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    • Report: Chris Young to sign by end of week
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent right-hander Chris Young is planning to review offers and make a decision on where to sign by the end of the week.

      Advice: The market for Young was extremely quiet over the winter despite him posting a 3.65 ERA over 29 starts and one relief appearance with the Mariners last season. It's hard to count on him to stay healthy, but he'd be useful rotation depth for a handful of teams. Rotoworld.com
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    • Phillies' Williams scratched from start
      Jerome Williams was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees.

      Advice: No word on the reason for the change, but Williams wasn't present when lineups were announced. David Buchanan made the start instead. The Phillies should pass along an update soon. Rotoworld.com
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    • Brewers' deal with K-Rod not yet finalized
      Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that the club hasn't finalized a contract with Francisco Rodriguez.

      Advice: The Brewers outrighted right-hander Brooks Hall to Triple-A on Tuesday, presumably to clear a spot for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster, but the deal isn't official yet. K-Rod is expected to receive a two-year, $13 million deal with a club option for 2017. It's unclear when he'll travel from Venezuela to Brewers' camp. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:03 am
    • Royals' Luke Hochevar (elbow) faces hitters
      Luke Hochevar (elbow) faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

      Advice: It's a big step for Hochevar, who is nearly a full year removed from Tommy John surgery. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Royals believe he'll be ready for Opening Day or close to it. He could be a big weapon for a bullpen which was already a strength last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:57 am
    • Jimmy Rollins will be Dodgers' leadoff man
      Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Jimmy Rollins will serve as the team's leadoff man.

      Advice: Mattingly indicated last week that he wasn't completely committed to Rollins in the leadoff spot, but he said Tuesday that they "don't truly have anyone else who fits in that role." He's not wrong, but Rollins isn't the ideal leadoff hitter either, as he owns a .319 on-base percentage over the last three seasons. Still, it certainly enhances his fantasy value for 2015 if he sticks there. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:11 am
    • Raburn (knee) to make Cactus debut Wednesday
      Ryan Raburn (knee) will make his Cactus League debut Wednesday.

      Advice: Raburn underwent arthroscopic surgery last September to repair a tear in his left lateral meniscus, but he entered spring training without any restrictions. After a big first season with the Indians in 2013, the veteran outfielder batted just 200/.250/.297 with four homers and 22 RBI across 74 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:09 am
    • Gibbons hasn't committed to a closer yet
      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wouldn't commit to using Brett Cecil as his closer, according to John Lott of the National Post.

      Advice: Gibbons was ambivalent about having Cecil close, saying, "He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else." Aaron Sanchez is the other candidate to grab the role. Alternatively, Gibbons could play match-ups with both pitchers. Cecil, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, has a 2.76 ERA and a 146/50 K/BB ratio in 114 innings over the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 am
    • Brandon Moss "streaking" through rehab
      Indians manager Terry Francona said that Brandon Moss (hip) has been "streaking" through his rehab.

      Advice: Moss had hip surgery in October, so it sounds like he is making good progress. He ran the bases on Monday. Francona wouldn't say whether or not to expect Moss to be ready for Opening Day, but he should at least find himself in the spring lineup by mid-March. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:58 am
    • Parker throws entire repertoire in a bullpen
      Jarrod Parker (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday.

      Advice: Parker underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career in March last year. The 26-year-old should be expected back around midseason. Parker owns a career 3.68 ERA with a 275/127 K/BB ratio in 384 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:52 am
    • Madson (back) will play catch Tuesday
      Ryan Madson (back) is expected to play catch on Tuesday.

      Advice: Madson suffered a minor back injury doing squats over the weekend and was scratched from pitching on Monday. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January and is likely to serve as bullpen depth in the minors until he can prove he can be effective and healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:45 am
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    • Moreland (ankle) likely out for another week
      Mitch Moreland (ankle) isn't likely to play in Cactus League games for the Rangers until next week.

      Advice: Moreland will run the bases on Tuesday on his reconstructed right ankle. The 29-year-old took over at first base following Prince Fielder's injury last season before his ankle ended his season. Moreland should face plenty of right-handed pitching out of the DH slot in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:28 am
    • Lohse to start Cactus League opener Thurs.
      Kyle Lohse will start Thursday's Cactus League opener against the Angels.

      Advice: Mike Fiers will start Wednesday when the Brewers take on the University of UW-Milwaukee Panthers, and Matt Garza will start Friday against the Dodgers. Lohse, 36, is coming off of another strong season. He finished 2014 with a 3.54 ERA and a 141/45 K/BB ratio in 198 1/3 innings. Lohse should provide decent late-round value in fantasy leagues again. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:20 am
    • James Paxton to long toss on Tuesday
      James Paxton (forearm) will long toss on Tuesday and reportedly feels fantastic, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

      Advice: Paxton, who injured his forearms in an awkward fall during an agility drill in February, is being used cautiously by the Mariners. He could throw a bullpen on Friday, which will allow the Mariners to get a better feel for where he's at. Paxton believes he has plenty of time to get ready for the regular season. The lefty impressed in 13 starts last season, posting a 3.04 ERA with a 59/29 K/BB ratio in 74 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:20 am
    • Andrus won't play in Cactus League opener
      Elvis Andrus (knee) will not play in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against the Royals.

      Advice: Andrus doesn't believe his knee issue to be serious, so he should get into the Rangers' lineup soon. The shortstop has put up mediocre numbers in each of the last two seasons, sporting a sub-.660 OPS. After stealing 42 bases in 2013, he stole only 27 bags last season while leading the league, having been caught stealing 15 times. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:10 am
    • Votto won't be out of Reds' lineup for long
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Joey Votto (quad) won't be out of the lineup for long.

      Advice: Votto is not up to game speed, so the Reds are taking it slow with their first baseman. He missed the entirety of the second half of 2014 with a distal strain in his right quadriceps, finishing the season with an uncharacteristic .255/.390/.409 slash line. A return to health could springboard his numbers back into fantasy elite status. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:00 am
    • 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
      Today, 6:39 am
    • Yunel Escobar (fever) returns to practice
      Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.

      Advice: The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Harang scratched from Wed. start vs. Yanks
      Aaron Harang has been scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees, citing mechanical issues as per Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal.

      Advice: Montemurro noted that Harang had put an ice pack on his back, but the pitcher himself said the reason for the scratch was mechanical. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports Kevin Slowey will start in Harang's place. Harang more or less has a spot sealed up in the Phillies' rotation and should be handled with extreme caution in fantasy leagues given his mediocre repertoire and the peripherals he put up last season (161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings). Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:54 am
    • Johan Santana begins his throwing program
      Johan Santana will begin his throwing program on Tuesday.

      Advice: Santana, 35, is attempting to make it back to the major leagues for the first time since 2012. In the time since, he has undergone major shoulder surgery and suffered an Achilles injury last season. If Santana has a worry-free spring, the left-hander could join the Blue Jays' rotation at some point in April, though he is reportedly "highly unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day. He will earn a $2.5 million salary with contract incentives that could pay him more should he make the major league roster. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:48 am
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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
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