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Twins signed RHP Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million contract.

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that Hughes can also earn an addition $1 million per season in "reachable" bonuses. Hughes is coming off a season with the Yankees where he posted a 5.19 ERA, but the Twins are obviously banking on his flyball tendencies fitting in much better at Target Field.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Yasiel Puig (calf) is back in the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

Puig has been held out of action this week after feeling a tweak in his left calf Sunday while trying to steal a base. It sounds like this is minor, but we all know about Puig's long history of leg issues. He remains a high-risk, high-reward type of fantasy outfielder leading into the 2017 regular season.
Mar 23 - 2:25 PM

Rockies optioned RHP Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hoffman had a shot at claiming the final spot in the Rockies' rotation this spring, but he simply didn't pitch well enough. The 24-year-old right-hander should be brought up for good at some point this summer and could take on deep-league fantasy value. He was recently ranked a top-40 prospect by Baseball America. Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela remain in the running for starting jobs in Colorado.
Mar 23 - 2:16 PM

Luis Valbuena has been sent for an MRI on his sore left hamstring.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's confident the injury is minor, but the club wants to make sure with Opening Day fast approaching. Valbuena left Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers after experiencing some hamstring soreness. There should be an update on his status Friday.
Mar 23 - 1:28 PM

Kendall Graveman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Athletics.

A's manager Bob Melvin made that announcement Thursday in camp, adding that Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton will follow Graveman in the club's season-opening series against the Angels. The fourth and fifth spots are to be determined. Graveman, 26, posted a relatively underwhelming 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio in 186 innings (31 starts) last season for Oakland. He'll make for a decent streaming option at times in standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 1:15 PM

Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago.

That explains why Iglesias hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14, and why he underwent an MRI on the elbow of his throwing arm earlier this week. The results of that MRI came back negative, but Iglesias is questionable-to-doubtful for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Michael Lorenzen, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen could all be in line for save opportunities out of the gate in Cincinnati. Reds manager Bryan Price spoke this winter about wanting to use a matchups-based approach at closer in 2017, and this Iglesias injury -- even if it's minor -- gives Price all the more reason to follow through with that plan.
Mar 23 - 12:02 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) is out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup again on Thursday.

Zobrist was scratched from the lineup Wednesday after complaining of some minor neck stiffness. It doesn't sound like something that will affect the veteran's readiness for the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 23 - 11:54 AM

Brad Boxberger (lat) will take a week off from throwing and then build back up.

Boxberger has been bothered by a lat issue for much of spring training and still can't get over the hump with the injury. He'll try a different approach with the hope that one full week of rest might do the trick. The right-handed setup man is aiming to join the Rays' bullpen sometime in mid-to-late April. He will open the 2017 regular season on the 10-day disabled list.
Mar 23 - 9:45 AM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed Thursday that Jung Ho Kang will not be ready for Opening Day.

That assumption could have been made without Huntington's help given that Opening Day is less than two weeks away and Kang still hasn't arrived at Pirates camp in Bradenton, Florida. The infielder is trying to secure a work visa in South Korea, but his latest criminal case is complicating matters. Kang was charged with his third DUI in seven years on December 2 in Seoul when he struck a guardrail with his car and fled the scene. He later tried to pin it on the person in the passenger seat but authorities quickly proved that false. There is no timetable for Kang's return to the Pirates' active roster.
Mar 23 - 9:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start on Opening Day for the Nationals.

The nod would have gone to reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, but he was slowed this spring by a stress fracture in his right ring finger and currently projects to start Washington's third regular-season game. Gio Gonzalez is in line for the second game of the season, and Tanner Roark likely will start the fourth. Granted, none of this is official yet.
Mar 23 - 8:30 AM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run as the United States defeated Puerto Rico in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals.

Kinsler made waves earlier in the day for saying that he did not appreciate the way that Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic celebrated passionately after big plays. Predictably, Kinsler would homer in Wednesday's WBC final. He proceeded to jog around the bases without emphasis. In addition to his no-fun home run, Kinsler also singled to lead off a two-run fifth inning for the States. Now onward to the regular season, where the veteran second baseman will try to match a 2016 campaign in which he slashed .288/.348/.484 while launching 28 homers, driving 83 runs and stealing 14 bases over the course of 153 games played. That .484 slugging percentage was his highest since 2009.
Mar 23 - 12:56 AM

Marcus Stroman was dominant in helping the United States to down Puerto Rico 8-0 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals, allowing one hit over six-plus scoreless innings.

Working with a brutally heavy sinker, Stroman turned in a dominant performance in the WBC-clincher. He did not allow a hit through his first six innings of work. Angel Pagan finally snapped the no-no with a double to lead off the seventh, after which Stroman took a well-deserved ovation on his way to the dugout. He struck out three and walked one in the big spring victory, finishing the title-clincher having thrown 73 pitches (44 for strikes). As for the coming season, the 25-year-old right-hander will look to improve upon the 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio he registered in 204 innings during the 2016 campaign.
Mar 23 - 12:54 AM




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