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Mon, Nov 30th 7:40pm EST
By R. A. Beltran
The Mets remain interested in free agent Ben Zobrist. However, they are unwilling to offer a four-year deal to the 34 year old veteran. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: If Zobrist signs with the Mets, he will likely hit at the heart of the lineup to replace Daniel Murphy. The Mets are still interested in Murphy, but his price tag might be too high. Zobrist had a .276 average with 13 homeruns last year.
Jed Lowrie has been traded from the Houston Astros back to the Oakland Athletics for minor league right-handed pitcher Brendan McCurry. What position he will play at for the A's remains uncertain. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Lowrie was always a temporary fix for the 'Stros, as they awaited the arrival of potential superstar SS Carlos Correa. Injuries also played a role, as Lowrie was out for months with a torn ligament in his thumb, and was unable to regain his form afterward. Lowrie will likely be a starter for the A's, but his injury history makes him extremely risky to draft, so consider him a late-round flier with solid power upside.
Thu, Nov 19th 3:54pm EST
By Marc Walton
Devon Travis underwent left shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for most, if not all of Spring Training. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The likelihood of Travis being ready for the beginning of the regular season is a question mark. If he were to miss all of Spring Training, he would need to head off on a rehab assignment in order to prepare him for season since he will likely miss ST. Travis was off to a tremendous start to his rookie season, becoming an early candidate for AL Rookie of the Year. However a shoulder injury caused him to miss much of the '15 season. Ryan Goins will man the second base position in his absence, and once Travis is ready to return it will create quite the conundrum for manager John Gibbons. Travis has a lot of fantasy value at second base, so if he were to regain the position, he could provide returns for owners should he return to form.
Category: Injury Updates
David Ortiz will retire following the 2016 season, according to Fox Sports. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Despite turning 40 tomorrow, Ortiz turned in another solid season for fantasy owners in 2015. He posted an OPS of .913 with 37 home runs and 108 RBI.
Free agent Daniel Murphy declined a one-year, $15.8 million offer from the New York Mets. This ensures that the Mets will get a draft pick, if Murphy signs elsewhere. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Murphy hit .281 with 14 homers and 73 RBIs last season. He also had an incredible playoff run. The Mets are still intent on bringing him back, but they will face competition. The Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be among Murphy's suitors.
The Red Sox have acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres in exchange for four prospects. (Source: Red Sox on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel joins stud late-inning arm Koji Uehara at the back of Boston's bullpen. The Red Sox surrendered four top-30 prospects for Kimbrel, including two that were considered by many to be among the top 100 prospects league-wide.
Left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson accepted the one-year, $15.8 million offer from the Dodgers. (Source: TrueblueLA.com)
Fantasy Impact: Anderson pitched a career-high 180 1/3 innings for the Dodgers last season. He did not crack 100 innings the previous four years due to injury. Anderson finished 2014 with a 10-9 record, 3.69 ERA, 1.331 WHIP, and 116 strikeouts. While he's prone to the occasional blow up because he pitches to contact, the Dodgers should improve both defensively and offensively for 2015. He can fill the back-end of a fantasy rotation.
Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons switched leagues on Thursday night, as the Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for Erick Aybar, top prospect Sean Newcomb, and $3 million. In February 2014, Simmons signed a seven-year, $58 million contract with Atlanta, but trade rumors did follow Simmons for a while. (Source: Jesse Sanchez MLB on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Andrelton Simmons moving out of Atlanta is the next in many moves by the Braves, who saw Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, and Jason Heyward depart after the 2014 season. Surprisingly, for fantasy purposes, the Braves' haul is actually better for fantasy purposes, as Simmons only had a .660 OPS in 2015 and a .666 OPS in 499 career games. Aybar slumped to a .639 OPS in 2015, but has averaged 18 stolen bases and a .701 OPS since 2009 and was an All-Star in 2014. Newcomb may be the best fantasy player in this trade for 2016 and beyond, though, as he had a 2.38 ERA and 11.11 K/9 in 2015 between Single-A, High-A, and Double-A. Look for Aybar and Simmons to be AL-only and NL-only SS respectively, while Newcomb is a fringe SP4 for 2016 and a future SP2 at a minimum.
Wed, Nov 11th 1:20pm EST
By Brad Richter
Lynn underwent the Tommy John procedure on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2016 baseball season. Lynn finished 2015 with a 12-11 record and a 3.03 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP. (Source: St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This injury will hurt the Cardinals starting pitching depth, but they still have quality arms returning to the team next season. Lynn, 28, is under contract with the Cardinals through the 2017 season. He will try to work his way back to be ready for the 2017 season.
Category: Injury Updates
Wed, Nov 11th 1:38am EST
By Mike Werner
Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are receiving "considerable interest" in Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger during the GM meetings. However, Topkin gets the sense that it'd take " A LOT" to acquire them. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Of course it would take a lot to get one of these two, they're both incredibly talented and more importantly, pretty affordable. If one were to be dealt it'd be McGee. He was hampered by a couple injuries last season and is projected to make $4.7 million in arbitration this season. Boxberger isn't arbitration eligible yet, but is represented by Scott Boras, and had a few "red flags" in his underlying numbers last season. It's unlikely either are dealt.
Wed, Nov 11th 1:24am EST
By Mike Werner
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired SS Brad Miller, 1B/OF Logan Morrison, and RHP Danny Farquhar from the Mariners, in exchange for SP Nate Karns, OF Boog Powell, and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser.
Fantasy Impact: Out of the three pieces that the Rays snagged in this deal, Miller is the most interesting from a fantasy lense. Last season the Mariners drastically improved Miller's defensive versatility by playing him at five different positions, as well as hitting him in different slots in the lineup pretty routinely. The Rays view him as a shortstop, and with the club likely not re-signing Asdrubal Cabrera this offseason, it should give the youngster a real shot to solidify that role for himself. Last season Miller hit .252/.320/.394 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases, giving the Rays another bat from the left side that can provide some pop for them (something they want to improve on this offseason). Miller could easily end up a top-10 shortstop next season, and probably won't be drafted as such.
Wed, Nov 11th 1:11am EST
By Mike Werner
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired RHP Danny Farquhar, 1B/OF Logan Morrison, and SS Brad Miller from the Mariners in exchange for SP Nate Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, and OF Boog Powell
Fantasy Impact: It was just two years ago in 2013 that Danny Farquhar was a solid closer for fantasy teams, amassing 16 saves and demonstrating his best strikeout rate in the majors. Since then it's been a bit of a bumpier road. His strikeout, flyball, ground ball, HR/FB, and contact rates have all trended downward. He's also losing velocity and dropping in swinging-strike rate which is a precursor to injury. Hopefully the Rays can turn things around for the talented 28 year old like they have other pitchers in the past, ala Fernando Rodney.
Wed, Nov 11th 12:33am EST
By Mike Werner
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired 1B/OF Logan Morrison, SS Brad Miller, and RHP Danny Farquhar in exchange for SP Nate Karns, OF Boog Powell, and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser.
Fantasy Impact: Morrison has had a very "roller coaster" type of career to this point. Coming from being a prized possession of the Marlins a couple years ago, to being traded for Carter Capps in 2014. Even though he only hit .225/.302/.383 in 2015, it did come with 17 home runs and a very respectable 15.9% strikeout rate. The Rays were in desperate need of lefthanded power, and they get a bit of that in this deal. There's also been rumblings that James Loney could be dealt this offseason as well, which if completed, would be a perfect situation for a Morrison/Richie Shaffer platoon situation at 1B with a few DH at-bats mixed in.
Kevin Kiermaier has been awarded the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award for center field. (Source: Rawlings Sports on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Rays center fielder beat out Kevin Pillar from the Blue Jays and Mike Trout from the Angels. Kiermaier had a 32 grade on defense per Fangraphs (8.1 higher than the next best player) as well as a 42 for Defensive Runs Saved (17 higher than next best player) and a UZR of 30 (9.8 higher than the next best player). Kiermaier is only 25 years old, and will be a yearly candidate to attain this award.
Tue, Nov 10th 11:56pm EST
By Mike Werner
According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin, there seems to be "some initial interest" in Rays first baseman James Loney this offseason. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The report also suggests that the Rays would have to eat part of the $8 million owed to the veteran in 2016 for a deal to be completed more than likely. Loney has a polished glove, but only hit .280/.322/.357 with four home runs and 32 RBI last season in only 388 at-bats due to multiple stints on the DL. The Rays have prospect Richie Shaffer essentially ready to take on an expanded role, which could be the reason they'd be willing to get rid of Loney in the first place. If he were to be dealt, Shaffer would immediately be very interesting in deeper leagues.
Hanley Ramirez met with Red Sox baseball chief Dave Dombrowski in Boca this week to make sure that everyone was on the same page this offseason. In addition to the conformation that Ramirez's shoulder was fully healed the meeting also helped to reiterate both the expectation that Hanley will be a first baseman in 2016 and that the team expects him to trim down a bit. Dombrowski did however make it clear that Ramirez is working exclusively on conditioning at this time and is not actively taking any ground balls. (Source: Rob Bradford - WEEI.com)
Fantasy Impact: There are more than a few question marks surrounding Ramirez in 2016 as he prepares to make his second position switch in as many seasons. These concerns will likely cause Hanley to plummet in most draft rankings as he will also be losing his short stop and middle infielder eligibility. Depending on the depth of your league Ramirez could be worth a shot as a late round pick where he won't cause too many problems if he goes bust again.
The Indians revealed today that LF Michael Brantley won't swing a bat for four months as he recovers from the small labral tear in his shoulder. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Michael Brantley will aim for Opening Day but it will not be a surprise if he is not back before the end of May. Obviously if surgery is deemed necessary then the recovery time could be much longer.
Seven months after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery that left him on the Red Sox’ disabled list for the entire season, Vazquez has been cleared to play for Mayaguez, a winter ball team in Puerto Rico. He’s serving as exclusively a designated hitter, with a goal of getting about 100 at-bats during the 42-game schedule. (Source: Scott Lauber - BostonHerald.com)
Fantasy Impact: Keeping an eye on Vazquez's recovery from Tommy John surgery is less about his specific fantasy value (which is likely to be limited), and more about the dominoes that may fall around him. A fully healthy Vazquez could provide Boston with the opportunity to trade prized prospect Blake Swihart in an effort to upgrade other parts of the team, namely the starting rotation. Also, if Vazquez is behind the plate full time for the Red Sox the current members of the starting rotation could see a boost in value as Vasquez is considered a top notch defender and signal caller.
Sun, Nov 8th 5:13pm EST
By Gavin Tramps
OF prospect Clint Frazier is hitting .328 (20-for-61) with 3 home runs, 8 RBI , 7 BB and 19 SO in 15 games for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Indians' number 2 prospect is not expected to reach the big-leagues until 2017. The 21-year-old outfielder has prodigious power and after early season struggles, posted a .285/.377/.465 slash line with 15 stolen bases and 16 home runs over 133 games in Low-A.
2B/SS Jose Ramirez is playing second base for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. He is hitting .250 (5-for-20) in five games. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After a disappointing start to the season, Jose Ramirez posted a .259/.337/.438 slash line in the 50 games after being recalled to the Majors on August 3. It will be tough for him to find regular playing time with SS Francisco Lindor and 2B Jason Kipnis entrenched as first choices.