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Brad Peacock Houston Astros

This is great news. If he's not in the rotation at season's start he'll be a buck or three. The chances he doesn't get a bunch of starts are thin. And even if he's stuck working swing, the improvement he showed last year in the season walking fewer will make him a super valuable arm. For me, Peacock's 2017 is the perfect picture of a pitcher growing from thrower to pitcher who can get major league hitters out.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Alex Reyes St. Louis Cardinals

Doesn't look like it, he's been on the ML DL all last year, think it's against the rules to option a DL player to the minors.

mike fenger mike
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates

On his way to SF

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Alex Reyes St. Louis Cardinals

Is there any way the Cards would have him on a minors roster on opening day?
I'm without a doubt keeping him, but it would be nice if it didn't cost me his salary and an auction spot.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Luke Voit St. Louis Cardinals

Luke Voit (1B) STL - Jan. 14

Voit has been taking reps at the corner-outfield spots throughout the offseason,
Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Voit has been training locally at Maryville University and
indicated that he's been gaining experience with reading balls off the bat and perfecting his routes while tracking flyballs. Though Voit said he doesn't envision a permanent position change from first base, he acknowledged that having familiarity with thecorner outfield -- in addition to his ability to play catcher on an emergency basis -- could help his case for earning an Opening Day roster spot with St. Louis. The
26-year-old, who posted a .736 OPS across 124 plate appearances with the Cardinals
in 2017, is expected to enter spring training second on the depth chart at first
base behind Jose Martinez.

Alex Patton Alex
Alex Reyes St. Louis Cardinals

On schedule to return from TJS on May 1, says Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com

Alex Patton Alex
Brad Peacock Houston Astros

Brad Peacock (P) HOU - Jan. 14

Peacock is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in 2018, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com
reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The acquisition of Gerrit Cole from the Pirates over the weekend essentially seals Peacock's role in 2018. Assuming health among all of Houston's starters, Peacock will be a multi-inning reliever out of the pen and, we suspect, be stretched out in case Houston needs a spot or piggy-back start. Peacock enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2017, contributing as both a starter and reliever. He had a 1.77 ERA over 20.1 innings with an 11.5 K/9 out of the pen.

Alex Patton Alex
Collin McHugh Houston Astros

Collin McHugh (P) HOU - Jan. 14

McHugh may start the season in the bullpen or could be a trade candidate following
the acquisition of Gerrit Cole, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: McHugh wasn't assured of a spot in the rotation before the Astros acquired Cole from the Pirates over the weekend. An elbow injury cost him
the first half of last season, then he later missed time with a fingernail avulsion.
Health will be an unknown until he gets to spring training. Given good health among
the starters, Cole figures to slot in as a No. 3 or 4 starter behind Justin Verlander
and Dallas Keuchel, while Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton fill out the rotation.
The best-case scenario for McHugh is that he proves himself healthy and is moved
at some point late in spring training.

Alex Patton Alex
Joe Musgrove Pittsburgh Pirates

This is one of those moment things. If you've seen him throw and he stays healthy, he's so much better than he's been so far, you have to get excited. Is he a starter? That's the tough cliff to climb, and I'm not sure. But if he stumbles he's going to be a heckuva reliever/closer. 

But I think he has a good chance to climb the cliff. I'm betting on him as a starter better than Cole in the end.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Adrian Gonzalez New York Mets

I think it means that Smith is headed back to AAA to start the season unless he really shows something in camp.  Mets probably hope that Smith matures AND gonzo plays well then they can flip him in spring if they want.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Omar Vizquel Toronto Blue Jays

It's the laziest argument of all to say he's Ozzie Smith-lite.  Ozzie was a transcendent defensive player.  The best ever.  Vizquel was slick and smooth, but much less effective and efficient.  No Mark Belanger to be sure.  Sure, he won a lot of gold gloves, but those have been exposed bare and should not be relied upon for anything other than reputation. 

And, if you look at offensive contribution, superficially, they are similar, except the extra 176 steals against 19 fewer caught, but if you look at the era and park adjusted numbers, Ozzie was significantly better.

262/337/328 OPS+ 87 580 SB 148 CS wRC+ 90

272/336/352 OPS+ 82 404 SB 167 CS wRC+ 83

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Brad Hand San Diego Padres

While I think I understand the spirit/intent of your comment, in this context I think "trade bait" means "a player whose perceived/projected value is greater than their known cost" ... and that can't be said for very many Padres ... ever ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Omar Vizquel Toronto Blue Jays

Nick Cafardo, in today's Globe, says he deserves to be in the Hall, saying Vizquel to Ozzie is analogous to McCovey and Mays.  This seems crazy.  Is there really an argument for Omar Vizquel to be in the Hall of Fame? 

Mike Landau ML-
Brad Hand San Diego Padres

Could make him trade bait, depending on how the Pads' season goes.” -

Could be said about any Padres player any season.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

HERTZ PAN in the Guide. "Did I just write 'Pan'? Yup. I'd love to have him on my team, but the health issues are now getting alarming, and I'm not going to use a first round pick to get him."

Alex Patton Alex

It's at the B&N in Union Square.

Alex Patton Alex
Joe Musgrove Pittsburgh Pirates

Joe Musgrove (P) PIT - Jan. 13

Musgrove was traded to the Pirates along with Colin Moran and two undisclosed prospects in exchange for Gerrit Cole, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Just as Musgrove was becoming a trendy reliever to target late in drafts, he switches organizations and will likely return to being a starting
pitcher. Musgrove has a career 5.37 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 135.2 MLB
innings as a starter, but he has looked like a potential mid-rotation arm at times
in the majors and high minors. If he is unable to find success in Pittsburgh as
a starter, he has already established that he can be a dominant reliever (1.26 ERA
in 35.2 innings), so the Pirates have a nice fallback option. His fantasy appeal
for 2018 should increase slightly, but he already had an ADP of 440.5 in NFBC leagues
as a reliever.

Alex Patton Alex
Jason Martin Pittsburgh Pirates

Jason Martin (OF) PIT - Jan. 13

Martin was traded to the Pirates along with Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove and Michael
Feliz in exchange for Gerrit Cole, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: While Martin has a chance to develop into a fourth outfielder, he goes from one organization with a crowded outfield to another, so this doesn't really impact his long-term fantasy value. He was eligible for the Rule 5 draft
and went unpicked last month, so he is not seen as a high-quality prospect by MLB
evaluators. The 22-year-old has taken full advantage of some hitter-friendly conditions
in the minors over the last two seasons. He notched a .278/.332/.487 slash line
with 18 home runs and 16 steals (on 27 attempts) in 125 games split between High-A
and Double-A last season. Look for him to begin the season at Double-A or Triple-A.

Alex Patton Alex
Brad Hand San Diego Padres

Finally someone signs for more than one year. Three years in "the $18-to-20 milllion range," according to Ken Rosenthal.

Could make him trade bait, depending on how the Pads' season goes.

Alex Patton Alex
Adrian Gonzalez New York Mets

I forgot he was signed. So yes, the Mets pay him $545K this year, with the Braves paying him about $21M.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

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