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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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Preston Tucker gets two hits, two RBI in Astros' win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:57 am ET) Astros right fielder Preston Tucker went 2 for 5 with a run and two RBI in Friday's win over Boston. 

Tucker hit his 13th double of the year and recorded his 19th RBI.

Tucker had his first multi-hit and multi-RBI game since June 18. 


Wilmer Flores has three hits for Mets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:54 am ET) Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores went 3 for 4 in Friday's win over the Dodgers. 

Flores was 1 for 14 in his previous four games. He broke out of the mini slump with his first three-hit game of the season. 

Flores tied the game with an RBI single in the fourth inning and set up the winning run with a ninth-inning single. 


Dodgers' Howie Kendrick sees seven-game hit streak snapped
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:47 am ET) Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick went 0 for 4 in Friday's loss to the Mets. 

Kendrick struck out once and saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end. Kendrick hit .500 with 1.224 OPS over the streak. 

Kendrick stole his third base of the year in the game. 


Adrian Gonzalez hits home run in Dodgers' loss
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the second inning of Friday's loss to the Mets. 

Gonzalez ended a seven-game home run drought with his first homer since June 24. He went 1 for 4 with his 14th homer and 49th RBI.


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by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:41 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a run in a non-save situation to take the loss to the Mets on Friday. 

Jansen entered a tie game in the ninth and gave up a double, single and sacrifice fly in his first three batters. 

Jansen gave up a run for the third consecutive game.


D-Backs' Chris Owings goes 3 for 5 in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:37 am ET) Diamondbacks infielder Chris Owings collected three hits during Friday night's 4-3 victory over the Rockies. 

Owings finished the game 3 for 5, with all three of his hits going for singles. For Owings, it's his fourth game getting three hits. Since June 1, Owings has only posted three multi-hit games. Owings is now slashing .239/.262/.332.


Mets' Jeurys Familia gets 22nd save of year
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:36 am ET) Mets closer Jeurys Familia saved his 22nd game of the year in Friday's win over Los Angeles. He pitched a perfect ninth inning to protect a one-run lead. 

Familia had his sixth straight scoreless outing. 


Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon goes yard in loss to Diamondbacks
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:33 am ET) Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit his 11th home run during Friday evening's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. 

Blackmon hit a solo shot to lead the game off in the first inning. Blackmon finished the game 1 for 4. The homer snapped a two-game hitless streak for Blackmon and is the second long ball in his past five games. 

Blackmon is now slashing .269/.344/.442. 


Hansel Robles gets win in relief for Mets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:33 am ET) Mets reliever Hansel Robles pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief on Friday. 

Robles allowed one hit and struck out a career-high three. He won for the first time since June 15 to even his record at 2-2. 


Rockies P Kyle Kendrick yields 3 runs in no-decision
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:29 am ET) Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick gave up three earned runs in a no-decision during Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. 

Kendrick went 5 2/3 innings, allowed nine hits and struck out six batters. The six strikeouts tied a season high and his hit total is the second-most allowed this year — Kendrick has given up 10 hits twice. 

Kendrick now has a 6.00 ERA. 


 
 
 
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