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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 2113:16Tejay Antone Healthy In CampTejay AntoneRP/SPRedsFree 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 2113:04Sam Moll Expects To Be Ready For OpenerSam MollRP/SPRedsFree 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
Tue Feb 2016:33Ian Anderson Aiming To Return Around Mid-SummerIan AndersonSPBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (elbow) said he feels great in his Tommy John surgery rehab and is aiming to return around mid-summer, but he's not putting a specific timeline on his return. Anderson said he's made a slight adjustment in his delivery and has dropped his arm angle a bit. The 25-year-old former first-rounder had a 5.00 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 22 starts for the Braves in 2022 and didn't pitch at all in the big leagues last year due to his elbow surgery. The Braves aren't giving up on him just yet, though, after he looked decent in his first two big-league seasons in a starting role. Anderson will be on an innings limit when he returns this summer and can most likely be avoided in all mixed fantasy leagues until 2025.
Source: The Athletic - David O'BrienRotoBaller.com
Tue Feb 2013:41Emmanuel Rivera A Backup Option At ShortstopEmmanuel Rivera3B/PHDiamondbacksFree 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 2013:36Jordan Lawlar Needs Consistent At-Bats To DevelopJordan LawlarSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks infielders Jordan Lawlar and Blaze Alexander are candidates to be the team's starting shortstop in 2024 behind Geraldo Perdomo, who earned the starting job after a strong 2023 campaign. General manager Mike Hazen said that for the D-backs to keep Lawlar on the roster this year, there has to be a path to regular and consistent at-bats for him. But with Perdomo at the 6 and Eugenio Suarez at third, there aren't really enough at-bats for Lawlar to continue his development in the big leagues. The same goes for Alexander. While the 21-year-old Lawlar has a very high ceiling in the long-term, and he's already a defensive whiz at shortstop, it's more likely than not that he'll open up the 2024 season at Triple-A Reno.
Source: MLB.com - Steve GilbertRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1921:34Pirates Claim Canaan Smith-Njigba Off Waivers From MarinersCanaan Smith-NjigbaLFPiratesFree Agent
The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Monday and placed right-hander JT Brubaker (elbow) on the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster for Smith-Njigba. The Mariners had claimed Smith-Njigba off waivers from the Pirates, so he'll be returning to Pittsburgh for the start of the 2024 season. The 24-year-old is most likely to begin the year at Triple-A Indianapolis if he sticks with the team. In just 18 big-league games for the Bucs the last two years, he has gone 5-for-37 (.135) with no homers, five RBI and one steal. Brubaker, 30, is unlikely to pitch until the second half of the season in 2024 after having Tommy John surgery last year.
Source: Pittsburgh PiratesRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1918:44Dylan Carlson Limited With His RunningDylan CarlsonCF/RFCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (ankle) is limited with his running in spring training. It doesn't come as a big surprise, even though he was cleared to do running in December, as Carlson had left-ankle surgery in September. The Cardinals play to ease the 25-year-old switch hitter in at camp, although he's expected to be ready by Opening Day. Carlson's fantasy stock is down considerably after a tough 2023 season that saw him hit only .219/.318/.333 with five home runs, eight doubles, a triple, 27 RBI, three stolen bases and 27 runs scored in 76 games played. The former top prospect figures to bounce back in 2024 with better healthy, but he'll have to earn regular playing time in St. Louis' outfield. Because he's currently projected as the club's fourth outfielder, Carlson is outside of RotoBaller's top-100 outfield ranks.
Source: MLB.com - John DentonRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1918:08Harrison Bader To Play Center, Brandon Nimmo In LeftBrandon NimmoCFMetsSith Lords
Harrison BaderCFRedsFree Agent
Outfielder Harrison Bader is set to serve as the New York Mets' center fielder this year, with Brandon Nimmo shifting to left field, according to manager Carlos Mendoza. Bader will give the Mets an upgrade in center over Nimmo. However, the 29-year-old Bader has had trouble staying healthy and took a step back offensively last year with a .232/.274/.348 slash line with seven homers, 40 RBI and 20 steals in 98 games with the Yankees and Reds. Bader hasn't played in over 100 games since 2021 and will mostly be appealing to fantasy managers for his speed in deeper mixed leagues while hitting near the bottom of the order in New York. Nimmo, meanwhile, will be a strong No. 3 outfielder in fantasy after slashing .274/.363/.466 with 24 homers, 68 RBI and 89 runs in 152 games in 2023 as the Mets' leadoff hitter.
Source: SI.com - Pat RagazzoRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1914:06Walker Buehler "Unlikely" To Pitch In Cactus League GamesWalker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn't have a firm timeline for when right-hander Walker Buehler (elbow) will return to a major-league mound after his delayed start on the injured list this year, but it's "unlikely" that he'll pitch in any Cactus League games in spring training. The 29-year-old will open the 2024 regular season on the injured list and could miss as much as the entire first month while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. The Dodgers prefer to hold Buehler back at the beginning of the season, rather than at the end. He was only able to make one rehab outing in 2023 and will not be rushed back onto a mound this spring. Buehler showed ace-like potential before his injury, but fantasy managers are going to want to temper expectations for him this year while on an innings limit.
Source: The Athletic - Fabian ArdayaRotoBaller.com
Mon Feb 1912:37Mets Agree On Minors Deal With Luke VoitLuke Voit1B/DHBrewersFree Agent
The New York Mets agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training on Monday with free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit. The 33-year-old right-handed slugger will return to the Mets after finishing the 2023 campaign playing for Triple-A Syracuse, where he had a strong 1.058 OPS with 14 home runs in 37 games. The veteran slugger played in 22 big-league games with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the year before getting released. He went 15-for-68 (.221) with no home runs and four RBI in his short stint in Milwaukee. Voit will open the 2024 season providing bench depth for the Mets, and there's a good chance he'll return to Syracuse.
Source: MLB.com - Anthony DiComoRotoBaller.com
Sun Feb 1801:15Mariners Claim Levi Stoudt, DFA Canaan Smith-NjigbaCanaan Smith-NjigbaLFPiratesFree Agent
Levi StoudtRP/SPRedsFree Agent
The Seattle Mariners have claimed right-handed pitcher Levi Stoudt off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. To create room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Canaan Smith-Njigba was designated for assignment. Adding Stoudt to the team is a noteworthy move for the Mariners. Seattle originally drafted him in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft before shipping him to Cincinnati in the Luis Castillo trade. Now 26, Stoudt struggled between the bullpen and rotation last year, allowing 11 runs over 10+ innings of work. Perhaps a return to the Mariners is exactly what the doctor ordered, though even if he does make the Opening Day roster, he'll remain off the fantasy radar. The same goes for Smith-Njigba, whose status is now in limbo. The outfielder spent less than two weeks in the Mariners' organization and went just 4-for-32 with 16 strikeouts while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. It's possible that another team with an open 40-man roster spot could take a chance on him via trade or waiver claim.
Source: Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Sat Feb 1713:58Jett Williams, Luisangel Acuna Drawing Buzz At Mets CampLuisangel AcuñaSSMetsFree Agent
New York Mets infielders Jett Williams and Luisangel Acuna are drawing a lot of interest as Mets camp gets underway in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Williams is the Mets' highest-rated prospect (No.45 in the Top 100) but Acuna is also considered a high-end prospect. Williams was a first-round pick back in 2022 and slashed .263/.425/.451 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI, and 45 steals in 121 minor-league games across three levels. Williams will see time at center field and shortstop while Acuna will get reps at second and shortstop as well. Williams' speed could play well in center field. According to beat writer Anthony DiComo both Acuna and Williams have an outside chance to appear in the majors at some point late in the season. They are must-draft players in dynasty formats but there's no need to rush and draft them in redraft leagues. Both are names to keep an eye on, however, if they do indeed get called up later in the year.
Source: Anthony DiComo of MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Feb 1712:44Chase Anderson Agrees With Pirates On Minor-League ContractChase AndersonSPRockiesFree Agent
Free-agent right-hander Chase Anderson agreed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to a source. Anderson will be in camp with the Bucs this year looking to win a roster spot for the start of the 2024 regular season. The 36-year-old veteran hasn't been very reliable in 10 major-league seasons and went a combined 1-6 with a 5.42 ERA (5.72 FIP), a 1.42 WHIP, his first career save, 33 walks and 64 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings over 19 appearances (17 starts) for the Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies a season ago. Even if he makes Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster, Anderson isn't really going to be much of a fantasy weapon. He's posted a career ERA of 4.35 with a 1.29 WHIP and a well below-average 19.9 percent strikeout rate in 1,049 MLB innings.
Source: FanSided - Robert MurrayRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 1623:08David Dahl Signs Minor-League Deal With PhilliesDavid DahlLFPadresFree Agent
Free-agent outfielder David Dahl agreed to a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, pending a physical. Dahl played in only four games at the major-league level in 2023 with the San Diego Padres before inking a minors pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers in June. The 29-year-old former first-round pick played in 54 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and slashed .282/.354/.493 with an .847 OPS, eight home runs, 39 RBI and 33 runs scored over 237 plate appearances. Dahl was an All-Star with the Colorado Rockies in 2019 when he hit .302 with 15 home runs, but he only played in 100 games that season and couldn't capitalize on his talent due to injuries. In six major-league seasons, Dahl has only played in 331 games.
Source: New York Post - Joel ShermanRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 1622:16Ji Man Choi Agrees To Split Contract With MetsJi Man Choi1B/DHPadresFree Agent
Free-agent first baseman Ji Man Choi signed a split contract with the New York Mets on Friday that is worth up to $3.5 million, including performance-based bonuses if he makes the Opening Day roster. The deal includes an invite to spring training. The 32-year-old left-handed-hitting South Korean started the 2023 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the San Diego Padres. In only 39 games in all, he hit a weak .163/.239/.385 with six home runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored in 117 plate appearances. If Choi makes the Mets' major-league roster, which is probably unlikely, he'll be a backup option at first base behind All-Star Pete Alonso and a left-handed bat off the bench against righties. In eight seasons in the majors, Choi has a career slash line of .234/.338/.426 with 67 homers and 238 RBI in 525 games played. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Yonhap News - Jeeho YooRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 1617:04Blake Treinen, Daniel Hudson On Track To Be ReadyDaniel HudsonRPDodgersSchellackers
Blake TreinenRPDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that relievers Blake Treinen (shoulder), Daniel Hudson (knee) and J.P. Feyereisen (shoulder) are all tracking to be on the active roster to kick off the season in a two-game series against the division-rival San Diego Padres in Korea. Roberts said Hudson is still working through some execution stuff after missing close to two seasons due to injuries. The 36-year-old Hudson made just three appearances in 2023 and will give them veteran depth in the bullpen, but he's not on the fantasy radar. Neither is Treinen, 35, who made five appearances in 2022 and three rehab outings in 2023 after having shoulder surgery. He's going to need to prove himself before he's given a high-leverage role in the 'pen again.
Source: The Athletic - Fabian ArdayaRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 1616:30German Marquez Throwing Off A Mound In CampGermán MárquezSPRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez (elbow), who hasn't pitched in a big-league game since April 26, 2023, due to Tommy John surgery, threw a bullpen session in spring training on Friday. Marquez still has a ways to go in his recovery from elbow reconstruction and isn't expected to return to the team's starting rotation until after the All-Star break, so he should go undrafted in all single-year mixed leagues in 2024. The 28-year-old Venezuelan had a career-worst 4.95 ERA (4.71 FIP) and 1.36 WHIP with 63 walks and 150 strikeouts in 181 2/3 innings over 31 starts for the Rockies in his last full season in 2022. Marquez has had an ERA under 4.00 just twice in his eight major-league seasons, and not since the shortened 2020 season, when he made only 13 starts.
Source: DNVR Sports - Patrick LyonsRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 1615:19Ehire Adrianza In Camp With AngelsEhire AdrianzaRFBravesFree Agent
The Los Angeles Angels have brought infielder Ehire Adrianza into spring training as a non-roster invitee. The veteran appeared in just five big-league games with the Braves last season and failed to record a hit in his 11 trips to the plate. He also played sparingly in the 2022 season when he played just 37 contests between the Nationals and Braves. Known most for his four-year tenure with the Twins from 2017-2020, Adrianza is a career .238 hitter with 21 home runs and 19 stolen bases across 617 career games played. He has spent the bulk of his career at either shortstop or third base but has experience at first base, second base, and the corner outfield spots as he will compete for a super-utility role with the Halos in 2024.
Source: Jeff FletcherRotoBaller.com
Fri Feb 1612:56Huascar Brazoban Held Up Due To Visa IssuesHuascar BrazobanRPMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins right-hander Huascar Brazoban has not yet reported to camp due to visa issues. Elvis Alvarado and Johnny Pereda are also in the same situation. The 34-year-old Brazoban should be able to earn a roster spot in Miami's bullpen to begin the 2024 regular season as long as he's healthy after he went 5-2 with a 4.14 ERA (3.94 FIP) and 1.43 WHIP with 31 walks and a career-high 65 strikeouts in 58 2/3 relief innings in his second big-league season with the Marlins in 2023. However, Brazoban won't be worth looking at in fantasy leagues for the time being.
Source: Miami Herald - Jordan McPhersonRotoBaller.com
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