UPDATES & NEWS
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has pulled out of the Pro Bowl.
Johnson is dealing with a knee injury that bothered him for most of the season. He only missed Week 17, after the Lions were out of the playoff race. He'll be replaced by Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. Johnson was expected to have knee surgery in early January.
From all accounts it will be a simple knee scope for Megatron which is good news for his status for the offseason workouts.ANALYST: Jeff Mans
Travis Witherspoon has signed a deal with the Dodgers.
The 25-year old is actually an interesting pick up, as he hit 15 home runs and stole 25 bases, while hitting .252 in High-A last season (407 PA). He is obviously far away, worryingly so for a 25-year old, but due to the clogged Dodgers OF, he wouldn't have a chance to compete for a significant role with the major league for a couple years anyway. He could become a factor in the future, but for now he is just another name with flashy, but raw, tools. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Tom Compton has re-signed with the Redskins.
Compton started nine games last season after doing very little in 2012 and 2013. The 6th rounder in 2012 could fight for a starting job in 2015, but is more likely to have a back up role, though he could fill in for injured starters during the season, like he did in 2014. Analysis: Ben Diamond
CC Sabathia (knee) will wear a knee brace this season.
Sabathia's knee may be under more pressure than any other body part in Yankee camp,quite literally, as holding up 305 pounds of CC is a tall task to ask for a knee coming off of a serious surgery. The brace should help a bit, and Sabathia has said that he felt good in a recent bullpen, in which he wore the knee brace. The 35 year old is a high-risk/mid-reward fantasy pick, and if that proposition doesn't sound appealing, that's because it isn't. He's better left with another owner or on the waiver wire, but if he gets off to a hot start, he could be a solid SP4/5 for fantasy owners. Analysis: Ben Diamond