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Mets | Will work out two Cubans

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:23:17 -0700

The New York Mets will work out Cuban defectors 3B Pavel Quesada and SS Roberto Carlos Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Dominican Republic.

Orioles | Manny Machado not close

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:20:50 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) will not begin baseball activities in the next few days. There is still no timetable for his return, but he will not be activated from the disabled list when eligible Wednesday, Aug. 27.

White Sox | Carlos Sanchez recalled

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:15:10 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Carlos Sanchez was officially recalled from Triple-A Charlotte Friday, Aug. 22.

Red Sox | More Rusney Castillo details

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:12:17 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo's contract has an average annual value of $10.35 million and is heavily backloaded. This helps the Red Sox for luxury tax purposes.

Cowboys | Gavin Escobar update

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:11:17 -0700

Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (shoulder) was able to practice some this week, and is hoping to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23. Escobar is in extra padding to protect the injury. "You can only contribute if you're on the field, so that's what I've got to do," said Escobar.

Chiefs | Justin Houston contract update

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:10:27 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Hunter remain far apart on contract extension negotiations and a new deal will not get done. Hunter will play out his current contract.

Panthers | Tiquan Underwood on the bubble

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:09:53 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Tiquan Underwood was signed to a two-year deal in 2013, but he is on the bubble for a roster spot. WRs Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant locked in as their top three at the position. Underwood is behind WRs Corey Brown and Brenton Bersin, as well. Carolina probably won't carry more than six receivers on the active roster, which leaves Underwood in a battle for the final roster spot.

Cowboys | Henry Melton to miss game

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:03:55 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Henry Melton (groin) will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, according to team vice president Stephen Jones.

Browns | Johnny Manziel has support

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:37:33 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has support from veteran Browns receiver Nate Burleson, who said, "I'll just say this, Johnny's still the man." Burleson also noted that he is pleased with head coach Mike Pettine's decision to start QB Brian Hoyer.

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo deal update

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:01:26 -0700

Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo's contract will be for seven years, $72.5 million, and it will begin this season.

FANTASY TIP: There's a chance the 27-year-old Cuban comes up this year to get his feet wet. Many sources speculate that he'll lead off in 2015, which would make him an intriguing deep-league asset in what could be a reloaded Red Sox lineup.

Browns | Johnny Manziel fined

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:56:30 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for giving the Washington Redskins sideline in the middle finger in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.

FANTASY TIP: Just another reason to think Manziel needs to sit a bit before getting his starting opportunity.

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders to play Sat.?

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:16:13 -0700

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) had a full practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he could play in his first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

FANTASY TIP: Sanders should be good to go, but if he suffers another setback, he may be in trouble for Week 1. We'll keep you posted. For now, draft him as a low-end WR3.

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo to sign

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:06:51 -0700

Free-agent Cuban OF Rusney Castillo is expected to sign with the Boston Red Sox for a record-setting six-year, $72 million deal, according to a source.

FANTASY TIP: There's an outside chance he'll come up this year, but it's more likely that Castillo is someone to consider in deep fantasy leagues next year, especially those with five-outfielder requirement. Castillo has nice tools, notably his speed, and has hit with more authority since gaining weight, according to scouts. But he's not expected to have an impact like a Jose Abreu or Yasiel Puig.

Bengals | Vontaze Burfict sitting again

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:50:12 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (illness) is not practicing again Friday, Aug. 22.

NFL | Isaac Redman retires

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:42:45 -0700

Free-agent RB Isaac Redman (back) said he is no longer able to play football after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2013.

Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater at No. 2

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:33:32 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback, and the team is confident with him there. QB Christian Ponder could be traded if he performs well enough.

FANTASY TIP: Bridgewater is likely to sit behind Matt Cassel for a while and doesn't have much value in single-year leagues.

Bengals | Jeremy Hill may go with ones

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:29:38 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill could see some carries with the first-team offense in the third preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24.

FANTASY TIP: Hill is a solid RB4, and he could force the team's hand to utilize him more in the regular season if he performs well in this game.

White Sox | Three could take over 2B

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:20:51 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Carlos Sanchez, 2B Marcus Semien or 2B Micah Johnson could take over at second base after the team traded 2B Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Angels | Gordon Beckham acquired

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:20:27 -0700

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired 2B Gordon Beckham from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

Browns | Johnny Manziel could play later

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:17:34 -0700

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could play with QB Brian Hoyer in a two-quarterback system later in the season, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said a package for Manziel is on the table. Pettine said he didn't anticipate a platoon early in the season. Pettine also made it clear that Hoyer is on a week-to-week trial.

FANTASY TIP: Hoyer is a mid-to-low QB2, and it sounds like he must perform extremely well to hold off Manziel. Manziel is a mid-to-low QB2 with upside.