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.
Cheslor Cuthbert Headshot

Cuthbert went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play.

Added 10:17 am (EST)
It was the first long ball of the spring for Cuthbert, who took Padres reliever Ryan Buchter deep for a two-run blast in the sixth inning. After serving as the Royals' primary third baseman last season while Mike Moustakas recovered from a torn ACL, Cuthbert is ticketed for a utility role in 2017. While it could allow him to eventually obtain eligibility at second base, first base or even in the outfield, Cuthbert likely won't see enough regular at-bats to warrant draft consideration outside of AL-only leagues.
Carlos Correa Headshot

Correa is scheduled to rejoin the Astros' spring training lineup Saturday after returning from the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Added 10:16 am (EST)
Correa sizzled in WBC play for Puerto Rico, going 8-for-20 with three home runs and nine RBI. Getting some work in Grapefruit League action will affirm his value as a borderline first-round pick in many mixed fantasy leagues.
Marcus Stroman Headshot

Stroman threw six shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three during Team USA's Wednesday victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Added 10:10 am (EST)
Only 44 of his 73 pitches resulted in a strike, but to log that many innings on that crisp a count proved efficient, and that approach makes his current and future fantasy owners smile. Stroman's strikeout rate doesn't befit that of a fantasy ace, and the right-hander comes in a notch below that tier. Still, even after the added WBC stretch, the control- and groundball-happy right-hander should chew up close to 200 innings and could enjoy a bump in whiffs now that he's another year removed from a torn ACL.
Angel Pagan Headshot

Pagan went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic championship game loss to Team USA. He hit .303 (8-for-31) in seven games for Puerto Rico.

Added 9:55 am (EST)
Pagan remains a free agent but showed he's worthy of a big league job in the WBC and also showed he's healthy. Pagan was close to signing with Baltimore earlier this spring before failing a physical, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports. Atlanta was reportedly interested in signing Pagan before the WBC started, so it may not be long until he signs with a MLB team.
Shane Greene Headshot

Greene said his struggles this spring are a result of working on his mechanics, not lingering finger numbness he's been dealing with, reports.

Added 9:53 am (EST)
Blood circulation issues led to surgery two years ago for Greene, and the fingers on his right hand will still occasionally go cold or numb. However, he said he's gotten used to the feeling, and his struggles this spring are more due to mechanics. "I think what was happening was, for me, when I tell myself to stay back, I slow my arm down," Greene said. "All spring training I've been trying to get my arm to catch up. I finally stopped thinking about it, and it caught up, and everything felt great." The righty gave up seven runs on 11 hits over his first four innings this spring, but he's pitched five straight scoreless innings since.
Brad Boxberger Headshot

Boxberger (back) is scheduled to take a week off throwing before building back up, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added 9:48 am (EST)
It was announced Monday that Boxberger would unlikely be ready prior to Opening Day, as he continues do deal with a strained lat muscle that has plagued him since early-March. The penciled-in set-up man won't be ready for the opener, but still aims to return to the Rays at some point in April. Until then, the Rays will have to mix and match with the likes of Xavier Cedeno, Erasmo Ramirez and Danny Farquhar in the seventh and eighth innings.
Michael Taylor Headshot

Taylor (personal) returned to Nationals camp Thursday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Added 9:41 am (EST)
Taylor has been away from the team since Saturday while attending to a family matter, but now appears to be back in line for a regular spring routine. He had been hot prior to taking leave, going 16-for-36 at the plate with two home runs and six steals in exhibition play. Taylor will look to limit his strikeouts and stay aggressive on the basepaths in 2017, where he's likely headed for a role as the team's fourth outfielder.
Max Moroff Headshot

Moroff was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

Added 9:34 am (EST)
Moroff was just 3-for-26 at the dish this spring, but when he did get on base he made the most of it, collecting two stolen bases. The 23-year-old made his Major League debut last year and was hitless in two plate appearances, and is likely destined for the minors for the bulk of 2017.
Elias Diaz Headshot

Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

Added 9:28 am (EST)
Diaz finds himself behind Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart on the depth chart heading into the 2017 season, so the Pirates will send him to the minors to see more consistent playing time. The 26-year-old slashed .266/.289/.298 in an injury-plagued 2016, where he was limited to just 25 games at the minor league level.
Jung-Ho Kang Headshot

Pirates GM Neal Huntington stated Thursday morning that Kang (restricted list) will not be ready for Opening Day, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Added 9:19 am (EST)
Kang appears to still be waiting for a work visa to enter the United States, but the at-bats he's missing by not being a part of spring training are starting to pile up. Though he should be OK from a physical standpoint, the Pirates likely want him to see a set number of at-bats before the organization is comfortable tossing him into a Major League game. The recent development is another slight knock on his fantasy value, though the bigger question mark about when he'll actually be back is a more serious detriment to prospective owners heading into draft day.
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