Fantasy Baseball News
Latest Player Updates
Wed, Feb 10th 10:23am EST
By Brad Richter
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with Mat Latos for $3 million. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Latos bounced around between three different team last season (Marlins, Dodgers, Angels) and finished with a 4.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 116.1 innings. The 28-year-old Latos will likely slot in as the White Sox number five starter. U.S. Cellular field will not be the best environment for fantasy success for Latos, who allow 13 home runs last season.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that the Blue Jays have signed the 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson to a two-year contract worth $28.65 million. (Source: Sportsnet)
Fantasy Impact: The two sides were only $450K off in arbitration figures that were filed and the Jays expressed a great deal of interest in a multi-year deal. After signing, Donaldson is now under team control through 2018 in a very potent offence. The reigning American League MVP batted .297 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI's, and 122 runs scored in 2015. Look for Donaldson to be one of the top picks in fantasy drafts this year, currently ranking fifth in FantasyPros consensus rankings.
The revamped Diamondbacks pitching corps added another piece leading into the 2016 season with Tyler Clippard joining on a two-year contract. He will make just over $6 million per season and join Brad Ziegler at the back end of the Diamondbacks bullpen after posting a 2.92 ERA in 2015 between Oakland and the Mets. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Clippard opened the season as the Athletics closer in 2015 and had 17 saves while posting a 2.79 ERA in the first half. A deadline trade to the Mets saw his home run rate bump to 1.4 per nine, but his K:BB improved after he walked nearly five batters per nine in the first half of the season and 2.8 per nine with the Mets. Clippard was known for his devasting changeup leading to strikeouts, as he has struck out more than 10 batters per nine five times in his career, but he only struck out 8.1 batters per nine last season while seeing his FIP rise to 4.28, the second-worst of his career. The biggest fear for fantasy owners that are looking for Clippard for holds is that he had a .211 BABIP in 2015, yet allowed a .184 batting average, similar to the .185 batting average he allowed in 2015 with a .251 batting average on balls in play.
Mon, Feb 8th 3:19pm EST
By Gavin Tramps
The Indians signed RHP Craig Stammen to a Minor League deal on Monday with a non-roster invite to Spring Training. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 32-year-old missed most of last season with a torn tendon in his elbow. He will compete with Joba Chamberlain, Felipe Paulino and others for a spot as a right-handed pitcher in the Indians' bullpen. Between 2012-2014 Stammen made 163 appearances, throwing 242 2/3 innings with 222 strikeouts (8.2 SO/9), 2.93 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
Sat, Feb 6th 3:08pm EST
By John Aubin
Eduardo Rodriguez said he's fixed the problem of tipping his pitches that arose last season in the major leagues, WEEI.com reports. Rodriguez's problems began June 14 in a loss to the Blue Jays, then resurfaced spectacularly June 25 against the Orioles. He retired the first 10 batters he faced, including five by strikeout, before a Chris Parmalee double got the O's rolling. Forced to pitch from the stretch, Rodriguez allowed seven straight hits and six runs before departing. He had been tipping pitches out of the stretch by the position of his head and glove. (Source: WEEI)
Fantasy Impact: Eduardo Rodriguez fixed the problem by the end of the last season, as evidenced by a 2.08 ERA in his final seven starts, and he's been working all winter on his mechanics to remove any "tell" opponents can spot. He also has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter. Rodriguez is currently being drafted at an average of 328 in early fantasy drafts but could be a sleeper and keep an eye on how he performs in Spring Training.
Travis Shaw will spend time in left field early on in training camp to determine if he's a viable option at the position, the Boston Herald reports. As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but adding outfield to his resume should cement a roster spot for him. (Source: Boston Herald)
Fantasy Impact: Shaw was a surprise for fantasy owners at the tail end of last season. He was brought up from the minors in August and took over the first base duties for the rest of the season. He finished the year strong hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances. Shaw is not draftable at this time but if the Hanley Ramirez experiment at first fails or injuries crop up, Shaw could win a job.
Jake Arrieta and the Cubs agree to a 1-year $10.7 million agreement to avoid arbitration. (Source: ESPN Chicago)
Fantasy Impact: He is coming off a Cy Young winning season. It will be difficult to match his ERA but he still is a good bet to be among the best starting pitchers in the MLB.
The White Sox have reportedly explored a trade for Dodgers OF Andre Ethier. (Source: Phil Rogers on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The White Sox currently project a starting OF of Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia. Ethier could either be considered as a starter or platoon player with Garcia. The Dodgers have more than a few OFs to spare, and they've reportedly been entertaining trade offers for Ethier over the past few seasons. If Ethier would be dealt, his new role would help determine his value. He would see a boost in home park moving from LA to Chicago.
Greg Bird will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the entire 2016 season. Bird led the Yankees in home runs and RBI while replacing Mark Teixeira due to injury in 2015 and is considered to be the Yankees first baseman of the future. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Bird is blocked by veterans Texeira, Rodriguez, and Beltran so, even though he is the best first baseman in the organization, he may have begun the season at AAA anyway. This is a blow to the Yankees' depth chart as Teixeira has not been able to stay on the field consistently for years. Fantasy players will have to wait one more year to own the stud prospect.
Category: Injury Updates
Mon, Feb 1st 2:41pm EST
By Steve Painter
Folty had a rib removed in late September to alleviate a buildup of blood clots. After the procedure, he was inactive for a long period and lost 20 pounds. The weight loss and the inactivity most likely mean he will not be available for ST and perhaps miss the start of the season. (Source: Dave O'Brien on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: He was roughed up pretty well in his 15 starts last season and ended up with a 5.71 ERA for the 2015 campaign. His immediate future does not look all that bright and he may spend time at triple-A Gwinett to get things rolling for the 2016 season.
Category: Injury Updates
Sun, Jan 31st 11:36pm EST
By R. A. Beltran
After signing Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets needed to clear the 40-man roster so Darrell Ceciliani was designated for assignment. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Only 25 years of age, the lefty hitting Ceciliani hit .206 with one homer and three RBIs last season. With De Aza signing with the Mets, the lefty Ceciliani became expendable. It remains to be seen if he will be back with the Mets next season.
Lefty reliever Carlos Torres was placed on waivers by the New York Mets, after failing to trade him. He became expendable, after the Mets signed Antonio Bastardo. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Torres pitched 97 innings in 73 appearances in 2014. He is a decent middle reliever, and the Mets expect him to be claimed by another team.
Doug Fister has signed a seven million, one-year deal with the Houston Astros. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fister looks to make an immediate impact on the Astros as he joins a rotation with Keuchel, McHugh, Fiers, and McCullers. It is uncertain where in the rotation Fister would end up, as he went from an elite 2014 (2.41 ERA/1.08 WHIP/16 W) to an injury-plagued 2015 (4.19/1.40/103 IP), meaning he could slot in as high as #2, or low as #5. With a clean bill of health, the 31 year-old would make a big impact for the 'Stros, making him a nice sleeper in fantasy drafts. Monitor his elbow and fastball velocity (down from 89.8 in 2011 to 86.1 in 2015) in Spring Training before making a firm decision.
Chase Anderson has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in a five player deal. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Chase Anderson is an average-level pitcher who saw his numbers decline a bit in his second campaign last season, notably his ERA (4.01 in 2014 to 4.30 in 2015) and K/9 (8.27 in '14 to 6.54 in '15). However, while a move to Miller Park does the youngster no favors, his control did improve last season, as he walked the same number of bats (40) as he did the previous season despite 38 more IP. Anderson will have a shot at the rotation as the Milwaukee back end is made up of names like Wily Peralta and Zach Davies, making him worth monitoring during Spring Training. He moves up in the rankings with that in mind, as there was no spot for him in Arizona's rotation.
Sun, Jan 31st 8:54am EST
By Eric Townsend
Aaron Hill has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of a five player deal, with the other notable players involved being Jean Segura (SS) and Chase Anderson (SP). (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Aaron Hill has been on a steep decline the last two seasons, especially in 2015 when he didn't even crack the top 50 2B on the player rater, and only played in 116 games despite no major injuries. Hill is moving to a significantly weaker lineup in Milwaukee, and Scooter Gennett (the Brewers current 2B) is already better than Hill with higher upside at age 25. Hill's playing time is just as uncertain as his potential production in 2016, and he shouldn't be drafted except in the deepest of NL-Only leagues.
Jean Segura has been involved in a five player trade that sends him to the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Segura goes from one hitter's park to another, as he goes over to Chase Field in Arizona. However, the shortstop joins a much stronger lineup, and that should boost his overall numbers, possibly returning his average and runs in particular to more respectable levels. Segura is known for his speed, stealing at least 20 bags in the last three seasons, and that's what the focus should be on if you draft him. Raise him in your draft rankings accordingly.
Sat, Jan 30th 11:43pm EST
By Mike Werner
The Rays sent LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez to the Rockies in exchange for OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo.
Fantasy Impact: The Rays have been desperate for added punch to their lineup this offseason, and they've surely acquired that in Dickerson. A plantar fascia issue limited him to 224 at-bats in 2015, but he's only 27, and under team control for another four, affordable years. The switch from Coors to the Trop will certainly affect his power a bit, but not enough to make him worse than a second outfielder in 12-team leagues.
Sat, Jan 30th 3:54pm EST
By Steve Painter
Peterson played most of the 2015 campaign with an 80% tear of the tendon in his right thumb and wore a cast for six weeks to correct the problem this offseason. (Source: Dave O'Brien on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It's a good sign that Peterson was able to play through the injury. This also bodes well for his offensive output, which showed some life in spite of the injury last season. In 597 PAs last year, he had a slash line of .239/.314/..335 along with 23 doubles.
Category: Injury Updates
Howie Kendrick has re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for two years and 20 million pending a physical exam. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This is a significant upgrade for the Dodgers who were likely turning to the aging Chase Utley if this move wasn't made. Kendrick missed more than a month last year with a hamstring issue, but when healthy he is a consistent bet for a .290+ average, and will just approach double digits in homers and stolen bases. Kendrick is a low-upside, high-floor player that can be had in the middle rounds, with a solid lineup around him.
Stephen Vogt had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Friday to remove a bone chip as well as some dead tissue. He is expected to be healthy before Opening Day. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Vogt burst onto the fantasy scene last year in his first season as a regular starter (136 GP), becoming an All-Star, and landing as the sixth catcher on the player rater. While everything seems to have gone well with the surgery, and though he should be back for Opening Day, his status should be closely monitored during Spring Training. It might be best to drop him a few spots in your rankings as a safety precaution, especially if your draft day is rather early.
Category: Injury Updates