News for Free Agent Players - 2021 Park Slope Rotisserie League

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Thu Jun 102:01James Paxton Maintaining Uptick In VelocityJames PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher James Paxton hurled five innings on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. He fanned eight hitters and permitted just one run for a no-decision as the BoSox lost 5-4. Since returning from a two-year hiatus due to Tommy John surgery, the 34-year-old appears rather spry in 2023. Paxton has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his four starts to start his season. The former ace's average fastball velocity is encouragingly up to 96 miles per hour after being down to 92 mph in 2020. That certainly bodes well for Paxton's rest-of-season fantasy prospects. The southpaw should be an appetizing streamer against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday.
Thu Jun 100:50David Robertson Records 10th Save Of Season WednesdayDavid RobertsonRP/SPRaysFree Agent
On Wednesday, New York Mets pitcher David Robertson took the mound and hurled a flawless ninth inning, preserving a two-run lead against the Phillies and earning his 10th save of the season. Robertson, in the frame, struck out Edmundo Sosa and Bryson Stott. Despite allowing three earned runs and eight hits in his last seven outings, Robertson's ERA stands at an outstanding 1.48, a testament to his overall effectiveness on the mound.
Source: Anthony
Wed May 3121:59Josh Naylor Has Huge Day At The PlateJosh Naylor1B/LF/RFIndiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor put on a show at the plate after tallying four hits and six RBI in Wednesday's 12-8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Naylor failed to reach base just once on Wednesday and improved his average to .251. He recorded two doubles and a homer and laced an RBI single in the seventh inning to complete his six-RBI barrage. Naylor is scorching hot over the past 15 games, in which he is slashing .385/.439/.750 with five homers and 21 RBI. After a sluggish start to the season, the 25-year-old is starting to pick up the pace at the plate. He displays a .747 OPS with an 84 wRC+ and a .246 BAPIP. The Guardians are hoping that Naylor continues to swing the bat well as they attempt to make a move in the American League Central.
Wed May 3118:40Aaron Hicks Removed Early During Team DebutAaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Aaron Hicks was making his team debut on Wednesday, but sadly it didn't last long. The switch-hitting outfielder was forced to leave the game early due to muscle cramps. The organization didn't give many more details about the issue, so it's assume to be a minor problem. He was off to a nice start, Hicks was 2-for-2 with a walk before he was forced to leave in the seventh inning. Fantasy managers should expect an update on his status later in the day.
Source: Andy
Wed May 3118:36Jalen Beeks Records First Save Of The SeasonJalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jalen Beeks was asked to try and shut the door versus the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The Rays decided to use Jason Adam in the eighth inning, so he wasn't available for the final frame. The team decided to put Kevin Kelly out there to begin the ninth, but he ended up loading the bases with one out. Beeks stepped in and was able to hold the one-run lead to record his first save of the season. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect Beeks to get many more save chances. He could get an occasional save, but it wouldn't be enough to warrant rostering him.
Wed May 3114:18Aaron Hicks Making Orioles Debut WednesdayAaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Aaron Hicks is making his debut with the club Wednesday afternoon against Cleveland Guardians right-hander Shane Bieber. Hicks was signed to a one-year, major-league deal after center fielder Cedric Mullins was placed on the injured list on Tuesday. The 33-year-old struggled in both the 2021 and 2022 seasons before limping to a .188 average without a home run across 76 plate appearances in 2023, prompting the Yankees to cut him loose. However, Hicks figures to get a solid look in center field for the O's as long as Mullins is sidelined. He'll hit sixth and indeed man center field Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore.
Wed May 3100:46David Robertson Notches Ninth Save Of Season TuesdayDavid RobertsonRP/SPRaysFree Agent
New York Mets relief pitcher David Robertson picked up his ninth save of the season in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Phillies. The veteran came in to pitch the top of the ninth up by two. He got the first out on a strikeout, allowed a single, and ended the game on a ground-ball double play. Robertson has seen the majority of save opportunities for the Mets this season and has converted all but one of them with a 1.54 ERA and 10.41 K/9 rate. Adam Ottavino has five saves of his own and carries fantasy value, but Robertson is the clear front-runner in the Mets' bullpen for fantasy managers at this time.
Tue May 3022:15Yankees Reinstate Jose Trevino From Injured ListJose TrevinoCRangersFree Agent
The New York Yankees reinstated catcher Jose Trevino (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday and optioned catcher Ben Rortvedt to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move. Trevino was immediately back in the team's starting lineup on Tuesday, doing the catching and hitting eighth against Seattle Mariners right-hander Logan Gilbert. The 30-year-old catcher will split playing time behind the dish moving forward with Kyle Higashioka. Trevino was a first-time All-Star in 2022, but he is returning to a .219 batting average (21-for-96) with two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored in 102 trips to the plate. He's really only worth rostering in two-catcher leagues.
Source: Yankees PR
Tue May 3018:35Owen Miller Returning On TuesdayOwen Miller1B/2B/SSIndiansFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Owen Miller (forearm) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Miller was pulled from Sunday's contest after getting hit by a pitch in the forearm. It appears the extra rest day on Monday was all Miller needed to get back to full health. He'll cover second base and bat second against left-hander Yusei Kikuchi on Tuesday. Fantasy managers should make sure to get Miller back in their lineups. He's slashing .330/.371/.513 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 32 games this season.
Tue May 3018:31A.J. Puk To Begin Rehab Assignment On ThursdayA.J. PukRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Miami Marlins relief pitcher A.J. Puk (elbow) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment in Double-A Pensacola on Thursday. The left-hander has been sidelined since May 14 due to left elbow nerve irritation. The good news is, Puk has been progressing nicely over the last few weeks. The expectation is that Puk will only need a few rehab minor league appearances before he's ready to rejoin the MLB team. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the Marlins bullpen once Puk returns. Dylan Floro has been doing a nice job in the ninth inning, so possibly the Marlins go bullpen-by-committee once Puk returns.
Source: Jordan
Tue May 3016:06Cedric Mullins Hits Injured List, Aaron Hicks SignsAaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Cedric MullinsCFOriolesTeam Erik
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right-groin strain while outfielder Aaron Hicks has been signed to a major-league contract. Mullins appeared to injure himself while running down the first baseline on Monday and, unsurprisingly, will need time to heal. It's been another big season for the 28-year-old as he's hitting .263 with eight homers, 13 stolen bases, and an .835 OPS across 53 appearances. Hicks, meanwhile, was designated for assignment by the Yankees after limping to a .188 average alongside a homer and a .524 OPS across 76 trips to the plate. It's conceivable the veteran sees a good chunk of playing time while Mullins works his way back from the IL.
Source: Nathan
Tue May 3015:48Tyler Nevin Promoted From Triple-A ToledoTyler Nevin1BOriolesFree Agent
Detroit Tigers infielder Tyler Nevin has been promoted from Triple-A Toledo ahead of Tuesday night's contest against the visiting Texas Rangers. The 26-year-old struggled in his go around with the big club this season as he hit just .091 with one homer and a .449 OPS in a rather small 27-plate-appearance sample. He's fared much better in Toledo, however, hitting .331 with two homers and an .864 across a much larger sample size of 142 trips to the plate. While he doesn't hit for a ton of power, Nevin has proven to be a well-above-average minor-league bat but hasn't seen that translate to the big leagues in 74 appearances at the game's highest level. Right-handed pitcher Braden Bristo was also brought up Tuesday while ace Eduardo Rodriguez hits the injured list with a finger injury.
Source: Tigers
Tue May 3012:26Romy Gonzalez Goes Deep Again MondayRomy González2BWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox second baseman Romy Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with his second home run in as many days, an RBI, run scored and a strikeout in the 6-4 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Memorial Day on Monday evening. Gonzalez didn't record a single hit in his first 58 trips to the plate this year, but he's now cleared the fences for his first two home runs in the last two days. The 26-year-old is now hitting .206 (13-for-63) with two doubles, two triples, two homers, 10 RBI, two steals and six runs scored in 31 games played in his third year in the majors. Gonzalez has earned more playing time at the keystone of late, but he's expected to head right back to the bench once Elvis Andrus (oblique) returns from the injured list sometime this weekend.
Tue May 3012:21Billy Hamilton Approaching Rehab AssignmentBilly HamiltonCF/LFWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox outfielder Billy Hamilton (hamstring) could begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the next week to 10 days, according to general manager Rick Hahn. Hamilton has been sidelined since May 10 due to a left-hamstring strain, but he could return to the White Sox in early June as long as he doesn't have any setbacks with his hammy on his rehab assignment. The 32-year-old speedster is hitless in just two at-bats for the Pale Hose over three games this year, and he won't be guaranteed a spot on the team's active roster once Chicago deems he's healthy enough to return. Even if Hamilton rejoins the White Sox, he'll continue to serve as a bench player mostly for his speed on the basepaths.
Source: The Associated Press - Jay
Tue May 3010:03Jose Trevino Expected Back TuesdayJose TrevinoCRangersFree Agent
New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (hamstring) could return to the club before Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners, according to The 30-year-old has been on the shelf since May 18 after suffering a hamstring strain on May 17. Before going down, Trevino was slashing .219/.265/.333 with three homers, 11 runs, and 11 RBI over 30 contests and should only be rostered in two-catcher formats. Fantasy managers should expect Kyle Higashioka to lose the starting backstop role, so with his .214 average and .648 OPS, he can be dropped everywhere.
Tue May 3000:40Jhoan Duran Earns Extra-Innings Win MondayJhoan DuranSPTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins closer Jhoan Duran picked up his first win of the season in Monday's 7-5 extra-innings win over the Astros. Duran came in to pitch the ninth inning with the game tied 5-5. He allowed a leadoff single but then induced a groundball double-play and a lineout to end the inning. He stayed in to pitch the 10th up by two and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with two more strikeouts. The 25-year-old flamethrower has been a solid fantasy contributor to this point, converting seven of eight save opportunities with a 1.27 ERA, 12.23 K/9 rate, and 3.80 BB/9 rate.
Tue May 3000:12Griffin Canning Fans Nine, Earns Win MondayGriffin CanningSPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning improved to 4-2 in Monday's 6-4 win over the White Sox. Canning pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits (including two home runs) and no walks with nine strikeouts. The 27-year-old has had some solid starts this season but has been inconsistent and now owns a 4.89 ERA in eight starts. He has been a useful streamer at times this season, but his next start will be a tough one at the Astros. Fantasy managers may not want to start him in that matchup.
Mon May 2912:26Dane Dunning To Start Wednesday Against TigersDane DunningSPRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning is scheduled to make the start on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. Dunning was away from the team over the weekend for the birth of his son, but he'll return this week to start on Wednesday in a solid matchup. The 28-year-old right-hander has been outstanding for Texas so far this year, recording a 1.67 ERA (2.99 FIP), 0.98 WHIP, 10 walks and 26 strikeouts in 43 innings over 12 appearances (four starts). He's been just as good in his four starting assignments, allowing only four runs on 20 hits while walking five and fanning 15 in 22 2/3 frames. Dunning doesn't have a ton of strikeout upside, but he's worth a look as a streamer this week in a plus matchup.
Source: MLive - Evan
Mon May 2912:12Josh Naylor Back In Action MondayJosh Naylor1B/LF/RFIndiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor (foot) is back in the starting lineup on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Tyler Wells. Naylor is starting at first base and batting cleanup. The 25-year-old was not in Sunday's lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals after he fouled a ball off his left foot in Saturday's game, but he's back in there to begin the new week. X-rays on his foot came back negative. Naylor is hitting .257 (18-for-70) with three doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and a stolen base in 20 games in the month of May. He's hitting much better against righties as well, going 30-for-116 (.259) with six of his seven homers on the year against them. Get Naylor back into your lineups on Monday.
Source: Baseball
Sun May 2816:15Owen Miller Leaves Early After Hit By PitchOwen Miller1B/2B/SSIndiansFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Owen Miller left Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants early after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. He left the game in the sixth frame and was replaced by Andruw Monasterio in the lineup. Miller was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and runs scored before leaving the contest. The Brewers should provide an update on his status following the game.
Source: Curt Hoff of The Milwaukee Journal