Marte was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 22 with a sprained left thumb. He expects to be activated when first eligible and would seem to be on track. "He’s swinging the bat," Mariners skipper Scott Servais said Sunday. "I think he’s going to hit in the cage with the actual BP thrower (early this week).... That’ll kind of be the last test. If he gets through that, he’ll be ready to go out on the rehab after."
This has been the expectation all along, but it's still unclear if Miami is willing to bid what another team—or teams—will put on the table. There is chatter that the Heat will attempt to sell Whiteside on taking less than the max, but there will surely be at least one other club willing to give him a max contract. Pat Riley has previously said that Whiteside will be his team's No. 1 offseason priority, and there's no question that the best rim protector in the league will be in high demand.
They're "open" to lots of possibilities, but that doesn't make their pursuit "likely" in any way, shape or form. "It would have to be a defined role (his return)," his agent, Travis King, said last week. "He loves Miami and the team but he loves playing. He’s looking somewhere he can play. He wants to contribute 10 to 20 minutes a night." Assuming Miami re-signs Hassan Whiteside, the odds of Stoudemire finding that role with the Heat are slim to none.
The Spanish basketball player Gasol said Monday there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going to Rio de Janeiro for the games should "think about" whether it's worth the risk. He said other Spanish athletes have also expressed their concerns about the virus and are also considering skipping the games. "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk," Gasol said, adding that he was among the athletes making such considerations.
Strasburg is in the midst of his best major league season to date and will carry a 2.69 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 90/20 K/BB ratio (73 2/3 innings) into a road start against the Reds in his next scheduled start. He's really starting to come into his own this season and remains an excellent start to go with moving forward in fantasy leagues and DFS leagues as well.
The right-handed Cueto (who has been an excellent start most of the time in both fantasy and DFS leagues this year) punched out five while walking two in his contest last night. He has been everything that the Giants could have hoped for thus far, registering a 2.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 72/14 K/BB ratio across 81 2/3 innings. His next scheduled start against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Friday is up in the air, though, now with his back flaring up.
Ozuna's had a resurgent season at the plate under the tutelage of hitting coach Barry Bonds, slashing a robust .344/.392/.598 with 10 long balls and 27 RBI this year. He's a solid option to go with in all fantasy and DFS leagues right now.
Per Wilbur, FanGraphs suggested a deal for Braun could include the Brewers getting catcher/outfielder Blake Swihart and possibly either Rusney Castillo or Pablo Sandoval in return. Castillo or Sandoval would be included to help offset Braun’s sizable salary. The Red Sox would also get catcher Jonathan Lucroy under such a trade. Braun’s no-trade clause does not include an exception for the Red Sox, but that’s not a deal breaker, according to Wilbur. Braun, 32, is in the first year of a five-year, $105 million extension with Milwaukee. He is set to make $20 this season and in 2017 and 2018, before his salary decreases to $19 million in 2019, $17 million in 2020, and then to a $15 million mutual option in 2021. The Red Sox may not be the only team interested in him, but they're certainly looking like the front-runner at the moment. Braun is one of the better options to go with right now in the outfield in all fantasy and DFS leagues.
When healthy, Holt has been struggling this season as Boston's strong side of the left field platoon with Chris Young. He is hitting just .239 on the year, but his role as super sub should continue since he filled that role last season and did it well while playing multiple positions.
Sunday was Cain’s second straight multi-hit game and sixth in the last eight as he has stepped up with key bats out of the Royals lineup in Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas. With the multiple hits, came his fifth homer of the season and his 20th RBI of the month. Cain is hitting .400/.419/.633 a homer, six RBI, and four runs in the last seven games. His next at bats will come against Matt Andriese of the Rays on Monday as he tries to continue his hot streak against a pitcher he’s faced only once in his career.