Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:02:59 -0800
The San Diego Padres signed OF Rafael Ortega, SP Andre Rienzo, 2B Jose Pirela and C Hector Sanchez to minor-league contracts on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 20:58:00 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Rafael Ortega cleared waivers Friday, Nov. 18, and has elected to become a free agent.
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 06:26:02 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have designated OF Rafael Ortega for assignment.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:49:58 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Rafael Ortega was recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake Monday, Aug. 29.
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:16:40 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Rafael Ortega was sent to the minors Saturday, June 11. In corresponding moves, OF Todd Cunningham was recalled and OF Craig Gentry (spine) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Left field has been an absolute disaster for the Angels this year, and they haven't gotten any traction out of the position. Cunningham figures to share time with Shane Robinson in left field now, at least until Daniel Nava is healthy. Cunningham is hitless in eight at-bats this year and has a career .206 average with no home runs in three years. You should avoid the Cunningham/Robinson platoon, even in deep AL-only leagues.
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:34:53 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Rafael Ortega is batting sixth and playing left field against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole Sunday, June 5. OF Shane Robinson is receiving the day off.
Fantasy Tip: Ortega is batting just .192 (10-for-52) with one home run and five RBI over the past four weeks and should not be viewed as a great fantasy option this afternoon.
Sat, 28 May 2016 15:51:07 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Rafael Ortega will not start Saturday, May 28, against the Houston Astros. OF Shane Robinson is starting and hitting ninth against Astros SP Dallas Keuchel.
Fantasy Tip: Ortega is a lefty and so is Keuchel, and that is most likely the reason for Ortega's absence from the lineup. Robinson carries little fantasy value with a .143 average in the past week and primary pinch-hitting duty late in games. Ortega is a .274-1-9 hitter in 23 games whose primary help comes in DFS leagues. Even so, Ortega doesn't have enough power to merit starting him every time he plays.
Wed, 25 May 2016 19:19:57 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Rafael Ortega went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, one walk and two runs scored against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, May 25.
Fantasy Tip: The home run was the first of Ortega's MLB career. Despite his performance Wednesday, he should be viewed as nothing more than desperation cap relief in daily fantasy contests at this point.
Tue, 17 May 2016 15:52:36 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Daniel Nava (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 17. OF Rafael Ortega was called up from the minors in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Nava just can't stay healthy and should be jettisoned at this point in deep mixed leagues if you owned him. Ortega, who hit .294 (15-for-51) with no home runs and four RBI earlier this year, is likely to start in left field against righties. He doesn't have a ton of offensive upside, so consider him as outfield depth in AL leagues.
Mon, 02 May 2016 16:21:05 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Daniel Nava (knee) will begin his rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire Monday, May 2, and he could be ready to come off the disabled list this weekend. He's expected to resume his role as the starting left fielder against right-handed pitchers. OF Rafael Ortega or 1B Ji-Man Choi are the options to be sent down when Nava returns. Choi, a Rule 5 pick, can't be optioned or the Angels will lose him.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is that Nava is guaranteed to return to the strong side of a platoon when he's ready since the Angels don't have any better options. The bad news is that Nava doesn't help fantasy owners very much in any one particular category. He's strictly AL-only fodder for outfield depth.