rotation spot out of spring training this year, especially now that he's hurt.
Source: Detroit News - Chris McCoskyRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1912:26Liam Hendriks Signs With Red SoxLiam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Free-agent reliever Liam Hendriks (elbow) agreed to a two-year, $10 million guaranteed deal on Monday with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical. The deal includes additional performance bonuses and an option for the 2026 season. The 35-year-old veteran overcame non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last year but then ended up needing Tommy John surgery last August, which means that he won't be available for the back end of Boston's bullpen until sometime later this summer. The three-time All-Star has 116 career saves in 13 major-league seasons, but he only pitched five innings for the Chicago White Sox in 2023, and it's fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank at this stage of his career. Hendriks can be avoided in single-year fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN - Buster OlneyRotoBaller.com
Sun Feb 1814:35Orioles Acquire Reliever Matt Krook From The Yankees For CashMatt KrookRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired left-handed reliever Matt Krook from the New York Yankees for cash considerations. Krook was designated for assignment earlier this week by New York but it didn't take long for him to find a new home. He is 29 years old and has limited major league experience (24.75 ERA in 4 career innings). However, he's been sharp in the minor leagues and will likely find his way into the Orioles bullpen at some point this season. Baltimore designated utility man Diego Castillo to make room on their 40-man roster.
Source: Dan Connolly of Sportsnaut.comRotoBaller.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 1812:52Matt Canterino Healthy At CampMatt CanterinoSPTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins right-hander Matt Canterino (elbow), who had Tommy John surgery in August of 2022 and didn't pitch at all last year, is fully healthy at spring training and is eager to show what he can do after being drafted in the second round in 2019. The 26-year-old has been dominant in three minor-league seasons with a 1.48 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 130 strikeouts in 85 innings over 26 games (25 starts), but he's also rarely been healthy. He was facing hitters in October, though, and feels like he's back to normal entering the 2024 season. The Twins will build Canterino up as a starter to begin the year, but he's expected to be on a bit of a pitch count and will almost certainly stay down on the farm for all of 2024. However, if he can return to his pre-injury form, the pitching prospect could be an option for Minnesota's starting rotation in 2025.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Betsy HelfandRotoBaller.com
Sun Feb 1812:31Louie Varland Being Stretched Out As StarterLouie VarlandRP/SPTwinsFree 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
Sat Feb 1712:39White Sox Agree With Bryan Shaw On Minors PactBryan ShawRPWhite SoxFree 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
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