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  • Taylor leads off with homer against A's
    Chris Taylor hit a leadoff homer for the Dodgers in their victory over the A's on Tuesday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: It's the first homer of the spring for Taylor, and it came off of Oakland starter Paul Blackburn. He now has a very healthy .978 OPS this spring. Expect Taylor to hit at the top of the Dodgers' lineup, and assuming his strong 2017 campaign wasn't a complete fluke, he should score plenty of runs and hit for enough power to be worth a starting spot in a fantasy lineup. Add in the fact that he's eligible for several positions in most formats, and he's a must-own in 2018. Yesterday, 4:15 pm
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    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,SS,OF
  • Moncada drives in three in 10-0 rout of Texas
    Yoan Moncada went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a 10-0 rout of the Rangers on Tuesday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: One of the knocks was a double, which was the second of the spring for the 22-year-old infielder. It's been an inconsistent spring for Moncada, but he now has his OPS up to .768, which looks a lot better considering how much he struggled to start the Cactus League. The talent is obvious, so it's just a matter of applying it on a consistent basis. There's plenty of risk in his profile, but there's just as much -- if not more -- reward. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Josh Harrison fans twice
    Josh Harrison struck out in both of his at-bats Tuesday and is down to .188/.297/.281 this spring.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Adam Frazier has an 1.101 OPS in 37 at-bats. If the Pirates had gotten any decent offers for Harrison, they would have happily turned second base over to Frazier. However, in a market in which Neil Walker had to settle for a few million, there wasn't anyone interested in taking on Harrison's deal. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Tyler Wade has made the Yankees' roster
    Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Tuesday that Tyler Wade has made the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Wade is hitting the ball well this spring in the Grapefruit League and will provide some versatility for the Yankees' bench. The 23-year-old former fourth-round pick slashed .310/.382/.460 with seven home runs and 26 stolen bases in 85 games last season at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre while appearing defensively at shortstop, second base, third base, and all three outfield spots. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Mets make more cuts, Cecchini to AAA
    Mets optioned INFs Gavin Cecchini and Luis Guillorme to Triple-A Las Vegas; reassigned LHP P.J. Conlon, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP A.J. Griffin, INF Ty Kelly, C Jose Lobaton, RHP Matt Purke, RHP Drew Smith, and RHP Corey Taylor to minor league camp.

    Advice: Nothing shocking among this round of cuts from Mets camp. Cecchini had a decent showing in the Grapefruit League this spring, but the 24-year-old middle infielder batted just .208/.256/.273 across 82 major league plate appearances last season. It'll probably take an injury at the major league level for him to get another shot. Cecchini once ranked as a top-100 prospect. Yesterday, 7:21 am
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  • Pirates option Max Moroff to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned INF Max Moroff, INF/OF Chris Bostick and RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: No real surprises among this group of cuts for the Pirates. Moroff, 24, appeared in 56 games for the Pirates in 2017 and had a chance at securing a utility spot in the club's Opening Day bench, but he hit just .231 (6-for-26) with seven strikeouts in Grapefruit League competition. Yesterday, 6:34 am
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  • Logan Forsythe expected to cover third base
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Monday that he expects Logan Forsythe to slide over and cover third base while Justin Turner (wrist) is sidelined.

    Advice: That means that some combination of Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez will fill in at second base for at least a couple of weeks while Turner is on the shelf. The club could also use backup catcher Austin Barnes there on occasion to help patch it together. Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Chad Pinder goes deep in loss on Monday
    Chad Pinder blasted his second home run of the spring as the Athletics fell to the Dodgers in Cactus League competition on Monday.

    Advice: Pinder's solo shot came off of Pat Venditte in the ninth inning and accounted for all of the A's offense in this one. He finished the night 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting .250 with two homers and three RBI on the spring. Monday, 10:07 pm
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    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
  • Jose Peraza has three hits in loss on Monday
    Jose Peraza went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs as the Reds fell to the Cubs in Cactus League play on Monday.

    Advice: Peraza's two-run single gor the Reds on the board and tied the score at 2-2 in the fourth inning. He has had a nice spring at the dish, hitting .310 with four RBI, though he has yet to steal a base. Monday, 9:35 pm
  • Rangers release veteran Darwin Barney
    Rangers released INF Darwin Barney.

    Advice: The 32-year-old infielder was in camp as a non-roster invitee, but was informed that he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. There's a chance that he could still latch on elsewhere with a club looking for infield depth. Barney hit .300 (9-for-30) with three RBI in Cactus League play. Monday, 3:23 pm
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    Darwin Barney Tex - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Dietrich slaps three-run bomb vs. Nationals
    Derek Dietrich hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Monday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Dietrich's bomb came off two-time defending National League Cy Young Max Scherzer. The Marlins' left fielder is now slashing .342/.409/.711 through 44 Grapefruit League plate appearances. Likely to hit around the No. 5 or 6 spot in the Marlins' "lineup," Dietrich has some deep-league appeal as a player eligible in both the infield and outfield. Monday, 2:27 pm
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    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B
  • Cesar Hernandez goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Cesar Hernandez went 0-for-5 on Monday, dropping his spring average to .209.

    Advice: Hernandez shouldn't be feeling the heat from Scott Kingery; as talented as Kingery is, Hernandez has been plenty strong enough the last two years to secure his job. It's been a bad spring -- he's struck out 10 times and he's sporting a .244 OBP -- but he's locked in as the Phillies' leadoff hitter. Monday, 2:08 pm
  • Camargo (oblique) not certain for Opening Day
    According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves are "optimistic but not certain" that Johan Camargo (oblique) will be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Camargo's back injury is actually an oblique injury, which may mean more recovery time. He's been out since last Tuesday and it's unclear when he might be able to return to Grapefruit League action. We'll be monitoring the 24-year-old third baseman closely over this final stretch of spring training. Rio Ruiz and Charlie Culberson are the fill-in options at the hot corner for Atlanta. Monday, 7:41 am
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    Johan Camargo Atl - 2B,3B,SS
  • Murphy unlikely to be ready for Opening Day
    Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports believes that there's "virtually no chance" Daniel Murphy will be ready in time for Opening Day.

    Advice: The Nationals haven't said as much yet, but everything points in that direction. Murphy has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, but has yet to play in any game situations. Expect Howie Kendrick to fill in for him at second base until the veteran second baseman is ready to return. Monday, 6:07 am
  • Astros officially announce Altuve extension
    Astros signed INF Jose Altuve to a five-year, $151 million contract extension.

    Advice: Altuve passed his physical on Sunday and is now locked up for the next seven seasons. The 28-year-old superstar is coming off of an MVP season where he also led the club to a World Series title, so the extension is definitely well-deserved. Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Ramirez (ankle) back in lineup on Monday
    Indians manager Terry Francona told reporter that Jose Ramirez (ankle) will return to the lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Ramirez went down awkwardly in Saturday's contest against the Cubs, but he was diagnosed with a bone bruise, which was the best-case scenario. He'll certainly be ready to go before Opening Day, and he'll look to approach the numbers of his breakout season in 2017. Ramirez is worth a selection in the first 25-to-30 picks. Sunday, 11:38 am
  • Flores could see time in the OF for Mets
    Wilmer Flores could spend time in the outfield for the Mets in 2018.

    Advice: Flores played left field for the Mets on Saturday; a game he went 3-for-4 with a homer in against the Nationals. It's a way to get the 26-year-old's bat into the lineup, as he's coming off a career best 2017 season where he hit 18 homers and .795 OPS. His lack of patience makes him less valuable in on-base percentage leagues, but his power from the right-side could make him fantasy relevant in 2018. Sunday, 6:26 am
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    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B
  • Drury goes 1-for-2 with a run scored vs DET
    Brandon Drury went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in a Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: The young third baseman has been hitting well this spring as he battles Miguel Andujar for the starting job at the hot corner. Drury's .286/.390/.514 slash line and longer track record give him the leg up but he needs a good start to the regular season to keep the job for long. Saturday, 4:46 pm
  • DeJong goes 2-for-3 with an RBI vs Braves
    Paul DeJong went 2-for-3 and drove in a run against the Braves in Saturday's spring training ballgame.

    Advice: He smoked a double to center field that plated Tommy Pham in the seventh inning. The young shortstop has been hot of late after a slow start to the Grapefruit League schedule. He had a .285 batting average with 25 home runs and 65 RBI in 108 games in his breakout rookie season a year ago. Saturday, 4:32 pm
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    Paul DeJong StL - 2B,SS
  • Chase Utley fights off Father Time w/ homer
    Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two total RBI in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Utley re-upped with the Dodgers on a two-year, $2 million contract in mid-February. He brings veteran savvy to the locker room, but is a flat no-go in terms of tangible fantasy upside. Over the past three seasons, the graybeard second baseman owns a .235/.310/.382 triple-slash. He'll be working as a backup infield piece for manager Dave Roberts during the upcoming campaign. Saturday, 4:18 pm
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    Chase Utley LAD - 1B,2B
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