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Fantasy Baseball News: Nelson Cruz, Andrew McCutchen, Luke Weaver, Chris Paddack (2023)

Fantasy Baseball News: Nelson Cruz, Andrew McCutchen, Luke Weaver, Chris Paddack (2023)

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Chris Paddack signs three-year extension with Twins

Chris Paddack and the Minnesota Twins have agreed on a three-year contract extension.

Fantasy Impact

The 27-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery back in May and is expected to return sometime in the second half of 2023. He had a 4.03 ERA (3.10 xERA) and a 20/2 K/BB ratio in 22.1 innings in 2022. He showed some promise in his brief stint with the Twins, and the Twins are clearly showing confidence in him by giving him a multi-year extension.

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Luke Weaver signs one-year deal with Reds

Luke Weaver has signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Reds.

Fantasy Impact

Weaver had a 6.56 ERA in 35.2 innings between the Diamondbacks and Royals in 2022. He will have a chance to break into the Reds’ starting rotation to start the 2023 season, although the downgrade in home ballpark doesn’t make him an attractive fantasy target in upcoming drafts.

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Andrew McCutchen agrees to one-year deal with Pirates

Andrew McCutchen has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Pirates, pending a physical.

Fantasy Impact

The 36-year-old will return to Pittsburgh where he spent his first nine seasons in the big leagues. This could be a best case scenario for McCutchen from a fantasy perspective, as he may end up in a near-everyday role especially if Bryan Reynolds is traded. McCutchen slashed .237/.316/.384 with 17 HRs and 69 RBI in 134 games last season with the Brewers.

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Nelson Cruz agrees to one-year deal with Padres

Nelson Cruz is in agreement on a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres.

Fantasy Impact

Cruz had a down year in 2022, having a wRC+ below 100 (85) for the first time since 2007. He’ll likely platoon in the DH spot with Matt Carpenter, but there is potential for Cruz to be a valuable fantasy player if he can return to form in the powerful Padres lineup.

Vince DiSilvio

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