Shawn Kelley RP WSH 3 hours ago
Kelley lost the closer battle to Blake Treinen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Kelley should remain an important piece of the back end of the bullpen, though.
Whether Kelley will rank ahead of Koda Glover, who earned some buzz with his spring performance, is yet to be clarified, though Kelley's skills make him worth a speculation in deep leagues, if prospective owners can hold him. Still, the right-hander's durability concerns make him a target of concern from manager Dusty Baker and the rest of the Nationals' organization.
Koda Glover RP WSH 3 hours ago
Glover lost the battle for the Nationals' closer job to Blake Treinen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
The right-hander gained momentum by appearing in the ninth inning frequently during spring training games, but manager Dusty Baker said he preferred Treinen's durability and sinker. Still, Baker confirmed the youngster would remain with the big club. Glover probably ranks No. 2 on the depth chart for saves, but NL-only players remain justified in owning him.
Blake Treinen RP WSH 4 hours ago
Treinen was named Nationals closer by manager Dusty Baker, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
The right-hander with plenty of sink on his mid-90s fastball struck out eight and walked none in 4.2 innings of spring work. One of baseball's most notable groundball arms, Treinen earned Baker's accolades because of his durability. Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley likely remain candidates to take over or at least steal the occasional opportunity should Treinen not get the job done, but in the recent vein of Zach Britton and Sam Dyson, Treinen's often suffocating stuff may allow him to keep the job for longer than many fantasy players originally expected.
OUTJung-Ho Kang 3B PIT 4 hours ago
Pirates owner Frank Coonelly said he believes the Pirates have the information to get Kang a visa to enter the United States, Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The third baseman was denied entry into the country following the trial and eight-month suspended sentence in South Korea for his December DUI arrest, his third on record. Coonelly has his own history with DUI issues and aims to use that to appeal for his hitter permission to rejoin the club. This issue could drag on if Pittsburgh has trouble making a case, though in deep mixed fantasy leagues with ample bench spots, Kang could serve as a long-term stash option as he offers power potential whenever he's reinstated. Of course, more discipline from MLB may await him on top of all these legal restrictions.
Drew Pomeranz SP BOS 4 hours ago
Pomeranz (forearm) is expected to pitch in a minor-league game Monday, April 3, and Boston remains hopeful he'll debut Saturday, April 8, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
The Red Sox hope his placement on the new 10-day disabled list is merely a way to game the system and not the beginning of an extended absence. Pomeranz will have to make it through that farm contest with few or no issues to convince the club he's ready for his first real outing of the year against the Tigers. The left-hander's fantasy owners should monitor that outing carefully to get some hint of his immediate future.
Kyle Kendrick RP COL 4 hours ago
Kendrick is slated for an extended spring training start at Fort Myers on Tuesday, April 4, which would put him position to work Sunday, April 9, for either the Red Sox or Triple-A Pawtucket, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
The right-hander is waiting in the wings in case Drew Pomeranz (forearm) doesn't prove healthy enough for activation from the disabled list for that Sunday assignment. Kendrick, either way, looks like Boston's top option as a backup starter in case another need surfaces, though the veteran can opt out of his minors deal by June 15.
Danny Santana LF/CF MIN 4 hours ago
Santana has made Minnesota's final 25-man roster as a utility player, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Santana may not have made the 25-man roster if not for an injury to Ehire Adrianza. Santana will offer stole base potential even in a limited role, but he could lose his roster spot when Adrianza is ready to return from a oblique injury.
Luis Cessa P NYY 5 hours ago
Cessa is still in the discussion for the Yankees' No. 5 rotation spot, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Cessa will work at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, competing with teammate Jordan Montgomery and Double-A Trenton occupant Chad Green. The Yankees aren't expected to use a fifth starter until April 16, so manager Joe Girardi will take that extra time to decide.
Nick Ahmed SS ARI 5 hours ago
Ahmed has slashed .259/.267/.431 and has driven in 11 runs over 58 at-bats during Cactus League play.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo hasn't officially decided on a starting shortstop to begin the season, but based on spring performance along, Ahmed seems to be well behind Chris Owings, who has been a Cactus League standout with a .352 average and five extra-base hits in 54 at-bats. Ahmed's spot on the Opening Day roster still looks secure after the club demoted Ketel Marte to Triple-A Reno earlier in the week, and his defensive acumen still might be enough to earn him a couple starts per week at either middle infield spot.
Chase Whitley RP TB 5 hours ago
Whitley was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was working his way back from 2015 Tommy John surgery and said he's been happy with the way his arm feels. However, Whitley lost out on a spot in the Rays' rotation. He'll stick around as organizational depth should a need arise.