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The Indians announced Friday that Mike Clevinger (knee) is expected to return to Major League game activity in six to eight weeks. (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't terrible news considering Opening Day is six weeks from now. That means Clevinger might only miss the first couple weeks of the 2020 season. The ace right-hander underwent surgery today to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee.


Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the trade sending Mookie Betts to the Dodgers has been agreed upon. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Passan adds that Alex Verdugo and Jeter Downs are among those who will be traded to the Red Sox. It's unclear at this time how this new report affects the other players who were reportedly on the move but we should be getting plenty of updates soon.


The Boston Red Sox are "planning to name bench coach Ron Roenicke as manager but are waiting for MLB to conclude its investigation into the 2018 team before making an announcement," according to a report from Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox have been deliberate in their search for a new manager after firing Alex Cora as part of the fallout from (and Cora's connection to) the Houston Astros sign-stealing. As long as he is not connected to Boston's own investigation, Roenicke allows the Red Sox to promote from within and retain some continuity.


James Paxton underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy on Wednesday to remove a peridiscal cyst. (Source: New York Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas and will sideline Paxton for 3-4 months. It's brutal timing with pitchers and catcher set to report so soon. Until we get a clearer timeline fantasy players should expect Paxton to miss a decent chunk of the season's first half.


The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins as part of the Mookie Betts-David Price deal, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Maeda heads to Minnesota as part of a three-team trade involving the Red Sox and the Dodgers. His fantasy value takes a small hit moving from the National League to the American League, but Maeda should slot right in middle of Minnesota’s rotation. The 31-year old owned a 10-8 record with a 4.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 169 strikeouts across 153 2/3 innings in 2019.


Third baseman Kris Bryant lost his grievance against the Chicago Cubs in which he sought an extra year of service time, ensuring he won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan. (Source: Jess Passan, ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, but the cloud of this grievance made his value tricky to determine since the acquiring team did not know if they were getting just one or two years of team control. Now, as frustrating as it is for Bryant, he is a much more attractive asset, and his trade market might pick up. In 2019, he batted .282 with 108 runs scored, 31 home runs, 77 RBIs, and four stolen bases.


Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2019, Marte batted .295 with 97 runs scored, 23 home runs, 83 RBI, and 25 stolen bases in 132 games for the Pirates. He joins Madison Bumgarner as key offseason acquisitions by the Diamondbacks as they attempt to climb back into contention in the NL West division.


Free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Reds, according to a report from MLB insider Jon Heyman. It is expected to be a multi-year deal. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos batted .289 with 27 home runs, 100 runs scored, 73 RBI, and two stolen bases with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs last season, but he was particularly good for the Cubs after they acquired him via trade. His market moved slowly this offseason, but he now joins a Reds squad that has made a number of moves in hopes of competing in 2020.


Carlos Beltran has informed the Mets that it is best if he steps down as manager. (Source: Tim Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The fallout from the sign-stealing scandals continues to expand, now with Beltran stepping down as manager of the Mets. Beltran is now the first player who will endure a punishment, and his resignation also marks the third managerial change this week. It remains to be seen if the MLB will formally punish Beltran, or any other players who were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal.


Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports Josh Donaldson is in agreement with the Twins on a four-year contract. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The deal is worth $92 million with a fifth-year option to reach $100 million. Donaldson has been linked to the Nationals, Rangers, and Braves this off-season but ultimately lands in Minnesota.


Shortly after the MLB hammered the Astros with severe penalties for their role in illegally stealing signs in 2017, Houston has fired both manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow Monday. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston decided to move on from Hinch and Luhnow after the team was caught illegally stealing signals in 2017. Both were suspended for 2020, but owner Jim Crane decided to clean house after the team was heavily penalized on Monday. Houston will search for a new manager and GM during an tumultuous offseason.


Hyun-Jin Ryu agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Blue Jays on Sunday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryu gives the Blue Jays an ace they have been searching for all off-season. He had fantastic 2019, leading the majors in ERA (2.89). Ryu's fantasy value takes a hit, switching from the NL to the AL and pitching half his games at hitter-friendly Rogers Centre. He owned a 14-5 record, 2.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 163 strikeouts across 182 2/3 innings pitched for the Dodgers last season. With a switch to leagues and a new supporting cast, it will be tough for Ryu to repeat his dominant 2019 campaign.


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