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  • Cahill to start third game for Padres
    Trevor Cahill will start the Padres' third regular-season game.

    Advice: Luis Perdomo will start the fifth game and Jarred Cosart will open the season in the bullpen. Cahill posted a 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings this spring in Cactus League play and might carry some value in deeper mixed leagues. At the very least, he has streaming appeal. 36 minutes ago
  • Shawn Kelley will open as setup man
    Shawn Kelley will open the year as a setup man.

    Advice: Kelley earned seven saves last season before the Nationals acquired Mark Melancon and he carried some momentum for the closer job into spring training this year, but the right-hander still has some durability concerns as a guy who's needed two Tommy John surgeries. Today, 10:23 am
  • Koda Glover to open as setup man
    Koda Glover will open the 2017 season as a setup man.

    Advice: Glover looked to be the favorite for the Nationals' closer job a couple weeks ago, but manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen to the post on Thursday afternoon. Glover is a promising young reliever but seems doubtful to carry value in non-holds leagues. Shawn Kelley will also open the year in a setup role. Today, 10:19 am
  • Padres add Craig Stammen to bullpen
    Padres purchased the contract of RHP Craig Stammen from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Stammen earned a spot in the Padres' bullpen by posting a 0.77 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings in Cactus League play. He'll probably act as a long reliever for the Friars. Today, 9:56 am
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  • Padres place Robbie Erlin on 60-day DL
    Padres placed LHP Robbie Erlin on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

    Advice: Erlin underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May. He should become an option for the Padres around the middle of the 2017 regular season. Today, 9:55 am
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  • Orioles outright Oliver Drake to AAA
    Orioles sent RHP Oliver Drake outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Drake failed to crack the Baltimore bullpen this spring and he was out of minor league options, so the Orioles first had to pass him through waivers. The right-hander will go on serving as organizational relief depth for the O's. Today, 9:51 am
  • Rockies option Jordan Patterson to AAA
    Rockies optioned OF Jordan Patterson to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Patterson hit the ball pretty well this spring in the Cactus League, but he wasn't able to crack the Opening Day roster. The 25-year-old will continue to function as organizational outfield depth for Colorado. Today, 9:35 am
  • Jon Gray to start Opening Day for Rockies
    Rockies manager Bud Black named Jon Gray as his Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Gray sent a scare through Rockies camp on Friday when he left an ugly Cactus League start against the Giants with discomfort in a toe on his left foot, but an MRI came up clean and he struck out seven batters over six innings Wednesday in a minor league game. The 25-year-old right-hander carries high-level fantasy upside into 2017, even calling Coors Field home. Today, 9:31 am
  • Blake Treinen named the Nationals' closer
    Blake Treinen has been named the Nationals' closer.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker made the announcement Thursday in camp. Koda Glover looked like the favorite at one point, with Shawn Kelley probably next in line, but Treinen has been terrific this spring and offers the Nats the best combination of reliability and durability leading into 2017. He also has one of the best power sinkers in the sport. Treinen obviously needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues with Opening Day approaching. Today, 9:07 am
  • Rangers, Odor finalize 6-yr, $49.5M extension
    Rangers signed 2B Rougned Odor to a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension with a $13.5 million club option for 2023.

    Advice: The deal was agreed to on Saturday and then finalized Thursday as the Rangers packed up camp in Surprise, Arizona. It will cover Odor's first three years of arbitration eligibility (2018-2020) and at least two years of free agency, at a fairly reasonable cost. The 23-year-old second baseman tallied 33 home runs, 88 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and 89 runs scored in 150 games last season. Today, 8:38 am
  • Cardinals showing interest in Jose Quintana
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals "have quietly showed interest" in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Astros and Pirates have been the perceived frontrunners for Quintana, but he calls their pursuits of the left-handed ace "passive" up to this point. In his report Heyman then labels the Cardinals a "sleeper team," with the "combination of young players and prospects to make it work." The asking price is undoubtedly sky-high for Quintana, who boasts a 3.35 ERA over the last four seasons and a team-friendly contract that runs through 2020. He is currently projected to serve as the Opening Day starter for the rebuilding White Sox. Today, 7:53 am
  • Zack Wheeler to open as Mets' fourth starter
    Zack Wheeler will start the Mets' fourth regular season game.

    Advice: And he'll be followed in the Mets' sixth regular-season game by Robert Gsellman, after Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard returns to handle the fifth game. Wheeler experienced some tenderness in his surgically-repaired left elbow at the start of spring training, but he went five shutout innings in his final Grapefruit League outing Monday against the Marlins. The former top prospect could make a for a decent streaming option in the early part of 2017, but he'll probably have some workload limitations. Today, 7:27 am
  • Steven Matz (elbow) shut down three weeks
    An MRI came back negative on the left elbow of Mets starter Steven Matz.

    Advice: That's obviously good news, but Matz will be shut down for the next three weeks and projects to miss all of April. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday. Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman will round out the Mets' season-opening starting rotation. Today, 7:23 am
  • Red Sox place Drew Pomeranz on 10-day DL
    Red Sox placed LHP Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day disabled list with a left flexor strain.

    Advice: Pomeranz remains on track to make his first regular-season start April 9 in Detroit. He was slowed this spring by some triceps discomfort, but the left-hander threw 76 pitches in a Grapefruit League start against the Twins on Wednesday and he should get up to 90 pitches in his next outing -- wherever that might be. Today, 7:20 am
  • Aaron Judge named Yankees' starting RF
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Aaron Judge the club's starting right fielder.

    Advice: There were hints that the Yankees might send Judge back to the minor leagues for more seasoning, but Girardi officially backed the 24-year-old on Thursday as he announced the club's final roster decisions. While far from a completer hitter, Judge should be able to post big power numbers this season for New York -- and thus carries deep-league fantasy intrigue. Aaron Hicks will open the year as a kind of utility outfielder. Today, 7:16 am
  • Twins option John Ryan Murphy to AAA
    Twins optioned C John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Chris Gimenez will back up Jason Castro to open the year. Murphy, 25, posted a brutal .146/.193/.220 batting line in 90 plate appearances last season at the major league level. Today, 7:01 am
  • Twins place Ryan O'Rourke (elbow) on DL
    Twins placed LHP Ryan O'Rourke on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

    Advice: O'Rourke was diagnosed last week with a flexor mass strain in his throwing elbow. The southpaw is likely to miss most of April. Today, 6:58 am
  • Twins place Ehire Adrianza on 10-day DL
    Twins placed INF Ehire Adrianza on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

    Advice: Adrianza suffered the oblique strain last weekend in a Grapefruit League game and figures to miss about two weeks of regular-season action. The 27-year-old infielder carries no fantasy relevance as a .220/.292/.313 career hitter. Today, 6:56 am
  • Phillies option Luis Garcia to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned RHP Luis Garcia to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: This opens the door for Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez to make the Phillies' bullpen. Garcia, 30, owns a 4.24 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 127 1/3 career major league innings. Today, 6:33 am
  • Yankees option Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A
    Yankees optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: There have been trade rumors swirling around Refsnyder all spring, but the Yankees have not been able to finalize a deal. The 26-year-old former prospect batted just .250/.328/.309 in 175 plate appearances last season at the major league level and he also struggled at the dish this spring. Today, 6:25 am
  • Rays option Chase Whitley to AAA Durham
    Rays optioned RHP Chase Whitley to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Whitley posted a 4.15 ERA in one start and five relief appearances this spring in the Grapefruit League. He's presumably going to work out of the rotation at Durham. Today, 6:21 am
  • Rays option Jaime Schultz to Durham
    Rays optioned RHP Jaime Schultz to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Schultz will work as a reliever at Durham, giving him a quicker path to the major league level. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a promising 3.58 ERA with 163 strikeouts over 130 2/3 innings last season in Triple-A. Today, 6:16 am
  • Twins reassign ByungHo Park to the minors
    Twins reassigned 1B/DH ByungHo Park to minor league camp.

    Advice: Park did everything in his power to make the Opening Day roster this spring, batting .353 with a 1.159 OPS and six home runs over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play. For reasons that aren't quite clear, the Twins will head north without their best DH option. Today, 6:04 am
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  • Daniel Stumpf placed on waivers by Tigers
    Daniel Stumpf has been placed on waivers by the Tigers.

    Advice: As a two-time Rule 5 Draft pick, he can opt for free agency if he clears. Jason Beck of says the 26-year-old left-hander could wind up re-signing with Detroit. That would likely be a minor league deal. Today, 6:01 am
  • Tigers cut loose veteran starter Mike Pelfrey
    Tigers released RHP Mike Pelfrey.

    Advice: They tried their best to find a trade partner, but no team wanted to take that plunge. Pelfrey posted an ugly 7.36 ERA this spring in the Grapefruit League, after registering a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP across 119 innings during the 2016 regular season. Detroit is on the hook for his $8 million salary in 2017. Today, 5:38 am
  • Wheeler to be placed on innings limit in 2017
    Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that Zack Wheeler will have a yet-to-be-determined innings limit during the coming season.

    Advice: "There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is," Ricco said, later adding an awkward metaphor in saying that "[t]here’s no sleep chamber that you can put him in and then wake up in Mars." Wheeler has missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made 32 starts (185 1/3 innings) with a 3.54 ERA and 187/79 K/BB ratio in 2014. The Mets could potentially add Wheeler to the Opening Day rotation now that Steven Matz (elbow) has officially been ruled out for the start of the campaign. Seth Lugo is also in play to take the spot vacated by Matz. Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • Red Sox want Pomeranz to build up strength
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the team would like to see Drew Pomeranz stretched to around 90 pitches before locking him into the rotation.

    Advice: Pomeranz threw 76 pitches in a Grapefruit League game against the Twins on Wednesday. He will make a final minor league tune-up start on Monday, with the goal being to stretch him out for rotational work. Farrell said that the Sox will not give a "rubber stamp" to Pomeranz as fifth starter until they feel confident that he will be able to give them starting innings. Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • Aaron Judge goes 2-for-3 in Yankees' win
    Aason Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: While he hasn't matched Greg Bird bomb for bomb, Judge has certainly done what he needed to do this spring to solidify a starting job that seemed to be his to lose. Still, the Yankees have hinted that they might send him to the minors anyway. If so, they'd be bypassing him in favor of someone in Aaron Hicks who was terrible last year and who hasn't quite matched him in the OPS department this spring (.975 to .889). Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • ByungHo Park hits sixth homer
    ByungHo Park had a two-run homer and an RBI groundout to lead the Twins past the Red Sox 5-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Park is leaving nothing to chance; he's up to six homers and an 1.159 spring OPS now. The Twins will likely officially re-add him to their 40-man roster tomorrow or Friday. Then it will just be a matter of where he hits in Monday's opener. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
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  • Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs to Twins
    Drew Pomeranz gave up three runs over four innings in relief Wednesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Pomeranz ends the spring with an 8.25 ERA, but the Red Sox didn't seem to give any real thought to sticking him in the bullpen and going with Kyle Kendrick as their fifth starter. Pomeranz's spot might come into jeopardy when David Price returns, but that depends on how he's throwing. His upside demands a roster spot in most mixed leagues, but it doesn't seem like he'll be a great play initially. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Steven Matz (elbow) won't be ready for season
    Steven Matz (elbow) won't be ready for the start of the season.

    Advice: That's the way it was already trending, but now it's official. Matz has resumed throwing after being scratched from his final Grapefruit League start, but he was sent for an MRI on Wednesday as a follow-up. There could be good news in there, but either way, he won't be ready for his first turn through the rotation. The Mets have yet to make a final decision between Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot. Odds are that Lugo gets the nod. Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Koda Glover has shaky, brief outing
    Koda Glover was pulled after retiring one of the three hitters he faced in the fifth inning Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Glover's appearances in the middle of games haven't gone as well as his ninth-inning outings. Today, he walked the first batter he faced, gave up a single and then was removed after a groundout. He was charged with a run after Sammy Solis allowed a sac fly. That Dusty Baker still hasn't announced Glover as his closer would seem to suggest that Shawn Kelley's chances are improving. Our assumption is that Glover is Baker's pick, but that the front office prefers Kelley. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Gray pitches in minor league game
    Jon Gray (toe) allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings in a minor league game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray got stretched out to 88 pitches and allowed five hits while walking none and striking out seven. The most important thing is that he's healthy. Gray left his scheduled start last Friday due to left foot soreness, but an MRI on his toe came back negative and there weren't any signs of an issue Wednesday. He should be good to go for the start of the season. Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Adrianza (oblique) to begin season on DL
    Ehire Adrianza (oblique) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: As expected. Adrianza, who was claimed off waivers from the Brewers in February, suffered a right oblique strain during Saturday's game. It's a tricky injury, so he's going to need some downtime. Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Judge could start season in minors
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Wednesday that the club is still thinking about having Aaron Judge start the season in the minors.

    Advice: "He needs to play, that's the bottom line," Girardi told Bryan Hoch of For his part, Judge has swung the bat really well this spring, hitting .327/.393/.564 with three homers and a 12/6 K/BB ratio in 22 games. Aaron Hicks has also played well, but it's probably time to see what Judge can do. Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Aaron Judge cranks long home run
    Aaron Judge belted a long solo home run versus the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Judge, who is apparently still competing for the right field job, didn't start but came off the bench to take Bruce Rondon deep in the seventh inning. The towering outfielder has out-hit Aaron Hicks this spring, although both have played well. We're betting on Yankees manager Joe Girardi ultimately picking Judge. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Report: Tigers trying to unload Mike Pelfrey
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are willing to eat the entirety of Mike Pelfrey's $8 million salary in order to move him in a trade.

    Advice: Pelfrey never had a real shot at a rotation spot this spring, and he's struggled with a 7.36 ERA. It appears the Tigers would rather just free up the roster spot than try him out in long relief. While Detroit might be trying to deal him, he'll probably just wind up being released. Pelfrey held a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 2016. Tuesday, 4:54 pm
  • ByungHo Park homers in 1-0 victory
    ByungHo Park walked and homered for the only run of the game as the Twins beat the Rays 1-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Park has won a starting job by hitting .362 with five homers and an 1.149 OPS this spring. What he hasn't done is convince Paul Molitor he deserves to bat in the middle of the order; he hit seventh in this one and might stay there when the games start to count. If he keeps it up, he'll have to get a look in the fourth or fifth spot eventually. Tuesday, 1:20 pm
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  • Girardi hasn't decided on starting RF yet
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he hasn't decided yet whether Aaron Judge or Aaron Hicks will be the starter in right field.

    Advice: Judge entered spring training as the presumed favorite and has batted .321/.390/.509 with two homers and a solid 12/6 K/BB ratio over 53 at-bats. If that's not enough to win the job, then perhaps the intention all along was to send him back to Triple-A for more seasoning. Hicks has also had a nice spring with a .286/.375/.571 line and three longballs. Worth noting is that Hicks is in the Yanks' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday and Girardi said it could be similar to the one he'll use Opening Day. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Matz (elbow) throws again Tuesday
    Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Steven Matz (elbow) looked "pretty decent" during another throwing session Tuesday.

    Advice: Matz was scratched from his final scheduled Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow, but he was able to make 55 throws off flat ground on Monday and even threw a few pitches from the rubber on Tuesday. It's encouraging, but the expectation is that Matz will begin the year on the disabled list. Seth Lugo is the favorite to take his spot in the rotation, though Zack Wheeler hasn't been ruled out. Tuesday, 9:12 am
  • Zack Wheeler goes five scoreless for win
    Zack Wheeler shut out the Marlins for five innings Monday as a Mets split-squad won 5-0.

    Advice: Wheeler allowed two hits, walked two and struck out three in easily his best outing of the spring. It might just be enough to put him in the season-opening rotation with Steven Matz seemingly likely to land on the disabled list. We're still not high on him for this year, but he's more interesting in NL-only leagues now. Monday, 2:13 pm
  • Koda Glover gets four outs to finish Mets
    Koda Glover retired all four Mets he faced to end the Nationals' 6-0 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Dusty Baker is still auditioning Glover in advance of a possible closing announcement tonight. Glover didn't face any major leaguers today (he finished the game by striking out Tim Tebow). The only time in recent weeks that he has faced major leaguers, he ended up allowing three runs. We don't think that's all that telling -- Glover isn't lacking in the stuff department -- but nothing about Glover finishing a bunch of Grapefruit League games versus scrubs tells us much about whether he's ready to close. Monday, 1:47 pm
  • Nats to sort out closer role on Monday night
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he's planning to meet with pitching coach Mike Maddux and GM Mike Rizzo on Monday night to discuss the closer situation.

    Advice: Koda Glover has looked like the frontrunner for the past couple of weeks, but he got lit up in his last Grapefruit League appearance Friday against the Cardinals, watching his spring ERA jump from 1.13 to 3.72. Shawn Kelley makes for a pretty good fallback option for the Nats as a guy coming off a 2.64 ERA and 80/11 K/BB ratio over 58 innings in 2016, though he still carries some durability concerns. There should be more clarity by the middle of this week. Monday, 7:52 am
  • Matz (elbow) working on altering mechanics?
    Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Monday that Steven Matz is working on shortening his arm angle to put "less bang" on his troublesome left elbow.

    Advice: Altering pitching mechanics to compensate for discomfort in a specific area is often how minor injuries turn into major injuries. Matz has been scratched from his final turn in the Grapefruit League rotation due to irritation in his left elbow, and he felt some lingering tightness Monday while throwing on flat ground from 70 feet. The young southpaw is ticketed for the 10-day disabled list to open the 2017 regular season. Seth Lugo is probably going to take his spot. Monday, 7:40 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. Monday, 6:53 am
  • Matz (elbow) throws on flat ground Monday
    Steven Matz (elbow) threw on flat ground from about 70 feet Monday morning in Mets camp.

    Advice: Matz has been scratched from his final Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow. And while the Mets are claiming this is a minor issue, the left-hander needed surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last October and he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, after being drafted in the second round in 2009. Matz figures to open the 2017 regular season on the 10-day disabled list, with Seth Lugo likely taking his rotation spot. Monday, 6:36 am
  • Cahill fans eight batters versus Cubs
    Trevor Cahill struck out eight batters over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Cubs.

    Advice: Chicago plated a pair of (unearned) runs in the bottom of the third on a Jeimer Candelario single and a Munenori Kawasaki groundout, after Matt Szczur reached base on a fielding error by Ryan Schimpf. Cahill gave up just two total hits over his five frames, though he did walk four. The right-hander is expected to open the 2017 season in the Padres' starting rotation after posting a 2.74 ERA in one start and 49 relief appearances last year for the Cubs. Sunday, 3:12 pm
  • Steven Matz dealing with elbow irritation
    Steven Matz will not make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow.

    Advice: The Mets are adamant that Matz doesn't have anything structurally wrong, but general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that "it's worrisome that he continues to be injured." Matz had surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last October and also had Tommy John surgery a few years back. The left-hander won't undergo an MRI, and he's slated to play catch on Monday. Even if Matz progresses well over the next week, a disabled list stint would seem to be a distinct possibility. It would free up a spot in the Mets' rotation for Seth Lugo. Sunday, 6:37 am
  • Update: Adrianza dealing with oblique strain
    Updating an earlier report, Ehire Adrianza suffered a strained right oblique in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Adrianza was believed to be dealing with a foot injury but it's actually his oblique that's bothering him. Twins manager Paul Molitor described the injury as "fairly acute," but wouldn't give a timetable for his return. Adrianza is a near lock to begin on the year on the disabled list. Saturday, 6:33 pm
  • Ehire Adrianza exits with foot injury
    Ehire Adrianza left Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles after fouling a ball off his foot.

    Advice: It's the second day in a row a Twins player has injured himself fouling a ball off his foot after Kennys Vargas did the same thing on Friday (that was also against Baltimore). Adrianza grounded out in his only at-bat before exiting. Benji Gonzalez replaced Adrianza at second base in the bottom half of the third inning. Saturday, 4:25 pm
  • Jon Gray's MRI comes back without issue
    A precautionary MRI on Jon Gray's left toe came back without issue on Saturday.

    Advice: Gray as removed from Friday's start against the Giants due to left foot soreness and follow-up exams have confirmed that there's no real injury to worry about here. He should have no problem making his next start and being ready for the start of the regular season. Saturday, 9:03 am
  • Rangers and Odor in agreement on $49.5M pact
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Rougned Odor are in agreement on a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension.

    Advice: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News had reported earlier that the two sides were close to a deal. Heyman also notes that the deal includes an option for a seventh season which could push the total of deal even higher. The 23-year-old was set to be eligible for arbitration in 2018 and a free agent in 2021. Saturday, 8:16 am
  • Rangers nearing extension with Rougned Odor
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are nearing a six-year contract extension with Rougned Odor that's expected to be around $50 million.

    Advice: Odor has been reportedly seeking a six-year pact in the neighborhood of $52.5 million, which is the figure Jason Kipnis landed in a similar spot after the 2014 season. Kevin Kiermaier was in a similar situation this offseason and secured a six-year, $53.5 million extension from the Rays that Grant notes could serve as a blueprint for the Odor deal. The 23-year-old hit .271/.296/.502 with 33 homers, 88 RBI and 14 stolen bases in a breakthrough 2016 season. Saturday, 7:50 am
  • Jon Gray departs outing with foot soreness
    Jon Gray exited his start against the Giants on Friday with left foot soreness.

    Advice: The Rockies' Root Sports broadcast referred to the injury as "very, very mild," so it looks like the club dodged a bullet here. They were certainly due a break when it comes to injuries. Gray should probably be OK to make his next spring start. Friday, 2:39 pm
  • Koda Glover gives up three runs to Cardinals
    Koda Glover gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Glover had been working the ninth exclusively of late, but he was brought in for the sixth today. He gave up two runs in his first inning and then was brought back out for the second to give up one more run. Perhaps Dusty Baker is souring on the idea of using him as a closer. The front office would surely prefer Baker stuck with the original plan there, which was Shawn Kelley. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Chase Whitley goes 1 1/3 scoreless
    Chase Whitley pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out two, Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Whitley pitched four scoreless innings last time out, but the short outing today makes it seem as though he was officially ruled out of the rotation mix. He could still make the Rays as a reliever. He has a 4.91 ERA this spring, but he's coming on strong now. Friday, 2:09 pm
  • Jon Gray exits start with undisclosed injury
    Jon Gray left Friday's start against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Gray gave up seven consecutive hits and five runs to the Giants in the third inning before being pulled. For what it's worth, it didn't look to be anything arm-related based on how Gray was conversing with the trainer and Rockies manager Bud Black in the dugout. The club should have an update on their ace soon. Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs to Jays
    Drew Pomeranz yielded three runs over four innings against the Blue Jays in his start Friday.

    Advice: Pomeranz, who left his last start with triceps tightness, was very pleased afterwards, especially with how things came together after the first two innings (all of the runs scored then). Assuming he still feels good these next couple of days, he'll be penciled in as Boston's fifth starter. Friday, 1:55 pm
  • Jose Quintana to start opener for White Sox
    Jose Quintana has been named the White Sox' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: That's assuming he's not traded before then. Quintana was the obvious choice to take the ball in the opener, of course, following the team's offseason trade of Chris Sale. The left-hander boasts a 3.35 ERA over the last four seasons and has made at least 32 starts each of those years. Friday, 10:35 am
  • Quintana fires seven shutout frames vs. Reds
    Jose Quintana shut out the Reds for seven innings as he led the White Sox to a 4-2 victory on Thursday.

    Advice: He looked to be in mid-season form as he mowed down the Reds' batters. Quintana allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out three. This was only his second official start on the Cactus League circuit as he spent time pitching well for Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic. He has a 1.00 ERA in nine spring innings. Trade rumors continue to swirl around Quintana and there seems to be a chance he could go north for the regular season in another uniform, but he'll be a valuable starter wherever he winds up. Thursday, 4:23 pm
  • Blake Treinen continues scoreless spring
    Blake Treinen struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to record a save in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Ty Kelly reached on a one-out single, but Treinen got Michael Conforto to ground out and Juan Lagares to go down swinging to close things out. That Treinen pitched the ninth is notable, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker is the rare skipper who likes to pitch his closers in the final inning during spring training. Still, Treinen might be third in the pecking order behind Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover for saves even though he's struck out six over three scoreless frames this spring. Thursday, 2:55 pm
  • Steven Matz gives up five runs to Marlins
    Steven Matz gave up five runs over four innings Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: All five runs scored in the first two frames. Matz bounced back with a perfect third before allowing a couple of singles and working out of a jam in the fourth. Matz's velocity has been very good this spring and he had allowed just one run in 8 2/3 innings coming into this one, so the bad day doesn't seem like anything to worry about. Wednesday, 2:11 pm
  • Zack Wheeler gives up four runs in relief
    Zack Wheeler surrendered four runs and walked three in three innings of relief Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: If there was still any doubt, Wheeler should be officially out of the rotation mix after this. Either he'll open up in the pen or in extended spring training. We'd say the latter scenario is more likely. Wednesday, 2:06 pm
  • White Sox continue to talk Quintana trade
    Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the White Sox "continue to work hard" on a possible Jose Quintana trade.

    Advice: This essentially backs up what was reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. According to Bowden, the Astros and Braves appear to be the top contenders and a trade could happen before Opening Day. In fact, Bowden floats top prospects Frances Martes and Kyle Tucker as part of a return package from Houston. Of course, the White Sox can afford to hold out for a bit until they see an offer to their liking, but clearly Quintana is going to be traded sooner or later as the club moves ahead with their rebuilding effort. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • ATL showing 'continued interest' in Quintana
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Braves are one multiple teams showing "continued interest" in Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Passan adds that the Astros and Pirates have also touched base with the White Sox this spring regarding Quintana. The White Sox are willing to deal Quintana at any time, according to Passan, but they are content to wait for the right package given that the lefty is easily the best starter available for trade right now. Quintana is almost surely going to be dealt at some point between now and the trade deadline. Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Cahill fans seven in strong Cactus start
    Trevor Cahill struck out seven batters over five innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a sharp Cactus League start against the Giants.

    Advice: Cahill gave up only one hit, a solo homer to Giants backup catcher Nick Hundley in the bottom of the second inning. The right-hander should have a spot in the Padres' rotation to open the 2017 season after registering a 2.74 ERA across one start and 49 relief appearances last year with the Cubs. There is some deep-league streaming appeal here. Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • Shawn Kelley throws hitless inning
    Shawn Kelley pitched a hitless inning Tuesday against the Braves, striking out two.

    Advice: It'd be odd to see the Nationals bypass Kelley for the closer's role, given that he was the clear favorite going in and he's had a solid March, with a 1.59 ERA and a 6/2 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings. It also makes a lot of financial sense to close with the veteran, rather than someone who is eventually going to have his salaries decided by save-happy arbitrators. Still, there are definite hints that the team is considering going with Koda Glover in the ninth. Of course, we still wouldn't go dropping Kelley just yet. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Baker taps Glover as favorite for closer role
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that he's trying to see if Koda Glover is ready for the closer role.

    Advice: The writing has been on the wall in recent days, as Glover has worked the ninth inning in each of his last five Grapefruit League appearances. Baker has been praising Glover's stuff dating back to last season, and the opportunity is apparently now there for the taking. No final decision has been made on his role, but Glover figures to gain momentum in fantasy drafts in the coming days. Tuesday, 7:38 am
  • O'Rourke (elbow) to begin year on DL
    Ryan O'Rourke (elbow) is expected to begin the year on the disabled list.

    Advice: The good news is that there's no structural damage in the elbow, but O'Rourke is dealing with a strained flexor mass. He'll be shut down for 10 days before trying to ramp things up. Tuesday, 6:44 am
  • Byungho Park hits fourth home run
    ByungHo Park homered, walked and struck out in his three plate appearances Monday against the Rays.

    Advice: Park has true-outcomed in 18 of his 39 plate appearances this spring (four homers, five walks, nine strikeouts), but it hasn't stopped him from batting .394. At this point, it'd be really surprising if he's not the Twins' primary DH to begin the season. Mixed leaguers can take a wait-and-see approach, but he's a fine choice in AL-only leagues. Monday, 2:44 pm
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  • Koda Glover pitches scoreless ninth
    Koda Glover worked a scoreless ninth inning Monday in the Nationals' loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: If anyone besides Dusty Baker were managing the Nationals, we wouldn't read anything into the fact that Glover keeps working the ninth in spring games. However, Baker, unlike every other manager, likes using his closer in the ninth in the spring -- he did it with Jonathan Papelbon last spring -- even though it leads to matchups with nothing but scrubs and low-level prospects. In this case, we would take it as a hint that Baker is seriously considering Glover for the ninth. It's time to move him up draft boards. Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Pomeranz says triceps issue was mechanical
    Drew Pomeranz said his triceps discomfort was a result of poor mechanics, not an injury.

    Advice: Pomeranz was pulled from a Grapefruit League start Sunday against the Twins after feeling something off in his left arm, but he showed up back at Red Sox camp Monday morning with zero symptoms. Pomeranz expects to take his next turn in Boston's spring rotation on Friday and he should be fully healthy for the opening of the 2017 regular season. Monday, 12:42 pm
  • Farrell: Pomeranz (triceps) is symptom-free
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Drew Pomeranz (triceps) is on track to make his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Friday.

    Advice: Pomeranz was lifted from Sunday's game against the Twins after experiencing tightness in his left triceps, but he showed up back at Red Sox camp Monday without any symptoms. The left-hander will throw a bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday. For now, it appears Boston has dodged a bullet. Mar 20, 6:49 am
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