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About Daniel Burdeen - RotoBaller

Daniel Burdeen - RotoBaller You won't find a bigger Cubs fan than myself. Aside from my love of fantasy sports, which includes MLB, NFL and NBA, I own my own animal care business. I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and currently reside in Chicago, IL. My love of fantasy sports started for me in in the early 2000's and I have steadily been active with the same group of friends year in and year out for every league in baseball, basketball and football. I am hoping to help all RotoBaller members with any questions they may have. I consider myself an expert with minor league prospects, as it is a love of mine. I hope to give the best advice I can to the RotoBaller world!

Daniel Burdeen - RotoBaller has written 1250 articles so far, you can find them below.


Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the San Francisco Giants "have had an active dialogue with Lorenzo Cain of late, and that’s not likely to change" despite the team acquiring outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Crasnick also notes that the Giants would prefer to play McCutchen as a corner outfielder versus in center field. The Giants have... Read More

Pitching prospect Kyle Crick will head to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of the Andrew McCutchen deal, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Crick, 25, was used as a starting pitcher before being moved to the bullpen in 2017. His numbers improved as a reliever for Triple-A Sacramento, and he even appeared... Read More

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that new Chicago Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis has been working weekly with Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward in Arizona since November. Davis is known for his line-drive approach with hitters and the hope is that he can help Heyward get back to his old ways. Davis mentions how Heyward... Read More

Justin Morneau To Retire

First baseman/designated hitter Justin Morneau will retire Wednesday, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. Bollinger adds that Morneau will join the Minnesota Twins as a special assistant. The four-time All-Star spent the bulk of his 14-year career with the Twins before spending two years with the Colorado Rockies and one season with the Chicago White... Read More

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the San Francisco Giants can still look into free-agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain. The Giants acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier in the day, but the Giants have been looking to add two outfielders all offseason. Cain was given a qualifying offer by the Royals. Due to this, the Giants would... Read More

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free-agent infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick is closing in on a deal with the Washington Nationals for two years and $7 million. Kendrick came over from the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline this past season. The 34-year-old hit .315 over 91 games between Washington and Philadelphia in 2017. He’s a solid... Read More

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the New York Mets and free-agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have agreed to terms. Gonzalez was dealt from the Dodgers to the Braves in a salary dump. He was bought out by the Braves, and they will be on the hook for about $22 million of Gonzalez's remaining... Read More

As part of the Gerrit Cole deal, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired pitcher Joe Musgrove, relief pitcher Michael Feliz, infielder Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin. Musgrove spent most of his time as a starter in 2016 but worked in a swing role for the Astros this past season. In 38 games (15 starts), the... Read More

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago White Sox and relief pitcher Luis Avilan have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.45 million deal. Avilan was recently acquired from the Dodgers, where the left-hander sported a 2.93 ERA in 61 games. He is likely to work in a late-inning role... Read More

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago White Sox and outfielder Leury Garcia have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.175 million deal. Garcia dealt with some injuries this past season but was productive when he played. In 300 at-bats, Garcia hit .270 with nine home runs and eight stolen... Read More

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that members of the San Francisco Giants are hopeful that starting pitcher Gerrit Cole being dealt to the Houston Astros will clear the way for the team to acquire outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Cole being moved from the Giants is a definite sign that they are rebuilding, and McCutchen... Read More

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago White Sox and starting pitcher Carlos Rodon have agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal. It was the first time the 25-year-old was eligible for arbitration. Rodon has dealt with a handful of injuries throughout his big league career but has been productive when... Read More

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spoke at the Cubs convention this weekend and said that he has "faith" in relief pitcher Brandon Morrow if he is the team's closer in 2018. The Cubs can still add more arms and have shown interest in free-agent closer Greg Holland. Morrow has had plenty of health... Read More

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Chicago Cubs are still willing to bring back free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said on Friday that "we've never ruled anything out with him." Arrieta remains the top pitcher available along with free-agent starter Yu Darvish, who the Cubs have also shown interest... Read More

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.45 million deal, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Panik hit .288 this past season with 10 home runs, but doesn’t hold much value outside of NL-only leagues or deeper mixed leagues. Hot Trending ArticlesTop 100: MLB Prospect... Read More

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis and the Houston Astros have come to terms on a one-year, $6.7 million deal. Gattis hit .251 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI in 84 games this past year. Outside of AL-only leagues, he won’t hold much value unless he earns an everyday... Read More

The Atlanta Braves and relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.4 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Vizcaino had a nice season with a 2.83 ERA, 14 saves and 64 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. He is shaping up to be the Braves closer entering 2018 and... Read More

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Cincinnati Reds and second baseman Scooter Gennett have not come to a contract agreement. Heyman also notes that Gennett would be open to a long-term commitment with his hometown team. Gennett was picked up off the waiver wire from the Brewers before the 2017 campaign and put up a monster... Read More

The San Diego Padres and shortstop Freddy Galvis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $6.825 million. Galvis was acquired by the Phillies earlier in the offseason and will be the Padres everyday shortstop. He is a streaky hitter who offers some pop to his bat, but the move to San Diego will... Read More

Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez and the Toronto Blue Jays have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $2.7 million deal. Sanchez failed to build off a strong 2016 season and made only eight starts this past season due to injuries. He is a candidate to bounce back. Hot Trending ArticlesTop 100: MLB Prospect Rankings for... Read More

The Pittsburgh Pirates and starting pitcher Gerrit Cole have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million deal. Cole has been a hot name on the trade block with the Yankees and Astros being the most involved. It was reported earlier in the week by numerous sources that Cole to the Astros was a... Read More

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Chicago White Sox and first baseman Jose Abreu have agreed on a $13 million deal to avoid arbitration. Abreu remains one of the more underrated hitters in both real life and fantasy. This past year he hit .304 with 33 home runs and 102 RBI. He should... Read More

Free-agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish tweeted to a fan that the New York Yankees have not offered him a contract. Darvish has been using Twitter a lot during his free-agent process to address rumors. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Darvish narrowed his list to the Cubs, Astros, Rangers, Twins and Yankees. Darvish also... Read More

Chicago Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella avoided arbitration with the Chicago Cubs by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $950,000. The infielder hit .288 in 125 games this past year. La Stella won’t hold much fantasy value outside of daily leagues. Hot Trending ArticlesTop 100: MLB Prospect Rankings for Fantasy BaseballDraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks... Read More

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the New York Mets and starting pitcher Matt Harvey have agreed to a one-year, $5.625 million contract. It will be a raise for Harvey despite coming off a rough season. This past year in 19 games (18 starts), he posted a 6.70 ERA. Injuries have gotten the best of... Read More

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the San Francisco Giants have remained in talks with the Pirates for outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Nightengale also notes that the Giants offered outfielder Jay Bruce a three-year deal before he signed with the Mets, but it was for $10 million less. The Giants have swung and missed on many... Read More

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that relief pitcher Zach McAllister has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.45 million contract with the Indians. McAllister had a strong season out of the bullpen last year for the Tribe. Over 62 innings, he had a 2.61 ERA with 66 strikeouts. He will be eligible to reach... Read More

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports suggests that the San Francisco Giants have targeted free-agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain. The Giants have knowingly been targeting outfielders all offseason. They missed out on trading for Marlins outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton. They’ve been linked to Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, but nothing has gained traction. Cain, 31, would... Read More

Max Wildstein of the Sporting News reports that free-agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish has narrowed his list to the Astros, Cubs, Rangers, Twins and Yankees. Darvish on Twitter replied to the post saying that "I know one more team is in." Darvish seems to be in the final stages of deciding where he will like... Read More

Jerry Cransick of ESPN.com reports that free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce has agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million with the New York Mets. Bruce was acquired in 2016 at the trade deadline by the Mets and flipped by the Mets to the Indians during the 2017 trade deadline. In 153 games as a Met, he hit .245... Read More

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