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Dejounte Murray listed as a starter on Sunday as Spurs face Pacers
San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray is listed as a starter for Sunday's game versus the Indiana Pacers.
Murray looks to play in place of Tony Parker, who apparently getting a rest on Sunday. This would be Murray's 15th start of the season.
Our models projected Murray for 13.2 FanDuel points in 14.7 minutes but expect a bit more if he does indeed start on Sunday.
Blue Jays acquire Randal Grichuk in trade with Cardinals
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the St. Louis Cardinals.
In exchange for Grichuk, the Cardinals receive right-handed pitchers Dominic Leone and Conner Greene. Leone has bounced around a little, but he's expected to stick in a middle relief role with St. Louis. Greene owns a good fastball, but he's dealt with control issues at the Double-A level. As for Grichuk, he's seen a drop in batting average since first playing full-time in 2015.
In 2017, Grichuk hit .238 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 122 games. He's under team control through 2020.
Red Sox offer J.D. Martinez five-year, $100 million deal
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Boston Red Sox have offered free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez a five-year, $100 million contract.
Previous reports said that the Red Sox were holding out for Martinez and that they had offered him a five-year deal. Olney now has the numbers, which are nowhere near the seven-year, $180-210 million deal Martinez and agent Scott Boras are looking for. The 30-year-old could remain on the market into spring training.
Between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks a year ago, Martinez bombed 45 home runs and drove in 104 RBI in 119 games. His .430 wOBA represented a career-high through 7 seasons.
Christian Yelich's relationship with Marlins 'irrevocably broken'
The agent for Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich said that his client's relationship with the team is "irrevocably broken."
Yelich's agent, Joe Longo, added that his client "needs to get on with his career." He also cited a culture change with Miami while pushing the 26-year-old's trade request to a trade demand. So far, Miami's asking price has been too high for teams like the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, among others.
In his last two seasons, Yelich has played 155 and 156 games while hitting at least 18 home runs and tallying 81 or more RBIs in each. He's under team control until 2023.
Giants' Hunter Pence will move to left field in 2018
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will move from right to left field for the upcoming 2018 season.
Bruce Bochy has reportedly told Pence of the move. This comes after trading for Andrew McCutchen, who will make a move of his own from centerfield to right field in his new home. Gorkys Hernandez or Steven Duggar are possibilities in center, but the team's entertaining the idea of adding Jarrod Dyson or Lorenzo Cain in free agency. Management has said that they'd like Duggar to at least start in the minors this season.
In his time with the Giants, Pence hasn't played a single inning in left field. In fact, he's only played a single inning in center, compared to more than 5,000 innings in right.
Andrew McCutchen to play right field following trade to Giants
San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen will play right field after being traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, manager Bruce Bochy announced his decision. Hunter Pence will move to left field with Gorkys Hernandez the candidate to start in center. The team's also looking at free agents Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain to possibly fill that spot.
In 9 years with the Pirates, McCutchen played the majority of his games in center. He did, however, slide to right field 13 times in 2017.
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