In one league, I placed a bid of $401 bid on presumptive Reds' closer Sean Marshall last night. Marshall went for $802. Did the other guy have to bid exactly double to rub it in my face?
On to the news:
- Injured Phillies 2B Chase Utley spoke to the media on Sunday, but provided little insight on his condition. He said he'll play in 2012, but doesn't have a timetable for his return. He won't have surgery, but will rehab slowly, and you should avoid him if you haven't drafted your fantasy team yet. I added that last part, by the way.
- Aroldis Chapman seems to have a leg up on the Reds' fifth-starter job, though the team mentioned him as a candidate to replace closer Ryan Madson, who will have season-ending Tommy John surgery. As noted above, Marshall is the likely choice to close, but don't rule out Chapman yet.
- Mets 3B David Wright (strained abdominal muscle) is expected to make his spring training debut today or tomorrow.
- Angels DH Kendrys Morales continues to track toward a spot on the Opening Day roster. As someone who owns Mike Trout in two leagues, I'm dismayed by this development, though I do feel happy for Morales, who has missed most of the last two seasons due to an ankle injury. Morales qualifies at first base in most fantasy formats, and is owned in just 34 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.
- The Royals sent 2B Johnny Giavotella to the minors, meaning that Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt will share duties at the keystone. AL-only owners who can use a 20-steal middle infielder should grab Getz.
- Braves 3B Chipper Jones will have knee surgery today, but hopes to return in time for the team's home opener on April 13. In other Braves' news, the team hasn't yet decided on its starting shortstop, but Tyler Pastornicky's recent hot hitting gives him an edge over Andrelton Simmons.
- After posting a Nuke LaLoosh-type line of 14 strikeouts, five walks and four hit batters over eight innings this spring, Cardinals RP Eduardo Sanchez has been sent to the minors. Sanchez will be back with the Cards soon enough, and can still be considered a fantasy closer handcuff in case Jason Motte runs into any trouble.
- If Mike Aviles wins the starting shortstop job for the Red Sox, he could hit a dozen homers and steal 15 bases. Working in Aviles' favor is the fact that his competition, Jose Iglesias, isn't close to being ready to hit in the big leagues.
- You want to see what will happen when the Marlins hit homers at home this season? If you watch this video, I don't think you'll be able to unsee it anytime soon.
- Jed Lowrie seems to be settling into the No. 2 hole in the Astros' lineup.
- Josh Willingham will be the Twins' starting left fielder, meaning that right field should feature some combination of Ben Revere, Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Revere's fantasy stock takes a hit with this news, and AL-only owners should take a look at Parmelee. Don't expect too much from him, though, as he's never hit more than 17 homers in a season as a pro. Parmelee qualifies at first base only in most formats.
- Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez isn't hitting well, but he's still going to make the Opening Day roster.
- Padres SP Edinson Volquez has 11 strikeouts, eight walks and a 3.95 ERA in 13 2/3 innings this spring. It's hard to trust Volquez, but pitching in PETCO Park makes him intriguing. I'd take a shot at him in a deep mixed league draft.
- Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are still battling for the Rays' fifth-starter slot. The guess here is Niemann, but it's just a guess.
- Rangers SP Yu Darvish whiffed 11 batters in five innings during an intrasquad game on Sunday. Is anyone else getting excited?
- The Blue Jays have sent OF Travis Snider to the minors, meaning that Eric Thames will be the Opening Day left fielder. Raise your hand if you're the least bit surprised by this news. Yeah, me neither.
- If Drew Storen (elbow) isn't ready for Opening Day, Brad Lidge and Henry Rodriguez (or both) are the likely candidates to close, according to the Nats' website. This almost certainly will be a short-term situation, so don't go wasting your FAAB budget on Lidge or Rodriguez.