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    • Carter Capps SD RP
      Padres' Carter Capps: Pitching well in minors
      1h ago

      Carter Capps (ankle) has pitched well since returning from the minor league disabled list July 14, firing seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in four appearances.

      Capps has come along slowly this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he has been pitching well lately and could find himself back in the majors soon, according to Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The San Diego Padres traded away their closer Brandon Maurer on Monday and they may not be done making moves prior to next week's trade deadline. If and when Capps returns to the majors, he could find himself in the mix for closing duties right off the bat, something fantasy owners hunting for saves should keep an eye on.

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    • Phil Maton SD RP
      Padres' Phil Maton: Name mentioned as potential closer
      1h ago

      Phil Maton was one of several names mentioned to take over as closer for the San Diego Padres following Monday's trade of Brandon Maurer, according to Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

      The 24-year-old has experienced modest success in the majors (3.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.0 K/BB), so it is not shocking that manager Andy Green is considering him as a potential replacement in the ninth. That said, Brad Hand and Kirby Yates have been more dominant in larger sample sizes this season, so Maton figures to be the underdog in the competition for saves. If Hand is dealt at the deadline -- as he is rumored to be -- then the rookie reliever would see an increased chance to take over as the Friars' closer down the stretch.

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    • Kirby Yates SD RP
      Padres' Kirby Yates: Could take over as closer
      1h ago

      Kirby Yates was one of several names mentioned by manager Andy Green as a potential replacement for the recently-traded Brandon Maurer, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

      Brad Hand figures to be the logical choice to fill in as the San Diego Padres ' closer, but considering his high potential to be moved before the July 31 trade deadline, Yates could find himself closing games in the near future. The 30-year-old has been dominant in San Diego this season, posting a 2.23 ERA and 13.6 K/9 in 32.1 innings. Fantasy owners speculating potential closers should take a look at the hard-throwing righty.

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    • Brad Hand SD RP
      Padres' Brad Hand: Favorite to close
      1h ago

      Brad Hand is the front-runner to take over as the San Diego Padres ' closer following Monday's trade that sent Brandon Maurer to Kansas City, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

      Manager Andy Green didn't officially name a replacement for Maurer following the trade, but Hand's dominance and short-term success in the role (three saves this season) makes him the the clear favorite. The 27-year-old has been dominant through 51 innings, posting a 2.12 ERA and 2.69 FIP to go along with an elite 11.6 K/9. The southpaw's solid ratios and potential for saves make him a hot pickup, but there is a strong chance that Hand himself will be moved before next week's trade deadline, which could land him in a situation where he will no longer be a closer.

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    • Taylor Rogers MIN RP
      Twins' Taylor Rogers: Blows eighth-inning lead in Los Angeles
      2h ago

      Taylor Rogers (5-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits while striking out three in an inning of work Monday against the Dodgers.

      Rogers' three strikeouts are little consolation for an outing that raised his ERA from 2.15 to 2.79. He was tasked with delivering a 4-3 eighth-inning lead intact to closer Brandon Kintzler, but failed to do so due to a three-run homer off the bat of Cody Bellinger. Rogers seems unlikely to move up to a ninth-inning role anytime soon given Kintzler's 27-for-30 conversion rate in save opportunities.

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    • Kenley Jansen LAD RP
      Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Bounces back with scoreless ninth
      2h ago

      Kenley Jansen walked one and struck out one without allowing a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to nail down his 25th save Monday against Minnesota.

      Jansen rebounded well one day after suffering his first blown save of the season in a game his team still went on to win. His 25 saves are good for second in the NL behind Colorado's Greg Holland (31).

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    • Ron Brooks PHI CB
      Eagles' Ron Brooks: In mix at cornerback
      4h ago

      Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Ron Brooks (quadriceps) is "obviously {the team's} nickel defender," Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly reports.

      Brooks is recovering from a ruptured quad tendon that required surgery and cost him the last 10 games of 2016. Prior to suffering the injury, he had established himself as a starter at the position; but now he will have to surpass Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson or Rasul Douglas if he wants to see many snaps beyond the nickel package this year.

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    • Marcus Johnson PHI WR
      Eagles' Marcus Johnson: Intrigues as training camp opens
      4h ago

      Marcus Johnson is a player to watch this preseason, Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly reports.

      The former Texas Longhorn caught the first pass of camp from Carson Wentz and is looking to continue to climb the depth chart. After signing a futures contract In January, Johnson had a very good spring, but he enters his second preseason with an uphill battle to make the club. He currently sits behind six to eight other receivers competing for what will likely be just five roster spots.

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    • Antone Exum MIN CB
      Vikings' Antone Exum: Returns to practice
      5h ago

      Antone Exum (leg) is healthy and able to practice, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.

      Exum has dealt with a number of injuries since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, most recently missing out on OTAs this offseason to address a knee issue. Now healthy, he'll look to secure a reserve role at safety behind Harrison Smith.

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    • DeMarco Murray TEN RB
      Titans' DeMarco Murray: Ready to roll
      6h ago

      DeMarco Murray (finger) is healthy and ready for the start of training camp, Paul Kuharsky of 104-5 The Zone reports.

      Murray recently underwent a minor procedure on the ring finger on his right hand to address an issue that dates back to the start of the 2016 season. Although he missed a little practice time in June, the seventh-year Oklahoma product should be operating at full speed from the outset of training camp.

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    • Robert Griffin III CLE QB
      Robert Griffin: Will work out for LA's newest team
      6h ago

      Griffin is scheduled to work out for the Chargers on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      Cut by the Browns in March, Griffin has reportedly been working out with ex-Colts offensive coordinator and current University of Michigan assistant head coach Pep Hamilton this offseason in an effort to find a home elsewhere in the league. If he were to ultimately sign with the Chargers, Griffin would need to beat out incumbent backup quarterback Kellen Clemens in order to make the team's final 53-man roster.

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    • Michael Mauti NO OLB
      Saints' Michael Mauti: Re-signs with Saints
      6h ago

      Michael Mauti (illness) signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

      Mauti, who's accrued 46 tackles in 24 games for the Saints the last two seasons, missed the final eight games of the 2016 campaign due to ulcerative colitis, an illness he's dealt with since his days at Penn State. With that issue in the rearview for now, Mauti will look to reclaim his role as a special teams captain in advance of Week 1.

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    • Wesley Iwundu ORL F
      Magic's Wesley Iwundu: Signs three-year contract with Magic
      6h ago

      Wesley Iwundu signed a three-year, $4.1 million contract with the Orlando Magic on Monday, Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

      Iwundu, the 33rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will be getting a fully guaranteed three-year deal, which is quite uncommon for second-round picks. While he'll need to have a strong training camp to earn playing time as a rookie, Iwundu is a versatile player and profiles as a strong defender, which could help his case for early playing time. He still needs to show some improvement with his jump shot, however, so look for the 6-foot-7 rookie to merely offer depth on the wing in his first season.

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    • Derrick Rose NY G
      Cavaliers' Derrick Rose: Will sign with Cavaliers
      9h ago

      Derrick Rose committed to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers after completing a physical exam Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Rose was expected to choose between the Lakers and Cavaliers in what will likely be a one-year deal at a minimal price. Rose could potentially be entering an advantageous situation for a comeback, as starting star point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade from the team. Should he actually be traded, and depending on who the Cavaliers get in return, Rose could be in line for a heavy workload playing alongside LeBron James. However, that is all speculation at the moment, and in the meantime Rose figures to be in line for a role providing scoring off the bench. The 28-year-old is six years removed from an MVP season before significantly injuring his knee the following year. He is coming off his best season statistically since suffering the injury.

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    • Marreese Speights LAC F
      Magic's Marreese Speights: Signing with Magic
      17h ago

      Marreese Speights signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum Sunday with the Orlando Magic , Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports.

      After stints on the West Coast in both Golden State and Los Angeles, Speights has elected to return to his home state of Florida for the 2017-18 season. The 29-year-old, who managed to play in all 82 games last season for the first time in his NBA career, will be entering his 10th season as a veteran presence for an overwhelmingly young Magic team. With Orlando having a lot of money invested at center with Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo, Speights could return to seeing more minutes in his original role in the league as a stretch power forward off the bench.

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    • Damyean Dotson NY G
      Knicks' Damyean Dotson: Signs three-year contract with Knicks
      2d ago

      Damyean Dotson will sign a three-year contract with the New York Knicks , Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

      The deal reportedly includes guarantees for the first two years, so it seems highly likely that Dotson will be on the regular-season roster following training camp. Dotson, widely considered a three-and-D prospect, had a standout performance during the Orlando Summer League with averages of 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 5.0 three-pointers per contest. He'll provide emergency depth as another shooter off the bench on the wing, although Dotson could earn a more prominent role in the rotation as the season progresses.

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    • Nicolas Brussino ATL F
      Hawks' Nicolas Brussino: Picked up by Hawks
      2d ago

      Nicolas Brussino was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Brussino, who was let go by the Mavericks on July 20, has been picked up by the Hawks. He showed some promise last season in limited minutes, but Dallas seemingly felt he wasn't worth the money he would have been guaranteed had they held onto him. The Hawks, however, are deep in rebuilding mode and jumped on the opportunity to add a wing player to the mix. Brussino averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 boards across 9.6 minutes per game last season. His potential workload for the upcoming season is pretty up in the air, though it seems possible he could garner a similar role for the Hawks.

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    • Jack Cooley CLE SF
      Kings' Jack Cooley: Signs two-way deal with Kings
      3d ago

      Jack Cooley has agreed to a two-way contract with the Sacramento Kings , Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.

      Cooley, after going undrafted back in 2013, has bounced around the NBA and the D-League since. Last season, however, he played for the German club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He'll look to make a name for himself in the G-League this season.

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    • Reid Boucher VAN C
      Canucks' Reid Boucher: Re-ups with Canucks on one-year deal
      3h ago

      Reid Boucher signed a one-year, $687,500 contract with Vancouver on Monday, Sportsnet reports.

      Thanks to the new contract, the restricted free agent will avoid his scheduled arbitration hearing on Aug. 1. Boucher's best showing in the NHL came in 2015-16 with the Devils when he managed 19 points in 39 games, but he hasn't done much since with just 10 points in 39 games split between New Jersey, Nashville and Vancouver last year. As such, it's not surprising his new deal isn't significantly higher than the league minimum.

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    • Marek Langhamer ARI G
      Coyotes' Marek Langhamer: Signs two-way contract with Coyotes
      10h ago

      Marek Langhamer signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports.com reports.

      Langhamer saw action in just one game with the Coyotes during the 2016-17 campaign, as he spent the majority of his time in both the ECHL and AHL. He'll get a two-way deal for the upcoming season, which likely means another developmental year with plenty of time spent in the minors, thus keeping him off the fantasy radar.

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    • Adam Pelech NYI D
      Islanders' Adam Pelech: Grabs four-year extension
      12h ago

      Adam Pelech agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with the New York Islanders on Monday.

      After playing in just 44 games last season, Pelech is expected to take on an expanded role this year -- likely on the Isles' third pairing. When the 22-year-old was in the lineup during the 2016-17 campaign, he averaged a mere 16:50 of ice time but still tallied 10 points. With more outings and minutes potentially coming his way, the blueliner stands a decent chance of doubling his point total in the upcoming season.

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    • Austin Watson NSH LW
      Predators' Austin Watson: Puts pen to paper
      16h ago

      Austin Watson inked a three-year, $3.3 million deal with Nashville on Monday.

      With the two sides separated by $700,000 -- Watson was seeking $1.4 million per season -- they seem to have split the difference. The winger is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he registered career highs in goals (5), assists (12) and shots on goal (90). Given the talent he showed with AHL Milwaukee -- 44 points in 76 games during the 2014-15 campaign -- fantasy owners shouldn't be shocked to see the 26-year-old reach the 25-point mark this season.

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    • Ryan Spooner BOS C
      Bruins' Ryan Spooner: Separated by $1.85 million
      17h ago

      Ryan Spooner and the Boston Bruins are off by $1.85 million in regards to a new contract, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

      Spooner's last deal carried an AAV of $950,000, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he is looking for a significant pay bump heading into the 2017-18 campaign. After tallying 11 goals and 28 helpers in 2016-17, it is hard to argue against paying up for the center -- although the terms of the 25-year-old's deal will likely impact how much Boston has to shell out for fellow restricted free agent David Pastrnak. Considering only two arbitration filings have actually made it to a hearing -- both of which were settled prior to a ruling -- the odds are in favor of the two sides bridging the divide in the coming days.

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    • Brian Dumoulin PIT D
      Penguins' Brian Dumoulin: Secures long-term deal
      17h ago

      Brian Dumoulin (hand) signed a six-year, $24.6 million contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.

      Locking Dumoulin in for six years will allow the Pittsburgh Penguins to continue pairing the shutdown defender with the offensively minded Kris Letang (neck). The 25-year-old Dumoulin only registered 15 points last season -- along with a zero plus/minus rating -- but his contributions won't show up on the scoresheet as he is frequently tasked with going up against opposing team's best players. Fantasy owners won't be scrambling to add the Maine native to their lineups -- nor should they be -- but Pittsburgh fans will be happy to have Dumoulin under contract through the 2022-23 campaign.

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