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Tony Gonsolin Los Angeles Dodgers

Only merited $5 in CBS ... and he came out when the auction had flipped from massive overspending (I counted the league as $100 overbudget after the first 20 buys, +170 after 40 buys) to relatively neutral bidding (the 10 bids surrounding Gonsolin I had at -3 total).

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Garrett Cooper Miami Marlins

Is there a serious chance the owners will still cave and give the players the DH in the NL this year? I would think not.

Garrett Cooper (1B) MIA - Feb. 23

Cooper is expected to split playing time at first base with Jesus Aguilar to begin the season, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: "In general, we feel like we are going to get both of those guys a lot of at-bats with a combination of first base and outfield," manager Don Mattingly said. "Days off for different guys. We want both of these guys in the lineup as much as possible." The 30-year-old Cooper could also see reps in right field, but the offseason addition of Adam Duvall will likely limit how much time is available for other players in right. As a result, it might take a trade, or the last-minute re-introduction of the DH to the National League, for either Cooper or Aguilar to see anything close to a full-time role, even before considering the potential presence of prospect Lewin Diaz in the mix. Cooper certainly earned a significant role in Miami after posting a .281/.347/.459 slash line in 141 games over the last two seasons.

Alex Patton Alex
Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers

Took Cain at 13 last night in CBS ... having had him during the 2019 season, I saw:

Decent April, but cold up north, and with a hamstring injury plaguing him much of 2018 he started slow on the bases.

Thumb injury in May, that clearly seemed to linger for a couple months (.637 OPS May, .582 OPS in June).

Got healthier - .741 OPS in July.  Then oblique problems in August (.613 OPS, but upside down - .349 OBP, .264 SLG).  Oblique problems sap power.

Nice comeback in September - .856 OPS.

He's an old guy, and old guys are going to get hurt more often, which is what 2019 was all about.  My bet was that he'll be in the lineup as long as he's healthy, and that a year off will be good enough for the legs that  20+ SB season and double digit HRs are a solid expectation.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Josh Bell Washington Nationals

Sounds like 2 people in the CBS auction wanted him a lot ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers

I just compared Lorenzo's five-year scans in OPS+ and wRC+.


100, 113, 119, 81, 123


99, 115, 125, 83, 119

Baseball-Reference (OPS+): Mine is better!

Fangraphs (wRC+): No, mine is better!

Alex Patton Alex
David Dahl Texas Rangers

Came up late in CBS, to little enthusiasm, and went for $6.  I guess too many have been burned too many times.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers

His OPS+ was an even more modest 81.

Lorenzo Cain (OF) MIL - Feb. 23

Cain is in Brewers camp as expected after opting out of the 2020 season, Andy McCullough of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Cain opted out of last season after playing five games, making him one of the highest-profile players to do so. He indicated over the winter that he expected to return to the field and he has indeed made good on that promise. Exactly what he has left in the tank remains to be seen, as he'll turn 35 in April and posted a modest 83 wRC+ (the product of a .260/.325/.372) in his last full season back in 2019.

Alex Patton Alex
Royce Lewis Minnesota Twins

Sad news coming from the Twins camp today. 

"Twins SS prospect Royce Lewis has been diagnosed with an ACL tear in his right knee.

Lewis complained of knee discomfort during his intake physical and an MRI revealed the tear, Twins president Derek Falvey revealed to the media on Wednesday morning in camp. The 21-year-old top shortstop prospect is scheduled to fly back to the Twin Cities to undergo reconstructive surgery on Friday and will likely be sidelined for the next 9-12 months -- so all of the 2021 season."

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Trevor Rosenthal Oakland Athletics

Yep ... that signing, after the auction, stung me as the purchaser of Diekmann.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Asdrubal Cabrera Arizona Diamondbacks

Asdrubal Cabrera (3B) AZ - Feb. 23

Arizona general manager expects Cabrera to provide at-bats against left-handers, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The Diamondbacks added the veteran infielder, who can play third base and second base, to balance a lefty-dominant lineup. The general manager doesn't believe Cabrera's presence will prevent giving playing time to younger infielders, while he'll provide an established clubhouse presence. One obvious role for the 35-year-old is to start at third base against left-handers, with Eduardo Escobar sliding to second and Ketel Marte moving to center field.

Alex Patton Alex
Josh Bell Washington Nationals

Fetched 21 in the CBS auction last night.  Someone in your room will want him a lot.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Gavin Sheets Chicago White Sox

Gavin Sheets (1B) CHI-A - Feb. 23

Sheets was mentioned by manager Tony La Russa as a possible candidate for the designated hitter spot this season, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Andrew Vaughn is thought to be the favorite for the job, but Sheets has a solid minor-league resume himself and is on the 40-man roster. The canceled minors season last year prevented him from continuing his climb up the ladder, but he hit .267/.345/.414 with 16 homers in 126 games for Double-A Birmingham in 2019.

Alex Patton Alex
Trevor Rosenthal Oakland Athletics

The team that spent $47 for Gerrit Cole in CBS bought Rosenthal for a dollar.

Trevor Rosenthal (P) OAK - Feb. 23

Rosenthal, whose one-year deal with the Athletics was officially announced Monday, was very impressive during his first bullpen session with the team Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The flame-throwing veteran drew rave reviews for the session, showing off his trademark velocity on multiple occasions and leading manager Bob Melvin to jokingly remark he "thought" he saw the ball "a couple of times" while mostly just hearing it smack the catcher's glove. The strong start for Rosenthal is naturally highly encouraging for a player the Athletics plan to rely on as their full-time closer after allowing Liam Hendriks to walk this offseason. Rosenthal should have no competition for saves going into the season if Melvin's unequivocal endorsements are any indication, with Oakland's skipper labeling him "a true closer" and adding "with Trevor here now, we know that the ninth inning looks like."

Alex Patton Alex
Jesus Luzardo Oakland Athletics

Jesus Luzardo (P) OAK - Feb. 23

Luzardo made a strong impression during his first time facing live hitters Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The young left-hander has been looking forward to  demonstrating some offseason improvements he made to his breaking ball, but Luzardo went to his tried-and-true heater on his first pitch to a hitter this spring and clocked 98 mph on the radar gun. Gallegos reports Luzardo went on to generate several swings and misses during what was a 30-pitch outing.

Alex Patton Alex
Kyle Lewis Seattle Mariners

I am reminded, reading Peter's comment for the Special, that Lewis wasn't just the AL Rookie of the Year, he was the unanimous winner. This despite hitting .193 and whiffing 37 percent of the time after August.

For the few in the stands in Peoria yesterday, he put on a show.

Kyle Lewis (OF) SEA - Feb. 23

Lewis stood out in both batting and fielding practice during the Mariners' position players' first workout of spring Tuesday, Daniel Kramer of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The reigning AL Rookie of the Year picked right up where he left off during the Mariners' first full-squad workout, making several impressive catches on fly balls and homering to both the opposite field and pull side multiple times during five rounds of batting practice. Lewis is naturally locked into the starting center field role after hitting 17 home runs over his first 76 major-league games across the last two seasons, but he'll look to shave down a strikeout rate that checked in at a bloated 29.3 percent in 2020.

Alex Patton Alex
Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays

We will start putting notes in Quick Memo in the March 4 update. Notwithstanding today's notes at Rotowire, the one for Kiermaier will be: trade risk.

Kevin Kiermaier (OF) TB - Feb. 23

Kiermaier, who conceded Tuesday he was worried about being traded this offseason, is healthy after dealing with a hand injury last postseason and relieved to be back with the Rays, Adam Berry of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Kiermaier is due to make $11.5 million in 2021 and plays on a team with plenty of outfield depth and a front office always willing to make a trade, so his fears heading into the offseason were reasonable. However, Kiermaier was assured by general manager Erik Neander he'd return for 2021 to help the Rays defend their AL crown, a pledge that began to be fulfilled with the start of workouts for the team's position players Tuesday. The veteran outfielder said he rested longer than usual this past offseason after playing deep into October, and he noted the alterations to his stance and overall mechanics at the plate that his left hand injury forced him to implement during the World Series led to offensive progress  that he'll look to carry over into the new season.

Alex Patton Alex
David Dahl Texas Rangers

David Dahl (OF) TEX - Feb. 23

Dahl (shoulder) will be limited to designated hitter during the first two weeks of spring-training games, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Dahl won't be playing the outfield as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. The 26-year-old is expected to be the Rangers' starter in left field.

Alex Patton Alex
Seth Brown Oakland Athletics

Thinking he would start the season in Triple-A, I have Seth as an R2 in the Projector. He'll get a bid -- or two, or three -- in the March 4 update.

Seth Brown (OF) OAK - Feb. 23

Brown enters spring training as a leading candidate for the fourth outfielder spot, Martin Gallegos of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 28-year-old put together an encouraging .293/.361/.453 line with eight doubles, two triples and 13 RBI across 83 plate appearances during his first taste of the majors in 2019, but he logged just five hitless plate appearances during the abbreviated 2020 campaign. However, Brown, who has a pair of 30-homer campaigns on his minor-league resume, is due for a boost in opportunity in 2021 courtesy of the offseason departure of Robbie Grossman to the Tigers. 

Alex Patton Alex
Tony Gonsolin Los Angeles Dodgers

Yes, these are the bids that are in the Projector, which we posted on Feb. 15. There will be many changes in the March 4 update with two important additions: Mike Fenger's bids and the CBS prices.

Alex Patton Alex
Jarred Kelenic Seattle Mariners

The now-former CEO has admitted the team is engaging in service time manipulation against Kelenic and Logan Gilbert in retaliation for their failure to sign long-term deals buying out their arbitration seasons.  Evan White signed his deal so he was up last season.

The CEO resigned (under threat of removal) after a wide-ranging offensive talk to the Rotary Club. Not only did he admit to service time manipulation, but he was critical of both Japanese and Latin American players' ability to speak English.  Twenty year old Julio Rodriguez, the team's other top prospect took it personally, as he should have.  He was named as one of the poor English speakers.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

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