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Fantasy Baseball Updates: Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, more impacting rankings, drafts

first_img2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Shohei Ohtani injury newsBig news on Ohtani came March 9, when he threw a baseball for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. It was just a light toss, but it puts him on track to return as a hitter in early May. He will not pitch in 2019.Ohtani wowed the league with 22 home runs and 10 steals as a rookie. Even though he’ll likely miss at least a month, he should again be a strong fantasy option, though he’ll only be eligible at UTIL for most, if not all, of the season. As we rapidly approach opening day, two former fantasy studs (Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel) remain unsigned free agents, and key contributors such top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., former Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, and 2018 AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani face uncertain timetables as they rehab from injuries. All are affecting fantasy baseball rankings and leaving draft cheat sheets in flux leading up to drafts. We’re here to help with the latest news and updates.We’ll continue to provide the latest news throughout spring training and update our rankings. You can also follow along with us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for more fantasy advice. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetWhat team will Craig Kimbrel sign with?Ken Rosenthal dropped extremely concerning news for fantasy baseball owners this week when he wrote Kimbrel could wait until after the amateur draft in June to sign, thus not subjecting teams to the qualifying offer draft pick penalty that would be assessed if an organization signs him now. While the Rays and Cubs are reportedly interested in Kimbrel as of this week, it’s hard to shake the feeling Kimbrel might be content to sit out a while longer.So, how should prospective fantasy owners react? We think Kimbrel is a top-three closer once he’s on a team, so it’s a matter of having the roster flexibility to stash him if necessary. He’s too good to be removed from your draft board altogether. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserWill Dallas Keuchel sign before opening day?All has been quiet on the Keuchel front since Ken Rosenthal reported on March 7 that the Astros had made short-term offers to the lefthander, who has been seeking a long-term deal.While it’s difficult to know whether he’ll be signed before opening day, it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll miss time. In that case, he is obviously not worth targeting in the first 15 rounds of almost any format but could still provide value late in rounds. He’s considered fully healthy and posted a 3.74 ERA last season. At 31, he probably still has some more above-average production in him.2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamWhen will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. get called up?Vlad Jr. was diagnosed with a strained left oblique on March 10 and will miss about three weeks. It is considered a Grade 1 strain.After months of concern over possible service time manipulation which would have kept him in the minor leagues for a least a few weeks to give the Blue Jays an extra year of team control, it now appears he will definitely not be out through mid-April and likely a little later. Because fantasy owners were already expecting to not have him on opening day, this news should not move the needle much. Still, the injury is worth keeping an eye on moving forward.MORE FANTASY: All-Overrated Team | All-Sleeper TeamClayton Kershaw injury updateKershaw (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday after throwing 20 pitches on Monday without setbacks.Pitcher injuries are always scary, but considering Kershaw’s recent history with them, this is a pretty big red flag. He missed significant time due to back ailments since 2016. We advise caution with the lefty, who would be entering the downswing of his career even at full health. He’s No. 77 in our Top 300 rankings.last_img read more

60 Million Euros plus 5m in Variables: Miralem Pjanic signs for Barcelona

first_imgFootball Club Barcelona and Juventus have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Miralem Pjanić. The cost of the operation will be 60 million euros plus 5m in variables.The player will sign a contract with the club for the next four seasons, until the end of the 2023/24 season, with a buy out clause of 400 million euros.The player will remain with Juventus until the 2019/20 season is over.Born on 2 April, 1990 in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Miralem Pjanić is a versatile player who after becoming a key member of the Juventus squad is joining Barça to show his quality in midfield.  He began his career in French football at Metz in 2007. Despite relegation, the midfielder had an excellent season and subsequently made the move to Olympique Lyonnais. Pjanić then began to make a name for himself in the world of football and became an essential member of the French side, helping them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history during the 2009/10 season.After playing 115 games and scoring 16 goals he headed for Italy, where he joined AS Roma in 2011. During 5 seasons and 200 games he scored 30 goals and gave 40 assists before signing for Juventus in 2016.  In Turin he once again showed his maturing talent and became a vital cog in one of the best club side’s in the world, winning Serie A three times, as well as two Coppa Italia and one Italian Super Cup with la Vecchia Signora.Pjanić played for the Luxembourg national side at youth level but at senior level he chose to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is the 3rd most capped player in their history (92 games) and the 6th best goalscorer (15) and played at the 2014 World Cup and could figure in the Euro2020 competition next summer if Bosnia and Herzegovina can make it through the play offs.Pjanic has played in every midfield position, whether that be as an attacking midfielder at Metz or in a slightly deeper role at Olympique Lyonnais and Roma. His ability to join attacks whilst coming from deep as well as his excellent free kick taking abilities have seen him score his fair share of goals. Furthermore, his technical quality, vision of the game and commitment make him one of the best midfielders in football today.last_img read more