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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has resumed shopping Ike Davis.

Alderson is apparently calling up teams who he was in contact with during the winter, so the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles are among the possibilities. Davis hasn't appeared in a Graepfruit League game in more than two weeks due to a calf injury, and it's unlikely that a trade will become a legitimate possibility until he proves his health. His value is at rock bottom regardless.
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Mac Williamson will be the team's everyday left fielder.

Williamson returned from the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday. The 27-year-old changed his swing over the offseason and hit three homers over five games with the Giants after mashing at Triple-A Sacramento. Hunter Pence's (thumb) impending return could complicate things, but Williamson is worth a gamble in deep leagues while he's playing regularly.
May 25 - 1:06 PM

Brewers optioned SS Orlando Arcia to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Arcia has given the Brew Crew stellar defense this season, but he's batted just .194/.233/.273 and the team has decided to let him work on his offense in the minors for a while. Milwaukee figures to use some combination of Tyler Saladino, Eric Sogard and Hernan Perez will handle shortstop for the Brewers.
May 25 - 12:45 PM

Red Sox activated 2B Dustin Pedroia from the 10-day disabled list.

Pedroia missed almost the first two months of the season after having a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee last October, but he's ready to go now after five rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket (he went just 1-for-14 at the plate in those games). He will hit lower in the order than his usual No. 2 spot, at least initially, and will turn 35 later this season. Pedroia is probably still a good bet for batting average but seems unlikely to bring much else to the table for fantasy owners.
May 25 - 11:39 AM

Red Sox designated 1B/DH Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was first to report the news and the Red Sox have made the move official. Ramirez batted .330/.400/.474 in April, but a 0-for-20 stretch pushed his batting line for the season down to .254/.313/.395. Still, the move comes a surprise given that he has the third-most starts on the Red Sox this season and hit in the middle of the order in all of those starts. A $22 million option for 2019 would've triggered had Ramirez reached 497 plate appearances this season, something that no doubt factored into the Red Sox' decision here. Mitch Moreland will see a bump in playing time with Ramirez out of the picture.
Source: Boston Globe
May 25 - 11:11 AM

Paul DeJong is expected to miss 4-8 weeks after having surgery last week to insert screws and a metal plate into his fractured left hand.

The Cardinals never revealed a projected timetable for the shortstop, but DeJong said Thursday that he heard it would be anywhere from four to eight weeks. "That’s a huge range," he said. "I’m just going to take it week by week. Ask me next week. Hopefully, I’ll be close to swinging." The Cards have been using Jedd Gyorko, Yairo Munoz and Greg Garcia at shortstop since DeJong went down.
May 25 - 11:00 AM

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Thursday that he didn't think there would be any restrictions on how many innings Alex Reyes (elbow) will be allowed to throw the rest of the season.

"Due to the fact he’s going into the rotation at the end of May or in June, he should be able to go really as much as you could hope. I don’t think he will have a cap," said Mozeliak. The Cardinals will surely use caution when they can with Reyes in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but it appears he's not going to face a strict innings limit the rest of the way. The righty didn't allow a single run over four rehab starts, striking out 44 over 23 innings. Reyes will join the St. Louis rotation as soon as Tuesday in Milwaukee.
May 25 - 10:43 AM

Brandon Nimmo went a perfect 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a triple, a walk and two runs scored to lead the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday.

A four-hit night in any fashion is impressive, but none of Nimmo's three extra-base hits were cheap, all three ripped into right field in varying fashions. His fourth hit, an infield single, showed he's got some wheels, too, and it marked the eighth consecutive plate appearance in which Nimmo reached base. That's his forte -- he's got a .450 on-base percentage to go with a .294 average and .541 slugging percentage following Thursday's game -- and he's forcing his way into an everyday role as a result. It's not terribly sexy for standard mixed leagues, but deeper leagues and ones that account for OBP are leagues in which Nimmo should be owned quickly, if not already.
May 25 - 12:09 AM

Danny Duffy kept the Rangers to one run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings in an 8-2 win Thursday.

Not much has gone right for the southpaw this year, but he found a groove against the Texas club, only allowing a run on his 113th pitch of the night. Duffy walked two and struck out five before exiting. Even with the strong outing, Duffy is just 2-6 with a 6.14 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 11 starts overall. That's not useable in fantasy leagues, and we'll need to see more than one good game to recommend inserting the 29-year-old back into your lineups. Pay attention to how he fares Tuesday against the Twins.
May 24 - 11:29 PM

Blake Snell struck out eight Red Sox over six scoreless innings in a 6-3 win Thursday.

Snell's strong first half continues as he rolled over a Sox lineup that he's now faced three times already this year. In those three starts, he's allowed a combined two runs in 19 innings, striking out 19. Not a bad line against arguably the best team in baseball. Overall he's been only slightly less masterful, owning a 2.78 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 69/21 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings of work. It's the breakout we've been waiting for since Snell dominated the minor leagues in 2015, and there's no reason to think he can't keep it up if he continues to keep his walk rate in check. A friendlier matchup awaits Tuesday when the Rays visit the Athletics on the West Coast.
May 24 - 10:36 PM

Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a three-run home run to help the Astros down the Indians 8-2 on Thursday.

Indians starter Mike Clevinger had blanked the Astros over four innings and was staked to a 2-0 lead when Bregman stepped to the dish in the fifth inning. That's when Clevinger hung a high breaking ball that Bregman yanked over the left field wall to give the Astros a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Bregman was getting on base in April but his power numbers lagged, a problem he hasn't had in May. He owned a .928 OPS coming into the game, which surely went up with the dinger, and the 24-year-old is hitting .277/.393/.451 with five homers and five steals overall.
May 24 - 9:34 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals are "quietly" letting teams know they plan to be sellers at the trade deadline.

The 16-33 Royals have no chance of competing this year and are looking to rebuild by trading some of their bigger names for prospects. Heyman named Kelvin Herrera and Mike Moustakas, who are both headed for free agency after this year, as players the Royals would consider trading. He also said they'd be open to shopping Lucas Duda, Jon Jay and Whit Merrifield. Herrera has been excellent in the closer's role this year and is almost certain to be traded at or before the July 31 deadline. The Astros, who have been searching for late-inning depth and a possible upgrade on Ken Giles, would be a logical fit.
May 24 - 7:53 PM




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