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  • FA Catcher #24
    The Pirates and Yasmani Grandal are in agreement on a contract, according to Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette.
    It’s a major league deal worth $2.5 million. Grandal figures to overtake Jason Delay and Ali Sánchez and serve as Henry Davis’s backup. The 35-year-old hit .234/.309/.339 with eight homers in 405 plate appearances for the White Sox last season. He was even worse in 2022, though he was one of the game’s best catchers from 2015-21.
  • Bos Starting Pitcher #89
    Tanner Houck blanked the Nationals for three innings and struck out five Saturday as a Red Sox split-squad won 4-2.
    Houck followed Brayan Bello in this one. He’s allowed just one hit and one walk in five innings to open the spring. We’d say he entered camp as the favorite to serve as Boston’s fifth starter, and he’s only helped his chances thus far. That said, Garrett Whitlock was quite impressive last time out, too.
  • Was Starting Pitcher #40
    Josiah Gray held the Red Sox to one run over three innings and struck out five on Saturday.
    The Red Sox are playing split-squad games today, but Gray got the good lineup, which included every healthy Red Sox regular. He now has 10 strikeouts in five innings this spring, which is pretty encouraging for a guy whose K rate fell from 24.1% in his first two seasons to 20.5% last year.
  • Bos Shortstop #10
    Trevor Story fanned all three times up Saturday against the Nationals.
    Story is 2-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks. The Red Sox want a right-hander batting third to break up the string of lefties at the top of their lineup, and they’d probably prefer to have Story there initially. Still, Tyler O’Neill might prove to be the better option. Story isn’t hopeless as a run producer, but OBP no longer seems like a strength of his.
  • Bos First Baseman #36
    Triston Casas struck out in both of his at-bats in his spring debut Saturday against the Nationals.
    Casas is recovering from the flu, and he made it sound afterwards like he was still a little off. Casas hit cleanup today, and he looks like the favorite to occupy that spot for the Red Sox on Opening Day.
  • Phi Right Fielder #8
    Nick Castellanos hit his first spring homer off the Twins’ Bailey Ober in the Phillies’ 3-2 win Saturday.
    Castellanos finished the regular season and the postseason batting seventh last year, so it’s been a little surprising to see him back in the fourth spot this spring. It’s not necessarily unjustified; Castellanos, Alec Bohm and J.T. Realmuto all project rather similarly. Castellanos wound up with 106 RBI last year, 57 of which came in 80 starts as a cleanup man, and he’ll probably make another run at the century mark this year.
  • Min Starting Pitcher #17
    Bailey Ober averaged 93.6 mph with his fastball while striking out seven and allowing one run over three innings Saturday against the Phillies.
    Just one batter reached against Ober, though that was a solo homer from Nick Castellanos. We’d be more excited about Ober’s velocity gains today if he didn’t experience something similar last spring and then see it disappear during the regular season. Really, though, he’s plenty good while averaging 91 mph with his fastball (91.4 last year, to be exact), and if he could produce a steady 93-mph, he’d likely be a top-15 fantasy SP.
  • Min Catcher #27
    Ryan Jeffers finished 2-for-3 with a homer against the Phillies on Saturday.
    After alternating starts with Christian Vazquez for months, Jeffers was finally treated like the Twins’ starting catcher in the postseason last year, playing over Vazquez in all six games in October. He probably still won’t play as much as most starting catchers this year, but he’s an option as a second backstop in two-catcher leagues.
  • Was Left Fielder #4
    Nationals OF prospect Daylen Lile was removed from Saturday’s spring training game against the Red Sox on a stretcher after suffering an apparent lower-body injury.
    Lile appeared to suffer a serious lower-body injury after flipping over the wall in right-center field attempting to rob a home run. Red Sox pitchers in the bullpen immediately signaled for the training staff afterwards. He was able to move his upper body before being wheeled off on a stretcher. He’ll presumably head to a local hospital for further evaluation. There should be an update on his status shortly. We’re all hoping for the best here.
  • Mia Starting Pitcher #39
    Eury Pérez was removed from Saturday’s Grapefruit League start against the Mets due to a broken nail on his right middle finger.
    It’s one of those injuries that sounds worse than it actually is as Pérez relayed to reporters afterwards that he’s fine and doesn’t expect it to be an issue moving forward. The positive news here is that it’s unrelated to a blister issue that he dealt with earlier this spring. It certainly sounds like his early exit was merely for precautionary reasons. The dynamic 20-year-old righty was averaging 97.5 mph on his four-seam fastball, while collecting two strikeouts and allowing just one baserunner over 2 1/3 scoreless innings before being lifted from the abbreviated outing.
  • CWS Starting Pitcher #96
    White Sox LHP prospect Jake Eder is dealing with right shoulder soreness.
    Eder has generated some buzz within the fantasy community as a potential deep sleeper this season, so this isn’t exactly what you want to see, but at least it’s his non-throwing shoulder. The 25-year-old lefty was acquired from the Marlins last year at the trade deadline and was a highly-touted pitching prospect prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery.