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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.

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.

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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.

Brewers | Jeremy Jeffress signs

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:18:31 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals) to a minor league deal Friday, April 18.

Diamondbacks | Cody Ross activated

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:15:20 -0700

The Arizona Diamondbacks activated OF Cody Ross (hip) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 18, and designated RP Ryan Rowland-Smith for assignment in a corresponding move.

FANTASY TIP: Maybe this is the spark that the D-Backs need in order to turn around their atrocious start. Ross is likely to be eased back in, but the loser here is A.J. Pollock. Ross can provide some decent power numbers for deep mixed managers, but at this stage of his career, he's more of a platoon player.

Giants | Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford back

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:08:52 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (knee) and SS Brandon Crawford (hamstring) are both returning to the lineup Friday, April 18. However, OF Michael Morse and C Buster Posey are sitting out.

FANTASY TIP: Make the necessary adjustments to your fantasy lineups.

Raiders | Keith Lewis visited

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:07:23 -0700

The Oakland Raiders hosted Virginia University of Lynchburg CB Keith Lewis for a visit last week.

Chiefs | Keith Lewis works out

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:05:28 -0700

The Kansas City Chiefs conducted a private workout with Virginia University of Lynchburg CB Keith Lewis Monday, April 14. Lewis is listed at 5-foot-11, 194 pounds. He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds 14 times and had a vertical jump of 31 inches at his pro day last month.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez starting

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:09 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) is back in the starting lineup Friday, April 18.

FANTASY TIP: Put Ramirez back into your starting lineups immediately.

Falcons | Nevin Lawson visited

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:48:53 -0700

The Atlanta Falcons visited with Utah State CB Nevin Lawson.

NFL | Jimmy Clausen looking for another opportunity

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:34:43 -0700

Free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) (Panthers) wants to compete for an NFL backup job. Clausen had right shoulder surgery Sept. 11, 2013 and spent the entire season on injured reserve.