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Pirates | Jordy Mercer leaves game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:32 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (undisclosed) left the game early Friday, April 18, after suffering an undisclosed injury. SS Clint Barmes took his place in the starting lineup.

Blue Jays | Casey Janssen out at least two more weeks

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:57 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said RP Casey Janssen (abdomen, back) likely will miss at least two more weeks because of his strained back and abdominal muscle.

Dolphins | Two could be up for extensions

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:55:26 -0700

The Miami Dolphins could consider talking with TE Charles Clay and DT Jared Odrick about contract extensions this offseason since they are entering the final years of their contracts.

Dolphins | Interested in Stephen Morris

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:52:11 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami QB Stephen Morris leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Colts | Expected to pick up Anthony Castonzo's option

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:51:48 -0700

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to pick up the fifth-year option in OT Anthony Castonzo's contract before the May 3 deadline.

Twins | Jason Bartlett to retire

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:33:49 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Jason Bartlett has informed the team that he plans to retire from professional baseball.

Dolphins | Plan to move LBs around

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:55 -0700

The Miami Dolphins plan to move LB Koa Misi to middle linebacker this upcoming season. LB Dannell Ellerbe would be moved to weakside linebacker with LB Philip Wheeler playing strongside linebacker.

Dolphins | Not expected to take LB with top pick

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:25:11 -0700

The Miami Dolphins are not expected to select a linebacker in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

NFL | Derek Carr thinks he has chance to go in first round

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:35 -0700

Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he believes there is a good chance that he will be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft based on what coaches and general managers have told him.

Rams | Will pick up Robert Quinn's option

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:05 -0700

The St. Louis Rams have not picked up the fifth-year option in DE Robert Quinn's contract at this point but will exercise the option before the May 3 deadline.

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Ravens | Josh Bynes signs tender

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:15:53 -0700

Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent LB Josh Bynes has signed his one-year tender offer and will make $570,000 in 2014.

Marlins | Keeping tabs on Joel Hanrahan

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:05:20 -0700

The Miami Marlins had a scout on hand to watch free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan's (Red Sox) throwing session Thursday, April 17.

Rams | Martavis Bryant worked out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:05:01 -0700

The St. Louis Rams conducted a private workout with Clemson WR Martavis Bryant Friday, April 18.

Vikings | Met with four QB prospects this week

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:04:32 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings met with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, North Carolina QB Bryn Renner and Ball State QB Keith Wenning this week.

Padres | Casey Kelly close to rehab assignment

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:56:37 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly (elbow) will throw in an extended spring game Monday, April 21, and he could start a rehab assignment in the minors if everything checks out after that.

FANTASY TIP: Kelly could become an option for the Friars' rotation this summer, especially if Josh Johnson (forearm) needs a second Tommy John surgery. Keep tabs on him if you're in an NL-only league, at least.

Mets | Acquire Zack Thornton

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:55:47 -0700

The New York Mets acquired P Zack Thornton and a player to be named from the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 18, in exchange for 1B Ike Davis.

Mets | Ike Davis traded

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:47 -0700

The New York Mets agreed to trade 1B Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 18. It's unknown what the Mets will receive in return.

FANTASY TIP: As Terry Collins has said already, Lucas Duda is now clearly the starting first baseman in New York. Josh Satin can mix in against tough lefties, but this is Duda's job all the way now. There's more reason to take a chance on Duda's power in mixed leagues.

Pirates | Acquiring Ike Davis

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:27:22 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates are working with the New York Mets to acquire 1B Ike Davis, and Davis has approved the trade.

FANTASY TIP: The Bucs clearly aren't satisfied with Travis Ishikawa in a platoon at first base with Gaby Sanchez. Davis will essentially replace Ishikawa in that role. Davis' value probably won't increase all that much, but his playing time should increase if he's in a straight platoon with Sanchez.

Pirates | Chris Stewart looking good during rehab

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:25:46 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Stewart (knee) was 3-for-4 Thursday, April 17, and has hit safely in each of his four rehab games with Triple-A Indianapolis. He's expected to be recalled soon.

Phillies | Cole Hamels likely to start Wednesday

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:16 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) is likely to make his first start of the season Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hamels owners are pleased to finally be able to use him for a start this year. Remember to activate him in weekly leagues on Monday. Jonathan Pettibone is expected to be sent back to the minors when Hamels returns.