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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:28:15 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals will take their time in developing Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz by having him serve as depth in the minor leagues. He's on the 40-man roster and will be optioned this spring. A solid March could allow him to start the year at Class AA Springfield.
FANTASY TIP: Diaz had to sit out a full year as MLB-mandated punishment for misrepresenting his age, so he's behind the curve to get involved heavily in St. Louis' plans this year. Jhonny Peralta's presence and four-year deal obviously complicate the 23-year-old's timetable, as well. Diaz could develop significant power for a shortstop, and keeper leaguers shouldn't hesitate to spend a farm-roster spot on him.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick Goold |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:15:22 -0700
The Washington Redskins agreed to an undisclosed deal with free-agent WR Andre Roberts (Cardinals).
FANTASY TIP: Roberts was an asset at times in point-per-reception leagues. He gives Pierre Garcon a set of steady hands on the other side and could thrive with the abundance of attention paid to Garcon. Roberts has averaged 53 catches per season the last three years and should be a later-round pick, WR4 or WR5 in PPR leagues this season.
Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:03:20 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano struggled in his appearance Monday, March 10, allowing five runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts in one inning. He has given up seven runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings this spring. His body language on Monday didn't look upbeat, and a scout said his fastball sat between 89 and 91 mph, which was close to his average from 2013. Manager Matt Williams isn't concerned.
FANTASY TIP: However, since these are tendencies Soriano displayed at times last season, fantasy owners should pay attention. His K/9 drop pointed to potential problems in the future. If he can't turn things around when regulation play starts, we could see more doses of Tyler Clippard and/or Drew Storen in save spots. Plan accordingly in your draft and be careful not to overpay for Soriano.
Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:59:28 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras (ankle, hamstring) isn't in the lineup Tuesday, March 11. It's the third straight day he has sat after a tight right hamstring was bugging him Saturday, March 8. It could be a week or so before he plays in another spring game.
FANTASY TIP: This further jeopardizes his chances of making the Opening Day roster. He'll have to prove himself in Class AAA first, with an early-summer arrival likely his best-case scenario. Take note, fantasy owners, if you're stashing.
Source: MLB.com - Jenifer Langosch |
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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:53:27 -0700
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (shin) will participate in baseball activities Tuesday, March 11, after recently being held out of the lineup due to an irritated shin.
FANTASY TIP: He should be back on schedule for the regular season.
Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:42:59 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays 2B/OF Ben Zobrist (neck) and RP Joel Peralta (neck) said their stiff necks have improved. Both expect to play Wednesday, March 12. Zobrist will DH in Dunedin and is scheduled for four at-bats. Peralta will pitch in minor-league action in Port Charlotte. OF David DeJesus (side) is back in the lineup Tuesday, March 11, after missing a week with right-side soreness.
Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:38:52 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley will join the club for their opening series in Australia and will start in a exhibition against Team Australia on March 21, the day before the series begins. Bradley is expected to make one more spring start; he has thrown 6 1/3 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in Cactus League play, working around three hits and four walks.
FANTASY TIP: Bradley still could join the rotation if he pitches in that showcase contest because of the gap between the Aussie trip and the start of the stateside schedule. His presence in the quintet looks like a decent bet, meaning mixed-leaguers should consider him for a back-end or bench spot in their rotation.
Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro |
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:29:10 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) said he'll throw on Thursday, March 13, for the first time since elbow surgery. It's scheduled to be a five-minute session with tosses at 45 to 60 feet.
FANTASY TIP: He'll likely be ready to rejoin the big club sometime in May, but a longer absence and uncertainty surrounding his rotation spot are possible. He's a shaky mixed-league stash.
Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney |