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MLB | Josh Johnson retires

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:47:30 -0800

Free-agent SP Josh Johnson (Padres) has retired Thursday, Jan. 19.

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


MLB | Jimmy Paredes headed to Japan

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:44:38 -0800

Free-agent OF Jimmy Paredes (Phillies) has signed a one-year contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese League. The deal is worth $1.2 million.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Japan Times - Jason Coskrey


MLB | Elvis Araujo elects free agency

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:27:12 -0800

RP Elvis Araujo has elected free agency. The move is strictly a procedural one, as Araujo has already signed to play in Japan but his rights belonged to the Miami Marlins. The Marlins designated him for assignment last month.

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MLB | Five minor leaguers suspended

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 09:39:24 -0800

The Major League Baseball Commissioner's Office announced drug-related suspensions for five minor-league players earlier in the week. Players suspended for 50 games apiece include Boston Red Sox C Jake Romanski, Houston Astros P Brendan McCurry, Cleveland Indians P Dakody Clemmer, Kansas City Royals P Arnaldo Hernandez, and free-agent P Mario Alcantara.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Baseball America


MLB | Phil Coke headed overseas

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:15:57 -0800

Free-agent RP Phil Coke (Pirates) has signed a contract with the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball League. Financial terms were not announced.

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MLB | Pat Dean heads to Korea

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:38:22 -0800

Free-agent SP Pat Dean (Twins) has signed a one-year contract with the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to sources. Dean will earn $900,000 for the season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MyKBO.net


MLB | Joel Hanrahan retires

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:53:35 -0800

Free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan (Tigers) has decided to retire from Major League Baseball.

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MLB | Cards-Mets postponed

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:10:08 -0700

The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets for Monday, July 25, has been postponed due to inclement weather. It'll be made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, July 26. Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez had been set to face Mets SP Noah Syndergaard.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure you remove any players that you had in this game from your daily lineups.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Anthony DiComo


MLB | Jose Miguel Fernandez to be in play?

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:51:35 -0700

Cuban 2B Jose Miguel Fernandez might be a factor in the second half as a contender looks for middle infielder help down the stretch. The market for Fernandez might become clearer around the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, after teams move pieces to open up spots.

Fantasy Tip: Fernandez is a name worth filing away, but for now he is only worth stashing away in the very deepest of long-term keeper formats and in leagues with an extremely deep bench. There are no certainties he appears in the majors in 2016.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


MLB | Yulieski Gourriel free to sign

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:26:50 -0700

Cuban 3B Yulieski Gourriel has been given clearance to sign with any major league team. Gourriel, 32, spent 2014 playing in Japan's Central League and returned to play for Cuba.

Fantasy Tip: Gourriel has some power, but he's more of a doubles hitter. He'll be a player to watch in single-universe leagues if he surfaces this season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press


MLB | Greg Holland ready in August?

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 04:51:32 -0700

Free-agent RP Greg Holland (elbow) could take the mound in August after recovery from Tommy John surgery. He has received interest from both the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Tip: Right now the veteran reliever is without a team, but Holland's fantasy value could improve greatly if he lands a closing job somewhere. Stay tuned to see where Holland lands as interest heats up. If you have a league with a very deep bench you may want to consider picking Holland up as he gets closer to a return.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman


MLB | Jonny Gomes has no plans to retire

Wed, 25 May 2016 19:55:11 -0700

Free-agent OF Jonny Gomes (Japanese League) said he is not retiring. The 35-year-old veteran, who played in the majors from 2003 to 2015, was playing with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese League until two weeks ago, when he voluntarily parted ways with the club. Gomes hit just .169 in 75 plate appearances with Rakuten this year.

Fantasy Tip: If Gomes latches on with an MLB team, it would almost certainly be in a reserve role, which would limit his fantasy value to deep single-universe seasonal leagues.

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


MLB | Suspensions coming for Odor, Bautista

Mon, 16 May 2016 16:31:03 -0700

Texas Rangers 2B Rougned Odor and Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista are expected to have their suspensions announced by Major League Baseball Tuesday, May 17, according to Joe Torre. Odor and Bautista were involved in a fight during the game Sunday, May 15.

Fantasy Tip: It's unknown how long both players will be banned, but it's likely to be something around a handful of games. Both players can appeal any punishment and would continue to be eligible to play while the league reviews the incident. Stay tuned for more information on how long Joey Bats and Odor will be out and act accordingly in leagues where you own them.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Wall Street Journal - Jared Diamond


MLB | Tim Lincecum has three teams in on him

Thu, 12 May 2016 09:52:56 -0700

Free-agent SP Tim Lincecum (Giants) has the most interest from the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Chicago White Sox. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners aren't interested. Lincecum isn't close to a decision.

Fantasy Tip: Lincecum's stuff plays better in the National League, but the Giants have been interested in him as a reliever. He could be worth a flyer depending on the park and league he lands in.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


MLB | Cubs-Padres game in jeopardy

Mon, 09 May 2016 09:17:11 -0700

The game between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres scheduled for Monday, May 9, is expected to have a lengthy delay or postponement due to rain that will be entering the Chicago area by late afternoon. The best-case scenario is that the game starts on time and rain throughout the middle to late innings is light enough to play through. Cubs SP Jon Lester is set to face off against Padres SP Cesar Vargas.

Fantasy Tip: While you probably don't want to bench any Cubs for this game in traditional formats, tread carefully in this one and be prepared to make lineup adjustments if necessary. Avoiding this game entirely in daily setups would be wise.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jesse Rogers


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