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Sun Mar 316:51David Bednar Dealing With InjuryDavid BednarSPPadresFree Agent
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar (lat) appears to have suffered an injury while throwing this week. Pirates' manager Derek Shelton mentioned that Bednar is currently dealing with right lat tightness. It doesn't sound like the organization is concerned about Bednar missing time due to the issue. The Pirates will monitor the issue, but Bednar has plenty of time to get healthy before Opening Day. Fantasy managers shouldn't be concerned about Bednar's health heading into April.
Source: Alex
Sun Mar 316:43Chris Sale Looks Excellent Early OnChris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Chris Sale has looked sharp through two starts with his new team this spring. The left-hander has struck out nine batters with only three hits allowed in 5 2/3 innings of work. It's a small sample size but it's great to see Sale looking like himself again. The seven-time All-Star was traded to Atlanta from the Boston Red Sox in December. Sale has struggled to stay healthy over the last few seasons. He made 20 starts with the Red Sox last season but didn't look like himself. Fantasy managers shouldn't get too eager but possibly the old Sale is back with his new team.
Source: Talkin'
Sun Mar 316:36Elvis Andrus Joins DiamondbacksElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
The Arizona Diamondbacks have brought in shortstop Elvis Andrus on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. On paper, Andrus doesn't exactly fit in the overcrowded D-Backs infield. Geraldo Perdomo has already been named the starting shortstop. It won't be long before top prospect Jordan Lawlar is in the mix as well. At best, Andrus will have a bench role but that likely wouldn't be enough to provide consistent fantasy value. He slashed .251/.304/.358 with six homers and 12 steals during his time with the Chicago White Sox last season.
Source: Jesse
Sun Mar 316:23Alex Cobb Shouldn't Miss Much TimeAlex CobbSPOriolesFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb (hip) isn't expected to miss much time and should return relatively soon, according to Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi. The veteran right-hander is working his way back from offseason hip surgery. He'll open the season on the injury list but isn't expected to miss much time. The 36-year-old exceeded expectations with the Giants last season. When healthy, Cobb should be worth rostering in mixed leagues.
Source: Alex
Sun Mar 313:25Yankees Option Luis Gil To Triple-ALuis GilSPYankeesFree Agent
The New York Yankees optioned right-handers Luis Gil and Yoendrys Gomez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday and also reassigned right-handers Chase Hampton and Art Warren to minor-league camp. In his two Grapefruit League appearances, Gil gave up two runs while walking two and striking out three. It's not a huge surprise that the 25-year-old will open the year on the farm after he missed most of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery. It remains to be seen if he'll be used as a starter or reliever at Triple-A to begin the season, but his clearest path back to the Bronx will probably be as a member of the bullpen.
Source: New York
Sun Mar 313:22Alex Verdugo Scratched With Leg ContusionAlex VerdugoLF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo (leg) was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League lineup on Sunday with a left-leg contusion that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. Verdugo is just dealing with a bruise, so it's nothing serious. The 27-year-old should be able to return to the team's spring training lineup in a day or two. Consider him day-to-day for now. The Yanks acquired Verdugo via trade from the Red Sox this offseason. He's proven to be a mediocre hitter the last couple years in Boston, but perhaps the change of scenery to the Bronx will invigorate him offensively. Verdugo didn't hit the ball very hard in 2023 and has been merely average in the power and speed departments, giving him limited fantasy upside for outfield depth in deep-mixed leagues.
Source: Yes Network - Meredith
Sun Mar 313:18Justin Verlander Throws Bullpen SessionJustin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw around 60 pitches during his bullpen session on Sunday morning. Verlander worked out of both the stretch and from the windup and appeared to throw some breaking pitches. The Astros are expected to determine if he's ready to face hitters next in camp. The 41-year-old's shoulder didn't respond the way he would have hoped this offseason, so he entered spring training behind the team's other pitchers. Even if Verlander moves to live batting practice sessions next, there's no guarantee he won't open the 2024 regular season on the injured list as a precaution. The future Hall of Famer was still productive for fantasy managers last year, but injuries aren't going to go away, making him more of a No. 3 starter than a fantasy ace now days.
Source: Houston Chronicle - Matt
Sun Mar 312:57Braves GM “Highly Confident” Ronald Acuna Jr. Will Be ReadyRonald AcuñaRFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has a great chance to be in the Opening Day lineup, according to the team's general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Anthopoulos was on MLB Network Radio on Sunday morning with Jon Morosi and said he was "highly confident" that Acuna would be in the team's Opening Day lineup. The reigning NL MVP's health has been a hot topic this offseason as he's been dealing with meniscus irritation in his surgically repaired right knee. The fact he's been dealing with irritation in the same knee where he tore his ACL back in 2021 is why there has been so much concern. The 26-year-old is heading to California this week to have his keen examined by a specialist but the Braves GM sounded confident that everything will work out. Acuna is coming off a sensational 2023 season in which he slashed .337/.416/.596 with 149 runs scored, 41 home runs, 106 RBI, and 73 stolen bases over 643 at-bats. He's so important to the Braves that they're going to be extremely cautious with him. We should find out more about his status following his visit with the knee specialist later this week.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB
Sun Mar 312:39German Marquez Set To Begin Throwing Bullpen Sessions This WeekGermán MárquezSPRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (elbow) is scheduled to start throwing bullpen sessions this week, according to general manager Bill Schmidt. Marquez, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, hasn't had any bullpen sessions since his surgery. The 29-year-old veteran started just four games last season before landing on the injured list with an elbow issue. In those four starts, he compiled a 4.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 17:3 K/BB Ratio over 20 innings. The Rockies GM noted that Marquez should make it back to the starting rotation after the 2024 All-Star break, barring any setbacks. Marquez has had effective stints throughout his eight-year career but he's hard to trust every time he takes the mound due to his team context and home ballpark.
Source: Jon Morosi of MLB
Sun Mar 309:36Yandy Diaz Off To A Cold StartYandy Díaz3BRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz went 0-for-3 on Saturday in a 3-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Boston Red Sox. Last year's AL batting champ is now 1-for-9 with three strikeouts through four spring games. The 2023 Silver Slugger Award winner has a strong offensive profile, with his chase rate, Hard-Hit%, and average EV checking in at 92nd percentile or better. He's also got strikeout and walk rates that are much better than the league averages. Diaz will once again hit for a high average in 2024, although he projects for light home run and RBI totals as far as first baseman go. Despite this, his NFBC ADP is 130 overall which makes him a value there, with RotoBaller ranking him 117 overall.
Sun Mar 309:13Dansby Swanson Gets On Base Again SaturdayDansby SwansonSSBravesFree Agent
Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 in an 8-5 Cactus League loss on Saturday. That makes him 2-for-7 in the spring with a run scored. The 2x All-Star also has three walks, putting his OBP at .500 (5-for-10). He's been on base via hit or walk in each of his first four spring games. Swanson should once again be a solid overall contributor for fantasy as he's produced no less than 22 HR, 80 RBI, 78 R, and 9 SB each of the past three seasons. ATC projections call for more of the same in 2024 plus double-digit steals to boot, making him a value at his current NFBC ADP of 125. RotoBaller ranks the 30-year-old Gold Glover much higher, at 103 overall.
Sat Mar 222:52Max Scherzer Could Return In JuneMax ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said the team is looking at "June" for right-hander Max Scherzer (back) to return in 2024. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-December. Scherzer initially had a timeline to return around the All-Star break, but the veteran will continue rehab and could potentially come back in June. "With Max, we are now looking at June. That's a little bit earlier than we thought," said Bochy. The 39-year-old owned a 3.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 174:45 K: BB across 152 2/3 innings in 2023. With the latest news, Scherzer could see a bump in his NFBC ADP of 319 and is worth stashing in all fantasy leagues.
Source: MLB
Sat Mar 222:25Aledmys Diaz Dealing With A Groin Strain, Out 2-3 WeeksAledmys Díaz2B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Oakland A's infielder Aledmys Diaz (groin) is set to miss the next 2-3 weeks due to a strained left groin. He was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and underwent an MRI, which revealed a left groin strain. There is a chance Diaz could return before the end of spring training, but that's the case scenario according to A's manager, Mark Kotsay. "That's probably optimistic. That's the best outlook. But it's hard to put a timeframe on that type of injury right now," said Kotsay. Diaz is currently battling to be the A's starting third baseman. The 33-year-old slashed .229/.280/.337 with four homers, 24 RBI, 25 runs, and a stolen base over a stolen base over 344 plate appearances in 2023. Diaz doesn't offer much fantasy value and is mainly an option in deep or AL-Only leagues. Darell Hernaiz, Jordan Diaz, and Brett Harris should all see an uptick in playing time while Diaz is sidelined, but all three are not on the fantasy radar.
Sat Mar 222:09William Contreras Off To Solid Start This SpringWilliam ContrerasCBravesFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers catcher William Contreras is slashing .286/.286/.571 with a home run and three RBI over five games during spring training. Contreras became one of the top catchers in fantasy baseball after slashing .289/.367/.457 with 17 home runs, 78 RBI, 86 runs, and six stolen bases over 611 plate appearances in 141 games last season. Milwaukee values Contreras' bat in the lineup as the 26-year-old logged 29 starts as the team's designated hitter. His 48.7% hard-hit percentage was a career-high, and Contreras saw his K% decrease seven points from 27.7% in 2022 to 20.6% in 2023. He has an NFBC ADP of 75 and is the third catcher off the board after Adley Rutschman and J.T. Realmuto. Contreras should be in the lineup daily as he looks to build on last season's success in 2024. The former Atlanta Brave is easily a top-five fantasy catcher and a solid pick in upcoming drafts at his current ADP.
Sat Mar 221:35Lance Lynn Set To Make Spring Debut On FridayLance LynnSPRangersFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn is lined up to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday versus the Washington Nationals. Lynn began his career in St. Louis and will be sporting the Cardinals uniform for the first time since 2017 after signing a one-year, $10 million deal with the team during the offseason. The 36-year-old owned a 5.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and a 191:67 K: BB over 183 2/3 innings in 2023. He allowed a league-high 44 home runs and saw his BB% rise from 3.7% in 2022 to 8.4% in 2023. Lynn currently has an NFBC ADP of 297 and should improve on his lackluster 2023, throwing half his games at pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium this season, making him a solid pick in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: John
Sat Mar 217:36Taijuan Walker Ready To ThrowTaijuan WalkerSPMarinersFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Taijuan Walker (knee) said he is feeling good and played catch on Saturday. He plans to play catch again on Sunday from a longer distance. Phillies skipper Rob Thomson said that Walker threw batting practice and came in with "normal spring training soreness" in his right knee. The veteran's goal is to throw off a mound in the next few days. The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid season in 2023, his first with the Phillies, as he worked to a 4.38 ERA while taking the ball for a career-high 31 starts and 172 2/3 innings of work. He did, however, go 15-6 in that time behind a strong Phillies offense. On the downside, he struck out just 18.8% of his opponents and is a fading fantasy asset at this time.
Source: Alex
Sat Mar 213:56Vidal Brujan Likely To Make The RosterVidal Bruján2BRaysFree Agent
Miami Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said that infielder/outfielder Vidal Brujan has "a high likelihood" of winning a spot on the Opening Day roster out of camp. "He's got a really good chance to make the team," Schumaker said. "He's versatile. He's done enough in Triple-A. He can run. He switch hits. He can do a lot of things for us. I haven't told him that he's made the team or anything like that, but I would anticipate him being part of our club." The 26-year-old was acquired in the offseason from the Rays and doesn't have minor-league options remaining, so it makes sense. Unless injuries strike Miami's starters, though, Brujan projects to be a super-utility man in Miami. In his three big-league seasons in Tampa, Brujan hit just .157/.218/.221 with three homers, 24 RBI and nine steals in 99 games played.
Source: Miami Herald - Jordan
Sat Mar 213:48Braxton Garrett Could Move To Live BP SoonBraxton GarrettSPMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett (shoulder) could throw his first live batting practice of the spring soon. Garrett arrived to camp behind the other pitchers due to soreness in his left shoulder, so the Marlins have been slow-playing him early on. The 26-year-old southpaw may be forced to open the 2024 regular season on the injured list as a result, which will obviously be a hit to his fantasy value as rotation depth in deep mixed leagues. Garrett is coming off a strong season in 2023, though, as he went 9-7 with a 3.66 ERA (3.68 FIP) and 1.15 WHIP with 29 walks and a career-high 156 strikeouts in 159 2/3 innings over 31 outings (30 starts) in his fourth big-league season. Not only does Garrett keep the ball on the ground, but his slider generates a lot of swing and miss. If healthy, he can be a solid streamer in fantasy leagues in 2024.
Source: Miami Herald - Jordan
Sat Mar 213:42Trevor Rogers Could Make Spring Debut TuesdayTrevor RogersSPMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers could make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday after looking strong in a live batting practice session in camp on Thursday. Rogers was limited to only four starts for the Fish last year due to multiple injuries, but he appears to be healthy now and is in line to be part of the team's Opening Day rotation. "The velo was good. The secondary was great," manager Skip Schumaker said. "We really didn't know what that was going to look like because it has been a while. He was throwing 93-94 mph in a setting with not much adrenaline. To see that and to see the changeup thrown for strikes and the slider was good. A lot of positives." Fantasy managers should leave Rogers undrafted and take a wait-and-see approach with him early in the year as a potential waiver-wire pickup.
Source: Miami Herald - Jordan
Sat Mar 213:37Wade Miley Has Shoulder SorenessWade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said that left-hander Wade Miley (shoulder) is dealing with left-shoulder soreness in camp, which is the reason why the skipper said on Friday that Miley is "50-50" to be ready for Opening Day. "Played catch, played through it. Hasn't had any problem since," Murphy said. "We just want to go slow because of his history. Everything hurts on him. Happens when you're 50." Miley isn't 50, but he's 37 and should be of no interest to fantasy managers in mixed leagues in 2024, especially since he might not even be ready for the start of the season. The good news is Miley was able to play catch on Saturday. Miley has dealt with various arm injuries the last few years and relies on weak contact to get outs. At best, he'll be a matchup-based streamer in deep-mixed leagues when he's healthy.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Todd