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MLB | Lazaro Armenteros taking time deciding

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:44:55 -0800

Cuban free-agent OF Lazaro Armenteros is still weighing his options on where to sign, according to sources. It is going to be a family decision on where the 16-year-old signs, and the plan was to make a decision Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Fantasy Tip: Armenteros will likely need seasoning in the minors before realistically having a shot at the majors, but 'Lazarito' is someone fantasy owners in dynasty leagues will want to keep close tabs on during his ascension in the minor leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jesse Sanchez

MLB | Yovani Gallardo had bad finish

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:10:40 -0800

Free-agent SP Yovani Gallardo (Rangers) allowed 94 hits in 71 innings in the second half with the Texas Rangers last season and went six innings in just two of his outings.

Fantasy Tip: Gallardo is nearing a deal with the Baltimore Orioles, and moving to another hitter's park carrying the aforementioned issues is pretty scary for fantasy owners. He could find nice stretches of usefulness, but he'd mainly be a deep mixed asset if he lands in Baltimore.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - David Schoenfield

MLB | Lazarito Armenteros to decide soon

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:28:29 -0800

Cuban free-agent OF Lazarito Armenteros is expected to make a decision on where he will sign Wednesday, Feb. 10, and he is drawing interest from the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies, according to industry sources. The 16-year-old phenom is ranked eighth on MLB's list of the top 30 international prospects.

Fantasy Tip: He's only 16, so he will require years of seasoning before he's even considered worthy of an MLB call-up.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jesse Sanchez

MLB | Dexter Fowler out in the cold

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:11:13 -0800

Free-agent OF Dexter Fowler (Cubs) may struggle to get more than the two-year, $20 million deal that the Los Angeles Dodgers gave 2B Howie Kendrick, according to MLB executives.

Fantasy Tip: Fowler had a career-high 17 home runs and 46 RBI and also stole 20 bags with the Chicago Cubs in 2015. In the right situation, he could be a 20-20 man. Unfortunately for him, he'll likely have to settle for a short, incentive-laden contract with spring training right around the corner. Stay tuned on where he lands.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Buster Olney

MLB | Delmon Young threatens, chokes valet

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:40:41 -0800

Free-agent OF Delmon Young (Orioles) threatened to kill and then choked a hotel worker in Miami Sunday, Feb. 7, according to reports. He'll face a batter charge that also involves allegations of inappropriate slurs. The valet attendant refused to let Young onto an elevator that led to a club that was closed for the night.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - A.J. Perez

MLB | Two players defect from Cuba

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:52:06 -0800

Cuban brothers SS Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 22, and INF Yulieski Gurriel, 31, are believed to have defected from Cuba following the Caribbean Series Sunday, Feb. 7, to seek MLB contracts. Gurriel Jr. is Cuba's top prospect, while the elder Gurriel is the country's best player.

Fantasy Tip: These are two names to watch in the coming months if they establish residency and become eligible to be signed.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jesse Sanchez

MLB | Alexei Bell to hold workout

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:32:06 -0800

Cuban free-agent OF Alexei Bell will hold a workout for interested teams in Mexico on Feb. 15.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is a 32-year-old right-handed hitter who batted .317 with two home runs, 23 RBIs and 11 steals in 59 games last season in the Can-Am League. He was a lifetime .319 hitter in Cuba, with nearly as many walks (431) as strikeouts (439) in 3,441 plate appearances. Bell is said to have a strong arm and above-average speed, although one scout believes he is not the same player that led Cuba to a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics. He should go undrafted but could be worth monitoring in single-universe and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jesse Sanchez

MLB | Yordanis Linares to hold workout

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:06:27 -0800

Cuban free-agent OF Yordanis Linares will hold a workout for interested teams in Mexico on Feb. 16.

Fantasy Tip: Linares is a 26-year-old left-handed hitter who batted .311 with 15 home runs, 99 RBIs and 26 steals in 665 at-bats over three seasons in Cuba. He should be monitored in single-universe and deep mixed leagues once he signs with a club.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jesse Sanchez

MLB | Joe Nathan intends to pitch in 2016

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:42:01 -0800

Free-agent RP Joe Nathan (Tigers) is "definitely planning on playing this season," according to agent Dave Pepe, who added that his workouts are going well.

Fantasy Tip: The 41-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and has received interest from 10 teams. He should be viewed as a desperation flier in all fantasy formats at this point and is unlikely to resume pitching before May.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jon Paul Morosi

MLB | Lazaro Armenteros could sign soon

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:40:08 -0800

Nine MLB teams are heavily involved in the bidding for 16-year-old Cuban OF Lazaro Armenteros, according to a source. It is not yet known if he will agree to a deal when he becomes eligible to sign a contract Wednesday, Feb. 10, or if he will wait until the next international signing period begins July 2.

Fantasy Tip: Armenteros is unlikely to reach the majors in the next year or two but owners in long-term dynasty leagues should keep tabs on his progress as he advances through the minors.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jesse Sanchez

MLB | Mark Buehrle not retiring

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:42:10 -0800

Free-agent SP Mark Buehrle (Blue Jays) isn't planning to sign this offseason but isn't officially retiring. Buehrle will leave the door open if he considers a comeback down the road.

Fantasy Tip: Buehrle has had a fine career and has been one of the most underappreciated fantasy assets for starting pitchers. He wouldn't command much attention, though, if he decided to take one more run at it.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jerry Crasnick

MLB | Ian Desmond to move to 3B?

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:05:07 -0800

One National League scout suggested that it'd be a good move for free-agent SS Ian Desmond (Nationals) to make the move to third base. "I think he would be excellent there," said the scout. "He's a shortstop who probably doesn't have the great range, but he'd be very good at third. He's a great kid in the clubhouse who works hard. At some point, there has got to be a team, maybe one who has a pick at the end of the first round, who'd give that up for a guy like this."

Fantasy Tip: Desmond remains on the open market, so his fantasy value will depend on where he lands. A disappointing .233 average in 2015 has many down on him, but the free swinger remains a 20-homer candidate, and he can also run a bit. There is buying potential in the middle rounds.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo

MLB | Multiple teams interested in Craig Breslow

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:12:55 -0800

Free-agent P Craig Breslow (Red Sox) is drawing interest from multiple teams as both a starter and a reliever.

Fantasy Tip: Breslow went 0-4 with a 4.15 ERA in 45 appearances for the Red Sox last season, with two spot starts. Even if he lands with a club that will give him an opportunity to start on a regular basis, he is nothing more than a late-round flier in single-universe fantasy leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Rob Bradford

MLB | Howie Kendrick in decline?

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:04:44 -0800

Free-agent 2B Howie Kendrick (Dodgers) has hit between .285 and .297 in each of the last five seasons, but he'll be 32 this season and played in only 122 games in 2013 and 117 contests last year. His percentage of extra-base hits has been 6.7% the last two seasons, which are the lowest figures of his career. Kendrick also doesn't walk that often, and his walk rate declined rapidly in the second half of 2015, when he had only three walks in 136 plate appearances.

Fantasy Tip: As Schoenfield notes, Kendrick's only real asset to his fantasy owners is his excellent contact rate, which allows him to have high batting averages. Aside from that he wont' give you much, which makes him mainly a deep mixed middle infielder.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - David Schoenfield

MLB | Chicago teams eyeing Dexter Fowler

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:57:47 -0800

The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox are both interested in free-agent OF Dexter Fowler (Cubs), according to multiple sources.

Fantasy Tip: The soon-to-be 30-year-old Fowler is a reliable source of runs scored and stolen bases and experienced the best season of his career in 2015. He batted .250 with 17 home runs, 46 RBIs and 20 steals, along with 102 runs scored, while serving as the Cubs' leadoff hitter last year. Fowler should be taken in the middle rounds of drafts for single-universe leagues and cavernous mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Bruce Levine

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