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    • Manny Parra CHC RP
      Giants' Manny Parra: Inks minor-league deal with Giants
      44m ago

      Parra signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

      Parra is expected to report to minor-league camp. He should spend the year in the minors as organizational pitching depth, as he hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015 and is coming off a brutal 2017 season during which he struggled to a 14.09 ERA across 7.2 innings with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate.

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    • Steven Duggar SF RF
      Giants' Steven Duggar: Contending for roster spot over spring training
      1h ago

      Duggar could earn the starting spot as San Francisco's center fielder over the course of spring training, Dieter Kurtenbach of The Mercury News reports.

      Duggar has yet to appear in the majors since being drafted in 2015. Despite this, he'll have plenty of chances to leave spring training as a member of the big club. While the Giants signed Austin Jackson over the offseason, the tentative plan is to use him against left-handed pitching, leaving the strong side of the platoon open to Duggar. Duggar missed most of the 2017 season to hip and elbow injuries, which resulted in him playing in just 44 games. However, he had a solid performance during the Arizona Fall League, as he hit .263/.367/.421 over 20 games.

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    • Anthony Banda ARI SP
      Rays' Anthony Banda: Dealt to Rays
      1h ago

      Banda was traded to the Rays on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

      According to Piecoro, Banda is joining Yankees prospect Nick Solak in Tampa, while the Diamondbacks are getting Steven Souza from the Rays and sending Brandon Drury to New York. Banda, one of the Diamondbacks' top prospects, struggled mightily in 2017, posting a 5.39 ERA across 122 innings (22 starts) with Triple-A Reno while putting together a similarly poor 5.96 ERA across 25.2 innings in his first taste of the majors. Right now he projects as a No. 5 starter or high-leverage reliever, though that could change if his secondary offerings improve. The 24-year-old should have a chance to earn a rotation spot with the Rays if he impresses during camp.

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    • Josh Tomlin CLE SP
      Indians' Josh Tomlin: Competing for rotation spot
      1h ago

      Tomlin is expected to battle for a back-end rotation spot with the Indians during spring training, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

      Manager Terry Francona relayed Monday that Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer are locked into spots atop the Cleveland rotation, while Tomlin, Danny Salazar (shoulder), Mike Clevinger and Ryan Merritt are set to battle for the final two starting roles. Of that group, Merritt is considered a long shot to come away with a starting job and is most likely headed to the bullpen, effectively making it a three-man race for two spots. With a fastball that hovers in the upper-80s and an underwhelming repertoire of secondary offerings, Tomlin's skills pale in comparison to those of Salazar and Clevinger, but the Tribe seem to value his ability to eat innings and avoid walks. If Salazar, who is battling right shoulder inflammation and facing an uncertain timetable to the mound, is forced to miss the start of the season, it would allow Francona to temporarily avoid a tough decision on the rotation.

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    • Steven Souza TB RF
      Diamondbacks' Steven Souza: Sent to Diamondbacks
      1h ago

      Souza was traded to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

      As a part of the deal, the Rays acquired prospects Nick Solak and Anthony Banda from the Yankees and Diamondbacks, respectively, while Arizona shipped Brandon Drury to New York. The Diamondbacks haven't confirmed what role Souza will play for them in 2018, but he figures to slide right into a starting outfield role over the likes of Yasmany Tomas and Jarrod Dyson. In 148 games for the Rays last season, the 28-year-old hit .239/.351/.459 with 30 homers and 16 stolen bases.

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    • Brandon Drury ARI 2B
      Yankees' Brandon Drury: Heads to Bronx
      1h ago

      The Diamondbacks agreed to trade Drury to the Yankees on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal with the Rays, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

      Drury's name had been mentioned in trade rumors throughout the winter. A deal finally materialized, and the landing spot is favorable as he goes to a hitter's park and his early-season role is less up in the air with the Yankees needing help at both second base and third. Drury could stand to take more walks, but he has shown he can hit for a decent average and some power when given the opportunity. He won't turn 26 until August.

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    • Eli Rogers PIT WR
      Steelers' Eli Rogers: Off crutches
      1h ago

      According to his personal Twitter, Rogers (knee) is off crutches.

      Rogers underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on Jan. 17 but seems to quickly be making progress. It was originally believed the wideout would be questionable for the start of the 2018 season, but now there's a chance he'll be back on the field in time for training camp. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the offseason as he continues his rehab.

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    • Zach Wood NO LS
      Saints' Zach Wood: Re-signs with Saints
      2h ago

      The Saints re-signed Wood to a one-year deal Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports. "I'm very excited," Wood said Tuesday. "This is where I want to be. I've grown to love this team and love the guys that I play with and I couldn't be more happy with where I am."

      Wood signed a one-year deal with the Saints last season after spending time with the Cowboys previously. He played in all 16 games and logged 151 snaps on special teams as the Saints produced one of the top kicking units in 2017.

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    • Winston Craig PHI DT
      Eagles' Winston Craig: Signs with Eagles
      2h ago

      Craig signed a contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      Craig spent time on the Eagles' practice squad last season but will now get the opportunity to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.

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    • Ryan Succop TEN K
      Titans' Ryan Succop: Signs contract extension
      2h ago

      Succop signed a five-year, $20 million extension with the Titans on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

      It was a career-year for Succop in 2017, as the kicker made 35-of-42 field goal attempts. He also set an NFL record by connecting on 56 straight field goals from inside the 50-yard line, which dates back to 2014. His 35 made field goals and 136 points were both career highs and he was also named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September.

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    • Tyler Shatley JAC C
      Jaguars' Tyler Shatley: Team exercises 2018 option
      2h ago

      The Jaguars exercised Shatley's team option for 2018 on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

      Shatley has started four games each of the past two seasons, including a three-game stint at center in 2017 when Brandon Linder was sidelined with an illness. He logged 384 snaps last season.

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    • Josh Wells JAC T
      Jaguars' Josh Wells: Team exercises 2018 option
      2h ago

      The Jaguars exercised Wells' team option for 2018 on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

      A backup offensive lineman, Wells made four starts last season but struggled in pass protection at times. A 2017 undrafted free agent, he'll now get the chance to grow in the Jaguars' system this offseason.

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    • Michael Beasley NY PF
      Knicks' Michael Beasley: Misses practice Tuesday
      19m ago

      Beasley sat out Tuesday's practice with right ear irritation, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.

      It doesn't sound like anything overly serious for Beasley, but it does bring his availability into question for a matchup with the Magic on Thursday. There's certainly a chance he makes a full recovery over the next few days, but tentatively consider him questionable heading into that contest for the time being. If Beasley were to miss time, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn would likely be the main beneficiaries, with a guy like Luke Kornet also potentially rejoining the rotation.

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    • Cameron Payne CHI PG
      Bulls' Cameron Payne: To serve as backup PG when healthy
      2h ago

      Payne (foot) will be the Bulls' backup point guard when he's fully recovered, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Payne is yet to play an NBA game this season while working back from foot surgery, but he completed a three-game stint with the Windy City Bulls before the All-Star break and is expected to be available in short order. It's unclear if Payne will be cleared for Thursday's matchup with the Sixers, but all signs point to him taking over as the backup to Kris Dunn sometime in the next week or two. Consequently, coach Fred Hoiberg announced Tuesday that Jerian Grant will not be a part of the regular rotation. The Bulls will also start Cristiano Felicio over Robin Lopez going forward, as the team shifts its focus toward draft positioning.

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    • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
      Magic's Jonathan Isaac: Will remain out Thursday
      2h ago

      Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

      Isaac has played in just three games since mid-December and continues to work his way back from a sore right ankle. Coach Frank Vogel already indicated prior to the All-Star break that he'd like to get Isaac some run in the G-League before being cleared for the big club, which could happen as early as this upcoming weekend. Look for additional updates once Isaac is able to get a few more G-League games under his belt.

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    • Zach LaVine CHI PG
      Bulls' Zach LaVine: Could get cleared for back-to-backs
      2h ago

      LaVine may get medical clearance to play back-to-backs, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      According to the Bulls' President of Basketball Operations, John Paxson, the team will talk to doctors regarding LaVine's availability on back-to-backs. That said, with the team having just four back-to-back sets the remainder of the season and well out of playoff contention, it wouldn't be surprising if the guard was held out of back-to-backs even if he gets official medical clearance.

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    • Jerian Grant CHI PG
      Bulls' Jerian Grant: Not expected to be in rotation after break
      2h ago

      Grant is not expected to be a part of the Bulls' regular rotation after the All-Star break, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      With the Bulls marching toward the lottery, they'll move Grant out of the rotation in favor of Cameron Payne (foot), who will take over as the team's backup point guard once he returns from a lengthy injury absence. The decision is a bit of a head-scratcher, though it appears to be a thinly veiled attempt to develop young talent and improve Chicago's draft pick, as veteran Robin Lopez will also move into a reduced role. Leading up to the break, Grant had been starting in place of Kris Dunn while he recovered from a concussion, averaging nearly 35 minutes per game during that span. With Dunn now back and Payne expected to be available in the very near future, Grant looks to have very little fantasy utility over the final two months of the regular season.

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    • Kris Dunn CHI PG
      Bulls' Kris Dunn: Minutes could be monitored over next few games
      2h ago

      Dunn, coming off a concussion, could have his minutes monitored over the next "few" games, though does not have an official minutes restriction, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Dunn returned from a concussion to play 20 minutes in the team's last game before the All-Star break, where he accrued eight points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Though he'll have had plenty of time to recover, the Bulls organization reportedly still wants to be "smart" with his workload immediately after the break. While there's no official minutes restriction, it may be advisable to exercise caution with Dunn in fantasy, especially DFS.

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    • Martin Hanzal DAL C
      Stars' Martin Hanzal: Game-time call Wednesday
      3m ago

      Hanzal (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision Wednesday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

      Hanzal sat out of Sunday's game with general soreness, but he was able to practice Tuesday. The 30-year-old has one goal and one assist in the last four games while logging significant power-play minutes, so he could be a value play in daily leagues if deemed fit for duty.

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    • Darcy Kuemper LA G
      Kings' Darcy Kuemper: Between pipes Tuesday
      14m ago

      Kuemper will start Tuesday against the Jets, freelance sports writer Josh Cooper reports.

      Kuemper's inconsistency has been difficult for the Kings to deal with, as he went five straight contests with a spectacular .969 save percentage and 0.89 GAA and four wins, but he followed it up with two outings that resulted in a combined .829 save percentage and 5.81 GAA. Winnipeg averages 3.3 goals per game -- third in the league -- so Kuemper won't be handed any favors to get back on track, so he may be a risky start Tuesday.

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    • Ben Bishop DAL G
      Stars' Ben Bishop: Chance for redemption Wednesday
      21m ago

      Bishop draws Wednesday's start against the Ducks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

      Bishop was lit up for four goals on five shots Sunday against the Sharks, which is a major blemish on a previously stellar February. In his previous four outings this month, Bishop has four wins and a .933 save percentage. The Ducks offense has been stagnant lately, averaging 2.29 goals over the last seven games. However, getting yanked after almost allowing a goal on every shot faced Sunday, Bishop's confidence could be shaken, and fantasy owners should proceed with caution.

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    • Juuse Saros NSH G
      Predators' Juuse Saros: Set to patrol crease Tuesday
      44m ago

      Saros draws the start for Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.

      Saros played admirably Saturday, stopping 31 of 33 shots, but still recorded the loss. In fact, the 22-year-old backstop has four losses in the last four games, and his performance hasn't been bad -- a .908 save percentage and 2.97 GAA -- but the Predators averaged just two goals per game in that stretch. The Red Wings aren't a threatening option with the 27th-ranked offense in the league, but it depends if the Preds can put up goals to support Saros.

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    • Markus Nutivaara CLB D
      Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara: Will remain sidelined Tuesday
      1h ago

      Nutivaara (undisclosed) will sit out Tuesday's game against the Devils, Tom Reed of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

      Nutivaara has just two assists in eight February games, so there's no need to rush him back into the lineup especially with Ryan Murray returning from a back injury. The 23-year-old blueliners next chance to crack the lineup will be Thursday against the Flyers.

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    • Nicolas Deslauriers MON LW
      Canadiens' Nicolas Deslauriers: Ready for return
      1h ago

      Deslauriers (undisclosed) will suit up for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Jean-Francois Chaumont of Le Journal de Montreal reports.

      Before sitting out two games with a mystery malady, Deslauriers had just one goal and zero assists over 12 games. Instead of lighting it up with points, the 26-year-old winger dished out 59 hits in that span and dropped the mitts once. Still, Deslauriers isn't worthy of a fantasy start in most formats

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