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Monday 20th Nov 2017

Davis khris CATCHER: As they tend to do at a lot of positions, the A's rely on a platoon, with Bruce   Maxwell taking the at bats versus righties and Josh Phegley stepping in with a lefty on   the hill.

 INFIELD: The left side lines up to be Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien. Matt Olson   locked down first base with Jed Lowrie brought back to play second.

 OUTFIELD: Khris Davis should be the full-time DH, and with Ryon Healy dealt to Seattle,   he may land there, but for now let's call him an outfielder. Matt Joyce is back to swing   versus righties. Boog Powell showed enough to get a long look, but isn't a sure thing, especially with Dustin Fowler expected to be healthy. Other candidates include Jaycob Brugman, Mark Canha and Chad Pinder.

DESIGNATED HITTER: If it's not Davis, Pinder is the best option, showing some pop last season.

BENCH: All the outfielders listed at the end are reserve fodder.

Graveman 2017ROTATION: When Kendall Graveman is your ace, you better hope your offense comes through. That said, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton offer reasons for optimism along with Daniel Mengden and Andrew Triggs. In this strikeout-happy culture, Oakland doesn't really have the arms to take advantage. Jesse Hahn, Chris Smith and Raul Alcantara are in the mix.

BULLPEN: The club dealt away their best relievers, leaving closer to Blake Treinen. I'm not optimistic he keeps the job. That said, no one from Ryan Dull, Santiago Casilla, Daniel Columbe, Chris Hatcher or Liam Hendriks inspire much confidence. Newly acquired Emilio Pagan could work himself into high-leverage situations, maybe even ninth inning duties.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Fowler was mentioned with the outfielders. He was the centerpiece, along with Jorge Mateo, in the Sonny Gray deal with the Yankees. Fowler ruptured his right patella tendon in his MLB debut but is on pace to be ready in the spring. Mateo could be summoned sometime next summer. Despite looking overmatched, Franklin Barreto is still a big part of the A's future, somewhere in the middle infield.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: Billy Beane usually fills in the blanks with low-salary pieces. I don't see any as being a fantasy asset, unless he signs a decent starter since The Coliseum is a good place to pitch.

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aaron judge CATCHER: Brian Cashman has made it clear, Gary Sanchez won't be moved from behind   the plate. This just in: he's good at baseball. Austin Romine is the backup.

 INFIELD: Greg Bird, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius are definite. Chase Headley is   penciled in at third, but with very light lead and a huge eraser shaped like Gleyber Torres.

 OUTFIELD: Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner will be joined by Aaron Hicks, if you believe   Hicks will indeed be looked at as a regular. Jacoby Ellsbury lurks too.

DESIGNATED HITTER: There isn't anyone earmarked for the job, with Headley and Ellsbury possibilities in the event the Bronx Bombers decide not to spend on someone of consequence.

BENCH: Tyler Austin, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade will likely be joined by Ellsbury and eventually Headley.

Severino DFS 2017ROTATION: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray are the front-three. Jordan Montgomery is the likely fourth. The club has indicated Chad Green will be stretched out in the spring, ostensibly to battle Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell and rookie Chance Adams for the last spot.

BULLPEN: Wow, just wow. Most of these arms could close, or at least work high-leverage innings elsewhere. Aroldis Chapman anchors the back end with Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Dellin Betances the primary setup men. Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder and Chase Shreve are nothing to sneeze at.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Torres and Adams have already been referenced. Torres is returning from TJS, with the expectation he's ready for spring training. Adams looks ready after half a season at Triple-A, but could be sent back for more seasoning. Michael Andujar and Billy McKinney could see some action too.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: The Yankees could be in the market for a hitter and starting pitcher, via free agency or perhaps dangling Betances for trade..

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domingo CATCHER: Jason Castro's bat may not have developed as hoped, but he's good enough   behind the dish to warrant regular playing time. Mitch Garver is the current backup.

 INFIELD: Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier are stalwarts on the right side. A healthy Miguel   Sano locks down the hot corner with Jorge Polanco currently slated for shortstop.   Eduardo Escobar deserves mention since he usually get his at bats by season's end.

 OUTFIELD: Is this the year Byron Buxton plays the whole season in the Bigs? His glove   says yes, hopefully his stick agrees. Eddie Rosario emerged as a regular with Max Kepler at minimum playing versus right-handers, though his leather also warrants full time run.

 DESIGNATED HITTER: Robbie Grossman is the leading candidate, though he can also back up all three outfield spots. Kennys Vargas and even Byung Ho Park are in the mix.

BENCH: Escobar and Zack Granite provide infield and outfield depth, along with possibly Vargas and Park.

Nelson POD 2017ROTATION: Ervin Santana currently fronts the staff, but it won't be long before he's supplanted by Jose Berrios. Kyle Gibson is back as a mid-rotation innings eater. Aaron Slegers, Adalberto Mejia and Dietrich Enns will compete for the last spots, provided no one else is brought in (I think some will).

BULLPEN: It's funny how things work out. The Twins bullpen held its own after being gutted at the trade deadline. Still, there's no one to really consider the front-runner for closer. Trevor Hildenberger did it in the minors, but is more of a finesse guy than your typical fireballer. Alan Busenitz is a dark horse to emerge with the role, though the likelihood is the club looks to build on its wild card appearance and brings in an established stopper.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Shortstop Nick Gordon is close, though he's known more for this glove than offensive prowess. Stephen Gonsalves could work himself into some starts after debuting last season.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: The offense seems fine, with maybe a minor tweak or two. If the Twins were to spend, it would be on a starting pitcher or two, along with a ninth inning guy.

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cespedes nym CATCHER: Neither Travis d'Arnaud nor Kevin Plawecki has developed as hoped, but   they're back for another season in Queens.

 INFIELD: Asdrubal Cabrera had his club option picked up, so he'll probably play third,   joining Amed Rosario on the left side. Wilmer Flores is the best in-house option for the   keystone, though someone could be brought in. Similarly, Dominic Smith has the edge at   first base, however the club has expressed an interesting in bringing in a more   established bat.

OUTFIELD: Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto aren't especially durable, but when healthy, they've earned regular run, likely in the corners. Barring an acquisition, Brandom Nimmo and Juan Lagares will battle for center field.

BENCH: Losing Jose Reyes to free agency and T.J. Rivera to TJS has left the Mets short on depth. They'll likely deal with that in free agency, but for now, Gavin Cecchini, Matt Reynolds and Phillip Ervin are the likely reserves, with the strong possibility Flores is pushed to utility after a second baseman is signed.

SyndergaardROTATION: If healthy, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom make a great one-two punch. Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz will duke it out for the other spots. Wheeler and Lugo have an edge since they're healthy. Personally, I have no faith in Harvey and want to see Matz in the spring before passing judgment. Chris Flexen and Tyler Pill also saw action last season, supporting an injury-riddled rotation.

BULLPEN: By season's end, Jeurys Familia had regained the closer spot from A.J. Ramos, which should be the pecking order to open 2018. The rest of the troops are competent, but not especially fantasy worthy with Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker and Rafael Montero round things out.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Honestly, nothing to see here. Despite a mini-fire sale last season, the Mets did little to fortify a weak system, at least in terms of players close to contributing.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: If the Mets didn't need to add some bats, I'd expect a veteran starter to help stabilize their M*A*S*H rotation. However, the bulk of their focus will likely be the right side of the infield and maybe a center fielder.

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domingo CATCHER: Stephen Vogt and Manny Pina are the likely opening day duo with Jett Bandy   and Andrew Susac also in the mix.

 INFIELD: The left side looks good with Travis Shaw and Orlando Arcia. Eric Thames and   Jesus Aguilar look to share time at first. Second base is unclear with Jonathan Villar the   leading candidate along with Hernan Perez and Eric Sogard.

 OUTFIELD: When healthy, Ryan Braun is a sure thing, as is Domingo Santana. Center   field will be a battle between Keon Broxton, Brett Phillips and Lewis Brinson.

BENCH: The losers of the battle for second and outfield will yield decent depth, with Perez able to play all over the place..

Nelson POD 2017ROTATION: Chase Anderson and Kyle Davies will hold down the fort until Jimmy Nelson returns. Youngsters Brandon Woodruff and Brent Suter should earn rotation spots with veteran Junior Guerra still an option. Josh Hader is a wild card as he looked great in relief, but has the stuff to start.

BULLPEN: Corey Knebel emerged as the go-to guy, one of the league's top closers. Jacob Barnes, Jeremy Jeffress and Jared Hughes are a capable set-up corp, along with Hader if he sticks in the bullpen.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: You likely know about Brinson, Phillips and Hader. No one else is all that close, except maybe starting pitcher Luis Ortiz, who could get a look if he handles Triple-A Colorado Springs, perhaps the worst park for a young arm to sow his oats.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: Depending on how close management feels they are to competing, I can see a veteran arm coming from agency (CC?) along with a second baseman since they seemed to have soured on Villar.

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