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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:05:33 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth plans to be aggressive on the base paths this year, and manager Matt Williams' style of managing should lend nicely to that. Werth said his offensive ideology is "in line" with Williams'. The Nationals coaching staff is letting the players make their own reads and giving the veterans green lights to decide when to run. "That's the only way to steal bases," Werth said. "That's how base stealers steal bases. That's how guys become great base stealers. You don't become a good base stealer by getting steal signs and stealing. That's when you get thrown out. Those philosophies are right now. I'm really happy about that."
FANTASY TIP: Werth should be a lock to hit 20 home runs, depending on health. Along with increased opportunities to steal bags, despite some loss in speed due to age, Werth looks much more attractive. Don't rule out double-digit stolen bases with Williams at the helm.
Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner |
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:34:20 -0800
The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed QB Chad Henne to an undisclosed two-year deal Friday, March 7.
FANTASY TIP: This won't preclude the Jags from drafting a quarterback with their third overall pick in this year's draft or searching for a capable QB to compete with Henne in free agency, but it makes that need less pressing. Henne returning likely means Blaine Gabbert is done in Jacksonville, however.
Source: ESPN.com - Michael DiRocco |
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:18:28 -0800
The New York Jets are not close to a long-term deal for DE Muhammad Wilkerson, according to a team source. The team plans to exercise his fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline, the source said. The Jets could revisit a contract extension this summer, but it's unlikely that they'll consider a long-term deal this offseason unless Wilkerson accepts a team-friendly contract. He'll earn $1.2 million in 2014, and he's in line for $5.25 million to $6 million under his 2015 team option.
Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta |
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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:07:06 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith didn't clarify his future with the team after meeting with general manager Dave Gettleman earlier this week. "Here's all I have to say about it," the team's all-time leading receiver said. "I am working out and doing all the things as I am a Carolina Panther. That's where I am. And I'll continue to move forward until I am told otherwise." Smith wouldn't elaborate when asked if he could be playing for another team in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com - David Newton |
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:52:38 -0800
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks felt free and easy during his outing Thursday, March 6, in which he allowed one hit while striking out two and walking two in three scoreless innings. He used all four of his pitches and touched 90-91 mph on the radar gun "without humping it up there." Danks is feeling much like his old self this spring after having shoulder surgery in 2012.
He said the biggest difference in camp this year is that he has command of his cut fastball. "It's just strengthening, being able to get my arm where it needs to be and have enough behind (the cutter) to spin it right and make it move," Danks said. "Last year, I had trouble spinning it, and it was backing up on me and getting hit. This year, I'm able to drive the ball where I want, and that was proved by being able to throw it to both sides of the plate with the sharp break on it."
FANTASY TIP: Poor velocity after returning from shoulder surgery last year likely was the main culprit for his weak numbers. If the increased velocity is here to stay, Danks could easily return to form. Nobody is really clamoring to draft him as an end-gamer, though, but he might be a nice steal off the waiver wire early in the season.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Daryl Van Schouwen |
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:28:40 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has looked out of place at third base during spring games and right now, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall and every other third baseman in camp looks much better than Santana on defense at the hot corner. Santana hasn't received a lot of opportunities there and when he has, he's looked stiff and uncomfortable.
FANTASY TIP: It doesn't look good for Santana gaining positional eligibility at third base if he keeps this up, but it's also still pretty early in camp.
Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes |