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Martin Perez TEX SP
Twins' Martin Perez: Reaches deal with Twins3h ago
Perez and the Twins agreed to a one-year contract Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Perez gets a major-league contract despite posting an ugly 6.22 ERA in 85.1 innings for the Rangers last season. That high number is a bit of an outlier in the context of the rest of his career, and an elbow injury is at least partly to blame, but his ERA had been at least 4.38 in each of the four previous seasons, so even a bounceback year won't make him a particularly enticing arm. Still, he'll be a useful back-end starter for the Twins should he win a job in camp and could be a fine deep-league option now that he's finally left the hitters' paradise in Texas behind.
Justin Williams STL LF
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Suffers hand injury5h ago
Williams has been diagnosed with fractured and dislocated fingers in his right hand after punching a television, Brian Stull of StlBaseballWeekly.com reports.
Williams reportedly got angry about a personal issue and punched a television. He's slated to visit the doctor Friday to determine the extent of the damage and to establish a timeline for his return.
Mike Soroka ATL SP
Braves' Mike Soroka: To take it easy this spring7h ago
Soroka (shoulder) won't be restricted during spring training but the Braves are expected to closely monitor him, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Soroka started five games during the 2018 campaign before being shut down due to a shoulder injury. While manager Brian Snitker has no intention of restricting Soroko, he'll likely take it slow with the 21-year-old right-hander to prevent any further issues.
Dansby Swanson ATL SS
Braves' Dansby Swanson: Feels strong after surgery7h ago
Swanson hit off a tee for the first time Wednesday since undergoing offseason wrist surgery, although he's expected to take it slow at the beginning of spring training, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Swanson had surgery to eradicate a loose body in his left wrist at the beginning of November. While he's expected to be ready to go for Opening Day, the Braves will take it easy with their starting shortstop when spring training starts up to prevent further issue.
Chris Sale BOS SP
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Returns to full strength8h ago
Sale (shoulder) isn't expected to face any restrictions in spring training after returning to full health, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
As expected, Sale will be ready to roll for the start of spring training after receiving some much-needed rest. He battled with tendinitis in his shoulder during the 2018 campaign, limiting him to 27 starts. "I feel normal again," stated Sale. "I'm able to throw free and easy and feel loose and kind of have that whip back. It's obviously a nice feeling."
Kris Bryant CHC 3B
Cubs' Kris Bryant: At full strength8h ago
Bryant (shoulder) has been taking batting practice since Dec. 1 and his shoulder is at full strength, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bryant played a season-low 102 games in 2018 after dealing with a shoulder issue for a good portion of the season. He's emphasized that his shoulder is completely healthy and that he won't face any restrictions in spring training, however.
Deonte Thompson BUF WR
Bills' Deonte Thompson: More journeyman journeys?3h ago
Thompson, who played eight games for the Cowboys this season before spending five more with the Bills (he missed the finale with a toe injury), will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Thompson, while still speedy, is primarily a depth receiver at this stage of his career and caught only 17 balls for 161 yards and no touchdowns last season. The Bills like him enough that they've had him for three different stints, but he'll be 30 next month and may be phased out as the team continues to rework the position group. At best, he'll end up as a No. 4-5-6 receiver in 2019.
Taco Charlton DAL DE
Cowboys' Taco Charlton: Rough sophomore campaign6h ago
Charlton finished the regular season with 27 tackles, including only one sack, in 11 games.
While the second-year defensive end got a chance to start to begin the season, he quickly slipped into a rotational role, and Charlton's second half was sunk by a Week 9 shoulder injury that limited him to only four total snaps over the next six games. Heading into his third NFL campaign, the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft has yet to establish himself, but improved health could allow him to make some kind of impact in the Cowboys' pass rush behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.
Randy Gregory DAL DE
Cowboys' Randy Gregory: Finally makes impact6h ago
Gregory finished the regular season with 25 tackles and six sacks in 14 games.
The 26-year-old may be on his last chance in Dallas after multiple suspensions to begin his career, including one that cost him all of 2017, but Gregory appears to be serious about making the most of it. The tackles and sacks were career highs -- he had only one sack in 14 games coming into the year -- and he really came on in the second half, racking up five of his sacks in the final eight games while flashing his speed and length. The 2015 second-round pick still has one more season remaining on his rookie contract, so if he stays off the radar of the commissioner's office, Gregory could be poised for a breakout 2019.
Tyrone Crawford DAL DT
Cowboys' Tyrone Crawford: Another solid campaign7h ago
Crawford finished the regular season with 34 tackles, five sacks, two passes defended and a forced fumble.
The sacks tied his career high while the tackles fell one short of his previous best. The 29-year-old Crawford is one of the more senior members of a young Cowboys defense, and while he'll never be an IDP asset, he figures to remain a steadying presence up front in Dallas if he doesn't find himself a cap casualty in the offseason.
Xavier Woods DAL FS
Cowboys' Xavier Woods: Takes step forward in 20187h ago
Woods finished the regular season with a career-high 56 tackles and two interceptions on nine passes defended.
After missing the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury, the second-year safety settled into a starting role next to Jeff Heath and mostly held his own. The position is one the Cowboys could be looking to upgrade in the offseason, so Woods isn't guaranteed to return as a starter in 2019, but he's shown he can be a solid cog in an up-and-coming young defense.
Demarcus Lawrence DAL DE
Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence: Reaches double-digit sacks again7h ago
Lawrence finished the regular season with a career-high 64 tackles, including 10 sacks, while also recording two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and his first career interception.
The disruptive defensive end didn't quite repeat his breakout 2017, but Lawrence still racked up double-digit sacks for the second straight season. While his current contract is up, the Cowboys will almost certainly use the franchise tag on the 26-year-old if they can't come to terms with him on a long-term deal, assuring that Lawrence will be back in Dallas and leading the pass rush in 2019.
Josh Richardson MIA SG
Heat's Josh Richardson: Will play Saturday5m ago
Richardson (illness) will play Saturday against the Bulls, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Despite missing Friday's game against Detroit and recently being downgraded to questionable, Richardson will give it a go Saturday. He'll likely return to his role in the starting lineup and approach his averages of 17.7 points, 4.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 34.6 minutes.
Shaquille Harrison CHI PG
Bulls' Shaquille Harrison: Available Saturday17m ago
Harrison (illness) will be able to play in Saturday's game against the Heat, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Harrison has been dealing with the flu, but appears to be good-to-go Saturday. He's not much of a fantasy factor and is averaging just 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.6 minutes per game on the season.
Edmond Sumner IND PG
Pacers' Edmond Sumner: Leads team in scoring22m ago
Sumner finished Friday's loss to the Drive with 33 points (10-19 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 9-12 FT), four assists, three steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot.
Sumner continues to the primary scorer for the Mad Ants, adding yet another 20-plus scoring outing to his growing resume. While the guard hasn't been an effective distributor, posting a paltry 3.7 assists and 3.6 turnovers in 15 games this season, the Mad Ants haven't exactly utilized efficient passing in their repertoire, with just 22 of the counting stat occurring in the aforementioned contest.
Taurean Waller-Prince ATL SF
Hawks' Taurean Prince: Off minutes restriction43m ago
Prince won't have a minutes restriction for Saturday's game against the Celtics, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
After playing 13 minutes -- recording seven points and three rebounds along the way -- in Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, Prince has shed his minutes restriction. While DeAndre Bembry will continue to start, Prince figures to have an expanded role, and approach the 27.2 minutes and 14.3 points per game he is averaging this season.
Omari Spellman ATL PF
Hawks' Omari Spellman: Returning to bench1h ago
Spellman will come off the bench Saturday against the Celtics, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Spellman has started the past two games for the Hawks due to the absence of Dewayne Dedmon (ankle), averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists in 26.0 minutes. However, with Dedmon back in the starting five, Spellman will resume his usual role off the bench.
DeWayne Dedmon ATL C
Hawks' Dewayne Dedmon: Starting Saturday1h ago
Dedmon will start Saturday's game against the Celtics, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Dedmon, who will return to the lineup and be without a minutes restriction, will get the start over Omari Spellman, who will slide back to his normal bench role. In 34 games this season, Dedmon is averaging 9.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 24.6 minutes.
Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Starting heavyweight battle2m ago
Vasilevskiy is the starter for Saturday's home meeting with the Sharks, Bryan Burns of the team's official site reports.
This is the night's premier matchup, as both teams are among the most skilled in the NHL. Opposing Vasilevskiy is Martin Jones, who has won each of his past eight starts but sports just a .903 save percentage this season for the Sharks. Vasilevskiy should get plenty of goal support against Jones from the Lightning's top-ranked offense, but San Jose's third-ranked offense (3.57 per game) won't make life easy for the Lightning netminder.
Tyson Barrie COL D
Avalanche's Tyson Barrie: Big three-point game6m ago
Barrie scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 7-1 rout of the Kings.
Barrie is on a three-game streak in which he has delivered five points, including four assists. He's now tied for eighth in the NHL in scoring from the blue line with 37 points. Use him well.
Juuse Saros NSH G
Predators' Juuse Saros: Starting against Panthers12m ago
Saros will start Saturday's home meeting with the Panthers, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
With Pekka Rinne struggling recently, the Predators will turn to their talented backup, who sports a 2.58 GAA and .910 save percentage this season. Opposing Saros is a Panthers team that could be without star center Aleksander Barkov, who injured his hand Friday against the Maple Leafs. Should Barkov sit, Saros would gain even more appeal in daily formats.
John Gilmour NYR D
Rangers' John Gilmour: Playing well for AHL Hartford18m ago
Gilmour posted a goal and four assists to help lead AHL Hartford to a 6-5 overtime win over Lehigh Valley on Friday.
Just 40 games into his third professional season, Gilmour has already set a new career-high in both goals (11) and points (30). He was recently named an AHL All-Star for a second straight campaign and he has put himself in position for a recall to New York in the near future. Gilmour played the final 28 games of the 2017-18 season with the Rangers and he could be looking at a similar situation this time around. The 25-year-old has the smarts and mobility to stick as a third-pairing defender at the NHL level.
Mikko Rantanen COL RW
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Removal was precautionary27m ago
Rantanen's removal from Saturday's game against the Kings was due to precautionary reason, according to the Avalanche's official team twitter account.
This is great news for Rantanen's owners, as missing the Art Ross Trophy candidate for any period of time would register as a major blow. It sounds like Rantanen has a good chance of returning at the first available opportunity Monday against Nashville, but interested parties should still keep their eyes peeled for more concrete news on that front.
Jack Campbell LA G
Kings' Jack Campbell: Appears in relief1h ago
Campbell appeared in relief Saturday and stopped 16-of-18 shots in a 7-1 loss to the Avalanche.
So, Campbell continues to outpace stud battery-mate Jonathan Quick who allowed five goals and made just 17 saves. But playing on a bad Kings squad makes him little more than a match-ups guy.