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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are showing interest in Josh Willingham.

They're also considering Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios, but Willingham appears to be at the top of their list in part because he's a free agent after this season. Willingham is batting .215 10 homers in only 56 games this season, as he missed 41 contests with a fractured wrist. The 35-year-old has played in pitchers parks his entire career, so a move to Yankee Stadium would be a nice boost to his fantasy value.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Gregory Polanco (leg) remains out of the starting lineup Saturday versus the Dodgers.

Polanco is dealing with some discomfort in his left leg and apparently needs at least another day. Matt Joyce is getting another start in right field.
Jun 25 - 3:37 PM

Mets optioned OF Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move is now official. Conforto has struggled miserably over the past two months while also dealing with a wrist injury. Just getting into a lower-pressure environment and getting a chance to reset could be the best thing for him. He should be back soon if he swings the bat well.
Jun 25 - 3:26 PM

Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list.

Gordon has been sidelined since May 23 due to a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand, but he was cleared to return after batting .364 (8-for-22) with a homer, a double, and five walks over six minor league rehab games. He'll return to a .211/.319/.331 batting line over 42 games.
Jun 25 - 2:41 PM

Mets signed INF Jose Reyes to a minor league contract.

Reyes became a free agent at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and it didn't take him long to officially reunite with the Mets. The plan calls for him to report to Class A Brooklyn on Sunday, where he's expected to play multiple positions before eventually joining the Mets in a utility role. The 33-year-old owns a .709 OPS since the start of 2014 and is coming off a suspension for a domestic violence incident with his wife, but the Mets are willing to take a chance on him to add some athleticism to their roster. "As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred and remain remorseful and apologetic to my family," Reyes said in a statement. "I have completed the counseling required by MLB, have been in ongoing therapy, and will continue with counseling going forward. I appreciate the Mets organization for believing in me and providing the opportunity to come back home to New York."
Jun 25 - 2:18 PM

Jake Lamb is not in Saturday's lineup versus the Rockies.

He'll sit against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Brandon Drury will start at third base and bat seventh.
Jun 25 - 1:34 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and felt good.

The Nationals haven't made an official decision, but Papelbon could begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac as soon as Monday. He appears on track to return in early July. Shawn Kelley will continue to fill in at closer for now.
Jun 25 - 1:26 PM

The Mets are expected to call up prospect outfielder Brandon Nimmo on Saturday.

He's set to replace Michael Conforto, who will reportedly be demoted. The Mets' first-round pick from 2011, Nimmo has put himself back on the prospect map this season by batting .328/.409/.508 with five home runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases over 63 games this season in Triple-A. Of course, those numbers are in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, so they have to be taken with a grain of salt, but he figures to see plenty of playing time in the Mets' outfielder now that Conforto is headed to the minors. He's more of a wait-and-see option in mixed fantasy leagues, but he should be owned in NL-only formats.
Jun 25 - 1:06 PM

Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County.
Jun 25 - 12:43 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in Saturday's lineup against the Marlins.

Zobrist suffered a bruised left ankle when he was hit by a pitch on Friday. Consider him day-to-day. Javy Baez will start at second base and bat fifth against Paul Clemens.
Jun 25 - 12:38 PM

Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field.
Jun 25 - 12:35 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) is in the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Rizzo sat out back-to-back games due to back stiffness. It has been a lingering issue, but hopefully the time off did him some good.
Jun 25 - 12:30 PM




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