Fantasy Baseball Daily Trends: April 29, 2016
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Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks.

Williams signed a five-year deal with the Mavericks last July that is scheduled to pay him $5.5M per. Apparently, the veteran point guard believes he can make more elsewhere. Williams did help the Mavericks get to the playoffs by averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 1.5 treys per contest in 2015-16, but played less than 70 games for the the third straight campaign.
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Tim Lincecum was consistently throwing 90-91 mph on Monday.

Lincecum has been ratcheting things up at the Giants' minor-league complex in Arizona and this type of velocity is obviously a promising sign for the veteran righty. Lincecum is reportedly not in any significant talks with the Giants on a potential contract and a few other suitors could have interest. He has much left to prove coming off of hip surgery last September.
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Ravens are not expected to release OT Eugene Monroe, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Ravens' selection of offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth pick of Thursday's draft seemed to open the door for release of Monroe. However, the team does not seem be too keen on cutting the veteran lineman.
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he may use Kris Bryant (ankle sprain) as a pinch hitter over the weekend if he is cleared by trainers.

This seems to speak to the idea that Bryant's ankle sprain is believed to be just a mild issue. He should return to the starting lineup by early next week.
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Braves hope Ender Inciarte (hamstring) will come off the disabled list at some point next week.

The Braves acquired Inciarte via trade from Arizona this past offseason, but the young center fielder suffered a hamstring injury in the third game of the regular season and has been out ever since. The speedy leadoff man went 2-for-8 with two walks over his first 10 plate appearances with the Braves and the hope is he will be back atop the lineup by the middle of next week.
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Pau Gasol said the Spurs are an interesting option in free agency.

Coming off of a strong season for the Bulls and likely to chase championships at this point of what could well be a Hall-of-Fame career, it is certainly understandable that Gasol would be more than happy to join the Spurs. The six-time All-Star averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocks across 72 games for the Bulls in 2015-16.
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Bud Norris is available out of the Braves bullpen on Friday and could be replaced in the rotation on Monday.

After winning a spot in the Braves' rotation coming out of spring training then pitching pretty well in his first start of the season back on April 6th, Norris has struggled mightily over his last four outings. During that stretch, the veteran righty posted a 10.91 ERA and 2.36 WHIP across 15 2/3 innings. His days as a starter in Atlanta are likely done. Highly-touted prospect Tyrell Jenkins could be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his MLB debut Monday.
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