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Sat, Feb 6th 3:08pm EST
By John Aubin
Eduardo Rodriguez said he's fixed the problem of tipping his pitches that arose last season in the major leagues, WEEI.com reports. Rodriguez's problems began June 14 in a loss to the Blue Jays, then resurfaced spectacularly June 25 against the Orioles. He retired the first 10 batters he faced, including five by strikeout, before a Chris Parmalee double got the O's rolling. Forced to pitch from the stretch, Rodriguez allowed seven straight hits and six runs before departing. He had been tipping pitches out of the stretch by the position of his head and glove. (Source: WEEI)
Fantasy Impact: Eduardo Rodriguez fixed the problem by the end of the last season, as evidenced by a 2.08 ERA in his final seven starts, and he's been working all winter on his mechanics to remove any "tell" opponents can spot. He also has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter. Rodriguez is currently being drafted at an average of 328 in early fantasy drafts but could be a sleeper and keep an eye on how he performs in Spring Training.
Travis Shaw will spend time in left field early on in training camp to determine if he's a viable option at the position, the Boston Herald reports. As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but adding outfield to his resume should cement a roster spot for him. (Source: Boston Herald)
Fantasy Impact: Shaw was a surprise for fantasy owners at the tail end of last season. He was brought up from the minors in August and took over the first base duties for the rest of the season. He finished the year strong hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances. Shaw is not draftable at this time but if the Hanley Ramirez experiment at first fails or injuries crop up, Shaw could win a job.
Jake Arrieta and the Cubs agree to a 1-year $10.7 million agreement to avoid arbitration. (Source: ESPN Chicago)
Fantasy Impact: He is coming off a Cy Young winning season. It will be difficult to match his ERA but he still is a good bet to be among the best starting pitchers in the MLB.
The White Sox have reportedly explored a trade for Dodgers OF Andre Ethier. (Source: Phil Rogers on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The White Sox currently project a starting OF of Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia. Ethier could either be considered as a starter or platoon player with Garcia. The Dodgers have more than a few OFs to spare, and they've reportedly been entertaining trade offers for Ethier over the past few seasons. If Ethier would be dealt, his new role would help determine his value. He would see a boost in home park moving from LA to Chicago.
Greg Bird will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the entire 2016 season. Bird led the Yankees in home runs and RBI while replacing Mark Teixeira due to injury in 2015 and is considered to be the Yankees first baseman of the future. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Bird is blocked by veterans Texeira, Rodriguez, and Beltran so, even though he is the best first baseman in the organization, he may have begun the season at AAA anyway. This is a blow to the Yankees' depth chart as Teixeira has not been able to stay on the field consistently for years. Fantasy players will have to wait one more year to own the stud prospect.
Category: Injury Updates
Mon, Feb 1st 2:41pm EST
By Steve Painter
Folty had a rib removed in late September to alleviate a buildup of blood clots. After the procedure, he was inactive for a long period and lost 20 pounds. The weight loss and the inactivity most likely mean he will not be available for ST and perhaps miss the start of the season. (Source: Dave O'Brien on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: He was roughed up pretty well in his 15 starts last season and ended up with a 5.71 ERA for the 2015 campaign. His immediate future does not look all that bright and he may spend time at triple-A Gwinett to get things rolling for the 2016 season.
Category: Injury Updates
Sun, Jan 31st 11:36pm EST
By R. A. Beltran
After signing Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets needed to clear the 40-man roster so Darrell Ceciliani was designated for assignment. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Only 25 years of age, the lefty hitting Ceciliani hit .206 with one homer and three RBIs last season. With De Aza signing with the Mets, the lefty Ceciliani became expendable. It remains to be seen if he will be back with the Mets next season.
Lefty reliever Carlos Torres was placed on waivers by the New York Mets, after failing to trade him. He became expendable, after the Mets signed Antonio Bastardo. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Torres pitched 97 innings in 73 appearances in 2014. He is a decent middle reliever, and the Mets expect him to be claimed by another team.
Doug Fister has signed a seven million, one-year deal with the Houston Astros. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fister looks to make an immediate impact on the Astros as he joins a rotation with Keuchel, McHugh, Fiers, and McCullers. It is uncertain where in the rotation Fister would end up, as he went from an elite 2014 (2.41 ERA/1.08 WHIP/16 W) to an injury-plagued 2015 (4.19/1.40/103 IP), meaning he could slot in as high as #2, or low as #5. With a clean bill of health, the 31 year-old would make a big impact for the 'Stros, making him a nice sleeper in fantasy drafts. Monitor his elbow and fastball velocity (down from 89.8 in 2011 to 86.1 in 2015) in Spring Training before making a firm decision.
Chase Anderson has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in a five player deal. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Chase Anderson is an average-level pitcher who saw his numbers decline a bit in his second campaign last season, notably his ERA (4.01 in 2014 to 4.30 in 2015) and K/9 (8.27 in '14 to 6.54 in '15). However, while a move to Miller Park does the youngster no favors, his control did improve last season, as he walked the same number of bats (40) as he did the previous season despite 38 more IP. Anderson will have a shot at the rotation as the Milwaukee back end is made up of names like Wily Peralta and Zach Davies, making him worth monitoring during Spring Training. He moves up in the rankings with that in mind, as there was no spot for him in Arizona's rotation.
Sun, Jan 31st 8:54am EST
By Eric Townsend
Aaron Hill has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of a five player deal, with the other notable players involved being Jean Segura (SS) and Chase Anderson (SP). (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Aaron Hill has been on a steep decline the last two seasons, especially in 2015 when he didn't even crack the top 50 2B on the player rater, and only played in 116 games despite no major injuries. Hill is moving to a significantly weaker lineup in Milwaukee, and Scooter Gennett (the Brewers current 2B) is already better than Hill with higher upside at age 25. Hill's playing time is just as uncertain as his potential production in 2016, and he shouldn't be drafted except in the deepest of NL-Only leagues.
Jean Segura has been involved in a five player trade that sends him to the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Segura goes from one hitter's park to another, as he goes over to Chase Field in Arizona. However, the shortstop joins a much stronger lineup, and that should boost his overall numbers, possibly returning his average and runs in particular to more respectable levels. Segura is known for his speed, stealing at least 20 bags in the last three seasons, and that's what the focus should be on if you draft him. Raise him in your draft rankings accordingly.
Sat, Jan 30th 11:43pm EST
By Mike Werner
The Rays sent LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez to the Rockies in exchange for OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo.
Fantasy Impact: The Rays have been desperate for added punch to their lineup this offseason, and they've surely acquired that in Dickerson. A plantar fascia issue limited him to 224 at-bats in 2015, but he's only 27, and under team control for another four, affordable years. The switch from Coors to the Trop will certainly affect his power a bit, but not enough to make him worse than a second outfielder in 12-team leagues.
Sat, Jan 30th 3:54pm EST
By Steve Painter
Peterson played most of the 2015 campaign with an 80% tear of the tendon in his right thumb and wore a cast for six weeks to correct the problem this offseason. (Source: Dave O'Brien on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It's a good sign that Peterson was able to play through the injury. This also bodes well for his offensive output, which showed some life in spite of the injury last season. In 597 PAs last year, he had a slash line of .239/.314/..335 along with 23 doubles.
Category: Injury Updates
Howie Kendrick has re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for two years and 20 million pending a physical exam. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This is a significant upgrade for the Dodgers who were likely turning to the aging Chase Utley if this move wasn't made. Kendrick missed more than a month last year with a hamstring issue, but when healthy he is a consistent bet for a .290+ average, and will just approach double digits in homers and stolen bases. Kendrick is a low-upside, high-floor player that can be had in the middle rounds, with a solid lineup around him.
Stephen Vogt had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Friday to remove a bone chip as well as some dead tissue. He is expected to be healthy before Opening Day. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Vogt burst onto the fantasy scene last year in his first season as a regular starter (136 GP), becoming an All-Star, and landing as the sixth catcher on the player rater. While everything seems to have gone well with the surgery, and though he should be back for Opening Day, his status should be closely monitored during Spring Training. It might be best to drop him a few spots in your rankings as a safety precaution, especially if your draft day is rather early.
Category: Injury Updates
LF Michael Brantley said "My target is Opening Day." He won't rush the process and is realistic enough to accept that his season may be delayed if the training staff deem that more time is necessary. Brantley underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in November. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is optimistic news and gives potential for great value on draft day. Brantley has been one of the most consistent hitters over the last two years with 35 HR, 181 RBI and 38 SB. He also hit 90 doubles with a .319 AVG. His ADP is currently 116.
Category: Injury Updates
Arroyo, who missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, has signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals including an invitation to spring training. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Arroyo will turn 39 years old in February and will try to crack the Nationals starting rotation this spring. If he pitches well enough to earn a spot in the rotation he could be worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts due to his potential for wins with a decent ERA and WHIP.
Indians' manager Terry Francona admitted that he is thinking about batting Carlos Santana at the top of the lineup. (Source: Nick Camino on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It is not surprising that a change to the batting order is being contemplated with Michael Brantley like to miss the start of the season and with Carlos Santana's disappointing production from the cleanup spot. Jason Kipnis was a revitalized player in 2015 when he was moved to the top of the lineup but he will probably need to drop down into the three hole usually occupied by Brantley. Santana has taken 312 walks over the last three years so his on-base skills could be an interesting weapon for the Indians at the top of the order. The switch-hitting Santana led the Indians with 19 home runs and surprisingly stole 11 bases.
The top two prospects Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer were conspicuous by their absence from the list of Spring Training invitees. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Indians are taking a staggering twelve potential outfielders to Spring Training, including Michael Choice, Joey Butler, Collin Cowgill, Robbie Grossman, Shane Robinson, Lonnie Chisenhall, Abraham Almonte, Rajai Davis, Tyler Naquin, James Ramsey, Zach Walters and of course, Michael Brantley. Indians' GM Mike Chernoff said that as Zimmer and Frazier are unlikely to make the major league team out of spring training so it's less important to have them as part of that unit in camp. Both prospects have fantastic upside and are expected to feature in the 2017 Indians' lineup.