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  • Iwakuma scheduled for side session Tuesday
    Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to throw a side session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Mariners have Iwakuma on what is termed a "go slower" plan this spring, easing the veteran right-hander into action. He isn't expected to make his Cactus League debut until March 3 at the earliest. 27 minutes ago
  • Dariel Alvarez not ready to give up hitting
    Dariel Alvarez confirmed Saturday that he remains focused on being a hitter and an outfielder and isn't interested in switching to pitching at this time.

    Advice: There have been reports that the O's might try to convert him to a pitcher. Alvarez possesses a strong arm and did pitch years ago in his native Cuba. The 28-year-old hit .288/.324/.284 with four homers, 49 RBI and seven stolen bases in 130 games at Triple-A Norfolk in 2016. 42 minutes ago
  • Brandon Moss batting sixth in Royals debut
    Brandon Moss is batting sixth in his Cactus League debut with the Royals on Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It looks as though Mike Moustakas is the lone projected regular that isn't in Saturday's lineup, so this could be a close approximation to the Opening Day lineup. Obviously, the closer Moss is to the middle of the lineup, the better his fantasy outlook becomes. Alex Gordon is slotted in the second spot on Saturday. 48 minutes ago
  • Haniger bats sixth in Opening Day preview
    Mitch Haniger is starting in right field and batting sixth for the Mariners in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres.

    Advice: M's manager Scott Servais had indicated that Saturday's lineup could be a preview of the Opening Day alignment, and having Haniger bat sixth would be a boost to his already soaring fantasy value. The biggest loser in this potential lineup appears to be Leonys Martin, who is stuck in the ninth spot. Today, 6:56 am
  • Ian Desmond batting fifth in Rockies debut
    Ian Desmond is batting fifth in his Cactus League debut with the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Aside from having Gerardo Parra in for David Dahl, and utilizing a designated hitter, this looks as though it could be a preview of the Opening Day lineup for the Rockies. Desmond, coming off of a monster 2016 campaign with the Rangers, is poised for even greater heights in the tremendous hitting environment that Coors Field provides. Today, 6:51 am
  • Manuel Margot batting leadoff for Padres
    Manuel Margot is batting leadoff for the Padres in Saturday's Cactus League showdown against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Padres used Travis Jankowski primarily out of that spot in 2016, but Jankowski is hitting seventh in Saturday's lineup. It would certainly be a huge boost to Margot's fantasy value if he's slotted at the top of the lineup to begin the regular season. Also of note, is that Hunter Renfroe is batting cleanup, with Yangervis Solarte hitting fifth. Today, 6:34 am
  • J.D. Martinez scratched from Saturday lineup
    J.D. Martinez was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday due to tightness in his pectoral muscle.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though it's anything serious, but at this point in the spring there's no reason to take any chances. Mikie Mahtook will slide into the starting lineup in his place, with Juan Perez shifting over to right field. Today, 6:15 am
  • David Wright in Mets lineup as DH Saturday
    David Wright is in the Mets starting lineup as the designated hitter in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest against the Nationals.

    Advice: Wright won't be ready to play the field until mid-March, so he's limited to DH duties until then. He has been playing catch regularly as he's working to come back from neck surgery while also battling spinal stenosis in his back. The odds of him remaining healthy throughout the 2017 season remain slim. Today, 5:42 am
  • Matt Wieters not in Nationals lineup Saturday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Mets.

    Advice: It'll be Derek Norris behind the dish on Saturday. Wieters, who is being eased into action after officially signing his deal on Friday, won't be in Sunday's lineup either as Jose Lobaton will handle the catching duties. Today, 5:23 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
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  • Mitch Moreland batting fifth in Red Sox debut
    Mitch Moreland is batting fifth in the lineup for his Red Sox debut on Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon are the only projected regulars who aren't in the lineup, all of whom played in Friday's game against the Mets. It'll be interesting to see if Moreland remains near the middle of the lineup once their full complement of players are in there, as it would lead to ample RBI chances. Today, 5:08 am
  • Gerrit Cole to throw simulated game on Sunday
    Gerrit Cole is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game on Sunday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he could then be cleared for his Grapefruit League debut later in the week. The club is easing him into action this spring in an effort to keep him healthy after three stints on the disabled list derailed his 2016 campaign. Today, 5:02 am
  • 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
  • Byung Ho Park has two hits in loss to Rays
    Byung Ho Park went 2-for-2 with a single and a double as the Twins fell to the Rays in Grapefruit League competition on Friday.

    Advice: Serving as the club's designated hitter in this one, Park singled in his first at-bat then nearly missed a home run with a line drive double off the wall. While it's a nice start, Park is no longer on the 40-man roster, so it'll take a very strong showing in the spring for him to crack the Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 7:07 pm
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  • Michael Fulmer pitches scoreless inning
    Michael Fulmer opened his spring with a scoreless inning Friday in a start against the Orioles.

    Advice: Fulmer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, is a designated pitcher for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, so while he won't be on the team's roster for the opening round of play, he could be added to the mix later on. Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Mitch Haniger thinks he can steal 20 bases
    Mitch Haniger said Friday that he believes he's capable of stealing 20 bases this season.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais added that he's given the outfielder the green light on the basepaths. Haniger has stolen double-digit bases a few times in the minors but hasn't come close to 20, so it would be a nice surprise if he's able to get to that number. The 26-year-old is a former compensation round draft pick but bloomed late as a prospect following a swing change. He has the potential to be an interesting power/speed flier late in your fantasy draft. Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Nationals announce signing of Matt Wieters
    Nationals signed C Matt Wieters to a two-year, $21 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was first reported on Tuesday and has now become official. Wieters' contract includes an opt-out after the first year, and $5 million of the salary is deferred. He'll assume everyday catching duties for the Nationals, which will put Derek Norris on the trade market. Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Mitch Haniger impressing at spring training
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said he's been most impressed by Mitch Haniger in the early portion of spring training.

    Advice: "He has a plan every time he’s in the outfield, on the bases or in the batter’s box," said Servais. "It’s a very professional approach." Haniger finally made the big leagues with the Diamondbacks last year, hitting .229 with five homers and 17 RBI over 34 appearances. After trading Seth Smith, letting Franklin Gutierrez walk in free agency and waiving Nori Aoki this offseason, Haniger should open the year as Seattle's starting right fielder. Haniger may not develop into a fantasy asset right away but he's someone to keep an eye on. Thursday, 3:06 pm
  • Wieters' 2-yr, $21M deal to be finalized Fri.
    Matt Wieters' new contract with the Nationals is likely to be finalized Friday.

    Advice: Wieters took his physical on Wednesday and was at Nationals camp Thursday, but the club is holding off on making the agreement official. It seems to be a simple procedural thing, as a 40-man roster spot still has to be cleared. There's been talk of a Derek Norris trade. Wieters will get $21 million guaranteed on the two-year pact with Washington and figures to carry decent fantasy value as the Nats' regular catcher. Thursday, 11:08 am
  • Wright not expected to play 3B until mid-Mar.
    Mets manager Terry Collins estimated Tuesday that David Wright won't be ready to play the field until around mid-March.

    Advice: Wright, who is coming back from neck surgery and battling spinal stenosis in his back, played catch Tuesday for the second time this spring. He's going to be eased into action as a DH and in minor league games before testing himself in the field. "He is making strides," said Collins. "You are looking at, three weeks from today we will have a real good idea where he is at. That gives him a lot of time to lengthen himself out." It's ultimately hard to say if he'll be ready for Opening Day until he really starts ramping things up. Wednesday, 6:00 am
  • Wright (neck) played catch again Tuesday
    David Wright (neck) played catch on a back field Tuesday at Mets camp.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman is being kept away from the media as he tries to return from last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. "We don’t want him overexposed to where ... if he makes a bad throw, all of a sudden, it’s a big story," manager Terry Collins said. "We want to make sure that when he starts out there throwing in front of everybody, that he’s certainly ready to let it loose." Wright is aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but the question marks abound. Tuesday, 2:07 pm
  • Wieters' physical set for Wednesday
    Matt Wieters will take his physical with the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: This will be the last step to finalizing his new two-year, $21 million contract. The Nationals' 40-man roster is full at the moment, so they will need to make a move to clear a spot for Wieters. Derek Norris now projects to slide into a backup role, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Tuesday that he could be a trade candidate. Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Cole throws two innings of batting practice
    Gerrit Cole threw two innings of live batting practice Tuesday at Pirates' camp.

    Advice: Cole got a late start last spring due to a rib injury and ended up posting a career-high 3.88 ERA over 21 starts in between three stints on the disabled list, but he feels good this time around. "I've learned a lot and gotten more mental toughness," Cole said. "I've learned how to deal with some adversity, so hopefully I'm better for it." His stock has taken somewhat of a hit in fantasy leagues, but there's considerable upside if he has turned a corner physically. Tuesday, 12:55 pm
  • Nats, Wieters agree to deal pending physical
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals and Matt Wieters have agreed to a deal, pending a physical.

    Advice: Previous reports indicated that a deal was close, but the two sides have come to terms on a deal. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that it's a two-year, $21 million deal with an opt-out after the first year. As we've become accustomed to with the Nationals, Janes hears that $5 million will be deferred through 2021. Tuesday, 8:53 am
  • Wieters' deal with Nationals: Two years, $21M
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Matt Wieters' deal with the Nationals is worth $21 million over two years. Tuesday, 8:38 am
  • Report: Nats closing in on deal with Wieters
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals are closing in on a deal with free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it's a two-year deal. Heyman adds that there's an opt-out involved. After waiting all offseason to find a new home, it turns out Wieters won't have to move very far. It's ultimately not a surprising fit, as the Nationals have a history with Scott Boras clients. The Nationals already acquired Derek Norris earlier this offseason as a replacement for Wilson Ramos, but Wieters still has the potential to deliver more upside with the bat. Tuesday, 7:06 am
  • Wieters meeting with GMs and owners
    Jim Bowden of and SiriusXM reports that free agent catcher Matt Wieters has been meeting with both general managers and owners as he attempts to find a home.

    Advice: Bowden notes that progress is being made, but that nothing is final. The Rays have reportedly made a formal offer in recent days, though it might not reach his asking price. The Nationals also continue to be mentioned as a possibility. Wieters' market has been remarkably quiet coming off a year where he hit .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI over 124 games. He has also taken a step back behind the plate. Tuesday, 6:29 am
  • David Wright (neck) plays catch indoors Sun.
    David Wright (neck) played catch indoors on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't play catch outside with the rest of his Mets teammates, but it was the first time Wright has done any throwing since last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. The club will continue to bring the veteran third baseman along slowly this spring, as Wright's participation in Grapefruit League games figures to be fairly limited. He's obviously a major health question mark going into 2017. Sunday, 8:23 am
  • David Wright (neck) to play catch on Sunday
    David Wright (neck) is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: It would be his first time throwing a baseball since last June. The Mets are bringing Wright along slowly this spring as he works his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. His health status figures to be a daily topic of conversation throughout spring training. Friday, 9:51 am
  • Rays have made formal offer to Matt Wieters
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have made a formal offer to free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

    Advice: But the offer was "likely for one year," per Topkin, and "certainly for millions of dollars less than what Wieters and agent Scott Boras are seeking." Wieters has struggled to find a contract to his liking in this market after batting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles. He'd be a fine gamble for a club that doesn't have great options at catcher. We're closing in on the beginning of Grapefruit and Cactus League play. Thursday, 6:22 am
  • Report: Nationals still in on Matt Wieters
    Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Nationals have "maintained interest" in Matt Wieters.

    Advice: While the Nationals are kicking the tires on Wieters, Stark hears that they are unlikely to extend a multi-year offer to the veteran backstop. Over the weekend, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman passed along word that the Rays were also intrigued by Wieters, though he termed them "something of a long shot." In 124 games played last season, Wieters hit .243/.302/.409 with 17 homers and 66 RBI. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
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