Miguel Cabrera
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Not a candidate to hit second
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2:30 PM
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera is not a candidate to hit second this year, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Tigers don't have a prototypical No. 2 hitter, and are considering sluggers Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez for the role. However, Ausmus said Cabrera will remain the No. 3 hitter. "Miggy has been pretty successful hitting third," Ausmus said. Cabrera should once again post elite fantasy numbers in a strong Detroit lineup.

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Ezequiel Carrera
Blue Jays' Ezequiel Carrera: Being pushed for job in spring camp
Ezequiel Carrera, RF, TOR
2:20 PM
News: Carrera is being challenged by Dalton Pompey for a spot on the 25-man roster, SB Nation reports.

Throughout the offseason, it seemed clear that Carrera was in line for a platoon role in 2017 (in left field with Melvin Upton). However, it appears that plan may be amended before Opening Day. Carrera hasn't exactly lit up the stat sheet throughout his six-year career (.255/.314/.351), and overall, he's not suited for much more than a reserve role. On the other hand, Pompey is widely regarded to be a future star in the organization and the team may be ready to get him more MLB exposure at Carrera's expense.

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Josh Donaldson
Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Recovery going as planned
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
2:20 PM
News: Donaldson is progressing as expected in his recovery from a strained calf, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

Donaldson will still need some time to get back to 100 percent, but he has not encountered any setbacks on his road to recovery, so his 2-to-3 week return timetable remains as-is. It has been nearly a week since Donaldson injured his calf, so as long as his health continues to improve, he should be ready to make his spring debut at some point in early-to-mid March.

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Alex Jackson
Braves' Alex Jackson: To try catching again
Alex Jackson, RF, ATL
2:05 PM
News: Jackson will be given a try at catcher this season, Braves general manager John Coppolella said during a Twitter question and answer session.

Coppolella previously has admitted that catcher is a significant area of need for the future, and Jackson's bat hasn't lived up to an outfielder billing. Still, the Mariners' 2014 first-round pick could find new life at the position that made him a strong high school prospect. He'll restart that trek in 2017, likely with Atlanta's High-A Brevard County, and is worth watching or stashing in fantasy dynasty leagues.

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Brandon Drury
Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury: Working on agility
Brandon Drury, LF, ARI
1:35 PM
News: Drury focused on improving his agility in the offseason in hopes of being the Diamondbacks' everyday second baseman, and he said dropped more than 10 pounds while adding muscle, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

After playing the outfield for most of 2016, he's the likely choice to man the keystone heading into 2017. The work the 24-year-old performed on his side-to-side movement could help him lock down second base for the long term, despite the fact he may face competition at times from Ketel Marte. Drury popped 16 home runs and a .786 OPS last season and could take a bigger step forward in the power department, especially if he occupies close to a full-time role. He still carries sleeper appeal late in mixed fantasy drafts.

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Logan Ondrusek
Orioles' Logan Ondrusek: Could be back in action soon
Logan Ondrusek, RP, BAL
1:20 PM
News: Ondrusek (ankle) is improving and could return to a mound soon, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

He was dealing with ankle soreness and swelling earlier this week, but the right-hander may be fine to resume baseball activities in the coming days as organizational relief depth.

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Trayce Thompson
Dodgers' Trayce Thompson: On schedule in recovery but will go slowly
Trayce Thompson, CF, LAD
1:10 PM
News: Thompson (back) is "on track" in his recovery, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, though he will participate in simulated games before he returns for spring training matchups, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

A pair of back fractures cut short his promising 2016, in which despite a .225 average, he hit 13 home runs with five stolen bases in only 236 at-bats. Thompson, who turns 26 in March, will have to compete with a big crowd for outfield at-bats, but any opportunity would make him a mixed league fantasy pickup, and NL-only players can stash him ahead of time hoping for an avenue for work with the Dodgers or someone else.

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Julio Urias
Dodgers' Julio Urias: Will enter a game next week
Julio Urias, SP, LAD
1:05 PM
News: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Urias will appear in a major league spring training game next week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

The Dodgers will continue to bring the 20-year-old along slowly as they manage his workload. In 77 big-league innings last year, the wunderkind rattled off a 3.39 ERA with 9.82 K/9 and 3.62 BB/9. Expect the control to improve with another year of refinement, and even if he doesn't pitch for a full season, he's one of the more talented late-round arms to target in mixed drafts.

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Pedro Strop
Cubs' Pedro Strop: Inks extension
Pedro Strop, RP, CHC
1:00 PM
News: Strop signed an extension with the Cubs, earning $5.85 million in 2018, with a club option of $6.25 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2019, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

Strop hasn't delivered an ERA above 2.91 or a K/9 below 10.48 in the last three seasons, and he posted a career-best 2.85 BB/9 last year. The right-hander carries closer stuff but ranks third on the Cubs' depth chart for saves behind Aroldis Chapman and Hector Rondon. However, the 31-year-old still carries fantasy value for occasional strikeout help, along with a significant boost in leagues that count holds.

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Cody Bellinger
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Will occupy outfield during spring
Cody Bellinger, 1B, LAD
12:55 PM
News: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he'll place Cody Bellinger in all three outfield spots during Cactus League play, in addition to his normal first base role, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

One of baseball's top prospects, Bellinger's natural position of first base is blocked by veteran Adrian Gonzalez, but the Dodgers are finding ways to get his possibly lethal bat into the mix. While playing these same four defensive spots, he clubbed 23 homers with an .843 OPS at Double-A Tulsa last yea, and he's expected to start 2017 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. If the Dodgers have any reps open up at his four positions on the big league club, however, the potential dynasty gem may punch his ticket to the Los Angeles' lineup -- and fantasy teams.

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