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7/16:Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) went 2-for-2 with a double, walk, and three runs scored during Monday's rehab game with Potomac. He was also able to play five innings at first base without any issues. Zimmerman is expected to rejoin the Nats on Friday following the All-Star break. Matt Adams, Mark Reynolds and Daniel Murphy have been playing first base in his absence. The Nats are still going to need to find a way to get Adams and Reynolds involved once Zimmerman returns. It remains to be seen how manager Dave Martinez elects to use his players. Fantasy owners should be reluctant to jump on Zimmerman right now. He should be owned in NL-only and deep leagues, but besides that fantasy owners should wait and see what happens.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Mark Zuckerman
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  vs. ATL    (Anibal Sanchez - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
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7/16:Washington Nationals relief pitcher Trevor Gott has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. Gott posted a 4.96 ERA during 18 relief appearances with the Nats this season. The Nats are expected to activate Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) off the DL on Friday, so this opens up a spot on the 25-man roster.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Mark Zuckerman
7/16:The Los Angeles Angels have no interest in trading starting pitchers Tyler Skaggs or Andrew Heaney, according to a source. The Angels are drawing interest in their controllable players, including relievers Blake Parker, Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian and Justin Anderson. The Angels are open to discussing them, but they will want a good return. With Garrett Richards (elbow) likely out for all of next year, the Halos will really need both of their lefties in order to compete in 2019. Skaggs has been the better of the two for fantasy purposes, but Heaney is also a mixed league option.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
7/16:Veteran outfielder Austin Jackson has officially been released by the Texas Rangers. Jackson was expected to be released after being traded by the Giants to Texas in a salary dump move. Jackson was hitting .242/.309/.295 with 13 runs knocked in over 59 games with the Giants this season. He performed fantastic with the Indians in 2017, but was unable to hit the same with San Francisco. There is a chance he lands elsewhere, but it most likely be a bench spot with little playing time. Depending on his playing time, he could become a fantasy option, but belongs on the waiver wire right now.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: John Blake
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  vs. CLE   |  8:05 PM ET
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7/16:New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (hip) hopes to be activated off the disabled list on July 23. Torres took batting practice on Sunday as he continues to work his way back from a right hip strain. Torres is expected to play some games at High-A Tampa, and will hopefully be able to rejoin the Yankees next week. Torres should be owned in just about every fantasy league right now.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Erik Boland
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  vs. NYM    (Noah Syndergaard - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
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7/16:Houston Astros outfielder/infielder Marwin Gonzalez hopes to put his horrible first half behind him heading into the All-Star break. Gonzalez is slashing only .230/.305/.355 with three triples, six home runs, 13 doubles and 37 runs batted in through 296 at-bats this season after a breakout campaign in 2017. These numbers are far cry from the 16 home runs, 53 RBI and .308/.391/.576 line he posted in the first half of last year. Gonzalez led the team with 90 RBI last season en route to a championship but it will be nearly impossible to match that number now. Gonzalez will get every opportunity to bounce back in the second half of but there is little doubt Gonzalez has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this season.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  @ LAA   |  10:07 PM ET
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7/16:Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick has turned on the power over the past few weeks heading into the All-Star break. Reddick failed to go deep in both May and June but already has three home runs in the month of July and is slugging .460 over his last 50 at-bats. Reddick posted a .313/.363/.484 line last season with 82 runs batted in but has failed to get into a rhythm in 2018. A leg infection was a huge setback for Reddick and just now appears to be getting back into the true flow of the season. For the season, Reddick is hitting .258 with nine home runs, 10 doubles and 29 runs batted in. As long as he can remain healthy, expect more production in the second half from the veteran outfielder.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  @ LAA   |  10:07 PM ET
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7/16:Despite earlier rumors of a "handshake deal" in place between the Orioles and Phillies, there is reportedly no trade agreed upon involving Manny Machado. The Phillies remain one of the teams most involved with the Brewers and Dodgers right behind. Teams like the Yankees and Diamondbacks have been mentioned but seem to be fading. A trade for Machado is supposedly "very close", however, when and where have yet to be answered.--Dan Fappiano - RotoBallerSource: Roch Kubatko
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  @ TOR    (Sam Gaviglio - RHP)   |  7:07 PM ET
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7/16:Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis heads into the All-Star break enjoying one of the best stretches of his career. He has 19 home runs at the break, the most he has hit in a half since popping 19 in the second half of 2016. He also currently is on pace for 89 runs batted in this season which would also be a career best. Gattis hit only one home run in the month of April but now has 18 over his last 209 at-bats. He also is hitting .312 with runners in scoring position and is in a great groove at the plate. Fantasy owners, however, will need to see improvement with Gattis' home/road splits. Gattis is slashing only .171/234/.364 through 44 home games this season but is posting a .302/.355/.604 line through 42 games away from Minute Maid Park.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  @ LAA   |  10:07 PM ET
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7/16:Houston Astros outfielder George Springer will make his second All-Star appearance on Tuesday despite being mired in a deep slump. In the first two months of the season, Springer hit .280 with a .476 slugging percentage, 11 home runs, 13 doubles, 34 runs batted in and 41 runs scored through 228 at-bats. But the season has careened out of control over the last 150 at-bats, hitting .200 with a .295 slugging, four home runs, five doubles and only 12 runs batted in. Springer is too talented to not snap out of it but this is a prolonged slump for one of the streakier hitters in the game.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  @ LAA   |  10:07 PM ET
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7/16:Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (.332) heads into the All-Star break trailing only Mookie Betts (.359) for baseball's batting crown. It has been just another ho-hum season for the reigning MVP, stuffing the box score with elite numbers. He is well on his way to his fifth straight 200-hit season and currently leads all players with 129 hits. Through 99 games this season Altuve is slashing .332/.394/.470 with two triples, nine home runs, 23 doubles, 44 runs batted in and 63 runs scored. Anyone in the leagues would take these stats but Altuve has room for improvement. His current BABIP of .309 would be the lowest of his career and is hitting only .283 against left-handed pitching. It is hard to find any cracks in Altuve's game and will be, once again, an elite fantasy force heading into the second half.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  @ DET    (Matthew Boyd - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
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7/16:Texas Rangers starting pitching prospect Yohander Mendez has been promoted from High-A Down East To Double-A Frisco. Mendez is the team's No. 7 prospect, according to MLB.com, but he was sent to Single-A last month for violating team rules in the majors. The left-hander had allowed six earned runs and eight hits over just 3 2/3 innings in two outings (one start) for the Rangers this year, but he had a 3.48 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 31 innings over five starts in High A before his promotion. Mendez throws strikes and keeps the ball down, but he'll need to develop a better breaking pitch in order to have success in the majors.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - John Blake
7/16:Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel may be one of the few players not excited to get a few days off heading into the All-Star break. Gurriel has been the team's hottest hitter over the past few weeks, taking a 12-game hitting streak into the break. Gurriel is 18-for-44 (.409) with six multi-hit performances during the streak and is hitting .375 for the month of July overall. Gurriel's has been on the fringes of becoming a fantasy viable player but has risen up the ranks over the last month or so. He may not possess the power most first baseman do, but his 24 doubles and 52 runs batted in surely is worth deploying in most formats, especially AL-only leagues, the rest of the way this season.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/20  |  @ LAA   |  10:07 PM ET
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7/16:New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, released a statement on Monday saying that they would prefer a trade right now if the Mets don't see deGrom in the long-term picture with their club. "We have discussed Jacob’s future with the Mets at length," said Van Wagenen. "Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come. If the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now." deGrom leads all of baseball with his 1.68 ERA, but he has just five wins to show for it on a bad Mets team. Any contender would have to give up the house to land deGrom in a trade, but his fantasy owners would certainly see more victories in the second half if he was pitching for a contender.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
7/16:The Houston Astros are more likely to trade for a relief pitcher than for a catcher at the trade deadline, and they are seeking a "true difference-maker" in the bullpen like Orioles closer Zach Britton, Padres closer Brad Hand or Reds closer Raisel Iglesias. Houston could also move Lance McCullers Jr. or Charlie Morton to the bullpen for the playoffs, so they don't have a huge urgency to add a relief arm. Hector Rondon is the ninth-inning man for the Astros right now with Ken Giles in the minors, but that could easily change if the team trades for another relief pitcher.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
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