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The Seattle Mariners acquired left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O'Neill. What It Means: Gonzalez, a first-round selection of the Cardinals back in 2013, owns a 2.78 ERA over 74 1/3 minor league innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old southpaw should eventually find his way towards the back of the ...

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Double-A Springfield. What It Means: Sierra slashed an impressive .365/.400/.365 in 13 major league contests this season, but the Cardinals apparently would prefer the 21-year-old outfielder to play full time in the minor leagues. Randal Grichuk (back) has been activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move. The Cardi ...

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk (back) will return to the Cards' starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. What It Means: Grichuk was activated from the disabled list earlier today, and he will replace Magneuris Sierra in right field while batting eighth against Cubs' righty Jake Arrieta. Grichuk has only managed a .298 wOBA against right-handed pitching in 2017, ...

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back in the starting lineup for Friday's road clash wit hthe Chicago Cubs. What It Means: Eric Fryer spelled Molina behind the dish on Thursday, but he'll head back to the bench as Molina resumes catching duties and bats fifth against Cubs' righty Jake Arrieta this afternoon. numberFire models don't have Molina as an especially stron ...

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko is in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. What It Means: Gyorko got Thursday afternoon off, but he will return to the hot corner and bat cleanup agianst Cubs' righty Jake Arrieta on Friday. His return sends Greg Garcia back to the bench. numberFire's models project Gyorko for 10.6 FanDuel points while priced at $3,200 this ...

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is starting on Friday versus the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: Wong is starting at second base and batting seventh versus Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Matt Carpenter is at first base while Luke Voit will return to the Cardinals' bench. numberFire's models project Wong to score 8.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,400 on Friday afternoon, but ...

The Minnesota Twins' trade for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jaime Garcia could fall through, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. What It Means: It was reported earlier that the two sides were close to finalizing a trade, but that no longer appears to be the case. The 31-year-old left-hander has a rather checkered bill of health for his career, so something may have gone wrong with the phy ...

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (finger) could miss the entire weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Bryant is still recovering after injuring his pinkie on a headfirst slide Wednesday. He's not expected, for now at least, to require a stint on the disabled list. Javier Baez is drawing the start at third base on Friday for the defending champs. Bryant is slashi ...

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (finger) is not starting on Friday versus the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Bryant took a cleat to his pinkie on Wednesday, and while X-rays came back negative, he's still dealing with some soreness. Javier Baez is filling in at third base on Friday for the Cubs. Bryant is slashing .275/.401/.528 with 19 taters, 40 RBI, 61 runs scored, and 7 steals ...

The Toronto Blue Jays have "gotten some feelers" from teams about Jose Bautista, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. What It Means: Bautista does have the ability to veto any trade if he wishes, and the 36-year-old has a huge contract attached to him while he has been struggling this season. It likely won't take an especially aggressive offer to entice the Blue Jays into a deal. Bautista is ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jon Jay is starting on Friday versus the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Jay heads to the bench after leading off for the Cubs in their last contest. He's slashing .288/.371/.380 in 211 plate appearances (79 games) this season. Jason Heyward is starting in right field and leading off versus Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez. numberFire's models project Ja ...

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is starting on Friday afternoon versus the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Victor Caratini returns to the bench after starting on Wednesday, so Contreras will catch Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta while batting cleanup versus Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez. numberFire's models project Contreras to score 9.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,100 on Frid ...

Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist is starting on Friday versus the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Zobrist is starting at second base and batting second versus Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez. Javier Baez is moving over to third base while Kris Bryant is out with a minor finger injury. numberFire's models project Zobrist to score 8.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2, ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is starting on Friday versus the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Heyward will man right field and lead things off in Friday's series opener against right-hander Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals. Jon Jay will be available off the bench after starting in right and leading off in the last game. numberFire's models project Heyward to score 7.6 FanDu ...

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez is hitting eighth on Friday afternoon versus the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Baez went 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI batting out of the six-hole on Wednesday, but he'll bat eighth versus Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez while manning third base for the Cubs. numberFire's models project Baez to score 7.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,2 ...

Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is hitting sixth on Friday versus the St. Louis Cardinals. What It Means: Happ will move down a couple spots after hitting cleanup in the Cubs' last game. He's starting in center field and batting sixth versus Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez. Willson Contreras is in the four-hole for the Cubs on Friday afternoon. numberFire's models project Ha ...

The Texas Rangers have been reaching out to teams that may be interested in acquiring pitcher Yu Darvish, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. What It Means: Passan listed the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Dodgers and Rockies as teams that could be interested, and FanRag Sports' Jon Morosi has reported that the Cubs have inquired with the Rangers about Darvish. They are reportedly not commit ...

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez turned in a seven-inning gem on Thursday, striking out nine while allowing only one run on three hits, but it wasn't enough as Seattle fell 4-1 to the New York Yankees. What It Means: A solo homer in the sixth inning from Brett Gardner was the only blemish on an otherwise excellent performance from Hernandez, who now stands at 5-4 (11 starts) ...

Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips left Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with right hamstring tightness. What It Means: Phillips went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored before exiting in the sixth inning. It's likely a non-concern for the 36-year-old veteran, but consider him day-to-day for now. Johan Camargo replaced Phillips at second base on Thursday whi ...

The Minnesota Twins are finalizing a deal to acquire starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, says Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. What It Means: The deal was first reported on Thursday by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, and it's expected to be a one-for-one exchange with the Braves getting a minor league prospect from Minnesota. Garcia's contract runs out at ...

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with 1 home run, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored in Thursday's 16-4 blowout over the Detroit Tigers. What It Means: Hosmer is slashing .315/.372/.493 through 94 games in 2017, and the big day brings him up to 14 home runs, 46 RBI and 55 runs scored. numberFire's models project Hosmer to bat .289 and add another 7 home runs, 34 RBI and 32 ...

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop went yard on Thursday as the Orioles scored a 9-7 win over the Texas Rangers. What It Means: Schoop was 2-for-5 on the day, basting that home run and tallying 3 RBI. He's slashing .302/.350/.540 with 19 home runs and 63 RBI in 93 games in 2017. numberFire's models project Schoop to bat .287 and add another 11 home runs and 36 RBI in 251 pl ...

San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens is in the lineup on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. What It Means: Hector Sanchez will sit this one out against left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Torrens is behind the plate and hitting eighth on Thursday. Our models project Torrens for 5.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000. Source: Baseball Press ...

San Diego Padres shortstop Erick Aybar is hitting up in the order on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. What It Means: Aybar hit down in the eighth spot Wednesday afternoon in Colorado, but he'll move up to sixth Thursday against southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Our models project Aybar for 7.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,600. Source: Baseball Press ...

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. What It Means: Freeman had to leave Wednesday's game early with an illness, but he is good to go for Thursday. He'll start at third base and hit third against right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Our models project Freeman for 10.2 FanDuel points at a salary of $3,700. Source: R ...

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