Some news and notes from around the game as fantasy baseball spring training has begun:
-Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins was medically cleared to play from his elbow issues and is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Like from the moment he arrived on the scene, Hoskins is a pure power hitting asset who will help in homers and runs and not much else. Add in some ugly batting averages and Hoskins is now looking like just another power specialist after he caught some early hype in fantasy baseball. Try to avoid.
-Great news for Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancici who will have no restrictions in spring training after coming back from cancer surgery. Remember that Mancici had a career-year just prior to the cancer diagnosis and is quietly a 25-home run bat who can also hit for average. Think Mike Morse from back in the day which makes him a very useful OF 3.
-The Milwaukee Brewers are taking a hard look at Jackie Bradley Jr. Bradley Jr. made some inroads with his batting approach a year ago and can hit 15 homers and steal 8-10 bags so don't ignore him in five OF formats.
-Ian Kennedy signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. After doing decent enough work as a closer for the Kansas City Royals, Kennedy could eventually work his way to the ninth if things break down in front of him.
-Jeremy Jeffress signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nats but he is in no way a threat to Brad Hand as the team's closer.
-Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is taking up his new approach at the dish and a big finish to his 2020 season lends some credence that there could be some sneaky value as a CI or UTIL bat for at least one more season.
-Kansas City Royals starter Brad Keller is going to incorporate his changeup more this season after he found some nice success with it in 2020 when he logged a 2.47 ERA in 54.2 innings. Despite the nice season, Keller should be ignored almost everywhere.