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Yu Darvish (elbow) is set to begin a throwing program in a couple of weeks according to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. (Source: Carrie Muskat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 32-year-old underwent elbow surgery at the end of this season. He was limited to just 40 innings in 2018, all of which came before May 21st. The Cubs needs Darvish to bounce back in a big way in 2019. He's still owed $101 million through 2023.


Jonathan Schoop has signed a one-year deal with the Twins for more than $7 million, according to The Athletic. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schoop was surprisingly released by the Brewers after the team acquired him over the summer. He didn't play well following the trade, but he had been very fantasy relevant during his time in Baltimore. Schoop's biggest weakness has always been his lack of contact, which has allowed for extended slumps and poor batting averages. Still, he provides a lot of pop from the 2B position, and he should be in a good position to produce offensively in Minnesota.


Louis Coleman and the Detroit Tigers have agreed on a Minor League contract for the upcoming 2019 season with an invitation to Spring Training. He will likely compete for a spot in the bullpen. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Coleman struck out 41 batters last season over 51 1/3 innings while posting a 3.51 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Unless he eventually closes games for the Tigers, Coleman's fantasy value remains minimal.


Bobby Wilson has been signed by the Detroit Tigers to a one-year Minor League contract for the 2019 season with an invitation to Spring Training. Wilson is an 11-year veteran who spent most of last season as a backup backstop in Minnesota. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson never has and likely never will have any fantasy relevance, but he is a very solid veteran backup catcher. He's much more defensively-skilled than offensively-skilled, hence his .208 career batting average.


Free agent starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a deal to return to the Boston Red Sox, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal. Terms of the agreement are not yet known. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eovaldi made 11 starts for the Red Sox in the regular season after coming over in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching to a 3.33 ERA while striking out 48 batters in 54 innings. His free agent stock skyrocketed, however, due to his dominance in the postseason both as a starter and a reliever to help Boston win the World Series. Boston had said from Day 1 that they hoped to re-sign Eovaldi, but it wasn't clear if their financial situation (already projected to be over the luxury tax threshold once again) or the postseason hero's demand in free agency would preclude a reunion.


Paul Goldschmidt has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young and a draft pick. Goldschmidt is under contract for $14.5 million in 2019 before hitting the free agency market. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Goldschmidt slashed .290/.389/.533 with 33 homers in 2017, he remains one of the best 1st basemen in the MLB.


Patrick Corbin and the Nationals have reportedly agreed to a six-year deal. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Corbin is coming off a breakout season, during which he reached the 200-inning plateau while pitching to a 3.15 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP with a 30.8% strikeout rate. Corbin's home run rate will likely increase above the minuscule 0.68/9 mark he set last year, but remaining in the National League is obviously a positive for his long-term value. Overall, expect another big year from Corbin, though his velocity drop as last season wore on could portend trouble down the road.


J.P. Crawford has been traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of the Jean Segura deal. (Source: Seattle Mariners on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana is joining Crawford in the move from Philadelphia to Seattle. Crawford is a former top prospect who has struggled at the major league level. In 49 games this year he hit .214 with almost three times the amount of strikeouts to walks. Still, he's under club control for five more years and is an interesting talent. He likely won't be a fantasy factor to begin 2019.


Carlos Santana, along with J.P. Crawford, has been traded to the Seattle Mariners for Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio, and James Pazos. (Source: Seattle Mariners on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Santana played in 161 games in his first year with the Phillies, but he hit just .229 with a .766 OPS. The good news is he hit 24 homers and posted a .352 OBP. Santana should play some first base and DH in Seattle. This will allow the Phillies to play Rhys Hoskins primarily at first.


The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports Jean Segura is waiving his no trade clause in order to be dealt to the Phillies. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected. With Seattle in full tear down mode there was little reason for Segura to stick around. J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana are heading back to Seattle with other players expected to be involved as well. In 2018 Segura hit .304 with 10 homers and 20 stolen bases.


Yankees GM Brian Cashman said in a recent YES Network interview that starting catcher Gary Sanchez is "not for sale". (Source: YES Network)

Fantasy Impact: Rumors had been circulating that the Yankees had interest in swapping Sanchez for Miami backstop J.T. Realmuto, but Cashman apparently doesn't intend to do so. Sanchez hit just .186 in 2018 but underwent successful shoulder surgery in the off-season. Perhaps he could rebound next year if back to full health.


Yan Gomes traded to Nationals

Fri, Nov 30th 8:49pm EST
By Brendan Tuma

The Cleveland Indians have traded catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in exchange for OF Daniel Johnson, RHP Jefry Rodriguez, and a player to be named later. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Including club options Gomes will be under team control for three more years. He will form a solid catching combo with the recently acquired Kurt Suzuki. In 112 games this past season Gomes hit 16 homers to go along with a .266 average.


C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that the Reds will not tender a contract to outfielder Billy Hamilton, making him a free agent. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans )

Fantasy Impact: While Hamilton's production has been up and down over the last few seasons, this is still a surprising mood for the rebuilding Reds. While he is just a career .245 hitter, he has stolen 277 bases across parts of six seasons.


Omar Narvaez was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Friday in exchange for closer Alex Colome. (Source: John Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Narvaez was traded to a team who doesn't intend on contending for anything in the 2019 season which doesn't exactly help his fantasy value. He slashed .275/.366/.429 in 2018 and will look to improve on those numbers in 2018.


Alex Colome was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Friday in exchange for catcher Omar Narvaez. (Source: John Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Colome was traded from the Rays to the Mariners during the 2018 season. His 2018 stat line sat at 7-5 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.176 WHIP. The move helps the White Sox weak closer spot and should boost Colome's fantasy value next season since he was playing behind Edwin Diaz in 2018.


Free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson has agreed to a one-year, $23M deal with the Atlanta Braves, according to a report from MLB insider Ken Rosenthal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson is an offensive force when healthy, but staying healthy has long been his biggest issue. He hit just .246 in 219 plate appearances last season but is only one year removed from hitting .270 with 33 home runs, so this is essentially a one-year "prove it" deal with a handsome salary.


In a YES Network interview Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner expressed his desire to have a face-to-face meeting with Manny Machado this winter. (Source: mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Steinbrenner wants to meet with Machado to discuss his controversial comments/actions from the playoffs. It's unlikely his antics will cost him much money this winter. The Yankees have been highly interested since the beginning of the off-season. New York has an opening at shortstop with Didi Gregorius recently undergoing Tommy John surgery.


Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Yankees might be trying to trade Giancarlo Stanton this off-season. (Source: The Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: Cafardo mentions the Dodgers as a team who could take on Stanton's contract, though a trade would ultimately be unlikely. The Yankees would only seriously consider moving Stanton if they really wanted one or both of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Other teams could view Stanton as an alternative to signing Machado or Harper. Stanton hit 38 homers with a .852 OPS during his first season with the Yankees.


Raisel Iglesias and the Reds have come to terms on a three-year contract through 2021. (Source: Reds on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal will pay Iglesias $24.125 million. He was already signed through 2021 so this just handles his arbitration years. One of the top closers in the league, Iglesias will once again be a high end fantasy option in 2019.


Jon Heyman reports that at least half a dozen teams are thought to be “real players” for Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyman adds that if the Mets can fill multiple holes with a return than they will seriously consider trading him. If the Mets are serious than a bidding war could escalate during the winter meetings. The Padres have been linked to Syndergaard as a potential suitor.