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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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Astros' Chris Carter hits second home run of season Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:58 am ET) Astros first baseman Chris Carter belted his second home run of the season during Monday's 9-4 win over the Padres.

Carter connected on a solo shot off Brandon Maurer in the seventh inning. The home run was Carter's only hit in the game. He finished the game 1 for 5 with three strikeouts.


Astros SP Collin McHugh receives no-decision Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:51 am ET) Despite producing six solid innings of work, it was not enough to earn Astros pitcher Collin McHugh a win during Monday's victory over the Padres.

McHugh tossed six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He also struck out five batters, while walking none. His ERA now stands at 2.92.

The no-decision was the first time this season McHugh (3-0) failed to record a win for his efforts.

His next projected start will be Saturday against the Mariners.


Padres SP James Shields strikes out 12 in loss Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:49 am ET) Despite striking out 12 batters in just six innings Monday, it was not enough for Padres pitcher James Shields to earn a win.

Shields (2-0) tossed six innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits during Monday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers. The 12 strike outs were a season high for Shields. He also walked one batter and gave up a solo home run to Jed Lowrie in the fourth inning. He received a no-decsion and his ERA now stands at 2.90

His next scheduled start will be Sunday against the Rockies.


Astros LF Colby Rasmus collects three RBI during Monday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus drove in three runs to help lead the Astros to a 9-4 win over the Padres on Monday.

Rasmus was 2 for 5 during the game. One of the hits was his third home run of the season when he connected off reliever Cory Mazzoni on a two-run shot in the ninth inning.

Rasmus has collected two hits in each of his last three games. He is now hitting .273.


Astros SS Jed Lowrie suffers right thumb injury Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:32 am ET) Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie was forced to leave Monday's game against the Padres after sustaining a right thumb injury, the team announced.

Lowrie suffered the injury while sliding into home plate. He was replaced by Marwin Gonzalez.

Lowrie was 2 for 3 with a home run before leaving with the injury. The home run was his fourth of the season and came off James Shields in the fourth inning.

Lowrie will fly back to Houston to have an MRI conducted on the thumb Tuesday, reports the Houston Chronicle


Dodgers' Joc Pederson, Justin Turner go deep Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:26 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Justin Turner each connected on a home run Monday to help lead the Dodgers to a 8-3 victory over the Giants.

Pederson hit a solo shot off George Kontos in the sixth inning for his third home run of the season. Pederson also doubled to finish the game 2 for 3 with two RBI.

Meanwhile, Turner broke the game open in the eighth inning when he connected on a three-run home run off Yusmeiro Petit. Turner was pinch hitting when he belted the home run. It was his first of the season.


Rockies' Justin Morneau homers in win over Diamondbacks
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hit his second home run of the season in Monday night's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Morneau hit a three-run homer in the first inning that also scored Corey Dickerson and Troy Tulowitzki. Morneau finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. He also drew a walk. 

Morneau is now hitting .297/.338/.438. 


Dodgers Brett Anderson fails to go five innings Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:19 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson was one out shy of completing five innings of work during Monday's win over the Giants. As a result, Anderson earned a no-decision for his effort.

Anderson (1-1) got the first two outs of the fifth inning, but then surrendered a walk and three-consecutive hits before being pulled for the game. It was his second-straight start failing to pitch at least five innings. His ERA now stands at 5.49.

His next projected start will be Sunday against the Diamondbacks.


Giants SP Tim Lincecum struggles in Monday's loss
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:17 am ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum failed to pitch past the fourth inning in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

Lincecum allowed four runs on eight hits over four innings to earn the loss. He struck out two batters and walked three.

Lincecum (1-2) ran into trouble during the third inning, when all four runs against him were scored. Lincecum surrendered five hits and one walk during the inning. He retired the side in the fourth inning, but was pulled after that.

His next projected start is Sunday against the Angels.


Rockies' Corey Dickerson gets 3 hits in Monday's win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:16 am ET) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson went 3 for 5 in Monday night's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Dickerson recorded an RBI and scored a run of his own. He now has 15 RBI for the season. Dickerson is now batting a slash line of .338/.384/.632. 


 
 
 
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