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Jonathan Lucroy Boston Red Sox

Red Sox signed C Jonathan Lucroy to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.  Lucroy revealed Thursday that he had off-season surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

Frank Smith Pancho
J.P. Crawford Seattle Mariners

Jeff Zimmerman kept a spreadsheet last year of pitching velocity reports from ST. I think he linked to it from Fangraphs. He's now at CBS, but maybe at FG too. I'd keep an eye out for something like that. 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Carlos Correa Houston Astros

It's important to remember that original memo about electronic stealing said that GMs and managers would be punished for violations, not players. Maybe that was anticipating not wanting to knock heads with the union, but it was laid out in advance. 

Manfred still handled it badly.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

108 runs and only 77 RBI to go along with 31 HR/28 doubles already looks a lot like a leadoff hitter line.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

I don't think that much, actually. Last year he had about two thirds of his AB in the two hole, and one third batting third. In both cases, he scored about a third more runs than he drove in runs. Maybe he could have done better last year, but that's probably what he's going to do this year leading off (if he sticks with it). 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jonathan Schoop Detroit Tigers

Arraez cut into his second half PT last year - after 81 games he was at 13 HR/37 R/34 RBI ... giving him 10 HR/24 R/25 RBI for the second half.

He should get full time PT this year ... and he'll move up to the #5 slot, after batting 7/8 most of last year.

OTOH ... the Twins scored more runs by July 26th than the Tigers scored all year.

Comerica was a bit better HR park than Target last year ... and Schoop only hit 7 of his 23 HR at home ... so maybe with the move and extra PT he threatens 30 HR again?

OTOH with that lineup, don't expect a big runs/RBI rebound.  I think the Rotoman might err a bit on the high side for those two categories, unless Miggy is on base a lot when Schoop puts the ball over the fence.

Comfy I should get a positive return on my $11 CBS investment.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

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Alex Patton Alex
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Byron Buxton (OF) MIN - Feb. 19

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737518

Buxton (shoulder) participated in live batting practice Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Buxton underwent surgery on his torn labrum in September, placing his availability for Opening Day in some doubt. The fact that he's already hitting early in camp suggests that he'll likely be ready for the start of the season, but he'll have to get through the next few weeks without setbacks. 

Alex Patton Alex
Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

Will bat leadoff this year.

Peter's projection needs just a small adjustment.

Alex Patton Alex
Jesus Aguilar Miami Marlins

The first player to win in arbitration?

Not sure what Jeter & Co offered but he's getting $2.575 million.

Good for him.

Alex Patton Alex
Shogo Akiyama Cincinnati Reds

He can hit the ball over the fence ... and he'll be playing in Cinci.  He can steal double digit bags.  He can take a walk.  I'm guessing he'll go for around $8-10.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

CBS owners often overpay for stars because they can, due to the mid-Feb. prices on many of the end of the roster players being artificially low based on the hesitancy to speculate on roles.  If you look at the team that paid for Cole he filled his roster with hitters like Kiermaier at 4, T. Frazier at 3, and Iglesias and Moreland at 1.  By the time the season starts those guys, if they are healthy and projected to get full or near full time roles, should all go for more.  Anyone who pays an uninflated 46 for Cole then will be filling his roster with players projected for much less playing time.  Mike Gianella is the exception to the general rule if you look at his team.

John Thomas Roll2
Jose Martinez Tampa Bay Rays

There's a reason Jose Martinez is in the AL.  It's called the DH position.

I doubt Tampa wants to subject their pitching staff to his glovework on a regular basis.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Manuel Margot Tampa Bay Rays

There's also Jose Martinez and Tsutsugo.

Amos Heatrhrow amos
Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

Rotoman's projection in the magazine (15 W, 269 K, 3.07 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) isn't even what Cole did two years ago. 46 would be a BIG overpay.

Favorite Cats mercury
Shogo Akiyama Cincinnati Reds

It will be interesting to see what they pay for him in CBS.

Favorite Cats mercury

NL Draft is this coming Friday.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Luis Robert Chicago White Sox

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John Thomas Roll2

What did Jo Adell go for?

hugh gerard dunchurch
Carlos Correa Houston Astros

Including Mike Fiers ...

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

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