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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:27:44 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in three innings in a minor league game Friday, March 14, and he said his back is feeling better. "I wanted to jump right back in, but they thought this was a good idea, and it turned out to be a good idea," Happ said of his brief absence to rest the injury. "I'm ready to go." The team is being cautious with Happ, and they'll make him earn a rotation spot in competition with the likes of SPs Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond, Marcus Stroman and Ricky Romero.
FANTASY TIP: As Chisholm notes, it appears that Drew Hutchison has one of the remaining two spots locked up. He's a sleeper pick for AL-only managers. Happ has the experience, but Toronto may prefer health and youth from Stroman. Stay tuned.
Source: MLB.com - Gregor Chisholm |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:16:20 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) Friday, March 14, according to a source.
FANTASY TIP: Nick's 2013 season was ruined by injuries and the fact that he wasn't happy with his contact in New York. Moving to Indy and taking passes from Andrew Luck will return him to fantasy relevance, assuming he can stay healthy. T.Y. Hilton will take plenty of attention away from him, too. Nicks should be a midrange WR2 with upside for more.
Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:44:37 -0700
There are medical concerns surrounding free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot), meaning he may not get the type of deal he was seeking in free agency. He has a screw in each foot after injuries he suffered in the Super Bowl following the 2010 season. Sanders is reportedly seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $31.5 million deal that WR Golden Tate received from the Detroit Lions. The Pittsburgh Steelers are open to re-signing him, but he'll likely have to accept a much shorter deal.
Source: ESPN.com - Scott Brown |
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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:19:14 -0700
San Francisco Giants 2B Ehire Adrianza has always been a sure-handed defensive infielder, but his bat has been slow to develop in the minors. He's a switch hitter competing for a roster spot this spring and has a career average of .248 in the minor leagues. Adrianza finished the 2013 season at Triple-A Fresno, hitting .310 in 45 games.
He's impressed this spring, and manager Bruce Bochy called him "the most impressive guy in camp so far." As of Wednesday, March 12, he was 5-for-19 (.263) with two home runs. "I've seen power; I've seen him drive the ball at times in the minor leagues, but just not consistently," assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. After those adjustments, Evans said, "he was hitting the ball hard – not soft line drives – and it showed in the box scores." Adrianza is competing with INFs Joaquin Arias, Nick Noonan and Brandon Hicks. Adrianza played almost exclusively at shortstop in the minors, but he's looked adequate at second base in camp.
FANTASY TIP: The Giants are bringing Marco Scutaro (back) along slowly, and there's a decent chance he begins on the DL. At his age, too, he'll likely need to be spelled frequently throughout the season. Adrianza is a real sleeper option in NL-only leagues.
Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Kawahara |
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:14:10 -0700
Colorado Rockies RP Boone Logan (elbow) tossed 20 pitches in a live batting practice session Friday, March 14, and he could appear in spring games soon. The Rockies have been easing him back this spring after he underwent surgery to remove bone chips and shave a bone spur down in his left elbow.
Source: MLB.com - Thomas Harding |