Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (biceps) was back in camp on Monday and took part in the full-squad workout after playing in just 38 games last season due to a torn biceps. The 36-year-old also missed significant time in 2017 with two herniated discs in his back that led to pain in his hips and legs. "My arm feels good," Cabrera said. "I don't have any issues right now. I have to worry more about my back to stay healthy." To keep the future Hall of Famer healthy all year, manager Ron Gardenhire wants to use Cabrera at designated hitter at least part time in 2019. While he is still a great hitter, his skills are starting to decline and he's no bet to stay healthy all year, which makes him more of corner infield depth in mixed leagues.
Texas Rangers infielder Matt Davidson has been doing pitcher fielding work early in camp, but he is expected to mainly work with position players now that full-squad workouts have started. He has not yet started any serious work toward pitching despite the fact he made it known he'd like to explore that area during the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox. He made three relief appearances and allowed no runs and a hit with the Pale Hose last season, and he added pitching into his training regimen in the offseason, trying to increase his versatility and value. If he does get a chance, he'll be more Brooks Kieschnick than Shohei Ohtani, so don't get carried away in fantasy.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith's (elbow) status for the Japan Series against the A's in Tokyo on March 20-21 is in doubt after he strained the flexor bundle in his right elbow when overdoing his throwing routine last month in preparation for spring training. He won't be allowed to throw for several weeks and won't swing a bat until the inflammation is out of his elbow. Smith was acquired in a trade from the Rays in the offseason and is expected to be the starting center fielder. The homer opener on March 28 against the Red Sox might be a more realistic target for Smith. While his injury is disappointing, it shouldn't change his value all that much and Smith remains a solid source of steals in the late middle rounds after swiping 40 bags with Tampa in 2018.
The Texas Rangers signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor-league contract on Monday, and he still feels he has plenty left in the tank at 30 years old. "Major League Baseball seems to think guys over 30 can't play. Some of those guys are still in their prime. It's a shock to me they won't trust guys over 30 and try to go younger instead. Guys over 30 can still play and compete and help you win games," Revere said. The veteran last appeared in the majors in 2017 with the Angels, hitting .275 with a homer, 20 RBI and 21 stolen bases over 109 games. He spent the entire 2018 season with Triple-A Salt Lake. Revere could find his way back to the majors in Texas, but right now he warrants little in the way of fantasy consideration.
The Chicago White Sox remain a strong factor in the sweepstakes for free-agent shortstop Manny Machado along with the Padres, according to sources. Machado is believed to be the first preference of both front offices, as well as the Phillies. Machado is one of the best defensive and offensive shortstops in the game but can also play third base and would be the primary third baseman if he landed with the White Sox and Padres. Chicago and Philly would be the better landing spots fantasy-wise with better home parks, but Machado is a top-10 fantasy player regardless.
Texas Rangers SP Jason Hammel threw a bullpen session on Monday, as he starts his trek to a potential spot on the 40-man roster. He is in camp with the Rangers on a minor-league deal, looking to resurrect his career after a dismal 12-27 run with a 5.59 ERA over the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals. The veteran said a couple of problems kept him from being successful in K.C., including not being able to put away hitters consistently with two strikes and being too reliant on his slider and not trusting his slower curveball and changeup. He is a long shot for a rotation spot at this point, and warrants little in the way of fantasy consideration, but that could change as the season progresses.
The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about approaching players like outfielders Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and pitcher Jose Leclerc about long-term contracts before Spring Training concludes. The team brought it up with the representation last spring, but talks didn't go very far. "It is something we have discussed internally," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I think the idea of keeping some of our young group together for a long period of time is appealing. It is a matter of finding a willing partner and finding common ground." Gallo and Leclerc have been going in the neighborhood of Rounds 9 through 11 in mixed, 5x5 scoring fantasy play, while Mazara has been going a couple of rounds after that. All are must-haves in AL-only formats, too.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada could be the team's Opening Day third baseman, according to manager Rick Renteria. Moncada has yet to really impress in the big leagues in his three seasons, hitting .234/.319/.399 in 211 games, but he did have 17 home runs, 61 RBI and 12 stolen bases in his first full season (149 games) in 2018. Adding third base eligibility would be nice for his fantasy value, but right now he's just middle infield depth in deep mixed leagues. The 23-year-old struck out a league-high 217 times in his 578 at-bats last season.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo (knee) will not be ready to play in early spring training games, according to manager Brandon Hyde. Trumbo had knee surgery last September and hit .261/.313/.452 with 17 home runs and 44 RBI in just 90 games for the O's last year. He's two years removed from a career-high 47 long balls and 108 RBI in his first season in Baltimore, though, and Trumbo is a nice source of power if he can stay healthy. There's nothing wrong with taking a flier on him for his pop in deep mixed leagues. After all, he's in one of the best hitting environments in baseball at Camden Yards.
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (foot) is fully healed this spring after breaking his foot on a foul ball last July. He played the rest of the season with his broken foot, but his numbers declined considerably in the second half. "Im not going to lie," Hernandez said. "It was tough playing with a broken foot." His on-base percentage fell from .379 before the injury to .329 over the season's final three months. Hernandez will be the starter at second base and is pegged to hit leadoff for an improved lineup. Because of the way he struggled to end the season, Hernandez's fantasy stock is down, but he could bounce back and be a nice late-round value in deep mixed leagues.