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Jordan Jankowski HOU RP
Astros' Jordan Jankowski: Recalled Saturday1h ago
Jordan Jankowski will be promoted from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Jankowski didn't fare well during his first taste of the majors, allowing six runs over 3.1 innings. He's had mixed results at Fresno, but will provide the Houston Astros with some depth out of the bullpen temporarily. However, his stay with the big club may not last beyond Brad Peacock's paternity leave.
Francis Martes HOU RP
Astros' Francis Martes: Slated to start Sunday1h ago
Francis Martes will start Sunday against the Mariners, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Brad Peacock's placement on the paternity list opens the door for Martes to make his third career start at the major-league level. He will be on normal rest, having tossed 5.2 innings of three-run ball against the A's on Tuesday. He's shown an ability to miss bats, but Martes has battled control issues at the upper levels, and he may head to the bullpen or back to the minors once Peacock returns.
Brad Peacock HOU RP
Astros' Brad Peacock: Heads to paternity list1h ago
Brad Peacock will be placed on the paternity list Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Peacock's status for Sunday's start was considered up in the air, and it appears he'll be joining his expecting wife. Rookie Frances Martes will make his third career start in the majors Sunday, while Peacock could be back for his next scheduled turn in the rotation.
Lance McCullers HOU SP
Astros' Lance McCullers: Officially activated from DL1h ago
Lance McCullers (back) was officially activated from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Mariners, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
McCullers was confirmed as Saturday's starter earlier in the week, but now the corresponding moves have been clarified. Upon McCullers' return, the club optioned Joe Musgrove to the minors and also placed Brad Peacock on the paternity list. The 23-year-old was sharp on the mound prior to being placed on the disabled list and will look to continue that in his first start back Saturday.
Aaron Judge NYY RF
Yankees' Aaron Judge: Hits 26th home run1h ago
Judge, Aaron went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
Another day, another home run for Judge, who is on pace to blow past 50 for the season. His strikeout rate has been creeping up throughout June, with his average falling nearly 20 points since June 12, but that's nitpicking. Judge still ranks third in the AL in average, and he's first in most of the other traditional offensive categories.
Chris Iannetta ARI C
Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta: Out of lineup Saturday1h ago
Chris Iannetta is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.
The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to rotate Iannetta, Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann behind the plate, and that is unlikely to change even with Iannetta posting an .833 OPS to this point. He's batting .267/.353/.633 in June.
Deshaun Watson HOU QB
Texans' Deshaun Watson: Turning heads in offseason1h ago
Deshaun Watson impressed in offseason practices but still has a lot of ground to gain in the team's quarterback competition, NFL.com's Max Meyer reports. "We put a lot on [Watson's] plate during the spring, and he handled it very well," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He made mistakes, and he corrected them. You don't see him make the same mistake twice. He can do a lot of things. He can operate our running game and in our passing game. He's got a lot of athleticism. I don't think we'll have to limit him. Training camp and preseason games will be a big test."
Although the Houston Texans coaching staff has been singing the praises of fellow QB Tom Savage this offseason, Watson appears to be impressing as well. O'Brien qualified the Clemson product as being "wise beyond his years" and also said he's adjusting nicely to the challenges that have been put on Watson's plate, which is a very encouraging sign given the complexity of the O'Brien's offensive system. However, the coach admitted that Watson is "not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter in this league," so it seems the rookie will need to make significant strides in advance of Week 1 in order to earn the starting gig.
A'Shawn Robinson DET DT
Lions' A'Shawn Robinson: Being prepared for three-down role2h ago
A'Shawn Robinson could see increased playing time in 2017, Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press reports. "I think he's really doing some good things. He is again, another big, strong, powerful man who has got good bend. So, he does a lot of things inside in the run game,'' defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "He's going to be really good. Like always, we think we've got to just continue to try to accelerate him in the pass game and work on his pass rush so that he can be a three-down player for us and give us some inside pass rush."
As a rookie, Robinson played on 39.7 percent of the defensive snaps, second only to veteran Haloti Ngata. The 2016 second-rounder responded with 30 tackles and two sacks with seven passes defended, which was good for third among all defensive linemen in the league. An increased level of playing time usually leads to improved counting stats, especially if Robinson is on the field more on third downs, which would presumably present him more quality opportunities to up his sack total.
Antwione Williams DET OLB
Lions' Antwione Williams: Showing improvement in second season2h ago
Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Antwione Williams is "a ton, ton better" so far this offseason compared to Williams' rookie year, Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press reports."[Williams is] much more urgent in terms of how he's attacking the game, really is seeing and understands the scheme better, so he's reacting faster and he's a big man that can run,'' Austin said. "So, he's really done some good things throughout this offseason, really like where he's going right now."
After being taken in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, Williams was thrown into the fire his rookie season after the Detroit Lions ' linebacking corps suffered a slew of injuries. His performance had its ups and downs, but it seems a full offseason in the pros is really helping him understand his role on defense. Although he's in the mix for a starting job in 2017, it seems more likely than not he opens the season rotating in behind Paul Worrilow and Tahir Whitehead. However, given his offseason reviews, Williams seems like a good bet to improve upon his 204 defensive snaps from 2016. In turn, the Georiga Southern product also appears to have favorable odds of topping his first-year totals of 27 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Shea McClellin NE OLB
Patriots' Shea McClellin: Playing time may take a hit20h ago
Shea McClellin could see his playing time take a hit this season due to the addition of David Harris, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.
McClellin played 34.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, tallying 41 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the New England Patriots . It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.
Bronson Kaufusi BAL DE
Ravens' Bronson Kaufusi: Ready to return20h ago
Bronson Kaufusi (ankle) is eager to make his NFL debut after being sidelined for his rookie season.
Kaufusi is reportedly back to full health after breaking his ankle prior to the 2016 season. The third-round pick is expected to compete for a starting job on the Baltimore Ravens ' defense. He figures to compete with Brent Urban and rookie Chris Wormley for a starting defensive end role. Even if he does not get the starting nod, the BYU product will presumably see playing time in a rotational role regardless. Barring any setbacks, he should enter training camp healthy and hungry.
Darren Waller BAL TE
Ravens' Darren Waller: Back on field20h ago
Darren Waller (undisclosed) was a participant at the Baltimore Ravens ' minicamp after sitting out voluntary workouts, Luke Jones of wnst.net reports.
Waller was one of three tight ends on the team dealing with an injury, but it does not appear to have been a serious issue. His participation in minicamp seems to indicate he will be healthy entering training camp. He figures to compete to make the final roster and provide depth at tight end.
Chris Paul LAC PG
Chris Paul: Officially becomes free agent2h ago
Chris Paul officially exercised his early termination option to become a free agent Saturday, Paul Garcia of The Sports Daily reports.
As anticipated, Paul will pass on his final year with the Clippers in order to test the free-agent waters, which opens July 1st. His former team could offer him the heftiest contract -- which could be worth upwards of $205 million on a five-year deal -- but any other team could only offer him a maximum of $152 million over four years, according to ESPN.
DeAndre Liggins DAL SG
DeAndre Liggins: Option not picked up by Mavs5h ago
DeAndre Liggins ' option will not be picked up by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
This decision is unsurprising, as Liggins played in just the final two games of the season with the club. He was signed due to a plethora of injured and rested players. The Kentucky product played 79 games with the Cavaliers before ultimately being waived. He finished the season with an average of 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.7 steals across 12.3 minutes per game.
Yogi Ferrell DAL PG
Mavericks' Yogi Ferrell: Mavs picking up option6h ago
The Mavs have opted to pick up Yogi Ferrell 's option for $1.3 million, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Ferrell made this decision easy for the Dallas Mavericks , as he excelled after initially signing a 10-day contract with the team mid-season. He started 29-of-36 games with the club, and tallied 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 1.7 triples across 29.1 minutes per game in the process. The Indiana product will presumably see his role reduced in the upcoming season, as the Mavericks drafted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Also, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry are still both under contract with the team, so it remains to be seen how the rotation will play out. Barea would seem the likely candidate to be on the outside looking in if the team opts to air on the side of youth.
Lavoy Allen IND PF
Pacers' Lavoy Allen: Has option declined23h ago
Lavoy Allen is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the Indiana Pacers informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.
Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.
Chris Paul LAC PG
Clippers' Chris Paul: Intends to opt out of contract1d ago
Chris Paul intends to opt out of his contract on June 29th, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.
Paul will forgo the final year of his current deal with the Los Angeles Clippers , which is worth over $24 million, to hit the open market when free agency starts July 1st. While Paul is waiting for the final day possible to officially declare his intention, star forward Blake Griffin opted out of his final year on Friday. As a result, Los Angeles' two best players will be free to field offers from around this league next month, leaving the franchise with a humungous offseason ahead. At 32 years old, Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 three-pointers while shooting 41.1 percent from deep in 61 appearances this season.
Blake Griffin LAC PF
Clippers' Blake Griffin: Opts out of contract1d ago
Blake Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Griffin was scheduled to earn over $21 million during the upcoming season, but, as expected, he'll forgo that salary in search of a new long-term deal this offseason. While Griffin opting out doesn't come as a surprise, it does drive home the reality that he could leave Los Angeles this summer. At 28 years old, Griffin has averaged just over 21 points each of the last three seasons, while posting around eight rebounds and five assists per game the past two. Although he's ended back-to-back campaigns injured, Griffin still figures to be one of the five most-coveted free agents this offseason, giving the Los Angeles Clippers stiff competition to retain their star forward.
Travis Hamonic CGY D
Flames' Travis Hamonic: Packs cowboy hat and heads west7h ago
Travis Hamonic has been traded to the Calgary Flames , reports Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.
Hamonic has long wanted to get closer to the West Coast and home, so this trade fulfills that wish. Hamonic will strengthen the Flames' blue line, which already has some big names. The asking price was two first-round picks, but the Flames dealt a first- and second-round pick in 2018, a second in 2019 or 2020, and a fourth-round pick in 2019 or 2020, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Keegan Kolesar CLB RW
Golden Knights' Keegan Kolesar: Trade sends him to 'The Strip'8h ago
Keegan Kolesar was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Kolesar is a 6-foot-2, 227 pound right winger who finished as the WHL's leading postseason scorer with 31 points in just 19 games. He's a clutch offensive performer in playoff hockey -- he's dominated there after delivering 121 points in 118 games in the regular season over the last two years. Kolesar's body is already pro-ready.
Oskar Sundqvist STL C
Blues' Oskar Sundqvist: Off to Missouri in trade20h ago
Oskar Sundqvist was traded by Pittsburgh to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night, Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
The Blues certainly had far more interest in moving up to pick No. 31 in the first round than they did in acquiring Sundqvist. The 23-year-old came over from Sweden two seasons ago as a quality prospect but he has struggled to make an impact at the NHL level. Sundqvist will be nothing more than a depth option for the Blues next year.
Ryan Reaves PIT RW
Penguins' Ryan Reaves: Traded to Penguins20h ago
Ryan Reaves has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins , Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
The Penguins wanted to add some toughness to their club and that is exactly what Reaves brings to the table. The hulking winger posted 13 points and 104 PIM for the Blues last season. Reaves offers virtually nothing offensively and he is only a fantasy option in leagues that highly value PIM and hits.
Jori Lehtera PHI C
Flyers' Jori Lehtera: Traded to Flyers on Friday21h ago
Jori Lehtera was shipped to Philadelphia in a Friday trade, Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
Lehtera was left protected by the Blues in the expansion draft and he now finds himself on a new team. The 29-year-old's production has been heading in the wrong direction over the past three seasons. The Finnish forward posted a career-low 22 points in 64 games this past season for St. Louis. Things will probably get a bit better in Philadelphia, but he won't be worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues. Lethera is signed for one more season at a cap hit of $4.7 million.
Brayden Schenn STL C
Blues' Brayden Schenn: Shipped to St. Louis on Friday21h ago
Brayden Schenn has been traded to the St. Louis Blues , Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.
Schenn is coming off another solid season for the Flyers in which he posted 25 goals and 55 points in 79 games. While his minus-13 rating isn't anything to write home about, that was more the result of the Flyers being a poor hockey club than anything else. Expect the 25-year-old to occupy a top-six position for his new club and post similar numbers to what we have seen in Philadelphia over the past several seasons.