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March 17, 2017 6:00 am

Position Battles: American League East

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Matt Collins

A look at the spots up for grabs in this division and the fantasy impacts the winners could have.

Baltimore Orioles

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March 16, 2017 6:00 am

Position Battles: American League West

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Mark Barry

A look at the spots up for grabs in this division, and the fantasy impacts this winners could have.

Houston Astros

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March 16, 2017 6:00 am

Position Battles: National League West

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George Bissell

Back-end starters for Arizona and L.A., left fielders for Colorado, and other spots up for grabs in this division.

Colorado Rockies

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March 15, 2017 6:00 am

Position Battles: National League Central

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Eric Roseberry

A look at the spots up for grabs in this division and the fantasy impacts the winners might have.

Chicago Cubs

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March 14, 2017 11:11 am

Position Battles: National League East

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Tim Finnegan

A look at the spots up for grabs in this division and the potential fantasy impacts of their winners.

New York Mets

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March 23, 2016 6:00 am

Playing Time Battles: National League East

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Greg Wellemeyer

The Braves and Marlins aim to settle their rotations, the Phillies hold competitions around the field, and much more.

We’re rolling toward the regular season by taking a look at some playing time that’s still up for grabs. In case you missed the previous editions, here’s Wilson Karaman on the AL West, J.J. Jansons on the AL Central, J.P. Breen on the AL East, and Matt Collins on the NL West.

Atlanta Braves

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March 23, 2016 6:00 am

Playing Time Battles: National League Central

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George Bissell

Young bats could be squeezed out in Chicago, the Brewers look to decide on a closer, and more.

Spring training statistics are virtually meaningless from a fantasy perspective. They’re nearly impossible to draw any definitive conclusions from for a variety of reasons. If you don’t believe me, let’s flashback, to this time one year ago. Kendall Graveman posted a stellar 0.36 ERA over six starts, winning a rotation spot with the A’s. He proceeded to give up seven runs in his first regular season outing and was demoted to Triple-A by the end of April. Lauded as an impending breakout candidate, Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed just two runs in 27 spring innings, with a 26-to-5 strikeout to walk ratio. His ERA over the first month of the regular season: 6.86.

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March 22, 2016 6:00 am

Playing Time Battles: American League West

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Wilson Karaman

Young bats fight for the first-base job in Houston, the Angels could be low on outfielders, and much more.

Wither Chris Coghlan, Sweet Athletic?
Coghlan had himself quite the little year in 2015, changing his approach and driving the ball with more authority than he’d shown, really, ever before in his career. He was a 60th percentile hitter in terms of raw exit velocity, and his batted-ball distance cracked the top 80 hitters. His HR:FB rate in turn leapt to a career-high mark, and he managed to put together a $10 mixed-league season while adding extremely helpful positional versatility to boot. The move to Oakland, while not a good one from a sheer ballpark jump, is a sigh of relief for Coghlan’s owners in deeper dynasty formats. The Cubs’ offseason acquisitions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward had all but guaranteed that Coghlan wouldn’t sniff anywhere close to the 503 plate appearances he logged last year, and he looked more like a DFS and very deep mixed-league, daily-lineup play.

He’ll still enter the season theoretically without a path to everyday at-bats, as Jed Lowrie is penciled in as the starting second baseman and the outfield appears set with Khris Davis and Josh Reddick flanking Billy Burns and The Ghost of Coco Crisp ready to fill the fourth outfielder role. Mark Canha’s floating around in that corner outfield mix somewhere, too. You may notice a theme among some of those players, however: They haven’t exactly been the most durable group of guys around. Lowrie and Crisp barely cracked 400 plate appearances combined last year, and both are on the wrong side of 30. It stands to reason that even relative health for both players likely demands ample, consistent rest, opening the door for Coghlan to see fairly close to everyday at-bats in a super-utility role.


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March 22, 2016 6:00 am

Playing Time Battles: National League West

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Matt Collins

The Dodgers search for a healthy fifth starter, the D'backs decide among middle-infield options, and much more.

Yesterday, our look at the playing time battles around the league began with J.P. handling the AL East and J.J. taking a crack at the AL Central. Wilson will be finishing up the American League West today. In the meantime, I’m here to kick off the National League coverage with the battles in the NL West. Let’s finish this intro and get on to the fantasy-relevant battles.

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March 21, 2016 6:00 am

Playing Time Battles: American League East

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J.P. Breen

A look at the job competitions ongoing in this division's spring-training camps.

BLUE JAYS STARTING ROTATION

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March 21, 2016 6:00 am

Playing Time Battles: American League Central

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J.J. Jansons

Notes on the races for White Sox shortstop, Twins center fielder, and fifth-starter competitions galore.

As J.P. Breen takes a look at the spring position battles currently in the process of being settled in the American League East, I’m here to take a look at a few of the fantasy-relevant pushes for playing time taking place in the various camps of American League Central teams this spring, as there are thankfully just under two weeks until Opening Day ……

Chicago White Sox

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March 25, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Position Battles

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Wilson Karaman

The latest on a handful of competitions ongoing in senior circuit camps.

Yesterday, Nick Shlain wrote about some fantasy-relevant position battles in the American League, and today we’ll turn our attention to the senior circuit. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on.

Chicago Cubs 2B: Et Tu, Javier?

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