Infield Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS1/26/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had offseason surgery to deal with his sleep apnea and he hopes to be healthy for spring training.
Insight: Napoli had a good first season in Boston but his numbers fell off in 2014 to .248 with 17 HR and 55 RBI. The 33-year-old might not have many more chances, so we hope this works.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL1/23/2015 1:22:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hip) has started fielding practice this week, according to the team's site.
Insight: Tulowitzki was already taking hitting sessions. He's played 143 games or less in each of the last five seasons. In 91 games last year, the fantasy stud batted .340 with 21 homers, 52 RBI, 71 runs and a 1.035 OPS. He just has to stay healthy.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDP1/22/2015 2:19:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays are considering signing shortstop Everth Cabrera according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Cabrera's career has suffered from off-the-field issues the last few years. He should come very cheap, and Toronto would presumably play him at second base. If Cabrera gets significant time, he will be one of the best base-stealing second basemen for fantasy owners in 2015.
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC1/22/2015 12:20:00 PM
Description: Cubs second baseman Javier Baez has gone 0-for-9 with six strikeouts to start the Puerto Rican Winter League playoffs according to FOX Sports.
Insight: Baez also struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats during the regular season in winter ball. Baez has great speed but doesn't put the ball in play enough.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN1/22/2015 10:49:00 AM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price said first baseman Joey Votto's health is looking "very, very good" according to MLBlogs.
Insight: That's reassuring for a first baseman who missed 100 games last season due to a distal quad strain. Votto should be healthy at the start of the season and has a .310/.417/.533 career slash line.
Jung-Ho Kang, IF, PIT1/16/2015 11:54:00 AM
Description: The Pirates have signed shortstop Jung-ho Kang to a four-year deal.
Insight: Kang should be given a chance to beat out Jordy Mercer, who did little to help fantasy owners (.255, 12 HR, 55 RBI, 56 RBI, 4 SB). Kang batted .356 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games last season for the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS1/15/2015 11:52:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (September season-ending wrist surgery) has been cleared for all baseball activities, according to manager John Farrell.
Insight: Pedroia hit.278 with seven home runs, 72 runs scored and 53 RBI last season. Those numbers were a significant drop from previous years, but if he's healthy he's still a top-10 fantasy second baseman.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL1/15/2015 11:46:00 AM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (August knee surgery) appears ready for training camp.
Insight: Machado took part in minicamp and has been cleared for most baseball activities. He batted .278 with 12 HR and 32 RBI in 82 games last season. He has huge upside if he can get, and stay, healthy.

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