The hot stove is heating up. Many of the top free agents targets remain, but moves are happening and we’re here to help you, breaking down the Fantasy implications where applicable.
Here’s what happened so far:
Nomar Mazara traded to White Sox
Rangers ended up unloading a player who was one of those who did not seem to be happy with the game. The White Sox have a glaring enough outfield to give Mazara a second look and have expressed some optimism they can unlock his potential, but he has not learned to raise the ball by this point, it is safe to assume another boring 20-homer season is in store.
Gerrit Cole signs with Yankees
In the field, yes, but the fact the Yankees Won 103 games in 2019 with what was basically a C-grade rotation that you do not need to know about Cole’s new supporting cast. It starts with the best pitcher in the baseball down the stretch, averaging 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings over his final nine starts while consistently pitching deeper into games, and should be at worst the sixth player off the board in 2020 drafts.
Didi Gregorius signs with Phillies
Though the Phillies may not be out Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson, Gregorius fills their infield opening for now, giving Jean Segura, who has been crowded out at shortstop, has a chance of regaining some mixed-league standing by shifting over to second base. It’s another hitter-friendly come for Gregorius, who has delivered quality power over the past few years, but rather weak contact, and the fact he will not be back with the Yankees frees up some of their first base clutter by opening up shortstop for Gleyber Torres and second base for DJ LeMahieu full-time.
Stephen Strasburg signs with Nationals
Strasburg goes back from whence he came, so his 2020 standing will not be At least in terms of Fantasy production, his 2019 was a high point for his career, representing only the second season in which he reached the 200-inning threshold. More than health, though, it’s the changes to his arsenal – it’s more of a ground-ball pitcher and seemingly better equipped with today’s homer-happy environment – that make him a surefire Fantasy ace..
rays trade Tommy Pham to Padres for Hunter Renfroe, prospect Xavier Edwards
It is the most important thing in the world, but the most important things in the world. Then again, the Padres were slow to commit to a full-time role, and the Rays may be even less likely to mix up their lineup.
Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer should, however, be a risk-averse issue, though Pham’s poor launch at a mid-30s. Xavier Edwards is a fascinating contact / speed prospect whose appeal remains limited to long-term keeper leagues as a 20-year-old yet to graduate from A-ball.
Michael Pineda signs with Twins
Pineda gets another two years with the team that took a flier on him coming off Tommy John surgery and is apparently willing to flier despite a 60-game PED suspension. And it’s worth pointing out Pineda was beginning to come to the fore, to see what’s going on. His 2.76 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.1 K / 9 over his final 11 starts makes him a pitcher Fantasy players should not overlook even more .
Omar Narvaez traded to Brewers
Narvaez gets a better job with the help of the brewers, who desperately needed a catcher after losing Yasmani Grandal to free agency, and the hitter-friendly environment mitigates some of the regression risk for a player who succeeds in a bottom-20 exit velocity. But the bigger winner here is Tom Murphy, who becomes a genuine sleeper after homering 18 times in 260 at-bats this past year. Granted, his splits were far better than he was, but he was poised to see a bigger share of the at-bats anyway because of his superior defensive skills and more Austin Nola, is also best against lefties.
Dylan Bundy traded to Angels
If it’s anyone who could benefit from a change of scenery, it’s Bundy, who was not very many years ago considered the game’s top pitching prospect. Injuries have diminished in size, but he has an elite breaking ball and is one of the few swinging strike leaders who is not already considered as ace. Maybe “ace” is aiming too high, but given the Orioles‘poor track record of developing pitchers and the effect this change could have on Bundy’s home-run tendencies, there still sleeper appeal here.
Zack Wheeler signs with Phillies
Why is it the biggest pickups are so often the most interesting for Fantasy purposes? It’s a downgrade in the future, but Wheeler has always had a knack for keeping the ball in the ballpark and is clearly acquainted with the NL East. It is a way of moving forward, so, while it may change, it may be more important.
Cole Hamels signs with Braves
Soon to be 36, Hamels is clearly in the twilight of his career and is signed to help the gap to the Braves’ next wave of young pitchers, headlined by Ian Anderson. The fact he has only one year-old deals, but the fact he has $ 18 million shows there is still some production to extract. He had a 2.98 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 8.8 K / 9 in 17 starts with a strained oblique, making what seemed like a concerted effort to keep the ball on the ground, but then got pummeled while pitching through a balky shoulder rest of the way.
Jonathan Villar traded to Marlins
True, Villar? Nd becomes the best player on a bad Marlins team, which means it was little in the way of support, but was it any different for the Orioles last year? Considering all the places he could have gone after the Orioles put him on waivers, this one at least assures he’ll keep playing regularly, which should lead to a big steal total even if the power numbers decline with the change in come. A fifth-round pick in 12-team Rotisserie leagues is still defensible.
Jesus Aguilar claimed by Marlins
With the help of the Marins, the Marlins can take a flier on reclamation projects like Jesus Aguilar, who quickly fell out of the Brewers after hitting 35 homers with a near-.900 OPS in 2018 It was a breakout few saw coming, it was not exactly out of nowhere, see it hit 16 homers with an .837 OPS in 279 at-bats in 2017. A rebound season on a team with nothing to lose isn ‘t out of the question for the 29-year-old.
Mike Moustakas signs with Reds
Though it has obvious real-world implications, this signing hardly impacts Moustakas’ Fantasy value. He goes on to one hitter’s park to another, where he’ll continue with the second base. Another 30-homer season is likely, but its limited battling average potential and modest on-base
Jurickson Profar traded to Padres
An earlier trade with the Brewers gave the Padres an opening second base, and GM A. J. Preller opted to fill it with Profar, who he knows well from their time in the combat boots organization. Back then Profar was considered the top prospect in baseball, and while he has gotten to have good bat-to-ball skills, the quality of contact is lacking. After a breakthrough year with Texas in 2018, he was exposed in a larger park in Oakland and could suffer more from the same in San Diego, where he’ll attempt to hold off a third baseman Ty France for at-bats.
Padres trade Luis Urias, Eric Lauer to Brewers for Trent Grisham, Zach Davies
This trade is most notable for the hitters, who have come from all over the world. Urias, an exceptional contact with a top-prospect pedigree, will try to break in the Brewers’ starting shortstop, with light-hitting Orlando Arcia serving as his only real competition. Grisham, an outfielder, has more competition in the form of Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero and Josh Naylor, but he had a respectable showing as an injury fill-in down the stretch in 2019 and has obvious sleeper appeal after hitting .300 with 26 homers, a .407 on-base percentage and a 1.010 OPS in 370 minor-league at-bats .
Drew Pomeranz signs with Padres
A signing that would seem to have minimal implications in fantasy may actually have medium-size ones just judging by the terms of the deal. At four years, $ 34 million, Pomeranz is being paid as a first burden, and has become closer to the Brewers bullpen GiantsLast August, compiling a 2.39 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 15.4 K / 9 in 25 appearances. Clearly, the Padres are buying in, and if they’re right, the day-to-day left-over might be worthwhile.
Kyle Gibson signs with Rangers
While on the surface, I think it’s a terrible place to be a freaky, Gibson has recently showed signs of being so much more, delivering an elite swinging strike with an impact slider and under performing his 3.80 xFIP by more than a run (4.84 ERA) in 2019. Your attitude towards Gibson will depend on how much you think the Rangers will help you maximize your return on Lance Lynn and Mike Minor, two of last offseason’s under-the-radar signings, but he’ll get some late-round looks.
Travis d’Arnaud signs with Braves
while Tyler Flowers is an expert pitch framer, Arnaud’s Braves almost certainly are not giving $ 16 million over the next two years to be his backup. But while it’s true of Arnaud was a great prospect under GM Alex Anthopoulos’ regime in Toronto and seemed to be the most likely to have the offensive potential of years of insecurity. 342 with eight home runs. Still, at a weak position like a catcher, he’s verging on top-15 status as a projected starter.
Prospect Evan White signs long-term deal with Mariners
The six-year, $ 24 million deal is certainly noteworthy for a player who has yet to make his major-league debut, and it suggests the Mariners are ready to turn 23-year-old. White has yet to advance past Double-A, where he hit .293 with 18 homers and an .838 OPS in 365 at-bats, but the scouting reports are more on the glove than the bat. T-Mobile Park is not so far away from the world as it is, he’s an Eric Hosmer-like outcome may be the best anyone can hope for.
Will Smith signs with Braves
Though the Braves Gave Smith Closer Money – fittingly, seeing it’s a top-five Mark Melancon is still their first choice to close. And while Melancon is an elite strike-thrower with elite ground-ball tendencies who seemed to rediscover his All-Star form with a 2.93 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10.0 K / 9 in the second half last year, he’s no Smith. There’s an argument for drafting Smith ahead of Melancon still, trusting the talent to win in the long run.
Yasmani Grandal signs with White Sox
This signing means less for Grandal himself, who goes to the hitter’s park to another, than to the White Sox’s intentions. They are transitioning from rebuilding to competing, which means Luis Robert, who’ve already gotten all they can in the minors, are probably on the fast track. Stock up for him. Stock more or less even for Grandal, who can lose a larger share of at-bats to 2019 All-Star James McCann than he did to his backup in Milwaukee last year, but the DH should look in that look.