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According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Yankees could be interested in Edwin Jackson. The Yankees are looking for pitching to fill out a rotation for the remainder of the season and could be looking at Jackson.

Although Jackson is sitting 5-10 with a 5.61 ERA and 1.56 WHIP though 20 starts, the Yankees appear interested in the struggling 30-year-old. A change of scenery has worked wonders for many players over the years, but it is hard to believe that the inconsistency of Jackson would be a good fit in the Bronx. If moved to the Yankees, Jackson's fantasy value would likely take a hit, as most National League pitcher see a decrease in strikeouts once they cross over. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Seahawks signed RB Cameron Marshall.

Marshall has yet to see any live NFL action throughout his two-year career in the league. Unless Marshall has a stellar preseason, he'll most likely end up on a team's practice squad or wash out of the NFL entirely. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Nate Allen have re-signed with the Raiders after being released earlier this week.

Most likely Allen's new deal will be a more team-friendly one than his previous four-year $23 million contract he signed prior to last season. Allen had a disastrous first go-around with the Raiders this past season, appearing in only five games and recording just seven tackles and one interception.  Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Joey Gallo will spend the bulk of his time at third base this spring, no first base plans for now.

In just 36 games, and 108 at-bats, Gallo was able to record six home runs and 14 RBI's last season. While his slugging percentage was an impressive .417, he struck out an outrageously-high 57 times to finish with a disappointing .204 average. At just 22 years old, Gallo definitely has some upside appeal when it comes to his career with the Texas Rangers. However, from a fantasy perspective, he should be left off of your draft boards. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Pirates sign LHP Cory Luebke to a minor league contract with an invite to big-league camp.

Luebke somehow has even less fantasy appeal than O'Flaherty. While O'Flaherty has at least pitched in the majors, Luebke hasn't seen the mound since 2012 due to a pair of Tommy John surgeries. Even if you play in a 16-man league, neither of the two newly-signed Pirates pitchers should be drafted. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Pirates have signed reliever Eric O'Flaherty to a minor-league deal.

O'Flaherty is coming off the worst season of his mediocre career, after posting a 1-2 record to go along with an atrocious 8.10 ERA. O'Flaherty has failed to record more than three wins in a season since 2007, and has totaled just one save throughout his entire nine-year career. Safe to say, O'Flaherty should be left off of your draft board. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Emmanuel Mudiay will replace Patrick Beverley in Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday.

Unless you somehow are involved in a fantasy NBA All-Star weekend league, this should have zero fantasy relevance whatsoever. On a side note, Mudiay has played spectacular as of late, averaging 14.5 points, seven assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals over his last four games.  Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Rangers GM Jon Daniels plans to circle back early in camp with Adrian Beltre about a contract extension.

Despite being 36 years old, Beltre remains one of the most consistent third basemen in baseball. His batting average hasn't dipped below .260 since the 2005 season, he has recorded at least 60 RBI's in 15 of the 17 seasons he's been in the league, and he has failed to hit double-digit home runs just once since his rookie year. While his home runs and RBI's have taken a slight dip in recent years, he remains a productive player and should be drafted accordingly in the six-to-eight rounds of 10-team leagues. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Celtics are on a list of teams that have explored the possibility of acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad.

Since being drafted No. 13 overall in 2013, Muhammad has so far failed to live up to his lottery pick potential. He's been inconsistent to the say least, scoring 20 points one night and two the next. While he isn't starter material, he's a young hybrid guard/forward who can develop into a solid scorer coming off the bench. From a fantasy perspective, however, he isn't worth owning – regardless of whether or not he gets traded. Analysis: Ari Gilberg

Ben McLemore is receiving trade interest the from Cleveland Cavaliers.

McLemore would be a cheap option if the Cavs are able to land him. He would provide some back-court depth that they could use as well. Other than Iman Shumpert, they have no real threats on the wing when J.R. Smith and LeBron James need a breather. McLemore's playing time would take a severe hit, but he would be far away from the black hole that is the Sacramento Kings. Analysis: James Grande

Lions have signed LB Jerry Franklin.

After not appearing in a single game in the 2015 season, Franklin has been signed by the Lions. He'll likely report to the practice squad, because at 28, no team is looking for an LB that's been nothing more than a backup his whole career to come in and suddenly help their team to the Super Bowl. Franklin's appeared in 20 career games and has made 12 tackles. Hoo-rah.  Analysis: James Grande

White Sox are showing interest in free-agent Ian Desmond.

With Alexei Ramirez signing in San Diego, the White Sox are left with Tyler Saladino at short-stop. Saladino is a career .225 hitter so adding Desmond isn't a bad idea. Even though Desmond had the worst average of his career in 2015, he still managed to hit 19 homers and drive in 62 runs. That's the fourth consecutive season he's reached those numbers. Desmond would provide some pop to the Sox order, but they would have to deal with his less than stellar defense. Analysis: James Grande

Panthers sign punter Swayze Waters.

First and foremost, what a name. It's an all-timer, if we're being honest. Anyways, Waters was the 2014 special teams player of the year in the CFL. He was the teams punter but also kicked field-goals, connecting on 47-of-52 attempts. Waters was injured with a hip ailment for most of 2015. What a way to reward an injured punter with a hip injury! "Hey, come punt in the NFL!" Analysis: James Grande

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn the labrum in his right shoulder again. He will require surgery and is out indefinitely.

Kidd-Gilchrist was only able to play in seven games this season a shoulder injury in Wednesday nights game against the Pacers will likely end his season. This will now be two straight seasons MKG was lost due to injury. Charlotte's patience has to be running thin. If he's out for the duration of the season, Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston benefit the most. They'll take on a bigger role, Lamb being the stronger candidate. Analysis: James Grande

Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic.

Whiteside, who's been quite the headcase since making a name for himself last year, strikes again. He's in a contract year, so this is not a good look for him. His minutes have seemingly shrunk with each passing month and he's even been coming off of the bench over the last five games. Whiteside needs to get his head on straight and stop focusing on what he 2k rating is, and more on being the best player, and person, he can be. Analysis: James Grande

Padres plan to use Wil Myers at first base full-time in 2016.

The number four overall prospect heading into the 2013 season according to Baseball America has yet to stay healthy in any of his three professional seasons. He did, however, win rookie of the year in 2013 with the Rays and he did so in just 88 games. Last season, Myers was expected to try and play CF for the Padres but that came to a halt because of injury. This year, he'll attempt to tackle 1B, where he's played 24 professional games. Analysis: James Grande

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