Rajai Davis Headshot

The Indians would like to keep Rajai Davis for 2017 season. There working on a qualifying offer.

Added 11/04/16 1:38 pm (EST)   Source
Davis' Game 7 home run will go down as one of the most overlooked clutch hit in World Series history. He had a solid season with Cleveland and it sounds like they'd like to bring back the veteran outfielder. At 36 years old, Davis set a career high in home runs with 12 and still managed to steal 43 bases. He should continue to be a solid contributor as he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down on the bases.
Chris Lee Headshot

Lee remains in the competition to replace Chris Tillman (shoulder) in the Opening Day rotation, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

Added 9:53 am (EST)
The O's No. 10 prospect has put together a respectable Grapefruit League season, managing a 2.77 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 13 innings. In all likelihood, Lee will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk where he'll continue to refine his craft in 2017. Regardless, the 24-year-old left-hander has made his mark this spring and may have even earned himself a mid-season shot in the big leagues.
A.J. Cole Headshot

Cole (suspension) said his triceps is feeling better, though he hasn't resumed throwing, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Added 9:52 am (EST)
The right-hander has been suffering from tenderness in his triceps and may not have much time left to try turning around his 10.22 spring ERA. A rotation option at some point this season should a spot open up, Cole will be unavailable for the first three games of 2017 after the league suspended him for throwing at Jung Ho Kang in September.
Justin Verlander Headshot

Verlander pitched six innings in Thursday's spring training loss to the Braves, allowing just two hits and one earned run. He struck out four.

Added 9:42 am (EST)
Verlander looks locked in, as he now has his spring training ERA down to 1.99. Just two years ago, it seemed like maybe Verlander was hitting the downswing of his career, as he posted a 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. But the 34-year-old had a resurgence in 2016, posting a 3.04 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, and striking out 254 in 227.2 innings. Verlander doesn't have the velocity he once did, but he's been able to adjust and he remains a top-tier fantasy starter heading into 2017.
Adam Warren Headshot

Warren has a 3.09 ERA and six strikeouts in four appearances (three starts) in Grapefruit League action.

Added 9:33 am (EST)
The Yankees appear to have a wide open competition for the final two spots in the rotation, as none of the candidates have created much separation this spring. Warren has actually fared among the best of the group, but New York has shown a tendency in the past of preferring to use the versatile 29-year-old in more of a swing role, which could result in the righty heading to the bullpen regardless of his Grapefruit League performance.
Ian Kinsler Headshot

Kinsler is expected to rejoin Tigers camp Friday and play in a spring training game Sunday, Scott DeCamp of MLive.com reports.

Added 9:32 am (EST)
Kinsler played a pivotal role in Team USA's World Baseball Classic championship, hitting a two-run home run in the title game against Puerto Rico. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Kinsler will get in a few workout days before returning to Detroit's lineup on Sunday.
Devon Travis Headshot

Travis (knee) is in the Grapefruit League lineup for the first time this spring Friday, playing second base and batting seventh, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Added 9:19 am (EST)
The keystone defender likely will play the field for approximately five innings after doing the same Wednesday during his stretch of minor league tests. If Travis does enough in the coming days to prove he can handle the physical workload of close to a full outing, the late-round lotto ticket in mixed leagues could exceed expectations and start the season on time.
Giovanny Urshela Headshot

Urshela's chances of making the Opening Day roster have increased due to the injury of Jason Kipnis (shoulder), MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Added 9:16 am (EST)
Jose Ramirez, the team's starting third baseman, may be headed over to temporarily fill Kipnis' shoes. If that proves to be the case, an extra glove at the hot corner will be needed on the 25-man roster. Urshela is among a handful of players vying for the gig that include Erik Gonzalez, Richie Shaffer and Yandy Diaz. Although Urshela's offensive capabilities are substandard to his competitors, the 25-year-old has one of the better gloves of the group (if not the best) and that may be manager Terry Francona's most-desired attribute for whoever fills in at third.
Josh Donaldson Headshot

Donaldson is back in the Grapefruit League lineup Friday, batting third and returning to third base, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Added 9:15 am (EST)
The slugger returned to spring action earlier this week and played his first reps at third base Wednesday, so it's a plus that Donaldson got back out there for Toronto's second straight game. Return him safely to first-round consideration in most mixed fantasy leagues as long as he makes it through the coming days of exhibition action unscathed.
Jose Bautista Headshot

Bautista (back) is in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League lineup Friday hitting second, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Added 9:10 am (EST)
The 36-year-old recently said he wasn't concerned with the lower-back issue that forced him to miss the World Baseball Classic semifinals contest for the Dominican Republic. Luckily, Toronto had Thursday off, so he received a welcomed rest, either way. After the brief break, the 2017 fantasy rebound candidate will look to get some hacks in before the season starts in about a week.
Jason Kipnis Headshot

Kipnis is expected to open the season on the 10-day disabled list, and could be sidelined until mid-April, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Added 9:04 am (EST)
The mid-April timeline has yet to be set in stone, and with Kipnis having experienced shoulder issues in the past, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team decides to err on the side of caution and delay his debut. If Kipnis' recovery goes smoothly, the earliest he'd be eligible to return from the 10-day DL would be on April 13 at home against the White Sox.
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