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Carlos Asuaje San Diego Padres
  • To make room for right-hander Dinelson Lamet, who made his major league debut Thursday, the Padres optioned infielder Carlos Asuaje to Triple-A El Paso. Asuaje went 0-for-2 after being promoted Tuesday.
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Manuel Margot San Diego Padres
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Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets

Sent to Port St. Lucie to start his rehab.

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Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

Sent to Akron to start his rehab.

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Seth Lugo New York Mets

Transferred to the 60-day DL.

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Scott Kazmir Los Angeles Dodgers

Transferred to the 60-day DL.

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Rafael Montero New York Mets

Back to Vegas today.

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Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers

There's no question Miggy's season, ever since the games started counting  to us, has been a struggle (though nothing like K-Rod's). Matt Collins puts the microscope on him today at BP.

... As we all know, AVG essentially comes down to two things:
Strikeouts and success on balls in play. For starters, Cabrera is having
an increase in strikeouts. After consistently keeping his K-rate in the
teens over his career, he’s striking out 23 percent of the time in
2017. His plate discipline numbers back up some of the strikeout
increase, too. He’s currently whiffing more often than at any other
point in his career, and is having trouble fighting off pitches out of
the zone in particular. The good news is that his judgment of the strike
zone hasn’t deteriorated, with his O_Swing_RT staying mostly consistent
with his career rate. Cabrera is being peppered with more breaking
balls this season, and that seems to have a real effect on his ability
to put balls into play. It’s fair to expect the 34-year-old to strike
out more this season, but I’d also expect the rate to come down to
around 20 percent.

In addition to avoiding strikeouts, Cabrera has been one of the more consistent high-BABIP hitters over his career. His .321 BABIP
this season might seem high, particularly for a player with his lack of
athleticism, but it actually would be the second-lowest of his career
and his lowest since 2008. The good news is that not much has changed
for Cabrera's contact ability. He’s hitting the ball as hard as ever,
he's still spraying it all over the field to keep defenses honest, and
he is hitting it on a line consistently. All things considered, Cabrera
should be able to raise his AVG considerably, although it might not
reach his normal levels given the newfound strikeout concerns.

In addition to the AVG, Cabrera also is struggling to hit for power. His current .165 ISO
easily would be the lowest of his career, and just the second time with
mark under .200. As with his AVG, the near-future outlook in this area
is a mixed bag. On the one hand, as I mentioned earlier, he’s still
striking the ball well. As long as he’s connecting like he is, we have
to assume the ball eventually will find its way over the wall more
often—based on track record alone. On the other hand, Cabrera's not
hitting as many fly balls, and he’s not pulling the ball nearly as
often. As with most hitters, a large portion of Cabrera’s career power
has been to his pull side. It is worth noting that he has a .200+ ISO to
all fields over his career, per FanGraphs. I think it’s safe to say
Cabrera won’t repeat his 38-homer season from 2016, but he should be
able to at least get close to the 30-homer mark based on how well he’s
hitting the ball. 

In the end, whether Cabrera is declining before our eyes
probably depends on your definition of “decline.” If it simply means
getting worse at the plate, then yes, he’s probably declining. With that
being said, he’s certainly not looking like someone who is about to
fall off the face of the earth. The two controllable fantasy categories
in which he’s excelled are AVG and home runs. Looking forward, there is
reason to expect he’ll improve in both areas as spring turns to summer.
It’s been hard to watch a legendary hitter turn into someone less
impressive, but this is not a good time to sell on Cabrera. He’ll turn
it around at some point soon.

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Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers

In an article posted today at BP, Craig Goldstein wonders if there might be a Tony Phillips career ahead, even now, for Profar  He concludes...

We know that something worked for Phillips because we saw it unfold before our eyes. We don’t know if that something was the trade, maturing as a person and player, getting more sleep, standing somewhere else in the box, or something else entirely. We don’t know the other ways in which he might have achieved success or experienced failure, so we tend to discount them, when they were just as possible as the events we saw. A probabilistic  approach would note that Profar has a  great many paths that end in success, either in Texas or elsewhere, on the basis of the core materials at his disposal: talent, work ethic, and so on, and less so due to the background or locational circumstances. There’s every chance that Profar finds success in Arlington.

There’s also every chance that Profar finds failure if he’s dealt. Put another way: I mentioned the Phillips comparison to Jeffrey Paternostro. “Sure,” he said.

"He could also be, like, Gordon Beckham.”

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Chris Rusin Colorado Rockies

This morning from the Monkey...

Colorado Rockies — The Rockies lost Thursday,
but the team got a chance to put on display its stable of solid
relievers in a tight game. Lately, lefty Mike Dunn (5.79 ERA, 1.57 WHIP)
is not one of those pitchers, despite his 10 holds this season. In
fact, in his last outing on Wednesday, Dunn allowed two earned runs on a
walk and two hits while facing just four batters. We like Chris Rusin,
who after another scoreless outing Thursday, has a 2.00 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. He has recorded a few holds lately, too.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Ottavino | Rusin.

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James Paxton Seattle Mariners

I'm very interested.

Peter is very, very interested.

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Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox

I was surprised to see that yesterday's homer was his first.

They will come in bunches now.

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James Paxton Seattle Mariners

For those interested, keep an eye on AA Arkansas tonight.  Starter TBD is supposed to be Paxton.  If it is successful, he will start for Seattle in another 5 days.

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Tyson Ross Texas Rangers

I spent $20 on Tyson Ross last year in the PCL auction. After his first start he went on the DL, and this is what Rotoworld had to say on April 9th, 2016:

"Ross doesn't consider the injury serious and is hoping to be back as soon as he's eligible to return on April 20"

Hasn't pitched in the majors since then.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Taylor Rogers Minnesota Twins

I'm bidding on him this weekend.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Doug Fister Los Angeles Angels

Now with Angels; likely to arrive by mid-June . . . 

Mike Dean TMU2009
Tyson Ross Texas Rangers

And about to return, perhaps within a week.

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Carlos Asuaje San Diego Padres

I like Sickels' profiles of these call ups!   He's a C+ ...

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Jeff Hoffman Colorado Rockies

The difference in home ball parks could make Lamet more valuable for fantasy.

jeff merk jeffamerk

Just for comparison with Lamet, here's Sickels' profile for Jeff Hoffman, who he has as a B+/B prospect ... 

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