Player Notes

  • Back in action
    Lowe (illness) returned to team workouts Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Advice: Lowe missed much of the last week with an illness but was able to join his teammates Thursday. He'll serve as the Rays' primary second baseman in 2024, though he'll likely cede at-bats with lefties on the mound. Today, 6:22 pm
  • Bulks up over offseason
    Doyle put on 20 pounds of good weight since the end of the 2023 season, Patrick Lyons of reports.

    Advice: Doyle made his big-league debut in 2023 and appeared in 126 games, all of which came in center field. He showed some intriguing power and speed potential, tallying 10 homers and 22 steals in 431 plate appearances. Doyle posted only a .140 ISO, so the added muscle could help him reach more power. However, his primary path to improved production would be cutting down on his 35 percent strikeout rate from the 2023 campaign. Today, 5:50 pm
  • Gavin Lux reaches twice in Dodgers’ blowout win
    Starting at DH, Gavin Lux singled and walked Thursday as the Dodgers pummeled the Padres 14-1.

    Advice: It was 8-0 before the Padres even got a second out in the top of the first. Lux, coming back from a torn ACL suffered last spring, is cleared to play shortstop and likely will do so in game action this weekend. Rotoworld Today, 3:29 pm
  • Ha-Seong Kim reaches twice versus Dodgers
    Ha-Seong Kim singled and walked in his two plate appearances against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Interestingly, he did so as the Padres’ No. 5 hitter. Kim was the team’s primary leadoff man from late June until the end of the season last year and had a fine .365 OBP in his 73 games in that spot, but it looks like he’s probably getting dropped back to the middle of the order now. The change would surely take a toll on his fantasy value, especially since the bottom of the Padres’ lineup is a barren wasteland. Rotoworld Today, 3:29 pm
  • Masyn Winn sidelined from BP
    Masyn Winn hasn’t participated in batting practice due to tightness in his upper body over the past two days.

    Advice: Despite not being in the cage, Winn participated in all other drills with the team and said he expects to be back swinging as soon as Friday. Rotoworld Today, 3:02 pm
  • George Springer will lead off in ’24
    Blue Jays manager John Schneider told reporters that George Springer will lead off for Toronto this season.

    Advice: Springer posted a career-worst 102 OPS+ last season, but Blue Jays manager John Schneider wants his outfielder in the position he’s been accustomed to throughout his career. Springer has 55 career leadoff home runs, which is the second-most all-time in MLB history, only behind Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson who hit 81 leadoff dingers. “For Georgie, it’s about getting back to what he’s great at. Pulling the ball more is something he’s talking about,” Schneider said. Springer saw most of his offensive success when pulling the ball last season slashing .330/.328/.586 with 13 of his 21 total home runs in those instances. Rotoworld Today, 2:38 pm
  • Playing 2B exclusively this spring
    Betts said Thursday that he expects to play second base exclusively this spring, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    Advice: Betts even joked that he didn't bring his right fielder's glove to spring training. While the 31-year-old undoubtedly could return to right field if a need arises there, this emphasizes the point that the Dodgers are committed to Betts as a full-time second baseman. Betts made 62 starts at the keystone in 2023, more than doubling his career total coming into the year. Today, 1:57 pm
  • Hand issue stalled deal
    Sanchez suffered a hand injury during a workout several weeks ago which was the reason for the hold up with his contract, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Advice: It was originally believed that Sanchez's right wrist -- which he fractured in September -- was what delayed the finalization of his deal with the Brewers. The 31-year-old backstop has already been cleared for baseball activities, so his hand (and wrist) shouldn't prevent him from seeing playing time during spring training, but it may be something to monitor going forward. Today, 1:39 pm
  • Tigers DFA recently claimed OF TJ Hopkins
    Tigers designated OF TJ Hopkins for assignment.

    Advice: Hopkins was just claimed off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday. With the Gio Urshela signing turning Matt Vierling into more of an outfielder again, there didn’t seem to be a path for Hopkins to make the Tigers as a platoon guy against lefties. Rotoworld Today, 1:06 pm