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ESPN's Jeff Passan reports the Blue Jays have agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract with free agent RHP Kevin Gausman. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gausman had some interesting 2021 splits. He posted a 1.73 first half ERA with a 3.31 xFIP. In the second half, he registered a 4.42 ERA with a 3.23 xFIP. The move to the American League East isn't a great one for his fantasy prospects, but he has shown enough over the past two season to remain a quality fantasy starter. This likely takes Toronto out of the Robbie Ray sweepstakes.


ESPN's Jeff Passan confirms the Texas Rangers are signing free agent 2B/SS Marcus Semien to a seven-year, $175 million contract. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a massive payday for Semien, who had to settle for a one-year contract last offseason. The 31-year-old had a monstrous season with the Blue Jays, belting 45 homers and swiping 15 bases. The move to Texas isn't good for his counting stats, but Semien should remain a high-end fantasy player in 2022.


Outfielder Starling Marte has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets that is pending a physical, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After missing out on free-agent pitcher Steven Matz earlier in the week, the Mets went on a bit of a spending spree heading into the weekend. On Friday, they reportedly agreed to terms with Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha, and now Starling Marte. In 2021, the 33-year-old Marte batted .310 with 12 home runs and 47 stolen bases.


Left-hander Steven Matz and the St. Louis Cardinals are in agreement on a four-year, $44 million contract, according to MLB insider Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Matz turns 31 in May but had a breakout season in 2021 despite pitching for the Blue Jays in the American League East (and making multiple starts in minor league ballparks). In 150 2/3 innings last season, Matz pitched to a 3.82 ERA and 144 strikeouts. The Cardinals are bringing back ace Jack Flaherty and 40-year-old Adam Wainwright, but their rotation is less certain after those two. Matz should slot in as their third starter unless they make additional upgrades this offseason.


Justin Verlander is re-signing with the Houston Astros on a one-year deal worth $25 million. There is also a player option for a second year in the contract. (Source: Mark Berman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander missed the entirety of the 2021 season while rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery. He carries high risk and high reward in fantasy for next season.


Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports Buster Posey will announce his retirement on Thursday. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a shocker. Back in October, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi indicated that the team planned to bring Posey back in 2022. However, it seems as if Posey has other plans in mind. The likely Hall-of-Fame candidate goes out on a tear, having hit .304 with an .889 OPS in his final campaign. The 34-year-old was the 2012 National League MVP and won three World Series with the Giants. He was the organization's No. 5 overall pick back in 2008. It's hard to imagine a career going much better than his did.