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When Reds manager Bryan Price was asked about Paul Maholm, Price made it sound like there's a good chance either Maholm or veteran right-hander Jason Marquis will be in the rotation if Homer Bailey isn't ready for the start of the season.

Maholm and Marquis have both have a lot of big league starts under their belts and could have NL-only value in the rotation. Marquis probably has a leg up on that competition, as the Reds could elect to use Maholm out of the bullpen. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Matt Cain was pleased with his live batting practice session Sunday.

It seems Cain is being largely ignored by fantasy players, but it was just two seasons ago he went 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA. He has a long way to go towards mixed league relevance, but this was a good step in the right direction. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) will throw live batting practice Sunday.

Nelson was unable to throw Thursday or Friday, so it is nice to see him back on the hill. He is one of the more popular pitching sleepers heading into the season though he will have to cut down on the walks that have caused problems for him at various minor league stops. Barring a setback, Nelson should be good to go for the start of the regular season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Mets are concerned about Juan Lagares' elbow. He will be monitored closely during spring training.

Lagares isn't much of a hitter, but he is probably the best defensive center fielder in the game, which keeps him on the field. He is a useful NL-only player, though an elbow injury would greatly cut into his value. If Lagares were to miss any time, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr. would likely split his at-bats, with Curtis Granderson picking up more starts in center field. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jordan Lyles will start the Rockies Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Lyles is working on a new changeup, and starting the Cactus League opener will give him an opportunity to try it out in a game situation. Lyles was once a top prospect, and he has some intriguing upside if his changeup is actually effective. Fantasy players should keep a close eye on his Cactus League starts. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Shin-Soo Choo says he's feeling no pain in his ankle or elbow this spring.

Injuries limited Choo to just 123 games in 2014 and likely affected his performance as well. Choo had his worst season since 2007, batting .242/.340/.374 and stealing just three bases in seven attempts. He is still a bit risky, especially against lefties, but if he is indeed healthy he has an excellent chance to bounce back in 2015. Analysis: Steve Pimental

CF Coco Crisp (pinkeye) is back with the Athletics Sunday.

Coco Crisp is back with the team today, but will not participate in the intrasquad game and is expected to be held out of the first couple Cactus League exhibitions. The 13-year veteran saw his numbers take a dip across the board last season, as he hit for a .246 average while scoring 68 runs and swiping 19 bags. Crisp has eclipsed 135 games just one time in his five years with the A's, and you can expect see his name still available late in deeper league drafts - if you want to roll the dice on the 35-year-old. Analysis: Keith Tro

Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Garrett Richards is about a week from being released by trainers to do everything.

Prior to rupturing a tendon in his left knee, Angels Starter Garret Richards went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 8.75 K/9 across 168.2 innings pitched. He recently tossed 25 pitches from the stretch and 25 from the windup during his fourth bullpen session of spring. Richards is gearing up to be ready for opening day, but it's likely the Angels want to take a more conservative approach. He has the potential to be a top ten fantasy starter, but his ADP is likely to fluctuate along with the rehabilitation news.  Analysis: Keith Tro

The Dodgers signed setup man Mike Adams to a Minor league deal.

The 36-year-old reliever got off to a strong start for the Phillies last season, but was sidelined after just 18.2 innings with shoulder and rotator cuff issues. Adams went 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over that span, which included 22 games. With Kenley Jansen (foot) expected to miss a few months, the Dodgers continue to add bullpen depth. Until/unless he gets the call to the majors, he can be avoided on all fantasy fronts.  Analysis: Keith Tro

Matt Wieters is catching in Sunday's intrasquad game.

It's a bit of a surprise considering the Orioles said that he would be limited to DHing until mid-March but perhaps that just meant for competitive games. Since it's just an intersqaud scrimmage, maybe they'll just limit his throwing from behind the dish but let him get some work in at least. Analysis: Howard Bender

Zach Putnam has been dealing with a tight back, but says it's minor.

Putnam, who actually filled in briefly as the White Sox closer last year, will probably take it easy on himself over the next couple of days to let the tightness subside. Consider him day-to-day but don't expect this to impact his standing with the club at all. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Snyder is signing with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League. He claims to be 100-percent healthy after dealing with plantar fasciitis.

The 28-year old corner infielder has seen his share of call-ups over the years, but nothing that would be deemed successful or promising. He'll try to re-establish himself in the Atlantic League and from there, see if he can get himself a big-league tryout. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jason Berken signs a minor-league deal with the Phillies.

The 31-year old right-hander has been sitting in Triple-A for the last two seasons without a single call-up. The Phillies will kick the tires here, but don;t expect to see him in the majors anytime soon. Analysis: Howard Bender
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