Even when you're a fan of one specific major league baseball team, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the news that surrounds your favorite club on a daily basis.
However, when you're a fantasy baseball owner and you now have to multiply that effort by 30 in order to be as up to date as possible with each and every club? It's a fool's errand that borders on the impossible.
Fear not! We'll be here each and every Monday to give you a snapshot of what's going on in the world of baseball, with one fantasy takeaway from each of the league's 30 teams. Think of it as your one-stop shop for the week ahead.
Here are the takeaways for this week, as we now have a handful of spring training games to digest:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Archie Bradley was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a .138 BAA when he took a comebacker off the face on Apr. 28 of last season. In the four starts he made after the incident, he went 0-3 with a 10.91 ERA and a .386 BAA. Now, both pitcher and organization realize they brought him back too soon. But the fear he had seems to have finally vanished, and Bradley is the current favorite in a four-man battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation with Robbie Ray, Zack Godley and Braden Shipley.
Atlanta Braves: Spring stats typically don't mean a lot in terms of predicting regular season success, but the Braves are still tickled that Hector Olivera has started off strong, batting .462 in his first four games. He played briefly at third base in September for Atlanta, but will transition to a starting left field job in 2016. The team is optimistic that now that Olivera has had time to adjust to a new country, moving to a new position will be child's play.
Baltimore Orioles: South Korean import Hyun Soo Kim is struggling to adjust to his new league. The left fielder has yet to register a hit in 16 at-bats in five spring contests, and stranded six runners on base in three at-bats on Sunday. Eventually, we expect Kim to reach base safely, but the longer this slump goes on, the less likely it is that manager Buck Showalter will feel confident about putting Kim's name on his lineup card once the games start to count.
Boston Red Sox: So far, so good. That's the general feeling about the progress Hanley Ramirez has made as he tackles first base for the first time. "He's doing an outstanding job thus far," manager John Farrell said. "He's doing what we anticipated or hoped." Ramirez would presumably be able to DH for the Red Sox in 2017, once David Ortiz retires, but for now, its first base or the bench for the veteran.
Chicago Cubs: The Cubs have more pitchers than available roster spots in camp at the moment. Manager Joe Maddon likes what he's seen from Neil Ramirez, but the pitcher is out of minor-league options, and the Cubs may not have room for him come April if they want to retain the services of Travis Wood, Clayton Richard and Trevor Cahill -- all of whom can move to the rotation should injuries to starters require them to do so.
Chicago White Sox: The team signed Austin Jackson to a one-year, $5 million deal on Sunday. He will most likely end up as the starting center fielder, with Adam Eaton shifting to left field and Avisail Garcia and Melky Cabrera splitting time in right. Cabrera would presumably DH on the days the club chooses to avoid using his glove.
Cincinnati Reds: Rookie Davis, a pitcher acquired by the Reds in the Aroldis Chapman deal, has gotten the attention of the coaching staff. While the 22-year-old is currently slated to start the season at Double-A, manager Bryan Price would not rule out the possibility of Davis getting a look at the major league level at some point this season, saying he looks "very good, very mature, polished."
Cleveland Indians: There's little in the way of clarity in the Indians' outfield, with Michael Brantley's shoulder and Abraham Almonte's suspension throwing monkey wrenches into the situation. For the moment at least, it looks as though Rajai Davis will man left field, with Lonnie Chisenhall in right. Center field is up for grabs, but former 2012 first-round pick Tyler Naquin -- a left-handed bat hitting .364 so far this spring -- may currently have the inside track over Collin Cowgill and Will Venable.
Colorado Rockies: As Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post notes, before Nolan Arenado made his debut in 2013, he first had to play 18 games at Triple-A (hitting .364 in the process) before the Rockies decided to promote him. He fears shortstop Trevor Story may face a similar wait, even as he's proving himself ready -- including two home runs thus far this spring -- to handle a starting job.
Detroit Tigers: Ian Kinsler is currently listed as our No. 5 second baseman, but perhaps we're being unkind to a man with five straight seasons of at least 150 hits and 72 RBI. Kinsler said he's made some adjustments at the plate this spring, and so far the changes have resulted in a .300 batting average and a team-high eight RBI.
Houston Astros: Both first baseman A.J. Reed and third baseman Colin Moran are earning accolades from Astros management this spring, but talk of their making the 25-man roster may be premature. Neither player has played at Triple-A, and as Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle notes, Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow has never called up a position player -- not even Carlos Correa -- without a stop at Fresno.
Kansas City Royals: Second base is undecided for Kansas City, as Omar Infante or Christian Colon could end up as the team's starter at the position. Infante has yet to make his spring debut following elbow surgery, but may serve as a designated hitter as early as Monday. Colon has started 0-for-9 at the plate, so the door is still wide open.
Los Angeles Angels: With Austin Jackson no longer an option, the Angels will return to their platoon plan in left field, featuring the combination of Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry. However, manager Mike Scioscia has not ruled out other candidates sneaking into the outfield mix, including Todd Cunningham, Rafael Ortega and Ji-Man Choi. It's early, but Choi is tied for second on the team in RBIs this spring behind only Nava.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts hasn't officially announced that Andre Ethier will be his starting left fielder, but he has reportedly told veteran Carl Crawford to expect a bench role this season. Ethier and Crawford, both left-handed bats, are unlikely to platoon, so logic dictates that Crawford on the bench equals Ethier starting most of the time, though Scott Van Slyke may spell him occasionally against left-handers.
Miami Marlins: Justin Bour had 23 home runs last season, all of them against right-handed pitching. But new Miami manager Don Mattingly is not concerned with Bour's .221 batting average in 68 at-bats against left-handed pitching. He'll bat him fifth in the order, behind Giancarlo Stanton, as often as possible. "I think it's better for everyone if he's able to be in every day," Mattingly says.
Milwaukee Brewers: Andy Wilkins has been showcasing some slugging for the Brewers, and the home run pop could earn him a bench spot with the team. Chris Carter is currently the only first baseman the team has on the roster, and no other non-catcher in camp has any quantifiable backup experience. As such, rather than a ticket to Triple-A, Wilkins could well end up on the 25-man roster.
Minnesota Twins: Have the Twins found their closer of the future? Glen Perkins and Kevin Jepsen are both in their 30s, which may be why Minnesota seems excited about reliever Nick Burdi, who has been hitting 99 mph on the radar gun regularly this spring. While Burdi is expected to start the season in the minors, manager Terry Ryan could well end up with the fireballer as a late-game option in his bullpen before 2016 is out.
New York Mets: Innings cap? We don't need no stinking innings cap! According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, the Mets' starting five are well ahead of schedule and will be allowed to go three innings or 45 pitches in their first spring action. Assuming an injury-free spring, all of the quintet are on track to be ready for 100-pitch outings right from the get-go.
New York Yankees: Chase Headley will play third base this season for the Yankees, but if he gets hurt, there's some question as to who might be next in line. Manager Joe Girardi has suggested that he might slide Starlin Castro over from second base if the need arose, but he's yet to even try him out at the position. However, Rob Refsnyder did get some third-base action over the weekend, and impressed. If you see him there a few more times, it may well indicate that he's in line to make the Opening Day roster.
Oakland Athletics: Jarrod Parker has started 62 games in the major leagues, but none since 2013, as he tries to come back from a second Tommy John surgery and a fractured elbow. He's making strong progress and expects to pitch in a game this spring. However, his next big league appearance, should it come, will be as a reliever, as the risk for another injury is deemed to be too great as a starter. So while we all root for Parker to get a chance to continue his career, his time has come and gone as a fantasy-relevant player.
Philadelphia Phillies: Aaron Altherr had to leave Friday's game, which has the team concerned. He has now flown back to Philadelphia to visit with a hand specialist to check out his left wrist. If this ends up being serious, and the projected right-field starter ends up having to miss significant action, that could open up playing time for Cody Asche or Tyler Goeddel.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Enjoy the ability to slot Josh Harrison in at multiple positions during the 2016 fantasy season, because if everything goes the way the Pirates want, he'll only have second-base eligibility going forward. With Neil Walker no longer on the roster, Harrison has been working with shortstop Jordy Mercer on becoming a cohesive double-play combination. However, should Jung Ho Kang suffer any setbacks in his injury recovery, it would be Harrison who would start the year at the hot corner.
St. Louis Cardinals: Brandon Moss and Matt Adams are competing for the first-base job in St. Louis. Adams missed most of last season due to injury, and while he was away, the Cardinals traded for Moss. For now, Moss' bat is probably going to end up winning this duel, though it's a battle that bears watching as the regulars start to play more often in spring action.
San Diego Padres: The team's rotation, at least at the top, is shaping up to be quite formidable. Both Tyson Ross and James Shields threw two scoreless innings in their first Cactus League action, with Shields impressing manager Andy Green with four swinging strikeouts. Robbie Erlin struggled a bit in his battle to win the No. 5 job, allowing a run on two hits in two innings over the weekend. Brandon Morrow and Odrisamer Despaigne entered camp as co-favorites to win that role.
San Francisco Giants: No need for alarm after Johnny Cueto was "scratched" from a scheduled start over the weekend. He's perfectly healthy. The Giants have stated they are going to limit Cueto's workload as much as they can in order to give him a longer offseason than the rest of their pitching staff, due to his 237 innings pitched in 2016 when you add in his extra month of postseason play. It's all part of the plan.
Seattle Mariners: Jesus Montero is hoping he can make the Mariners' roster as the primary first-base counterpart to Adam Lind. The former catcher is currently battling with Dae-Ho Lee, Gaby Sanchez and Stefen Romero for the job, but after working with hitting coach Edgar Martinez on shortening his swing, Montero seems to have a much livelier bat this spring than in seasons past.
Tampa Bay Rays: Curt Casali hit 10 home runs in 38 games last season before a hamstring injury ended his season prematurely. He's competing with Rene Rivera and Hank Conger for the Rays' starting catcher job this spring, and if he does win that role, it will be because he has impressed the coaching staff not with his bat, but with his defensive play behind the plate. Still, for fantasy owners -- especially those in two-catcher leagues -- Casali's bat might be a sneaky power option, if he indeed gets the job.
Texas Rangers: Martin Perez may end up with the dreaded Matt Harvey treatment this season; manager Jeff Bannister doesn't believe Perez will be allowed to pitch more than around 190 innings, given how little time has truly passed since his 2014 Tommy John surgery. If his sinking fastball can keep the ball on the ground, Perez should do far better than his current fantasy ranking, which has him outside our top 300 overall, as the No. 118 SP on the board.
Toronto Blue Jays: Manager John Gibbons says the battle for the No. 5 starter in his rotation will likely go down to the last days of camp. He's in no rush to make the call between Jesse Chavez, Aaron Sanchez and Drew Hutchison. However, since Sanchez has bulked up in order to facilitate a transition from setup man to starter, it would seem that he might have the edge.
Washington Nationals: Felipe Rivero notched two saves for the Nationals in October action, and the reliever has developed a taste for that ninth-inning action. Obviously, with Jonathan Papelbon still around, Rivero's role for 2016 is unclear, but when the veteran reaches free agency, the job could end up going to the guy who's under team control until 2021. As it stands, though, unless there's another dugout blowup, Rivero will likely be utilized as a late-inning, situational lefty.