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Michael Pineda MIN SP
Twins' Michael Pineda: Transferred to 60-day DL2h ago
Pineda (elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Pineda underwent Tommy John elbow surgery last summer and didn't figure to be ready until later in the season. As such, he represented an opportunity for the Twins to clear a spot on the 40-man roster should they acquire another player. And that's exactly what they did Saturday, when Minnesota acquired Jake Odorizzi from Tampa Bay.
Jermaine Palacios MIN SS
Rays' Jermaine Palacios: Traded to Tampa Bay2h ago
Palacios was traded to Tampa Bay from Minnesota for Jake Odorizzi, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Palacios showed an intriguing combination of power and speed last year, boasting an impressive slash line of .320/.362/.544 at Low-A Cedar Rapids. He struggled a bit at High-A with a .662 OPS after a promotion, but he was just 20 years old. He may have an easier path to the majors with Tampa Bay since Minnesota had started to accumulate prospect depth at the middle infield spots.
Jake Odorizzi TB SP
Twins' Jake Odorizzi: Traded to Minnesota2h ago
Odorizzi has been traded to Minnesota from Tampa Bay for shortstop Jermaine Palacios, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Odorizzi will move into the Minnesota rotation and help stabilize the top of the rotation that's set to miss Ervin Santana for at least a month with a finger injury. It's a curious return for the Rays, who gain a prospect not seen in the top 20 in the Minnesota organization.
Michael Brantley CLE LF
Indians' Michael Brantley: Questionable for Opening Day2h ago
Brantley (ankle) is behind other outfielders and is questionable for Opening Day, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Brantley, who underwent surgery on his ankle in October, has taken part in loss toss and some limited hitting in the cages, but is limited to straight-ahead jogging for now. The Indians will continue to evaluate Brantley as he tests out the ankle during training camp, so he could still be ready for the start of the season, but president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said the team is taking a longer-view approach, one that gets Cleveland "the best version of Michael Brantley for as much of the season as possible."
Corey Dickerson TB LF
Rays' Corey Dickerson: Designated for assignment3h ago
Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Rays on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
This is somewhat surprising, as Dickerson is coming off an All-Star campaign and recently agreed to a one-year, $5.95 million contract with the Rays, avoiding arbitration. The 28-year-old did hit just .232/.273/.397 over the final three months of the season, though he still finished the year with a respectable .282/.325/.490 line and 27 homers in 150 games. Dickerson should draw plenty of interest on waivers.
C.J. Cron TB 1B
Rays' C.J. Cron: Traded to Rays3h ago
The Angels traded Cron to the Rays on Saturday in exchange for a player to be named later.
Cron wasn't expected to see much playing time behind Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena, so the Angels decided to ship him off to Tampa Bay, where he'll enter camp with a chance to emerge as the team's starting first baseman. The 28-year-old, who hit .248/.305/.437 with 16 homers in 100 games last season, will compete with Brad Miller for the starting gig in spring, though it's also possible the two settle into a platoon together. In a surprising corresponding move, Corey Dickerson was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Cron.
Derrick Johnson KC LB
Derrick Johnson: Plans to play 'couple more years'6h ago
Johnson, who will become an unrestricted free agent March 14, said Wednesday in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he would like to play "a couple more years."
Though the Chiefs have already announced that they will void the linebacker's contract for 2018, Johnson isn't ready to cease pursuit of his first Super Bowl championship. The veteran noted that while he prefers to keep serving in a starting role regardless of where he lands this offseason, his main focus is to win a championship. If that's the case, Johnson may have to settle for a decreased role if he joins a playoff-contending club, given that he saw his productivity decline in his final year with the Chiefs. Over 15 regular-season appearances in 2017, Johnson tallied 71 tackles, his lowest output in the category for any season in which he has played at least 13 games since 2009.
Ryan Shazier PIT ILB
Steelers' Ryan Shazier: Working out daily6h ago
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 14, has been working out at the team's facility on a daily basis, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "He does some physical workouts in the morning and he either sits in with the coaches or he sits in with [the front office]. He's learning some personnel stuff, just to keep him involved with us, then he goes and does his rehab at a rehab facility."
Shazier remains in the initial stages of his rehab from the scary spinal injury he suffered Dec. 4 against the Bengals and it has yet to be determined if he'll be able to play football again. The Steelers should have a better idea about his long-term outlook as he progresses during the next few months of rehab, but Colbert is optimistic that the linebacker will remain involved with the organization in some capacity regardless if he receives clearance to resume his playing career. After signing his fifth-year team option last April, Shazier is guaranteed $8.5 million in 2018 whether he returns to the field or not.
Le'Veon Bell PIT RB
Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Team prefers long-term deal over tag7h ago
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that the team prefers to ink Bell to a long-term contract extension this offseason rather than applying the franchise tag on the running back, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. "We never will discount the use of the tag because that's collectively bargained," Colbert said Thursday. "But again, our goal is to have something done on a long-term basis.
Colbert's goal aligns with Bell's own wishes, as the soon-to-be 26-year-old said after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs Jan. 14 that he's eager to avoid a repeat of last offseason, when he sat out all of training camp while angling for a long-term deal before ultimately accepting a $12.1 million franchise tag. Though Bell would be projected to earn a slight pay increase if he were tagged again, the high attrition rate for NFL running backs makes it more appealing for him to work out a long-term contract in order to gain more financial security. Bell should have plenty of leverage in negotiations after amassing 1,946 total yards in 15 games last season to boost his average to 128.9 yards per game since the beginning of the 2013 campaign, far and away the top mark among running backs over that span.
Derek Rivers NE DE
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Expected back for training camp7h ago
There hasn't been any indication that Rivers (knee) has experienced any snags in his recovery from August surgery to repair a torn ACL, putting him on track to enter the 2018 season at full strength, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
With Rivers, a 2017 third-round pick, having more than a calendar year to recover from a serious knee injury, it appears promising that he won't face many restrictions in training camp or the preseason. Given New England's need to add young athletes to the front seven, Rivers could carve out a decent-sized role in the team's defensive-line rotation next season.
Jason Spriggs GB T
Packers' Jason Spriggs: Could be sidelined until training camp7h ago
Spriggs (kneecap) may not be available for the start of training camp in the summer, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Spriggs' second NFL season was almost entirely spoiled by injuries, with a hamstring tear suffered in the season opener forcing him to spend nine games on injured reserve. He was later designated to return in the second half of the season and started four games at right tackle before dislocating his kneecap on the first drive of the Packers' Week 16 loss to the Vikings. Though he didn't require surgery to address the injury, Spriggs' rehab will span several months and could hurt his chances of earning a roster spot with the Packers during camp.
David Amerson OAK CB
Chiefs' David Amerson: Agrees to deal with Chiefs1d ago
Amerson (foot) agreed to a one-year contract with the Chiefs on Friday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Amerson was cut by the Raiders earlier in the month, which makes him eligible to sign before free agency officially commences. He will stay in the division by joining the Chiefs on a deal with escalating incentives. The 26-year-old was drafted in the second round by the Redskins in 2013, but he joined the Raiders in 2015 after being claimed off waivers. His 2017 season ended following a foot injury in Week 7. It remains to be seen what type of role he will have in Kansas City, but he will look to impress once offseason activities begin.
Channing Frye LAL C
Lakers' Channing Frye: Undergoes appendectomy9h ago
Frye underwent an appendectomy Friday and will be evaluated in a week, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
With reports of Frye being evaluated in one week, it appears he'll be absent from the team's first game back from the All-Star break, with a chance of plying Feb. 24 against Sacramento. While he's sidelined, Ivica Zubac could see more run, as he played a season-high 20 minutes Thursday, producing 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Dennis Smith Jr. DAL PG
Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Modest line in Rising Stars Challenge loss21h ago
Smith collected just seven points (3-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt), six assists and four rebounds across 21 minutes during Team USA's 155-124 loss to Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge.
The energetic rookie couldn't get much going with his shot, but he managed to offer serviceable contributions elsewhere on the stat sheet. Smith's shooting struggles have been a troublesome trend at times during his first campaign, and he headed into the All-Star break having posted a mediocre 39.4 percent success rate from the field -- including 31.7 percent from distance -- during his first 50 games. The 2017 first-round pick's 4.9 assists also leave something to be desired for a starting point guard, but given his first-unit role and vast skill set, he's likely to continue trending upward the more he plays during the remainder of the regular season.
Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Shot goes cold in Rising Stars Challenge21h ago
Mitchell tallied seven points (3-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt), seven assists, two rebounds, five steals and two blocks across 23 minutes during Team USA's 155-124 loss to Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge.
The rookie couldn't quite find the net on a consistent basis, although he did manage a team-high number of assists and steals. Mitchell headed into the All-Star break in the midst of a torrid stretch, as he'd averaged 25.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steal over 38.0 minutes in his last four games while putting up a whopping 24.3 shot attempts. The 21-year-old has been a pivotal component of a Jazz offense that's increasingly surprised with its firepower as the season has unfolded. Given that he's already well established as the team's most consistent scoring weapon by a fairly wide margin -- and that former position mate Rodney Hood is no longer around to compete for playing time -- Mitchell's fantasy value should remain at near-elite levels as Utah continues to battle for playoff positioning.
John Collins ATL PF
Hawks' John Collins: Double-digit point total in Rising Stars Challenge21h ago
Collins posted 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and two steals across 23 minutes during Team USA's 155-124 loss to Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge.
The emerging big man drew the start at power forward and finished a distant second on the starting five to the Celtics' Jaylen Brown in scoring. The Wake Forest alum hasn't surpassed veteran Ersan Ilyasova in the Hawks' frontcourt rotation for the starting power forward job, but he's still seeing a solid 22.3 minutes per contest while averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 blocks across 53 games. Even if he remains in his second-unit role for the remainder of the regular season, Collins should continue providing solid scoring and rebounding numbers for fantasy owners. Moreover, if Atlanta opts to focus on the development of its younger players during the stretch run, the rookie could certainly enjoy a larger role.
Jayson Tatum BOS SF
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Solid effort off bench in Rising Stars Challenge21h ago
Tatum provided 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 26 minutes during Team USA's 155-124 loss to Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge.
The star rookie carried over his strong play into Friday's exhibition, with his scoring total checking in third on the team behind teammate Jaylen Brown and fellow first-year standout Kyle Kuzma. Tatum's learning curve has likely been accelerated by a significant amount as part of the domino effect of Gordon Hayward's catastrophic ankle injury on Opening Night, and the extra floor time has helped lead to averages of 13.5 points (on 47.5 percent shooting, including 42.7 percent from three-point range), 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 31.0 minutes in 59 games. While his 10.0 shot attempts per contest are a relatively modest amount that have capped his scoring contributions to an extent, Tatum should only get better as the Celtics push for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Kyle Kuzma LAL PF
Lakers' Kyle Kuzma: Bench-leading scoring total in defeat22h ago
Kuzma poured in 20 points (9-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt) and added seven rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes during Team USA's 155-124 loss to Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge.
The offensively proficient rookie's scoring total led the Team USA bench, and he was second only to Jaylen Brown in shot attempts on the team. Kuzma has endured his fair share of inconsistency throughout his first season, not exactly a surprising development for a young player. However, the highs have been considerably high for Kuzma, who's scored 20 or more points on 17 occasions over his first 56 games. Julius Randle appears to have a firm hold on the Lakers' starting power forward job, but with Larry Nance's recent departure to Cleveland, Kuzma appears to have a secure and robust second-unit role locked down for the remainder of his rookie campaign.
Connor Brown TOR RW
Maple Leafs' Connor Brown: Snaps 12-game goal drought5m ago
Brown scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins.
Brown snapped a 12-game goal drought Saturday night. He skated with James Van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak, and looked comfortable in that role. If he sticks there, Brown's fantasy value would rise a little. After all, he's a favorite of coach Mike Babcock, so he has a really long leash to prove himself .
Cam Talbot EDM G
Oilers' Cam Talbot: Takes tough loss Saturday6m ago
Talbot made 31 saves in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Coyotes.
The 30-year-old shut the door on Arizona after allowing the first shot he saw to beat him, but unfortunately Edmonton's offense couldn't get anything going and his efforts went unrewarded. Talbot's now lost five straight starts, but considering he'd allowed 16 goals with a terrible .810 save percentage in those prior four losses, Saturday's performance was definitely a step in the right direction.
Carl Hagelin PIT LW
Penguins' Carl Hagelin: Picking up scoring pace10m ago
Hagelin scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Hagelin is warming up -- he has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 10 games. Check your wire -- Hagelin has just 21 points in 59 games, so most owners have probably ignored him. His last 20 games could bring you a boost.
Petr Mrazek DET G
Red Wings' Petr Mrazek: Remains perfect against Preds10m ago
Mrazek stopped 31 of 32 shots in Saturday's win over Nashville.
Mrazek is yet to lose to Nashville in his career, posting a perfect 6-0-0 record. He needed a bounce-back outing after getting burned for seven goals in his last start against the Islanders. Mrazek has only made 21 appearances this season, posting an 8-6-3 record with a .909 save percentage. The 26-year-old likely earned some more crease time with a great performance Saturday, but he's has been fairly inconsistent, so exhibit caution before getting him in your lineup.
Matt Murray PIT G
Penguins' Matt Murray: Gets fourth-straight win14m ago
Murray made 29 saves in Saturday's 5-3 win over Toronto.
Murray has now won four straight games and hasn't lost in regulation since Jan. 4. The Pens are surging, but not courtesy of Murray, who has struggled to find the excellence of his last two postseason runs. Still, he's 8-1-1 in his last nine starts and that's hard to criticize.
Matt Niskanen WAS D
Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Picks up helper Saturday17m ago
Niskanen recorded an assist and a minus-1 rating over a team-high 24:52 of ice time during Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Niskanen also recorded two shots and two hits in a game the Capitals will try desperately to forget as they plod on to a matinee showdown in Buffalo. The 30-year-old blueliner has had a down year by his standards with just 17 points in 43 games but is still worth owning in most formats.