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Rangers met with free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo, but it remains a long-shot that Texas will sign him.

Eury Perez and Williams Perez were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett Friday.

Eury Perez just wasn't going to make it with the glut of mediocre outfielders already and while Williams Perez had a great year in Double-A last year, he still needs a lot more seasoning in the minors.Neither needs to be on the fantasy radar. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manny Banuelos was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett Friday.

Banuelos has allowed eight runs (seven earned with just a 4:3 K:BB over 6 2/3 innings this spring. He'll head back to Triple-A to work on his craft a little more and will hope for a bullpen call-up later on during the season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Barnes brought a brand-new swing to spring training that features a high leg kick as he looks to cut down on strikeouts.

Barnes has whiffed six times in 36 at-bats this spring which is certainly lower than his usual 25-30-percent strikeout rate, but is it really making him better? He's still batting just .168 at this point and hasn't exactly been productive in his at-bats. He'll still make the club as a reserve outfielder, but fantasy owners will want to steer clear. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brian Duensing (bruised left quad) is still on track to pitch Friday.

The injury isn;t considered serious and Duensing should still be fine to pitch Friday. He'll have his usual spot in the Twins bullpen once again. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chase Anderson is still vying for a slot in the back end of the Diamondbacks rotation.

Anderson has pitched well this spring and has allowed just three runs over 14 2/3 innings with a 10:4 K:BB. He's out-performed Trevor Cahill to date and has better numbers than Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster. It seems likely that he would at least have the edge over Webster. Analysis: Howard Bender

Johnny Giavotella, Taylor Featherston, Grant Green and Josh Rutledge all making solid cases for Angels second base job.

Rutledge is considered the favorite, but his defense lags in comparison to the others. Green has the versatility to be a utility player for both the infield and the outfield so he could land his roster spot that way. That leaves Giavotella and Featherston, both of whom have performed well, but likely still have options. It doesn;t seem like there's space for more than two of them on the roster so expect a decision to be made soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

The competition for the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation could have very little to do with how the candidates perform and everything to do with how Garrett Richards' rehab progresses.

Richards was suffering from fatigue after he threw four scoreless frames his last time out. It was a mild concern, but he is scheduled to throw five innings Saturday still. Should he come away without issue, he'll throw six innings Thursday and be slated to start April 12. However, if the fatigue persists, the Angels may scale it back a bit and delay his return by a week. If they do scale it back, then both Hector Santiago and Andrew Heaney will break camp with the team. If they don't manager Mike Scioscia is going to have to cut one of them. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Lindstrom can opt out of his contract if he's not placed on the active roster five days before the regular-season opener, and he believes he may not have an opening to fill in the bullpen.

Lindstrom hasn't looked particularly sharp this spring as he's allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks over just 4 2/3 innings. His skills have been in decline recently and it looks like the Angels are going to keep him off the 25-man roster. Should he opt out, it's doubtful that another team adds him on a major league deal. Analysis: Howard Bender

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that while infielder Joe Panik might be pressing, he remains the team's starter at second base without reservations.

Panik is batting just .160 (8-for-50) this spring, but his defense has been solid and a slow spring isn't going to put the former first-round pick on the bench. He's only struck out four times so it's not like he's up there wildly hacking away. The hits will come in time and Bochy knows that. Fantasy owners should keep in mind, however, that you're not looking at much in the way of power or speed, so if he struggles to hit for average early on, he's not going to be much help outside of the deepest NL-only leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

C.J. Miles scored 26 points (7-14 FGA/ 4-8 3PA/ 8-10 FTA) with three rebounds, a steal and an assist in the Pacers' 111-107 loss to the Bucks Thursday.

Miles nearly matched his season high in points, topping 16 points for the first time in over a month. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to predict which Pacer will go off on a given night, and often the answer is none. Miles has proven he can still be productive when given the opportunity, but there are too many perimeter options in Indiana for him to ever be a consistent fantasy player.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

George Hill scored 24 points (7-12 FGA/ 6-10 3PA/ 4-5 FTA) with five assists, three rebounds and a steal Thursday in the Pacers' 107-111 loss to the Bucks.

Hill has been on a roll, scoring 18 or more points in seven of his last eight games. He was probably helped by the DNPs of Rodney Stuckey and David West though he had been playing well with them in the lineup. He will probably slow down a bit the rest of the way, but he should still be owned in most leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

C.J. Watson scored 23 points (4-9 FGA/ 2-4 3PA/ 13-15 FTA) with seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the Pacers' 107-111 loss to the Bucks Thursday.

While Watson has scored 23 points in two of his last three games, his level of play has been a little too inconsistent to trust. He scored just 11 points with minimal contributions in the other categories Wednesday and in the four games prior to Monday's 23-point performance, he was averaging just 5.8 points per game. When Rodney Stuckey returns from injury, expect Miles' minutes to go back to the 20-25 range again as opposed to the time he's logged lately. That's certainly not going to help him maintain his current points. Analysis: Howard Bender

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points (7-10 FGA/ 0-1 3PA/ 2-4 FTA) with four rebounds, two assists and a block in the Bucks' 111-107 win over the Pacers Thursday.

This was Giannis's seventh consecutive game with at least 15 points. He is a great bet to take another step forward next season, but as good as he is, he isn't a superstar yet. In all liklihood there will be one person in every draft who will reach and draft Giannis a round or two earlier than they should. Analysis: Steve Pimental


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