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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:58:52 -0700
University of California-Los Angeles LB Anthony Barr ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at his pro day Tuesday, March 11, and former head coach Jim Mora said Barr's time was "electronic." Barr clocked in at 4.66 seconds in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. Barr also improved his bench press from 15 repetitions to 19.
Source: CBSSports.com - Rob Rang |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:58:36 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras (hamstring) has probably seen his window of opportunity to make the parent club out of spring training close thanks to his tight right hamstring. He was a long shot in the first place. "He needed to come in and have everything go right in order for that to be a possibility," said manager Mike Matheny.
The skipper estimated that Taveras ran at only 50 percent intensity during workouts Monday, March 10. The Cardinals had hoped to see him push it to about 75 percent. "I think he's a little tentative now," Matheny said. "Guys who have had injuries that haven't healed up right, they typically are a little more hesitant to push it." The staff has come away impressed with the top prospect's work ethic, however.
FANTASY TIP: Taveras wasn't going to make the OD roster barring a jaw-dropping showing in the Grapefruit League. He'll return to Triple-A Memphis, where he hasn't spent much time. As long as he remains healthy, he'll probably debut at some point this summer. The better he hits, the sooner that may be, because St. Louis has some depth, barring an injury. Taveras may be worth stashing late in deep mixed leagues.
Source: MLB.com - Jenifer Langosch |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:41:02 -0700
Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced on Monday, March 10, in his third start of the Cactus League. He surrendered four runs on a pair of gopher balls in the first inning, however, and wasn't pleased with his approach. "From hitter one, I need to be aggressive and have a good mentality." He yielded four hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, in all. Parker's spring ERA is 10.61.
The right-hander appears to be on schedule to start the club's opening day contest on March 31.
FANTASY TIP: Parker has top-grade talent but hasn't quite put it all together yet. He seems to expect a lot of himself and is conscious of where he can improve, so that bodes well. He could take that major step forward at any time -- fantasy owners prefer to see it come about in that K/9, especially -- and so he remains a tantalizing mid-round choice.
Source: MLB.com - Tyler Emerick |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:36:07 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have released the rights to retired TE Tony Gonzalez.
FANTASY TIP: Nothing to see here ... It is highly unlikely Gonzo comes back to play for any team in 2014 after being hired as an analyst by CBS Sports.
Source: NFL Network |
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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:32:31 -0700
The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free-agent RB Darren McFadden to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
FANTASY TIP: McFadden could be the starting running back next season depending on what the team does this offseason. McFadden has been an injury risk since he entered the league but could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues next season.
Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:27:34 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (calf) has been running and hitting on the field, but he's not expected to play in an exhibition game until Sunday, March 16, at the earliest, per manager Mike Scioscia.
FANTASY TIP: Hamilton's injury history is certainly a deterrent for fantasy owners, but it sounds as if he has a pretty good chance to be ready for the start of the season. He's amassed more 600 PAs in each of the last two seasons and is an OK bet to rebound, so he might be discounted heavily.
Source: The Orange County Register - Jeff Fletcher |