Josh Rutledge Headshot

Josh Rutledge elected free agency after being outrighted to Triple-A.

Added 11/04/16 11:53 am (EST)   Source
Rutledge feels that he has options at the Major League level and is probably right, so rather than being sent to Triple-A, he'll look to join on with another club. He's a solid bench player that could provide depth elsewhere.
Matt Bush Headshot

Bush tossed a scoreless ninth inning and struck out one batter en route to his first save of the season in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Royals.

Added 11:07 am (EST)
After picking up the win in relief a night earlier, Bush was able to close the door Sunday in what was the Rangers' first save opportunity since Sam Dyson (hand) was placed on the disabled list and removed from the ninth-inning role. Manager Jeff Banister hasn't suggested that the Rangers will take a committee approach to closing duties, so it appears Bush will see nearly all the save opportunities so long as he's able to avoid any hiccups. Bush should give the Rangers plenty of stability at the back end of the bullpen after following up his impressive rookie campaign with a 2.35 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 12:1 K:BB ratio through his first 7.2 innings of 2017.
Ryan Cordell Headshot

Cordell went 4-for-4 with a home run and a double in a game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday.

Added 11:03 am (EST)
Cordell is seeing Triple-A action this year for the first time in his career, but he is hardly showing any growing pains, posting a .305/.364/.627 slash line through 15 games. Despite his lack of experience at the highest minor-league level, he has a shot to make his big league debut at some point this year.
Paul Goldschmidt Headshot

Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer -- his third of the season -- in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers.

Added 11:00 am (EST)
Goldschmidt delivered a pair of RBI in all three games of the series, allowing him to double his existing output in that category for the season. The first baseman has underwhelmed with a .257 batting average thus far, but thanks to a 19.3 percent walk rate, he's been able to reach base in more than 40 percent of his plate appearances. So long as he continues to rack up the walks -- and avoid the injury bug -- Goldschmidt should be in store for a third consecutive 100-run campaign.
Nick Tepesch Headshot

Tepesch will join the Twins in Arlington ahead of Monday's game against the Rangers and will be formally added to the team's 40-man roster, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Added 10:17 am (EST)
The Twins have an opening in their rotation after demoting Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Rochester, but despite having 40 career MLB starts on his ledger, Tepesch may not be the team's top choice to fill the vacancy when Minnesota next requires a fifth starter May 6. While Tepesch performed well in his three starts for Rochester, turning in a 2.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 18 innings, the organization may be inclined to give a younger, higher-upside option like Jose Berrios or Tyler Duffey a look in the rotation. If that's the case, Tepesch figures to see most of his duty in long relief while he remains with the big club.
Manny Machado Headshot

Machado went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

Added 10:03 am (EST)
Slowly but surely, Machado is warming up after a miserable 7-for-44 (.159) start. The third baseman has put together a modest, yet encouraging, five-game hitting streak to bump his average above the Mendoza Line. Considering the All-Star is typically quick out of the gate, Machado's slow start to the 2017 campaign is a bit disconcerting for his overall projections. He's got a few advantageous matchups on tap for this week against the Rays and Yankees, so the opportunity exists to kick his season into high gear.
Mookie Betts Headshot

Betts went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three RBI during Sunday's win over Baltimore.

Added 9:49 am (EST)
Betts has caught fire over his past 10 games with seven runs, two homers, 11 RBI, three stolen bases and a .390/.444/.634 slash line. His ability to move the needle across all fantasy categories makes him an elite asset and high-end target in daily contests when Boston draws a favorable matchup.
Roberto Pérez Headshot

Perez went 0-for-2 and drew his first walk of 2017 in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Added 9:49 am (EST)
The early-season woes continued for the backup catcher Sunday, as he's now just 3-for-23 on the year. Tribe manager Terry Francona is committed to Yan Gomes as the team's routine backstop, and although the starter didn't open the season great, Gomes has picked it up recently. Perez simply isn't receiving enough volume, and with no change coming in the foreseeable future, he's practically irrelevant outside of a punt play in daily formats.
John Hicks Headshot

Hicks went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Added 9:38 am (EST)
The Tigers scored 13 runs in this one, and a three-run home run from Hicks contributed to the damage. He's only an option while Miguel Cabrera is on the DL, but Hicks could provide some decent power numbers while he's in the lineup.
Grégory Polanco Headshot

Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI during Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Added 9:37 am (EST)
The outfielder entered the game with an 0-for-14 stretch at the dish, and the slump-busting showing only improved his slash line to a disappointing .236/.311/.309. Polanco owns all the physical tools to be a go-to fantasy asset, but he's been plagued by injuries and inconsistency to this point in his career. Being locked into the cleanup spot will help his RBI opportunities, and this could prove to be a buy-low spot for Polanco. There is no questioning his talent and upside.
Tom Koehler Headshot

Koehler (1-1) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings while striking out seven in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Padres.

Added 9:36 am (EST)
He looked headed for another defeat before the Marlins' offense erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to get Koehler his first win of the year. The right-hander served up another homer Sunday and has now surrendered six in 21 innings, fueling his rough 5.14 ERA. He'll try to keep the ball in the park in his next start Saturday at home against the Pirates.
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