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Shin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers

Shin-Soo Choo (OF) TEX - Feb. 21

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737644

Choo (shoulder) isn't in the lineup for Friday's Cactus League opener versus the Royals.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Choo underwent surgery on his left shoulder in October, but there's been no indication his availability for spring training is in question. It's not overly surprising to see the veteran outfielder taking it easy to begin spring training, and he'll have plenty of chances to see game action in the coming days. 

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Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

Carlos Carrasco (P) CLE - Feb. 21

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737646

Carrasco was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor Friday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The news brings with it a sigh of relief after Carrasco was seen walking with a crutch in the clubhouse Thursday. He's merely considered day-to-day and will seemingly have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day with the injury happening so early in camp. 

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Felix Hernandez Atlanta Braves

If you don't happen to be in driving distance of Kissimmee today, there are spring training games on television. Check your local listings!

Felix Hernandez (P) ATL - Feb. 21

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737666

Hernandez will start the Grapefruit League opener Saturday versus the Orioles, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The veteran right-hander is with Atlanta as a non-roster invitee and will be the first starter to take the hill in spring training. Hernandez struggled in his 15th season with the Mariners in 2019 with a 6.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 57:25 K:BB over 71.2 innings, and he'll need to make a good impression in spring training to have a chance at a spot in the starting rotation. 

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Archie Bradley Arizona Diamondbacks

Won his arbitration case. $4.1 million instead of $3.625 million.

How, one wonders, did management come up with 3.625?

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J.A. Happ New York Yankees

I did not realize the luxury tax is calculated at the end of the season. Definitely something worth knowing if you're in danger of losing stats of players traded to the other league.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/sports/baseball/yankees-pitchers-luis-severino.html

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Julio Urias Los Angeles Dodgers

From BBHQ's Friday newsletter...

Urias showed off his swing-and-miss stuff in 2019:

  • He generated a lot of whiffs, and when he increased his slider usage in August/September, he bumped the SwK up to 16%.
  • His fly ball rate jumped significantly, but he still didn't have trouble with homers, thanks to his impressive ability to induce soft contact. Of the 436 pitchers with 100-plus batted ball events, Urias was 1st in average exit velocity, 2nd in Hard Hit%, and 3rd in exit velocity on FB/LD (per Baseball Savant)
  • Both his Ball% and 8.3% BB% were right around league average. He dropped the number to 6.4% over his eight starts, though he averaged less than four innings in those appearances.

Urias has a lot of positives working in his favor, as he has pedigree on his side, pitches for one of the best teams in the league, and he's already shown he can miss bats and limit hard contact at the big league level. The skills should be excellent when he's on the mound, but it's unclear how heavy his workload will be. Urias has never topped 122 innings in a season (and that was 2016), didn't work deep into games in 2019, and the Dodgers have a lot of strong options behind him for when they want to manage his innings. His projected value for 2020 depends a lot on league format, but in NFBC leagues (seven man bench, no IL spots), the upside he brings to the table makes him a worthy target at his current ADP of 161. . 

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Brock Holt Milwaukee Brewers

The original prediction was totally wrong. Holt has value, I love the guy, but guaranteeing him that much this year seems crazy. But good for him. And good luck to the Brewers. I'm a Holt fan trying to be realistic.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Starlin Castro Washington Nationals

I thought Turner was batting third. Castro seems a better fit at sixth or so.

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Ian Desmond Colorado Rockies

Five years ago he was my late first round pick in a 20-team keep as long as you want dynasty.  He no longer seems worth even a spot as keeper no. 33, so just prior to protection this week I traded him for Alzolay, the Cubs marginal prospect SP.

John Thomas Roll2
Alex Dickerson San Francisco Giants

Thanks Alex.  Wondering whether we should have separate threads for "Keeper Questions" and "Trade Advice".

joel schreier jschri
Jonathan Lucroy Boston Red Sox

From ESPN:

According to Lucroy, the Athletics informed Major League Baseball about their experience with the Astros, but no investigation was started until Fiers went on the record with The Athletic in November.

Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed to The Mercury News last week that Oakland complained to the league well before MLB's investigation commenced.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Ian Desmond Colorado Rockies

Desmond, otoh, plummeted to a late game $1 buy.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

Even with the Puig rumors, Hilliard still fetched $7 in CBS.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Yasiel Puig Cincinnati Reds
He was nominated early - and pushed all the way up to 15.

Not by me ...

Although I have a vested rooting interest, having paid $7 for him in the AL auction.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Starlin Castro Washington Nationals

They say he's going to bat third.

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Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

Carlos Carrasco (P) CLE - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737572

Carrasco experienced discomfort in his right leg during a workout Wednesday and is scheduled to undergo further testing and imaging Thursday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The extent of Carrasco's injury won't be known until the Indians reveal the results of his MRI on Friday, but the fact that he was using a crutch to move about the clubhouse Thursday isn't the most reassuring sign. Carrasco was limited to just 80 innings in 2019 while he recovered from leukemia, but he entered spring training with no restrictions and was in line to slot back into the Tribe's rotation after finishing last season in a relief role. If Carrasco's leg injury proves significant, Cleveland could be without two of its top three starters for Opening Day, as Mike Clevinger (knee) appears likely to begin the season on the injured list. 

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Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

Blake Snell (P) TB - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737628

Snell featured a revamped slider during his first live batting practice Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. "He looked awesome; he looked really good," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "I think he put some weight in his lower half to get stronger and it looked pretty easy today."

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The left-hander is fully healthy and looking like it, impressing during the 30 pitches he threw to Ji-Man Choi, Randy Arozarena and Willy Adames. Snell used all four of his pitches Thursday, but eight of his offerings were sliders. Notably, Snell threw the pitch just 6.7 percent of the time in 2019; however, the 27-year-old is focusing on refining the slider this spring after he generated an impressive .208 xBA when deploying it last season, and he plans to utilize it as a way of making his changeup and fastball more effective in the coming campaign. 

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Aaron Hicks New York Yankees

Aaron Hicks (OF) NY-A - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737640

Hicks (elbow) is hoping to be throwing by the end of spring training, Mike Rosenstein of NJ Advance Media reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of October following an injury-plagued 2019 season in which he played only 59 games. Although he has set his sights on beginning a throwing regimen, it will be the first step in a recovery process that will then progress to hitting and other baseball activities. August remains a reasonable return target for the 30-year-old.


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J.T. Realmuto Philadelphia Phillies

An arbitration case I would really have liked to watch. (I'd like to watch them all.) How hard did his agent push the fielding metrics? How hard did the Phillies try to debunk the metrics?

In any event, the Phillies won. $10 million is not chump change -- it's said to be a record for a catcher -- but it's a long way from the $12.4 million the player was asking. All he has to do is stay healthy to find out, soon, what he would have gotten as a free agent.

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Miles Mikolas St. Louis Cardinals

Miles Mikolas (P) STL - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737631

Mikolas is encouraged after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection earlier in the week and feels he will miss minimal time this season, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Mikolas got the PRP injection Tuesday and feels it honed in on where most of the inflammation in his forearm is. The right-hander also underwent an MRI and ultrasound that showed his ligament is in great shape, which was further reason for optimism. While Mikolas arm is still tight due to fluid, he's due to return to running Friday and Saturday, followed by gym days Sunday and Monday. 

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