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Dodgers | Receive cash with Darwin Barney

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:12:33 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Los Angeles Dodgers received cash considerations along with 2B Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.

Blue Jays | Brandon Morrow to return in September

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:12:08 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (finger) is continuing his throwing program in Florida, and manager John Gibbons thinks Morrow can return sometime ni September. Morrow may be used as a reliever if the team needs him in that role.

FANTASY TIP: Morrow's return is so far off that he shouldn't be held anywhere besides AL-only leagues. Even if he returns, he may not even be useful in fantasy leagues if he's pitching in relief.

Seahawks | Expected to bring in Terrell Thomas

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:11:05 -0700

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign free-agent CB Terrell Thomas (Giants).

Red Sox | Jon Lester, John Lackey attracting interest

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:10:56 -0700

Boston Red Sox SPs Jon Lester and John Lackey are getting "hit hard" in trade talks from contenders, according to sources.

Paders | Chris Denorfia's suitors

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:10:40 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia is the subject of trade talks with the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves, who are interested in adding him to their bench.

FANTASY TIP: Denorfia is likely only valuable in single-universe games and daily-game matchups versus southpaws.

Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater to see time with starters

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:09:54 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will receive playing time with the starting offense during preseason games, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. The team will need that information to decide who will be the starting quarterback for Week 1.

Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie swinging

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:08:37 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (finger) is hitting off a tee and will move to batting practice soon.

FANTASY TIP: Lawrie will need to go on a rehab assignment before he returns to the team.

Chargers | Jeromey Clary taking pay cut

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:02:09 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Jeromey Clary has reduced his salary from $4.55 million to $1.6 million, giving the Chargers an added $2.95 million in cap space. Clary is on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.

Blue Jays | Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind not ready to return

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:00:05 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1Bs Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) and Adam Lind (foot) are unlikely to be back by the team's current road trip, according to manager John Gibbons. Encarnacion is still resting after a minor setback and Lind is taking light batting practice.

FANTASY TIP: You'll have to stay a bit more patient with both players, but once they're back from the disabled list, you'll need to get them both back into your starting lineups immediately.

Patriots | Claim Tyler Gaffney

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:59:23 -0700

The New England Patriots claimed RB Tyler Gaffney (Panthers) on waivers Monday, July 28.

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Vikings | Willing to trade Christian Ponder

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:58:23 -0700

The Minnesota Vikings are willing to trade QB Christian Ponder. Ponder has performed well during training camp but probably will be the No. 3 quarterback.

Mets | Matt Harvey probably limited in 2015

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:57:53 -0700

New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (elbow) probably will be on an innings limit when he returns in 2015. He may only log 150 to 160 frames, which could equal 20 to 22 starts.

FANTASY TIP: He's not going to appear in the majors this year. Most pitchers' first season after Tommy John surgery is a rough go, so if many are pegging Harvey for his peak pre-injury form, it could be a costly draft-day mistake. If he slips far into the middle mixed rounds, his profit potential will obviously go up. His minors performance this year, if he has one, and his form over the winter and spring will be a hot topic of discussion for next year's fantasy drafts.

Dolphins | Gerald Ford cut

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:53:05 -0700

The Miami Dolphins cut WR Gerald Ford Monday, July 28.

Phillies | Interest in Marlon Byrd, Antonio Bastardo

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:52:38 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd and RP Antonio Bastardo are the subject of the club's conversations with a few teams.

FANTASY TIP: Byrd is the more pertinent fantasy option in this case and could suffer or improve depending on any change in location. Still, the power growth he experienced last year has successfully continued in 2014, so the "fluke" card isn't a lock. He could be an expensive FAAB crossover piece if he goes to the American League.

Athletics | Craig Gentry to DL

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:46 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Craig Gentry (hand) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 28. OF Billy Burns was recalled from Double-A Midland in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Gentry is dealing with a broken hand, so it could easily be an extended stay on the DL.

Vikings | Adrian Peterson excited about offense

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:20 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is looking forward to playing in the team's new offense because it is more versatile than the one the team had been using for the last several seasons. "Let's call it what it is: I thought in the past, we've been predictable," Peterson said. "I'm sure you guys wrote stories about us being predictable the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all I'm saying. You won't be able to do that, because this offense is so versatile."

FANTASY TIP: Peterson could get more involved in the passing game in 2014, which will only help his fantasy value. He should be gone within the first few picks in all fantasy leagues.

Dolphins | Tony Hills signs

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:50:06 -0700

The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent OT Tony Hills (Raiders) to an undisclosed deal Monday, July 28.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:49:34 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) and OF Jacoby Ellsbury are not in the lineup Monday, July 28.

FANTASY TIP: Teixeira could very well land on the DL very soon. Prepare for an extended absence from him. Ellsbury is likely just receiving the day off. Make sure both are out of your lineups this evening.

Mets | Won't trade Noah Syndergaard

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:40:28 -0700

New York Mets SP Noah Syndergaard isn't likely to be included in any deal the club may make this week.

FANTASY TIP: As David Lennon notes, the Metropolitans could change their minds, but they're not aiming to part with their top pitching prospect. Good news for his NL-only dynasty stock holders.

Padres | Ian Kennedy, Chris Denorfia updates

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:37:14 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy is looking less likely to be traded, but OF Chris Denorfia probably will be dealt.

FANTASY TIP: Kennedy staying put would be good news for his fantasy value and NL-only owners. His current oblique injury may scare teams off. Denorfia leaving would be a positive fantasy development; joining any other offense and entering any other home park would be an upgrade that could extract more deep-mixed utility.