Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:48:17 -0800
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr.'s (foot) MRI exam Friday, Feb. 27, revealed sesamoiditis, or inflammation in the bone behind the ball of the left foot. He'll be in a short-leg cast for two weeks and a walking boot for roughly four to six weeks. Upton will miss most of spring training and is expected to start baseball activities in early April. OFs Todd Cunningham, Eury Perez and Zoilo Almonte are the likely candidates to fill in in center field with Upton out.
Fantasy Tip: Although Upton's batting average tanked the last two years, he was still a sleeper candidate at the end of mixed drafts for his stolen base abilities. That won't be the case now, as he could miss the first month of the season. Don't forget about Eric Young Jr. figuring into the outfield mix, at least as a platoon candidate. He or Almonte will likely be your best fantasy bets in Upton's absence, but their main value will come in NL-only leagues.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:06:16 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr., who hit a career-worst .229 with one home run and 30 stolen bases in 100 games for the New York Mets in 2014, has the chance to compete with OFs Zoilo Almonte and Eury Perez for a spot as a backup outfielder or platoon job in left field. He could also play some second base in a pinch. Not working in Young's favor is that Almonte is out of minor league options.
Fantasy Tip: Young is mainly valuable for his speed, but without a spot that gives him consistent at-bats, he's not much use to fantasy owners. Keep an eye on how the outfield battles go this spring. If he wins a spot as a platoon partner in left field, he could be a deep sleeper in deep mixed leagues.
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:31:23 -0800
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr. will battle OF Zoilo Almonte for platoon duty in left field with OF Jonny Gomes.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:50:22 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Jonny Gomes is projected to serve in a platoon role in left field with OF Zoilo Almonte next season.
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:40:50 -0800
Free-agent OF Jonny Gomes (Athletics) is being pursued by the Atlanta Braves, and he might be a platoon option in left field with OF Zoilo Almonte.
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:56:50 -0800
The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent OF Zoilo Almonte (Yankees). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:29:05 -0700
New York Yankees OF Zoilo Almonte was designated for assignment Tuesday, Sept. 2. Also, OF Chris Young was recalled from the minors for outfield depth.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:26:54 -0700
New York Yankees 3B Zelous Wheeler and OF Zoilo Almonte were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday, August 1.
Fantasy Tip: Optioning Wheeler and Almonte cleared roster spots for Martin Prado and Stephen Drew.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:18:25 -0700
New York Yankees OF Zoilo Almonte was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday, July 28, and SP Jeff Francis was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:38:55 -0700
The New York Yankees optioned OF Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team also recalled RP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.