Kevin Keyes
Rangers' Kevin Keyes: Latches on with Rangers on MiLB deal
Kevin Keyes, RF, WAS
2/23/2017
News: Keyes signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Thursday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The former seventh-round draft pick spent the past seven seasons in the Nationals organization, but found relatively little success at any stop in the minor leagues. Most recently, he split time between Washington's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, but he only managed to produce a .146 batting average and a 34 percent strikeout rate during his time at Syracuse. Keyes has some power potential, but his inability to make contact will likely keep him as an organizational depth piece for the foreseeable future.

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Andrew Toles
Dodgers' Andrew Toles: Adjusts batting stance
Andrew Toles, RF, LAD
2/23/2017
News: Toles has changed his batting stance, getting rid of the backward step he takes with his left foot and incorporating a toe tap to combat off-speed pitches, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Toles dazzled with a .314 clip in 105 at-bats with the big club last year, though there's doubt he can sustain that success. The 24-year-old has some mild breakout intrigue, though, and this change could help him adapt as he tries to build on his early success. He'll at least occupy the top side of an outfield platoon and can add a nice jolt of upside to mixed fantasy teams in the late rounds. He could deliver as a consistent weapon in head-to-head, daily transaction games for his work against right-handed pitching (.326/.382/.511 against them with the Dodgers last year).

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Alex Dickerson
Padres' Alex Dickerson: Feels better but still sitting
Alex Dickerson, LF, SD
2/23/2017
News: Dickerson (back) feels "substantial improvement" Thursday but remains on the sidelines, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

The nagging back stiffness will probably keep him out at least a few more days, though San Diego won't want to rush him back if it's more serious than initially thought. He'll probably undergo some tests to determine a more concrete timetable, so fantasy players can have a clearer picture on the sneaky power prospect in the coming weeks.

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Hunter Pence
Giants' Hunter Pence: Possible return Friday
Hunter Pence, RF, SF
2/22/2017
News: Pence (side) said that he is ready to play Friday with no limitations, CSN Bay Area reports.

The final decision will come down to manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants' training staff, but it sounds like Pence has fully recovered from the minor intercostal issue that flared up a couple of weeks ago. The Giants may opt to hold him out of their Cactus League debut Friday, but barring a setback, Pence should be good to go this spring and heading into Opening Day as the club's starter in right field. The former ironman may see a few extra rest days this season after missing significant parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to injury.

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Emilio Bonifacio
Braves' Emilio Bonifacio: Could break camp on big league roster
Emilio Bonifacio, LF, ATL
2/22/2017
News: Bonifacio's experience in the outfield could give him an advantage when it comes to winning a spot on the Braves' bench this spring.

As it currently stands, Atlanta only has three outfielders on their 40-man roster -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis -- so they'll be looking for depth during spring training. Jace Peterson and Chase d'Arnaud are considered the primary options to win utility roles, but they've seen action in the outfield in a combined 29 big league games between them. Bonifacio, on the other hand, played 65 games in center field as recently as 2014. That resume could win him the fourth outfielder role coming out of camp, and the 31-year-old's 37 steals in 107 games at Triple-A last year would then make him an intriguing stash in deep NL-only leagues.

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Ichiro Suzuki
Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki: Skips workout after collision
Ichiro Suzuki, RF, MIA
2/22/2017
News: Suzuki (knee) skipped Wednesday's team workout while dealing with soreness from an outfield collision, Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel reports.

He collided with teammate Brandon Barnes on Tuesday during a routine drill, resulting in a sore quadriceps and back. The 43-year-old is known as an ironman, having spent time on the DL only once in his career. Suzuki will spend Wednesday on training machines, but it's clear the injury is nothing too serious.

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Curtis Granderson
Mets' Curtis Granderson: In mix for leadoff spot
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYM
2/22/2017
News: Granderson will get consideration as the Mets' leadoff hitter this season on days when Jose Reyes isn't in the lineup, The New York Post reports.

The veteran spent most of his time in 2016, and indeed throughout his career, hitting leadoff, but his .218/.317/.433 line last year in that slot wasn't exactly ideal for the top of the order. Granderson also hit .321/.440/.605 in 81 at-bats as the cleanup hitter, though, and his .854 career OPS while hitting fourth is his highest from any spot in the batting order, so despite manager Terry Collins' comfort with him coming to the plate first, the Mets might be better off keeping Granderson in the heart of the order this season.

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Trayce Thompson
Dodgers' Trayce Thompson: Participates in full squad workout
Trayce Thompson, CF, LAD
2/22/2017
News: Thompson (back) participated in a full squad workout Wednesday, but won't play the first week of games, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

It appears Thompson is progressing steadily and he said his back "feels healthy." The 23-year-old has been a full participant in all baseball activities this spring, yet it's evident the team is being cautious when it comes to game action. His 2016 campaign was cut short by two fractures in his back, but it appears the young outfielder will see regular playing time before camp is out.

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Brandon Drury
Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury: Hitting second in first exhibition of 2017
Brandon Drury, LF, ARI
2/22/2017
News: Drury is hitting second and starting at second base for the D-backs in their spring exhibition against Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

In a lineup that has the look of one that manager Torey Lovullo might use on Opening Day (with the exception of David Peralta yielding the start in right field to Oswaldo Arcia due to visa issues), Drury is in a prime spot ahead of Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb on the lineup card. Drury's greatest competition for playing time at second base may come from Ketel Marte, but it appears as though Drury has the inside track for the starting job at the keystone to begin spring games.

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David Peralta
Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Dealing with visa issues
David Peralta, RF, ARI
2/22/2017
News: Peralta is dealing with visa issues and has yet to report to spring training, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

It's expected that Peralta will resolve the matter within the next few days, but his absence from camp could delay his participation in Cactus League games. The late start shouldn't have much of an impact on Peralta, who looks to be pretty stable atop the depth chart in right field.

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