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    • Phillies not interested in Victorino reunion
      The Phillies are not interested in acquiring Shane Victorino in any trade with the Red Sox, as they are intent on bringing back younger, cheaper talent, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

      Advice: The Phillies are in rebuilding mode, so Victorino wouldn't make much sense for them despite sporting an incomplete outfield. Victorino missed large chunks of time last season due to hamstring and back issues, but is John Farrell's favorite to claim the starting job in right field. When he's healthy, he provides speed and power, but it remains to be seen if his recent bout with injuries has sapped him of either. Rotoworld.com
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    • Stanton not in Marlins' lineup vs. Hurricanes
      Giancarlo Stanton (face) is not in the Marlins' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Miami Hurricanes.

      Advice: Stanton was hit in the hip during an intrasquad game over the weekend, but he was only grazed. The Marlins are just taking it easy with Stanton early on. He'll be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Marlins open Grapefruit League action against the Cardinals. Stanton was hit in the face with a fastball in September last season, requiring surgery. He will be wearing a new, more protective helmet and should still be counted on for elite fantasy numbers as he begins a record 13-year, $325 million contract signed in November. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:31 am
    • Jose Tabata re-works swing over winter
      Jose Tabata re-worked his swing with the help of Marlon Byrd over the offseason.

      Advice: The Pirates encouraged Tabata to seek out Byrd, who has had a power surge late in his career. Byrd said the most important lesson he taught Tabata was "transferring the energy of your swing to the ball." Pittsburgh removed Tabata from their 40-man roster twice last season, and he's in camp now as a non-roster invitee. While it will be interesting to see whether the new swing takes hold, Tabata has little chance of breaking through with the Pirates given their loaded outfield. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:40 pm
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    • Corey Hart needs stitches after slicing foot
      Corey Hart needed stitches after slicing his foot while getting into a hot tub at the Pirates' spring training complex on Sunday.

      Advice: The gash will sideline him for a couple of days, but he should be fine to begin appearing in Grapefruit League games by early next week. Hart signed a one-year, $2.5 million free agent contract with the Pirates in December and could fit into a first-base platoon with Pedro Alvarez if his health cooperates. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 am
    • Jorge Soler bulked up to 242 pounds
      Jorge Soler bulked up to 242 pounds over the winter.

      Advice: And it was muscle, not fat. Soler carries breakout potential into 2015 after posting a .903 OPS in his first 24 major league games last season. The 23-year-old right fielder from Cuba is expected to be the Cubs' primary cleanup hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
    • CarGo and Tulo run bases for the first time
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) ran the bases in Rockies camp Monday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Troy Tulowitzki did the same. Gonzalez is recovering from August surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee, and Tulo is on his way back from a hip procedure. Both players are expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:25 am
    • Arcia sent home early Monday with illness
      Oswaldo Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Monday.

      Advice: Arcia is battling a mild illness that seems to be making its way around the Twins' complex. It's not a big deal. The 23-year-old outfielder will be looking to take another big step forward in 2015 after batting .231/.300/.452 with 20 home runs in 103 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:51 am
    • Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday
      Randal Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday.

      Advice: Grichuk took it easy this weekend due to some mild lower back soreness and might be held out of the Cardinals' first few Grapefruit League games, but the discomfort doesn't seem like a huge concern. Grichuk is due to open the 2015 season in a backup role behind starting outfielders Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:48 am
    • McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for OD
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

      Advice: And he could start in left field on Opening Day if Jayson Werth (shoulder) isn't ready. McLouth underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's nearly up to speed with the other position players in Nats camp this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:37 am
    • Randal Grichuk (back) working out again
      Randal Grichuk (back) took swings off a tee and off soft toss on Sunday.

      Advice: He expects to go through a full workout on Monday. Grichuk rested for a couple days due to lower back soreness, but it was never considered to be a big deal. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:49 am
    • Jon Jay (wrist) not game-ready yet
      Jon Jay (wrist) will not play in any Grapefruit League games this week.

      Advice: Jay is coming back from offseason surgery on his left wrist and has only done hitting in a batting cage so far. He'll progress to hitting off a machine this week and is not in any danger of not being ready for Opening Day. "This is about April 5," Jay said. "That's the date that matters. I'm getting ready for April 5. I have five weeks now to be ready." Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:47 am
    • Michael Cuddyer likely to play LF
      Mets manager Terry Collins indicated on Sunday that he's leaning towards playing Curtis Granderson in right field this season.

      Advice: That would put Michael Cuddyer in left field -- a position where he's made only three starts at the major league level. The reason that he's played so little at the position is because he's deaf in his left ear, but that's apparently not a major concern for the Mets. The players will split time in right field this spring before Collins makes an official decision. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:13 am
    • Wil Myers an option to hit leadoff for Padres
      Padres manager Bud Black on Friday listed Wil Myers as an option to hit leadoff.

      Advice: "(Yangervis) Solarte, (Wil) Venable, (Cameron) Maybin and Myers – let’s start there," Black said. Myers is the only one of the names Black listed who's guaranteed a spot in the lineup, so it's a reasonable guess that he's the top candidate to bat leadoff. While not a prototypical leadoff hitter, Myers did sport a nice .354 on-base percentage during his American League Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 campaign. Solarte could hit leadoff should he win the third base job, but Will Middlebrooks is the favorite to start there. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:28 am
    • Yasmany Tomas to get reps in OF
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Yasmany Tomas will see some playing time in the outfield during Cactus League play.

      Advice: The D'Backs want Tomas to handle third base well enough to start there, but they'll give him reps in the outfield just in case. "We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in spring training," Hale said. "He's one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good (look) at his offense, too." Jake Lamb will be in line to start at third base if Arizona ends up having to put Tomas in left field. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:16 am
    • Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor league deal
      Blue Jays signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: The deal will pay Viciedo $2.5 million if he makes the team out of spring. Viciedo can be a useful player against left-handed pitching, but his days as a viable everyday starting outfielder have gone. Viciedo hit 21 homers last season, so at the very least he can provide some additional pop for the Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:55 pm
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    • Report: Blue Jays agree on deal with Viciedo
      A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Blue Jays and OF Dayan Viciedo have agreed on a minor league deal.

      Advice: No terms were known. Viciedo was cut loose by the White Sox but still has some value as a right-handed power hitter. The 25-year-old hit 21 homers in 523 at-bats this past season. With Michael Saunders out for a period of time to start the year, he could see time as a starter with the Jays in the early going if he breaks camp with the club. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:19 pm
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    • CarGo (knee) to begin running bases next week
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.

      Advice: CarGo is recovering from surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee last August. The outfielder won't be in the lineup when Cactus League games begin on Wednesday, but he doesn't appear to be too far away from game action. Assuming things go well, Gonzalez will be in the Rockies' lineup on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:31 pm
    • Mariners likely to bat right fielder second
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Saturday that whoever plays right field could end up batting second in the Mariners lineup.

      Advice: The M's skipper mentioned that Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks were all capable of hitting in that second spot in the lineup. Smith figures to see the majority of the at-bats against right-handed pitching with Ruggiano or Weeks imposing their will against opposing southpaws. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:46 am
    • Daniel Nava considers ditching switch-hitting
      Daniel Nava has been hitting exclusively from the left side of the plate this spring and is considering giving up switch-hitting.

      Advice: Nava has had significantly more success as a left-handed hitter so the idea certainly has merit. He has been putting in extra time to work from his strong side against left-handed pitching to see if his approach could work. With a career .209/.287/.298 slash from the right-side, it won't take much to notice an improvement. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:16 am
    • Saunders (knee) could return to Jays in April
      Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery on Friday to remove 60% of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks.

      Advice: Initially, the team feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break, though the tear wasn't as bad as they had feared and they were able to get by simply trimming the meniscus. With a return set around mid-April, the Jays are no longer forced to scrounge up a suitable replacement and will roll with in-house options to cover left field until Saunders is recovered. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:09 pm
    • A's, Blue Jays interested in Dayan Viciedo
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Blue Jays are among the teams talking to Dayan Viciedo.

      Advice: Both clubs have an opening in left field following Michael Saunders' (knee) injury, so it makes sense. Viciedo is a poor defender and has a career .298 OPS, but he's also slugged 60 homers over the last three seasons. His ideal landing spot for fantasy purposes would be in Toronto, where his power would play well at Rogers Centre. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:44 pm
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    • A's claim Alex Hassan off waivers
      Athletics claimed OF Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles.

      Advice: It's the second time this offseason that they've claimed him. Hassan batted .287/.378/.426 with eight homers at Triple-A with the Red Sox last season and got a cup of coffee with the big club. He could compete for a bench job with Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:37 pm
    • Victorino wants to return to switch-hitting
      Shane Victorino said Thursday that he wants return to switch-hitting this season.

      Advice: Victorino gave up hitting from the left side at the end of the 2013 season due to thumb and hamstring injuries, but he's ready to give it another try. "Yeah, absolutely," explained Victorino. "Everything feels great. It's something I've been successful at and that I would like to go back to. The body feels good, and we'll go from there. It's a good thing to have in your back pocket, being able to switch-hit. I came into camp, I spoke to them about it and I told them I would like to try it again and they were all for it." Red Sox manager John Farrell recently said that Victorino will be the starting right fielder this season as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:35 pm
    • Grichuk (back) sits out workouts Thursday
      Randal Grichuk sat out of workouts Thursday in Cardinals camp due to lower back soreness.

      Advice: He expects to get back on the field Friday. Grichuk will serve as an active fourth outfielder this season in St. Louis behind starters Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Peter Bourjos is also in the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:47 am
    • Giancarlo Stanton (face) tracks live pitches
      Giancarlo Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since last year's brutal season-ending beaning.

      Advice: Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage when he was struck in the face last September by a Mike Fiers pitch. He will wear a protective guard on his helmet this season, though he did not sport it Thursday because he was only tracking pitches, not swinging. Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with the Marlins in November. He should again be a fantasy monster in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:45 am
    • Yasmany Tomas 'bobbled balls' in 3B drills
      According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Yasmany Tomas "bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique" during third base drills Wednesday.

      Advice: Tomas played a bit of third base in Cuba, but he was primarily a corner outfielder. Arizona signed him to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in late November and the hope is that he'll become the club's starter at the hot corner, but it's very much a work in progress. "At some point when we start evaluating whether he can play third base in the major leagues, we're just going to have to leave him alone and his game is either going to play or not play," said Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:52 am
    • Michael Saunders tears meniscus, out til ASB
      Michael Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler and will likely be out until the All-Star break.

      Advice: He'll have surgery on Friday. It's awful news for the Blue Jays, who were excited about Saunders' potential as their everyday left fielder. The 28-year-old will undergo surgery on the knee next week and his rehabilitation is expected to take close to five months. He was acquired from the Mariners on December 3 for starter J.A. Happ and agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million contract with Toronto on January 16, avoiding arbitration. Kevin Pillar may get the first look in left field. Bringing in outside help is also an option for the Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:28 am
    • Indians remain interested in Dayan Viciedo
      According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians remain interested in Dayan Viciedo but only if he accepts a minor league deal.

      Advice: Viciedo was designated for assignment by the White Sox at the end of January and then given his outright release in early February. Multiple teams have come knocking since, but the 25-year-old is probably holding out for a guaranteed major league roster spot. He is a bad defensive outfielder and posted a rough .686 OPS in 2014 with the White Sox, though his power should eventually land him a spot in some team's camp. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:07 pm
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    • Brandon Moss (hip) takes batting practice
      Brandon Moss (hip) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Moss is currently rehabbing from October hip surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that he's not ready to commit to him being ready for Opening Day, but the expectation is that he could be cleared for game action by mid-March. If so, he shouldn't need many at-bats to be tuned up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    • Werth (shoulder) limited early in spring
      Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Jayson Werth (shoulder) will be limited early on in spring training.

      Advice: Werth underwent surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. The original timeline called for 2-3 months of rehab time and he's currently a little over six weeks into the process. He's aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but it's going to be close. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:43 am
    • Harper likely to hit in middle of lineup
      Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that it's "safe to say" Bryce Harper will "most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."

      Advice: Williams primarily hit sixth last year, but he clearly sees Harper carrying a bigger load this season. That's good news for fantasy owners. Harper has appeared in just 218 games over the past two seasons due to injury, but he's still just 22 and could take things to another level at any time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:39 am
    • O's designate Hassan for assignment
      Orioles designated OF Alex Hassan for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Everth Cabrera on the 40-man roster. Hassan has already bounced from the Red Sox to the A's to the Orioles this offseason and he could soon be on the move again. The 26-year-old batted .287/.378/.426 in Triple-A last season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:09 am
    • Nick Markakis (neck) cleared for activities
      Nick Markakis (neck) was cleared this week to run and work out extensively.

      Advice: Markakis is now eight weeks removed from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The veteran outfielder will miss the early spring training games, but there's no clear date for his debut. He remains hopeful of being ready for Opening Day, but it's no sure thing. Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves over the winter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:29 am
    • Ethier says he wants to start or be traded
      Andre Ethier said Tuesday that he would prefer to be traded if there isn't an everyday job for him on the Dodgers.

      Advice: The Dodgers tentatively project to have Carl Crawford in left field, Joc Pederson in center, and Yasiel Puig in right, so Ethier realizes that a change of scenery would be the best thing for him. "You're not wishing for it ever to end, but sometimes that opportunity takes you somewhere else," said Ethier. "I'm not going to do anything to sit here and force it. Hopefully it works itself out." Ethier is owed $53.5 million over the next three years with a $17.5 vesting option for 2018, so a trade is easier said than done. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:59 pm
    • Moss (hip) not a given for Indians' opener
      Indians manager Terry Francona on Monday wouldn't commit to Brandon Moss (hip) being ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Moss is currently working on building up his running program as he rehabs his way back from hip surgery. He's expected to be cleared for game action by mid-March, which should give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. However, his manager obviously isn't ready to commit his name to the Opening Day lineup just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:24 pm
    • Johnson would make $900K with Rangers
      Elliot Johnson will receive a $900,000 base salary if he makes the Rangers.

      Advice: Johnson agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers on Monday and will attempt to win a bench player job in the spring. The 30-year-old had just 20 plate appearances at the major league level last year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:39 pm
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    • Harper as light as he's been since college
      Bryce Harper told reporters Monday that he is as light as he's been since college.

      Advice: Harper pledged to enter spring training last year "as big as a house" and wound up appearing in only 100 regular-season games due to injuries. He carried a different approach into his offseason workouts this winter. "I feel great," said the svelter 22-year-old outfielder. "Swing feels really, really good right now and I’m just excited to get better. It’s going to be a lot of fun this year." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:30 pm
    • Rangers sign Elliot Johnson to minors deal
      Rangers signed INF/OF Elliot Johnson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Johnson made just 20 plate appearances last season at the major league level and he owns a rough .215/.269/.316 career batting line. He seems doubtful to land a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:58 am
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    • Red Sox not a lock to trade Jackie Bradley
      Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston cautions that it's not a given that the Red Sox will trade Jackie Bradley Jr.

      Advice: The Red Sox are staring at an incredibly crowded outfield situation, so the logical assumption has been that they'd look to move Bradley who is ticketed to begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. He may be the best defensive outfielder that they have in their system though, and appears to still be in the team's long-term plans. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 4:41 pm
    • Cubs to monitor Soler (leg) during spring
      According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs will be very careful with young outfielder Jorge Soler during spring training to avoid any leg injuries.

      Advice: They won't allow Soler to be on his feet for too long. The 22-year-old appeared in 24 games down the stretch for the Cubs in 2014, slashing an impressive .292/.330/.573 with five homers and 20 RBI. He'll serve as the Cubs primary right fielder in 2015 and is expected to hit cleanup in a much improved lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 1:17 pm
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