The hot stove is heating up, but some of the biggest grips are still to come. We’re here to break down the Fantasy implications as they happen.
Frustrations over Blake Snell’s use reached a boiling point as the Rays removed him after just 73 places in what ended up being the decisive game for their World Series loss to Dodgers. In 17 starts between the regular season and the playoffs, he never ended up going six rounds, which put a damper on his ability to contribute to Fantasy even though he has been one of the game’s most electric bat misses since the Cy Young winner. 2018. No team is as unorthodox in its pitching use as the Rays, and just by virtue of leaving them, there is hope that Snell will get closer to a workload in the front line. It has nowhere to go, but up, and with the effect it will have on his totals (namely victories and strikes), he is back in the conversation as a top 20 starting pitcher.
Of the four players returning to the Rays, the two most interesting are Luis Patino, a 21-year-old pitching prospect who got his chance to debut in relief this year, and Francisco Mejia, a 25-year-old who was once considered the game’s top catcher prospectus. Patino is still a work in progress, but he is equipped with the kind of arsenal of power that can make him a front line in itself if Rays follows through his own development record. Mejia is still a responsibility behind the record, but the Rays have been so flawed in production there that they will surely give him more looks than the Padres, with recently acquired Austin nola and ascending Luis Campusano, would have. —Scott White
A return of Will crowe and Eddy Yean, both unimaginable pitching prospects, seem very small for a 28-year-old earning less than $ 5 million who hit 37 homers with a .936 OPS in 2019, which may indicate that Pirates think Bell’s match in 2020 was not just a short season. It would be one thing if his power only went back to the level we saw before the outbreak in 2019, but the more curious development was an inflated strike rate that betrayed his many years of contact skills. The Nationals believe he can still be a bat, and will give him a chance to strike Three turner and Juan soto. The improved supporter makes Bell a slightly more attractive rebound candidate after the first 12 basemen are off the board, but the pirates’ lack of faith is still disturbing. —Scott White
The Mariners may have been made in the desperate need of a closer and perhaps signaled their ambitions for 2021 by making a move for Montero, who claimed the role for the Rangers during the short season. His departure gives him more job security, at the same time as he frees up some clutter at the back of the Rangers bullpen, where Jose leclerc and Jonathan hernandez is now ready to compete for the closer role, preventing another move. —Scott White
Holland regained some of the lost speed when he returned to the Royals last season, and enjoyed playing a major late-inning role, becoming only one after the team leader Trevor Rosenthal. He ended up getting the most rescue chances after Rosenthal was sent to Padres, but it was more of a committee situation, making him return to the Royals on just a $ 2.75 million deal less than final. He is the odds favorite for saves at the moment, however Josh staumont, Scott Barlow and Jesse hahn can also factor in that mixture. —Scott White
Although Renfroe’s stay with Ray was statistically a disaster, it was not enough to cost him a chance at a new starting job, hence he signed on to replace Jackie Bradley in the Red Sox outfield. His extreme fly-ball and pull tendencies are playing well at Fenway Park, especially if you look back to 2019, when he hit 33 homers on just 440 bats for the Padres. He’s still a one-trick pony for fantasy purposes, but short of Coors Field, there may not be a better place he can go to restore value. —Scott White
Although the Mets did not make a splash as big as JT Realmuto, they still earmarked the catcher in the foreseeable future by pushing McCann to a four-year deal, and that is a positive result as far as Fantasy Baseball goes. It was not expected that the 30-year-old would follow up the All-Star 2019, and therefore the White Sox took over Yasmani Grandal last out of season, but he actually improved – and without such a bloated BABIP. The prospect of playing more regularly again makes him without a doubt a top 10 catcher for 2021. —Scott White
A surprise that was not tender in the high season, David Dahl quickly finds a new home with a team that can hardly use another bat. Whether his will come through for the Rangers after another injury-plagued season with Rockies is another matter. While it’s true that he hit .302 with a .877 OPS in 2019, much of the credit goes to the BABIP reinforcing effects of Coors Field, especially when you consider he’s not a particularly disciplined hit. And while it is possible, all the injuries have prevented him from reaching his full potential, but his age of 27 may represent his last hope of doing well. —Scott White
Nate Lowe traded to Rangers
Despite an impressive minority list record and some steady buzz over the past couple of years, Lowe has had trouble breaking into a crowded Rays lineup and did not even make an appearance during the AL championship season 2020. This deal frees him up by putting him on a team that can desperately use him, and while an excessive strike percentage has defined his limited time in the majors so far, it has opposite host for him true in minors where he has met. with a .418 percentage on the base and .962 PPP since the beginning of 2018. Expect him to look a little late. —Scott White
Eaton is back where he had the best stretch of his career, and joined a budding lineup that happened to have a gaping hole in the right field last year, and given his basic skills, it is possible that he plays a table setter role for large bats such as Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert. It’s about as good a destination as you could hope for if you hit a bounce season for Eaton. The 32-year-old had his own poor performance in 2020, but the White Sox are counting on the course record in relation to the much smaller, albeit newer, test. —Scott White
After just beating. 1999 in 2020 and then rejecting his election year of Cleveland, Santana faced an uncertain future where he may have to scratch and claw for at-bats as a 34-year-old with a limited defensive profile. But by pushing him to a $ 17.5 million two-year deal, the royals showed they are committed to having him in their lineup, as it should be. He still knows how to get on base, and in fact leads the big ones in tours this year, and had his usual expected stats on Statcast, suggesting he may have just started slowly in the shortened season. —Scott White
The Giants never got closer in 2020, which is a kind of manager Gabe Kapler’s MO, but there may be a new clubhouse manager now that Wisler has signed. A surprise that is not tender for twins This offseason, Wisler finally figured out what works for him after failing as a pitching prospect years ago: sliders, sliders and multiple sliders. He threw the field 83 percent of the time, which made it difficult for him to square, and although he may have had the benefits of a good home team, Giants park should help with that. —Scott White
The first bombing in the high season brought the White Sox another front-line starter and the Rangers a cost-controlled pitcher who has already tasted some success in the big ones. Both players benefit from the agreement, as Scott White explains here, considering that Lynn’s penchant for going seven-plus was wasted on a poor Rangers lineup, and Dunn’s choice of pitch got worse under the guidance of then-pitch coach Don Cooper.
The angels finally seemed to settle down Mike Mayers as their closer in late 2020, and he seemed like a reasonable choice for 2021 also given his 2.10 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 12.9 K / 9. But with Iglesias they can stop fooling around and just plug in a guy who has led his team on rescues four years in a row. Of course, it creates an opening in the back end of Red bullpen, but they have a couple of worthy candidates in Lucas sims (2.45 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 11.9 K / 9) and Amir Garrett (2.45, 0.93, 12.8). Since the former is right-handed and the latter left-handed, a committee is possible, at least to start. —Scott White
With Andrelton Simmons expected to travel via free agency, the angels had an opening at shortstop that they could have filled with utility player David Fletcher, but obtaining Iglesias them to retain Fletcher allows for versatility and adds to their staff of contact-first hitters. However, Iglesias is nothing upbeat, and the prospects for a .278 career hit batting anywhere near .373 over a full-length season are low. His limited power / speed profile makes him better suited for deeper Fantasy leagues. —Scott White
Signing with the Royals is currently underage after his role was called into question at the end of 2020, but it could be short-lived if Jackson kowar and Daniel lynch follow in the footsteps of Brady sanger and Kris bubic and rising to the big ones this year. Minors spent an entire year as a reliever with the Royals in 2017 and was an incredible success, and while he followed up with two decent years as a starter, the speed decline in 2020 may have stopped that path for him. —Scott White
Sure, $ 15 million may seem like too much dough for a guy who put up the numbers Morton did in 2020, but the Braves have a good overview of these one-year recycling agreements (see Josh Donaldson, Marcell Ozuna). And besides, Morton seemed to find his form again after an IL period for a sore shoulder, not only regained one kilometer per on the fastball, but also delivered a 3.48 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 10.5 K / 9 in nine starts between regular and by season. . The 37-year-old’s best may be behind him, but he apparently still has something left. —Scott White
Get ready for a tidal wave of sleepers now taking that Smyly is in line to be a starter again, with the Braves hitting early this offseason to end the excitement. The injured lefty added almost 3 km / h to the entire arsenal in his second year back from the Tommy John operation and developed a penchant for missing bats as a result. His 14.4 K / 9 rate which had ranked first among qualifiers, ahead Shane Bieber. His excursions were short, and his season was again shortened by injury, but his newfound skills entice if he can maintain them. —Scott White