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Jose Peraza CIN SS
Reds' Jose Peraza: Out of Saturday's lineup10m ago
Peraza is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Saturday, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Peraza will receive a standard day off after starting the past 12 games. In his absence, Alex Blandino will draw a start at shortstop and bat atop of the Reds' order.
Derek Dietrich MIA LF
Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Stationed on bench Saturday12m ago
Dietrich is not in the lineup Saturday against Colorado, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Dietrich will take a seat with left-hander Tyler Anderson on the mound for the Rockies. In his place, Cameron Maybin will man left field. Look for Dietrich to return to the starting nine for Sunday's series finale.
Robbie Ray ARI SP
Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray: Another rehab start coming Monday12m ago
Ray (oblique) will make his third rehab start at Triple-A Reno on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
There had been some sentiment that Ray might make his next turn in the Arizona rotation following his second outing June 19 with Reno, but since the lefty covered only 4.1 innings and threw 66 pitches in that outing, the team brass likely wants to see his build up his arm a little more. Assuming Ray performs up to snuff while tossing around 80-to-90 pitches in Monday's start, he could be activated from the 10-day disabled list and slot back into the big-league rotation as early as June 30 against the Giants. Manager Torey Lovullo has expressed a reluctance to deploy a six-man rotation, so Shelby Miller (elbow) or Clay Buchholz would seemingly be most at risk of surrendering a starting spot to Ray.
JT Riddle MIA SS
Marlins' JT Riddle: Not in Saturday's lineup15m ago
Riddle is out of the lineup against the Rockies on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Miguel Rojas will get a start at shortstop in Riddle's place after the latter went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and one RBI in Friday's loss. Over 26 games this year, Riddle is hitting just .218 with a .632 OPS.
Justin Bour MIA 1B
Marlins' Justin Bour: Receives rare day off Saturday17m ago
Bour is not in the lineup Saturday against Colorado, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Bour will head to the bench for the first time since May 13 after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts during Friday's game. In his place, J.T. Realmuto will start at first base while Bryan Holaday handles the catching duties. Look for Bour to return to the lineup Sunday.
Jarrod Dyson ARI CF
Diamondbacks' Jarrod Dyson: Collects 13th stolen base Friday21m ago
Dyson went 1-for-5 with a double and a stolen base in Friday's 2-1 triumph over the Pirates.
Incredibly, the double was Dyson's first extra-base hit since April 26, despite the veteran outfielder seeing semi-regular work for much of the past two months and not missing any time due to injury. As fantasy owners hoped, Dyson has been aggressive on the basepaths with a 13-for-16 success rate on stolen-base attempts, but it's come with a horrid .182/.280/.260 slash line across 210 plate appearances. His .540 OPS is the lowest of his career by more than 100 points for any of the seven seasons in which he has played in at least 30 games.
Tavon Wilson DET DB
Lions' Tavon Wilson: Limited in spring practices19h ago
Wilson (shoulder) did not participate in the team portions of mandatory minicamp, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.
Wilson's 2017 campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury that planted him on injured reserve for the season's final six games. While there's been no indication that the veteran will remain limited when training camp rolls around in late July, it wouldn't be a complete surprise if he's prevented from taking part in select drills, either. Should he continue to miss time, Quandre Diggs will likely continue to fill in with the first-team defense, though Miles Killebrew could also see some snaps there as well.
Jace Billingsley DET WR
Lions' Jace Billingsley: Receives first-team snaps in spring workouts20h ago
Billingsley received snaps with the first-team offense during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Billingsley has been on and off the Lions roster the past two years, only seeing action in two regular-season games. However, with Golden Tate (rest) and TJ Jones (shoulder) getting time off, the Eastern Oregon product had a chance to shine with the first-team offense this offseason, and he didn't disappoint. While the 5-foot-9 receiver has been limited to the slot -- and his lack of versatility suggests he still faces an uphill battle to earning a roster spot -- Billingsley likely will be in the mix for the No. 5 receiver job. Should he beat the odds, Billingsley is someone to keep on the watch list in the event that Tate is forced to miss any games.
Ezekiel Ansah DET DE
Lions' Ezekiel Ansah: Preparing for versatile role20h ago
Ansah (knee) spent time practicing with the linebackers during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
By all indications, it seems that head coach Matt Patricia has plans to use Ansah in a variety of ways this upcoming season -- which comes as no surprise given the ex-Patriots defensive coordinator's historical emphasis on versatility. However, Ansah has been extremely limited in practices open to the media this spring, so we won't get much of a feel for Ansah's exact role until training camp starts up in late July.
Marvin Jones DET WR
Lions' Marvin Jones: Looking for repeat season20h ago
Jones led the league with 467 receiving yards and 25.9 yards per catch on contested targets last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jones isn't the best at sprinting past defenders or jumping over them, but his impressive route running and ability to stay focused in traffic have allowed for above-average efficiency dating back to his time in Cincinnati. With the help of impressive accuracy from Matthew Stafford on deep throws, Jones posted elite marks for yards per catch (18.0) and yards per target (10.2) last season. The continued development of Kenny Golladay could take a few deep looks away from Jones, but there should be plenty of opportunities for both wideouts -- plus slot man Golden Tate -- in an offense that replaced TEs Eric Ebron (Colts) and Darren Fells (Browns) with career role players Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. While the Lions also made a major commitment to their running game, they'll likely direct a huge portion of targets to their top three wideouts, which should help protect Jones against a shift in run:pass ratio. That being said, he'll have a tough time avoiding at least a minor dip from last year's career-best marks for YPC and YPT.
Menelik Watson DEN T
Broncos' Menelik Watson: On roster bubble20h ago
Watson is on the roster bubble in Denver, Jeff Legwold of ESPN reports.
The Broncos signed Watson last offseason with the intention he could be the solution at right tackle, but Watson missed nine games due to injuries before ending the season on injured reserve with a torn tendon in his foot. While it's convenient to thus profile him as a potential roster cut, Denver would only save about $350,000 by releasing him this summer, per OTC, so Watson is likely to stick around for at least one more season in Denver. Seemingly recovered from said foot injury, Watson was moved to offensive guard in spring workouts and will compete for a starting role with third-year offensive lineman Connor McGovern.
Keenan Allen LAC WR
Chargers' Keenan Allen: Should be busy without Henry21h ago
Allen could spend more time playing the slot in three-wide formations with TE Hunter Henry (knee) out for the season, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports.
Allen is the rare wideout who seems equally comfortable outside or in the slot, rotating between positions with ease. Not that there was ever much question about his volume, but Henry's absence should erase any potentials fears about Allen significantly dropping off from last year's mark of 9.9 targets per game. The 26-year-old may have reinforced his reputation as a possession receiver with only six TDs on 102 catches, but he actually led all WRs in both red-zone targets (24) and inside-the-10 targets (15). Given that Allen, Henry and Antonio Gates accounted for 75.5 percent of the Chargers' targets inside the 10-yard line last season, Allen figures to have plenty of scoring opportunities in 2018. It remains to be seen if he'll take advantage, after failing to capitalize on those chances last year. There is some chance the team re-signs Gates, and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams (6-4, 220) is an obvious candidate to handle some of the red-zone looks that would've gone to Henry.
Danny Green SA SF
Spurs' Danny Green: To accept player option17h ago
Green will accept his $10 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Green just turned 31 years old and is coming off another down year shooting the ball from distance, which may be driving his decision to accept his player option rather than test the open market. From the 2011-12 season through the 2014-15 season, he made 42.3 percent of his shots from three. Over the past three campaigns, that number has dropped drastically to 35.7 percent.
Jordan Bell GS C
Warriors' Jordan Bell: Expected to play in summer league18h ago
Bell is expected to play on the Warriors' summer league team, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Bell had a strong rookie campaign for the Warriors, averaging 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 block in 14.2 minutes. He even drew 13 starts, posting 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and just under two blocks per game in those outings.
Wilson Chandler DEN SF
Nuggets' Wilson Chandler: Exercises player option18h ago
Chandler exercised his $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.
This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Chandler was unlikely to garner a bigger contract in free agency. The 31-year-old is coming off one of the most uneventful seasons of his career. He averaged just 10.0 points (44.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.8 percent from three), 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.6 minutes.
Chris Boucher GS PF
Chris Boucher: Waived by Golden State20h ago
Boucher was released by the Warriors on Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Boucher, an undrafted rookie last season, played just one minute for Golden State. He spent most of the year in the G-League, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 22.2 minutes.
DeAndre' Bembry ATL SF
Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry: Playing in summer league20h ago
Bembry will join the Hawks' summer league roster, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Injuries limited Bembry to just 26 games last year, which was his sophomore campaign. In those games, he posted 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes. He'll look to gain some more experience by playing in summer league.
Jarell Eddie CHI SG
Celtics' Jarell Eddie: Joins Celtics for summer league1d ago
Eddie will play with the Celtics' summer league team, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Eddie was primarily featured in the G-League last season but did sign a 10-day contract with the Celtics in January and then with the Bulls in February. He's likely destined for another G-League heavy season, but he will use the summer to potentially land a two-way contract with a team.
Ilya Kovalchuk SKA LW
Kings' Ilya Kovalchuk: Becomes King for three years1h ago
Kovalchuk has agreed to a three-year contract with the Kings, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca.
The average annual cap hit is $6.25 million, which is the same as the Leafs' deal with Patrick Marleau. Kovalchuk will immediately bring sniping to the Kings' top six, but he will be 38 in a young man's league when the deal ends.
Ilya Kovalchuk SKA LW
Ilya Kovalchuk: Weighing several NHL offers1h ago
Kovalchuk has met with the Bruins, Kings, Sharks and Golden Knights as he makes plans to return to the NHL, reports the NHL.com.
He can't officially sign with a team until July 1, but he can agree to a contract before then. Kovy is 35 and clearly weighing several offers. He hasn't played in the NHL since 2012-13 when he scored 31 points in 37 games with New Jersey. Last season, Kovalchuk led the KHL in scoring with 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists) in 53 games and he has 285 points in 262 KHL games over the last five seasons.
John Carlson WAS D
Capitals' John Carlson: Close to re-signing with Cup winner1h ago
Carlson is close to re-signing with the Capitals, reports NHL.com.
The Caps freed up cap space by moving Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to the Avalanche on Friday so they could pursue Carlson's re-signing with greater earnest. The team wants to sew him up before Sunday, the day when the pending UFA can start chatting with other teams. "We're going to do our best to sign John, we've said it all along," Caps' general manager Brian MacLellan said. "We're close, and hopefully we can close the deal here in the next 24 hours." Carlson led all NHL defensemen with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists) this season.
Luke Kunin MIN RW
Wild's Luke Kunin: Pleased with rehab progress2h ago
Kunin said his recovery from a torn ACL is "going great," and he's working towards being ready for the start of training camp, Michael Russo of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
Russo spoke to Kunin at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas on Friday. A prospect belonging to the Wild, Kunin went 15th overall in the 2015 draft, and he ended up with two goals and two assists in 19 games as part of the 2017-18 campaign. Unfortunately, since he sustained his knee injury in March, the former Wisconsin Badger did not get a chance to make his NHL postseason debut. Fantasy owners involved in dynasty owners are encouraged to practice patience with Kunin since he carries plenty of upside.
Samuel Morin PHI D
Flyers' Samuel Morin: Procures three-year extension12h ago
Morin (knee) agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Flyers on Friday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
According to an unnamed source that Whyno cited, Morin's deal is worth $700,000 annually. It's refreshing to see Philly standing behind its towering prospect (6-foot-6, 202 pounds) despite how he required surgery to repair a torn ACL in May and is expected to be kept off the game ice until February of 2019. Morin very well could be worth the wait -- after all, the Flyers took him 11th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and among the blueliners who finished the year on the team's active NHL roster last season, only four of them are currently under contract for the 2018-19 campaign.
Brooks Orpik COL D
Avalanche's Brooks Orpik: Moving on from Washington17h ago
The Capitals dealt Orpik to the Avalanche on Friday -- along with goaltender Philipp Grubauer -- in exchange for the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
TSN's Pierre LeBrun passes on word that Colorado is trying to trade Orpik, and the club is expected to buy him out if the effort fails. Washington needed to create cap space in an attempt to sign pending UFA defender John Carlson, and moving Orpik's $5.5 million contract was their clearest and easiest path to doing so. Orpik, who posted zero goals and 10 assists in 81 games last season, has one year remaining on his deal.