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  • Tommy La Stella dealing with tight hamstring
    Tommy La Stella is currently dealing with tightness in his left hamstring.

    Advice: He's considered day-to-day. The 28-year-old appeared in 74 games for the Cubs in 2016, slashing .270/.357/.405 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI in 148 at-bats. He's expected to once again function in a utility role for the Cubs in 2017. 57 minutes ago
  • Logan Forsythe hitting leadoff on Saturday
    Logan Forsythe is batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Cactus League play on Saturday.

    Advice: Forsythe is just one of the candidates competing to bat atop the Dodgers order this spring. Manager Dave Roberts has also indicated Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier are under consideration for that spot. Today, 8:40 am
  • Dee Gordon (illness) not in lineup Saturday
    Dee Gordon was scratched from the Marlins starting lineup on Saturday due to illness.

    Advice: Gordon was scheduled to start at second base and bat leadoff, but was sent home due to feeling under the weather. He should be ready to return to game action in a day or two. Today, 7:35 am
  • Howie Kendrick hits second in home opener
    Howie Kendrick is batting second on Saturday as the Phillies deploy a probable Opening Day preview in their Grapefruit League home opener against the Yankees.

    Advice: Kendrick is set to open the season as the Phillies' everyday left fielder and should be able to generate plenty of fantasy value if he remains in a premium lineup spot. Michael Saunders is hitting fifth on Saturday with Tommy Joseph slotted behind him in the sixth spot. Today, 5:18 am
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Brandon Phillips bats sixth in Braves debut
    Brandon Phillips is batting sixth in the lineup for his Grapefruit League debut with the Braves on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This looks an awful lot like it could be the club's Opening Day lineup, minus the fact that there's a designated hitter in play. Phillips spent most of his time with the Reds alternating between the 3-5 spots in the lineup, so expect his counting stats to take a small hit overall with the bump down. Today, 4:56 am
  • Tim Beckham paces Rays in Grapefruit victory
    Tim Beckham went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and a run scored as the Rays bested the Twins 3-1 in Grapefruit League play on Friday.

    Advice: Beckham doubled to lead off the game but was stranded. He then tripled and scored in the third inning as the game's first run. He is slated to function in a utility role with the Rays this season, though that could change if he continues to light the world on fire throughout the spring. Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Jose Peraza swipes base in spring debut
    Jose Peraza went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a stolen base as the Reds fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday in Arizona.

    Advice: The speedster got the start at second base, where he's in line to start regularly for the Reds this season. He also hit out of the leadoff spot in this one, though he was the club's only regular in the lineup. While his speed makes him an attractive fantasy commodity, the trade of Brandon Phillips has caused Peraza's draft stock to soar in recent weeks. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Brandon Drury lost weight, looks more agile
    Brandon Drury lost more than 10 pounds while also adding muscle over the offseason as he looked to become more agile.

    Advice: The D'Backs asked Drury to improve his agility and lateral movements during the offseason as they looked to see whether he could be their regular at second base after shifting all over the field in 2016. The club has been impressed with how he's looked thus far. "We've simplified it for him," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's not bouncing all over the place. We told him that [second base] is where he needs to focus. I think it's helped him this offseason prepare for this moment. He's looked very good. He's very agile, good angles to the ball, playing through the ball, all the common phrases that you like to hear from an infield standpoint. I've been very impressed with his quickness in turning two. I see a guy that's really agile right now." Drury slugged 16 homers in 499 plate appearances last season and carries intrigue in fantasy leagues as a potential regular in 2017. Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Dilson Herrera nursing shoulder inflammation
    Dilson Herrera is dealing with some inflammation in his right shoulder.

    Advice: It's keeping him from throwing, but he can still hit and will serve as the Reds' designated hitter on Saturday. Still, it's not a great situation for Herrera as he attempts to make the Opening Day roster. How long it might be before he's able to return to full-time duty isn't known at this point. Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Villar passed on $20M extension with Brewers
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Brewers "floated an extension in the $20 million range for Jonathan Villar, but he passed for now."

    Advice: Villar isn't going to sell low on himself after breaking out to the tune of a .285/.369/.457 batting line, 19 home runs, and a league-leading 62 stolen bases in 156 games last season. The 25-year-old can become eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next winter. He will start at second base for Milwaukee in 2017 while earning right around the major league minimum. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Gennett taking reps in outfield
    Scooter Gennett took reps in the outfield Thursday in Brewers camp.

    Advice: Jonathan Villar is now locked in as the starting second baseman in Milwaukee, so Gennett will try to add some defensive versatility to his bench player repertoire. He's also expected to get looks at shortstop this spring. Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Rangers discussing long-term deal with Odor
    According to Jon Heyman, the Rangers are discussing a long-term extension with second baseman Rougned Odor.

    Advice: Heyman says the Texas front office is "believed to have offered something in the range of the $52.5-million, six-year deal Jason Kipnis did as a pre-arb player with the Indians." Odor and Kipnis have the same agent, so this isn't some random comp. It sounds like the goal is to get something hammered out before the end of spring training. Odor, 23, tallied 33 home runs, 88 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and 89 runs scored in 150 games last season for the Rangers. He is currently under control through 2020. Thursday, 6:48 am
  • Turner misses part of workout for jury duty
    Tea Turner missed part of Wednesday's workout because he was summoned for jury duty.

    Advice: West Palm Beach isn't far from Turner's home in Lake Worth, Florida, so it wasn't much of a hassle. True to form, the 23-year-old got out of there in a hurry. "He told me he was going to jury duty. Then he got there and he said they didn’t need him," said Nationals manager Dusty Baker. "When they call, you don’t have much choice. He seemed pretty happy about not doing it, though." Wednesday, 12:11 pm
  • Neil Walker extension talks 'probably dead'
    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, "the feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead."

    Advice: Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were making progress on a contract extension that would potentially run through 2019, but it sounds like there wound up being a big gap in the financial expectations. Walker will make $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in early November. He is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Monday, 10:14 am
  • Mets extension talks with Walker 'hit a snag'
    According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets' extension talks with Neil Walker "have hit a snag."

    Advice: Carig says "it’s still possible negotiations could heat up once more," but there is nothing imminent at this time. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were discussing a new deal that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million," but there are apparently some disagreements in the details. Walker will earn $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in November. He is currently scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Monday, 8:26 am
  • Nothing imminent between Mets and Walker
    Marc Carig of Newsday was told Monday morning that "nothing is imminent" in the ongoing extension talks between the Mets and Neil Walker.

    Advice: Walker and his reps met Sunday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and it sounds like there could be an agreement at some point this spring, but we're not there yet. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported this weekend that the two sides have been discussing a contract extension that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million." Walker, 31, slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer for 2017. Monday, 6:29 am
  • Mets continue extension talks with Walker
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets and Neil Walker's agent have discussed a contract extension that would run through 2019 and would be worth "north of $40 million."

    Advice: Walker accepted the club's $17.2 million qualifying offer in November, but the two sides are interested in ripping up that deal and installing a new three-year pact. General manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he talked to Walker's agent on Saturday and planned to discuss things with the player himself soon. Walker, 31, hit 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season in his first year in New York before undergoing back surgery. Sunday, 12:33 pm
  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Sunday, 11:36 am
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Josh Harrison open to playing third base
    Josh Harrison is open to filling a utility role for the Pirates.

    Advice: Harrison served as Pittsburgh's everyday second baseman in 2016 but could see time at third base this year if Jung Ho Kang's legal battle drags into the regular season. Kang is missing the start of spring training to stand trial in Korea for his third DUI and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Harrison is no stranger to third base. 215 of his 617 major league appearances have come at the hot corner. Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Chase d'Arnaud taking reps at first base
    Chase d'Arnaud took reps at first base on Saturday.

    Advice: Utility man Sean Rodriguez was slated to back up Freddie Freeman at first base in addition to playing second base against left-handed pitchers, but now he's likely out for the season after injuring his shoulder in a car accident. D'Arnaud claims he hasn't played first since Little League but is willing to give it a shot with Rodriguez sidelined indefinitely. Nick Markakis, who has started five career games at first base, will also get reps there this spring. Saturday, 2:55 pm
    Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Atl - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Jed Lowrie (foot) enters camp fully healthy
    Jed Lowrie (foot) said Saturday that he's fully healthy and has been running without any issues for months.

    Advice: Lowrie underwent surgery in August to repair a damaged ligament in his left foot, as well as to remove a bunion and cyst. Lowrie indicated that he feels great and admitted that the foot issue caused him trouble at the plate in 2016. He also had surgery to repair a deviated septum and is now getting better sleep than he has in the past nine years. As long as he's healthy, he'll open the year as the A's starting second baseman. Saturday, 9:40 am
  • Dodgers officially announce Chase Utley deal
    Dodgers signed INF Chase Utley to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The deal finally became official on Saturday with Utley arriving to Dodgers' camp and taking his physical. He'll function as a utility infielder in 2017 and should also have plenty of opportunities as a left-handed bat off the bench. Saturday, 9:29 am
  • Aaron Hill inks minor league deal with Giants
    Giants signed INF Aaron Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney says Hill will make $2 million if in the majors, with a possible $1 million more available in incentives. Hill, who will turn 35 next month, batted .262/.336/.378 with 10 home runs last season for the Brewers and Red Sox. He can play both second and third base and will compete for a bench job with the Giants, but the veteran infielder isn't going to have any fantasy value. Friday, 7:22 am
    Player Note
    Aaron Hill SF - 2B,3B
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  • Carlos Sanchez wants to be called Yolmer
    Carlos Sanchez now wants to be known as Yolmer Sanchez.

    Advice: Yolmer is actually his given first name, so it's an easy switch. "Yes, that’s what I want to do — the first Yolmer in baseball," said Sanchez. "Same guy, but different name." Sanchez, 24, is a .224/.261/.330 hitter over 201 major league games and he spent a large chunk of last season at the Triple-A level. He's going to have to impress this spring to win a spot on the Opening Day roster. Thursday, 6:08 pm
  • Profar to start in LF for Rangers in 2017
    Jurickson Profar is slated to start in left field for the Rangers in 2017.

    Advice: It's part of the fallout from the Rangers' reunion with veteran first baseman Mike Napoli. The other fallout: Shin-Soo Choo will serve as the regular DH for Texas in 2017 and Joey Gallo will get most of his work this spring at third base. Thursday, 7:46 am
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Cesar Hernandez wants 30-40 steals in '17
    Cesar Hernandez told reporters Thursday that he wants to steal 30-40 bases in 2017.

    Advice: Hernandez went 17-for-30 in stolen base attempts last season while slashing .294/.371/.393 over 622 plate appearances. 30-40 steals sounds like a real reach, but 25 might be doable if he really puts his mind to it. The 26-year-old second baseman added 15 pounds of muscle over the winter to help his durability. Thursday, 6:16 am
  • Forysthe not necessarily leadoff hitter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Logan Forsythe is a top-of-the-order hitter, but not necessarily leadoff.

    Advice: This is contrary to what Roberts said right after the signing when he called Forsythe his likely leadoff hitter. Chances are he'll still see a bunch of time there, as the Dodgers' don't have an ideal alternative, but Roberts is at least keeping his options open. It would be interesting to see Joc Pederson get another shot there against right-handers. Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez undergoes shoulder surgery
    Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who signed a two-year deal with the Braves earlier this winter, suffered the unfortunate injury in a car crash on January 28. The expectation is that he'll miss the entire season. It's too bad, as he figured to play an important role with Atlanta. The Braves have since acquired Brandon Phillips from the Reds to play second base. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Walker, Mets have had extension talks
    Neil Walker said Wednesday that he has had extension talks with the Mets.

    Advice: Nothing has come of it, but Marc Carig of Newsday notes that both sides have shown interest in an extension. Walker returned to the Mets this offseason after accepting a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer. He slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He said he's pain-free this spring and he's open to seeing some time at first base. Wednesday, 7:49 am
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