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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

Blue Jays and third basemen Josh Donaldson have agreed to a two year deal worth $29 million to avoid arbitration.

Smart move the Blue Jays. Donaldson missed just four games last year, providing some much needed durability in the middle of the Toronto lineup. He hit .297 with 41 home runs and 123 RBI for Toronto last season, a fantasy owners delight. The reigning MVP will likely be one of the first two or three third basemen off drafts boards this year. Analysis: Colby Conway

Yangervis Solarte is expected to be the Padres opening day third basemen this season.

Solarte hit .270 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 152 games for the San Diego Padres in 2015. He is worth a late-round flier in most drafts, given that he should get an ample amount of at-bats at the hot corner. Analysis: Colby Conway

Padres sign infielder Skip Schumaker to a minor league deal.

The 36-year-old will likely serve as nothing more than organizational depth at this point of his career. In 131 games for the Reds last season, Schumaker hit .242 with one home run and 21 RBI. It's safe to say that he is irrelevant for fantasy owners in the 2016 season. Analysis: Colby Conway

Dodgers re-signed RHP Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract.

Tsao posted some solid numbers at Triple-A last season, recording seven saves and a 2.77 ERA. At 34 years of age, he likely won't be getting much better than that, however his production seems solid enough to warrant him a major league roster spot if someone in the Dodgers bullpen gets injured during 2016. Having said all of this, he should be a non-factor in all fantasy formats going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Dodgers signed IF Brandon Hicks to a minor league contract.

Boasting a career batting average of .153, Hicks doesn't really have a good reputation to fall back on in terms of organizational trust. Everything he accomplishes from here on out will be off of merit and not by being gifted opportunities. Don't bet on him to do much more for the Dodgers than fill out the Triple-A roster.  Analysis: Dom Murtha


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.