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Offseason Extra: Newfound Fantasy riches?

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The Mariners became the story of the offseason with their moves at the winter meetings, complementing their signing of Cano with two low-cost, high-upside bats.

Of course, a move to Seattle is never good news for a hitter, but for Corey Hart, it's at least reassurance that someone still views him as an everyday player and trusts him to bounce back from the two knee surgeries that sidelined him in 2013. During his time with the Brewers, he was always better at home than on the road, but he was going to be a risky pick regardless of where he went. With playing time less of a concern, he's worth a late-round flier.

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No doubt, Logan Morrison was in need of a change of scenery, but again, the Mariners aren't the team for resuscitating hitters. Between Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero and Mike Zunino, they've had enough trouble developing their own. Morrison still has intriguing potential, but between his balky knee and stalled production, he has enough hurdles to overcome before you even factor in Safeco Field.

The Mariners weren't the only team making moves. The Yankees signed Carlos Beltran and re-signed Hiroki Kuroda, but in terms of Fantasy significance, those moves pale in comparison to their early signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann, who both figures to hit more home runs at Yankee Stadium. The change in venue certainly shouldn't hurt Beltran, but whether or not you target the soon-to-be 37-year-old in the middle rounds is more a matter of whether or not you believe this is the year he finally slows down. If it is, it won't matter where he's playing.

The way the Athletics rotation comes together should be one of the more fascinating storylines in Fantasy, as it is every year. The signing of Scott Kazmir seemed to give them a clear cut starting five, with Tommy Milone around as an insurance policy, but with Drew Pomeranz in the mix, someone could end up getting the squeeze. It will most likely be Pomeranz to start out since he hasn't had as much success as Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, Dan Straily or A.J. Griffin to this point. But none of those four is particularly established, and Pomeranz was thought to have a higher ceiling than all of them before he had the misfortune of being traded to the Rockies. Even if he begins the year in the minors, he could make a surprising impact if the Athletics straighten him out.

Brett Anderson, meanwhile, now has the unfortunate task of taming Coors Field. So much for his sleeper appeal.

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Orioles SP Chris Tillman hopes to throw bullpen Wednesday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:24 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman was able to throw off flat ground Monday and hopes to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, reports MLB.com.

Tillman was scheduled to start Monday's game at Oakland, but an ankle injury pushed the start back to Friday at the Los Angeles Angels.


Angels' Matt Joyce begins workouts Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:18 pm ET) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was able to conduct a workout Monday for the first time since suffering a concussion last week, reports MLB.com.

Joyce was experiencing headaches and dizziness from the concussion, but those symptoms have subsided. He is scheduled to see a doctor Monday night.


Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy heads to Triple-A
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:14 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy will report to Triple-A after clearing waivers Monday, reports MLB.com. Beachy was designated for assignment last week after posting a 7.88 ERA over eight innings of work.

Orioles' Jimmy Paredes getting rare start in right field on Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:52 pm ET) Jimmy Paredes will make his first appearance in right field since 2013, as he is getting the start out there for the Orioles' matchup with the A's on Monday. Paredes has spent most of the season as the Orioles' designated hitter, but has seen time at third base, second base and left field.


Athletics RP Sean Doolittle to throw simulated game Tuesday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:51 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday, reports SportsNet California.

Doolittle is on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. He threw a 31-pitch bullpen session over the weekend and has not pitched since May 27.


Indians recall pitcher Kyle Crockett; option Michael Roth
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:42 pm ET) The Indians called up pitcher Kyle Crockett, the team announced Monday. Crockett will take the place of pitcher Michael Roth, who was optioned to the minors.

Crockett has a 3.00 ERA over six innings of work earlier this season, while Roth produced a 8.76 ERA over 12 1/3 innings.


Indians recall INF Jose Ramirez from Triple-A on Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:41 pm ET) The Indians have recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus, as part of a series of moves on Monday. He is in the starting lineup against the Angels, playing second base and leading off, in place of the injured Jason Kipnis.

Ramirez started the season with the Indians, but struggled offensively. He has hit just .176 one home run and eight RBI while going back-and-forth between the big leagues and Triple-A.

With the Clippers, Ramirez is batting a more-respectable .293 with 13 doubles.


Sore shoulder lands Indians 2B Jason Kipnis on 15-day DL
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:36 pm ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Kipnis is battling inflammation in his right shoulder which kept him out of Sunday's game, and has limited him to designated hitter duties in three of his previous five contests.

Infielder Jose Ramirez was summoned from Triple-A to take Kipnis' spot on the roster, according to 


Angels' Vinnie Pestano outrighted to Triple-A
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:32 pm ET) After clearing waivers, Angels pitcher Vinnie Pestano was outrighted to Triple-A on Monday, reports MLB.com. Pestano produced a 5.40 ERA over 11 2/3 innings this season.

Angels summon RP Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A on Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:29 pm ET) The Angels have recalled right-hander Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake. Bedrosian has made 15 relief appearances for the Angels so far this season, posting a 4.36 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.


 
 
 
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