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Wed Feb 2116:31Keynan Middleton To Throw Live Batting Practice SessionKeynan MiddletonRP/SPMarinersFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Keynan Middleton (illness) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session at camp on Wednesday. Middleton is entering his first year with the Cardinals after signing with them in free agency for one year and $5 million, but he reported to camp late and was also held back last week by a stomach bug. The 30-year-old reliever is feeling better now and will be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. While Middleton probably isn't going to see many save chances, if any at all, he could be useful in fantasy leagues that award points for holds, as he should serve in a key late-inning setup role. The former third-round pick of the Angels in 2013 had a 3.38 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with two saves and a career-high 64 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings for the White Sox and Yankees in 2023.
Source: - John
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
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 -
Tue Feb 2017:15Dane Dunning To Start Spring Opener On FridayDane DunningSPRangersFree Agent
Texas Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning will take the hill for the team's Cactus League opener on Friday against the Kansas City Royals, with Cody Bradford scheduled to follow him in relief. Dunning threw a career-high 172 2/3 innings in the regular season in 2023 over 35 appearances (26 starts) and went 12-7 with a career-best 3.70 ERA (4.27 FIP) and 1.26 WHIP with 55 walks and a career-high 140 strikeouts at the back end of the team's starting rotation. The 29-year-old relies on inducing weak contact and isn't going to overpower hitters, and he'll likely be moved to a long-relief role in the second half in 2024 if both Jacob deGrom (elbow) and Max Scherzer (back) are able to return from their injuries. Dunning is outside RotoBaller's rankings of the top-100 fantasy pitchers.
Source: - Jeff
Tue Feb 2013:41Emmanuel Rivera A Backup Option At ShortstopEmmanuel Rivera3BRoyalsFree 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: - Steve
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: - Kennedi
Mon Feb 1921:07Jake Brentz Throws First BP Session In CampJake BrentzRP/SPRoyalsFree 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: - Anne
Mon Feb 1919:06Alex Kirilloff Faces Live Pitching MondayAlex Kirilloff1B/LF/RFTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins first baseman Alex Kirilloff (shoulder) was scheduled to face live pitching at spring training on Monday at Hammond Stadium. It's a notable development for Kirilloff after he had surgery last October to fix the labrum in his right shoulder. The 26-year-old left-handed slugger doesn't appear to be limited at all at camp and should be good to go for Opening Day in 2024. In an effort to keep him healthy, the Twins figure to use Kirilloff mostly at designated hitter this year, although he can play both first base and the outfield. The former first-rounder has shown plenty of offensive ability in the minors, but he's only appeared in 192 games in three seasons with the Twins, mainly due to wrist injuries. Despite the injury risk, Kirilloff is worth a late-round flier in deep-mixed leagues for his power at a corner-infield spot.
Source: - Do-Hyoung
Mon Feb 1919:00Orioles Acquire Kaleb Ort From PhilliesKaleb OrtRPRed 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
Sun Feb 1814:27Jose Quijada Transferred To 60-Day Injured ListJosé QuijadaRPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Quijada (elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. The 28-year-old reliever underwent Tommy John surgery last May and will miss the majority of the 2024 season. He's got a shot to make it back late in the second half of the year but even when he does come back, he's not on the fantasy radar. Quijada owns a career 4.89 ERA over 108 2/3 career innings.
Source: Rhett Bollinger of
Sun Feb 1813:58Phillies Sign Relievers Austin Brice And Ricardo PintoAustin BriceRPRed SoxFree Agent
Ricardo PintoFree Agent
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed relief pitchers Austin Brice and Ricardo Pinto. Brice, who last pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022, was inked to a minor league deal while Pinto was just added to the camp roster. Brice owns a career 5.12 ERA over 168 2/3 major league innings of relief and Pinto, who pitched for the Phillies back in 2017, owns a career 8.44 ERA in just 32 big league innings. Neither of these players should make much of a fantasy impact if they end up making the big league roster.
Source: Matt Gelb of The
Sun Feb 1812:45Ryan Jeffers, Christian Vazquez To Split Catching DutiesChristian VázquezCRed SoxTeam Erik
Ryan JeffersCTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said on Saturday that he expects catchers Ryan Jeffers and Christian Vazquez to split playing time close to evenly this year. The Twins signed Vazquez to a three-year, $30 million deal last winter, but the 33-year-old veteran had the worst season of his career, hitting .223 (73-for-327) with six homers and 32 RBI, while Jeffers batted .276 (79-for-286) with a career-high-tying 14 homers and 43 RBI. As a result, the 26-year-old Jeffers became the team's starting catcher for the postseason. Vazquez worked hard on his swing and body this offseason, but Jeffers earned more playing time with a strong second half in 2023. At this point, the younger Jeffers has more offensive upside, but with an even timeshare expected, neither catcher is all that attractive for two-catcher leagues in fantasy.
Source: The Athletic - Dan
Sun Feb 1812:26Kutter Crawford Working On SplitterKutter CrawfordSPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox right-hander Kutter Crawford is working on a split-finger fastball in spring training that he's hoping will better complement his existing arsenal. "All my stuff is moving glove side, away from righties and into lefties. The splitter would open up the other side of the plate," Crawford said. The 27-year-old began eventually settled into Boston's starting rotation in 2023, ultimately finishing 6-8 with a 4.04 ERA (3.83 FIP) and 1.11 WHIP with 36 walks and a career-high 135 strikeouts in 129 1/3 innings over 31 appearances (23 starts). He's locked into a rotation spot to open the 2024 season again and has intriguing strikeout upside. Crawford's biggest issue will be keeping the ball in the ballpark in a hitter-friendly home ballpark, but he's absolutely worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts with his stock on the rise.
Source: The Boston Globe - Pete
Sat Feb 1713:13A.J. Puk Being Stretched Out As Starter In Spring TrainingA.J. PukRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Miami Marlins pitcher A.J. Puk is being stretched out as a starter as spring training gets underway. The lanky reliever has only worked out of the bullpen in the majors but was primarily a starter back in his college days at the University of Florida. He's yet to make a single start through his first 142 major league outings, according to beat writer Christina De Nicola. However, the Marlins currently have an open rotation spot and with Puk's past experience as a starter, this makes sense. In addition to Puk, Miami is also stretching out Ryan Weathers, George Soriano, and Max Meyer. Injuries have plagued Puk in the early part of his career but he's maintained relative health over the last few seasons, compiling a 3.50 ERA, 1.163 WHIP, and 154:36 K/BB ratio to go along with 19 saves over 123 innings of relief between Oakland and Miami. He's an interesting name to keep an eye on considering his past prospect pedigree. There's no guarantee he opens the year in the starting rotation but he should hold fantasy value whether he starts or comes out of the pen for the Fish.
Source: Christina De Nicola of
Sat Feb 1712:10Royals Acquire John Schreiber From Red SoxJohn SchreiberRPRed SoxFree Agent
The Kansas City Royals acquired right-handed reliever John Schreiber from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday in exchange for minor-league right-hander David Sandlin, according to sources. Schreiber, 29, missed almost two months in 2023 due to a shoulder strain and finished the year with a 3.86 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, one save, 25 walks and 53 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings over 46 outings (two starts) in Boston. For a weak KC bullpen, he'll immediately become one of their better relievers and should work in high-leverage situations, making him an option in deep holds leagues while seeing an occasional save chance as well. Sandlin, 22, has some intriguing strikeout potential after fanning 88 hitters in 66 2/3 innings at Single-A and High-A in the Royals organization last year.
Source: - Jeff
Fri Feb 1623:08David Dahl Signs Minor-League Deal With PhilliesDavid DahlDH/LFRangersFree 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
Fri Feb 1615:49James Karinchak Dealing With Right-Shoulder FatigueJames KarinchakRPIndiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians pitcher James Karinchak is dealing with right shoulder fatigue in camp and will be on a slower schedule than the rest of the pitchers who reported to camp on Feb. 13. He will not throw for the first few days of workouts but the team is hopeful he can resume his throwing program shortly thereafter. The right-hander worked to a 3.23 ERA across 44 appearances with the Guardians in the 2023 season but was also surprisingly sent to the minors in June. He posted a 4.24 ERA in 23 minor-league appearances but also a 2.20 FIOP and a massive 43.8% K% in that time. His control was the reason behind the demotion as he posted a 16.4% BB% in the big leagues, lowering his K-BB% to just 14%, easily the worst mark of his big-league career.
Thu Feb 1523:53Reid Detmers Worked To Refine His MechanicsReid DetmersSPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels left-hander Reid Detmers, who has had a rollercoaster first couple of years in the big leagues, said that he worked to refine his mechanics over the winter and now has a better idea of what he needs to fix when his delivery goes awry. The former first-rounder in 2020, who threw a perfect game in 2022, is aiming for more consistency after going 12-19 with a 4.37 ERA (4.14 FIP) and 1.32 WHIP with 117 walks and 309 strikeouts in 298 1/3 innings over 58 starts in his first three big-league campaigns. Detmers' goal in 2023 was to win 20 games, but he ended up winning just four. With a softer slider now in his arsenal, he was able to finish last year with a 2.41 ERA in his final seven starts, giving hope to fantasy managers that he may actually be able to put it all together in 2024.
Source: Orange County Register - Jeff
Thu Feb 1523:35Riley Adams Has No Lingering Issues In CampRiley AdamsC/PHBlue JaysFree Agent
Washington Nationals catcher Riley Adams (wrist), who broke the hamate bone in his left wrist in September of last year and needed surgery, has fully healed and said he doesn't have any lingering issues entering spring training. Before getting hurt, Adams was in the midst of a breakout in D.C., slashing .273/.331/.476 with four home runs, 21 RBI and eight runs scored in 44 games in his second full season with the team. Still, he won't have much fantasy appeal at all as long as starting catcher Keibert Ruiz remains healthy in 2024. The 27-year-old backup backstop should see most of his sparse playing time against left-handed pitching, with whom he produced a .960 OPS with three of his four long balls against in 2023.
Source: MASN Sports - Roch
Thu Feb 1518:24Alex Young Dealing With Back TightnessAlex YoungRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
Cincinnati Reds left-hander Alex Young (back) experienced back tightness during his workout on Wednesday in spring training and is to be evaluated before resuming his throwing schedule. The Reds are going to be cautious with the 30-year-old reliever, and Young has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day. The veteran southpaw was solid for the Reds in 63 appearances out of their bullpen in 2023, going 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA (4.99 FIP), a 1.36 WHIP, his first career save, 20 walks and 50 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings pitched. Young's 4.99 FIP shows that he was pretty fortunate, though, and he won't really be of much use to fantasy managers in a relief role again this year if he's healthy. He has a career 4.43 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with 224 strikeouts in 262 innings pitched over his five major-league seasons.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Gordon