Masahiro Tanaka got through another 20-pitch session on Sunday.
The 27-year-old pitcher underwent underwent arthroscopic surgery in late November and remains questionable for Opening Day. Once presumed to be the ace of the Yankees rotation, Tanaka is now just trying to make it through an entire season without getting injured. If he can do that, he'll be solid pitcher for both the Yankees and your fantasy team. While he's extremely talented, due to his injury-plagued history you must still draft with caution. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Dodgers prospect Frankie Montas (ribs) is expected to miss two to four months.
Rough start to the year for the Dodgers' No. 4 ranked prospect. While Montas went 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA last season, he still showed some promise and development. Despite the setback, it's believed that Montas will either move into the back-end of the starting rotation, or be featured as one of the team's top relief pitchers, upon returning from his injury. Due to his young age, 22, and potential, Montas is worth keeping an eye on, as he could eventually be a solid waiver wire pickup once the season begins. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Yadier Molina had his cast removed from his surgically repaired thumb.
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said more will be known within the next 2-3 weeks, but Molina's opening day status seems to be questionable at best. Coming back from surgery, and two straight seasons in which his offensive numbers have declined, it would be foolish to expect a sudden resurgence from the 33-year-old catcher. While Molina still has some fantasy value - especially since the catching position is one of the most bare in fantasy baseball - in 10-team leagues, he isn't worth taking prior to round 20. It seems that Father Time may finally be catching up to one of the most consistent catchers to ever play the game. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Braves general manager John Hart said Dansby Swanson may get called up to the big leagues this season if they are out of playoff contention.
It doesn't seem like the Braves' fans would want to hear anything about being out of playoff contention before spring training has even started. Regardless of that, Dansby Swanson was the main piece in the trade that sent Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks during the off-season. Swanson was the No. 1 overall selection in last June's draft, so him being traded was surprising, but the Diamondbacks are all in on winning the NL West. They could soon come to regret that decision if Swanson flourishes. Swanson was invited to spring training and though he doesn't figure to be on the opening day roster, he could be another SS that makes some noise in the majors if he shows well during his audition. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Braves general manager John Hart said Sean Newcomb is close to making an impact with the Braves and he can be a front line starter.
The 22 year-old Sean Newcomb has tremendous upside for the Braves. Newcomb was a former first-round pick at 15th overall for the Angels in 2014. His career from high school on is very impressive. As a senior in high school he had a 0.46 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 58 innings. His senior year at Hartford saw him post a 1.25 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 93 1⁄3 innings, which was enough to name him 2014 America East Pitcher of the Year. His first college win was a no-no against Yale as well. Last season saw Newcomb post a 2.38 ERA with 168 Ks and a 9-3 record in 136 innings across Single-A and Double-AA. Watch out for Newcomb if he can find the same success in Triple-AAA ball. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Astros have talked about an extension with Jason Castro.
It seems that both sides are set on what they want in this deal. The Astros recently won the arbitration hearing with Jason Castro after being $250,000 apart from one another. The deal is for one-year at $5 million. Castro is a free-agent after the 2016 season and so far the talks of a two-year deal and a three-year deal with an option have not gone anywhere. The Astros are trying to lock-up their 28 year-old pitcher/catcher duo this off-season, but so far nothing is imminent. The defense is their, but Castro doesn't do anything crazy in terms of offense. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Jenrry Mejia claims he did not use any illegal substance.
"I only had two beers," "That's not my jacket, therefore it's not my bag of illegal substance officer." Jenrry Mejia can say what he wants, but he is likely done in the MLB. Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball after failing his third PED test, but he can apply for reinstatement after one year, but his suspension has to last at least two. Not sure if it was the PEDs or not, but Mejia has looked good and it's unfortunate that such a young talent will go to waste. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Michael Brantley (shoulder) might be able to return in late April or early May.
He might be able to return in late April or early May, or he might not return until late May or early June. That guesswork of Paul Hoynes, is not of much help. Once Spring Training rolls around and he gets around the trainers we should have a better update on Michael Brantley's status. Brantley still has not started a hitting program after surgery on his labrum in November. He will surely need to get back in a routine and get his swing back. Last season Brantley hit .310 with 15 HRs, 84 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases. If he can return to last season's form he will be a solid player, but investing in him at this point in time is risky. During his absence Rajai Davis will start in left-field. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Dallas Keuchel has talked about an extension with the Astros this offseason.
After getting a record for a one-year, first-time arbitration eligible player at $7.25 million, it will be interesting to see where the two sides are at in discussions. The Astros could want to offer him a substantial, but team-friendly deal in case he has another season like 2015. On the other hand, Dallas Keuchel could want to bet on himself if it's not at the rate of the top pitchers in the league. Keuchel won the AL Cy Young award, Gold Glove award, led the AL in wins, was an All-Star, and the won the Warren Spahn Award which is given to the best left-handed pitcher in MLB in 2015. He was also second in the AL with a 2.48 ERA and fourth in the whole league in strikeouts with 216. Unless he completely falls off, Keuchel will get a beautiful looking contract and he will be a top choice in fantasy-land among pitchers. Analysis: Mike Cahill