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Thu, Mar 5th 1:40am EST
By Eric Westlund

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers have been trying to trade Andre Ethier all winter and have offered to eat approximately half of the $56 million remaining on his 3-year contract. Heyman mentions the Orioles and Blue Jays as speculative destinations for the versatile outfielder. (Source: Jon Heyman at CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Ethier was a useless fantasy player in 2014, so there is probably not much to see here as the veteran enters his age-33 season in decline. However, he is a career .285 hitter with potential for decent production across the board if he unexpectedly lands in an everyday role.


Wed, Mar 4th 11:35pm EST
By Mitch Cox

Leonys Martin was penciled in as the leadoff hitter in today's exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals and the Rangers intend to give him every opportunity to win the job on a full-time basis. (Source: rangersblog.dallasnews.com)

Fantasy Impact: Martin went 1-for-3 today, but the Rangers are more interested if he can handle going up against southpaws on a regular basis. Manager Jeff Bannister would like to have Martin in the leadoff spot with Shin-Soo Choo batting second since he possesses more power. Martin had a .354 OBP in the leadoff spot last year, but just a .287 OBP against lefthanders. If he can handle the challenge, his speed, along with a solid lineup behind him, could make him a strong value play late in drafts.


Wed, Mar 4th 11:17pm EST
By Steve Painter

This is troubling news as Minor had been considered a prime bounce-back candidate after last year's poor showing. Minor was hoping to regain his 2013 form when he had a 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 181/46 K/BB ratio. Last year his ERA ballooned to 4.77 with a 1.44 WHIP. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Those hoping that Minor could enhance the back of their rotation need to watch this closely. More news should be coming out after a medical evaluation.


Wed, Mar 4th 10:44pm EST
By Steve Larson

Miguel Sano had two plate apperances on Wednesday in an exhibition game versus the University of Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact: In his first at bat, Sano had a hit and drew a walk later in his second plate apperance. While his chances of starting the season on the Twins 25 man Opening Day roster are slim, GM Terry Ryan said he could get some major league playing time this season.


Wed, Mar 4th 10:41pm EST
By Steve Larson

Byron Buxton made his spring training debut on Wednesday in an exhibiton game vs the University of Minnesota Gophers.

Fantasy Impact: Buxton had two hits in three at bats, while scoring one run and driving in another. He is expected to start the season in Triple-A.


Wed, Mar 4th 10:29pm EST
By Kyle Smith

Marcus Semien has started out the spring with a bang. Through six plate appearances he is 5-for-5 with 2 home runs, six RBI, and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Semien was a main piece in the Jeff Samardzija trade and so far appears to be a nice pickup. He figures to be the starting shortstop this season for the A's and if he keeps hitting like this, he could be an interesting sleeper in fantasy drafts this season.


Wed, Mar 4th 9:46pm EST
By Steve Painter

With Melvin Upton out, Eric Young had a good day as the Braves CF for their first spring training game. Aside from the diving catch he made to end an inning, he walked twice and stole a base in three plate appearances. Young, Eury Perez, and Todd Cunningham are contending to start at CF with Upton set to start the season on DL. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Young can steal some bases and for that reason alone, he will have some value if he wins the CF job.


Wed, Mar 4th 9:26pm EST
By Kerry Thomas

John Jaso has been seeing time in the Rays OF during practice drills this week. Manager Kevin Cash has commented on how good he has looked and may see time out there in spring training games. (Source: Marc Topkin)

Fantasy Impact: This could increase his ABs this season and subsequent value as a 2nd catcher in 2 catcher fantasy leagues.


Wed, Mar 4th 9:19pm EST
By Kerry Thomas

The Rays named Alex Cobb their opening day stater, the first opening day start of his career. (Source: Marc Topkin)

Fantasy Impact: Cobb should be the highest drafted Rays SP in fantasy this year. If he stays healthly, he could be at least a top 15 pitcher in most leagues.


Wed, Mar 4th 9:07pm EST
By Steve Painter

Peterson had a double along with two walks in his debut. The Braves will develop a special love for Peterson if he can prove that he will be a consistent producer. Alberto Callaspo arrived at camp in terrible shape and this has opened the door to competition at 2B. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson has been in the minors for four years, and he had decent numbers, more known for doubles and triples than home runs. He'll likely make the final roster. He can be a plus in deep leagues.


Wed, Mar 4th 8:34pm EST
By Evan Triantafilidis

Rubby De La Rosa, whom the Diamondbacks acquired in the Wade Miley trade, started Wednesday's spring training game against the Colorado Rockies and threw two scoreless innings, only allowing one hit while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: De La Rosa is competing for a spot in Arizona's rotation and gave a good first impression as a Diamondback. This particular rotation might be one to stay away from early in the fantasy year as nothing is set in stone as of yet.


Wed, Mar 4th 8:20pm EST
By Evan Triantafilidis

David Peralta got beaned with a fastball in the sixth inning of a spring training game against the Colorado Rockies and left the game afterwards as a precaution.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta took the fastball off of his forearm and it bounced off his helmet. The second-year player took his base but then exited the game in place of a pinch runner. Peralta is battling Ender Inciarte for outfield playing time and is looking to improve on an impressive rookie season.


Wed, Mar 4th 7:23pm EST
By Stan Son

Sergio Santos was perfect in his one inning of work. He struck out one batter.

Fantasy Impact: Santos could be a vital arm for the Dodgers bullpen. With Kenley Jansen out for a few months, the battle for his replacement rages on. Santos has prior closer experience. If he can get a grip on his control, he can be devastating with his mid-90s fastball and wipe-out slider.


Wed, Mar 4th 7:15pm EST
By Stan Son

The other hot hitting prospect, Corey Seager, walked and drove in a run with a single late in the game.

Fantasy Impact: There's no way Seager has any impact this year. For you dynasty guys, this is what you want to see. A Seattle Mariners executive mentioned that Corey Seager is better than brother Kyle Seager. Big words as brother Kyle just signed a 7-year $100 million contract.


Wed, Mar 4th 7:15pm EST
By Gavin Tramps

TJ House fired two shutout innings, facing the minimum and ending with a pair of strikeouts. "He was good -- really good," Francona said. "He continues to pitch down with a lot of movement. He's going to get a ton of ground balls, but he also gets some swing-and-miss, because he gets below their barrel so much."

Fantasy Impact: TJ House will try to build on his breakout season of last year which saw him post 2.25 ERA & 1.10 WHIP in his last 52 innings. If TJ House fails to secure the 5th starter job, Cleveland will enter the season with an all right-handed rotation. Perhaps this gives him the edge.


Wed, Mar 4th 7:11pm EST
By Stan Son

Alex Guerrero singled in both of his at-bats against the Chicago Whitesox in the Spring Training opener. He replaced Juan Uribe at third base.

Fantasy Impact: There is no question in the ability of Guerrero to hit. The question is his defense. With the new regime's emphasis on defense, Guerrero may be the odd man out. Darwin Barney is not going anywhere with his Gold Glove. Guerrero's contract stipulates that he can not be optioned without his permission. Where are the Dodgers going to place him? Keep an eye on if Guerrero gets traded because if he lands somewhere where he gets consistent at-bats, he could make a ripple in the second base rankings.


Wed, Mar 4th 6:55pm EST
By Stan Son

Carl Crawford singled and drove in a run in two at-bats against the Chicago White Sox. He batted second behind Jimmy Rollins and in front of Adrian Gonzalez.

Fantasy Impact: This is the first season in a long time where Crawford is entering the season fully healthy. If he can stay healthy, Crawford can return tremendous value in the upcoming season. While we can't expect numbers from his MVP-esque years, double digit homeruns with 30+ steals doesn't seem too much of a stretch. The runs scored could also be high with Gonzalez and Puig hitting behind him. He is currently ranked around the 50th outfielder. VALUE!! shhh....


Wed, Mar 4th 6:48pm EST
By Phil Mendelson

Gyorko goes 0-3 with two strikeouts in the spring opener.

Fantasy Impact: The team is working with Gyorko to fix his swing. After day one it shows he needs a lot of work. He is looking to rebound following a disappointing 2014 campaign.


Wed, Mar 4th 6:44pm EST
By Kyle Smith

Eric Hosmer entered his first spring training action by going 2-3 with a home run and 3 RBI against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Hosmer struggled last season with career lows in both home runs (9) and RBI (58). He enters this season looking for a bounce-back season, potentially a breakout season. Expect Hosmer to be a value pick in many drafts this season and don't be surprised if he has his best season yet.


Wed, Mar 4th 6:43pm EST
By Phil Mendelson

Solarte went 2-3 with one of his hits being a double.

Fantasy Impact: Solarte played 3rd base today, and did a fine job. With some improvement with his bat he should find a starting job in the infield. At that point he could become a fantasy option.