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Senators' Mark Stone: Two helpers in Wednesday's loss
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Stone picked up two assists while adding one shot, one blocked shot and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

He's now got six points (one goal, five assists) in five games since returning to action from a knee injury. Stone's already reached the 50-point mark for the fourth straight season, but if Derick Brassard gets dealt at the trade deadline it could have a big impact on his winger's production for the rest of the campaign.

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Indians' Francisco Mejia: Ticketed for Triple-A to open year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mejia is expected to open the 2018 season with Triple-A Columbus, Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. ""He's a really well thought of young catcher," manager Terry Francona said of Mejia. "I don't think he's even been to Triple-A, so there's nothing wrong with him getting some seasoning there."

With Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes expected to split catching duties again for the Indians this season, Mejia will open the year as the starter for Triple-A Columbus. Francona didn't rule out a possible promotion for Mejia if either Gomes or Perez were to go down with an injury, but at this point it sounds like the highly-touted 22-year-old will spend most of the 2018 campaign continuing his development in the minors.

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Senators' Mike Condon: Makes 36 saves in shootout loss Wednesday
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Condon stopped 36 of 38 shots in regulation and overtime, but got beat three times in the seven-round shootout, during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

The 27-year-old has now taken the loss in his last four games, managing a paltry .893 save percentage over that stretch. Condon hasn't come close to duplicating last season's form, and while the defensive woes of the team in front of him have played a large part in his struggles, his fantasy value as Craig Anderson's backup remains very low.

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Indians' Yan Gomes: Will share time again in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gomes is competing with Roberto Perez for the starting catching job, though manager Terry Francona noted both catchers are expected to see their fair share of playing time in 2018, Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. "(It's like) when we play Kansas City, (Salvador Perez) catches a lot, and then you see (Drew) Butera catch the odd game here or there," the manager said. "We're never going to be like that. Our guys are too close together where we need them to play more than that, so they will."

That said, Francona didn't say the two would split time evenly. Depending on who wins the starting gig in spring, it sounds like the playing time could shake out similar to last year; Gomes, who entered the season as the starter, appeared in 105 games, while Perez, the backup, appeared in 73 contests. The two were pretty similar defensively in 2017, with Gomes throwing out 42 percent of attempted base stealers compared to Perez's 43 percent mark. Gomes did hold the slight offensive advantage, however, as he hit .232 with 14 homers in 383 plate appearances last season while Perez finished the year with a .209 average and eight homers in 248 trips to the plate. Gomes will look to retain his starting role with a strong spring, though his fantasy value could take a slight hit if Perez emerges as the team's No. 1 option behind the dish.

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Marlins' Sandy Alcantara: In mix for rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Alcantara is competing for one of the Marlins' final three rotation spots in spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

With Dan Straily and Jose Urena sitting as the only two locks to open the season in Miami's rotation, Alcantara will join around 10 others in auditioning for one of the remaining three spots. The electric right-hander was one of the two headliners acquired by the Marlins in exchange for Marcell Ozuna earlier in the offseason. He made his major-league debut with the Cardinals in 2017 as a reliever, posting a 4.32 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 10:6 K:BB across 8.1 innings of work. That said, he worked primarily as a starter with Double-A Springfield prior to his promotion, and assuming he sticks in that role this season, he'll likely require more seasoning in the minors before joining the Marlins' rotation.

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