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Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw off of a mound for the first time since his surgery and it went great.

An arthroscopic procedure was done back in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow that had been there since prior to signing with the Yankees. With his pre-spring training and rehab plan already in full swing he should be good to go for the start start of the pre-season work coming his way. Tanaka is still dealing with the partially torn ligament in his elbow and was spotty at times last season as he tried to pitch around the injury. Overall he went 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts for the Bronx Bombers and should be able to improve on those numbers assuming he stays healthy this season. Analysis: Matt Selz

Travis Ishikawa has signed a minor league contract with the White Sox.

Ishikawa was slated to be a member of the Mariners with the same type deal less than a month ago but that fell through. He managed to see action in just 44 games in 2015 carrying just a .206/.306/.302 slash line and with the White Sox having very good first base depth already, Ishikawa should be a minor league depth piece for Chicago for much of the season. Analysis: Matt Selz

Jason Castro lost his arbitration case on Tuesday and he will get $5 million for this season.

Astros brass and Castro were just $250,000 apart in their initial offerings but decided to take it in front of the arbitrator instead of settling. The lefty backstop followed up a disappoint 2014 campaign with a similarly disappointing 2015 one in terms of offense as he's managed just a .217 AVG and 25 homers over the last two years combined. He does however bring good defense and pitch framing to the table which ultimately got him the million dollar raise over 2015's salary but from a fantasy prospective he is a buy-low kind of player and hope that he turns things around with the bat this season. Analysis: Matt Selz

Cuban Lazarito Armenteros will decide which team he will sign with on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 10th, is the first day he is eligible to sign with a major league club following his clearance by the commissioners office. Armenteros, 16, is the next Cuban phenom who is being compared to everyone from Bo Jackson and Willie Mays combined to Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. That's a serious list of comps for a 16-year-old kid but if the scouts are right he could be the next super star to arrive in the big leagues as a teenager. The Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Angels, and Diamondbacks are all out of the signing process due to international signing rules in baseball and a few more teams will have to decide if it's worth it to pay a dollar-for-dollar tax on anything over $300,000 in order to sign the kid. It will certainly be a horserace down to the moment he signs his name on the dotted line. Analysis: Matt Selz

John Lamb underwent disc surgery on his back in December.

Lamb, 25, came over from the Royals as part of the Johnny Cueto deadline deal and pitched for the Reds the rest of the way in 2015, despite his terrible numbers. The fact that the procedure went unreported until now, nearly two months later, is surprising in this day and age of social media and instant news outlets. He is penciled in as the Reds fifth starter but will now undoubtedly miss the start of the season and may need a tune up in Triple-A first. His 5.80 ERA over the last 50 innings as a Red isn't great but he did post a 3:1 K:BB ratio (58:19) meaning there is hope he can get the ERA figure down. He will be a waiver wire add come draft time. Analysis: Matt Selz

Mat Latos agreed to a one-year, $3M deal with the White Sox.

After playing for three different MLB teams, and posting a 4-10 record with a 4.95 ERA, Latos is coming off of arguably the worst season of his six-year career. While he can provide the White Sox another arm to utilize in their bullpen, he offers no fantasy value whatsoever. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Mariners announce they have signed Joel Peralta to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Peralta has been in the majors for 10 years now, and has never had more than three wins or six saves in a season. In addition, he's not even guaranteed a roster spot and could very well be released during, or immediately after, spring training. He's completely irrelevant for fantasy purposes. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Kevin Plawecki said he had sinus surgery in December and thinks it will fix the issues he had last year related to dizziness.

Apparently Plawecki was dealing with a completely blocked right sinus which was causing the dizziness especially after flights. Plawecki and his doctos feel as though the problem has been corrected but ony time will tell. He will continue to serve as the primary back up for Travis d'Arnaud. That is an important role given d'Arnaud's injury history. Plawecki batted .219/.280/.296 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 73 games as a rookie. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jurickson Profar (shoulder) is unlikely to make the Opening Day roster, as the Rangers care more about his long-term health.

Once the top prospect in the Major Leagues has fallen from grace due to injuries. He has not playing in a Major League game since 2013 when he batted .234 over 85 games. The shoulder is a serious concern and the Rangers are not going to push him for Opening Day when they can help out his long term status with the club. The other problem for Profar is that they have Elvis Andrus at short and Rougned Odor at second base which means he might have to come back to the team in another role like the outfield.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Padres sign RHP Trey McNutt to a minor league deal.

McNuitt pitched in just eight games inside the Cubs minor league system in 2015. He finished with a 2-0 record, with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He is only 26 years old and the Padres are going to give him a chance to prove himself at the minor league level. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Update: Salvador Perez and the Royals are still in talks for a new contract.

Perez is one of the best all around catchers in the game and the Royals would be smart to lock him up to a long term contract. Perez is a solid fantasy catcher as he contributes across the board but is still only 25 years old and he still has some room to grow in the home run department. Perez should be one of the top catchers taken off the board in all fantasy formats.  Analysis: Christopher Diaz

Rick Porcello, who worked out at JetBlue Park on Monday, says he’s moved on from the 2015 debacle in which he had the highest ERA (4.92) and loss total (15) of his seven-year career.

After signing a long term contract with the Red Sox for the 2015 season, Porcello went out and had one of the worst years of his career. Porcello should be able to bounce back after his miserable season and could be a decent late round option in your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts.  Analysis: Christopher Diaz

Tim Lincecum's (elbow) agent, Rick Thurman, will watch his client throw on Wednesday.

After Lincecum's throwing session the agent and his client will come up with a plan of action as to when he will have a throwing session for teams that are interested in Lincecum's services for the 2016 season. The Orioles, Rangers and Marlins are all interested in Lncecum. Lincecum will have to show his ability before any team will sign him or before anyone can speculate on his fantasy value going forward.  Analysis: Christopher Diaz

According to reports the Diamondbacks and OF A.J. Pollock have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $10.25 million.

Pollock had a breakout campaign in 2015 and dollar for dollar, he was the fantasy MVP last season. Pollock earned his first All-Star bid last season, hitting .315 with 20 homers, 76 RBI, 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored in 157 games. Arizona's center fielder will be nabbed sometime in the second round, possibly even late first, in your league's draft. Analysis: Colby Conway


2016 MLB Player Profile: Gio Gonzalez |
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MLB: 2016 MLB Player Profile: Gio Gonzalez

Gio Gonzalez, top end, is just good. That said, don’t you think you can win if you can roster a bunch of “good” hurlers at a discount on draft day?

Mock Draft Army - Early ADP Numbers |
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MLB: Mock Draft Army - Early ADP Numbers

Howard Bender leads his Mock Draft Army into the 2016 MLB season and gets an early look at some ADP numbers fantasy owners should be watching.

Ray’s Ramblings: Pitching & More Pitching |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Pitching & More Pitching

Arrieta, Britton and Smyly all agreed to terms with only Smyly needing an actual arbiter to fix the player’s price in 2016. Meanwhile Clippard is a D’back, Gallardo is still searching for an employer and Ryu isn’t healthy – still.

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The 2016 Player Profile series is back. Check out the players that Ray Flowers is profiling this season with a new addition to years past – this year there are videos in addition to the written word.

Ray’s Ramblings: Puig, JDM & Radio Row |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Puig, JDM & Radio Row

Ethier can still hit. Martinez has learned how to hit, and then some. Puig can hit. Can he stay healthy, out of trouble and productive?

2016 MLB Free Agent Tracker |
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MLB: 2016 MLB Free Agent Tracker

A complete guide to all the MLB free agent movement for the 2016 fantasy baseball season

Ray’s Ramblings: Mixing and Matching |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Mixing and Matching

Dae-ho Lee comes to the States. Quentin returns to the bigs. Biddle hopes to return to his former level of greatness with a new club. Wheeler gets a return date. And vodka, because you always need vodka.

2016 MLB Player Profile: Rick Porcello |
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MLB: 2016 MLB Player Profile: Rick Porcello

Every year Rick Porcello gets a push in the fantasy game. Every year I simply don’t understand why. Will the 2016 preseason witness that situation played out yet again?

2016 MLB Player Profile: Evan Longoria |
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MLB: 2016 MLB Player Profile: Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria’s time is past if we’re talking about him being the next superstar at third base, but just because he never matched the considerable hype doesn’t mean he shouldn’t still be considered a very effective performer at the hot corner.

Ray’s Ramblings: Is Dyson Better Than Hamilton? |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Is Dyson Better Than Hamilton?

Everyone is in love with the speed of Billy Hamilton. I get it. Still, I’m here to tell you that it’s quite possible that Jarrod Dyson matches the performance of Hamilton in 2016 – at a vastly reduced cost.