This is usually a place to find lineup news that impacts teams now, but we’re looking into the future today.
Cuban SS Adeiny Hechavarria got his visa and is likely to show up at Blue Jays’ Spring Training this weekend. Toronoto is hushy about the whole thing, but Hechavarria should take a physical soon and may become the impact shortstop the Jays need.
Dominican Republic P Rafael DePaula is expected to join the Mariners. The Yankees are in the running for the hurler, who tosses in the low- to mid-90s and is reportedly only 17 years old, according to a story in the Seattle Post Intelligencer.
Keep Hechavarria’s and DePaula’s signings/progress on your radar.
In other news around fantasy baseball:
Jake Fox — One of the Chinstrap Ninjas favorites dating back to last season, Fox started Wednesday. He DH’d in place of Eric Chavez. Fox went 0-for-3 and was pinch-hit for by Chavez… Who went 0-for-1. We’re still behind Fox. It would benefit Oakland to “rest” Chavez and play Fox.
Jim Edmonds — The end to an ongoing saga? Edmonds went 2-for-4, doubled and scored twice in place of “starter” Corey Hart. Right field should be Edmonds.’
Samuel Gervacio — Made our list yesterday with could be closer hints. He left Wednesday’s game with a “posterior cuff strain” in his left shoulder and was placed on the 15-day DL.
JJ Hardy — Homered for the Twins Wednesday, his second in as many games. We didn’t back him enough this preseason. Maybe it was because he was an easy sleeper target and an excellent value in drafts. Ninjas make nothing easy.
Felix Pie — Another ongoing story at Chinstrap Ninjas. We keep talking about Pie and Reimold in Baltimore. Pie sat out Wednesday with a left shoulder strain. Reimold went 1-for-4 with 4 LOB in his place. He should take lessons from Edmonds on how to win a starting job.
Russell Martin — Went 1-for-4 with a homer on Wednesday. Read one report that he’s the favorite to bat leadoff if the Dodgers move Rafael Furcal out of that spot. Batting in front of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier has benefits. They manifest in extra pitches to hit and more runs.
Leo Nunez — Everybody’s always on closer watch. On a day when Jonathan Papelbon and Joakim Soria blew saves and Jason Frasor and Franklin Morales redeemed themselves, we’re throwing Leo Nunez out there. Nunez walked in three, walked in a run in 1 1/3 and, more impressively, balked in the tying run Wednesday. The Marlins pulled out a win for him, but his ineffectiveness is worth noting. Dan Meyer is the only competition behind him and it’s not really a competitive competition. This could cost Marlins pitchers wins and fantasy owners points on ERA and WHIP.
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