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Free-agent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report from The Athletic's Marc Carig. MLB insider Jeff Passan adds that the deal is for worth more than $100 million over five years. (Source: Marc Carig on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wheeler was considered one of the top arms on the free-agent market coming into the offseason behind only Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, both of whom are expected to receive even bigger contracts than the one Wheeler just signed. It was reported earlier today that the Phillies were hot in pursuit of Wheeler along with at least a handful of other teams, and now he will switch NL East teams after striking out 195 batters with a 3.96 ERA over 195 1/3 innings in 2019.


Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas has agreed to a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan. He is expected to play second base for the Reds. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers after a qualifying offer hurt his value in free agency, but he was expected to be a popular name in free agency this time around after batting .254 with 35 home runs, 80 runs scored, 87 RBI, and three stolen bases across 143 games in 2019.


Outfielder Trent Grisham has been traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the San Diego Padres for infielder Luis Urias, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grisham and Urias are both highly-touted prospects who have excellent numbers in the minor leagues but did not have a ton of success during their callups to their respective big league clubs last season. Grisham leaves the hitter-friendly confines of Milwaukee for the spacious Petco park, which does not exactly help his fantasy value heading into 2020.


Infielder Luis Urias has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers along with pitcher Eric Lauer in exchange for outfielder Trent Grisham and pitcher Zach Davies, according to multiple reports. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urias is a high-contact player not necessarily known for his power, but he is moving to a more hitter-friendly ballpark in Milwaukee and should have a clear path to playing time, with the Brewers expected to make him their everyday shortstop.


The Chicago White Sox and first baseman Jose Abreu agreed to terms on a three-year, $50 million contract, the team announced on Friday. (Source: Chicago White Sox on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Abreu had already accepted the team's qualifying offer, so he was headed back to Chicago either way. This extension now keeps him with the White Sox for the next three years as they continue to rebuild. Last season, Abreu hit .284 with 85 runs scored, 33 home runs, 123 RBI, and two stolen bases.


Free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal has agreed to a four-year, $73 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grandal is the first big free agent off the board, and Passan adds that this is the contract in the history of the White Sox.


The BBWAA announced Thursday that Mike Trout is the 2019 American League MVP. (Source: BBWAA on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It’s the third time Trout has won the award, in addition to 2014 and 2016. He received 17-of-30 first place votes with Alex Bregman getting the remaining 13. Trout will once again be a top-three fantasy selection come draft day in 2020.


The BBWAA announced Thursday that Cody Bellinger is the 2019 National League MVP. (Source: BBWAA on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Bellinger beat out Christian Yelich and Anthony Rendon to take home the honor. The 24-year-old was sensational in 2019, batting .305/.406/.629 with 47 homers, 115 RBI, and 15 steals. He also played great defense in the outfield. Bellinger is going to be an easy first-round pick in 2020 fantasy drafts.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports Jake Odorizzi is accepting the qualifying offer from the Twins. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a one-year, $17.8 million contract. Odorizzi evidently didn't want to test the market with draft pick compensation attached to his name and it's hard to blame him. He'll return to help lead the Minnesota rotation in 2020. A season ago he won 15 games while posting a 3.51 ERA in 159 innings pitched.


Will Smith and the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on a three year, $39 million contract. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal includes a fourth-year option that could push the value to a total of $52 million. Smith was fantastic as the Giants' closer in 2019, posting a 2.76 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings, saving 34 games. He'll enter the 2020 season as a top-15 fantasy closer.


J.D. Martinez will not exercise the opt-out in his contract. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez has opt-outs remaining after each of the next two seasons, so it's possible he remains in Boston through the end of the 2022 season. Martinez slashed .304/.383/.557 with 36 home runs, 105 RBI and 98 runs scored across 656 plate appearances last season.


Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees have agreed on a new contract that will keep the lefty in New York through the 2022 season. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Chapman is essentially adding on one year and $18 million to his existing deal, which was for two years and $30 million. The All-Star closer was rumored to explore free agency if a contract extension wasn’t reached, but now that won’t be an issue. Chapman will be one of the top fantasy closers entering the 2020 campaign.


Nationals starting pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg plans to opt out of the final four years and $100M of his contract today and become a free agent, according to a report from ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite having $100M remaining on his contract, Strasburg will likely get more than that on the open market due to both his career thus far and recent success. In the 2019 regular season, Strasburg pitched to a 3.32 ERA with 251 strikeouts over 209 innings.


Nationals starter Max Scherzer has been scratched from his Game 5 World Series start against the Houston Astros due to back spasms, according to multiple reports. Joe Ross will start for Washington. (Source: Joel Sherman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer dealt with back issues for much of the season, but there had not been any mention of him dealing with back issues during the postseason. He took the win in Game 1 against the Astros, striking out seven while allowing two runs over five innings.


Freddie Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The procedure cleaned up bone spur formations in Freeman’s elbow. He has been dealing with an elbow issue since September and hit only .200 during the MLB playoffs. Freeman should be ready for spring training, but is a slight injury risk coming off right elbow surgery.


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