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 the early workouts continue:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Left field, a position that was thought to belong to Yasmany Tomas, might not actually end up in his hands. Manager Chip Hale has declared the position to be an open competition between Tomas and Socrates Brito, who hit .300 in Double-A last season before getting a September cup of coffee as a reward.
Atlanta Braves: Manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't seem to have any question as to which five pitchers will be in his rotation come April. He has all but decided that Julio Teheran will start Opening Day, with the quartet of Bud Norris, Matt Wisler, Kyle Kendrick and Jhoulys Chacin to follow. He plans to use the spring to figure out the order in which he's most comfortable deploying those pitchers.
Baltimore Orioles: Early spring injuries aren't a rare occurrence, and they certainly don't have to spell doom to those who suffer them. That said, Chris Tillman did miss an intrasquad start due to a "core muscle injury" that only seems to bother him when he walks -- not when running or throwing. If the soreness lingers, however, an MRI could be a late-week eventuality.
Boston Red Sox: The final spot in the Red Sox's rotation appears to be Joe Kelly's to lose. Henry Owens and Steven Wright would be the next two in line to grab that No. 5 job should Kelly, who went 8-0 with a 3.00 ERA from Aug. 1 on, shows signs of regressing back to the 2-6, 5.94 ERA pitcher he was up until that point of last season.
Chicago Cubs: Center fielder Albert Almora doesn't have a spot on the 2016 Cubs roster, but his play this spring could potentially dictate how quickly he ends up getting called up to the major leagues. After all, Dexter Fowler is only signed for this season, and neither Jorge Soler nor Kyle Schwarber appears to possess the defensive skill set required to anchor the middle of the outfield. A strong showing from Almora may influence the direction of any trade deadline moves the team ultimately makes.
Chicago White Sox: With five weeks to go until the season begins, Adam Eaton has yet to participate in any outfield drills with the club. That said, both player and team feel very confident that Eaton will be in center field come Opening Day following arthroscopic surgery to address damage in his left throwing shoulder. "I'll tell you there is zero chance I will not be ready for Opening Day -- 100 percent zero chance. I say that with confidence," Eaton declared on Sunday, in Yogi Berra fashion.
Cincinnati Reds: After having used Brandon Finnegan as a starter in September, the Reds would like to continue to have the former reliever in that role for 2016. Manager Bryan Price thinks Finnegan showed enough in his four starts last season to get a chance to make the rotation. Price is also open to the idea of having younger minor league arms -- like Amir Garrett, Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson -- get their feet wet in a major league bullpen, rather than start games at a lower level.
Cleveland Indians: Manager Terry Francona did not equivocate when asked about Juan Uribe's role with the Indians this season. Uribe will be the starter at third base, and Giovanny Urshela will be "slowed down" a bit and given the chance to develop at Triple-A. Urshela hit just .225 in 81 games last season, and could probably use a little more seasoning.
Colorado Rockies: With the fate of Jose Reyes (who could face league discipline) up in the air, Cristhian Adames is hoping he'll be able to capitalize on the opportunity and beat out all comers for the starting shortstop job. Adames did hit .311 at Triple-A Albuquerque, but didn't show much at the plate in 26 games for the Rockies last season. Manager Walt Weiss does believe Adames is "a major league player," but he may be better suited to a bench role due to his defensive versatility.
Detroit Tigers: It's just one exhibition game, but manager Brad Ausmus slotted new Tigers outfielder Justin Upton into the No. 2 hole in the lineup to kick off the spring. In 60 starts in that lineup spot dating back to 2013, Upton hit 14 home runs with a .289 batting average. But beware: Upton could also potentially end up hitting fifth or sixth in the Detroit order.
Miami Marlins: Manager Don Mattingly has said that, apart from using pitcher Jake Esch, he will start his "regular lineup" Tuesday in an exhibition contest against the Miami Hurricanes. Fantasy owners hoping to get an idea what the new-look Marlins might indeed look like in 2016 should pay close attention to what that batting order looks like.
Houston Astros: Could Jon Singleton be concerned about playing time? With Evan Gattis expected to handle DH duties, the news that Preston Tucker has been working at first base during the first three days of full-squad workouts is a red flag for Singleton. Tucker, who has been used exclusively in the outfield by the Astros, did play first base at the University of Florida.
Kansas City Royals: With Ben Zobrist no longer in the mix, manager Ned Yost is leaning toward returning third baseman Mike Moustakas to the No. 2 spot in the order for 2016. In 94 games batting second, Moustakas did hit .280, with 10 home runs. However, he hit 11 homers (.282) in 39 games from the No. 6 spot in the order. Alex Gordon is also in the conversation to hit behind leadoff man Alcides Escobar.
Los Angeles Angels: Concern abounds over Albert Pujols' ability to play at first base on a regular basis in 2016. The Plan B for the Angels appears to be C.J. Cron, who has been working with Mike Gallego on his defense at the position. The hope is that Cron will show improvement over last season's six errors in 58 games at first. If not, and Pujols has to be used as the team's DH, Cron's at-bats may see a dip.
Los Angeles Dodgers: In a move that shocked exactly zero people, new manager Dave Roberts announced that Clayton Kershaw will be his Opening Day pitcher come April 4. However, while he said the rest of his rotation was "not ironclad," at least for now it does appear that following Kershaw to the mound will be Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda and Brett Anderson, with Alex Wood in the lead for the No. 5 job.
Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun will be sliding over to left field for the upcoming season, with Domingo Santana slated to play in right. As for center field, there are multiple candidates to win the every-day job, including but not limited to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ramon Flores, Rymer Liriano, Eric Young Jr., Michael Reed and Shane Peterson. A final decision might well still be in the offing right up until the team is ready to break camp.
Minnesota Twins: Torii Hunter has been seen working out in the Twins' outfield this spring, but it's not part of a comeback. No, Hunter is a special instructor for the team, and he has been tasked with helping Miguel Sano make the transition to right field. The hope is that Sano will, at the very least, be able to shake off the expected defensive miscues he'll make and not bring them with him to the batter's box. Manager Paul Molitor will be very happy if Sano drives in more runs than any of his errors give the opposition.
New York Mets: Offseason signings of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera have left second baseman/shortstop Wilmer Flores without a regular position in the infield. The plan for 2016 may be for him to try his hand at all of them. Flores has been working out at first base, where he can spell Lucas Duda against left-handed pitching. He's also preparing to play third base on those occasions when David Wright and his spinal issues cause him to need a breather.
New York Yankees: The early feeling from the Yankees is that the starting rotation will consist of Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda. That leaves just one spot for veterans CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova to tussle over this spring. Sabathia is the current front-runner, but Nova will take the mound Thursday to see if he can't begin to tip the scales in his favor.
Oakland Athletics: After acquiring Khris Davis and Chris Coghlan, there may not be any room remaining on the Oakland roster for the likes of Sam Fuld, Eric Sogard and Andrew Lambo. Fuld is also out of options, so it may be major league roster or bust for the veteran outfielder. Manager Bob Melvin says he'd be happy with Fuld backing up Billy Burns in center field, but if Coco Crisp is healthy enough to play, that's a job that may well go to him instead.
Philadelphia Phillies: Catcher Carlos Ruiz is leaving Phillies camp, with permission, for about a week in mid-March to play for Panama as it attempts to qualify for the 2017 World Baseball Championship. The Phillies will use Ruiz's absence to allow them to get a longer look at catching prospect Jorge Alfaro. The 22-year-old, acquired in the Cole Hamels deal, is expected to start the season at Double-A.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Jameson Taillon missed the past two seasons because of elbow and hernia surgeries, but the former first-round draft pick is finally ready to get back on the mound for the Pirates this spring. The goal is to have Taillon start the season as part of the Triple-A rotation, but the hope is that he will be ready to help Pittsburgh at the major league level at some point in 2016.
St. Louis Cardinals: Shortstop will be manned by Jhonny Peralta this season, with Jedd Gyorko in reserve, should the veteran start to show his age. However, 25-year-old infielder Aledmys Diaz, while unlikely to be with the Cardinals on Opening Day, could be the ultimate heir to the throne. Manager Mike Matheny has noticed the difference in Diaz, now healthy, and may not be able to ignore what he sees with his own eyes.
San Diego Padres: Matt Kemp has right field on lockdown for the Padres, but manager Andy Green has no current favorite to join him in his 2016 outfield. Candidates include Jon Jay and Melvin Upton Jr. However, Travis Jankowski came into camp ready to compete for the center-field job. The hope is that the young outfielder can master the art of the bunt and utilize his speed as a potential leadoff bat.
San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence used to be a virtual iron man, but after playing in only 52 games last season, any early injuries are going to raise some red flags. Pence says it's no big deal, but the outfielder will be sidelined for a spell with right Achilles tendinitis. Sure, he's probably right and there's nothing to worry about. We'll stop worrying when we see him back on the field.
Seattle Mariners: Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia is expected to finalize a deal with the Mariners this week, pending a passed physical. Don't expect Jose Abreu-type numbers if he ends up making the starting lineup, though. Heredia could well be a Gold Glove-level defensive center fielder, but after not playing competitive ball since his 2015 defection, questions about his hitting ability abound.
Tampa Bay Rays: Rookie Blake Snell has impressed manager Kevin Cash in his first throwing sessions with the team, but so has Erasmo Ramirez, who is currently penciled in as Tampa Bay's No. 5 starter. With potentially room for only one of them on the Opening Day roster, however, you'd have to give the early edge to Ramirez.
Texas Rangers: Ian Desmond has signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Rangers with the plan being that the former shortstop will start in left field in 2016. The move likely indicates the team's fear that Josh Hamilton, already due to miss at least a month with a knee injury, may not be able to play much, if at all, this season.
Toronto Blue Jays: Who will close for the Jays? Eventually, a decision will be made between Roberto Osuna and Drew Storen, but for now at least, the team isn't worried about the distinction between who pitches in the eighth inning and who gets the ball in the ninth. However, the idea has been floated that perhaps Osuna would be the better candidate to be stretched out so he can get 5-6 outs, if needed, by entering games as early as the seventh inning.
Washington Nationals: The back end of the Nationals' rotation may end up being a three-man competition for two spots between Bronson Arroyo, Joe Ross and Tanner Roark. A.J. Cole also would like to throw his hat into the ring for consideration, but the 24-year-old seems destined for Triple-A, at least to start the 2016 season.