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Craig Kimbrel has reportedly not lowered his asking price and sources close to Kimbrel believe he will consider sitting out the season if his demands are not met, according to Jim Bowden. (Source: Jim Bowden on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel had reportedly been seeking a six-year deal. He remains an elite reliever, but there's no indication that any team has been willing to come close to meeting his demands. With Boston's luxury-tax issues seemingly being a huge impediment to his signing there, Kimbrel's options remain a bit limited. For those drafting soon, drop Kimbrel down at least a few spots in your relief-pitcher rankings with this report.

Category: Rumors


Brandin Nimmo (shoulder) has resumed baseball activities. (Source: Mike Puma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He still won't play in spring training games for a few more days, however. The Mets are just being cautious here and Nimmo should be fine for Opening Day. The young outfielder posted a .404 OBP a season ago.

Category: Injury Updates


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Phillies are interested in lefty Dallas Keuchel. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Philadelphia is still connected to Bryce Harper but perhaps Keuchel is their backup plan. There have been surprisingly little rumors surrounding the former Cy Young winner. Heyman adds the Padres do not appear to be a fit for Keuchel at this time.

Category: Rumors


Dodgers manager Dave Roberts say Clayton Kershaw is responding well to rest. (Source: Jorge Castillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Dodgers haven't announced what's ailing Kershaw. It has caused him to be shut down for a few days here. If Kershaw resumes throwing in a few days he should ultimately be fine. If not, however, then it might be time to start worrying a bit.

Category: Injury Updates


Cardinals manager Mike Schildt has announced Miles Mikolas as the team's opening day starter. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mikolas returned from Japan a season ago and was fantastic, posting a 2.83 ERA with 18 wins in 32 starts. He also threw over 200 innings. While he doesn't strike out many batters he's still a valuable fantasy commodity.


Jose Martinez and the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million contract extension. (Source: Derrick Goold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old 1B/OF could earn more with incentives. Martinez is a nightmare defensively but does quite well with the bat. He hit .305 with 17 homers a season ago. He would certainly be a fantasy factor if the Cardinals can find him enough playing time.

Category: Transactions


Jed Lowrie has officially been diagnosed with a "capsule sprain" in his left knee. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's still no word on how long the injury could affect Lowrie. The new Mets infielder was an interesting sleeper pick in early drafts but fantasy players might want to tread cautiously here. Still, this doesn't sound like it will keep him out for too long.

Category: Injury Updates


Jose Iglesias signs with Reds

Sat, Feb 23rd 1:17pm EST
By Brendan Tuma

C. Trent Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Reds have signed shortstop Jose Iglesias. (Source: C. Trent Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team hasn't announced it themselves but Iglesias already has a locker in the clubhouse. Jose Peraza is the team's starting shortstop but Iglesias figures to back him up in a utility role. The 29-year-old surprisingly swiped 15 bags last season.

Category: Transactions


Matt Chapman (thumb, shoulder) could play in Cactus League games as early as next week. (Source: Jane Lee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chapman has been eased into spring action thus far and remains on track for Opening Day. The 25-year-old hit 24 homers with a .864 OPS last season.

Category: Injury Updates


Casey Mize allowed one run in two innings of work in Friday's spring opener.

Fantasy Impact: Last year's number one overall pick pitched just 13 2/3 innings after signing last year. He'll likely pitch most of 2019 in Double-A with his sights set on a 2020 big league debut.

Category: Game Recaps


Tommy Pham went 2-for-3 with two doubles in Friday's spring training opener.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old was awesome after getting traded to Tampa Bay last year. There's reason to believe he could be a top-15 outfielder this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jesus Luzardo allowed an unearned run while striking out one over his lone inning of work in Friday's spring training opener.

Fantasy Impact: The 21-year-old prospect might be the best starting pitcher in Oakland's camp. He'll be on the fantasy radar the second he gets promoted to the big leagues, which will likely come in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


Ichiro singles in ST opener

Sat, Feb 23rd 8:58am EST
By Brendan Tuma

Ichiro went 1-for-2 with a two-run single in Seattle's spring training opener versus Oakland.

Fantasy Impact: The 45-year-old isn't expected to have much of an impact on the Mariners this year, but he is aiming to play in the Japan Series in mid-March. The Mariners and A's will square off for two regular season games on March 20-21.

Category: Game Recaps


Shoehi Ohtani (elbow) hit off a tee on Friday. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's the next step in his rehab from Tommy John surgery (at least on the hitting side of things). The next step for Ohtani will be to take some soft toss and to then take batting practice. The two-way star won't pitch this year, but he's expected to become the Angels' DH sometime around May.

Category: Injury Updates


Sonny Gray (elbow stiffness) has been scratched from Saturday's start versus Cleveland. (Source: Mark Sheldon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The injury isn't expected to be serious, but it would be reassuring if we hear Gray is throwing again within the next day or so. The right-hander was acquired from the Yankees over the winter and instantly signed a three-year, $30.5 million extension.

Category: Injury Updates


Darwinzon Hernandez struck out three over two perfect innings as the Red Sox beat Northeastern 6-0 on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The southpaw is expected to join the Red Sox bullpen at some point this summer. He struck out 24 hitters in just 11 1/3 innings back in the Arizona Fall League. Hernandez will begin 2019 in the Double-A rotation.

Category: Game Recaps


Bobby Dalbec hit a home run in his first at bat of the spring as the Red Sox beat Northeastern 6-0 on Friday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: He was hit by a pitch in his only other plate appearance. The third baseman isn't a nationally recognized prospect, but he's one of the best in the Boston farm system.

Category: Game Recaps


Dustin Pedroia (knee) had what was described as a "re-generation" day on Friday. (Source: MassLive)

Fantasy Impact: Pedroia was pretty active on Thursday, which is why it was important for him to rest a bit on Friday. The 35-year-old is going to be brought along slowly this spring. His goal is still to be ready for opening day.

Category: Injury Updates


Jeff Passan of ESPN reports Phillies' owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas for a "meet-and-greet" with Bryce Harper. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia had previously reported Middleton was in Vegas, but Passan then added a deal wasn't going to get done Friday night. There's been nothing to suggest a deal is close to happening, but perhaps the two sides are at least heading in the right direction.

Category: Rumors


Mitch Haniger went 1-for-1 with a two-run home run, a walk, and two runs scored Friday against Oakland.

Fantasy Impact: Haniger is looking to pick up where he left off in 2018 after bursting onto the fantasy scene with 26 home runs, 96 RBI, and a .859 OPS over 596 at-bats. Haniger projects to hit in the heart of a Mariner lineup that still has some power even if the big names have been shipped away.

Category: Game Recaps