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Manager Ron Roenicke indicated it might be time to start moving away from the second-base platoon and start giving Scooter Gennett starts against lefties.

It makes sense, as Rickie Weeks is just two for his last 27, while Gennett has milt-hit games in six of his last seven games. With additional playing time, Gennett's value gets a considerable bump. He's currently sporting a .310/.347/.469 triple-slash with four home runs, 30 runs, and 20 RBI in 248 PA. The upside isn't sky-high, but hitting atop a potent Brewers lineup with good contact and on-base skills should make an asset in runs and a non-zero in steals. He's a decent MI option in mixed leagues should he formally stage the coup de etat.ANALYST:

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

Dallas Keuchel has talked about an extension with the Astros this offseason.

After getting a record for a one-year, first-time arbitration eligible player at $7.25 million, it will be interesting to see where the two sides are at in discussions. The Astros could want to offer him a substantial, but team-friendly deal in case he has another season like 2015. On the other hand, Dallas Keuchel could want to bet on himself if it's not at the rate of the top pitchers in the league. Keuchel won the AL Cy Young award, Gold Glove award, led the AL in wins, was an All-Star, and the won the Warren Spahn Award which is given to the best left-handed pitcher in MLB in 2015. He was also second in the AL with a 2.48 ERA and fourth in the whole league in strikeouts with 216. Unless he completely falls off, Keuchel will get a beautiful looking contract and he will be a top choice in fantasy-land among pitchers. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Rajon Rondo still considers himself an elite point guard.

Rajon Rondo is a great facilitator, averaging 11.9 assists per-game this season. With DeMarcus Cousins doing most of the scoring, Rondo is doing what he should be doing in this system. Rondo seems to find himself in more controversial headlines than he does talks about elite point guard status these days, but he is a solid all-around player. It would be more worrisome if he didn't think of himself in that light, but usually when you have to re-iterate your elite status, you are not elite.  Analysis: Mike Cahill

Manu Ginobili is resting up after undergoing surgery and is unsure on when he'll be able to get back on the court.

What was the surgery you ask? Manu Ginobili underwent testicular surgery after after taking a knee from Ryan Anderson in the closing minutes of Wednesday's game. The fact that the knee caused him to get surgery is a scary thought, and we all feel for him. The Spurs are rolling which could cause them to keep Ginobili out to be cautious for the play-offs. Danny Green's numbers should continue to rise during the absence of Manu Ginobili. Depending on how long the surgery sidelines him, Ginobili is potentially on the chopping block, no pun intended. Players to watch in this situation are Jonathan Simmons, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson, with Simmons and Mills playing well. Mills has stepped up when Tony Parker was out and he could do it again when called upon. Analysis: Mike Cahill

Tigers expect Nick Castellanos' power to improve as his body continues to mature.

Castellanos will turn 24 in early-March, so this expectation seems fair. The young third baseman improved his home-run total from 11-to-15 and slugging percentage from .394-to-.419 between 2014 and 2015. Analysis: Nate Miller

Redskins will likely try Spencer Long at center this offseason.

Long started 13 games at guard for the Redskins this past season, but the third-round pick from 2014 could be in for a change. Analysis: Nate Miller

Giants remain interested in Tim Lincecum, but only as a reliever.

The Giants brought in both Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija on free-agent deals back in December, so their interest in Lincecum only as a reliever definitely makes sense. However, with the injury histories of both Jake Peavy and Matt Cain, Lincecum could definitely see some starts if he indeed returns to San Francisco. Analysis: Nate Miller

Angel Pagan will bat lower in the order this year and move from center field to left.

With Denard Span set to take over in center field and bat leadoff for the Giants, this development should come as no surprise. At 34 years of age, Pagan just simply does not fit the role he once did. Analysis: Nate Miller

Gregor Blanco has reported no lingering effects from the concussion he suffered last season.

Blanco missed most of the last month of the 2015 season, as he did not play after September 9th. The 32-year-old outfielder has been a valuable contributor for the Giants over the last four seasons rather it be in a starting or reserve role.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Mets will probably approach Scott Boras at some point this season about a long-term deal for Matt Harvey, but fully expect the agent will take Harvey to free agency.

Following an incredibly impressive comeback from Tommy John surgery, the Mets undoubtedly want to lock up Harvey long term. The dominant right-hander will turn 27 next month and will make $4.33M this in 2016. His salary is obviously expected to rise on the arbitration scale before he reaches free-agent eligibility in 2019. Analysis: Nate Miller

Charles James who underwent surgery to repair the damage to his foot and is now off crutches and walking without a limp.

James played in nine games (one start) for the Texans in 2015. The Charleston Southern product should be back providing depth to the Houston secondary in 2016. Analysis: Nate Miller

Red Sox are considering free-agent Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales.

The Red Sox are obviously in the market for extra left-handed relief. Cotts posted a respectable 3.41 ERA over 63 1/3 innings between Milwaukee and Minnesota last season. Morales enjoyed an even better campaign, working to a 3.18 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 62 1/3 innings for the World Series winning Royals. Analysis: Nate Miller

Alex Jackson had a dismal first full pro season, but new general manager Jerry Dipoto believes he still has all the tools to be an impact middle-of-the-order bat in the big leagues.

The sixth overall selection of the 2014 draft, Jackson put together a dismal .207/.318/.365 slash with eight homers across 318 plate appearances between Low-A Everett and Single-A Clinton last summer. In other words, Jackson has plenty to prove to the organization in 2016. Analysis: Nate Miller

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