Joey Gallo Headshot

According to Rangers GM Jon Daniels, Joey Gallo faces an uphill battle to win the starting first base spot in 2017.

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Last year's main starter, Mitch Moreland, is a free agent that will more than likely move on from Texas. Gallo was a popular name in the fall trade rumors, but Texas held on to him even though he hit .040 in 17 games with the Rangers last year, and only .240 in Triple-A.
Adam Morgan Headshot

Manager Pete Mackanin said Morgan could be an option for the Phillies' bullpen this season, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

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Morgan is currently being stretched out as a starter in camp, but the Phillies don't have a need for him as a starter in the majors, and their Triple-A rotation is expected to be filled by younger prospects. Morgan struggled as a starter last season, going 2-11 with a 6.04 ERA and a 95:29 K:BB in 113.1 innings. If he ends up in the pen it would likely be in middle or long relief.
Roman Quinn Headshot

Quinn worked on his strength and flexibility this offseason to try to avoid the injuries that have plagued him in past seasons, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

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Quinn has had numerous leg injuries throughout his time in the minors and also suffered from a strained oblique twice last season. He will open the year in Triple-A, but could have a starting role in the majors as soon as midseason if he stays healthy. The Phillies are likely to try to trade their starting corner outfielders, Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders, before the deadline this summer.
Hunter Pence Headshot

Pence (side) took 25 swings of live batting practice today and said he felt great after the session, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

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Hitting was the last step of the rehab process left for Pence to complete, so this was a promising sign for his nearing return. His back injury was never considered serious, and the club was simply taking it extra precaution with their veteran outfielder after he was experiencing pain in his side. Assuming there are no setbacks, Pence should get into some spring games and be ready for Opening Day.
Francisco Cervelli Headshot

The Pirates won't update the prognosis of Cervelli (foot) until Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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He missed several games in 2016 with a sore right foot. At the very least, it's curious that manager Clint Hurdle said the team wouldn't release Cervelli's status until the middle of next week. Pittsburgh's backstop backups include Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart, with Diaz likely getting the nod if Cervelli is forced to miss an extended period of time.
Steve Pearce Headshot

Pearce, who was previously presumed to be in line for a platoon role at first base, is the Jays' preferred every-day left fielder, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

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Pearce is slated to be ready for Opening Day after having elbow surgery in September, but whether he'll have the arm strength to play the outfield still remains uncertain. On Saturday, general manager Ross Atkins said Justin Smoak playing every day at first base with Pearce in left is the club's "best-case scenario," the first time in which Atkins has explicitly said such. The optimal situation would work out for Pearce's from a fantasy standpoint, as he'd likely be in line for more at-bats without having to platoon with Smoak at first base.
Mike Trout Headshot

Trout said that he would like to get back to 40 steals this season, the Orange County Register reports.

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Trout saw his steals decrease exponentially after accruing 49 in his breakout campaign in 2012. They got as low as 11 in 2015 before bouncing back with 30 steals last season. The two-time AL MVP is looking to continue that trend in 2016 with 40 being the goal he set for himself this spring training. We all know Trout has the athleticism to pull it off, but stolen bases are largely dictated by a team's coaches and also are affected by where a player bats in the order. If he were to attain his goal, he would have the potential to be the fifth member of the elite 40-40 club (he hit 41 homers in 2015). It's a stretch to project he will attain that milestone, but the fact that it is even plausible is what makes Trout easily one of the top fantasy options heading into the regular season.
Justin Smoak Headshot

Smoak, who was previously presumed to be in line for a platoon role, is the Jays' preferred every-day first baseman, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

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On Saturday, after the Jays' first full-squad workout, general manager Ross Atkins called Smoak playing every day at first, with Steve Pearce the primary left fielder, as the club's "best-case scenario," the first time he's explicitly expressed that. Pearce (elbow) is supposed to be ready to play the outfield by Opening Day, but if he's not, then the newly-acquired Pearce will cut into Smoak's playing time at first base. However, if Pearce can play left as expected, then Smoak's fantasy value will get a huge boost with the prospect of an everyday role.
Alen Hanson Headshot

Hanson is in the mix for a bench spot to start the 2017 season, Pirates Prospects reports. "It's going to be an interesting spring for Alen," Clint Hurdle said. "We're going to move him around. We're going to even ask what might be there at shortstop. There's an opportunity for him to be the super U that J-Hay was in 2014."

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Hanson is out of options, giving him his best shot at making the roster. He holds a career slash line of .281/.340/.435 in seven minor league seasons, though he's still only 24 years of age. Hanson has suffered bouts of concentration lapses throughout his career but is worth keeping an eye on -- he's averaged 32 stolen bases in the upper minors the last three years.
Albert Pujols Headshot

Pujols (foot) said that he is progressing well, but he will certainly not be ready for the Angels' Cactus League debut and is still questionable for Opening Day, the Orange County Register reports.

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Pujols -- who wasn't able to run last week -- said that he has been running on an Ultra G treadmill in an effort to reduce the impact on his lower body. He has also been swinging in the cages and reported no soreness afterwords. These are all promising signs after the slugger underwent foot surgery in December. The Angels will likely play it cautious with Pujols and we may not not see much -- if any -- of him in spring training games.
Scott Kazmir Headshot

Kazmir (ribs) threw a 25-pitch batting practice session on Sunday and showed no signs of injury, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

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This is an encouraging report from Dodgers' camp, as Kazmir's 2016 season ended prematurely due to intercostal spasms. It sounds like he's progressed well since then. If healthy, the 33-year-old could occupy the team's No. 5 spot in the starting rotation to start the season.
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