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Brandon Kintzler Miami Marlins

Brandon Kintzler (P) MIA - Feb. 12

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737174

Marlins manager Don Mattingly indicated that Kintzler will be the team's primary closer this season, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.


ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Mattingly didn't explicitly list Kintzler as the closer but made it clear that's the direction the team plans to go.

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Ryan Yarbrough Tampa Bay Rays

For the record: Yarbrough won on August 11 going one out short of a complete game shutout, then didn't win again for the rest of the season. In his last four starts he gave up 26 hits and six walks over 20.1 IP, compiling a 7.97 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.

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Martin Prado Miami Marlins

Quite the negative data point for cheap teams trying to do mid-level player extensions.

He was 33 when he signed it and was coming off a year with only 8 homers.

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Ryan Yarbrough Tampa Bay Rays

Ryan Yarbrough (P) TB - Feb. 12

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737184

Yarbrough's role isn't certain heading into the season, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Yarbrough served as one of the Rays' signature "bulk guys" in 2018 and part of 2019 before becoming a proper starter in the middle of the season. He finished the year with a respectable 4.13 ERA, a 20.8 percent strikeout rate and an excellent 3.6 percent walk rate in 141.2 innings. His eventual role may not matter too much from a fantasy perspective, as he'll still have a chance to pick up wins as a bulk reliever when the Rays' opener doesn't last five innings, and he'll handle a fairly heavy workload regardless of exactly which innings he pitches.

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Brandon Workman Boston Red Sox

Brandon Workman (P) BOS - Feb. 12

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737216

Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke said Workman will open the season as Boston's closer, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Workman finished out the 2019 season as the closer after the Red Sox started the season without a set end-game option. "I think so," Roenicke said. "I think what he did last year deserves that shot to be the closer. I think it's always more ideal if you have roles for those guys." 

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Taijuan Walker Arizona Diamondbacks

Returns to Seattle on a one-year deal for $2 million.

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Domingo Santana Cleveland Indians

Has agreed to a major league deal with the Indians.

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Chris Sale Boston Red Sox

How would you like to be going to spring training as the interim manager?

Chris Sale (P) BOS - Feb. 12

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737155

Interim manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that Sale's recent bout with the flu turned into a mild case of pneumonia, though the lefty "feels really good" after completing a throwing session Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Sale is scheduled to throw again Wednesday at his home before reporting to Red Sox camp Friday, which offers some more reassurance about his health. 

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Tony Gonsolin Los Angeles Dodgers

Note that an average fastball velocity of 93.7 puts him only in the 68th percentile.

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No. 6 on Matt Eddy's list at Baseball America of breakout pitching candidates:

6. Tony Gonsolin, RHP, Dodgers

Velocity: 68% | O-Swing: 47% | Z-Contact: 94% | F-Strike: 34%

28 IP: 2.89 ERA, 3.96 FIP, 12.3 SwStr (80%)

Projected role: rotation depth | Age: 25

Gonsolin played both ways at St. Mary’s but quickly adapted to becoming a full-time pitcher in pro ball. He reached the majors in his fourth pro season and enters 2020 as the No. 82 prospect in baseball. The Dodgers’ seemingly endless supply of rotation options makes Gonsolin a risky gamble for his starts, but he is a sound long-term play based on his wide repertoire. Not only did he throw four offerings with positive pitch value in his debut, but his unique split-changeup give him a different look.

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Dinelson Lamet San Diego Padres

Matt Eddy at Baseball America, looking for Nine Breakout Pitcher Candidates for 2020:

The arms I like to focus on are unestablished—often young—pitchers who have bat-missing stuff and a realistic big league rotation opportunity.

Pitchers like this could be one tweak—or one extended opportunity—away from breaking through and establishing themselves. Perhaps the pitcher needs improved pitch sequencing. Perhaps he needs to modify his fastball usage or improve command of the pitch. Sometimes a breakthrough is as close as throwing strike one more frequently.

Those are areas that pitchers tend to improve with age and experience, and that growth potential represents upside if you know where to look.

That’s why I studied all pitchers who threw at least 10 innings as starters in 2019. I assigned them percentile rank scores (where higher is always better) for fastball velocity, chase rate (O-Swing), zone contact (Z-Contact), first-pitch strike rate (F-Strike) and swinging-strike rate (SwStr).

Here's No. 2 on his list (Julio Urias is No. 1):

2. Dinelson Lamet, RHP, Padres

Velocity: 94% | O-Swing: 77% | Z-Contact: 72% | F-Strike: 41%

73 IP: 4.07 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 14.0 SwStr (91%)

Projected role: No. 3 starter | Age: 27

Lamet looked sharp in the second half of 2019 as he returned from Tommy John surgery, particularly in August and September when he generated an elite swinging-strike rate of 14 percent. His high-80s slider is one of the best breaking pitches in baseball, and he allowed a .116 average when throwing it last season. Lamet throws his slider more than his fastball or changeup, an over-reliance that opens the door to vulnerability against lefthanded batters.


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Alex Claudio Milwaukee Brewers

Taijuan Walker Spotlight

Highest WAR by pitcher drafted and signed in the 2010 draft

RndOvPckTmNameWAR
113 CHWChris Sale45.3
9272 NYMJacob deGrom34.9
1s38 TORNoah Syndergaard15.4
4132 SEAJames Paxton12.8
15 CLEDrew Pomeranz10.8
17 NYMMatt Harvey10.3
268 DETDrew Smyly9.2
12356 WSNRobbie Ray9.1
1s34 TORAaron Sanchez8.9
12 PITJameson Taillon8.0
395 CWSAddison Reed6.1
1s43 SEATaijuan Walker5.9
27826 TEXAlex Claudio5.9

See 2010 drafted pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com's Draft tool

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Tim Beckham Seattle Mariners

Tim Beckham (SS) - Feb. 12

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737149

Updating a previous report, Beckham (suspension) hasn't agreed to a contract with the Padres and remains a free agent, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Heyman mistakenly relayed earlier Wednesday that Beckham reached a minor-league deal with the Padres, but he meant to report that Gordon Beckham had signed with San Diego. Tim Beckham -- who still has 32 games to serve on the 80-game suspension he received last August -- continues to talk with a number of clubs and is hopeful to find work at some point this spring. 

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Martin Prado Miami Marlins

After 3 straight years of being bought as a $1 end-gamer with $10 upside ... and barely earning his bid price ... Prado hangs up his cleats.

Before the 2017 season, the Marlins gave him a $40 mil contract extension through 2019 ... which means he took home 1/7th of their total payroll over the last 3 years.

Ouch.

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Jose Quintana Chicago Cubs

It must be that Peter weighs the qualitatives much, much more heavily than I do. There's no question that Quintana was a drag on a team's ERA and WHIP.

I give a lot of weight to wins, even though they are often a function of luck. And a lot of weight to strikeouts, because that's probably the single most predictable category that we have.

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Luis Castillo Cincinnati Reds

13 Runs on 1st 11 HRs allowed, 21 on the other 11. 

Apparently quit pitching inside. 7 HBP thru July 4.....none after. 

HR/Fly jumped from 13.6% to 22.8%. 

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Robbie Ray Arizona Diamondbacks

Find it here too.

earnings in the guide:
2018:  -$1
2019:  $3

$21 in total earnings over the last two years, versus $2, are two VERY different pitchers.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jose Quintana Chicago Cubs

Kind of confused about the discrepancy between earned $'s here, and in the Guide:
           P&C   Guide
2015   14         9
2016   22         21
2017   16         10
2018   10           1
2019    8           -3

Can the formulae be that different?

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Yasiel Puig Cincinnati Reds

With ST starting this week, teams can again use the 60-day DL, and free up space on their 40-man's to hand out major league contracts, thus the pickup in free agent activity (and what some of these guys may have been waiting for).  

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Cameron Maybin Detroit Tigers

Maybin returns to Detroit for a third time.

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