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Alex Dickerson San Francisco Giants

I would keep him at 8.

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Jonathan Lucroy Boston Red Sox

Really?

At what point in 2018? And is that why the Astros stopped?

Stopped, so they say.

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Yasiel Puig Cincinnati Reds

Another gambit for today's CBS NL:  make sure everyone there knows of the Latino sports reporter's tweet that has Colorado considering Puig and then nominate him.

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Robinson Chirinos Texas Rangers

I would be surprised if any remaining free agents sign for more than one year.

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Brock Holt Milwaukee Brewers

He's getting $3.25 million for this year, with a club option for $5 million next year. If the Brewers opt not to, Holt gets $750,000.

Something tells me Holt would have been much, much happier with the contract that Trade Rumors predicted in November.

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Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

A very small adjustment!

I think the main thing is, we all expect him to be anchored to first base no matter where he bats.

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Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds

Michael Lorenzen (P) CIN - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737620

Lorenzen was clocked at 97.7 mph with his fastball in Thursday's live batting practice, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Lorenzen wants to be able to throw 103 mph this season, and is ahead of other pitchers in Reds camp right now in terms of velocity. 

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Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

CBS NL is holding its auction today. I imagine this guy will be nominated early by someone who has no intention of buying him.

Aristides Aquino (OF) CIN - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737622

Aquino enters spring training without a guaranteed roster spot, and could begin the season in the minors, given that he has options remaining, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I think they were more focused on not letting him beat them. I think they just pitched him tougher," Reds manager David Bell said.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: After Aquino's monster August, he really struggled in September, posting a .619 OPS while chasing many more breaking pitches out of the zone. He had a 30.9 K% in September after only striking out 22.6% of the time in August. With the Reds adding Nick Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama to the outfield, Aquino has to beat out Nick Senzel and Jesse Winker for a starting spot, and would otherwise be better suited to playing in the minors every day than sitting on the bench - at least from the Reds perspective. 

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Luis Rengifo Los Angeles Angels

Back on the Angels and AL sleeper lists.

Luis Rengifo (2B) ANA - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737635

Rengifo is "noticeably bigger"  than last year, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Per Ardaya, Rengifo went deep four consecutive times during batting practice Thursday. The added muscle may come in handy as Rengifo seeks to earn a starting spot at second base this spring. The second baseman hit only 12 home runs in 467 combined at-bats between the majors and minors last season. 

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Frankie Montas Oakland Athletics

Another pitcher (like Luzardo) who will have an outsized say, one way or other, on the teams that shell out for him in AL-onlies.

I'm sure he has an impressively high ADP right now in snake-draft mixies.

Frankie Montas (P) OAK - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737637

Montas, who's coming off a career-best season in 2019, was impressive while facing live hitters for the first time Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The right-hander could be poised for his best year yet in 2020 if he can remain healthy, and Thursday's strong showing was certainly an excellent first step. Montas was subject to an 80-game suspension for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program last season, but he still managed career bests in wins (nine), ERA (2.63), WHIP (1.11) and strikeouts (103) across 16 starts. Given his mid-90s fastball and body of work in 2019, Montas could ultimately prove to be the ace of the staff this season if he manages to stay on the field.


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Jesus Luzardo Oakland Athletics

He won't be back end in AL-onlies. He's going to cost.

Jesus Luzardo (P) OAK - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737638

Luzardo caught the eye of manager Bob Melvin with his velocity during his first live batting practice session of spring Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 22-year-old southpaw came into camp with high expectations after a brief but impressive big-league stint last season. Luzardo posted a 1.50 ERA and 0.87 WHIP across six appearances, and the fact he impressed on the radar gun while facing the trio of Sean Murphy, Jonah Heim and Collin Theroux serves as an encouraging first step in what the team hopes will be a breakout season. Luzardo averaged 96.4 mph on his fastball during his cup of coffee in the majors last season, the type of velocity that could make him one of the better back-end rotation pieces in all of baseball. 

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Brad Hand Cleveland Indians

Brad Hand (P) CLE - Feb. 20

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737626

Hand is taking more trips to the training room in an effort to keep his arm fresh, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Hand started the 2019 campaign in exceptional form, converting his first 22 save chances successfully while holding opposing batters to a .161 batting average. However, he faltered once the calendar flipped to July, blowing four saves in 15 chances while posting a 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. Hand noted that his high volume -- he's made 283 appearances across the last four seasons -- may be catching up to him, so he's taken more care to keep his arm fresh this spring. 

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Deivi Garcia New York Yankees

Some of the news from spring training is pretty exciting. For Deivi dynasty owners. And Deivi.

https://nypost.com/2020/02/21/yankees-deivi-garcia-still-long-shot-to-make-banged-up-rotation/

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Luis Severino New York Yankees
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Alex Dickerson San Francisco Giants

Is he a keeper at $8?  Dealing with middling choices like Polanco at $15, Grisham at $11, O’Neil at $5 and Dickerson.  

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Jonathan Lucroy Boston Red Sox

More importantly, he revealed that the A's reported the Astros sign stealing to the league office in 2018, but nothing happened until Fiers made his allegations public in November 2019.

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Greg Bird Texas Rangers

Rangers signed 1B Greg Bird to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.  If only he can stay healthy.

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Robinson Chirinos Texas Rangers

Rangers signed C Robinson Chirinos to a one-year, $6.75 million contract with a $6.5 million club option for 2021.

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Francis Martes Houston Astros

Francis Martes was suspended 162 games for a second violation of the MLB drug policy.  Stupid is as stupid does.

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Brock Holt Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers signed INF/OF Brock Holt to a one-year contract with a club option for 2021.

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