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Jeff Ames TB RP
Twins' Jeff Ames: Signs minors deal with Minnesota3h ago
Ames signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Ames is 27 years old and has yet to reach the majors, so this is very much an organizational depth signing. At the two highest levels of the minors last season in the Brewers' and Nationals' organizations, Ames posted a 4.74 ERA in 38 innings. He did strike out a good number of batters, posting a 29.7 percent strikeout rate, but his 13.3 percent walk rate holds him back from having a real major-league future.
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Nationals' Brian Dozier: Back to full health6h ago
Dozier said Tuesday that the bone bruise in his left knee is 100 percent healed, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Dozier dealt with a bone bruise throughout much of the 2018 campaign. While the issue was never serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list, it apparently led the veteran infielder to develop bad habits at the plate, which could help explain his down year (.215/.305/.391 in 151 games with the Twins and Dodgers). Dozier still managed to collect double-digit homers (21) and steals (12) for the sixth consecutive season, and will be an attractive bounce-back candidate in 2019 after signing a one-year deal with the Nationals.
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Indians' Leonys Martin: Healthy as spring approaches9h ago
Martin said Friday that he has made a full recovery from the bacterial infection that forced his emergency hospitalization Aug. 7, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Martin required medical attention after developing the life-threatening illness following his final plate appearance of the Indians' game against the Twins that day, noting that he "blacked out" before waking up in the hospital. The infection produced intense pain and resulted in Martin being shut down for the rest of the 2018 campaign, but after months of rest, the 30-year-old has enjoyed an otherwise normal offseason and feels ready to resume his career this spring. After re-signing with the Tribe on a one-year, $3 million deal shortly after the past season ended, Martin should get the opportunity to vie for a starting role in an unsettled Cleveland outfield.
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Brewers' Yasmani Grandal: Deal includes 2020 option12h ago
Grandal passed his physical Monday and officially signed with the Brewers on a one-year, $16 million contract that includes a $16 million mutual option for 2020, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
When Grandal and the Brewers first agreed in principle Jan. 9, initial reports suggested the catcher would sign a one-year, $18.25 million contract. Instead, it was clarified Monday that Grandal's deal will guarantee him at least $18.25 million, as the 2020 option contains a $2.25 million buyout if not exercised. The structure of the contract keeps the door open for Grandal to remain in Milwaukee for two years and earn $32 million in salary plus award-based incentives, but the 30-year-old will presumably be eager to test the market again next winter in pursuit of a longer-term deal. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier in the offseason before New York turned its attention to other catching options.
Manny Machado LAD 3B
Manny Machado: Sox still offering seven years15h ago
The White Sox claim they have not moved off a seven-year offer to Machado, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
That claim was backed up by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who reported the White Sox's original offer to Machado nearly two weeks ago. An ESPN.com report circulated Monday that the offer was bumped up to eight years, with a separate report from Z101 Digital indicating the value to be at $250 million. To recap, Chicago is standing by its original seven-year offer and has not divulged the salary involved.
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Yankees' Tim Locastro: Designated for assignment1d ago
Locastro was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday.
Locastro was the roster casualty needed to free up a 40-man spot for DJ LeMahieu, who was signed to a two-year deal Monday. The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2018 season at Triple-A, hitting .279/.389/.409 with 18 steals in 83 games for Oklahoma City. Locastro also played in 18 games for the Dodgers, slashing .182/.357/.273 with four steals in 14 plate appearances.
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Chargers' Vince Mayle: Signs reserve/future contract18m ago
Mayle signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Mayle spent the majority of the season on the team's practice squad after appearing in 23 games over the past three seasons split between the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. While Antonio Gates future remains up in the air, the Chargers still retain Hunter Henry, Virgil Green and Sean Culkin -- leaving Mayle as the long shot tight end.
Justice Liggins LAC WR
Chargers' Justice Liggins: Remaining with Chargers23m ago
Liggins signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Liggins spent the offseason with the Bolts before ultimately being cut ahead of Week 1. However, the former CFL wideout joined the team's practice squad in early December and will now get another offseason with the team this year.
Cardale Jones LAC QB
Chargers' Cardale Jones: Signs reserve/future contract27m ago
Jones signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Jones will remain with the Chargers through the offseason and into OTAs after spending the past two seasons on the team's practice squad. Backup quarterback Geno Smith will enter free agency this offseason, which could leave Jones the opportunity to compete for backup role heading into the season.
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Falcons' Takkarist McKinley: Undergoing mental evaluation29m ago
McKinley was detained by Los Angeles police on Tuesday after his friend grew concerned for his well being and called 911, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It was reported that McKinley cooperated and left with police without being booked for any sort of crime.
McKinley's status remains unclear, as it was reported that he was spending time at a Los Angeles hotel when his friend became concerned and called local police. In a statement released Tuesday, head coach Dan Quinn reflected on the situation by saying, "Any time a situation occurs that (could be) related to mental health issues we take it very seriously. We will do everything we possibly can to support and assist (McKinley) as our players' mental and physical well being are always our top priority."
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Eagles' Fletcher Cox: Not playing in Pro Bowl3h ago
Cox will not play in the Pro Bowl due to a foot injury, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Cox injured his foot in Sunday's NFC divisional-round loss to the Saints. It is unclear how serious the injury actually is, as he would likely only play in the exhibition contest if he was at full health. The defensive end posted a career-high 12 sacks this season. He will be replaced in the game by DeForest Buckner.
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Panthers' Cam Newton: Shoulder surgery may be considered5h ago
Owner David Tepper admitted Tuesday that a decision hasn't been made regarding surgery on Newton's right throwing shoulder, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We have to recognize we may have to do things through the year if it doesn't [get better]," Tepper said. "We have to make sure we have our options in all ways possible."
Upon first glance at his game log from the 2018 season, Newton was more or less himself for most of it, accounting for at least two touchdown passes in each game from Week 2 through Week 13. On top of that impressive run, he posted a career-high 67.9 completion percentage, averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored four TDs on the ground. After Week 7, he regularly was rested in practice due to lingering soreness in his right shoulder, and the lack of reps seemed to catch up to him in his final two appearances Weeks 14 and 15, the latter of which was a 131-yard performance with no touchdowns and one interception on 16-for-29 passing. The Panthers opted to shut down Newton thereafter, leading to Taylor Heinicke (elbow) and Kyle Allen (shoulder) getting starts down the stretch. The initial remedy for Newton appears to be rest, but Tepper's comments indicate a procedure will be considered if his condition doesn't improve in a timely manner.
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Hawks' Alex Len: Double-doubles in win2m ago
Len posted 24 points (9-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's win over Oklahoma City.
Len had a fantastic game, contributing in every category and failing to turn to ball over. The sixth-year pro's a borderline play in standard leagues as he's averaging a solid 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Unfortunately he's undermined by subpar percentages for his position of 48.1-percent from the field, 29.0-percent from three and 65.5-percent from the line.
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Timberwolves' Jeff Teague: Turns in average outing5m ago
Teague put up 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-4 FT) and collected a rebound along with two assists and two steals across 26 minutes Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Teague finished with just two points in his last contest after tweaking his ankle, but he looked healthy and logged 26 minutes in an embarrassing 149-107 loss on the road. The 6-2 guard hasn't been overly impressive of late, averaging just 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds over his last five games, although he has been effective in the assist column (6.8). The third-string point guard Tyus Jones went down with an ankle injury Tuesday evening, so it'll be up to Derrick Rose and Teague to handle point guard duties until Jones returns to health.
Trae Young ATL PG
Hawks' Trae Young: Double-doubles in win8m ago
Young recorded 24 points (8-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 assists and six rebounds in 32 minutes Tuesday against Oklahoma City.
Young had his second-straight double-double and drained his most threes of 2019. His percentages have ticked up as the season's worn on, and he continues to be a fantastic source of assists. Although he failed to record a steal Tuesday, Young's upped his defensive production in his past 10 games, recording 14 swipes in that span. On the year, Young's averaging 15.8 points, 7.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.5 threes and 0.9 steals in 29.6 minutes per game.
Kevin Huerter ATL SG
Hawks' Kevin Huerter: Scores 17 in win12m ago
Huerter accrued 17 points 6-10 FG, 5-8 3Pt), four assists and three rebounds in 37 minutes Tuesday against the Thunder.
Huerter's scored in double-figures in eight straight games, and appears to be finding his element in his first professional season. Huerter is on the cusp of fantasy relevance as he's averaging 13.1 points over his past 10 games although his secondary production remains inconsistent.
Derrick Rose MIN PG
Timberwolves' Derrick Rose: Scores team-high 15 points14m ago
Rose accrued 15 points (11-20 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 35 minutes Tuesday against the 76ers.
Rose has missed seven of his team's last nine games due to injury, but he appears to have returned to health for good after leading his team in scoring off the bench. He's averaging 18.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.8 helpers over 33 games so far this season. Tyus Jones went down with an ankle sprain during Tuesday's tilt, so Rose and Jeff Teague will see most if not all of the team's minutes at point guard for the time being.
John Collins ATL PF
Hawks' John Collins: Excellent shooting in win19m ago
Collins finished with 26 points (12-14 FG, 2-3 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes Tuesday against Oklahoma City.
Collins was super efficient Tuesday although made only minimal contributions elsewhere. Although he continues to struggle producing on the defensive end, Collins' offensive contributions are more than enough for owners. He's thriving in his second professional season, averaging 18.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists alongside strong percentages of 57.1-percent from the field, 33.3-percent from three and 71.3-percent from the line on the year.
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Capitals' John Carlson: Notches assist before ejection28m ago
Carlson tallied a power-play assist, a minus-2 rating and 14 penalty minutes during Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Predators.
Carlson was tossed late in the third period with the game well out of reach, but those in leagues that count penalty minutes won't mind the incident. The 29-year-old should contend for the Norris Trophy given that he has 43 points in 45 games, so keep rolling him regularly.
T.J. Oshie WAS RW
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Pots goal in milestone game31m ago
Oshie tallied a goal, a minus-2 rating and three shots during Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Predators.
Oshie potted his 14th goal of the season in his 700th career NHL game. The 31-year-old winger has picked up the scoring pace recently with three goals and five points in his last five games, so make sure he's in your lineup moving forward.
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Capitals' Pheonix Copley: Hung out to dry Tuesday34m ago
Copley surrendered six goals on 27 shots during Tuesday's 7-2 blowout road loss to the Predators.
Copley was a surprise starter having started the night before in a loss to the Blues, but the Capitals put him in a difficult spot in order to give Braden Holtby extra rest following an injury scare stemming from a Jan. 12 loss to the Blue Jackets. The 26-year-old will fall to a 10-4-3 record in 18 starts in his first full season with the Capitals.
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Panthers' James Reimer: Suffers loss to Canadiens36m ago
Reimer gave up four goals on 27 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Canadiens.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi made Reimer look quite bad on a third-period goal that all but ended Florida's chances at a comeback. Reimer has now lost three straight -- two in overtime -- and will see his record fall to 8-8-5 with a 3.21 GAA and .894 save percentage. Roberto Luongo was originally announced as the Panthers' starter, but Reimer would wind up getting the nod. The 39-year-old veteran did serve as Florida's backup in the loss.
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Predators' P.K. Subban: Tallies apple before ejection39m ago
Subban recorded an assist and 12 penalty minutes during Tuesday's 7-2 rout over the Capitals.
Subban got into an altercation late in the game and was given a game misconduct, but fortunately for the Predators, the game was well in hand by then. The 29-year-old blueliner is warming up after a long absence due to injury with two goals and six points in his last 11 games. Make sure he's a regular in your lineup down the stretch.
Rocco Grimaldi NSH RW
Predators' Rocco Grimaldi: Pots goal Tuesday43m ago
Grimaldi recorded a goal while logging 8:03 of ice time during Tuesday's 7-2 rout over the Capitals.
Grimaldi has tormented the Capitals this season with two goals and three points in two games against the defending Stanley Cup champions. With just five goals and eight points in 29 games, the 25-year-old doesn't have much fantasy value even in deeper leagues.