Orioles' Ozzie Martinez: Receives non-roster invitation to Orioles' spring training
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(2/8/2016) Martinez will attend Orioles' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican has played 942 games at the minor league level but only 34 in the big leagues. In 2015 with Double-A Bowie, he hit .252 with 48 runs and 30 RBI in 477 plate appearances. The journeyman will have a difficult time finding playing time given his limited production in the MLB, even if he receives a roster spot.


Orioles' Steve Tolleson: Receives non-roster invitation to Orioles' spring training
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(2/8/2016) Tolleson will attend Orioles' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The 32-year-old second basemen has made four separate appearances in the MLB with the Athletics in 2010, Orioles in 2012, and Blue Jays in 2014 and 2015. During that time span, he made 331 plate appearances and accumulated a .245 batting average and .299 OBP. Given his relatively modest stats and limited experience at the big-league level, it will be hard for him to find playing time even if he receives a roster spot with the Orioles.


Yankees' Tyler Wade: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Wade received an invitation to spring training.

Wade is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, but he's only reached the Double-A level so far, so the invite shows just how highly the Yankees think of him. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over to develop more.


Yankees' Jorge Mateo: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Mateo has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.

Mateo is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, and the fact that the Yankees are already having the 20-year-old in the major league camp after only playing as high as High-A last season says how much they like him. Despite the invite, Mateo will likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training concludes.


Yankees' Jonathan Diaz: Receives invitation to spring training
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(2/5/2016) Diaz received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The light-hitting shortstop spent most of 2015 with the Triple-A affiliate of the Blue Jays, but did see some time with the major league club as well. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.


Twins' Danny Santana: Moving back to the outfield
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(1/29/2016) Santana will move to the outfield for the 2016 season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Santana struggled heavily as the Twins' 2015 Opening Day shortstop after an excellent rookie season in 2014, where his time was split between center field and shortstop. By most accounts, his fielding at short was a mess and his OPS nosedived from .824 in 2014 to .532 in 2015. With Eduardo Escobar now starting at short, it makes sense for Santana to move back to the outfield, though Byron Buxton now occupies center field. The 25-year-old Santana is out of options, so he will need to find a regular role with the Twins soon or face the possibility of a new team.


Angels' Anthony Phillips: Signs minor league deal with Angels
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(1/28/2016) Phillips has signed a minor league contract with the Angels, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Phillips, 25, spent 2015 in independent ball with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, where he hit .269/.316/.341 with two home runs and 35 RBI in 91 games. His last affiliated action came in 2014, when he hit .230/.320/.307 in 90 games split largely between High-A and Double-A. He'll serve as organizational filler for the Angels.


Power not likely to be big part of Francisco Lindor's game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2016) Francisco Lindor was a big-time prospect for the Indians because he was expected to step into the majors and be an immediate contributor with the glove, and he definitely was that. Lindor helped key a second-half turnaround of the club's infield defense, but what really made him stand out for Fantasy purposes was the unexpected power he provided as a rookie.

After hitting just two homers in 59 games at Triple-A in 2015, Lindor quickly found his power stroke in the majors. He slugged a dozen homers in 99 games, falling just one short of his minor-league season-high in 51 fewer games. As a 21-year-old, it's no surprise Lindor is growing into his game and developing more power, but a repeat performance seems unlikely for a number of reasons.

First off, he hit the majority of his batted balls on the ground, with a flyball rate of just 28.7 percent. Additionally, he sported one of the lowest hard-hit averages in the majors, with a 25.2 percent mark that ranked 119th out of 141 qualified hitters. Among players with a hard-hit average below 26 percent, Lindor's 13.0 HR/FB ratio leads the way, a sign that he might not be able to sustain that kind of power.

Lindor could still be a solid Fantasy option, with 12 homer and 20-steal potential for a full season. Just don't expect him to sustain a 20-homer pace like he did as a rookie.


Analysis: What does Carlos Correa do for an encore?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2016) Carlos Correa stepped into majors as a fully-formed star, hitting 22 homers in just 99 games and posting one of the best offensive seasons by a 20-year-old shortstop in major-league history. If you want him on your Fantasy team this season, you're probably going to have to pay the price of a mid-first round pick, and that isn't a decision without risk.

Correa was remarkably consistent last season, clubbing at least five homers and sporting an OPS no lower than .827 in every month. There's no doubting Correa's skill set, but for someone with just 28 homers in 282 minor-league games, a 30-homer pace in his first season in the majors seems hard to replicate. Correa sported a 24.2 percent home run-to-fly ball ratio as a rookie, good for sixth-highest in baseball. However, his hard-hit ball average of 32.9 percent ranked just 47th -- which might be a better indicator of his raw power.

Correa is a no-doubt stud, but if you are expecting a repeat of last year's power explosion, you may be setting the bar too high for him to clear.


Analysis: Buyer beware with Troy Tulowitzki
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2016) We were all worried about how Troy Tulowitzki would fare outside of Coors Field, but nobody expected the kind of slump that accompanied his move to Toronto after last year's trade deadline. Tulowitzki is likely to still go in the first few rounds of most Fantasy leagues on Draft Day this season, but even before his move away from the thin air in Colorado, there was reason to be concerned.

Tulowitzki still hit .300 in 45 games at Coors last season, but accompanied that with just a .181 Isolated slugging percentage and one homer every 26 plate appearances; for someone with a career .321 average, .237 ISO and one homer every 21.1 trips to the plate, his power fell off in a dispiriting way. With a full season away from Coors and a rising strikeout rate -- 21.3 percent, a career-high -- Tulowitzki has serious bust potential as a second-round pick. Caveat emptor.


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