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by on March 27, 2013 @ 12:49:46 PDT


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Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar

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American League

Royals | Luis Mendoza wins rotation spot
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza won the No. 5 spot in the rotation. SP Bruce Chen is headed to the bullpen.  Source: - Scott Miller
BHQ take: Mendoza has been on a roll since mid-September of last year and capped it off with a 0.82 ERA and 4.0 Cmd in 11 spring IP. He'd been consistently carrying a sub-2.0 Cmd from 2009 until June 2012, after which his Cmd has been above 2.0. Chen, who gave up 33 HR in 34 starts last year with a 45% FB rate, allowed 7 more HR in 4 Arizona outings (13.2 IP). --Mike Shears
Impact: Med
Luis Mendoza PT Gain: 1%   
Bruce Chen PT Loss: -6%   

Blue Jays | Ricky Romero optioned
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned SP Ricky Romero to Triple-A Syracuse Tuesday, March 26.  Source: The Canadian Press - Shi Davidi
BHQ take: Romero gets to regain his command and his confidence in the minors, continuing to rebuild from 2012's disaster. --Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Ricky Romero PT Loss: -5%   

Blue Jays | J.A. Happ to make team
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said SP J.A. Happ 'has pitched too good to not be on the team. Ps Brett Cecil and Jeremy Jeffress are now competing for the final bullpen job as a result.  Source: National Post - John Lott
BHQ take: As merited during spring training and hinted at during the second half of 2012, Happ moves into the 5th rotation slot for the Jays, and will hold that position as long as he is effective. A key metric to watch is his HR/9, which he controlled in the second half last year. For a team looking to win in 2013, Cecil's ability to pitch in long relief should give him the upper hand over Jeffress. --Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Brett Cecil        
J.A. Happ PT Gain: 5%   
Jeremy Jeffress        

Rangers | Jurickson Profar sent down
The Texas Rangers will have SS Jurickson Profar begin the season at Triple-A Round Rock, with INF Leury Garcia serving as the utility infielder. OF Jim Adduci, C Eli Whiteside and SP Nate Robertson are also heading to Round Rock. P Coty Woods has cleared waivers, and the Rangers are trying to work out a trade with the Colorado Rockies.  Source: - T.R. Sullivan
BHQ take: The handwriting for this move has been on the wall ever since Ian Kinsler balked at a move to 1B, but it's a bitter pill for owners hoping Profar's outstanding MLEs (75 BPV posted mostly at Double-A in 2012) to carry to TEX. Just 20, Profar's '13 RC/G already projects as 7th-best among AL SS. While he's currently shut out of a role, don't be surprised to see PT open up for Profar sometime this year. If you can stash him, don't cut bait yet on Profar--and of course, he's the unanimous best prospect in baseball, so he's keeper-league treasure. --Rod Truesdell
Impact: Med
Jurickson Profar PT Loss: -30%      

Athletics | Hiroyuki Nakajima could start in minors
The Oakland Athletics are seriously considering sending SS Hiroyuki Nakajima to the minors to start the season. He's hitless in eight straight spring games and is batting only .150. Nakajima clearly hasn't been comfortable, and the team wants him in a groove before he plays in major league games that count. SS Jed Lowrie would likely start at shortstop if Nakajima is sent down. 2B Scott Sizemore is the leading candidate to win the second base job after playing well lately. INFs Eric Sogard and Adam Rosales remain in the mix as well at the keystone.  Source: San Francisco Chronicle - John Shea
BHQ take: Sogard will leverage this into some short-term AB at 2B and SS. But he offers next-to-nothing at the plate, unless you count poor plate skills (0.29 Eye in '12) and sub-average speed and power as assets. No need to invest here. Nakajima, on the other hand, was all but annointed the starter when signed, but he has struggled mightily this spring. However, Nakajima's skills in Japan suggest he should at least be above replacement level at SS, assuming he makes the adjustment to American ball. --Rod Truesdell
Impact: Med
Hiroyuki Nakajima PT Loss: -25%      
Eric Sogard PT Gain: 20%      

Tigers | Matt Tuiasosopo makes roster
Detroit Tigers 3B Matt Tuiasosopo will be on the team's opening day roster. He is hitting .327 with six doubles this spring.  Source: The Associated Press
BHQ take: DET's lack of proven RHB bench players capable of spelling starter Andy Dirks in LF provided Tuiasosopo a longshot opening, and he earned a spot with his solid Grapefruit League performance. Tuiasosopo's MLEs include below-average power and speed and sub-70% ct%, so he should be to left to the free agent bin on draft day. --Tom Kephart
Impact: Low
Matt Tuiasosopo PT Gain: 20%      

Yankees | Lyle Overbay signs
The New York Yankees signed free-agent 1B Lyle Overbay (Red Sox) to a minor league deal Tuesday, March 26.  Source: Newsday - Erik Boland
BHQ take: Overbay quickly lands in the primary backup position at 1B for the Yankees after being released by BOS earlier in the day. If he can get the loft back into his swing after a recent career low 24% FB ratio in 2012, he can take advantage of the short right field porch, and his glovework will allow Youkilis to stay at 3B which the Yankees prefer. --Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Lyle Overbay PT Gain: 10%      

Orioles | Wilson Betemit out 6-8 weeks
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles DH Wilson Betemit (knee) will miss six to eight weeks with a torn PCL.  Source: - Brittany Ghiroli
BHQ take: Update: another candidate has joined the mix for DH AB in Baltimore. Team officials are suggesting that Ryan Flaherty's average power (PX 96) with 6 HR in 141 AB vs RHP may win him the lion's share of DH time in the early season.  --Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Ryan Flaherty PT Gain: 10%      
Wilson Betemit        

Athletics | Adam Rosales to DL
The Oakland Athletics placed INF Adam Rosales (intercostal) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, March 26, with a strained left intercostal.  Source: Twitter
BHQ take: Just when it looked as though Rosales would catch a break, this injury will hold him back (and may cost him even more PT than indicated). But as we noted previously, this is not a skills set to own regardless, as at 30 he's already past a meager peak, and has only a decent walk rate to offer. --Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Adam Rosales PT Loss: -5%      

Yankees | Prefer to keep Kevin Youkilis at 3B
The New York Yankees prefer to leave 3B Kevin Youkilis at third base with 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) out. OF Juan Rivera will see the majority of playing time at first base, but the Yanks also have 1B Dan Johnson and are considering options outside the organization.  Source: - Bryan Hoch
BHQ take: The signing of Overbay allows Youkilis to stay at 3B, keeps Rivera in the mix at 1B (while Teixeira is out) as well as OF/DH and probably assures Johnson of starting the season at AAA.  --Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Dan Johnson PT Loss: -5%      
Juan Rivera PT Loss: -5%      

On to the NL....

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