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
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
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
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