Player Notes

  • Still working way back
    Marcano (knee) is running and doing baseball activities but isn't yet fully recovered from last August's ACL surgery, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Advice: Marcano tore his ACL last July in a game against San Diego while he was a member of the Pirates. The Padres ended up claiming the 24-year-old off waivers in early November, and he has a chance of working his way up to a utility role for the big club this season. However, it's unclear when Marcano will be ready to play in contests, as manager Mike Shildt said Sunday that "it's really kind of early to give you a timeline on when he gets back to competition relative to playing in a game." Shildt added that Marcano is still a "week or two" away from starting to ramp up baseball activity. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Ha-Seong Kim reaches twice versus Dodgers
    Ha-Seong Kim singled and walked in his two plate appearances against the Dodgers on Thursday in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Interestingly, he did so as the Padres’ No. 5 hitter. Kim was the team’s primary leadoff man from late June until the end of the season last year and had a fine .365 OBP in his 73 games in that spot, but it looks like he’s probably getting dropped back to the middle of the order now. The change would surely take a toll on his fantasy value, especially since the bottom of the Padres’ lineup is a barren wasteland. Rotoworld Yesterday, 3:29 pm
  • Masyn Winn sidelined from BP
    Masyn Winn hasn’t participated in batting practice due to tightness in his upper body over the past two days.

    Advice: Despite not being in the cage, Winn participated in all other drills with the team and said he expects to be back swinging as soon as Friday. Rotoworld Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Playing 2B exclusively this spring
    Betts said Thursday that he expects to play second base exclusively this spring, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    Advice: Betts even joked that he didn't bring his right fielder's glove to spring training. While the 31-year-old undoubtedly could return to right field if a need arises there, this emphasizes the point that the Dodgers are committed to Betts as a full-time second baseman. Betts made 62 starts at the keystone in 2023, more than doubling his career total coming into the year. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Cross trains during offseason
    Bichette said Wednesday that he added pilates, swimming and Muay Thai to his offseason training regimen and has been pleased with his physical conditioning in the early stages of spring training, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Specifically, Bichette said his pilates and Muay Thai workouts were targeted toward his right leg, after he missed 25 games in 2023 with right patellar tendinitis and a right quadricep strain. Bichette is hoping that the more holistic approach to his offseason training will yield better results in 2024, after both he and the Blue Jays offense as a whole fell a bit short of their lofty expectations heading into the past season. Even in what was considered a down year for Bichette, particularly in the running game -- he stole just five bags in eight attempts after nabbing 38 combined steals over the prior two campaign -- the 25-year-old still finished with a .306 batting average and a .814 OPS, the fourth straight season in which he's cleared .800. Bichette batted primarily out of the two hole in 2023, but it's unclear if he'll remain in that spot to open the upcoming campaign or if he'll hit third or fourth, which he did over the Blue Jays' final four games of last season. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Report: Tigers sign infielder Gio Urshela
    According to Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free-Press, the Tigers have signed infielder Gio Urshela to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

    Advice: Urshela can earn $500,000 in incentives for plate appearances as part of his one-year contract, so it’s essentially the same contract that Amed Rosario got with the Rays. Urshela was solid for the Angels last year, slashing .299/.329/.374 in 228 plate appearances with the Angels before suffering a pelvic fracture in June. Given his elite defense on the infield, Urshela could push for starting reps at third base but would, at worst, cut into the playing time for Matt Vierling at Andy Ibanez at the hot corner. Rotoworld Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Luis Rengifo candidate to lead off for Angels
    Angels manager Ron Washington said he envisions Luis Rengifo or Mickey Moniak leading off.

    Advice: It was previously reported that first baseman Nolan Schanuel would be the lead-off hitter, but Washington apparently now sees Schanuel as the number two hitter. Mike Trout will hit third and Anthony Rendon fourth. Considering Rengifo figures to get the vast majority of playing time while working around multiple infield spots, he seems a safer bet to assume to top spot. He also struck out just 18.4 percent of the time last year, while Moniak struck out 35 percent of the time, which seems less than ideal for a lead-off hitter. Given his multi-position eligibility, Rengifo is a great target outside of the top 200 in fantasy baseball drafts. Rotoworld Yesterday, 10:22 am
    Luis RengifoLAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Slated to bat ninth
    Angels manager Ron Washington said Thursday that Neto will bat ninth this season, Rhett Bollinger of reports.

    Advice: Neto will have an opportunity to hit his way to a higher spot in the batting order over time, but for now he'll be stuck at the bottom. The 23-year-old shortstop slashed .225/.308/.377 with nine home runs and five stolen bases over 329 plate appearances during his rookie campaign in 2023. Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Headed back to bench
    Berti will slot back into a utility role since Tim Anderson signing with the Marlins on Thursday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Adding a shortstop this offseason always seemed to be the plan for Miami, as Berti would be a poor fit as the starter even after playing a career-high 64 games at the position in 2023. The 34-year-old has topped 400 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons while seeing time at second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions, although in fantasy leagues with a 20-game threshold for qualification, he'll only be eligible at third and short to begin 2024. The bigger question for his value will be whether he can rebound on the basepaths -- after swiping 41 bags on 46 attempts in 2022, Berti failed to take advantage of the new rules last season and went just 16-for-22 on steal attempts despite maintaining an elite sprint speed (95th percentile). Yesterday, 8:51 am
    Jon BertiMIA - 2B,3B,SS,OF