As reported by MLB.com, Mets closer Jeurys Familia (RP-14) has been suspended for 15 games for an alleged domestic violence incident that took place in October 2016. Acting closer Addison Reed has had success in the past in a closing role. He averaged 34 saves per season from 2012-2014 for the White Sox.
Sandoval still tops in RBI
Pablo Sandoval knocked in another RBI against the Twins on Wednesday to continue his stellar preseason. Sandoval has been on fire with .350/.361/.700 splits and a 1.061 OPS. Currently at 3B-29, Sandoval could be a solid value pick if his success continues.
Mejia earns fifth spot
Adalberto Mejia will be the Twins' fifth starter to open the season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Tyler Duffey will serve as the team’s long reliever. Mejia was rated as RP-108 before the season. Mejia has been excellent in six Grapefruit League games with 14 strikeouts (in 14.1 innings) and a 1.88 ERA.
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Gomez undervalued in outfield
Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 in a contest against the Royals on Wednesday, raising his spring numbers to .361/400/.750. Considering his production, the two-time All-Star may be undervalued heading into the regular season with an ADP of about 155. In 33 games for the Rangers last season Gomez managed a .905 OPS, slammed 8 homers and drove in 24 runs.
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Pomeranz still struggling
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz was uneven in his start against the Twins, according to the Providence Journal. The Twins tallied three runs on five hits with two walks against Pomeranz in the latest episode of what has been a disappointing spring. Pomeranz is currently carrying an 8.25 ERA and has yet to produce a decent outing in 4 opportunities. Pomeranz did show flashes last season with San Diego when he posted a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts.
The Tigers have released outfielder Steven Moya (OF-128). The 25-year-old appeared to be on track to start the season as Detroit’s right fielder, but after his anemic offensive camp the Tigers have decided to part ways. Moya hit .189/.204/.487 in 53 spring training at-bats. Mikie Mahtook (OF-141) and Tyler Collins (OF-138) will hold the fort in right until J.D. Martinez returns from his foot injury.
Carrasco roughed up
Carlos Carrasco was clobbered again Wednesday against the Reds. Carrasco surrendered four runs on nine hits in four innings. The start marked the third time in five games Carrasco has allowed four earned runs or more, a deeply concerning trend for a player making his return from a season-ending injury. Carrasco is currently going as high as 62 overall (about the 15th starter off the board) in most drafts, which could be salt in the wound if he doesn't turn it around come the regular season.
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Wheeler to pitch on limit
Mets starter Zack Wheeler (SP-114) is expected to pitch under an innings limit in 2017. According to the New York Daily News, Wheeler’s limit will be about 125-130 innings. Wheeler had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and is in the mix to be the Mets' fifth starter.
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Treinen named closer
Blake Treinen beat out Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley for the Nationals' closer spot, The Washington Post confirmed. Treinen is currently carrying an ADP of about 396. If you're in the market for a relief pitcher, he might be your guy.
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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected play on Opening Day. The calf injury has plagued Beltre throughout the spring, but an MRI revealed there was no significant damage.
Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichukdoes not appear to have broken his hand after being hit by a pitch Wednesday. Grichuk is day-to-day and may have an X-ray on Thursday.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who has been dealing with a sore back, is set to return Thursday when they play the Astros.
Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is dealing with a shoulder issue, but took 10 at-bats and threw from 90 feet Wednesday. Polanco expects to play Friday.