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The Phillies are not expected to trade Cole Hamels by the trade deadline.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged that while a player like Jonathan Papelbon could be dealt, Hamels is one of the guys that he views as someone who can help transition a new era for the Phillies. He doesn't want to just dump everyone and be really bad for five years, so holding players like Hamels and even Chase Utley allow him to do that. We'll see what happens though when some firm offers start coming his way.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Coach George Karl says Nik Stauskas may get more playing time soon.

With George Karl now at the helm for Sacramento, it seems likely that he will give extended playing time to some different players. As long as Darren Collison is sidelined, there's a good chance that Stauskas will see more time on the court. Though he has played in 51 games this season, Stauskas is averaging just 3.4 points per game. Analysis: David Kerr

Coach Dwane Casey said Kyle Lowry is dealing with "nagging" injuries. "Kyle probably needs some rest, but I don't know how we rest him"

Toronto is currently hanging on to the second seed in the Eastern Conference, so resting Lowry due to minor, nagging injuries isn't really an option at this point. It would be logical to think that Lowry could get a day off if the Raptors are facing a much lesser opponent, but that is to be determined. Analysis: David Kerr

Manager Mike Matheny said he would like to see Matt Adams get some extra work in dropping down a bunt. “I want him to execute it more,” stated Matheny, who wants the first baseman to use bunting as a weapon against defensive shifts.

Adams is best suited as a platoon bat at first base against right-handed pitching, but it sounds as though the Cardinals will want him to expand his game this year. While it is wishful thinking that Adams can add bunt hits to his game, there aren't many scenarios where a 230 lb. man is going lay down a bunt and try to beat a throw to first base. Remember this is spring training, a time when new ideas are thought of daily. Analysis: David Kerr

Zack Cozart will likely bat eighth most often in manager Bryan Price's lineup this season.

This makes a ton of sense considering that Cozart owns a career .281 on-base percentage. Cozart is a very good shortstop in the field, but his bat leaves a lot to be desired. His value is limited to NL-Only leagues this season. Analysis: David Kerr

Cowboys and wide receiver Cole Beasley are relatively close on a four-year extension.

Beasley caught 37 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns last season and the Cowboys obviously feel as though he can be an asset over the next few years. The possible terms of the deal haven't been released, but the two parties are hoping to get something done in the coming days. Analysis: David Kerr

Bulls guard Derrick Rose is scheduled to have surgery Friday morning to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

You can't help but feel for Derrick Rose at this point, as he has other-worldly talent, but is as brittle as Samuel L Jackson's character from "Unbreakable." Analysis: Brad Costilo

Manager Lloyd McClendon said Willie Bloomquist will likely see more time as the backup first-base candidate than Rickie Weeks, who will concentrate more on learning the outfield this spring.

Bloomquist is a platoon player (at best) who offers little-to-no fantasy production at all. His 2014 stat-line of .278 AVG with 1 HR and 1 SB in 122 at-bats is about what you should expect out of him in 2015. Analysis: Brad Costilo

James Paxton continues to rehab his bruised left forearm and is "progressing fine," according to manager Lloyd McClendon. "He feels good. They just want to wait until the first of the week to have him throw."

While his strikeout rate was a little lower than you'd like to see from a starting pitcher (59 Ks in 74 IP), Paxton was solid in his 13 starts in 2014. Looking forward, you can expect Paxton to produce an ERA around 3.00 and a WHIP around 1.20 in 2015 (just like in 2014). Analysis: Brad Costilo

Update: Felix Hernandez made his spring debut for the Mariners on Thursday, throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session as the progression begins toward his club-record eighth Opening Day start.

Fantasy baseball experts (and casual players) all seem to agree that King Felix is the clear-cut second-best pitcher in all of baseball (behind reigning NL-MVP Clayton Kershaw). Expect to spend a late first round/early second round pick if you want to have Felix on your team in 2015. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Jose Calderon (Achilles) is doubtful to play Friday night against the Pistons.

Calderon has no place on any fantasy rosters with his 2014-15 stat-line of 9.1 PPG, 4.7 APG, and 3.0 RPG, regardless of health. Analysis: Brad Costilo
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