Defense remains a top priority for the Angels, making Cesar Hernandez the best fit. Hernandez is a switch-hitter who had a .371 on-base percentage last year. However, it was clear to the Angels early in the offseason that the Phillies wanted too much for Hernandez, so talks never got off the ground.
The Royals could trade both star closer Wade Davis and outfielder Jarrod Dyson within the next week, writes Cafardo. From a financial standpoint, Davis would certainly represent a cheaper option than top-tier free agent closers
As it stands, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke will each make more in salary than the entire active roster of the Padres in 2017.
The Diamondbacks decision to non-tender Wellington Castillo, while signing Jeff Mathis shows that their budgetary restraints were significant. Castillo was projected to make close to $6 million in arbitration, while Mathis is getting only $2 million per year.
The Royals are not positioned to raise payroll after exceeding a club-record $140 million in 2016. For now, the Royals’ opening-day payroll is expected to surpass $140 million — with close to $130 million committed to 17 players under contract or arbitration eligible, including much of the championship nucleus
Andrew McCutchen’s average exit velocity was 91.3 miles per hour in 2015, and 90.3 mph in 2016. That may not sound like a lot but when coupled with his average launch angle, which increased from 13.4 to 15.6 percent, it is a big concern. His infield fly ball rate also spiked from 5.9 to a career-high 12.6 percent in one season while his rate of hard-hit balls declined for the second straight year. Also concerning is his career-high 10.7 percent swinging-strike rate from 2016, a big factor in him falling behind in the count and seeing fewer 3-0 counts than ever before (48 3-0 counts in 2015 vs. 33 in 2016). – Washington Post
Word circulating is that Fowler camp thinks they can get 18M per on multiyear. Stl, SF, Tor among teams believed interested
After surgery to remove a massive bone spur from his pitching elbow, Steven Matztells WOR radio that he has permission to proceed with a normal offseason. “The doctors said, ‘You’re good to go, progress with your normal offseason.”
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports that the odds of McCutchen returning to the Pirates in 2017 are “dwindling,” adding that the Bucs don’t have an ownership mandate to move McCutchen but nonetheless appear intent on doing so
Dozier is appealing via the trade market for three reasons: his stats are incredible, he’s under team control through 2018 for a super reasonable $15 million and the free-agent market for second baseman doesn’t look so great.
Justin Williams, the Tampa Bay Rays’ No. 15 prospect, put on a show at the plate Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored as the Peoria Javelinas beat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, at Surprise Stadium.Williams, a second-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 before going to the Rays in the Jeremy Hellickson trade, is hitting .400 in the Fall League with a 1.258 OPS.
Chris Stratton became the first Arizona Fall Leaguer to throw five scoreless innings in a start this season, shutting down the Salt River Rafters in a 4-1 Scottsdale Scorpions victory Thursday night Selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 Draft, the Giants’ No. 26 prospect relied mostly on an 89-93 mph fastball and an 82-84 mph slider to shackle the Rafters. Stratton pounded the strike zone, finding it with 40 of his 60 pitches, while permitting just three hits and striking out six. The right-hander recorded three of his whiffs with fastballs, two with sliders and one with a changeup.
Cleveland’s top prospect Bradley Zimmer has some of the best all-around tools in the Arizona Fall League, and several of them were on display Friday afternoon. The Indians outfielder led the Mesa Solar Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions, opening the scoring with a first-inning homer and ending it with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
The 21st overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Zimmer has the approach, bat speed and leverage to hit for average and power. He also runs well, which gives him 20-20 potential and allows him to cover ground in center field, and he has a better arm than most at his position. His presence in the organization made it easier for Cleveland to part with 2013 first-round outfielder Clint Frazier in the Andrew Miller trade with the Yankees in July.
Nick Ciuffo, Tampa Bay’s 25th ranked prospect, and Tyler Marlette of the Seattle Mariners combined to drive in six runs to fuel the Javelinas. Marlette went 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in three. Ciuffo, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter, doubled, singled and drove in three as well Marlette, who is hitting .333 in the Fall League, said he still has some things to work on behind the plate, specifically trying to improve his command of the pitching staff during games. But as long as his team is winning, he thinks the rest will come in time.
Isan Diaz has faced and overcome multiple challenges this year. Coming off an MVP season in the Rookie-level Pioneer League, he switched organizations shortly before he was set to report to Spring Training, going from the D-backs to the Brewers in a trade for Jean Segura. He struggled to stay above the Mendoza Line in his first two months in the low Class A Midwest League before rallying to the lead the circuit with 20 homers as a 20-year-old. So facing perhaps the hardest-throwing pitcher he’s ever faced Friday night wasn’t going to faze Diaz.
Squaring off against Surprise Saguaros right-hander Michael Kopech (Red Sox’s No. 5), Diaz lined a 98-mph fastball for an opposite-field single to left field in the first inning and flared a 99-mph heater to center that he hustled into a double in the third. The Brewers’ No. 8 prospect came around to score after the latter hit, the first run for the Salt River Rafters in an eventual 3-2 Arizona Fall League victory. Born in Puerto Rico, Diaz was a supplemental second-round pick out of a Massachusetts high school in 2014. He broke out as a prospect by batting .360/.436/.640 in the Pioneer League in 2015, topping the circuit in slugging, doubles (25), extra-base hits (44) and total bases (174). He overcame a slow start this year to finish at .264/.358/.469 and lead the MWL in homers, extra-base hits (59) and total bases (238).
While Josh Staumont’s chances of posting an ERA of 0.00 in the Arizona Fall League came to an end on Saturday, the Royals’ No. 10 prospect still was plenty good for Surprise in a 10-8 win over Glendale. Staumont permitted his first earned run of the Fall League, allowing two hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings for the Saguaros. Through three starts, the 22-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 0.87 ERA and surrendered just five hits in 10 1/3 innings.
Gavin Cecchini continued his strong Arizona Fall League campaign by going 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Saturday, though the performance wasn’t enough to keep Scottsdale from falling to Peoria, 3-2, at Peoria Stadium. After lining out to left field in his first at-bat, Cecchini, the Mets’ No. 3 prospect, picked up his first hit of the day, a single to left field, in the top of the third inning.
He would strike out in his next trip to the plate in the fifth, swinging through a 1-2 changeup from Peoria reliever Emilio Pagan (Mariners), only to atone with a solo home run, his first of the Fall League, two innings later. In the ninth, Cecchini tallied his third hit of the contest on a groundball to second base.
Through six games for the Scorpions, the 22-year-old shortstop has produced a .350/.423/.600 batting line with three extra-base hits and five RBIs, the latter giving him a share of the team lead. His performance comes on the heels of an excellent 2016 Minor League campaign during which he batted .325 with eight home runs and 71 runs scored across 117 games at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Bengals – Andy Dalton went 26 for 48 for 283 yards. He fumbled three times, losing two.
Giants – Eli Manningthrew two touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr.. Manning wasn’t terribly efficient while averaging a pedestrian 7.2 yards per attempt. Still, he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective by avoiding turnovers while connecting with Odell Beckham for a pair of scores and Dwayne Harris for a third. The veteran now has 12 touchdown passes in his last four games and hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 10
Browns – Josh McCown, back in the lineup after rookie Cody Kessler sustained his second concussion last week, finished with 322 yards passing and threw a TD pass to rookie Corey Coleman. McCown was able to spread the ball around to eight different receivers for a total of 322 yards — including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corey Coleman —
Bills – Tyrod Taylor‘s 16-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter with 10:46 remaining put the Bills ahead for good during a second half in which the teams traded the lead five times. Taylor also scored on a 7-yard run in helping to keep Buffalo in the playoff hunt.
Jaguars – Blake Bortles went 13 of 26 for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and also had a career-best 81 yards rushing. The Jaguars snapped the NFL’s longest active drought by scoring on their opening possession for the first time in 25 games. The streak began in Week 3 of the 2015 season
Titans – Marcus Mariota threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns. The second-year pro completed 15 of 23 passes.
Bears – Matt Barkley made his first career start, and struggled before coming on strong down the stretch, going 28 for 54 for 316 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Chargers – Philip Rivers threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Despite what appeared to be a tough matchup, Rivers was able to carve up the Texans secondary, completing over 70 percent of his passes in the game. While he wasn’t able to pile up the yardage as he has done in previous weeks, the three touchdowns was a welcome sign, as Rivers has now put together four straight weeks with at least two touchdown passes.
49ers – Colin Kaepernick went 29 for 46 for 296 yards and ran for 113 on 10 carries. It was the first time he made it past the 100-yard mark on the ground since Week 16 of the 2014 season
Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill threw for 285 yards and three scores. He went 20 for 30, ran for 34 yards and had no turnovers. He threw scoring passes of 16 yards to Dion Sims, 43 yards to Kenny Stills and 15 yards to rookie Leonte Carroo. Tannehill found eight different pass catchers on the afternoon, spreading the ball around effectively while tallying his third straight multi-touchdown game.
Saints – Drew Brees passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns.. Brees became one of three players with 30 touchdowns in nine different seasons, joining Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. Brees has done it nine seasons in a row.
Rams – Jared Goff, the NFL’s top overall draft pick last spring, completed 20 of 32 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns In just his second career start, Goff was able to find the end zone three times through the air as he spread the ball out consistently to several different targets.
Falcons – Matt Ryancompleted 26 of 34 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing an interception Ryan topped a 70 percent completion rate for the fifth time this season and third time in the past four weeks.
Patriots – Tom Brady(knee) completed 30 of 50 passes for 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns Brady was clearly hampered by the knee injury
Seahawks – Russell Wilsoncompleted 17 of 33 passes for 151 yards and two interceptions, and also rushed for 80 yards
Texans – Brock Osweilercompleted 22 of 37 passes for 246 yards with no passing touchdowns and three interceptions
Panthers – Cam Newtoncompleted 14 of 28 pass attempts for 246 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Sunday in Oakland. He added a rushing score and six yards on the ground across three carries. Newton has five rushing touchdowns this season and two in the past three games. However, he failed to run for more than seven yards in two of those past three as well.
Raiders – Derek Carr(hand/finger) completed 26 of 38 passes for 315 yards, two touchdowns and an interceptions
Chiefs – Alex Smithcompleted 26 of 44 pass attempts for 220 yards and a touchdown. Smith was limited to mostly quick passes against a relentless Broncos pass rush and finished with an underwhelming average of just five yards per attempt.
Broncos – Trevor Siemian completed 20 of 34 passes for 368 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. He added 23 rushing yards on five carries
Bucs – Jameis Winston completed 21 of 28 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Winston was able to essentially play the role of game manager over the final three quarters, although his fast start enabled him to record his fifth multi-touchdown game in the last six contests
Cardinals – Carson Palmer completed 25 of 45 passes for 289 yards to go with two touchdowns and one interception. Palmer was again forced to the air 40-plus times for the fourth time in five games. On the other three occasions, he managed to reach 300 yards, but not this time around for one reason.
Jets – Ryan Fitzpatrickcompleted 22 of 32 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Fitzpatrick was solid throughout the game before his costly fourth-quarter fumble, completing passes to eight different players, including touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa,
Cardinals – David Johnsoncompiled 13 carries for 58 yards, eight catches for 103 yards, and a receiving touchdown
Bengals – Jeremy Hill rushed 12 times for 21 yards and caught all six of his targets for 61 more. Hill left briefly in the first half due to an ankle injury but promptly returned to the game. He made up for a lackluster performance on the ground by setting a career high in catches and a season high in receiving yards.
Bills – LeSean McCoy scored twice, including a career-best 75-yard run. McCoy finished with 103 yards rushing and showed few signs of being bothered a week after having surgery for a dislocated left thumb.
Chargers – Melvin Gordon had 70 yards rushing on Sunday to leave him 92 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards for the first time. The last time the Chargers had a 1,000-yard rusher was in 2013 when Ryan Mathews had 1,255 yards. Gordon earned over four yards a carry for the third time in the last four games
Dolphins – Jay Ajayi had trouble finding running room behind an offensive line missing three starters. He gained 45 yards in 18 carries against a team ranked last in the league in run defense. The Dolphins played without left tackle Branden Albert (left wrist), left guard Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) and center Mike Pouncey (hip). All were inactive.
Bears – Jordan Howard carried 18 times for 84 yards along with three receptions for 43 yards
Rams – Todd Gurley notched 50 yards on 13 carries to go along with four receptions on as many targets for 39 yards
Giants – Rashad Jennings gained 55 yards on 15 carries and added another four yards
Falcons – Devonta Freeman rushed for 60 yards and two scores on 16 carries Freeman snapped a two-game scoreless skid early on Sunday with a one-yard plunge and then put the game away with a late four-yard scamper.
Marlins – Jay Ajayi gained just 45 yards but scored a touchdown on 18 carries while also hauling in one of two targets for 11 yards
Texans – Lamar Miller relays that Miller “may have tweaked his left ankle injury” late in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. Miller rushed 19 times for 57 yards and caught three of four targets for 18 yards
Raiders – Latavius Murray (ankle) carried 19 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s game against the Panthers. He also caught three of four targets for an additional 43 yards. Murray generated a long gain of just seven yards on the ground, but another strong receiving game and his ninth rushing score of the season salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective.
Saints – Mark Ingram gained 146 yards on 14 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown, in Sunday’s win against the Rams. Ingram scored a second touchdown on his lone reception of the game, a 21-yard catch-and-run.
Mariners – Thomas Rawls ran for 38 yards on 12 carries. Rawls remained the clear No. 1 option at running back and no other back had more than a single carry
Chiefs – Spencer Ware carried 17 times for 64 yards and caught both of his targets for an additional 32 yards. Ware’s longest run went for just seven yards en route to an average of 3.8 yards per carry, but a couple of nice gains as a pass-catcher allowed him to amass 96 scrimmage yards
Broncos – Devontae Booker carried 24 times for 79 yards and caught one of his two targets. He has been a workhorse out of the backfield since Week 8, but is averaging just three yards per carry in 77 carries in that time
Bucs – Doug Martin gained 87 yards on 23 rushes and secured both of his targets for two yards
49ers – Carlos Hyde‘s opportunities on the ground were limited once the Niners fell behind by a significant margin in the second half, but he excelled with the opportunities he did receive through the ground and air Hyde totaled 65 yards on 13 carries and snared five of six targets for 30 yards and a touchdown
Titans – DeMarco Murray‘s 229 carries through 12 weeks have started to take a toll on his body, he’ll get a much-needed chance to rest up with the Titans on bye in Week 13. Murray was outplayed on the ground by backup Derrick Henry, who managed 60 yards and a touchdown on his eight carries. The 28-year-old veteran’s 43 rushing yards were just one better than his Week 1 season low, but he once again salvaged a respectable all-around game by being effective as a receiver out of the backfield
Jets – Quincy Enunwa caught all five of his targets for a career-high 109 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, he’s incredibly inconsistent, as he had just one catch in the previous two games combined despite being targeted 10 times over that span.
Bucs – Mike Evans secured eight of 11 targets for 104 yards and two touchdowns. recorded his third 100-yard game in the last four weeks, along with his third multi-touchdown game of the season.
Broncos – Emmanuel Sanders caught seven of 10 targets for 162 yards and a touchdown
Chiefs – Tyreek Hillcaught nine of 10 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. Hill has clearly assumed a significant role in the offense with Jeremy Maclin (groin) out and will likely maintain it even when the latter does return from his absence
Patriots – Malcolm Mitchellcaught five of seven targets for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mitchell’s stock is on the rise, especially in light of his red zone usage with Rob Gronkowski (chest/back) and Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) ailing,
Patriots – Julian Edelman (foot) caught eight of 11 targets for 83 yards
Patriots – Chris Hogan (back) caught four of five targets for 70 yards
Raiders – Michael Crabtree (ankle) led the Raiders with 13 targets, eight catches and 110 yards. Crabtree managed just 32 yards combined in his last two outings, but he responded with his highest yardage output of the season, thanks in part to a long gain of 49 yards
Raiders – Amari Cooper caught four of seven targets for just 22 yards Cooper managed a long gain of just nine yards in this one and posted his lowest yardage output of the season. He managed 129 yards or more in three of four games from Week 5 through Week 8, but has averaged just 45 yards per game in three contests since then.
Texans – DeAndre Hopkins led his team across the board with five catches for 70 yards on 10 targets
Texans – Will Fuller caught four of six targets for 60 yards
Saints – Michael Thomas, whose touchdowns of 6 and 21 yards were part of a nine-catch, 108-yard performance. The Ohio State product has caught at least four passes in every game and now has seven touchdowns in his stellar rookie campaign.
Giants – Sterling Sheparddidn’t receive a single target Sunday, though he did have an end-around carry for 22 yards.
Bills – Sammy Watkins had three catches for 80 yards – including a 62-yard catch – in playing his first game in nine weeks since aggravating an injury to his surgically repaired left foot.
Browns – Terrelle Pryor snagged six passes (12 targets) for 131 yards against the Giants
Jaguars – Allen Hurns, also with a hamstring injury while diving into the end zone on a 12-yard catch and run .
Falcons – Julio Jones was held to four catches for 35 yards matched up mostly against Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson… After back-to-back 100-yard games, Jones hit a valley on Sunday, recording a season low 8.8 yards per catch and essentially handing off an interception to the Arizona defense following a bobble over the middle.
Falcons – Taylor Gabriel took two short passes for touchdowns Gabriel’s two touchdowns doubled his scoring output for the season. He finished with four catches for 75 yards
Titans – Rishard Matthews added 64 yards receiving, including a diving touchdown grab near the end of the first half. Matthews caught just one of his four first-half targets, but that one was a 29-yard touchdown
Chargers – Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown Though Inman missed the end of Sunday’s win over the Texans while being evaluated for a possible concussion, he was subsequently cleared,
Dolphins – DeVante Parker made a diving catch for 46 yards to set up a touchdown. He had a leaping 32-yard reception and a 10-yard touchdown catch wiped out by replay review reversals.Parker went to the locker room with a back injury late in the third quarter
Rams – Kenny Britthauled in five receptions on 10 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. Britt saw plenty of volume come his way in Week 12 with 10 targets, but it’s a bit disappointing quarterback Jared Goff was only able to connect with the receiver on half of those throws.
Chargers – Tyrell Williams was forced out of Sunday’s win over the Texans in the fourth quarter after suffering an apparent right shoulder injury
Marlins – Kenny Stills (calf) secured three of six targets for 72 yards and a touchdown,He has now been in the end zone in two of the last three weeks, and five times overall.
Titans – Delanie Walker had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, and the Titans headed into their bye on a winning note
Seahawks –Jimmy Graham had 67 yards on six catches Graham had arguably the best day of any Seahawks’ offensive player, though that isn’t saying much. He had a 21 yard reception that was Seattle’s longest play of the game
Bears –Travis Kelce caught eight of his 15 targets for 101 yards. Kelce has gone over the century mark three times in all and has at least five catches in eight of 11 games this season
Panthers – Greg Olsen caught four of five targets for 45 yards. After a hot start to the season, Olsen hasn’t topped 52 receiving yards in any of the past five games and has only reached the end zone three times on the season.
Bengals – Tyler Eifertcaught five of 11 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown Eifert was the primary option in the passing game with top wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) out, leading the Bengals in targets and yards while scoring their lone touchdown.
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