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    Keeper Baseball 2015 (ID# 27702)
    • Micah Johnson 'might have leg up' for 2B job
      Scott Merkin of MLB.com writes that Micah Johnson "might have a leg up" in the competition for the White Sox' second base job.

      Advice: It's so early in camp that the proclamation probably doesn't mean a whole lot, but it's worth noting nonetheless. Johnson could potentially have ample fantasy value in a starting role, as he's hit .297/.366/.422 in the minors and had 84 stolen bases in 2013 before falling to 22 thefts in 2014 while battling hamstring issues. He's competing with Carlos Sanchez, Gordon Beckham and Emilio Bonifacio. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:14 pm
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    • Marcus Semien homers twice in Cactus debut
      Marcus Semien homered twice and drove in four runs in Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Giants.

      Advice: Not a bad way to kick off his Oakland career. Semien took World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner deep to center field in the first inning, singled in a run in the second and again went deep to center field in the fifth. He also tried to steal a base but was thrown out. Some scouts question whether Semien will be able to hit at the big league level, but there's no doubt he possesses an intriguing power/speed combo. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:51 pm
    • Ryan Goins goes 2-for-3 against Pirates
      Ryan Goins singled twice Tuesday before striking out bunting in the ninth of Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

      Advice: Goins was sent up to sacrifice with two men on in the ninth, but he showed poor technique and failed three times to get the bunt down, erasing any good feelings left over from his two knocks earlier in the contest. Goins is battling Maicer Izturis and Devon Travis for the second base job in Toronto, with Ramon Santiago and Steve Tolleson on the fringes of the race. Goins offers the best glove of the group, but he's mostly gotten the bat knocked out of his hands during previous major league stints. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:51 pm
    • Ian Kinsler hits three-run homer
      Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer and walked as the Tigers' No. 3 hitter Tuesday against the Orioles.

      Advice: Manager Brad Ausmus hasn't committed to Kinsler in the leadoff spot this year, though it's hard to imagine him hitting lower than second as long as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are healthy. One option would be to lead him off against righties and let him hit second behind Rajai Davis against lefties. Avila was the No. 2 hitter today. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:33 pm
    • Derek Dietrich knocks in two runs
      Derek Dietrich singled, walked and knocked in two runs off the bench as the Marlins topped the University of Miami 7-1 on Tuesday.

      Advice: Dietrich had a solid .712 OPS in 158 major league at-bats and an exceptional 1.019 OPS in 98 Triple-A at-bats last season, but by going out and getting Dee Gordon and Martin Prado over the winter, the Marlins made it clear they're not ready to count on him. He'll probably head back to Triple-A and wait for something to open up. He has really good pop for a second baseman, though his unexceptional range probably makes him a better fit at third. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    • Mookie Betts leads off, plays center
      Mookie Betts started in center field and went 1-for-2 as Boston's leadoff man Tuesday against Northeastern.

      Advice: The Red Sox might well have rolled out their Opening Day lineup to kick things off this spring: Betts, 2B Dustin Pedroia, DH David Ortiz, LF Hanley Ramirez, 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B Mike Napoli, RF Shane Victorino, SS Xander Bogaers and C Christian Vazquez. Betts will have to fight Rusney Castillo for the job, and it's possible both will start if Victorino is traded. Right now, though, fantasy owners should feel a little safer investing in Betts than in Castillo. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    • Kipnis (finger) likely to play this weekend
      Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Jason Kipnis (finger) will likely make his Cactus League debut this weekend.

      Advice: The Indians are easing Kipnis into things after December surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The 27-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .240/.310/.330 with six home runs and 41 RBI over 129 games, but there's serious rebound potential if he's feeling good. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 am
    • Twins' extension with Dozier gaining traction
      The Twins are making progress on a contract extension with Brian Dozier, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

      Advice: The deal is believed to be close. The Twins signed starter Phil Hughes to an extension earlier this offseason and are ticking another box in extending Dozier. Dozier, 27, will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so an extension would likely cover all three years and potentially more. The second baseman broke out last season with a productive .242/.345/.416 slash line along with 23 home runs, 71 RBI, and 21 stolen bases last season. His combination of power and speed makes him extremely valuable, both to the Twins and to fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:04 am
    • Franklin eyeing Rays' starting shortstop job
      Nick Franklin believes he will become the Rays' starting shortstop, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes.

      Advice: The Rays can go one of several ways with their middle infield. One would involve using Asdrubal Cabrera at second base and Franklin at short, and another could reverse the positions. The Rays could also give some of Franklin's playing time to Tim Beckham (at shortstop) and/or Logan Forsythe (at second base). Franklin joined the club at the trade deadline last season in the three-way David Price trade. He has a career .647 OPS with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 412 plate appearances. Those in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues will want to monitor how this situation plays out over the course of the spring. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:38 am
    • Donovan Solano reaches three times
      Donovan Solano reached all three times he was up and scored twice Monday as the Marlins beat Florida International 7-2.

      Advice: Several Marlins backup infield candidates had nice days, with Reid Brignac going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI, Don Kelly delivering a two-run double and Jordany Valdespin going 1-for-2 with a walk from the leadoff spot. The Marlins are committed to Jeff Baker, Ichiro Suzuki and backup catcher Jeff Mathis for the bench, leaving two spots for Solano, Brignac, Kelly, Valdespin, Derek Dietrich, Miguel Rojas, Reed Johnson and Tyler Colvin. Solano and Rojas probably have the edge for one spot, with the other going to another outfield option, most likely Kelly or Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:09 pm
    • D'Backs open to moving Hill, Ross, and Cahill
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are shopping Aaron Hill, Cody Ross, and Trevor Cahill.

      Advice: D'Backs general manager Dave Stewart has denied Heyman's source, for what that's worth. Hill was very good in 2012 and 2013, but he had a rough 2014 season and is owed a total of $24 million in 2015-2016. These aren't exactly blockbuster trade chips for the Diamondbacks, who are rebuilding under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:48 am
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      Aaron Hill Ari - 2B,3B
    • Utley (ankle) won't play in games this week
      Chase Utley won't appear in any spring games this week due to lingering ankle soreness.

      Advice: Utley suffered a mild right ankle sprain during a workout in January and the Phillies are easing him along in camp. The 36-year-old second baseman is not yet in danger of missing any regular-season action. He should only need around 40-50 at-bats in the Grapefruit League. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:49 am
    • Chase Utley won't play in Grapefruit opener
      Chase Utley will not play in the Phillies Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Phillies insist that the veteran infielder is fine and that they're simply being cautious as Utley recovers from a mild ankle sprain he incurred while working out in January. The 36-year-old Utley has still been participating in workouts and has been taking batting practice, and should appear in game action before the end of the week. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:22 pm
    • Gordon Beckham getting work all over infield
      While he's competing for the team's starting job at second base, Gordon Beckham is seeing work all over the infield early in the spring.

      Advice: The former top prospect is getting work at shortstop and third base as well, as he prepares for what could wind up being a super utility role for the White Sox. Even if he loses out to Micah Johnson or Carlos Sanchez in the battle at second base, the more time that he sees on the field, the better his chances of carving out value as a middle infielder in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:04 pm
    • Chris Owings (shoulder) ahead of schedule
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Chris Owings (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule.

      Advice: Owings had been slated to miss the first 8-10 Cactus League games as he works his way back from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, but it sounds like he could be ready sooner than that. "I don't have an exact (return) date," Hale said, "but he's past where I thought he was." Owings has bounce-back potential as a fantasy option if he's able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:19 am
    • Kipnis to miss 2-3 Cactus League games
      Jason Kipnis (finger) could miss the first 2-3 Cactus League games as he continues to recover from December's surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger.

      Advice: The 27-year-old is progressing nicely in his recovery and should soon be hitting without any restrictions. He's looking to rebound from a tremendously disappointing 2014 campaign in which he slashed .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 contests. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:33 pm
    • Mariners to have competition for shortstop
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday that the team has yet to settle on their shortstop for the upcoming season.

      Advice: That means that Brad Miller and Chris Taylor will compete for the job this spring. McClendon did note that whichever candidate secures the job, that the shortstop is likely to bat ninth, sapping their already minimal fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:31 am
    • Utley wants to stay but would consider trade
      Chase Utley said Monday that while he wants to stay with the Phillies, he "would have to listen" if the club ever came to him about a possible trade.

      Advice: "For as much respect as I have for the organization, if they ever came to me and asked me [to consider a trade], I would have to listen, but I don’t think much will change," Utley said. Utley has full no-trade and has been consistent in saying that he doesn't want to go anywhere, but it appears that he's at least leaving the door cracked open. The 36-year-old is owed $10 million in 2015 and has $15 million vesting options each of the next three seasons after that. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:57 pm
    • Chase Utley sprained his ankle in January
      Chase Utley acknowledged to reporters Monday that he sprained an ankle in January.

      Advice: The veteran second baseman is over the injury by now, but he's going to take it easy for the first couple weeks of spring camp just to be safe. Utley should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. He could be trade bait this summer for the rebuilding Phillies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:29 am
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