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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Shohei Ohtani has met with all seven finalists to sign him.

Ohtani and his agents sat down with the Dodgers, Angels, and Giants on Monday and the Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, and Padres on Tuesday. These meetings took place at the CAA offices in Los Angeles. Passan says the "timetable is not clear yet" for when Ohtani will make a decision, "but it could well be soon." The 23-year-old two-way star from Oshu, Japan has a fastball that has been clocked at 102 mph and a batting stroke that has generated exit velocities as high as 111.1 mph. He's a potentially game-changing and franchise-changing type of talent, and the team that lands him will get six full years of cost control after paying a $20 million posting fee to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 03:17:00 PM

Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been cleared to begin a "throwing progression."

Ohtani was evaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon, who gave him the go-ahead to resume throwing. This comes six weeks after Ohtani received a platelet rich plasma injection to combat a UCL sprain in his right elbow. Ohtani appears to be ahead of schedule as it took teammate Garrett Richards 13 weeks to resume throwing following a similar procedure in 2016. It remains to be seen whether 23-year-old will be able to pitch again this season, but he seems to finally be trending in the right direction. In the meantime, Ohtani will continue to see at-bats as the Angels' DH.
Jul 19 - 6:52 PM

Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey said Yu Darvish (elbow, triceps) is still "weeks away" from returning.

Darvish was expected to resume mound work soon, but no mention was made of that on Thursday ahead of Chicago's first-half opener against St. Louis. The right-hander has seen numerous starts and stops throughout his rehab. He hasn't thrown a pitch in a big league setting since May 20. With Darvish still ailing, perhaps the Cubs will look to add an arm at the upcoming trade deadline.
Jul 19 - 6:46 PM

Evan Longoria (hand) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.

It will be Longoria's first game action since going down with a broken hand on June 14. He'll surely need a few games to shake off the rust, but it shouldn't be long until the 32-year-old returns to the big leagues. Veteran Pablo Sandoval has been filling in for him at the hot corner.
Jul 19 - 5:52 PM

Cubs placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps inflammation.

The move was made retroactive to July 16. Morrow's spot on the roster will be absorbed by Anthony Bass, who is back after missing the past two weeks with an illness. This is already Morrow's second trip to the DL this season after injuring his lower back while putting on his pants (seriously) last month. Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Pedro Strop will be candidates to handle the ninth inning in Morrow's absence.
Jul 19 - 4:41 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Cespedes has finally turned a corner in his rehab lately and slugged a three-run home run in his second rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Mets on Wednesday. He can serve as a designated hitter this weekend against the Yankees before returning to left field and also perhaps playing some first base. Cespedes has been ut since mid-May with a hip injury.
Jul 19 - 3:40 PM

Jose Martinez is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Thursday.

Martinez has been on the pine for both of interim manager Mike Shildt's lineups (and has been benched in three straight games overall), as Shildt has gone with the better defensive combo of Mike Carpenter at first base and Jedd Gyorko at third. It's certainly a concern for Martinez's fantasy owners. As good as Martinez has been offensively this season, he's not looking like a reliable mixed league play right now unless Shildt reverses course (or the Cards trade him).
Jul 19 - 3:15 PM

Padres acquired C/OF Francisco Mejia from the Indians in exchange for LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber.

Mejia has looked ready for an extended shot in the majors for a while but was blocked in Cleveland by superior defenders in Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez. Austin Hedges is also a much better defender, but he's so bad offensively that Mejia could push him aside and nab the starting job in San Diego in short order. Hedges will remain the starter for now while Mejia reports to Triple-A El Paso, but Mejia is a good stash in deeper leagues where he's available.
Jul 19 - 12:03 PM

Indians acquired LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber from the Padres in exchange for C/OF Francisco Mejia.

Hand should see save opportunities in Cleveland, but manager Terry Francona might still give chances to Cody Allen and possibly Andrew Miller, as well. If that's the case, it's obviously not the best landing spot fantasy-wise for Hand, although for dynasty purposes he should be in line for the ninth inning beyond 2018 with Allen and Miller slated for free agency.
Jul 19 - 11:52 AM

Kirby Yates is likely to take over as the Padres' closer following the trade of Brad Hand.

That's assuming he isn't also dealt, which is a distinct possibility. Yates has been excellent over the last two seasons in San Diego, posting a 2.89 ERA and 135/30 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. He should be scooped up in all fantasy leagues. If Yates is also eventually dealt, Craig Stammen or Phil Maton might get a shot to close.
Jul 19 - 11:48 AM

Orioles acquired OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon and INF Breyvic Valera from the Dodgers for SS Manny Machado.

Diaz, 21, is the best prospect involved in the trade for Machado, and is an outstanding get for a player that was very likely to be playing elsewhere in 2018 as Machado was. He’s an outfielder who has above-average tools across the board, and his patience at the plate along with his use of all fields makes the hit tool plus. There’s very little left to be done here in terms of development, so Diaz could help the Orioles before the end of the 2019 season.
Jul 18 - 9:12 PM

Dodgers acquired SS Manny Machado from the Orioles for OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon, and INF Breyic Valera.

This has been rumored for quite some time, but it's now official. The Orioles also entertained offers from the Phillies, Brewers and Diamondbacks -- among others -- but they're able to get five prospects for the 26-year-old shortstop. Machado's defense at shortstop hasn't been spectacular according to the metrics, but he's been tremendous with the bat, hitting .315/.375/.583 with 24 homers and 65 RBI over the first half. An already powerful Dodger lineup gets even better, and he should put up big numbers in his time with Los Angeles.
Jul 18 - 9:10 PM




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