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About Chris Zolli - RotoBaller

You will get a little bit of everything here. Some baseball, some football, some snark, all good times. The Yankees have my heart, Liverpool FC has my soul, and fantasy sports are my vice.

Chris Zolli - RotoBaller has written 3200 articles so far, you can find them below.


Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw could be a free agent next offseason, and Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said he has kept an "open dialogue" with Kershaw about his contract status. Kershaw has an opt-out clause after the 2018 season and figures to exercise it if everything goes smoothly for him this summer.... Read More

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado will hit his final year of arbitration in 2019, but MLB.com's Thomas Harding says that an extension is not a distraction for the superstar. "My comment is there's nothing going on and honestly, I'm not worrying about any of that; I'm not going to worry about that during the... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays second base prospect Nick Solak was acquired by the Rays from the Yankees on Tuesday night, and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says that Solak could be the starting second baseman for Tampa Bay. Solak is the fifth ranked second base prospect in baseball and was the Yankees eighth best... Read More

New York Yankees shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres will likely move all over the infield after the team acquired Brandon Drury. Torres took ground balls at third base Tuesday, one of the two positions that Drury can play (second base is the other). According to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record, Drury started 109 games at second... Read More

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas will likely see his playing time cut after the team traded for Steven Souza on Tuesday. Tomas' playing time was in jeopardy after the team signed Jarrod Dyson on Monday, and the trade for Souza will likely send Tomas to either the bench or the minors. Dyson will probably be... Read More

New York Yankees third base prospect Miguel Andujar will likely either head to Triple-A or the major league bench with the Yankees acquiring Brandon Drury on Tuesday. Drury, who can play either second base or third base, is likely to play third, affirming the issues that the Yankees have with Andujar's defense. Reports earlier Tuesday stated... Read More

Anthony Banda Sent To Rays

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Anthony Banda was traded to the Rays, according to Nick Piecoro of Arizona Central. Outfielder Steven Souza and prospect Taylor Widener were sent to the Diamondbacks in the three-team trade, which also sent infielder Brandon Drury to the Yankees and second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays. Banda was 2-3 with a... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Nick Piecoro of Arizona Central. Brandon Drury will head to the Yankees in the three-team trade while prospects Nick Solak and Anthony Banda will go to the Rays in the deal and prospect Taylor Widener will head to Arizona as well.... Read More

Brandon Drury Traded To Yankees

Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Brandon Drury was traded to the New York Yankees, according to Nick Piecoro of Arizona Central. Nick Solak will go the Rays in a three-team deal with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rays, with Steven Souza and Taylor Widener going to Arizona and Anthony Banda going to Tampa Bay as well. The 25-year-old Drury... Read More

Nick Solak Traded To Rays

New York Yankees second base prospect Nick Solak was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports. Infielder Brandon Drury will go to the Yankees in this three-team trade with the Diamondbacks, while outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and pitching prospect Taylor Widener will go to Arizona. Solak is the fifth-ranked second base... Read More

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler will start in the bullpen, sources tell Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. With the signing of left-hander Jason Vargas to a two-year deal last weekend, the Mets have just two spots open for six guys who were major league starters last season. Matt Harvey and... Read More

Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (knee) is slowly working into form, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports. “I started doing some knee drills,” Murphy said. “Played a little bit of catch. And that would be the extent of it right now. So groundballs on my knees and then play a little catch.” Murphy is... Read More

Free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison would fill a need for the Kansas City Royals with Eric Hosmer gone, but Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star writes that it is "unlikely" the Royals will sign the 30-year-old. Morrison is a Kansas City native and the Royals have been tied to him at various points this... Read More

New York Yankees first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin will be the backup first baseman, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. Manager Aaron Boone said that Miguel Andujar and Billy McKinney will each get opportunities at first, but Austin is the clear-cut backup to Greg Bird. "The power is for real," Boone said of Austin, giving the... Read More

Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson is competing for a starting rotation spot in spring training and is very excited for the opportunity. Wilson saw his 2017 season end with a line-drive comebacker in September, breaking his leg. On paper, the Tigers starting rotation consists of right-handers Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Fiers and lefties... Read More

Joey Gallo Entrenched At First

Texas Rangers infielder Joey Gallo played all over the field in 2017, but according to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, Gallo will only play first base in 2018. Gallo hit 41 home runs and drove in 80 runs in his first full season, but now he will just focus on being a first baseman. Last year,... Read More

JC Ramirez Faces Batters

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher JC Ramirez (elbow) faced hitters Tuesday for the first time this spring. Ramirez was shut down last August with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but he opted for stem-cell treatment over surgery (similar to teammate Garrett Richards) and said he felt normal Tuesday. He... Read More

New York Yankees infielder Tyler Wade said that he worked on his swing with the guidance of Albert Pujols this offseason. Wade said he has made adjustments, which should help him against inside pitches and that it feels "night and day." The 23-year-old scuffled in his first exposure to the majors last season (.155/.222/.224 batting... Read More

Oakland Athletics shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo is dealing with left knee soreness. It does not sound like a major concern, but he will be held out of the early Cactus League games. It is too bad, as the 22-year-old speedster likely would have seen a lot of playing time early on. Acquired as part of... Read More

Danny Salazar Progressing

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar (shoulder) has progressed to throwing from a distance of 75 feet. Salazar came down with right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation in mid-January, but Indians manager Terry Francona said that he is doing well with his rehab program. Still, Salazar is falling behind the other pitchers in camp and could... Read More

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom will leave the team on Tuesday for the birth of his second child. He plans to return on Saturday. It will not impact his schedule at all as he prepares for the season. Hot Trending Articles2018 Rankings and TiersEarly ADP Sleepers and Busts - Third BaseCorey Dickerson Situation... Read More

Free-agent starting pitchers Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still options for the Minnesota Twins, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. This even comes after the team signed Anibal Sanchez and traded for Jake Odorizzi over the weekend. It was thought that Cobb and Lynn would wait for Yu Darvish to sign, monitoring the... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180 CURRENT ADP: 282 ANALYSIS: New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier is coming off a .213/.344/.428 slash line and has moved across New York, from the Bronx to Queens. Owners would love to see more of the same career-best 2017 OBP, but are hoping for a better batting average after an unlucky .226... Read More

Matt Strahm Impressive

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Strahm (knee) may be one of the more unsung names of spring training, as MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports that there's been "buzz" in Padres camp around Strahm, who has "looked very sharp" in bullpen sessions. Strahm came over from the Royals last July in the deal that sent pitchers Trevor Cahill,... Read More

Kyle Lewis Underwent Surgery

Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Kyle Lewis (knee) recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. That he "only" required a scope on his knee this time is the good news, but it is the same knee that necessitated ACL surgery earlier in his career. The 2016 first-round pick has been limited to just 79 games... Read More

Free-agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Crasnick says Dyson has already completed his physical, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the contract is worth $7.5 million. It is unclear at this point whether Dyson will play left or center field or... Read More

Boston Red Sox first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez is likely to be the loser after the team signed free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. With Martinez set to be the designated hitter and Mitch Moreland brought back to play first base, Ramirez will be a very expensive backup/platoon player for Boston. Ramirez continued his downfall in 2017,... Read More

J.D. Martinez Signs With Red Sox

Free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez signed with the Boston Red Sox, sources tell Pedro Gomez of ESPN. According to Gomez, the deal will be for five years, and Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the deal is for $110 million. This contract will be front-loaded, as Martinez will have the option to opt out after... Read More

Eric Hosmer Undergoes Physical

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer is at the Padres spring training complex Monday in order to take his physical, according to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Assuming there are not any red flags in the results, the Padres will make the contract with their new first baseman official and introduce Hosmer... Read More

Cleveland Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt may need to work out of the bullpen this season, according to Zack Meisel of The Athletic. Merritt is out of minor league options, and manager Terry Francona did not sugarcoat anything when he met with him earlier this week. “One, he’s most likely next up in line if something... Read More

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