Justin Verlander could miss the start of the season because of his recovery from his recent core muscle surgery.
Broncos are negotiating with Malik Jackson in hopes of locking him up before he hits free agency.
Jackson is just one of several Broncos defenders who are set to hit free agency. Denver's defense was ranked No. 1, and helped carry them to a Super Bowl after shutting down Cam Newton and Carolina's prolific offense. As a result, it's not surprising John Elway and management would attempt to retain as many of their free agent defenders as possible. Expect the Broncos to place the franchise tag on Von Miller, and re-sign as many of their other free agent defenders prior to the start of free agency. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Jared Allen is not expected back with the Panthers next season.
Whether or not he retires, it appears that Jared Allen's days in Carolina are over. The Panthers appear ready to move on from Allen after trading for the 33-year-old defensive end in the beginning of the season. Allen is set to earn $8.5 million next season, and that is money better used to help retain star cornerback Josh Norman, who is set to become a free agent this offseason. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Dodgers prospect Frankie Montas (ribs) is expected to miss two to four months.
Rough start to the year for the Dodgers' No. 4 ranked prospect. While Montas went 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA last season, he still showed some promise and development. Despite the setback, it's believed that Montas will either move into the back-end of the starting rotation, or be featured as one of the team's top relief pitchers, upon returning from his injury. Due to his young age, 22, and potential, Montas is worth keeping an eye on, as he could eventually be a solid waiver wire pickup once the season begins. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Yadier Molina had his cast removed from his surgically repaired thumb.
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said more will be known within the next 2-3 weeks, but Molina's opening day status seems to be questionable at best. Coming back from surgery, and two straight seasons in which his offensive numbers have declined, it would be foolish to expect a sudden resurgence from the 33-year-old catcher. While Molina still has some fantasy value - especially since the catching position is one of the most bare in fantasy baseball - in 10-team leagues, he isn't worth taking prior to round 20. It seems that Father Time may finally be catching up to one of the most consistent catchers to ever play the game. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
J.J. Hickson is expected to be traded before the trade deadline.
This shouldn't come as a surprise seeing as how Hickson has completely fallen out of the rotation in Denver – he's played a total of 13 minutes since January 1. Despite being a poor free throw shooter, Hickson still has some value seeing as how he's only 27 years old and is just three years removed from his career-best season in Portland in which he averaged a double-double. While a fresh start will definitely be beneficial for Hickson, he still shouldn't be considered in any fantasy formats unless he starts to see upwards of 20-25 minutes per game again. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Timberwolves are talking to an unnamed team about an Andre Miller trade.
Miller is averaging just 3.4 points and 2.2 assists per game this season, and has fallen towards the back-end of the rotation. The Timberwolves may be trying to move the 39-year-old point guard in order to get rookie Tyus Jones some increased playing time. Even if Miller does get traded, it's unlikely he'll be anything more than a reserve guard coming off the bench. Miller hasn't been fantasy relevant for a few years now, and that is unlikely to change regardless of whether or not he is traded. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Braves general manager John Hart said Dansby Swanson may get called up to the big leagues this season if they are out of playoff contention.
It doesn't seem like the Braves' fans would want to hear anything about being out of playoff contention before spring training has even started. Regardless of that, Dansby Swanson was the main piece in the trade that sent Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks during the off-season. Swanson was the No. 1 overall selection in last June's draft, so him being traded was surprising, but the Diamondbacks are all in on winning the NL West. They could soon come to regret that decision if Swanson flourishes. Swanson was invited to spring training and though he doesn't figure to be on the opening day roster, he could be another SS that makes some noise in the majors if he shows well during his audition. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Braves general manager John Hart said Sean Newcomb is close to making an impact with the Braves and he can be a front line starter.
The 22 year-old Sean Newcomb has tremendous upside for the Braves. Newcomb was a former first-round pick at 15th overall for the Angels in 2014. His career from high school on is very impressive. As a senior in high school he had a 0.46 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 58 innings. His senior year at Hartford saw him post a 1.25 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 93 1⁄3 innings, which was enough to name him 2014 America East Pitcher of the Year. His first college win was a no-no against Yale as well. Last season saw Newcomb post a 2.38 ERA with 168 Ks and a 9-3 record in 136 innings across Single-A and Double-AA. Watch out for Newcomb if he can find the same success in Triple-AAA ball. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Astros have talked about an extension with Jason Castro.
It seems that both sides are set on what they want in this deal. The Astros recently won the arbitration hearing with Jason Castro after being $250,000 apart from one another. The deal is for one-year at $5 million. Castro is a free-agent after the 2016 season and so far the talks of a two-year deal and a three-year deal with an option have not gone anywhere. The Astros are trying to lock-up their 28 year-old pitcher/catcher duo this off-season, but so far nothing is imminent. The defense is their, but Castro doesn't do anything crazy in terms of offense. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Jenrry Mejia claims he did not use any illegal substance.
"I only had two beers," "That's not my jacket, therefore it's not my bag of illegal substance officer." Jenrry Mejia can say what he wants, but he is likely done in the MLB. Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball after failing his third PED test, but he can apply for reinstatement after one year, but his suspension has to last at least two. Not sure if it was the PEDs or not, but Mejia has looked good and it's unfortunate that such a young talent will go to waste. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Michael Brantley (shoulder) might be able to return in late April or early May.
He might be able to return in late April or early May, or he might not return until late May or early June. That guesswork of Paul Hoynes, is not of much help. Once Spring Training rolls around and he gets around the trainers we should have a better update on Michael Brantley's status. Brantley still has not started a hitting program after surgery on his labrum in November. He will surely need to get back in a routine and get his swing back. Last season Brantley hit .310 with 15 HRs, 84 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases. If he can return to last season's form he will be a solid player, but investing in him at this point in time is risky. During his absence Rajai Davis will start in left-field. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Stephen A. Smith is reporting the Clippers are trying to trade Blake Griffin although nothing is imminent.
After the whole ordeal with breaking his hand on a Clipper's trainer's face and friend of his, their were suggestions that the team should try and trade Blake Griffin. It appears they are trying to do so and though the price may have lessened some, he would still command a huge return. There have been reports that the team would not trade him this season, but if the price is right why not? Griffin doesn't figure to be back until mid-March and he's burning a hole on roster benches. Maybe owners should also try and see what they could get for him, but temper your expectations. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Panthers are expected to sign Kawann Short to an extension this offseason.
The Panthers will give Kawann Short a nice long-term contract since his rookie-contract is set to expire after next season. Last season was a break-out year for Short after recording 55 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and four passes defended. He also received the fourth-highest grade from Pro Football Focus for DT. The starting point might be around the $10 million mark, but probably higher. Since the team has to figure out what they want to do with Star Lotulelei, Short's contract could indicate their intentions. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Peyton Manning alleged sexual assault from 1996 has been cited in a lawsuit against University of Tennessee.
Everyone out there seems to think this is a new thing that was never known. The incident in question has been known since, well since it happened in 1996. It was said that Manning forcefully put his testicles on an athletic trainers face. As the career of Peyton Manning wines down things start to pop-up again. If this is something that was handled incorrectly, by all means something should have been done about it, but why now? This could almost force Manning into retirement even if he decided he wanted to come back for one more year. Analysis: Mike Cahill