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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING WRAPUP: TUESDAY

As always lots to get to as Tuesday spring training churned out some fantasy baseball-worthy storylines.  Let's get to it.

-Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar is still dealing with shoulder discomfort and as a result he has been shut down from hitting.  Profar was just cleared on Monday to resume full activities but now he has clearly taken a step back with the shoulder.  While no alarms are being sounded yet, this is not the start Profar needed in this crucial season for him as the team's everyday second baseman. 

-Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels is close to throwing off a mound after dealing with his own bout of shoulder soreness.  He is schedule to start that session next Tuesday and already has been ruled out for Opening Day.  However barring any further issues, Hamels is set to return around April 15th which means he actually will provide unexpected value since many fantasy baseball owners overreact to guys who miss Opening Day.

-The Baltimore Orioles continue to talk with both free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and 1B Kendrys Morales one day after inking SP Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Orioles want Cruz over Morales but will take either if the price is right. 

-Stephen Drew reportedly has four teams talking contract with him as camps are now underway.  The Boston Red Sox and New York Mets are among them as reported by Jim Bowden.  Drew wants a multi-year deal while at least the Mets want to stick to a one-year contract.  Drew has almost zero fantasy baseball value due to his horrid average and constant injury issues.

-The Minnesota Twins are likely to make a play for rehabbing former Cy Young SP Johan Santana.  Santana is expected back in the summer from shoulder surgery and the Twins are looking to buy now.  Santana has some SP 5 value as he pitched well for the Mets even with diminished velocity before the shoulder gave out.

There you have it.  As always check back for more.

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