News for Free Agent Players - 2023 5x5 AL League - $260 Cap

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Mon Jul 2219:00Elias Diaz Remains SidelinedElias DíazCRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz (calf) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Over the weekend, Diaz re-injured his calf that cost him time earlier in the season. As a result, Diaz will miss his second straight game on Monday. Jacob Stallings will cover behind the plate and bat seventh versus right-hander Tanner Houck. For now, fantasy managers should consider Diaz as day-to-day but that could change.
Mon Jul 2218:55Ryan McMahon Sitting Out On MondayRyan McMahon2BRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (hand) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox. McMahon was a late addition to Sunday's contest and he jammed his finger during that game. As a result, McMahon will take a seat with what is believed to be a minor finger issue. Aaron Schunk will get the nod at third base and bat ninth versus right-hander Tanner Houck. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups with McMahon taking the night off.
Mon Jul 2218:46Juan Soto Blasts Two HomersJuan SotoLFPadresFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto was hitting the ball all over the place during Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The superstar slugger went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the blowout win. Soto has been on fire with nearly 20 hits over the last week and a half. It appears Soto is setting himself up for a significant contract once he reaches free agency. Fantasy managers should continue to ride with Soto through the last few months of the season.
Mon Jul 2218:30Carlos Rodon Looks Impressive On MondayCarlos RodónSPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodon put together a masterful performance against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. The southpaw allowed one run on two hits over seven innings of work. Rodon struck out 10 batters along the way as he made easy work of the Rays' lineup. He has put together an up-and-down campaign thus far. Rodon was struggling heavily before this start so hopefully this will help him get back on track.
Mon Jul 2218:16Julian Merryweather Activated From Injured ListJulian MerryweatherRPCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Julian Merryweather (shoulder) has been activated off the 60-day injured list on Monday. The right-hander has missed 3 1/2 months of action due to a shoulder strain. When healthy, Merryweather has been a viable option for Chicago. Last season, Merryweather posted a 3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and nearly 100 strikeouts over 69 games. Given the Cubs struggles at closer right now, Merryweather could be a late game option for them. Fantasy managers should keep him on their watch list for now. In a corresponding move, right-hander Hunter Bigge has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Source: Marquee Sports
Mon Jul 2218:10German Marquez Placed On Injured ListGermán MárquezSPRockiesFree Agent
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (elbow) has been placed on the 15-day injured list with right-elbow inflammation, retroactive to July 19. The right-hander is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so Marquez having a setback shouldn't be shocking. He made one start since coming off the injured list. He pitched against the New York Mets ahead of the All-Star break. Marquez will now be sidelined for at least another two weeks. In a corresponding move, right-hander Noah Davis has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. Davis hasn't offered much upside to the Rockies pitching staff over the last few seasons. Fantasy managers can ignore Davis going forward.
Source: Rockies
Mon Jul 2217:42Julio Rodriguez Not Playing On MondayJulio RodríguezCFMarinersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (ankle) is not in the team's starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the visiting division-rival Los Angeles Angels. Rodriguez nearly made a fantastic catch up against the outfield wall on Sunday but instead sprained his right ankle. The good news for the M's and fantasy managers is that J-Rod's X-rays came back negative, and the 23-year-old is being considered day-to-day. Fantasy managers will want to check back to see if he's available to play on Tuesday in Game 2 of the series. For now, it looks like Rodriguez has a shot to avoid a trip to the injured list. In Rodriguez's place on Monday, Victor Robles will start in center field and bat second against Angels left-hander Tyler Anderson. In eight career at-bats versus Anderson, the light-hitting Robles is batting .125 with a .425 OPS.UPDATE: Rodriguez had an MRI exam on Monday (results still pending) and remains day-to-day. Manager Scott Servais said J-Rod avoided a serious injury.
Mon Jul 2217:35Rob Refsnyder Back In Red Sox's LineupRob RefsnyderRFRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox outfielder Rob Refsnyder (shoulder) is back in left field and batting second for Boston in Monday's series opener at Coors Field against the hosting Colorado Rockies and left-hander Austin Gomber. Refsnyder returns to Boston's lineup after he was scratched from Sunday night's contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to shoulder soreness. The 33-year-old veteran outfielder can't be counted on for much power or speed, but he makes plenty of contact and has provided fantasy managers in deeper leagues with a strong average (.299) in 167 at-bats in 2024. He's been great against lefties with a .301/.427/.480 slash line with a .907 OPS and three of his four home runs in 89 plate appearances, too, making him a more attractive DFS sleeper on Monday at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Source: Boston Herald - Gabrielle
Mon Jul 2217:30Joc Pederson, Geraldo Perdomo Out Versus SouthpawJoc PedersonLF/DHGiantsFree Agent
Geraldo PerdomoSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder/designated hitter Joc Pederson and shortstop Geraldo Perdomo are not in the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the hosting Kansas City Royals with left-hander Cole Ragans toeing the rubber. Randal Grichuk is serving as the DH for Arizona and will hit fifth, while Kevin Newman is at the 6 and batting eighth versus Ragans. Pederson has only 21 plate appearances against lefties in 2024 and is hitting .177 (3-for-17) against them with one of his 13 homers on the year, so it's no surprise he's on the bench to kick off the week. Grichuk and Newman have both faced Ragans just once in their career and have come away hitless. Grichuk hasn't displayed much power in 155 at-bats in Arizona in 2024, but he's hitting an impressive .284, including a .300/.363/.420 slash line against southpaws with a homer and 17 RBI in 100 at-bats.
Mon Jul 2217:22Eloy Jimenez Retreats To The BenchEloy JiménezDHWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox outfielder/designated hitter Eloy Jimenez will start Monday's contest against the hosting Texas Rangers on the bench. Gavin Sheets will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth for the White Sox against Rangers right-hander Michael Lorenzen. In just eight career at-bats against Lorenzen, Sheets is hitting .375 with a .944 OPS and an RBI, making him more attractive in DFS contests. Jimenez is being rested more regularly of late and is batting .250 (18-for-72) with no home runs, two doubles, four RBI, seven walks and 15 strikeouts in 22 games (17 starts) since coming off the injured list on June 23. The 27-year-old Dominican outfielder missed substantial time in the first half due to injury and has been a disappointment for the worst team in baseball. Jimenez is sitting on just five home runs, 16 RBI and three stolen bases in his 206 at-bats.
Mon Jul 2217:15Royce Lewis To Start Rehab Assignment On TuesdayRoyce LewisSSTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis (groin) said he's been told he will start a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on Tuesday. Lewis resumed baseball activities during the All-Star break last week and is now ready for rehab games this week as he works his way back from a groin injury. The oft-injured 25-year-old could be ready to return from the injured list this weekend after missing the last three weeks. If the former first overall pick is somehow available on your league's waiver wire, he must be picked up immediately. Lewis has had a tough time staying on the field early in his big-league career, but when he's been on the diamond, he's been an elite source of power. He'll be returning to a .292/.354/.685 slash line with a 1.039 OPS and 10 home runs in just 89 at-bats.
Source: - Do-Hyoung
Mon Jul 2217:10Trevor Larnach Out Against LeftyTrevor LarnachLFTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach will rest on Monday against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies with left-hander Ranger Suarez on the mound. In addition to Larnach, Matt Wallner and Edouard Julien will hit the bench. Jair Camargo is serving as the designated hitter and batting seventh, Manuel Margot is in left field and hitting leadoff, and rookie Brooks Lee is manning the keystone and batting sixth against Suarez for the series opener. The lefty-hitting Larnach has faced left-handers only eight times this year, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he's not starting on Monday. Against righties, he's hit .247 (48-for-194) with all 10 of his home runs and all but one of his RBI on the year. Margot has hit .289 (26-for-90) against southpaws in 2024 and is more attractive as a DFS sleeper in the leadoff spot, but he's added just three homers and four steals on the season.
Mon Jul 2216:47Brandon Marsh Taking A Seat MondayBrandon MarshCFPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh will open Monday's series opener against the hosting Minnesota Twins on the bench. Weston Wilson will take over in left field for the Phillies and will bat eighth against Twins right-hander Bailey Ober. Marsh is hitting .290 (55-for-190) with all nine of his home runs this year against right-handed pitching, but Ober has had reverse splits in 2024 and has been much better against left-handed hitters. Marsh is also batting .238 (5-for-21) with two homers, three RBI and eight strikeouts in the last 14 days over eight games played. Although Wilson is batting .278 for the Phillies this year, it's come in just 18 at-bats, and he'll have a low DFS ceiling while occupying the eighth spot in the batting order on Monday.
Source: Philadelphia
Mon Jul 2216:29Michael Harris II Hasn't Graduated To Full SprintsMichael Harris IICFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II (hamstring) continues to run but has not graduated to a full sprint yet as he rehabs his hamstring injury. Harris said his left hamstring feels good and he's just trusting the process and the team's timing to ramp back up. He's trying to avoid any and all potential setbacks. 929 The Game's Grant McAuley guesses that the earliest we'll see Harris back in the big leagues for the Braves will be mid-August, as he still needs to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment to test his hamstring. Fantasy managers are going to need to remain patient with the 23-year-old, who was hitting a disappointing .250 (65-for-260) with five homers, 20 RBI and eight steals in 260 at-bats before straining his hammy. Jarred Kelenic will continue serving as Atlanta's regular center fielder with Harris out.
Source: 929 The Game - Grant
Mon Jul 2216:19Mark Vientos Sitting Against MarlinsMark Vientos1B/3BMetsFree Agent
New York Mets third baseman Mark Vientos will take a seat on Monday against the hosting Miami Marlins. Vientos will receive the day off after starting in each of the team's last 12 games. With Vientos starting on the bench, veteran Jose Iglesias will move to third base and bat seventh, while Jeff McNeil starts at the keystone and hits eighth against Marlins right-hander Yonny Chirinos. Vientos has earned the starting third base job in 2024 by hitting .292 in 211 plate appearances while also clubbing 12 homers. He's been even better in July, going 18-for-60 (.300) with two homers, four doubles and eight RBI in 16 starts. Iglesias, 34, has come out of nowhere to hit .389/.427/.578 with a 1.005 OPS for the Mets in 90 at-bats, albeit with just three homers and 16 RBI. He has never faced Chirinos in his career.
Source: New York
Mon Jul 2216:13Michael Siani Out On MondayMichael SianiCFCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Michael Siani is not in the team's starting lineup on Monday for the series opener on the road in Pittsburgh against the division-rival Pirates. In his absence, Lars Nootbaar will get the start in center field for the Red Birds and will bat in the six-hole against Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller. Alec Burleson is in right field and is batting second, Willson Contreras is the designated hitter and batting third, and Pedro Pages will do the catching and hit out of the nine-hole for St. Louis. Siani started all three games against the Braves over the weekend but will take a break to begin the new week. Aside from his speed (13 steals in 204 at-bats), the 25-year-old hasn't produced much for fantasy managers in NL-only leagues with a .235 average and 14 RBI. Nootbaar is an interesting DFS pick with a homer, two RBI and a .417 average in 12 career at-bats against Keller.
Mon Jul 2216:07Andres Gimenez Sitting Against LeftyAndrés Giménez2BGuardiansFree Agent
Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez will take a seat on Monday for the series opener against the visiting Detroit Tigers with tough left-hander Tarik Skubal on the mound. In addition to Gimenez, the Guardians are resting infielder Daniel Schneemann, catcher Bo Naylor and outfielder Will Brennan. Tyler Freeman is starting at the keystone and batting seventh, Brayan Rocchio is at short and hitting eighth, Austin Hedges is doing the catching and batting ninth, and Angel Martinez draws into the lineup in center field while hitting in the two-hole against Skubal. Gimenez is hitting .245 (26-for-106) with only one of his five home runs on the season coming against southpaws. Overall in 2024, he's slashing .247/.300/.331 with a below-average .631 OPS, five homers, 45 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 92 games played for Cleveland.
Mon Jul 2216:02James Paxton Designated For Assignment By DodgersJames PaxtonSPRed SoxFree Agent
Left-hander James Paxton is being designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to sources. In his place, right-hander River Ryan is expected to be added to the 40-man roster in order to make his first big-league start on Monday versus the division-rival San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers don't have the space for the 35-year-old veteran left-hander with both Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) and Tyler Glasnow (back) coming off the injured list this week to rejoin LA's starting rotation. Paxton picked up his eighth win of the season on Sunday versus the Boston Red Sox, but overall he was pretty inconsistent, posting a 4.43 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with a career-low 16.4% strikeout rate and bloated 12.3% walk rate in 89 1/3 innings over his 18 starts in Hollywood. Paxton is unlikely to stay with the Dodgers if he clears waivers.
Source: FanSided - Robert
Mon Jul 2215:00Paul Goldschmidt Hitting Seventh Again On MondayPaul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will start and hit seventh in the team's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals have dropped Goldschmidt down in the order amid his rough slump at the plate. The veteran is hitting just .200 (16-for-80) with four home runs, four doubles, and six RBI over the past 19 games. The slugging first baseman has hit third or fourth in St. Louis' lineup for most of the year, but it seems he will be hitting seventh until he breaks out of this slump. Dropping down in the order doesn't necessarily hurt his fantasy value. However, he has been hard to trust in fantasy recently.
Mon Jul 2214:42Jesus Sanchez Sitting Monday With Southpaw StartingJesús SánchezLFMarlinsFree Agent
Miami Marlins outfielder Jesus Sanchez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the New York Mets with southpaw David Peterson starting. Sanchez has struggled against left-handed pitching this year, hitting just .135 (7-for-52) with one double and one home run, so his absence from the lineup makes sense. Bryan De La Cruz will take his spot in right field, while Josh Bell will start as the designated hitter, and Otto Lopez will make his first start in left field. With a right-hander on the mound for the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, Sanchez should be back in the lineup.