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  • Familia to meet with Rob Manfred on Monday
    Jeurys Familia is expected to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday regarding his offseason domestic violence incident.

    Advice: Familia left Mets camp on Sunday night and flew to New York for the meeting. Manfred is almost certain to levy some sort of suspension on the 27-year-old closer, who was accused (but ultimately not charged) of assaulting his wife on October 31 in New Jersey. Addison Reed is in position to open the 2017 regular season as the Mets' primary ninth-inning man. 54 minutes ago
  • Shae Simmons to have forearm examined
    Shae Simmons will have his forearm examined this week Dr. Ed Khalfayan.

    Advice: Simmons has been bothered by right forearm discomfort since early March and can't seem to get over the hump. Greg Johns of says the Mariners have again slowed his throwing program. Simmons is likely to be placed on the 10-day disabled list at the end of this week. Today, 8:14 am
  • 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. Today, 7:52 am
  • Gilmartin (shoulder) faced live hitters Mon.
    Sean Gilmartin (shoulder) faced live hitters on Monday morning in Mets camp.

    Advice: Gilmartin hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 8 due to shoulder trouble and can probably be ruled out for Opening Day. The left-hander was a longshot for the Mets' roster anyway after posting an awful 7.13 ERA in 17 2/3 innings last season at the major league level. Today, 7:09 am
  • Nationals release right-hander Matt Albers
    Nationals released RHP Matt Albers.

    Advice: Albers tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he still wasn't able to secure a spot in the Nationals' bullpen. The 34-year-old right-hander inked a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Washington in late January after posting a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2016. Today, 6:14 am
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  • Joe Nathan opts out of deal with Washington
    Nationals released RHP Joe Nathan.

    Advice: Nathan asked to opt out of his minor league contract with the Nationals on Monday morning after being informed that he would not be on the Opening Day roster. He posted a 3.86 ERA with nine strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings this spring. The 42-year-old should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly. Today, 6:11 am
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  • Greg Holland to work in consecutive games
    Greg Holland is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back Cactus League games for the first time on Monday and Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander, who is now expected to begin the season as the Rockies' closer, owns a 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 6/2 K/BB ratio across 3 2/3 innings so far in Cactus League play. His health is certainly a concern, but Holland looks to be a considerable bargain in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Bauer yields three earned versus Arizona
    Trevor Bauer yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bauer struck out eight, but he walked three and gave up seven hits, including a David Peralta home run in the bottom of the third. The right-hander holds a 4.74 ERA in 24 2/3 innings (six starts) this spring, after finishing with a 4.26 ERA in 2016 and a 4.55 ERA in 2015. There are better fantasy options out there. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Clay Buchholz gives up three runs to Pirates
    Clay Buchholz gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Buchholz hasn't given anyone much reason to be encouraged this spring; he's sporting a 5.94 ERA with nie walks and four homers allowed in 16 2/3 innings. He wouldn't seem to be worth the speculative late pick in mixed leagues this year. Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • David Hernandez inks minors deal with Braves
    Braves signed RHP David Hernandez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Hernandez opted out of his minor league deal with the Giants on Friday and apparently likes his potential opportunity with the Braves more. He might have to spend a little time in the minors first but should get a shot in Atlanta. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
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  • Jayson Aquino solid for four innings
    Jayson Aquino tossed four innings of one-run ball and struck out four as the Orioles edged a Blue Jays split-squad 2-1 on Sunday.

    Advice: Aquino might wind up as the Orioles' fifth starter with Chris Tillman (shoulder) set to spend most or all of April on the disabled list. He's not of any interest in AL-only leagues just yet, but he's done well in allowing just two runs in 15 innings this spring. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Matt Bowman goes two scoreless in relief
    Matt Bowman pitched two scoreless innings Sunday to maintain his flawless spring ERA.

    Advice: Bowman has allowed just an unearned run over nine innings. He has a 7/0 K/BB ratio. The Cardinals carried him throughout last season after taking him from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft. They're able to send him back to the minors now, but they have absolutely no plans to do so. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Brent Suter optioned to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned LHP Brent Suter to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: He held a 4.00 ERA this spring over eight appearances. Suter had a solid 3.32 ERA over 21 2/3 frames for the Brewers last season and should get an opportunity again eventually as a starter or long reliever. Yesterday, 10:00 am
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  • 60-day DL likely for Glen Perkins (shoulder)
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press writes that the "leading option" for Glen Perkins (shoulder) is to start the season on the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Perkins has progressed well of late in his recovery from major shoulder surgery, but he hasn't appeared in any games this spring and the Twins are going to proceed extra cautiously with him. It's unclear when he might be ready for game action. Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Joseph Colon optioned to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Joseph Colon to Triple-A Columbus; re-assigned INF Chris Colabello, Cs Erik Kratz and Adam Moore, LHP Tyler Olson, OFs Daniel Robertson and Bradley Zimmer and INF Richie Shaffer to minor league camp.

    Advice: Shaffer opened some eyes this spring with four home runs following a swing change that he's worked on, but it wasn't enough to make the roster. Top prospect Zimmer figures to get a chance this season given the uncertainty in the Indians' outfield. Yesterday, 9:45 am
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  • Mike Clevinger optioned to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Mike Clevinger to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Clevinger has really struggled this spring (11.12 ERA), but he didn't have much of a shot to make the Opening Day roster, anyway. He'll be part of Columbus' rotation. Yesterday, 9:42 am
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  • Ross Detwiler exercises out-out clause
    Athletics released LHP Ross Detwiler.

    Advice: Detwiler exercised the opt-out clause in his contract after being told he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. The lefty holds an 11.88 ERA this spring and a 6.73 ERA in the majors the last two seasons. Yesterday, 9:01 am
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  • Yankees cut ties with veteran SP Jon Niese
    Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

    Advice: Niese got a late start to spring training while working his way back from knee surgery, which kept him from ever being under real consideration for one of the open spots in the Yankees' rotation. The club is open to the left-hander sticking around as depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he builds up stamina, although it's unclear whether Niese is considering that. Yesterday, 8:48 am
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  • Scheppers (abdomen) not ruled out for opener
    Tanner Scheppers (abdomen) reported improvement Sunday and hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day.

    Advice: Scheppers exited an appearance Friday with a left abdominal strain, but it appears the ailment is relatively minor. It's unclear when he might try to throw again. Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • John Gant (groin) to miss a week of action
    John Gant (groin) could be sidelined for the next week.

    Advice: Which means his spring training is over. Gant impressed this spring with a 1.50 ERA over seven appearances before tweaking his groin Saturday. Once healthy, he'll be part of Triple-A Memphis' rotation. The righty will get a shot with the Cardinals at some point, whether it's as a starter or reliever. Yesterday, 7:58 am
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    John Gant StL - SP,RP
  • Drew Storen sitting 88-90 mph this spring
    Drew Storen's fastball has been clocked in the 88-90 mph range this spring.

    Advice: Storen's velocity was down to 92 mph last season when he struggled to a 5.23 ERA, and it's dropped even more this spring. He's also posted a 15.88 ERA in six Cactus League appearances. It's possible he'll regain some zip on the heater once the regular season begins, but until that happens it's hard to take Storen seriously as a sleeper for saves. Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Adam Warren expected to open in bullpen
    Adam Warren is expected to open the season in the Yankees' bullpen.

    Advice: Warren has been competing for one of the final two spots in the rotation, but he didn't pitch well Saturday and the Yanks appear to prefer him in a swingman capacity. It looks to be down to Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Chad Green and Jordan Montgomery for the Bombers' last two rotation spots. Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • Tigers release veteran reliever Mark Lowe
    Tigers released RHP Mark Lowe.

    Advice: Lowe signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Tigers last winter but won't make it to the end of the deal (although the Tigers will still pay him). The veteran reliever struck out a batter per inning for Detroit last season but also posted an ugly 7.11 ERA over 54 appearances. He's put up a 5.19 ERA over nine appearances this spring. Lowe should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly now that he can be had at the veteran minimum. Yesterday, 6:01 am
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  • Noe Ramirez optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket; re-assigned OFs Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig; 3B Matt Dominguez, C Jake DePew and RHP Hector Velasquez to minor league camp.

    Advice: Ramirez struck out 17 batters in 9 2/3 relief innings this spring, but that wasn't enough to land an Opening Day roster spot. He'll be up with the big club eventually. Yesterday, 5:25 am
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  • Detwiler expected to opt out on Sunday
    Ross Detwiler is expected to opt out of his minor league contract on Sunday.

    Advice: Detwiler has pitched to a brutal 11.88 ERA over eight Cactus League outings and can see the writing on the wall. "The way the last couple of games went I can guess," he said. With no chance of making the Opening Day roster, Detwiler will opt out and see what his options are elsewhere. Detwiler's next team will be his sixth since 2014. Saturday, 6:23 pm
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  • Shae Simmons (forearm) still playing catch
    Shae Simmons (forearm) hasn't advanced to mound work yet.

    Advice: Simmons has played catch the past few days while building up his arm strength. The right-hander strained his forearm about two weeks ago and won't be ready for Opening Day. He'll be a middle relief option for the Mariners when healthy. Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • Warren surrenders four runs in 3 1/3 innings
    Adam Warren surrendered four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out four. A pair of home runs were the primary culprits. The poor outing puts a dent in his hopes to snare the fifth and final slot in the Yankees' starting rotation. He has a 4.80 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 15 innings. He registered a 4.68 ERA in 65 1/3 innings with the Cubs and Yankees in 2016. Saturday, 1:52 pm
  • Jon Gant leaves with right groin tightness
    John Gant was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League outing due to right groin tightness.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday before the team determines a course of action. He's slated to open the season in the starting rotation at Triple-A Memphis and should get an opportunity with the big league club before long. Saturday, 12:51 pm
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    John Gant StL - SP,RP
  • Tanner Scheppers has abdominal strain
    Tanner Scheppers has been diagnosed with a left abdominal strain.

    Advice: He'll require further evaluation and no timetable for his return has been noted yet. The club also hasn't ruled out a sports hernia for the right-hander. It looks increasingly likely that he'll start the season on the disabled list. Saturday, 8:43 am
  • Tanner Scheppers set to undergo MRI
    Tanner Scheppers is set to undergo an MRI after leaving Friday's Cactus League appearance due to pain in his "lower core".

    Advice: While the severity of the injury is not yet known, there's a strong likelihood that the right-hander will begin the 2017 season on the disabled list. Expect the Rangers to provide an update on his status on Saturday after learning the results of the MRI. Friday, 5:23 pm
  • Scheppers leaves game with unknown injury
    Tanner Scheppers was forced to leave Friday's Cactus League game with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what the injury is, but the right-hander was forced to depart with the athletic trainer in the ninth inning. Rangers manager Jeff Bannister termed it an injury to his "lower half" and said he'll be re-evaluated on Saturday. Scheppers was expected to secure one of the final spot's in the Opening Day bullpen, but that is now in jeopardy. Friday, 4:16 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
  • David Hernandez released by Giants
    Giants released RHP David Hernandez.

    Advice: Hernandez requested and was granted his released after being told he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. The veteran reliever posted a 4.76 ERA over six relief appearances this spring. He has struck out over a batter per inning during his career and shouldn't be out of a job long. Friday, 12:52 pm
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  • Simmons (forearm) plays catch on Wednesday
    Shea Simmons (forearm) played catch on Wednesday.

    Advice: Simmons likewise played catch on Tuesday. He is working his way back from a right forearm strain diagnosed in mid-March. With the season just around the bend, the 26-year-old right-hander will likely be placed on the disabled list to start unless he makes a quantum leap in his recovery over the next week-and-a-half. Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Jeurys Familia gives up three runs
    Jeurys Familia blew his second spring save after allowing three runs -- one earned -- in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: It was a fifth-inning blown save, but a blown save nonetheless. MLB still figures to announce a suspension for Familia sometime prior to Opening Day. It's obvious that they always intended to delay that announcement until after the WBC was complete. Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • John Gant perfect in relief
    John Gant struck out two in a perfect frame Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: The Cardinals were stretching Gant out at the beginning of the spring, but since they haven't had any rotation issues, they're now backing off Gant and taking a closer look at him as a relief option. He's allowed just two runs in 11 innings this spring. He could be a part of the Opening Day bullpen. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
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  • Simmons (forearm) playing catch again
    Shae Simmons (forearm) played catch Tuesday.

    Advice: It was his first time playing catch since being diagnosed with a forearm strain earlier this month. He's making progress, but appears likely to begin the year on the 10-day disabled list. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Twins to come up with plan on Perkins
    The Twins will meet this week to come up with a plan for Glen Perkins (shoulder) moving forward.

    Advice: Perkins, the coaching staff, and the medical staff will all be involved in the process. One recent report suggested that the club hasn't ruled out putting Perkins on the 60-day disabled list to begin the season. Either way, it doesn't sound like he's going to be ready in the early part of the season. Perkins is coming back from labrum surgery. Tuesday, 7:00 am
  • Holland strong in appearance vs. Cubs
    Greg Holland (elbow) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Holland was very shaky in his last outing, so this was nice to see. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, his fastball sat in the 92-94.5 mph range in this one. It wasn’t too long ago that the assumption was that Adam Ottavino would open the season as the closer by default, but that’s no longer a sure thing. In fact, Holland could have the job in short order. Monday, 5:07 pm
  • Bauer gives up three runs vs. Dodgers
    Trevor Bauer gave up three runs in five innings of work in his start against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Bauer gave up seven hits, including solo homers to Chase Utley and Joc Peterson. He also walked a pair, so he pitched around trouble for most of the afternoon. Bauer at least increased his ground ball rate and showed better control last season, but his ERA only modestly improved from 4.55 to 4.26. He hasn’t shown enough to be a consistent option in mixed fantasy leagues. Monday, 4:29 pm
  • 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
  • Adam Warren gives up one run to Astros
    Adam Warren allowed one run over 3 2/3 innings Sunday in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Astros.

    Advice: While never officially ruled out of the rotation mix, it sure seemed like Warren had been ticketed for the bullpen all spring. Perhaps that's changing now, as Luis Severino, Luis Cessa and Chad Green have failed to step up. Only Bryan Mitchell has really performed as hoped, and if he's in, that'd still leave one vacancy. The guess is that the Yankees still view Warren as a fallback, but it's a fallback they might have to use. In our opinion, he's clearly a better option than Cessa, Green and Mitchell and quite likely an improvement over the still inconsistent Severino, too. Mar 19, 2:03 pm
  • 60-day DL possible for Perkins (shoulder)
    The Twins have not ruled out putting Glen Perkins (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list to start the season.

    Advice: The 10-day DL is viewed as the most likely scenario, but the 60-day DL is possible if the club is still unsure about a projected return date. The Twins' brass is expected to meet soon to discuss Perkins' situation. The former closer has been throwing the last few weeks without issue and is slated to go through another 20-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. Mar 19, 9:55 am
  • Brent Suter fans three, allows solo home run
    Brent Suter struck out three while allowing a solo home run in Cactus League work against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Suter almost made it out of the first inning unscathed, but Anthony Rizzo changed that with a two-out solo home run. This past season, he pitched to a 3.32 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 21 2/3 innings with the Brew Crew. While there is no fantasy upside here, Suter figures to be a part of Milwaukee's pen at some point -- if not multiple points -- this season. Mar 18, 4:33 pm
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  • Mike Clevenger coughs up three-run homer
    Mike Clevinger surrendered a three-run home run to Cesar Puello in Saturday's split-squad Cactus showdown with the Rangers.

    Advice: Clevinger walked four batters in just 1 1/3 innings, two in each of the first two frames. It was the latter two walks that came back around to bite, as Cesar Puello took him deep following the pair of free passes. The 26-year-old right-hander has now allowed six runs in three spring starts covering 4 1/3 innings. Any shot he had of making the Opening Day rotation would appear to be rapidly diminishing. Mar 18, 2:56 pm
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