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Yu Darvish CHC SP
Cubs' Yu Darvish: To throw from 120 feet12h ago
Darvish (elbow) is slated to throw 20 pitches from 120 feet Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Darvish remains on track for a normal spring training, and it's good to see him ramp up his throwing activity. He's slated to toss his first bullpen since Jan. 18 assuming Saturday's throwing session goes as planned.
Sonny Gray NYY SP
Yankees' Sonny Gray: No official trade yet14h ago
The Reds have yet to officially trade for Gray.
Reports earlier in the day suggested a deal was close. There was an erroneous report making the rounds on Twitter suggesting that the deal was finalized, but Gray remains a member of the Yankees for now. Gray could well end up on the Reds shortly, as the team is a logical destination, but a deal is not yet done.
Sonny Gray NYY SP
Yankees' Sonny Gray: Trade to Cincinnati rumored15h ago
The Reds are closing in on a deal for Gray, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
After a strong start to his career in Oakland, Gray sputtered with the Yankees, posting a 4.90 ERA last season and losing his place in the starting rotation. The underlying numbers suggest his step back was much smaller, as he posted a respectable 4.17 FIP, so the Reds would be banking on the fact that his skills are still there. The righty would trade one tough park for another and see his chances at wins go down, but a much firmer place in a starting rotation would nevertheless be a boost to his fantasy value.
Cody Allen CLE RP
Angels' Cody Allen: Signs deal with Angels1d ago
Allen has agreed to a one-year contract with the Angels, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The deal hasn't been made official just yet, but both sides have agreed to the contract in principle and it will become finalized after a physical. Allen posted a 4.70 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 67.0 innings a season ago with the Indians, and he saw his strikeouts decrease to 80 after punching out 92 batters in 2017. The 30-year-old reliever also gave up a career-worst 11 long balls. Despite struggling through one of the worst seasons of his MLB career, a change of scenery may be just what Allen needs to get back on track. He figures to be the leading candidate to lock down the closer's role for the Angels in 2019.
Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Resumes running2d ago
Pedroia (knee) began a running program Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
While this is an encouraging sign for Pedroia, who appeared in just three games last season due to his injured left knee, it's still too early to tell if he'll be ready to go by the start of the season. Look for his status to clear up as he continues to ramp up his running program. If Pedroia isn't back to full health by Opening Day, a combination of Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez would likely hold down the keystone until the veteran is ready.
Blake Swihart BOS C
Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Entering camp as catcher2d ago
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Swihart will enter camp with a chance to open the season as the starting catcher, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. "He's coming to camp to compete to be our starting catcher," Dombrowski stated.
After appearing at six different positions for the Red Sox in 2018, Swihart was told to work out exclusively at catcher this winter, as it sounds like the 26-year-old could get a real chance to take over behind the dish with Dombrowski actively looking to trade one of the team's three catchers (Swihart, Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez). Swihart hit a lackluster .229/.285/.328 with three homers in 207 plate appearances last season, though some of his struggles could be attributed to his sporadic playing time. He's also the least expensive of the three catchers, which for a team trying to get under the luxury tax threshold, gives him a leg up to start the season as one of Boston's two catchers.
Dorance Armstrong DAL DE
Cowboys' Dorance Armstrong: Light workload in rookie campaign11h ago
Armstrong made 13 tackles and 0.5 sacks over 15 games in 2018.
Armstrong didn't suit up for either of the Cowboys' playoff games as a healthy scratch, and he averaged just 18.3 defensive snaps per game in the regular season. The rookie fourth-round pick added depth behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, both of whom are on expiring contracts.
Maliek Collins DAL DT
Cowboys' Maliek Collins: Ends season on high note11h ago
Collins made six tackles (four solo) in Saturday's playoff loss to the Rams.
Collins made 19 tackles and three sacks in 13 regular-season games, so his playoff stat line of 10 stops and a sack in two games was a clear upgrade. The 24-year-old has one year left on his contract, and he's in line to start on the Cowboys' strong defensive front again in 2019.
Kavon Frazier DAL FS
Cowboys' Kavon Frazier: Little impact in 201811h ago
Frazier didn't log a defensive snap in Saturday's playoff loss to the Rams.
When Xavier Woods missed the first two games with a hamstring injury, Frazier worked a starter's role. After Woods returned, Frazier was relegated to reserve duties and recorded more than six defensive snaps just twice. Woods and Jeff Heath are under contract for next season, so Frazier will likely return in a similar role.
Damien Wilson DAL OLB
Cowboys' Damien Wilson: Sees decrease in usage in 201811h ago
Wilson made 37 tackles and a sack in 16 games this season.
Wilson added just two tackles over the Cowboys' two playoff games, logging just 10 defensive snaps in each outing. That wasn't a major downgrade from his normal usage, as Wilson averaged just 17.8 snaps in the regular season. He'll be a restricted free agent in March.
Anthony Brown DAL CB
Cowboys' Anthony Brown: Heavy workload in playoff loss11h ago
Brown made four tackles (three solo) in Saturday's playoff loss to the Rams.
Brown logged a season-high 69 defensive snaps in this game, eclipsing his regular-season average of 45.9 per game. He was solid in the regular season, marking 44 tackles, two sacks and eight pass breakups in 15 games as the team's No. 3 cornerback. Brown will likely retain that role in 2019, which is the final year of his contract.
Jamize Olawale DAL RB
Cowboys' Jamize Olawale: Quiet in playoff loss14h ago
Olawale played seven offensive snaps during Saturday's playoff loss to the Rams. He finished up the regular season with two catches on four targets for 13 yards.
Olawale played 114 offensive snaps during the regular season but did not log a single rushing attempt. The veteran fullback did most of his damage as a blocker on passing downs, while also playing a limited role on special teams. The 29-year-old is set to enter free agency this offseason.
DeMar DeRozan SA SG
Spurs' DeMar DeRozan: Expects to play Sunday9h ago
DeRozan (ankle) is set to return Sunday against the Clippers, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
After missing Friday night's contest, DeRozan stated "without a doubt" that he'd be back in time for Sunday's tilt. The USC product was a late scratch Friday night due to left ankle soreness.
Danilo Gallinari LAC SF
Clippers' Danilo Gallinari: Won't return Friday9h ago
Gallinari has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's game against the Warriors due to back spasms, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Gallinari departed Friday's contest early in the first half, and he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the contest as a precaution. Sindarius Thornwell and Mike Scott could see more run with Gallinari on the shelf.
Kenneth Faried BKN PF
Rockets' Kenneth Faried: To be waived, signed by Houston9h ago
Faried will have his contract bought out Saturday by the Nets and will then come to terms on a deal with the Rockets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
With Clint Capela (thumb) likely out for another month or so, the Rockets will bring Faried into the mix for the time being. the former first-round pick from the 2011 draft is averaging just 5.1 and 3.7 rebounds in 12 contests this season with the Nets but will have a chance to make an impact with Houston. Faried is expected to clear waivers Monday.
Lou Williams LAC SG
Clippers' Lou Williams: Out Friday11h ago
Williams will not play in Friday's matchup with the Warriors due to a sore right hamstring, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Williams was not on the injury report heading into the night, so this news is somewhat surprising. His absence should create a heavier workload for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Patrick Beverally, while Tyrone Wallace could see some run. Consider him day-to-day going forward.
Maurice Harkless POR SF
Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Cleared to play Friday11h ago
Harkless (knee) is available Friday against the Pelicans, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Harkless is set to make his return after missing six of the last seven games due to a knee injury. He'll return to the starting lineup, although It's unclear whether the Trail Blazers will hold him to a minutes limit based on his lengthy absence.
Aaron Gordon ORL PF
Magic's Aaron Gordon: Doubtful to return11h ago
Gordon is unlikely to return Friday against the Nets due to lower-back tightness.
Gordon departed in the second half due to a back issue, and he's unlikely to return. Jarell Martin and Khem Birch could see more run as a result.
Petr Mrazek CAR G
Hurricanes' Petr Mrazek: Slammed by Senators6h ago
Mrazek stopped 22 of 26 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Senators.
He's been splitting time equally with Curtis McElhinney in January, but Mrazek's numbers haven't improved with the arrangement -- the 26-year-old has a 3.21 GAA and .890 save percentage on the month to date. McElhinney showed up on the injury report with a lower-body issue prior to Friday's game, which could open up more starts for Mrazek, but he'll remain a risky fantasy option until he can string together a few solid outings.
Cody Ceci OTT D
Senators' Cody Ceci: Impressive performance in Carolina6h ago
Ceci picked up two assists while adding seven blocked shots, three hits, one shot and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
The blocked shots were a season high for Ceci, but he's been very active in his own zone lately, recording at least three blocks in five straight games. The 25-year-old blueliner isn't typically known for his offense, but he has five points (all helpers) in the last seven games while remaining on pace for triple-digit hits and blocked shots for the third straight season.
Anders Nilsson OTT G
Senators' Anders Nilsson: Takes care of Canes6h ago
Nilsson stopped 33 of 34 shots in Friday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
The 28-year-old continues to shine, winning four of his last five starts and posting a 2.14 GAA and .931 save percentage through seven outings in January since coming over from the Canucks. Nilsson has very quickly established himself as a strong option for the Sens, but with Craig Anderson now recovered from his concussion, it remains to be seen how the workload in net will be divvied up between the duo.
Oliver Bjorkstrand CLB RW
Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand: Lights lamp in loss7h ago
Bjorkstrand scored his seventh goal of the season in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.
The 23-year-old winger has had a tough time making an impact this season, consistently skating in a bottom-six role, but Bjorkstrand has still eked out four goals and six points over the last 12 games after being nearly invisible through the first two-plus months of the campaign.
Joonas Korpisalo CLB G
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Winning streak snapped by Habs7h ago
Korpisalo stopped 22 of 25 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.
Montreal's final goal came into an empty net. Korpisalo fell back to earth after winning three straight starts, and the 24-year-old backup to Sergei Bobrovsky now has a 2.95 GAA and .901 save percentage on the season despite a superficially impressive 9-3-2 record.
Tomas Tatar MON LW
Canadiens' Tomas Tatar: Leads offense in Friday's win7h ago
Tatar scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Friday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
He'd gone 10 games without lighting the lamp, but Tatar has been able to stay productive and now has four goals and 12 points in his last 13 contests. The streaky winger has already exceeded his point total from last season in 33 fewer games, and if he stays on pace, Tatar is headed for the first 60-point campaign of his career.