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  • Janssen signs with Mexican League team
    Casey Janssen has agreed to a deal with Acereros del Norte of the Mexican League.

    Advice: Janssen spent a month-and-a-half in the Red Sox system last summer before getting released from Triple-A Pawtucket in early August. He then failed to latch on with another organization. The 35-year-old former Blue Jays closer is probably done as a Major League Baseball player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:56 pm
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  • Henderson Alvarez to throw for teams in March
    Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez said he plans to throw for MLB scouts in March.

    Advice: Alvarez has been through nearly as many surgeries as live major league appearances over the last two seasons due to shoulder trouble, but the 26-year-old is currently long-tossing from 120 feet and feeling strong. He told Manolo Hernandez of Beisbol Por Gotas on Tuesday that seven teams have asked for updates on his progress. There should be a minor league contract out there somewhere for him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:20 pm
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  • McCarthy impressive in live BP on Tuesday
    Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he was very impressed with Brandon McCarthy's live batting practice session on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCarthy has been throwing with full velocity since late January as he tries to fight his way back into the Dodgers' starting rotation. The 33-year-old right-hander owns a rough 5.29 ERA in 63 innings through his first two seasons with Los Angeles. He finished 2016 with a miserable relief appearance against the rival Giants in which he yielded six runs in the sixth inning while recording zero outs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:07 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Britton dealing with potential oblique injury
    Zach Britton won't pitch in Wednesday's intrasquad game due to symptoms of a potential oblique injury.

    Advice: This type of injury can sideline players for several weeks, so it's understandable that the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their dominant closer. We should know more on his status in the next day or two. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
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  • Hathaway dealing with left shoulder bursitis
    Steve Hathaway is dealing with bursitis in his left shoulder.

    Advice: It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Hathaway, 26, put up a 4.91 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings during his first exposure to the majors last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:54 am
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  • Orioles designate Walker for assignment
    Orioles designated 1B/OF Christian Walker for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Richard Bleier on the 40-man roster. There's no clear path for Walker in the outfield or at first base, so the Orioles deemed him expendable. He turns 26 next month and batted .264/.321/.437 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 131 games last season at Triple-A Norfolk. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:03 am
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  • O's acquire LHP Bleier from Yankees
    Orioles acquired LHP Richard Bleier from the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Bleier pitched well in his first stint in the majors last season, posting a 1.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over 23 relief innings. The 29-year-old has mostly pitched as a starter in the minors, but the Orioles will presumably take a look at him as a bullpen arm this spring. He has options remaining, so the Orioles could send him to Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Cishek (hip) plays catch in M's camp
    Steve Cishek (hip) played catch Tuesday for the first time since arriving to Mariners' camp.

    Advice: Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN said that things "appeared to go well." It was an important step for Cishek, who required offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum and also had microfracture surgery. The hope is that he could be ready to return by the end of April, but it will all depend on how his body responds to ramping things up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
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  • Bell (knee) faces live pitching Tuesday
    Josh Bell faced live pitching Tuesday for the first time since his knee surgery three weeks ago.

    Advice: Bell took some swings against Jameson Taillon to test his knee. It's unclear when he'll be ready to make his spring debut, but he's obviously moving in the right direction. Barring any setbacks, he should be fine for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 am
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  • Gonzalez's elbow now pain-ree
    Adrian Gonzalez's right elbow is now pain-free.

    Advice: Gonzalez was recently shut down for two weeks due to tendinitis in his right elbow, but apparently he's already feeling a lot better. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he's still planning on playing for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 am
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  • Darvish starting Rangers' spring opener
    Yu Darvish is starting the Rangers' first Cactus League game on Saturday.

    Advice: Darvish is expected to miss some time in camp with his wife due to give birth in March, so he's getting an early start. This is a big year for Darvish, who is going into the final season of his six-year, $60 million deal with Texas. He posted a 3.41 ERA and 132/31 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings last year in his return from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Hahn to start Cactus League opener Sat.
    Jesse Hahn will start the Athletics' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Andrew Triggs has been considered the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation, but this is an indication that Hahn is still very much in the mix. We've seen success when healthy in the past, so he could earn a spot with a strong spring. A's manager Bob Melvin noted last week that Hahn has the sink back on his fastball, so he's a name to watch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Kintzler expected to begin year as closer
    Twins general manager Thad Levine said on Fantasy Sports Radio on Tuesday that Brandon Kintzler will be "given every opportunity to start the year in the closer's role."

    Advice: It's not surprising, as Glen Perkins is making his way back from labrum surgery and could begin the year on the disabled list. Kintzler served as the closer for the bulk of the 2016 season and posted a 3.15 ERA, 17 saves, and a 35/8 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings. Perkins could regain the role if he proves his health and effectiveness, but Kintzler is the pitcher to own in this bullpen for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Keuchel's spring debut a couple weeks away
    Dallas Keuchel isn't expected to pitch in his first spring training game for a couple of weeks.

    Advice: It's not a big deal, as the schedule will still allow him to make five starts before the beginning of the regular season. Keuchel struggled through "major inflammation" in his rotator cuff last season while posting a 4.55 ERA over 26 starts, but he says that he feels great now. The Astros are banking on a rebound. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 am
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  • Perkins (shoulder) set for bullpen session
    Glen Perkins (shoulder) will throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Perkins felt some minor discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder after arriving to camp, but he has thrown a couple of bullpen sessions in recent days. The real test will be to see how he responds to ramping things up to batting practice and game action. The Twins aren't going to rush things here, so he's a possibility to start the year on the disabled list. Brandon Kintzler is expected to begin the season as the Twins' closer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 am
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  • Correa hits in batting cage Tuesday
    Carlos Correa hit in the batting cage on Tuesday.

    Advice: Correa has been limited in the early days of camp after having four wisdom teeth removed last Thursday. However, he hopes to be cleared for full activity before Wednesday's workout. He'll be back to normal soon enough. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 am
  • Heisey lost 15 to 20 pounds over winter
    Chris Heisey estimates that he lost 15 to 20 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker apparently noticed an immediate difference when Heisey reported to camp. "The second I walked in his office, he goes, ‘Dang, you look good!’ " Heisey said. The 32-year-old slugged nine homers with a .736 OPS in just 155 plate appearances last season and will again serve as a right-handed bench bat in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:16 am
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