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The Padres are actively shopping relief pitchers.

The Padres pushed left-handed reliever Alex Torres out of the door just a few days in return for minor league pitcher Cory Mazzoni. The report suggests that all relievers not named Benoit have been mounted firmly on the trade block and will be made available to the highest bidder. It makes sense, as they're currently on overload. Kevin Quackenbush, Shawn Kelley, Brandon Maurer, Nick Vincent and Dale Thayer would all be candidates for high-leverage jobs on different clubs. GM A.J. Preller's former organization, the Rangers, are in need of bullpen assistance.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Kelly Johnson has made the Braves' 25-man roster, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

As of this writing, Johnson only showed up on Atlanta's online depth chart as the fourth option at third base, so it's unlikely he'll see regular work despite making the team out of Spring Training. Jace Peterson and Chris Johnson figure to start at second and third base, and Alberto Callaspo is expected to be the primary backup at those positions, so it's hard to see Johnson getting much work. Johnson hasn't been a decidedly above average offensive producer since 2010, so it would be hard to get too excited about him even if won a starting job. Analysis: Brett Talley

The Rays have acquired RHP Erasmo Ramirez from the Mariners in exchange for LHP Mike Montgomery.

It hasn't been long at all since Erasmo was a darling of the sabermetrically-inclined fantasy world. He was once labeled "the next Kris Medlen" for his breakout potential by more than one writer, although Medlen undergoing his second Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2014 has watered down the meaning of that comparison. But this seems like a classic Rays move, acquiring a guy many thought had serious breakout potential. It's a little hard to see that now, but Ramirez has missed bats at an above average rate with a career swinging strike rate in the double digits. That's never quite translated to an above league average strikeout rate, but it easily could. Seattle was a good home ball park, but Tampa is better, and he should have a better defense behind him there as well. Those factors along with the absence of bad luck could lead to some decent run prevention. Perhaps more importantly. Ramirez might have a clearer path to a starting role with Tampa who has a pretty beat up rotation already. Analysis: Brett Talley

The Rangers have announced their affiliate rosters. Joey Gallo and Jorge Alfaro will begin the season at Double-A Frisco and Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez will begin the season at Triple-A Round Rock.

These are arguably Texas' three best prospects and all of them should excite fantasy players. Gallo and his prodigious power is the most well known of the three, but Alfaro has plenty of power himself and plays a very shallow offensive position, catcher. If Alfaro can stick there and his power translates to the big leagues, he'll be a regular on fantasy rosters for years just like Gallo is expected to be. But as the assignment to Triple-A indicates, it's Gonzalez that is most likely to make it to the majors first. The Rangers pitching depth is pretty thin, especially without Yu Darvish, so Gonzalez will probably make his debut at some point this year. He sits 92-95 with a good fastball, and he has a plus slider. He's not relegated to relieving because he also has a curve and a change, although those pitches need to develop a bit. His command isn't awful, thought that too could stand to improve a bit. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jon Lester, who has been dealing with dead arm, thinks the adrenaline of Opening Night will kick him into gear.

With names like Adam Wainwright and Masahiro Tanaka being drafted around the same spot as Lester, you can't really fade Lester because of injury concerns. Tanake in particular seems especially risky. Plus, these dead arm concerns early in the year typically tend not to be cause for concern. If we start hearing buzzwords like 'pain' or 'soreness,' then it might be time to get a little concerned. Analysis: Brett Talley

A's prospect Billy Burns is expected to fill in for Coco Crisp to begin the season. Crisp is expected to join fellow outfielder Josh Reddick on the disabled list.

In addition to more playing time for Burns, Mark Canha and Craig Genrty may see more work until Crisp and Reddick return. It would make sense to see Ben Zobrist in the outfield fairly often early in the year as well. As for Burns, he has more hits than anyone else so far in Spring Training with 28. He's hitting .394 with a couple doubles and three triples. We don't have advanced stats for Spring numbers, but Burns is pretty obviously riding some spring BABIP luck into regular playing time to begin the year. He hasn't really hit for average in the high minors, so don't expect much from him in that regard. ZiPS has him projected to hit .234. But ZiPS also has him projected to steal just shy of 40 bases if he were to eclipse 500 plate appearances, so if streaming speed is something you're in the market for, Burns is a guy to know. Analysis: Brett Talley

Brandon Beachy will return to L.A. with the Dodgers this weekend, but will return to Arizona once he's able to face live hitters.

Beachy is currently on the 60-Day DL and he has a zero percent chance of being ready for Opening Day. Beachy is coming off Tommy John surgery and the team is hoping that he can return to his form prior the surgery. It is a tall task, but the Dodgers feel comfortable in taking the risk. Don't expect any worthwhile fantasy contributions from Beachy until at least June, given the fact that he will have to rehab and build his stamina. Analysis: Colby Conway

Wandy Rodriguez says his shoulder bothered him Tuesday night briefly after he tried to snag a comebacker, but he was able to get loose shortly thereafter.

Rodriguez isn't expected to be in the team's rotation, so he won't have the same fantasy value he has had in years past. Best case scenario, he becomes an effective middle or long reliever for the team, but his fantasy relevance for 2015 is miniscule. Leave him off your roster. Analysis: Colby Conway

Manager Chip Hale said Mark Trumbo will bat cleanup against left-handed pitchers.

Over the past three seasons, Trumbo has hit southpaws much better. Since 2012, he has hit a home run every 14.2 at bats, compared to every 21 at bats against righties. Trumbo is hoping to return to his 2013 numbers, after a foot injury really interrupted his 2014 campaign. Trumbo will provide you with homers and RBIs but he will negatively affect your average. Analysis: Colby Conway

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) took batting practice on Tuesday, but he still hasn't been cleared to play.

His hamstring issue is giving the Cubs some serious roster issues. He hasn't played since March 17th, he likely won't play before the end of spring training and that is why the Cubs may have to wait until the last minute to finalize their Opening Day roster. If Denorfia isn't healthy by opening day, expect Chris Coghlan to hold down the fort. When both players are healthy, they will platoon in left field for the Cubbies. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jake Smolinski has made the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

Although Ryan Rua was named the starter, Smolinski still broke camp with the Rangers. Smolinski is hitting .348 this spring and his eight extra base hits are tied for the team lead, with none other than Rua as his running mate. Smolinski is the team's fourth outfielder and will be a right handed bat off the bench. Analysis: Colby Conway

Devin Mesoraco (quad) missed Tuesday's game, but is hoping to play Wednesday.

Mesoraco has already said that he would play if it were the regular season. He is just playing it safe with this injury and owners shouldn't be too concerned with his availability for Opening Day. Mesoraco's offensive ability makes him a top-five fantasy catcher and owners are eagerly awaiting what kind of numbers he can put up in a full season's work. Analysis: Colby Conway

Chris Sale (foot) will pitch in a minor league game Wednesday.

Sale is hoping to return to the active roster by April 12, about a month and a half after fracturing a bone in his right foot. He is scheduled to throw 90 pitches in this minor league game and this will be a good indication as to if the April 12 return date is plausible. When he does return, he is expected to be the fantasy ace that everyone knows and loves. Analysis: Colby Conway

Update: As expected, Luke Hochevar (elbow) will start the season on the disabled list.

While he has looked good this spring, the team wants to ease him along slowly. The team hopes he will back by May and they want him to return as soon as possible so that he can return on the $10 million investment the team bestowed upon him. Leave Hochevar off your roster for the first few weeks of the season, with the possibility of adding him if he continues to dominate and progress well. Analysis: Colby Conway

Ty Kelly will begin the season at Triple-A Memphis.

Kelly struggled this spring, only registering seven hits in 35 at-bats. Pair it with the fact that he had more strikeouts than hits, it's completely understandable why he was sent to Triple-A Memphis. Do not roster Kelly in your fantasy league, no matter how deep your league is. Analysis: Colby Conway


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