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May 9, 2021 11:48 AM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Batting leadoff Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy is starting at third base and batting first in Sunday's game against the Pirates.

Duffy delivered a go-ahead single off the bench Saturday, so he'll be rewarded with a start and leadoff duties in the series finale. The 30-year-old has seen more regular playing time at third with Kris Bryant shifting to the outfield to cover for Ian Happ (ribs). Duffy is slashing .309/.418/.364 through 55 at-bats, so he's making a case for continued playing time even after Happ returns from the injured list.

May 2, 2021 11:00 AM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Starting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy is starting at third base and batting fifth in Sunday's game against the Reds.

Duffy will be making his second start of the weekend series, as the Cubs have been using Kris Bryant in the outfield more frequently with Joc Pederson (wrist) on the injured list. Pederson is traveling with the team but has yet to be activated, so Duffy should continue to have some short-term fantasy value with the elevated playing time. He's slashing .275/.408/.300 through 40 at-bats this season.

April 22, 2021 05:32 PM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Records three hits in big win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 16-4 win over the Mets.

Duffy was logging just his second start of the season and made the most out of the opportunity in the easy win. The 30-year-old is still behind the likes of David Bote and Eric Sogard in the pecking order at second base, and Kris Bryant has third locked down most days; therefore, Duffy will have to find ways to contribute with limited playing time.

April 16, 2021 10:56 AM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Returns from COVID IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.

The 30-year-old landed on the COVID IL earlier in the week but will make a quick return to the team since he apparently didn't test positive for the virus. Duffy should return to a bench role now that he's back on the active roster.

April 13, 2021 04:28 PM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Lands on COVID-19 injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday.

Duffy becomes the fourth Cub to land on the COVID-19 injured list in the last two days. His expected return date is unclear, as it's unknown whether he contracted the virus himself or was merely exposed to someone else who tested positive. Ildemaro Vargas' contract was selected in a corresponding move.

March 29, 2021 01:04 AM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Makes roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy had his contract selected by the Cubs on Sunday and will be on the Opening Day roster, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Duffy was a non-roster invitee to camp, but he impressed the coaching staff this spring. The 30-year-old gives the Cubs a veteran option who can play both corner infield positions. Ildemaro Vargas was designated for assignment to make room on the roster. Eric Sogard, who was also a non-roster invitee to camp, will join Duffy on the Chicago bench. Duffy likely won't play enough to be fantasy relevant, though that could change if there are any injuries to the regular starters.

March 22, 2021 09:08 PM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Two hits Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Monday's Cactus League game against the Angels.

Duffy has been steady if not spectacular this spring, registering a .300 average and .650 OPS across 20 at-bats. The veteran infielder is on a minor-league deal and likely won't figure into the Opening Day mix for the Cubs, though he gives them a depth option for later in the season. Duffy last appeared in the majors in 2019 with the Rays, slashing .252/.343/.327 across 46 games.

December 21, 2020 04:36 PM
Cubs' Matt Duffy: Signs minor-league deal with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy joined the Cubs on a minor-league deal Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Duffy will make $1 million plus incentives if he cracks the big-league roster. The veteran infielder owns a respectable .282/.338/.380 career slash line, good for a technically above-average 101 wRC+. He's been good enough for at least a bench role for most of his career, though he couldn't crack the Yankees' active roster at any point last season and hit a modest .252/.343/.327 for the Rays in 2019.

August 27, 2020 02:28 AM
Yankees' Matt Duffy: Traveling with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy is part of the Yankees' current taxi squad, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Duffy was signed by the Yankees in late June but did not make the team's Opening Day roster. He provides versatility and plenty of big-league experience, though he is ineligible to play unless the team first clears room for him on the active roster.

July 21, 2020 07:56 PM
Yankees' Matt Duffy: Reassigned to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy was reassigned to the Yankees' alternate training site Tuesday.

Duffy was in contention for a major-league roster spot with DJ LeMahieu's (illness) status in question, but Duffy will head to alternate camp as LeMahieu looks to be on track to return soon. The 29-year-old could be in consideration for a spot on the 30-man roster if injuries pile up in the infield this season.

July 15, 2020 10:12 AM
Yankees' Matt Duffy: Chance to make Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy is being considered for a roster spot with the Yankees for Opening Day, given D.J. LeMahieu's trip to the IL, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Duffy has some experience at second base (18 games) but has also shifted over to the infield with the Rays on many occasions. LeMahieu's status in returning from a positive COVID-19 test is uncertain, while the Yankees' other options at second base are Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada.

June 30, 2020 12:44 AM
Yankees' Matt Duffy: Signs with Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy signed with the Yankees on Sunday and was added to the team's 60-man player pool.

Duffy logged 169 plate appearances with Tampa Bay last season, slashing .252/.343/.327 with a home run and 12 RBI. The utilityman should compete for a spot on the team's 30-man roster to open the 2020 campaign.

March 22, 2020 11:16 PM
Rangers' Matt Duffy: Still in consideration for roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy could benefit by the uncertainty in the battle for the Rangers' starting job at first base, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Duffy has mostly played third base during his career, but the first-base battle between Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird has the Rangers thinking about alternate plans. Neither player has grabbed hold of the job, which has manager Chris Woodward thinking about moving third baseman Todd Frazier to first base, opening up an opportunity for Duffy or Isiah Kiner-Falefa at the hot corner. The question is whether Duffy can provide offense worthy of a corner infielder.

January 31, 2020 10:52 AM
Rangers' Matt Duffy: Lands NRI deal with Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy agreed Thursday with the Rangers on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal is worth $1 million if Duffy is added to the Rangers' MLB roster and contains up to $1.5 million in additional incentives.

Duffy has been just about a league-average hitter (.282/.338/.380 career slash line, 101 wRC+) over parts of five seasons in the majors, but extended absences due to injuries in each of the past three years have sent his career on a downward trajectory. The 28-year-old will at least enter spring training at full health, though that alone won't be enough to guarantee him a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster. Even if he fares well in Cactus League action, Duffy will likely need youngsters Nick Solak and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to struggle in order to claim a reserve infield job.

November 23, 2019 10:12 AM
Matt Duffy: Cut loose by Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy was released by the Rays on Friday.

Duffy was booted from the 40-man roster Wednesday, and after passing through waivers he's become a free agent. He spent 46 games with the Rays in 2019, hitting .252 with a home run and 12 RBI over that stretch.

November 20, 2019 08:24 PM
Rays' Matt Duffy: Removed from 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy was designated for assignment by the Rays on Wednesday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Duffy was limited to 46 games as he endured an injury-plagued 2019, and he didn't perform well when healthy with a .252/.343/.327 slash line and one home run. The 28-year-old's lack of power (22 home runs in 452 career games) provides a significant limit on his value at third base.

September 29, 2019 03:32 PM
Rays' Matt Duffy: Slugs long-awaited first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Duffy finally went deep in the penultimate game of his truncated season, accounting for the only run of the day for the Rays in the process. The veteran is enjoying a strong month heading into Wednesday's American League Wild Card Game, with Saturday's multi-hit effort pushing his average in September to .333.

September 26, 2019 10:08 PM
Rays' Matt Duffy: Hot at plate in September
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday, is hitting .316 (12-for-38) with six extra-base hits (three doubles, three home runs) over 46 plate appearances in September.

Some of his teammates have been grabbing the headlines recently with their game-winning hits, yet Duffy has rather quietly hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. The veteran's .248/.340/.305 line for the season leaves something to be desired in terms of both batting average and slugging percentage, but his current stretch of hitting is a particularly welcome sight considering it's come during the Rays' playoff push and the fact he hit just .189 in August.

September 13, 2019 01:12 AM
Rays' Matt Duffy: Serves as agitator in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy went 1-for-1 with an RBI single, a sacrifice fly and two walks in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. He was also caught stealing on his only attempt.

Duffy was a thorn in the side of Rangers pitching before eventually being pinch run for by Johnny Davis in the seventh inning. The veteran infielder has seen spotty playing time in September, following a forgettable August during which he hit just .189. He's struggled to put good wood on the ball as well, as Duffy is still in search of his first home run of the season and has only five extra-base hits (all doubles) across 131 plate appearances.

August 25, 2019 11:32 AM
Rays' Matt Duffy: Moves to bench Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Duffy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

After drawing five consecutive starts at the hot corner, Duffy will cede the position to Joey Wendle in the series finale. With Duffy batting .080 over his last eight games and Wendle offering a left-handed alternative at third base now that he's healthy again, it's possible that Duffy transitions into more of a part-time role heading into the final month of the season.

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