UPDATES & NEWS
Orioles are the leading team of interest in the early stage of the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes.
It's a fairly easy fit as the Orioles could use some major league-ready pitching and have a number of prospects -- Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey just to name a few -- whom they could deal. This rumor, however, is still in its infant stages, so don;t expect a deal to be consummated until closer to the deadline.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Carlos Rodon will take the injured Chris Sale's Cactus League start on Friday.
Rodon, the team's top prospect and 14th-overall prospect in baseball, will start in place of Chris Sale who fractured his right foot in an accident at his home. Rodon is a sleeper to take Sale's spot in the rotation while he deals with this issue, but those in dynasty leagues need to be aware of Rodon's immense fantasy potential. He is going to be a force in fantasy in the near future, but it most likely won't be in 2015. Analysis: Colby Conway