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T.J. McFarland ARI RP
Diamondbacks' T.J. McFarland: Strikes deal with Arizona8h ago
McFarland signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
McFarland was headed for an arbitration hearing but the two sides were instead able to reach an agreement, which also includes a team option for the 2020 season. The 29-year-old rebounded in 2018 with a 2.00 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 42:22 K:BB over 72 innings for Arizona.
Mike Gerber SF RF
Giants' Mike Gerber: Designated for assignment13h ago
Gerber was designated for assignment by the Giants on Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Gerber was claimed off waivers from Detroit in December but didn't last the offseason on the Giants' 40-man roster. He was dropped to make room for new signee Drew Pomeranz. The 26-year-old got his first taste of big-league action with the Tigers last year but failed to impress, going just 4-for-42 at the plate.
Drew Pomeranz SF SP
Giants' Drew Pomeranz: Heading to San Francisco15h ago
Pomeranz agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Pomeranz battled injuries for much of last campaign, throwing just 74 innings and posting an ugly 6.08 ERA. That number was well-deserved, as his strikeout rate fell 4.3 points to 19.2 percent, while his walk rate jumped 3.5 points to 12.8 percent. There's no guarantee the injury issues will dissipate over the offseason, but the lefty did manage four straight seasons with an ERA no higher than 3.66 from 2014 to 2017, so there's certainly upside in the move for San Francisco. A move to a very pitcher-friendly home park will also help boost his value.
Caleb Smith MIA SP
Marlins' Caleb Smith: Resumes mound work16h ago
Smith (shoulder) threw off the mound Wednesday for the first time since tearing his lat back in June, he revealed on his personal Twitter account.
Smith looked like an interesting arm in 16 starts before the injury shut him down. His 4.19 ERA was unremarkable, especially considering his pitcher-friendly home park, but a strong 27.0 percent strikeout rate made him a potential sleeper if he could manage to trim his walk rate, which sat at 10.1 percent. The fact that he's back on the mound over two months before Opening Day gives him a good chance to be ready by the start of the season.
Jose Trevino TEX C
Rangers' Jose Trevino: Battling shoulder injury21h ago
Trevino (shoulder) will start spring training "a little behind" other catchers, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Trevino, who underwent shoulder surgery last July, is expected to need at least another season in the minors. "Ideally, he gets time to develop," said general manager Jon Daniels. That likely means Trevino will open the year at Triple-A Nasvhille of the Pacific Coast League.
Blake Rutherford CHW CF
White Sox's Blake Rutherford: Invited to spring training21h ago
Rutherford was invited to big-league spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Rutherford spent the entirety of the 2018 season at High-A Winston-Salem and led the Carolina League with 78 RBI and 131 hits. Most evaluators would like to see him hit more for power -- he went from two home runs to seven from 2017 to 2018 -- but the White Sox remain patient with Rutherford. The 21-year-old is expected to start the year at Double-A Birmingham, where we'll be watching to see if the corner outfielder can find his power zone.
Greg Zuerlein LAR K
Rams' Greg Zuerlein: Tending to left foot injury10h ago
Zuerlein was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to a left foot injury, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
The Rams are in the Super Bowl because of Zuerlein's right foot, but his plant foot is afflicting him ahead of the biggest game of his career. Per Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com, Zuerlein was donning a boot on that foot Monday. While somewhat worrisome, coach Sean McVay doesn't believe Zuerlein or any other Rams player will be at risk of sitting out Feb. 3 versus the Patriots.
Akeem King SEA CB
Seahawks' Akeem King: Occasional defensive asset10h ago
King made 21 tackles (16 solo) in the 2018 season.
King was only given serious responsibility on defense twice, playing a combined 119 defensive snaps over Week 2 and Week 17, and just 26 among the other 14 games. Those added reps often stemmed from injuries in front of him, but Tedric Thompson also outplayed King for a majority of the campaign. King will be a free agent in March, and he could be kept around as a reserve again.
Andre Holmes DEN WR
Andre Holmes: Let go by Denver10h ago
Holmes (ankle) was released by the Broncos on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Holmes was initially acquired by the Broncos on Dec. 5 after having been released by the Bills, and now hits the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The 30-year-old veteran caught his only target for a gain of five yards across three games in Denver, before suffering a high-ankle sprain during a Week 16 loss to the Raiders and being placed on injured reserve. The big-bodied receiver is expected to recover in time for offseason OTAs in the spring, and will work to land a depth role elsewhere in the league.
Justin Coleman SEA CB
Seahawks' Justin Coleman: Respectable 2018 campaign10h ago
Coleman made 55 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups and one interception in the 2018 season.
Coleman was given plenty of responsibility, as he played 40 or more snaps in 12 of 16 games and logged 45 in the playoff loss to Dallas. He rewarded the coaching staff for that decision in Week 14 against the Vikings when he scooped up a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown to cinch an important win. This was Coleman's second year in Seattle, and he'll become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Austin Calitro SEA OLB
Seahawks' Austin Calitro: Used as necessary in 201810h ago
Calitro made 45 tackles (32 solo) in 16 games during the 2018 season.
Calitro recorded 10 or less defensive snaps on nine occasions but he worked a heavy rotation as necessary when Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright were injured. Among the four games he played over 40 snaps, Calitro averaged eight tackles. The 25-year-old is under contract for next season and will battle Shaquem Griffin and Jacob Martin for a starting role if K.J. Wright walks in free agency.
Marcus Mariota TEN QB
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Facing smooth transition12h ago
Mariota (neck/foot) will work with the same playbook terminology in 2019 after the Titans promoted Arthur Smith to replace Matt LaFleur as their offensive coordinator, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
Coach Mike Vrabel said he didn't want to subject Mariota and his teammates to massive changes for a second straight offseason. Of course, the Titans still have a lot of work to do on the offensive side, coming off a 2018 campaign in which they ranked 27th in points (19.4 per game) and 25th in yards (312.6 per game). The team seemed to find an identity with running back Derrick Henry's late-season explosion, but the bigger picture shows a campaign defined by Mariota's sacks and difficulties with staying healthy. The 25-year-old quarterback is now heading into a contract season, playing under the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. It's unclear if the Titans are interested in discussing an extension, as Mariota didn't inspire much confidence in 2018. There haven't been any indications his late-season neck injury will impact his offseason preparation.
JJ Redick PHI SG
76ers' J.J. Redick: Buries six threes against Spurs4h ago
Redick scored 19 points (6-16 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding three rebounds, three assists and a block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 122-120 win over the Spurs.
While the sharpshooter did almost all of his damage from beyond the arc, that one free throw proved to be crucial as it completed a four-point play to give the Sixers a one-point lead with just one minute left in the game -- a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Redick is thriving in Philly, averaging career highs in scoring and three-pointers as he provides the young squad with some veteran savvy and a key secondary offensive threat.
Ben Simmons PHI PG
76ers' Ben Simmons: Triple-double in win over Spurs4h ago
Simmons scored 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-4 FT) while adding 15 assists, 10 rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 122-120 win over the Spurs.
It's his eighth triple-double of the season and the 20th of his young career -- only Oscar Robertson hit that mark sooner, collecting No. 20 in only his 45th game compared to Simmons' 129. The guard is putting together a massive January, scoring 20-plus in seven of 12 games while averaging 18.3 points, 10.2 boards, 9.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks while shooting an eye-popping 57.8 percent from the floor.
Joel Embiid PHI C
76ers' Joel Embiid: Grabs 40th double-double4h ago
Embiid scored a game-high 33 points (13-28 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding 19 rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 122-120 win over the Spurs.
San Antonio's frontcourt simply had no answers for Embiid, who scored 16 straight points for Philly in the second half to keep things close before the team rallied from a six-point deficit in the final five minutes. The double-double was Embiid's 40th of the season, moving him (at least temporarily) into first place in the league in that category ahead of Rudy Gobert.
Antonio Blakeney CHI SG
Bulls' Antonio Blakeney: Plays three minutes in loss4h ago
Blakeney scored two points (1-1 FG) in three minutes during Wednesday's 121-101 loss to the Hawks.
Blakeney has earned just three minutes in consecutive contests, this after being a healthy scratch during last Saturday's loss to the Heat. Since scoring in double figures in four of the first five games in January and earning double-digit minutes in all five of those tilts, Blakeney has appeared in just three of the last six matchups while combining to play only 15 minutes.
Patty Mills SA PG
Spurs' Patty Mills: Leads bench in loss4h ago
Mills scored 17 points (6-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding a rebound, an assist and a steal in 23 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 122-120 loss to the 76ers.
After scoring only nine points in his last two games combined, Mills was able to find a groove in Philly, posting his best scoring total since late November. The veteran guard remains a big part of the Spurs' second unit, but other than his three-point shooting, he doesn't offer much fantasy upside.
Kris Dunn CHI PG
Bulls' Kris Dunn: Fills stat sheet in loss4h ago
Dunn had 16 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 121-101 loss to the Hawks.
Dunn contributed in every category, and he has finished with exactly four boards and two steals in three straight games. This is also the third time in the last seven showings that Dunn has recorded two blocks. His scoring has fallen off a bit compared to last season, but Dunn is maintaining a career-high assist average while committing fewer turnovers per game than last year and connecting on career-best percentages from the field, beyond the arc, and the charity stripe.
Chad Johnson ANA G
Ducks' Chad Johnson: Stops one puck1h ago
Johnson made one save on the only shot he faced during a relief appearance in a 5-1 loss to the Blues on Wednesday.
At least he didn't yield a goal, but this performance does little to help Johnson's numbers. He was simply in net for mop up duty, and with the game well in hand, the Blues didn't test him. Johnson is 2-9-0 with a 3.28 GAA and .889 save percentage in 14 games with the Blues and Ducks.
John Gibson ANA G
Ducks' John Gibson: Gets pulled against Blues1h ago
Gibson allowed five goals on 31 shots before getting pulled with about 10 minutes left in regulation during a 5-1 loss to the Blues on Wednesday.
After going 11 games without a win, Gibson earned two much needed victories, but he was back on the wrong track Wednesday. In his defense, the Ducks played horrible hockey Wednesday night, getting outshot, 32-13. Gibson leads the league in saves and shots faced. He should continue to receive a ton of work and respond well to it, but there's going to be nights like this too. Gibson is 17-16-8 with a 2.74 GAA and .919 save percentage this season.
Jordan Binnington STL G
Blues' Jordan Binnington: Continues strong start to career1h ago
Binnington allowed one goal on 13 shots in a 5-1 victory against the Ducks on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old was hardly tested, but this was a great bounce back performance after yielding four goals against the Kings. That's still the only regulation loss of his career, as he is 5-1-1 with a 1.84 GAA and .924 save percentage this season. Binnington made his NHL debut in 2015-16, but played just one game that season. This is his first extensive NHL action, and if he keeps playing like this, the Blues will have no choice but to keep him on the NHL roster.
Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Fails to outshine counterpart2h ago
Fleury allowed two goals on 27 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Predators on Wednesday.
The veteran netminder played well, and the Golden Knights outshot the Predators by more than 20, but Juuse Saros was simply too sharp, resulting in a loss for Fleury. While he's lost three of the last four games, Fleury is still 7-4-0 with a .925 save percentage in the last 11 contests. He also still leads the league with 27 wins and six shutouts this season.
Juuse Saros NSH G
Predators' Juuse Saros: Dazzles with 47 stops in win2h ago
Saros made 47 saves on 48 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
His season numbers aren't great overall, but Saros has been fantastic over the last five weeks. In his last eight games, Saros is 5-1-1 and owns a .956 save percentage, as he's given up more than one goal just twice during that stretch. As long as he's on this hot streak, Saros is one of the best streaming options available. Overall, he is 12-6-1 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.58 GAA this season.
Philipp Grubauer COL G
Avalanche's Philipp Grubauer: Trampled by Wild3h ago
Grubauer stopped 23 of 28 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
The Avs' backup was making his first start since Jan 8., but this performance won't earn him a bigger share of the workload in the second half. Grubauer has surrendered at least four goals in four of his last six outings. leaving him saddled with a 3.29 GAA and .895 save percentage, and he remains little threat to Seymon Varlamov's spot atop the depth chart.