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Brady Aiken's advisor, Casey Close, criticized both the Astros and MLB for the way the team has handled negotiations with the 2014 No. 1 overall pick.

The Astros are said to be using a medical concern, specifically about an abnormality with Aiken's elbow ligament, to leverage him into accepting a lower bonus. This would enable them two of their other draft picks. The two sides initially agreed to a $6.5 million bonus, but their revised offer now sits at $3,168,840, the minimum amount required to ensure that they would receive the No. 2 pick in 2015 as compensation if they fail to sign Aiken. "We are extremely disappointed that Major League Baseball is allowing the Astros to conduct business in this manner with a complete disregard for the rules governing the draft and the 29 other clubs who have followed those same rules," said Close. There's a lot of work to do in order to get a deal in place before Friday's deadline.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 10:26:00 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

Mark Canha launched a three-run homer on Tuesday, leading the Athletics to a 13-10 victory over the Angels in Cactus League action.

Canha and teammate Luke Carlin each left the yard against Angels closer Huston Street in the third inning. Canha, a Rule 5 Draft selection, has earned his way onto the A's roster this spring by hitting .275 with five homers and 12 RBI. But it will require an injury to Billy Butler or Ike Davis though for him to find his way into significant at-bats.
Mar 31 - 10:48 PM

Rays acquired RHP Erasmo Ramirez from the Mariners in exchange for LHP Mike Montgomery.

Ramirez wasn't going to make the Mariners' Opening Day roster and was out of options, but he's a nice little under-the-radar pickup for the Rays. The right-hander will likely slide right into Tampa's rotation with Alex Cobb (forearm), Matt Moore (elbow), Drew Smyly (shoulder) and Alex Colome (pneumonia) slated to begin the season on the disabled list. Ramirez could have some fantasy value in deeper formats.
Mar 31 - 10:19 PM

Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI as the White Sox topped the Dodgers 2-1 in Cactus League action on Tuesday.

Abreu has been on an absolute tear all spring, hitting .519 (27-for-52) with a homer and eight RBI. It's scary to think that he could be even better than the .317/.383/.581 he slashed with 36 bombs and 107 RBI in his first season stateside in 2014. He shouldn't last past the middle of the first round in all fantasy drafts.
Mar 31 - 9:30 PM

The Blue Jays have named Drew Hutchison their Opening Day starter.

R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle have a big experience edge on Hutchison, but the young right-hander is the easy choice here. Hutchison posted a 4.48 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 184/60 K/BB ratio for the Jays last season and could take another step forward in 2015.
Mar 31 - 8:01 PM

Coco Crisp (elbow) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list after feeling soreness in his right elbow while batting in a minor league game Tuesday.

Crisp had experienced improvement after being given a cortisone injection a week ago, but he hit another bump in the road Tuesday. He hasn't played in a Cactus League game since March 23, so the A's can backdate a disabled list stint. There's no guarantee he'll be ready to go when his 15 days are up, however. Oakland is now expected to be without both of their corner outfielders on Opening Day, as Josh Reddick is sidelined with a strained oblique.
Mar 31 - 7:57 PM

Devin Mesoraco (quad) is tentatively scheduled to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

"I'm optimistically thinking that he'll be ready to play tomorrow," Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday morning. "[What I don't want to do with injured players] is to put them in there and find out they can't go, or shouldn't go." Mesoraco's left quad tightened up on him during Sunday's game, but he's improved since then and is expected to be fine for Opening Day.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Mar 31 - 7:22 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Tim Lincecum will begin the season as the team's No. 5 starter.

Lincecum entered camp as the clear favorite for the role but then stumbled with a 6.27 ERA. Luckily for him, Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong have been arguably just as bad or worse. Lincecum will still get strikeouts for fantasy owners, but that's all they can count on from him at this point.
Mar 31 - 7:05 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) will return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday.

Ellsbury was given clearance to play in "real" games after going 2-for-5 at the plate in a minor league contest on Tuesday. It will be his first game since March 15, but there's no concern that Ellsbury won't be ready for Opening Day. "I've listened to them the entire process," Ellsbury said. "If they feel, 'Hey, you're a go for tomorrow,' I'll be out there tomorrow. If they're like, 'Hey, get some swings in and be out there the next day,' I'm fine with that too."
Mar 31 - 6:44 PM

Aroldis Chapman was removed from Tuesday's appearance for precautionary reasons due to a right hamstring injury.

Chapman was pulled from the game after a long discussion with Reds coaches and trainers. The closer wanted to continue and insists that his hamstring is fine, so it sounds like this isn't anything to worry about. Expect Chapman to be available to pitch in a day or two.
Mar 31 - 6:19 PM

Roberto Osuna has made the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen.

Osuna will become the youngest pitcher in Jays history when he debuts. The 20-year-old right-hander has allowed just one run and struck out nine batters in 10 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. He will pitch in middle relief at first but could eventually move into more of a setup role.
Mar 31 - 5:19 PM




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