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  • Athletics release outfielder Alejandro De Aza
    Athletics released OF Alejandro De Aza.

    Advice: Mark Canha and Jaff Decker are projected to open the season as the A's backup outfielders, so De Aza will try to find work elsewhere. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was in camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. He is a .261/.328/.398 career hitter in the major leagues. 33 minutes ago
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  • Reds release outfielder Ryan Raburn
    Reds released OF Ryan Raburn.

    Advice: Raburn showed decent power this spring, cranking three home runs in 32 at-bats in Cactus League play, but he was always a longshot to make the Reds' roster out of camp. The soon-to-be 36-year-old outfielder will try to latch on with another organization. Today, 8:38 am
  • Beltre out Monday because of tight right calf
    Adrian Beltre is out of the Rangers' Cactus League lineup on Monday due to a tight right calf muscle.

    Advice: Beltre suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left calf early on in Rangers camp. This right calf injury is not considered as serious, but we are just one week from Opening Day. Look for another status update Tuesday. Today, 8:36 am
  • Royals' Soler diagnosed with strained oblique
    Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list.

    Advice: His disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March so that he might only have to sit out one week of regular-season games. Soler, acquired this winter from the Cubs for closer Wade Davis, was batting just .143/.254/.286 through 59 plate appearances in this year's Cactus League. Terrance Gore now projects to make the Royals' roster out of camp. Today, 8:31 am
  • Raul Mondesi to start at 2B for Kansas City
    Raul Mondesi has been named the Royals' starting second baseman.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost made that announcement Monday morning in camp. Mondesi batted just .185/.231/.281 over his first 149 plate appearances in 2016, though he did also steal nine bases. The 21-year-old carries some AL-only fantasy appeal in his new starting job. Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon will continue to battle for bench spots. Today, 8:26 am
  • Dyson (hamstring) to play in minors games
    Jarrod Dyson (hamstring) is expected to take 10 plate appearances in minor league games Monday.

    Advice: But his running will be limited as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. Dyson's game relies heavily on his legs, so the Mariners have to be careful here. His status is very much up in the air with the regular season approaching. Today, 8:18 am
  • Rays have interest in Rob Refsnyder
    According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Rays have shown interest in Yankees utilityman Rob Refsnyder.

    Advice: King notes that the Yankees subbed Refsnyder into their Grapefruit League game against the Rays on Sunday, having him play an inning in left field and four in right field. Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk at the dish. He's fallen down the depth chart in New York after his disappointing showing in 2016, but the 26-year-old posted promising numbers throughout the minor leagues and was once considered a sizable part of the Yankees' future. King reported back in early March that the Yankees were listening to offers on Refsnyder. Today, 6:53 am
  • Pirates GM not worried about Cervelli's foot
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's not concerned about Francisco Cervelli's right foot soreness.

    Advice: Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, but it was a precautionary move. "Just in terms of the travel, in terms of the amount of work he did [Saturday] with the triple, with the stolen base and making sure we put him in a position to be strong and healthy come Opening Day," Huntington explained. Today, 6:18 am
  • De Aza expected to opt out of deal with A's
    Alejandro De Aza is expected to opt out of his contract with the Athletics.

    Advice: De Aza signed a non-guaranteed minor league deal in January that would have paid him a $1.75 million salary if he were to crack the A's major league roster, but it looks like Mark Canha and Jaff Decker will be the backup outfielders in Oakland. There should be something more official by Monday afternoon. Today, 5:45 am
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  • Red Sox option Deven Marrero to AAA
    Red Sox optioned INF Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Marrero entered camp with only an outside shot at claiming an Opening Day roster spot. The former top prospect holds a weak .200/.257/.246 career batting line in 70 plate appearances at the major league level. Today, 5:34 am
  • Red Sox option Blake Swihart to AAA
    Red Sox optioned C Blake Swihart to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Christian Vazquez will back up Sandy Leon in Boston, at least to open the season. Swihart, 24, is a .271/.328/.386 career hitter at the major league level. Today, 5:31 am
  • Indians could be talking Lindor extension
    Brody Chernof, the son of Indians' general manager Mike Chernof, told Tom Hamilton during Sunday's broadcast that his father is trying to lock up Francisco Lindor for seven years.

    Advice: Chernof was a guest in the booth and was asked by the veteran announcer if the elder Chernof was working on any deals at the moment. The Indians just finalized a contract extension with Jose Ramirez, and locking up Lindor would certainly be high on their list of priorities. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Moss goes 3-for-3 with homer versus Angels
    Brandon Moss finished 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Royals' 8-7 Cactus League win over the Angels on Sunday.

    Advice: Moss took J.C. Ramirez yard in the fourth inning and also added two singles. He is projected to serve as the Royals' primary designated hitter in 2017 after signing a two-year, $12 million free agent contract in late January. The veteran slugger has some deep-league fantasy appeal. Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Arenado slugs two-run homer against Padres
    Nolan Arenado smashed a two-run homer in the top of the first inning Sunday as the Rockies beat the Padres 4-1 in the Cactus League.

    Advice: Arenado mostly struggled at the plate for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but he doubled in his first game back with the Rockies on Friday and the star third baseman took Padres starter Jarred Cosart deep on Sunday. Arenado, 25, should be a top-seven pick in most standard fantasy leagues leading into the 2017 regular season. Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Ryan Raburn leaves game with hip contusion
    Ryan Raburn left Sunday's Cactus League game with a left hip contusion.

    Advice: He should be considered day-to-day. In camp as a non-roster invitee, the lefty-masher has hit .226/.314/.516 with three homers and seven RBI this spring. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (oblique) still day-to-day
    Gregor Blanco is still considered day-to-day with his oblique injury.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager Torey Louvullo said Sunday that Blanco would have to return to Cactus League action in order to be included on the Opening Day roster, so his time is quickly running out. The veteran outfielder was already on the bubble for a roster spot, so his injury came at the worst possible time. Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Nicholas Castellanos homers, doubles
    Nicholas Castellanos homered, doubled and walked Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's pretty much certain now that Castellanos will open up as the Tigers' No. 2 hitter. It's not the ideal spot for him, but it does give his fantasy value a boost. He's a nice late-round option in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Mark Reynolds added to Rockies' roster
    Rockies purchased the contract of INF Mark Reynolds from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Reynolds will serve as the Rockies' regular first baseman until Ian Desmond (hand) returns. He batted .282/.356/.450 with 14 homers over 441 plate appearances with Colorado last season and isn't a bad short-term option in deeper fantasy formats. Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty triples off bench
    Ryan Flaherty tripled in his long at-bat off the bench Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Flaherty was making his third appearance since returning from a 10-day absence due to a sore shoulder. Barring a setback, he'll have his usual spot on the bench come Opening Day. He's not going to play much while everyone is healthy, though. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Dexter Fowler hits first homer
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 and hit his first homer of the spring Sunday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Fowler is off to a fine start with his new team, hitting .351 with a 1.063 OPS this spring. He's expected to be a fixture in the leadoff spot ahead of Aledmys Diaz and Matt Carpenter in the Cardinals' order. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Wong would rather be traded than platooned
    Kolten Wong said Sunday that he would "100 percent" rather be traded than be platooned at second base.

    Advice: It was one of a host of scathing comments from Wong in the wake of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny saying Saturday that the club would consider a platoon at second base. "I honestly don't give a (censored)," Wong said when asked about the team mulling over a platoon. Wong added that he doesn't want to be "wasting my time" with the Cards if they don't have faith in him. They're words Wong probably shouldn't have aired in public, but you can understand his frustration after the club essentially committed to him as the regular second baseman this winter. That said, Wong could make it all a moot point if he simply played better. He sports an underwhelming career .248/.309/.370 batting line and entered Sunday hitting just .182/.265/.250 this spring. Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Rays sign Derek Norris to one-year contract
    Rays signed C Derek Norris to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported Friday and is now official. Norris is also owed another $700,000 from the Nationals and will be under team control through 2018. The veteran catcher is coming off an awful season that saw him bat just .186/.255/.328, and he's also been dinged for his defense. However, the Rays are viewing him as an upgrade over Jesus Sucre, Curt Casali and Luke Maile until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready. Yesterday, 10:08 am
  • Francisco Cervelli's foot still a bit sore
    Francisco Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and "a little bit" of continued soreness in his right foot, according to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.

    Advice: Cervelli had some soreness in the foot during the second half last season and it's creeped up on him a bit this spring. It doesn't look to be overly concerning at this point, though. Yesterday, 9:58 am
  • Austin Jackson makes Indians' OD roster
    Austin Jackson has made the Indians' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: It was always likely provided that he showed he was healthy following knee surgery last year. Jackson has made the decision easy by going 9-for-24 with a home run during Cactus League play. The veteran outfielder should play regularly against lefties and might see even more time than that depending on the statuses of Michael Brantley (shoulder) and Lonnie Chisenhall (shoulder). Yesterday, 9:39 am
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  • Drew Stubbs released by Twins
    Twins released OF Drew Stubbs; re-assigned Drew Rucinski to minor league camp.

    Advice: Stubbs exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract after being told he would not make the Opening Day roster. The speedy outfielder will not try to catch on elsewhere quickly before Opening Day, although there's a good chance he'll have to go to the minors first. Yesterday, 8:37 am
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  • Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) returns to lineup
    Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) is back in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Nunez has been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder all camp and had a cortisone shot Wednesday. He's in the designated hitter spot Sunday but hopefully should be ready to resume third base duties soon. Nunez is optimistic he'll be ready to go on Opening Day, but it probably can't be considered a given. Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Anthony Gose to give pitching a try
    Anthony Gose will begin throwing bullpen sessions as a conversion to pitcher is considered.

    Advice: Gose will play the outfield for Triple-A Toledo, but he could also eventually get into games as a pitcher if he looks good in side sessions. The 26-year-old threw in the mid-90s in high school. Yesterday, 8:02 am
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  • Adeiny Hechavarria has minor back injury
    Adeiny Hechavarria was scratched from Sunday's lineup with minor back soreness.

    Advice: Hechavarria is still taking batting practice Sunday and is supposed to play Monday. He'll be fine. Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • Mark Reynolds picks up double against Cubs
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-2 with a two-run double in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Reynolds came through with a two-run double off Wade Davis in the fifth inning. That hit helped to spark a four-run frame for the Rockies. The veteran first baseman found a home with Colorado via a minor league contract at the beginning of February. As Ian Desmond is not expected to return from his hand injury until some time in April, Reynolds could see extended at-bats during the opening weeks of the 2017 season. Saturday, 4:55 pm
  • Matheny considering second base platoon
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is considering a platoon at second base.

    Advice: Kolten Wong was expected to open 2017 as the Cardinals' everyday second baseman but he's had a poor spring, hitting just .190 through 42 Grapefruit League at-bats. "I think that's something we are going to have to consider," said Matheny. The Cardinals' skipper also praised Greg Garcia, calling his performance this spring "unbelievable." Utility man Jedd Gyorko could also cut into Wong's time at second. Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (side) feels better Saturday
    Gregor Blanco indicated that his right side is feeling much improved on Saturday.

    Advice: He was removed from Thursday's game due to tightness in his side. The 33-year-old has struggled in Cactus League play, hitting just .225 with one stolen base in 40 at-bats. He needs all of the time possible to earn a reserve spot on the club's Opening Day roster. Saturday, 9:00 am
  • Arenado delivers RBI double in return
    Nolan Arenado delivered an RBI double in his return to the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: It was his first game back after playing for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic. He mostly struggled during the tournament, but there shouldn’t be any worries going into the season. With Coors Field on his side, he should be off the board by the middle of the first round in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 4:31 pm
  • Soler slugs solo homer against Mariners
    Jorge Soler slugged a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: It’s nice to see some signs of life here. Even after Friday’s homer, Soler is batting just .149 with a .561 OPS this spring. It’s not what fantasy owners want to see, but he should begin the year with a chance at regular playing time and still possesses major power upside. He’s a name to consider late in drafts. Friday, 3:59 pm
  • Derek Norris to sign one-year deal with Rays
    Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that Derek Norris is signing with the Rays.

    Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says it will be a straight one-year contract, although Norris is arbitration-eligible in 2018 so the Rays will have two years of control. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports hears that it came down the Rays and Blue Jays and Norris picked the smaller contract because he thinks he'll have a better chance at playing time in Tampa. He should play pretty regularly with the Rays until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready for catching duties, which probably won't be for a few months into the season. Norris has solid pop for a catcher but is coming off a season where he put up a hideous .186/.255/.328 batting line. Friday, 11:27 am
  • Jarrod Dyson (hamstring) remains sidelined
    Jarrod Dyson remains out of game action due to a sore hamstring.

    Advice: He's been dealing with fatigue in his legs for a week now, although the Mariners think he'll be ready to play by Sunday. It doesn't sound like a big deal but is obviously worth tracking given how much of Dyson's value is derived from his legs. For what it's worth, the speedster is 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts this spring. Friday, 11:02 am
  • Rays 'on the outside looking in' with Norris
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays remain interested in free agent Derek Norris but are likely "on the outside looking in."

    Advice: Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported last week that as many as six teams were in on Norris with Tampa Bay being one of them. The Cardinals and Rockies are also known to have interest. The Rays will be without Wilson Ramos for at least the first month and a half, which gives them some incentive to add a catcher. Norris matched a career-high with 14 homers last year but did it while hitting just .186 with 139 strikeouts in 415 at-bats. Thursday, 5:42 pm
  • Gregor Blanco scratched with side tightness
    Gregor Blanco was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs after experiencing tightness in his right side.

    Advice: He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is calling him day-to-day. The 33-year-old has had a quiet spring, hitting just .225 with two RBI and one steal over 40 Cactus League at-bats. This injury obviously won't help Blanco's chances of making the Opening Day roster. Thursday, 5:22 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez won't need shoulder surgery
    An MRI on Eduardo Nunez's right shoulder determined that surgery won't be necessary.

    Advice: Nunez's right shoulder has bothered him all spring but at least he won't need surgery. He had a cortisone shot on Wednesday, which should dull the pain, at least temporarily. Nunez's goal is to be ready for Opening Day against the Diamondbacks on April 2. That gives him 10 days to get healthy. Thursday, 3:45 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) has cortisone shot
    Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) had a cortisone shot and is expected to be out for the next 2-3 days.

    Advice: Nunez has been bothered by right shoulder soreness throughout the spring. That has not alleviated yet. The 29-year-old infielder will take a little time to try to rest up before the final stretch run of spring training. Should this issue continue to linger, it could put Opening Day at risk. For now, rest. Wednesday, 4:09 pm
  • Drew Stubbs hitting .147 this spring
    Drew Stubbs went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, lowering his spring average to .147 in 34 at-bats.

    Advice: Stubbs was just an insurance signing for the Twins and was only a candidate to make the team if someone got hurt. Still, this ugly spring means he's not likely to draw interest from anyone else who might need an outfielder. Wednesday, 1:30 pm
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  • Soler slugs his first homer of the spring
    Jorge Soler slugged his first home run of the spring Tuesday in the Royals' Cactus League loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It was a fifth-inning solo shot off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray. Soler is batting just .140 with a .497 OPS in 53 plate appearances this spring, which won't inspire much confidence that the former Cubs prospect is ready to break out in Kansas City. But one should never read too far into Cactus or Grapefruit League stats. Tuesday, 3:53 pm
  • Flaherty (shoulder) expected to play Friday
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) is expected to return to game action on Friday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been dealing with shoulder soreness for most of the Grapefruit League schedule, but he has felt improvement since receiving a cortisone shot. The original expectation was that he would return to game action on Tuesday, but the Orioles are going to hold him out through Thursday's off-day. The expectation is that he'll be fine for the start of the regular season. Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Dexter Fowler scratched due to illness
    Dexter Fowler was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Monday due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Harrison Bader took Fowler's spot in center field. Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Jarrod Dyson dealing with leg fatigue
    Jarrod Dyson did not play over the weekend, and is likely to miss a few more days, due to leg fatigue.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like something serious enough to require Dyson to miss the start of the regular season, but it's something worth monitoring. The speedy outfielder is hitting .343/.415/.486 with three RBI and is 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts in Cactus League action. Mar 19, 7:27 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) to play Tuesday
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will return to Grapefruit League action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flaherty's sore right shoulder has made steady improvement since he was given a cortisone shot. He'll be fine for Opening Day. Mar 19, 8:24 am
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) could play Monday
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) could return to Grapefruit League games as soon as Monday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been nursing a sore right shoulder for much of camp, but he's feeling better after receiving a cortisone shot. He's expected to be fine for Opening Day. Mar 19, 7:06 am
  • Castellanos goes 2-for-3 with three RBI
    Nick Castellanos went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored against the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: He smacked a two-run single to left field in the second inning. In the fourth frame he hit a ground-rule double to plate Anthony Gose with a third RBI. He now has a .324 batting average through 34 at-bats. He hit .285 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI but played in only 110 games due to a broken hand. We may not have seen the best out of the 25-year-old yet. Mar 18, 3:23 pm
  • Derek Norris drawing interest from many teams
    Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that around six teams have already expressed interest in Derek Norris, who was released by the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rays have already expressed their interest publicly, and it appears they aren't alone in their pursuit of the veteran backstop. Despite a poor batting average, Norris still provides power and speed from the catcher position, so fantasy owners are holding onto hope that he lands a starting gig someplace. Mar 18, 9:23 am
  • Austin Jackson has two more hits on Friday
    Austin Jackson continued his hot hitting on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Indians fell to the Reds in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Jackson got off to a late start this spring while recovering from knee surgery, but is now hitting .333 (6-for-18) with a homer and five RBI in Cactus League action. If he continues at this rate, he'll make the Opening Day roster as as reserve outfielder. Mar 17, 9:40 pm
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  • Blanco has two hits, stolen base vs. M's
    Gregor Blanco went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs scored in Friday’s Cactus League game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Blanco, a non-roster invitee, is among the possible alternatives assuming Yasmany Tomas (oblique) needs to begin the season on the disabled list. Jeremy Hazelbaker, who went 0-for-3 on Friday, is also in that mix. Blanco is hitting .242 (8-for-33) with a .718 OPS this spring. Mar 17, 6:01 pm
  • Raul Mondesi out with back tightness
    Raul Mondesi was scratched from Friday's lineup because of tightness in his lower back.

    Advice: Mondesi, who has impressed in a bid to win a starting job at second base, is again day-to-day. He'd already missed a couple of days with a concussion this spring. Mar 17, 1:19 pm
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