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Jhonny Peralta Headshot

Peralta, who was significantly affected by a spring training thumb injury last season, is healthy and ready to compete for the third base job this spring, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "I never felt 100 percent," Peralta said Sunday. "To tell the truth, last year was kind of tough with everything that happened. Going to third base so quickly, that was tough. The swing, sometimes it would not feel right. But I learned from last year. I feel different now."

The veteran, who is entering the final year of his contract in 2017, feels as if he's in a much better position than he was at any time last season. Peralta's thumb, which required surgery that sidelined him until June, never fully healed until the offseason, when a prolonged stretch of rest finally did the trick. Meanwhile, he had a whole new set of challenges in the field, where he was being asked to play third base for the first time since the 2010 campaign with the Indians. With Adelmys Diaz now the full-time shortstop, Peralta had the luxury of going into the offseason knowing that he could take all of his practice reps at third base, a position which he's expected to compete with Jedd Gyorko for this spring. The Cardinals feel that the hot corner is a better fit at this stage for the soon-to-be 35-year-old, considering it requires less overall range, and also feel that Peralta's bat still has plenty to offer. After a ragged start that included a .233 average over his first 103 at-bats, Peralta bounced back after the All-Star break to slash .274/.325/.403 over his final 186 trips to the plate.
6 minutes ago
Colt Hynes Headshot

Hynes agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The 31-year-old spent time with three different organizations in 2016, although he found relatively little success at the higher levels of the minor leagues in each stop he made. Hynes does possess a bit of major league experience, but he seems to be lined up for little more than an organizational depth role during his second stint with the Dodgers organization.
6 minutes ago
Evgeny Kuznetsov Headshot

Kuznetsov recorded a power-play assist in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers.

The Russian pivot now has 45 points in 58 games and has been looking more and more like the dynamic playmaker that took the league by storm in 2015-16. Keep him rolling in standard and daily formats.
21 minutes ago
Lars Eller Headshot

Eller had a power-play assist in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers.

The 27-year-old has been on fire of late with two goals and six points in his last eight games. After a sleepy first-half, the Danish pivot is carving outs some legitimate fantasy value now that he's producing on a more steady basis and is filling in for Andre Burakovsky (hand) on the second power-play unit. Those in deeper leagues should take notice.
23 minutes ago
Kevin Siegrist Headshot

Siegrist (shoulder) played catch each day over the weekend and hopes to return to the mound Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

The left-hander skipped some of his scheduled pitching sessions last week due to shoulder tightness, but it seems like the pain is beginning to subside. As long as everything goes as planned in his recovery, Siegrist will likely get back on track to pitch without inhibitions and act as the Cardinals' setup man for the 2017 campaign.
23 minutes ago
Alex Ovechkin Headshot

Ovechkin had a power-play goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers.

The Russian's 27th goal of the season gives him 52 points in 58 games in 2016-17. He may struggle to hit the 50-goal mark for the first time in four seasons, but he remains as reliable a fantasy performer as they come.
27 minutes ago
Danny Muno Headshot

Muno signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Monday.

The 28-year-old infielder spent much of his career in the Mets system, but he ventured across three organizations in 2016 and could only muster a .223 batting average with three different minor league teams. He walks at incredibly high rates, but due to his meager past production, Muno offers little more than organizational depth moving forward.
36 minutes ago
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