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Zack Greinke allowed three runs on eight hits and no walks while fanning 11 batters over 7.2 innings against the Reds on Tuesday.

Greinke improved to 8-1 following Tuesday's stellar performance while tying a season-high in the strikeout department (11). He is now sitting on a 2.18 ERA and 1.12 WHIP through his first 11 starts, while owning a ridiculous 76:14 K:BB over 66 innings. He will get to build on his hot start when he takes on the Pirates on Sunday. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Al Horford is not being actively shopped to any teams at this point.

The Hawks sit at three games out of first place in the Eastern Conference and the only way they should trade Al Horford is if they don't want to offer him a max-contract, which is what he's going to want, and they want to get something in return for him. Atlanta is in the top-half of the league in scoring and top-5 in defense this season. Though the team isn't actively shopping him, they are still entertaining phone calls on him and Jeff Teague. They need to be blown away to accept an trade for one or both of those guys with where they sit in the rankings. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Billy Butler is a player the Athletics are willing to trade because he is scheduled to make $10 million in each of the next two seasons and was below average offensively in each of the last two seasons.

The one thing that is a plus about Billy Butler is that he has been very healthy his whole career. He played in 1,101 games out of a possible 1,134 over the last seven years and 1,317 out of a possible 1,458 his whole career. The only time he played less than 124 games was his rookie year when he played 92. His offense isn't the greatest, but it's middle-of-the-pack type numbers. Last season he hit .251 with 15 HRs, 52 BB, 65 RBIs, and 101 Ks. In all honesty he should be trade-able, but the A's will probably have to eat a little bit of his contract.  Analysis: Mike Cahill

Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is expected to return in 3-4 weeks.

After undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur in December, it seems like a quick recovery but that is no guarantee, just a goal. There is no way that he would go back to his 22.6 minutes-per-game upon returning, with him most likely being eased back into the line-up with such a long absence. With the end of the season in April, the only way Vasquez is worth owning is if Michael Carter-Williams is traded or if one of him and Jerryd Bayless is injured.  Analysis: Mike Cahill

Rays manager Kevin Cash expects a healthy competition between Rene Rivera, Hank Conger and Curt Casali behind the plate.

Unless he improved his hitting dramatically, Rene Rivera figures to be at the back of the race between the three. River hit .178 last year in 110 games. He had 86 Ks, 11 walks, a measly 26 RBIs, and he was unhappy with is playing time last year, so expect him to be possibly traded at some time even though he holds almost no value. It appears that Hank Conger and Curt Casali will have a healthy competition though. Both are very close to production so one needs to step up. Conger is a switch hitter and had about the same production in 28 less games than Casali. Look for Conger to be the starter with Casali getting a healthy amount of looks as well. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Mariners have signed SP Charles Brewer to a minor league deal.

Charles Brewer has bounced around a couple of teams during his career while dealing with injuries. Last year at Double-AA he pitched in 12 1/3 innings and had a 2.92 ERA with four walks, seven Ks, and four ERs. If he can get through the injuries, Brewer can become more than a depth player for an organization. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Padres have signed RHP Trey McNutt to a minor league contract.

Let's not forget the Trey McNutt was once considered a top prospect and that he is only 26 years-old. McNutt will have to work his way back after a real lack of playing the last two years. He missed the entire 2014 season after having shoulder surgery and then only pitching in eight innings last year. He did show quite a bit of rust in those eight innings giving up six earned runs with three walks, and four strike-outs. He did get two wins but his ERA was a 6.750. Even if he can't get back to starting status, he could find himself as a really good relief pitcher. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Nationals have signed Nick Rickles to a minor league contract.

The career minor-leaguer has yet to make an appearance in the majors since being drafted back in 2011 by the Athletics. Nick Rickles played in Single-A ball for his first three seasons with a brief appearance at Double-AA, before missing the entire 2014 season due to a torn labrum. Last season at all three levels of the minors, Rickles batted .217 with 27 RBIs, four HRs, 49 Ks, and four BB. He is only 26 years-old so he has some time to make some noise, but for now he is more depth. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Orioles brass thinks that Hyun-Soo Kim could have a big impact immediately.

It will be interesting to see how Hyun-Soo Kim's game translates to the MLB this season. He is a very disciplined batter and does not strike-out a lot. Last season in the Korean Baseball Organization Kim drew 101 walks while only striking out 63 times in 630 plate appearances. Kim could be an absolute steal in drafts if his game stays the same. A transition period would be expected from him to adapt, but the upside is there. Last season he batted .326 with 28 HRs, 121 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Joe Panik says his back is "100 percent" healthy heading into spring training.

The All-Star second baseman appeared in 100 games last season due to being shut down with a back injury late in August. In those 100 games Joe Panik hit .312 with 37 RBIs, eight HRs, three stolen bases, and 38 BB. Panik said he changed his off-season workout routine to prevent the injury from happening again, so expect him to have closer to a full season of work and production this year. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Christian Vazquez (elbow) was able to make throws from behind home plate to second and third without issue on Friday.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell estimated that Christian Vazquez is at about 90 percent in his recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery. It will be interesting to see how the Red Sox figure out their catcher position with Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan also in the fold at the position. Vazquez has a cannon for an arm and got 15 out of 29 of the attempted steals thrown out. The Red Sox catcher dilemma could become a headache this year.  Analysis: Mike Cahill

Athletics GM David Forst has confirmed that Khris Davis will be the Athletics everyday Left Fielder in 2016.

With the news that Khris Davis will be the everyday LF, expect him to build off of his 2015 season where he batted .247 with 27 HRs. The playing time of Coco Crisp and Mark Canha will be greatly reduced, but they weren't all that reliable anyways. Davis has some power and although he could see a decline out of Miller Park, he should still hover above the 20's in the home-run category.  Analysis: Mike Cahill

Zach LaVine won the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

Before trying to defend his dunk title, from last year, on Saturday, the Minnesota PG played in the Rising Stars Challenge with fellow Freshman and Sophomores in the league. He posted a 30 point seven rebound performance in the defense-less game that ended 157-154 in favor of the U.S. team. LaVine makes the second straight T'wolves player to win the award with Andrew Wiggins winning it last year. LaVine will now turn his attention to winning the dunk title once again in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night. Analysis: Matt Selz

Recent reports indicate that the Browns will re-sign Travis Benjamin.

Benjamin, 26, was one of the few bright spots on the Browns last season, establishing himself as one of the best on their thin receiving group. Benjamin had 966 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season--both career highs.  Analysis: Ben Diamond


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