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Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop (calf) worked an 18-pitch inning in a minor league game on Monday, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Strop is now set to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday. He has been slowed this spring by a left calf injury, but could be ready for Opening... Read More

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Santiago Casilla has been sidelined for the past week due to right shoulder tightness, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. However, he threw a bullpen session Monday in A's camp and could still be ready for Opening Day if all goes well from here. The 37-year-old right-hander projects... Read More

After a strong start to his 2018 spring training, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Mark Leiter is headed back to Philadelphia to undergo tests on his right forearm. The 27-year-old has been experiencing tightness and soreness in the forearm, according to manager Gabe Kapler. Through his first three outings this spring, Leiter was quite impressive, tossing... Read More

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez will miss the beginning of the 2018 season with an oblique injury, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. The hard-throwing right-hander, who has designs on being a late-game reliever for the Rockies, had “a little setback” with his injured left oblique, per Saunders. “Maybe in two days... Read More

According to Jon Heyman of, free-agent starting pitcher Trevor Cahill's deal with the Oakland Athletics worth $1.5 million was finalized on Monday. Cahill will likely work in long relief, in addition to serving as a starter when someone is needed to fill up innings. Cahill had a 4.93 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 84... Read More

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has returned to camp and still has the confidence of manager Alex Cora, reported Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. To illustrate his confidence in Kimbrel's readiness, Cora stated, "As long as we have a three-run lead or two-run lead or one-run lead, he’ll be ready for that one."... Read More

Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Brad Boxberger has looked good this spring training, giving up one run on four hits and one walk across four innings. He has struck out three batters thus far. Boxberger seems to be fully recovered from arm soreness that kept him out earlier this month, and he will no doubt be ready for... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Andriese is in the running to fill one of the multi-inning roles that will play a key part of the strategies the Rays hope to employ during the games where they will go with a bullpen approach rather than a traditional starting pitcher. Speculation suggests they will have at least... Read More

Colorado Rockies setup man Bryan Shaw had a rough outing against the Giants, surrendering home runs to Madison Bumgarner and Nick Hundley. Shaw is notorious for his rough spring trainings with the Indians, so there isn't a ton of concern about the poor performance at this point. For those in holds leagues, Shaw should still... Read More

The Kansas City Royals have signed free-agent relief pitcher Justin Grimm to a one-year contract. Grimm was recently released by the Chicago Cubs, mostly due to the fact that he was out of minor league options. Grimm worked in 50 games last year for the Cubs, and he'll slot into a short-relief role for the Royals... Read More

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (oblique) pitched a perfect inning in his return to Grapefruit League play. It was Gregerson's first time back on the mound in 15 days, as he'd been rehabbing an oblique injury since early in camp. Gregerson was the favorite for saves when spring training began, but his injury has... Read More

Craig Kimbrel Returns To Camp

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is returning to camp, according to Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal. Kimbrel has been in Boston since Feb. 27 to be with his infant daughter Lydia, who had a second heart procedure. Kimbrel had been working out while in Boston. The plan now is for him to... Read More

Every day from now until Opening Day, our writers will be offering their most audacious projections for the 2018 fantasy baseball season. This is my fourth go-round with this series. I've had some great successes and some equally terrible calls in both previous attempts, and this year should be no different. Hopefully the former outweigh... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen easily put down the three batters he faced in Saturday's Cactus League game, striking out one. The plan is for Jansen to make four more appearances before Opening Day. He'll pitch Monday against the A's, followed by a four-out appearance on Thursday -- in 2017, the Dodgers asked Jansen to... Read More

Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton (Achilles) and starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (shin) are out of their walking boots. Ynoa is likely closer to a return than Britton, but the Orioles closer has shown a lot of progress from his rehab and is getting stronger each day. Ynoa has a lot of work to do to even... Read More

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway said there are no restrictions for relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (calf) moving forward. He is in line to be ready for Opening Day. The left-handed reliever was a combined 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10.6 K/9 in 70 games for the White Sox and Brewers in... Read More

If you are in a dynasty league, then the number one thing you likely focus on year-round are prospects. It's a never-ending hunt to find the best prospect and acquire them for the lowest cost possible. Not only are owners looking for the best prospect, they also have to discern whether or not they will... Read More

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Alex Reyes won't pitch in any Grapefruit League games this spring. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said it is not due to any setbacks, just a precautionary measure to make sure Reyes stays healthy. Reyes will not have a defined role in the 2018 season, instead pitching in a "hybrid" role... Read More

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (oblique) faced live hitters on Friday in his continued return from injury. Gregerson's next step will likely be to appear in a Grapefruit League game. If he pitches well and avoids any setbacks, he may still start the season as the team's closer. For now, that job seems... Read More

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is still in Boston with his daughter Lydia, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. Manager Alex Cora is very supportive of the family and stated, "That’s about Lydia. ... They’ll make a decision as a family." Kimbrel has been away from camp since Feb. 27. He did... Read More

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop (calf) is expecting to pitch in a spring game at some point next week. Strop has been sidelined this spring with a sore calf. The Cubs have added relievers Steve Cishek and Brandon Morrow at the back end of the bullpen and also have Carl Edwards and Justin Wilson in... Read More

New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (calf) expects to get into a game Saturday, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Swarzak strained his left calf nearly two weeks ago, but he resumed throwing shortly after the injury and has continued to progress. A free-agent acquisition, Swarzak had a 2.33 ERA and... Read More

Cubs Release Justin Grimm

The Chicago Cubs announced on Thursday that they have released relief pitcher Justin Grimm. Grimm is coming off of a down season in 2017 and has struggled so far this spring. A converted starter, Grimm should be able to land on his feet in another organization. Hot Trending ArticlesDraft Sleepers and Targets ListUpdated Draft Rankings... Read More

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said that the Atlanta Braves have "checked in" on free-agent closer Greg Holland. They may not have a chance, but the fact that he's from North Carolina may help their cause. Of course, if he does sign, that means relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino is no longer the closer. Don't panic on... Read More

One final time before regular season baseball returns and our lives are, at last, complete, RotoBaller's staff writers are updating their 2018 fantasy baseball rankings. Today, we'll be taking a look at one of the shallower positions - relief pitcher. As usual, there are a few elite options at the top, and it gets much... Read More

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop (calf) said Wednesday that he is close to making his Spring Training debut. Strop has been dealing with a calf injury for most of Spring Training and will hope to be ready by Opening Day. Aside from leagues with holds, Strop doesn’t provide much help to fantasy owners. Hot... Read More

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (oblique) was able to play catch on Tuesday. Manager Mike Matheny said that Gregerson's next step should be a bullpen session, then a simulated game or even a return to a Grapefruit League game. Gregerson was seen as the favorite for the closer's role in St. Louis at... Read More

The St. Louis Cardinals released relief pitcher/outfielder Jordan Schafer. He was first reassigned to minor league camp but was more recently given his full release, making him a free agent. He's been on the mound and in the outfield in the minor leagues for the last two seasons, but he missed most of last year... Read More

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Dominic Leone seems to have suddenly become the favorite for saves in the Cardinals bullpen. General manager John Mozeliak said that if the season were to begin Wednesday, the team's closer "would probably be Dominic Leone." The begin today part is key because Luke Gregerson, who has been considered the... Read More

Spin rate has become one of the most recognizable Statcast metrics, with supporters of a given pitcher highlighting his spin rates to make their case. Unfortunately, the baseball world has done a lousy job conveying what spin rate really means. The result has been a ton of owners who know that spin rate exists, but... Read More

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