Reds' Tony Cingrani: Potential saves in Reds committee
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(8:20 pm ET) Cingrani could get a few saves in 2017, with the team contemplating a four-man closer committee.

Judging from manager Bryan Price's quote, however, Cingrani is the fourth option, based on the possible game situation. "I would really like to see this particular game plan we have in place work out," Price said on Sunday. "We want to look at the end of the year and we see Storen and Iglesias and Lorenzen, in particular, with some saves. That may mean Cingrani as well, if he's the best guy we have for that situation in the ninth inning."


Giants' Mark Melancon: Feels great heading into spring training
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(8:10 pm ET) Melancon said that he feels where he wants to be physically heading into spring training, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Melancon threw a bullpen session Tuesday and reportedly felt great physically afterwards. He mentioned that he normally feels a "slowness" when beginning spring training but that was not the case this year. This is good news for both the Giants -- who recently signed their new closer to four-year deal this offseason -- and fantasy owners hoping for another solid season from one of the game's top closing options.


Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Part of Reds' closer mix
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(8:10 pm ET) The Reds hope to use a four-man closer committee in 2017, one Lorenzen will be a component.

Raisel Iglesias and Drew Storen appear to be the primary alternatives, followed by Lorenzen and Tony Cingrani. "I would really like to see this particular game plan we have in place work out," manager Bryan Price said on Sunday. "We want to look at the end of the year and we see Storen and Iglesias and Lorenzen, in particular, with some saves. That may mean Cingrani as well, if he's the best guy we have for that situation in the ninth inning.


Angels' Huston Street: Arrived at camp, looks to reclaim closer role
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(7:55 pm ET) Street (knee) was spotted at Angels' camp Monday. He will look to bounce back from a knee injury and reclaim his closer job this spring.

Street turned in one of his worst seasons as a pro in 2016, posting a 6.45 ERA in an injury-shortened season. It was quite the drop off in production even in his age 33 season, so we have to take his knee injury into consideration when evaluating the lost season. It was already reported that Street had the inside track on regaining his closer role that he vacated last season, so as long as he shows up to camp and shows good health, it should be his job to lose. No official closer has been named, but Street has to be considered the early favorite heading into Cactus League action.


Reds' Raisel Iglesias: Reds committed to closer committee
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(7:50 pm ET) The Reds still want to go with a four-man closer committee, rather than committing to Iglesias as the closer.

Ultimately the Reds hope that their plan won't be decided in spring training. "I would really like to see this particular game plan we have in place work out," manager Bryan Price said on Sunday. "We want to look at the end of the year and we see Storen and Iglesias and Lorenzen, in particular, with some saves. That may mean Cingrani as well, if he's the best guy we have for that situation in the ninth inning.


Reds' Drew Storen: Four-man closer rotation?
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(7:40 pm ET) The Reds would like to be able to employ a four-man rotation at closer this season, rather than use a traditional bullpen construction. Storen would be part of that mix.

The Reds have the opportunity to experiment with their bullpen roles, in part because they are rebuilding, and because they don't have an established full-time closer. Storen has closing experience, but is coming off his worst season in the majors. In particular his home run rate spiked, and if that continues it'll be hard to earn the trust of Bryan Price in the ninth inning.


Astros' Luke Gregerson: Working on changeup
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(6:40 pm ET) Gregerson said he has been working on his changeup and would like to incorporate the third pitch next season, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 32-year-old has primarily been a sinker-slider right-hander, although he has said he would like to add a pitch in 2017 to complement the two. He posted a 3.28 ERA across 57.2 innings in 2016, and he only featured his changeup nine times across that span. After working on the pitch all spring, he is more comfortable throwing it and is looking to implement it next season, giving hitters another pitch to think about.


Padres' Zach Lee: Will compete for roster spot, minors likely
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(6:25 pm ET) Lee is one of several arms competing for a rotation spot this spring, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The former first-round pick is looking to revive his career in San Diego after failing to pan out with either the Dodgers or the Mariners. While the competition is wide open for several rotation spots, Lee seems destined for Triple-A El Paso to see if he can re-establish himself as a viable prospect.


Phillies' Hector Neris: Working on third pitch
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(5:15 pm ET) Neris is using the offseason to polish up and implement his slider, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports.

Neris is coming off a breakout year in 2016, where he posted a 2.58 ERA and an 11.4 K/9 in 80.1 innings, the third-most among National League relief pitchers. He did so while relying heavily on two pitches, a fastball he threw 46 percent of the time and a splitter he threw 49 percent of the time. He's working on improving his slider, which he threw 2.9 percent of the time in 2016, so he will be able to diversify his pitch repertoire further and build on his success. The third pitch could help the 27-year-old grab hold of the closer job that he is currently competing with Jeanmar Gomez and Joaquin Benoit for.


Rockies' Chris Rusin: Stands good chance of making roster
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(4:35 pm ET) Rusin has a leg up on other competitors for spots in the Rockies bullpen since he is out of minor league options, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

The 30-year-old lefty was a largely underrated member of the Rockies pitching staff last year, switching between starting and relieving all season en route to posting a 3.74 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, both career bests. Rusin still isn't a lock to break camp with the big league squad, but given his recent success, lack of options, and left-handedness, he seems like a good bet to be present when Opening Day rolls around. That being said, it's tough to see him making much noise in the fantasy realm, as he doesn't strike out nearly enough batters to be worth anything as a reliever and doesn't start enough games to be anything more than a streaming option when he lands a start away from Coors Field.


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