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Fri Mar 118:21Max Muncy Taking Batting Practice FridayMax Muncy1BDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (hand) is taking batting practice in camp on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts said the plan is to get Muncy back in the Cactus League lineup on Saturday. Muncy was hit by a pitch in his left hand in a spring training game on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, but X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day with a hand contusion. The 33-year-old left-handed slugger dodged a bullet and will be ready for the two-game series in Korea on March 20-21 against the San Diego Padres. Muncy has dealt with some nagging injuries in recent seasons and isn't going to help your fantasy team's batting average, but he should continue to supply plenty of power and RBI in one of the best lineups in baseball. In his six at-bats in Cactus League action, Muncy has three hits, including a homer.
Source: The Athletic - Fabian ArdayaRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 117:21Nolan Arenado Goes Without A Hit FridayNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado went hitless with one strikeout in two plate appearances during a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Friday. The veteran began his spring by collecting four hits, including two doubles, across his first three games but is now hitless over his last two Grapefruit League contests. He is now hitting .364 with two RBI, one run, and a .909 OPS across 11 trips to the plate this spring. After an MVP-caliber 2022 season, Arenado's bat predictably regressed in the 2023 season. That said, the 32-year-old still hit .266 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI across 144 games played, his fewest in a full season since 2014. His underlying metrics were concerning but he should still be able to provide quality production at the hot corner for fantasy managers this season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 117:12Nick Castellanos Goes Hitless FridayNick CastellanosRFRedsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos went hitless in a pair of at-bats in Friday's Grapefruit League contest versus the Miami Marlins. The veteran flew out to center field in his first trip to the plate in the second inning before lining out to third base in the fourth. The hitless effort lowered his spring-training average to just .125 (1-for-8) with a pair of strikeouts against zero walks across eight trips to the plate. The 31-year-old was involved in minor trade speculation this offseason on the heels of a season that saw him hit .272 with 29 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and a career-high 106 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Aside from an odd 2022 season, Castellanos is a fairly safe power bet with ATC projecting 24 home runs, eight stolen bases, 87 RBI, and a .263 average for the outfielder in the 2024 season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 116:42Ronald Acuna Jr. Being Checked By DoctorRonald AcuñaRFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) is getting his sore right knee looked at by a doctor "just to make sure," manager Brian Snitker said. It's not an MRI exam, and Snitker also said, "I don't think it'll be anything." It may be nothing, but it doesn't hurt for the Braves and Acuna to get peace of mind this spring, especially considering that the 26-year-old superstar tore the ACL in the same knee back in 2021. The Braves scratched Acuna as a precaution from Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Baltimore Orioles, but he could be back in spring training games sooner than later if the exam doesn't turn up anything significant. Acuna broke records in 2023 and is elite across the board in all categories for fantasy managers as the top overall fantasy asset when he's healthy.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Justin ToscanoRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 116:06David Bednar Still The Closer For PiratesDavid BednarSPPadresFree Agent
Despite the offseason addition of left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman and his seven All-Star selections, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander David Bednar remains the team's primary closer heading into the 2024 season. Bednar, who has been an All-Star each of the last two years himself, received a call from manager Derek Shelton after Chapman's signing, reassuring him of his role. The 29-year-old has saved 58 games while posting a strong 2.27 ERA in 111 appearances for Pittsburgh the last two years. His 39 saves in 2023 were more than double the previous year and were tied for second in the majors. Bednar's role remains pretty secure despite the presence of Chapman, and he's still a top-10 fantasy closer, even though the Pirates are one of the weaker teams in baseball.
Source: MLB.com - Mark FeinsandRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 115:56Raisel Iglesias Makes Spring Debut FridayRaisel IglesiasRPRedsFree Agent
Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. He entered in the fourth frame and had a scoreless inning of work, with his only blemish being a two-out double to infield prospect Jackson Holliday. In his first full season with the Braves in 2023, Iglesias had a career-high 33 saves in 55 2/3 regular-season innings while also registering a 2.75 ERA (3.26 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with 15 walks and 68 strikeouts. That all came after the 34-year-old missed the first month of the season with a right-shoulder strain. He leaned more on his changeup than ever because opposing hitters started to sit on his fastball. All things considered, Iglesias has a strong floor as a top-five fantasy closer for one of the best teams in baseball.
Source: SB Nation - Kris WillisRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 115:02Carlos Rodon Yields Four Homers In Batting Practice FridayCarlos RodónSPWhite SoxFree Agent
New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon surrendered four home runs during a live batting practice session against minor-league hitters on Friday. The 31-year-old allowed just one earned run with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings in his spring debut against the Blue Jays, so there's no reason for panic at this time. However, it's worth noting that he once again dealt with injuries in the 2023 season that limited him to just 14 starts while he posted a 6.85 ERA and dealt with big-time homer issues by way of a 2.10 HR/9 clip in that time. ATC projects a bounce-back season for the lefty as they peg him at a 4.08 ERA and a healthy 27.5% K% across 25 starts. While those numbers would serve fantasy managers well, he once again carries notable risk as part of his draft stock.
Source: Bryan HochRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 114:56Yu Chang To Miss 6-8 WeeksYu Chang3B/SSIndiansFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yu Chang (oblique) is set to miss the next six to eight weeks as the injury is more severe than originally thought, according to skipper Kevin Cash. Chang's spring was off to a nice start as he homered on Sunday versus the Detroit Tigers but his chances at Opening Day are now zero. The 28-year-old spent the 2023 season with the Boston Red Sox but struggled mightily at the plate, hitting just .162 with six home runs, four stolen bases, and a .532 OPS across 112 plate appearances, production that graded out 61% below the league average, as per his 39 wRC+. A veteran of 235 MLB contests in parts of four seasons, Chang is a career .204 hitter with 20 home runs, five steals, and a .624 OPS across 650 trips to the plate.
Source: Marc TopkinRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 114:42Jose Soriano To Be Stretched Out As A StarterJosé SorianoSPPiratesFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jose Soriano will be stretched out as a starter this spring and will start Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He still has a chance to end up in the bullpen but new Angels skipper Ron Washington wanted to give the 25-year-old a crack at the rotation. Soriano made his big-league debut in the 2023 season when he pitched to a 3.64 ERA alongside a big-time 30.3% K%, albeit alongside a 12.4% BB%, across 38 appearances. He made the jump to the bigs straight from Double-A where he posted a 4.24 ERA in 17 appearances (two starts). He struck out a hefty 29.8% of batters in Double-A but also walked 15.4% of the hitters he faced. His big strikeout numbers could be something to watch if he is able to crack the Angels' rotation in 2024.
Source: Rhett BollingerRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 114:29Giants Becoming Favorites To Land Blake SnellBlake SnellSPRaysFree Agent
The San Francisco Giants appear to be firming as the favorites to land free-agent left-hander Blake Snell. A deal could come within the next 24-48 hours, reportedly, while the Giants are seen ahead of the New York Yankees who have an offer on the table for the two-time Cy Young winner. Snell took down the NL Cy Young Award in the 2023 season with the San Diego Padres. He worked to an MLB-best 2.25 ERA across 32 starts, posting a 14-9 record alongside a hefty 31.5% K%. Interestingly, he led all of baseball with 99 walks but was able to strand 86.7% of his base-runners, a figure well above his 78.2% career mark. While regression is likely, he would be a major boon to the Giants' beat-up rotation while his durability and strikeout figures will continue to serve fantasy managers quite well.
Source: Dan ClarkRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 114:23Brandon Dixon Hangs Up His CleatsBrandon Dixon2BTigersFree Agent
Free-agent utility player Brandon Dixon announced his retirement from professional baseball on his Twitter/X account on Thursday. It was a brief career as the 32-year-old played in parts of five seasons and appeared in just 235 games. He hit .224 with 22 home runs, six stolen bases, and a .663 OPS across 658 trips to the plate in that time. However, he did pace the Tigers with a career-high 15 home runs in the 2019 season when he played in 118 games. Most recently, he played two seasons for his hometown San Diego Padres, hitting .203 with two homers, one steal, and a .573 OPS across 86 trips to the plate in the 2023 campaign.
Source: Brandon DixonRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 114:15Gregory Santos Progressing Well In Throwing ProgramGregory SantosSPGiantsFree Agent
Seattle Mariners pitcher Gregory Santos (lat) is progressing well early in his throwing program, according to M's general manager Justin Hollander. Santos was cleared to begin a throwing program on Tuesday and the early reports are positive at this time. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 3 for two minor leaguers and a draft pick. He enjoyed a nice rookie season in the bigs in the 2023 campaign when he worked to a 3.39 ERA and a 17% K-BB% across 60 appearances, even locking down five saves. He is slated for late-inning work again with the Mariners in 2024 but behind closer Andres Munoz. However, the unstable injury situation with Matt Brash could yield Santos some holds if Brash were to miss notable time.
Source: Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:28Anthony DeSclafani Delayed In CampAnthony DeSclafaniSPRedsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins pitchers Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) and Caleb Thielbar (hamstring) have been delayed in camp but are ramping up their throwing. Trainer Nick Paparesta said that both pitchers still have time to be ready for Opening Day. DeSclafani is dealing with right-elbow soreness, while Thielbar is dealing with a left-hamstring strain. DeSclafani, 33, was acquired in an offseason trade with the Mariners. It's a troubling sign he's hurt again after missing most of last year due to a flexor issue in his arm. In his 19 outings (18 starts) for the Giants in 2023, DeSclafani went 4-8 with a 4.88 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 79 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings. His injury in camp could make Louie Varland the favorite for Minnesota's final rotation spot to open the year.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Bobby NightengaleRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:23Gary Sanchez Could Make Spring Debut On March 14Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
The Milwaukee Brewers are targeting March 14 for catcher Gary Sanchez (hand) to make his Cactus League debut. Sanchez's 2023 season came to an early end due to a fractured hand, and something came up in his physical (unrelated to last year's injury) that delayed his official signing with the Brew Crew this offseason. It has caused the 31-year-old veteran backstop to get a late start to spring training, but he's ramping things up now. Sanchez will have under two weeks to get up to speed for Opening Day, where he's expected to serve as William Contreras' backup while also seeing at-bats as the designated hitter. He had a resurgent season for the Padres by hitting 19 homers in 72 games, and while Sanchez can provide decent pop in two-catcher leagues, fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting a repeat of 2023.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Todd RosiakRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:18Wade Miley "50-50" To Be Ready For Opening DayWade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said on Friday morning that left-hander Wade Miley (undisclosed) is "50-50" to be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season. "We'll let you know more in about 10 days," Murphy said. It's unclear exactly what is wrong with Miley, but the soft-tossing southpaw may not be a part of Milwaukee's Opening Day rotation. The 37-year-old veteran has been slowed by elbow and shoulder injuries in recent seasons, so perhaps he's had another arm setback. Even if Miley was healthy, he wouldn't be very attractive to fantasy managers in mixed leagues. At best, he's a deep-league streaming option in favorable matchups, but his lack of strikeout upside keeps his fantasy floor low.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Todd RosiakRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 113:08Luis Urias To Throw On FridayLuis UríasSSBrewersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners general manager Justin Hollander said that infielder Luis Urias (shoulder) is going to start trying to throw in infield drills in camp on Friday, but he'll be limited. The hope is that Urias can be ready for Opening Day in late March. The 26-year-old is being held back in spring training due to right-shoulder inflammation, and he's still no guarantee to be ready by Opening Day. If healthy, Urias will have an opportunity to earn playing time at the hot corner in Seattle, but he hasn't proven to be fantasy relevant in mixed leagues in recent seasons. In his six years in the majors with the Padres, Brewers and Red Sox, Urias holds a .234/.333/.385 slash line with 48 homers, 180 RBI and nine steals in 445 games. He's become somewhat of a Quad-A player that just hasn't gotten over the hump at the highest level.
Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan DivishRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 112:56Ronald Acuna Jr. Scratched With Knee SorenessRonald AcuñaRFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) was scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League lineup against the Baltimore Orioles "as a precaution" due to right-knee soreness. While the injury isn't considered serious, it's certainly something to keep an eye on with the best player in baseball, especially after Acuna suffered a torn ACL in the same knee in 2021. The Braves aren't going to take any chances with the 26-year-old reigning National League MVP in spring training. If he's able to return to Atlanta's lineup in a few days, fantasy managers will be able to let out a collective sigh of relief. The Venezuelan outfielder should be the first player off the board in fantasy drafts after breaking records last year and leading the league in stolen bases (73), hits (217), runs (149), on-base percentage (.416), OPS (1.012) and total bases (383) while also hitting 41 homers and driving in 106 in 159 games.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Justin ToscanoRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 112:50Patrick Corbin Incorporating A New CutterPatrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin looked better in his second Grapefruit League outing on Thursday while incorporating more of his newest pitch, a cutter. He needed 49 pitches to complete 1 2/3 innings last Saturday, but on Thursday he cruised through three innings on 41 pitches (32 strikes) and didn't allow a run or walk a batter while scattering three hits and striking out four. One of his K's came on his new cutter. Corbin induced swings on six of the seven cutters he threw (three whiffs). The 34-year-old southpaw plans to continue using the cutter to complement his traditional fastballs-slider combo that he has struggled with in recent seasons. It's something to keep an eye on, but most fantasy managers are avoiding Corbin this year after he had a weak 15.7% strikeout rate last year.
Source: MASN Sports - Mark ZuckermanRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 112:44Tanner Rainey Not Worried About VelocityTanner RaineyRPNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Rainey, who returned late last year from Tommy John surgery, had a perfect inning in his Grapefruit League outing on Thursday and threw only nine pitches (six strikes). His fastball topped out at 92 mph, though, which was a bit alarming since he averaged 97 mph on his fastball before his elbow injury. However, the 31-year-old wasn't concerned, pointing out he's never thrown hard in spring training and has no doubts his full velocity will return by the start of the season. Rainey made just one appearance in 2023 and could have a high-leverage role in Washington's bullpen in 2024 if he stays healthy. He might be useful in deep holds leagues, but it's probably going to take an injury to Kyle Finnegan or Hunter Harvey for Rainey to get any save chances for a Nats team that isn't expected to be very good.
Source: MASN Sports - Mark ZuckermanRotoBaller.com
Fri Mar 112:37Kyle Finnegan Evolving With New SweeperKyle FinneganRPNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan tried out a new sweeper for the first time in a Grapefruit League game on Wednesday. "Finnegan's always been toying around with trying to get a third pitch," manager Davey Martinez said. "Cause everything he throws is hard. So, he wanted to create some kind of deception, more or less." The new pitch has been registering 78-79 mph, and its spin rate, horizontal break, and pitch shape have all been in line with the numbers for a quality sweeper to complement his high-90s fastball, slider and splitter. Finnegan's sweepers registered 84 and 85 mph on Wednesday, and one of them induced a strikeout. The new pitch could help boost the 32-year-old's career-low 21.9% strikeout rate from a season ago as Washington's co-closer.
Source: MASN Sports - Mark ZuckermanRotoBaller.com
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