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  • May have part-time role
    Taylor could be limited to more of a part-time role to begin 2023 with David Peralta, James Outman and Mookie Betts looking like the Dodgers' primary outfielders, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: The left-handed bats of Peralta and Outman should have them seeing most of their chances against right-handed pitching, which likely leaves Taylor to start versus southpaws. Taylor certainly didn't help himself with a poor showing during spring training, as he hit .125 and struck out 23 times in 57 plate appearances, which tops his career-worst 35.2 percent strikeout rate from 2022. The veteran utility man should still see fairly regular at-bats between shortstop -- where Miguel Rojas is filling in with Gavin Lux (knee) out for the season -- and the outfield, but Taylor's fantasy utility could be limited unless he's able to make more consistent contact and carve out a larger role. 35 minutes ago
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. experiencing arm cramping
    Jazz Chisholm Jr. will miss his second game in a row due to cramping in his right arm.

    Advice: The cramping doesn't sound serious as the 25-year-old will work out with the team Sunday. Chisholm Jr. is hitting .233/.283/.419 with four extra-base hits and three steals across 46 plate appearances. Chisholm Jr. has been going off as the second second baseman off the board after Jose Altuve suffered a broken thumb in the World Baseball Classic earlier this month. Today, 10:38 am
  • Will start at short versus righties
    Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said Sunday that Diaz will likely start at shortstop against right-handed pitching to begin the season, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Nick Allen is expected to enter the lineup at shortstop versus southpaws, though Diaz's right-handedness and defensive versatility should be enough for him to see his fair share of playing time against lefties as well. Signed to a two-year, $14.5 million contract this winter, Diaz looks as though he'll be in line for a near-everyday role, given that he's one of the few Oakland hitters who has had a modicum of success at the highest level. Allen is the better defensive option at shortstop, but Diaz's clearer path to regular playing time and stronger track record at the dish makes him the superior fantasy option. Today, 10:16 am
    New Player Note
    Aledmys Díaz OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Will platoon at shortstop
    Athletics manager Mark Kotsay announced that Allen will form the short side of a platoon at shortstop with Aledmys Diaz to begin the season, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Advice: Allen will be in the lineup against left-handed pitching, while Diaz will see the bulk of the playing time against righties. Though he's enjoyed a solid spring training with a .310/.432/.448 slash line over 13 games, Allen posted a meager .547 OPS in his 326 plate appearances with Oakland in 2022. Allen's plus defense gives him a chance to be a strong option up the middle, but he may not present enough upside at the plate to emerge as a major fantasy contributor. Today, 10:11 am
  • Draws back into lineup
    Urias (head) will start at third base and bat fifth in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Urias had been out of action the past two days after he experienced a bout of dizziness, but he was never diagnosed with a concussion and looks like he'll be good to go after a brief respite. Though he'll be making his first start of the spring at third base, Urias is projected to see most of his action at the keystone in 2023 after seeing five of his six Cactus League starts to date at that position. Today, 10:10 am
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    Luis Urías MIL - 2B,3B,SS
  • Marlins option Garrett Hampson to Triple-A
    Marlins option UTL Garrett Hampson to Triple-A Jacksonville.

    Advice: Hampson was hoping to secure a role as the Marlins super-utility player but after a rough spring he will begin the season in the minor leagues. The 28-year-old was hitting .162/.225/.243 with two stolen bases in 40 plate appearances this spring. He could return to Miami if Jazz Chisholm Jr. or Jon Berti are injured this season but would only be relevant in the deepest of fantasy leagues. Today, 9:42 am
    New Player Note
    Garrett Hampson MIA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Moved to minor-league camp
    Hager was reassigned to minor-league camp by the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: Hager was re-signed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training at the end of January. The infielder will provide some infield depth at Triple-A Reno for the upcoming campaign. Today, 9:31 am
  • Pushes for roster spot
    Duran has slashed .352/.375/.704 with three home runs and 15 RBI over 24 spring games.

    Advice: Duran, who belted his third Cactus League home run Saturday after swatting two Thursday, is doing everything he can to make the Opening Day roster. His 10 extra-base hits leads the team. In addition to the work at the plate, the 23-year-old has appeared at second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield. A utility spot is up for grabs, and it appears Duran and Josh Smith (thumb) are the primary contenders. Smith's injury is recent -- he was scratched from Saturday's game -- but he offers better defense in the outfield, while Duran may need more reps there. The Rangers will decide whether Duran's bat is more valuable than Smith's defense. Today, 9:19 am
  • On roster bubble
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that Chang is expected to play Monday against Atlanta, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Advice: Cora notes that Chang is moving well, and that he looks the same physically after missing time away from the Red Sox for the World Baseball Classic and then a visa issue, and that they have no questions with him defensively. "It's just a matter of where we're at (roster-wise) in the upcoming days," Cora said. Chang is right on the roster bubble for Boston, and the Red Sox likely won't make a decision until right before Opening Day. Today, 7:50 am
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    Yu Chang BOS - 1B,2B,SS