UPDATES & NEWS
Jonathan Papelbon gave up a hit but struck out two Mariners and earned his 30th save of the season for the Phillies on Wednesday.
Papelbon continues his resurgent season. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.58, the second-lowest of his career -- he posted a 0.92 ERA in 2006, amazingly. He's no longer a dominant strikeout artist, and his peripherals suggest his skills aren't any different than they have been the last two seasons. This late in the game we can't anticipate a series of blow-ups, but don't be surprised if his ERA is back to the 2.50-3.00 range in 2015. ANALYST:
Cubs will recall Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Welp, this is a surprise. Russell is arguably a better prospect than Kris Bryant, albeit from more of a real-life than fantasy perspective. He had 11 hits in 37 at-bats at Iowa with a home run and will immediately slot in as the Cubs' everyday second baseman. The Cubs aren't likely to fool around with a prospect of Russell's caliber, so you can expect he'll be in the lineup as long as he's on the 25-man roster. He needs to be owned in all leagues and has the potential to contribute in both the power and speed categories and will qualify at both MI positions. Get excited. Analysis: Spencer Silva
Frankie Hammond signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender.
Although it’s harsh to say, many receivers see their careers take a downfall after going to Kansas City. Alex Smith isn’t capable of helping his star wideouts produce big numbers. Last year was a prime example in that Smith never connected with a wide receiver for a touchdown. Jeremy Maclin should break that this year and put up decent numbers, but he is the only wide receiver in Kansas City that should be drafted. Stay away from Hammond. Analysis: Colby Conway