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There’s a distinct possibility that Carmelo Anthony will still decide to take a little less than the max contract the Knicks are willing to pay.

There has to be some huge concession to be made by the team for this to happen, but we'll believe it all when we see it. Guys like Melo don't make the free agent rounds around the NBA to find someplace they can take less money from.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Chiefs G Ricky Henry has been released.

Bad news for Henry, who although wasn't expected to start, still expected to make the club out of camp.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jason Vargas threw a simulated game on Friday and reported no issues.

It looks like Vargas will be activated any day now, but his next scheduled start still appears hazy at this point. In any event, his 5.26 ERA is still not attractive enough to warrant a fantasy start, so pass on Vargas until he proves that he can he can put together a quality start.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ryan Flaherty (groin strain) will play 9 innings Saturday in extended spring training.

The nine innings should indicate that he will be ready to go shortly with the major league club. When finally activated, his starting role is cloudy at this point, due to the emergence of Jimmy Paredes. Paredes has seen most of his time at DH, so the second base spot might still be there for Flaherty, but it all remains to be seen at this point.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Update: Alex Rios could begin a rehab assignment in 7-10 days.

There still is no defined date for Rios to begin his rehab, but it is a safe guess that it will be sometime within the next week or so. The Royals could use his sneaky power and impressive wheels back in the lineup sooner rather than later.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Carlos Rodon has been skipped for his start Monday.

Hector Noesi will start in his place on Monday, as the Sox are just trying to do all that they can to keep their young gun fresh.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ben Zobrist will play nine innings in left field Friday for Triple-A Nashville.

If all goes well here, it is plausible that Zobrist will be back with the big league club sometime next week, giving fantasy owners a solid player with excellent flexibility at their disposals.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ike Davis (quad) is still not doing baseball activities.

Davis has been diagnosed with a grade two quad strain, which will likely keep him out longer than the obligatory 15 days on the disabled list. Reports are that the A's will rotate Max Muncy and Mark Canha until Ike is ready to return to action.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Hector Noesi will likely start Monday against Toronto.

Noesi is still good for a couple of spot starts here and there, but for the most part, he is not a guy to rely upon for consistent fantasy production. The better pitcher to own is Carlos Rodon at this point.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Manager Bob Melvin says surgery always has been pretty much ruled out for Coco Crisp's disc problem because it would likely end his playing career.

Crisp is basically at the end of the line here and his plan is to tough it out until his body can no longer can take it. Expect him to receive the surgery once his career is all said and done, but until then, expect him to suit up when possible.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says Devon Travis (shoulder) should be ready after 15 days on the disabled list are up.

Travis was having himself a fine 2015 until the month of May set in, as he is batting a mere .246 during the month. The shoulder issue must have been playing a factor, as his April average sat at a robust .325. Expect the youngster to recover well from the injury, as manager John Gibbons feels that he will be more than ready to come back once the 15 days are up.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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