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Cardinals have officially declined the team option on Matt Holliday.

Added 11/04/16 8:53 pm (EST)   Source
This was an expected move, as the Cardinals had the choice between a $1M buyout or $17M option on Holliday for 2017. Simply put, the aging star did not produce at a level anywhere near worth that $17M price tag. In the 2016 regular season, Holliday posted a .782 OPS, the lowest of his 13-year career, with 20 homers and 20 doubles across 426 plate appearances. The seven-time All-Star appears to have some pop left in his bat, but he is clearly not the slugger he once was.
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Gonzalez (elbow) is going to receive more scheduled days of rest in 2017, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

Added 2:58 pm (EST)
This doesn't have anything to do with his current elbow inflammation, which isn't supposed to carry into the regular season, but it deals more-so with the Dodgers expecting to play late into October in 2017. Gonzalez has been an ironman, playing in at least 156 games during each of the past 11 seasons, and being one of only three players to surpass the 150 game mark in each of the last five seasons. With the Dodgers depth and their expectation to be playing late in the playoffs, manager Dave Roberts thinks it will benefit Gonzalez later in the season if he is afforded more scheduled rest days early. The 34-year-old slashed just .244/.293/.310 against lefties last season, so he'll likely be replaced by a right-handed bat when he is rested.
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Sabathia reported his knee is "good, no problem at all" following offseason arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

Added 2:56 pm (EST)
The procedure was described as routine and minor in nature, so it appears the 36-year-old lefty is on schedule to move forward without any further restrictions. He'll pitch in two simulated games as part of his normal spring program before making an appearance in an exhibition game, as the veteran will look to build on last season's bounce-back campaign that featured his best ERA (3.91) since 2012 and a return to the 90 mph plateau on his fastball.
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Manager Rick Renteria said that Tilson (foot) could begin limited action Friday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Added 2:50 pm (EST)
The outfield prospect was diagnosed with a stress reaction earlier in the week, but it seems like he's already on the up-and-up again. This is still speculation at this point given he hasn't actually performed any of the activities since incurring the injury, but Tilson appears to be on the verge of returning to spring action. His status should be clearer as he ramps up his workouts over the weekend.
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With the acquisition of Luis Valbuena, Marte has likely lost his spot on the 25-man roster, according to the Orange County Register.

Added 2:49 pm (EST)
This move would make sense considering Marte served as a backup infielder last season, and Valbuena can play both first and third base. He will turn 26 years old this season and showed a bit of life at the plate last season with a .252/.310/.481 slash line in 284 plate appearances. Marte's ability to play at the corners in both the infield and the outfield would make him the first man up should anyone go down to injury at those positions.
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Warren will get a chance to earn a rotation spot in the spring, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Added 2:49 pm (EST)
With two rotation spots unaccounted for, Warren will compete with Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, and Luis Severino. The 29-year-old has by far the most experience out of the bullpen among the five though, so the Yankees may be more comfortable deploying the righty in more of a swing role similar to the one he's occupied the past few seasons. Though he's proven to be a valuable piece for the club in that capacity in the past, there won't be much appeal from a fantasy perspective if Warren does indeed wind up back in the bullpen.
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Green (elbow) is participating in spring training and will be in the running for a rotation spot, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Added 2:45 pm (EST)
Green's 2016 campaign was cut short after suffering a UCL sprain and strained flexor tendon in the beginning of September, but he was able to avoid surgery with a combination of rest and rehab over the offseason. He's slated to compete with four other righties for the two final spots in the Yankees' rotation, and Green will get his first chance to prove his case in Monday's spring training game against the Orioles.
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Manager Rick Renteria said that Frazier (oblique) is feeling much better today, but that they'll continue to take the cautious approach with his return to action.

Added 2:42 pm (EST)
Frazier incurred the injury while swinging on Monday, but this development is consistent with the club's thought that the issue is actually fairly minor. Oblique injuries are never something to scoff at given their notoriously lengthy recovery times, but it seems that the third baseman dodged a bullet in this instance. Nonetheless, he'll continue to take things slowly given the extended length of spring training, so don't be surprised if he sits out a bit longer just to avoid aggravating it further.
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Cessa is being considered for one of the final spots in the starting rotation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Added 2:38 pm (EST)
Heading into spring training, the top three spots in the Yankees' rotation appear to be sorted out, but behind that there's an open competition for the back-end spots. Cessa worked out of both the bullpen and the rotation in the Bronx last season, working to a 4.35 ERA (5.57 FIP) over 70.1 innings in the majors but he had much more success in the minors to the tune of a 3.03 ERA and 8.1 K/9 in 15 appearances (14 starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The righty will turn 25 years old in the first month of the season, so if he does lose out on a rotation spot, the Yankees might elect to send Cessa back down to the minors to continue developing him as a starter going forward.
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Torreyes will likely see some time in the outfield this spring, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Added 2:36 pm (EST)
Torreyes was primarily a reserve utility infielder for the Bronx Bombers last season, although he did log a pair of appearances in right field. It seems that the Yankees are attempting to turn him into a super utility player, which should help him maintain his spot on the major league roster even with New York's prospects knocking on the door to the majors. However, the 24-year-old is still blocked by more talented players at every position on the depth chart, so his fantasy impact will likely still be minimal even with the potential for added positional eligibility.
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Peavy, who is unsigned at this point, is still hoping to find a team to pitch for in 2017, Jerry Crasnick of reports.

Added 2:16 pm (EST)
After a rough year personally and professionally in 2016, Peavy is taking time to be with his family before he returns to the diamond. "It hurts not to be in spring training," Peavy said. "I know that day is coming, but right now being a dad is absolutely No. 1." The 35-year-old posted a career-worst 5.54 ERA across 118.2 innings with the Giants last year, but is hoping he is healthier and more well-rested for the upcoming season. He has said he is not yet ready to commit to a team, but he has been working out and will hold a showcase when he is ready.
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