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Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Blue Jays will sign third-round OF Anthony Alford and allow him to play football at Southern Mississippi.

Alford was thought by many teams to be unsignable due to his football commitment, but the Jays have managed to reel him in by allowing him to play on the gridiron, as well. Callis reports that his signing bonus may be close to double the $424,400 value slotted for the 112th overall pick. Alford is very raw and will take even longer to develop with football also in the picture, but he has a ton of upside as a speedster with plus power potential.
Fri, Jun 8, 2012 01:09:00 PM

Brendan Ryan is likely to begin the season on the disabled list after suffering a calf strain Wednesday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be "very surprised" if Ryan is ready for the season opener after being helped off the field in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game. Ryan will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the strain. He was slated to be the primary backup to shortstop Didi Gregorius, so while the injury affects the Yankees it doesn't have much bearing on fantasy.
Apr 1 - 6:32 PM

Carlos Martinez blanked the Mets for six innings, allowing just three hits, in the Cardinals' 5-4 win Wednesday.

Martinez also legged out an infield single after Wilmer Flores chose to hang back on his bouncer to shortstop. Martinez, named the Cardinals' fifth starter Monday, is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings this spring. Because of his upside, he shouldn't be left unowned in any mixed leagues.
Apr 1 - 5:27 PM

Chris Sale (foot) struck out 13 batters over six-plus innings Wednesday in a minor league game.

Sale gave up one run on two hits in the impressive outing against a group of Reds minor leaguers. The ace left-hander is making steady progress from an avulsion fracture in his right foot and is penciled in for an April 12 regular-season debut. If that holds, his first opponent will be the light-hitting Twins.
Apr 1 - 5:14 PM

Bruce Rondon was scratched from a scheduled appearance Wednesday due to shoulder soreness.

It's obviously a bad time for the 24-year-old flame-thrower to be developing an arm injury. Rondon may now be in danger of missing the start of the regular season. "If he can’t pitch, obviously it’s a lot tougher to be on the team," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday. "From that sense, it’s a big concern."
Apr 1 - 4:19 PM

Adam Warren has officially been named the Yankees' fifth starter.

Warren won the job this spring by posting a 2.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11/1 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 3.47 ERA and 8.0 K/9 in 158 career major league frames and should have early value in AL-only fantasy formats.
Apr 1 - 4:16 PM

Corey Dickerson is out of the Rockies' Cactus League lineup again on Wednesday.

Dickerson was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness -- something that has been bothering him since the weekend -- but he told reporters Wednesday morning that he expects to be fine for Opening Day. The 25-year-old outfielder posted an excellent .312/.364/.567 batting line with 24 home runs and eight stolen bases in 131 games last season for Colorado.
Apr 1 - 4:13 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Anthony Rendon (knee) is expected to miss about three weeks.

The best news here is that Rendon will not require surgery on his sprained left MCL. With rest and rehab, Heyman writes, Rendon should miss three weeks (give or take). The infielder injured his knee on March 9. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said, "There's nothing seriously wrong, and it should remedy itself. Some turn the corner quickly and with other guys it takes a few weeks. But [Rendon] will be fine."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 1 - 2:19 PM

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Reds and Johnny Cueto have not made progress in extension talks.

Cueto will make $10 million this season and is slated to hit free agency in the coming winter. He was the runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award in 2014 and will probably price himself well out of the Reds' budgetary range with a repeat in 2015. Cueto, 29, owns a 2.48 ERA in 102 starts since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Apr 1 - 12:23 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) threw from 60 feet on Wednesday.

According to reports, he was tossing at around 60 percent and continued to feel slight soreness. Verlander's been ruled out from game action on Friday. He has not, however, been ruled out from making his first start of the regular season on April 8. This seems like a long-shot given the way his recovery has been progressing. A trip to the disabled list is also a possibility and is looking increasingly likely.
Apr 1 - 11:35 AM

According to ESPN.com's Jim Bowden, the Mets have signed OF Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension.

The deal's not quite final yet, though it sounds close. Bowden writes that it's expected to be worth more than $20 million and will include a club option. Already a legitimate defender, Lagares has slashed his way to a .345/.400/.655 line this spring. Don't expect him to hit like that for an extended amount of time. At age 26 and coming off a .281/.321/.382 line over 452 plate appearances in 2014, it's possible that he'll carry over at least some of his spring power, though, making him an an interesting name to keep in mind late in mixed drafts.
Apr 1 - 10:22 AM

Astros optioned 1B Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno.

Singleton hit just .213/.288/.340 during spring ball. He offers some pop in the bat (13 home runs in 310 at-bats in 2014). Singleton is still just 23 years old and has room to grow. Should he see a call-up later this season, he'll have value in deeper AL-only leagues.
Apr 1 - 9:10 AM




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