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  • Dodgers option Alex Verdugo to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned OF Alex Verdugo to Triple-A Las Vegas; Reassigned C Rocky Gale to minor league camp.

    Advice: Regardless of how Verdugo performed in Cactus League play, the Dodgers are loaded with quality outfielders and he wasn't going to crack the Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
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  • Pirates release veteran outfielder Nava
    Pirates released OF Daniel Nava.

    Advice: Nava was basically squeezed off of the roster with the Corey Dickerson. The fact that he's sidelined for 10-12 weeks after undergoing back surgery didn't help his cause either. He'll have to look to latch on elsewhere when he returns in May. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
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  • Blackmon has two hits in tie with Brewers
    Charlie Blackmon had a pair of hits and scored a run in a 4-4 tie with the Brewers on Tuesday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: With those two hits, Blackmon now has a .314 average in the Cactus League, and his OPS sits at a very healthy .968. It looks like the 31-year-old outfielder is ready to roll for the 2018 season. He's worth consideration in the first-round of drafts, and should be off the board well before the end of the second. Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Alex Dickerson will undergo Tommy John
    Alex Dickerson will undergo Tommy John surgery before the end of March.

    Advice: Dickerson had opted to go the rest and rehab route to treat the sprained UCL in his left elbow, but to date hasn't experienced any improvement so he'll throw in the towel and go under the knife. It's unclear just how much time he stands to miss, but he could be looking at his second straight lost season. Yesterday, 4:18 pm
  • Khris Davis (illness) to return on Wednesday
    Athletics' manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Khris Davis (illness) will return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

    Advice: The slugger was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to illness, but he's apparently much improved already. Davis has slugged there home runs and plated 10 runs through his first 14 Cactus League contests. Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • 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
  • Puig drives in four in 8-2 victory over A's
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in four runs in an 8-2 victory over the Athletics in the Cactus League on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig now has his batting average for the Cactus League up to .289, and he has six doubles so far in Arizona. He somewhat quietly had a strong 2017 campaign (28 homers, 15 steals), and at 27 years old he could be entering his prime. There have always been fits of inconsistency, but the overall body of work should make Puig worth a starting spot in a fantasy outfield in 2018. Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Hamilton not a lock to bat leadoff for Reds
    Reds' manager Bryan Price said Monday that he hasn't committed to using Billy Hamilton out of his familiar leadoff spot in the lineup this season.

    Advice: Price told reporters, "Coming into camp, we're trying to define where the best place is for him to hit. It's probably multiple spots in the lineup, based on whether it's a left- or right-hander starter and who's in the lineup on any given day". The speedster is hitting just .121 (4-for-33) in Cactus League play, so a move to the bottom of the lineup may be a very real possibility, and a blow to his fantasy value. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Bellinger not injured, pulled by mgr decision
    Cody Bellinger was pulled from Tuesday's Cactus League game as a "manager's decision," per a Dodgers spokesman.

    Advice: Bellinger fouled a ball off his leg in his first at-bat, but his fourth-inning exit apparently had nothing to do with that. The young first baseman should be ready to rock on Opening Day. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Bryce Harper homers in Nationals' victory
    Bryce Harper had a two-run homer and a walk in the Nationals' 8-3 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Harper is batting .371/.450/.629 with two homers and two steals. His career spring OPS is over 1.000, so this is is nothing new for him at all. As long as he's healthy, he's an MVP favorite this year. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Cameron Maybin reaches three times in loss
    Cameron Maybin reached three times Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

    Advice: The Marlins are debating between Maybin and Lewis Brinson for the leadoff spot. Brinson has had the better spring, but Maybin is making up some ground now; he's batting .207/.351/.379 in 29 at-bats. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Victor Reyes goes 3-for-3 in win
    Rule 5 pick Victor Reyes went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the Tigers' 8-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reyes is hitting a modest .244/.292/.289 in 45 at-bats, but that should be good enough to get him a spot on the depleted Tigers roster. The switch-hitter can see some time in center against lefties and left field against righties. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Billy McKinney goes 0-for-3 in loss
    The slumping Billy McKinney went 0-for-3 in the Yankees' loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: McKinney got off to a huge start, collecting four homers and 11 RBI in his first 16 at-bats this spring. Unfortunately, he's 0-for-15 since, leaving him with an interesting .161/.381/.548 line in 31 at-bats. He'll open the season in the minors. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Andrew Benintendi knocks in two
    Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Benintendi is still killing it this spring; he's hit .405/.452/.811 with three homers and 10 RBI in 37 at-bats. He projects as a top-10 outfielder this year. Yesterday, 1:19 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
  • Conforto (shoulder) plays CF in minors game
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) went 1-for-5 with a single and a walk in a minor league game Tuesday in Mets camp.

    Advice: Conforto also played four innings of center field. The 25-year-old has made swift progress from September shoulder surgery and appears on track to join the Mets sometime in mid-April. The original timetable called for him to be sidelined until May. Once an iffy fantasy bet for the 2018 season, he should now be climbing up draft boards. Conforto slashed .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 109 games last year before injuring his left shoulder. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • D'Backs make cuts, option Hazelbaker
    Diamondbacks optioned OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, 1B Christian Walker, and RHP Jimmie Sherfy to Triple-A Reno; reassigned RHP Neftali Feliz and C Anthony Recker to minor league camp.

    Advice: Hazelbaker went 4-for-30 (.133) this spring and wasn't able to climb up the Diamondbacks' crowded outfield depth chart. There are no major surprises among this round of cuts from Diamondbacks camp. Sherfy had a shot at an Opening Day bullpen spot but did not impress enough. Yesterday, 9:30 am
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  • Nationals option OF Victor Robles to Triple-A
    Nationals optioned OF Victor Robles to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Robles would have had to put on a show to make the Nationals' roster out of camp this spring, and even then it probably wouldn't have happened. He got off to a hot start but wound up batting just .188/.216/.313 over 51 plate appearances in the Grapefruit League. The 20-year-old top outfield prospect figures to come up for good at some point in early-to-mid 2018. Yesterday, 9:11 am
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  • 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
    Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
  • Delino DeShields triples in loss on Monday
    Delino DeShields went 1-for-4 with a triple as the Rangers fell to the Rockies in Cactus League action on Monday.

    Advice: DeShields is having a fantastic spring, hitting .340 with a .915 OPS. He's locked in as the club's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter and a terrific mid-round target for stolen bases in mixed league drafts. Monday, 9:08 pm
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