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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has a first degree sprain in the UCL of his throwing elbow. (Source: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The good news is that a first degree sprain is the least severe of its kind. MLB teams were notified of this when Ohtani entered the posting system. However, it definitely places him at higher risk than most pitchers to fully tear his UCL. He's expected to be ready for Spring Training. The hype surrounding him will likely cause him to go overdrafted in fantasy baseball drafts this year.


Matt Harvey on the trade block

Mon, Dec 11th 11:09am EST
By Brendan Tuma

NYM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Baltimore Orioles are one of the teams who could make a move for Mets starter Matt Harvey. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marc Craig of Newsday reported over the weekend that Harvey was going to be made available by the Mets. It's tough to envision them getting much of a return for him, however. Harvey posted a horrendous 6.70 ERA in 2017. He won't be a fantasy option to start next year.


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the St. Louis Cardinals would be one of the teams to ask Baltimore about the availability of Manny Machado. (Source: FanRag Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Machado will be a free agent after 2018 and the Orioles still hope to sign him long term. However, if they feel that's an unlikely scenario they could trade him this off-season if they're blown away. The Cardinals have the prospects to pull that off, but it's still tough to envision a team trading away Machado. He'll be a fantasy monster wherever he plays next year.


Bob Nightengale reports that the Boston Red Sox are making Jackie Bradley available for trade. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boston has made it no secret that they are seeking a power bat this winter. With the Yankees recently trading for Giancarlo Stanton, there is even more of a sense of urgency for the Red Sox to do something. Bradley wasn't the same hitter in 2017 that he was the year prior, but he's under club control through 2020. So far he has been linked to the Royals and Giants.


FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are still involved in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes. (Source: FanRag Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Los Angeles has seemed like Stanton's preferred destination all along. However, they are already over the luxury tax threshold, limiting their ability to take on his contract. It appears as if we are currently looking at a three team race for Stanton between LA, San Francisco, and St. Louis.


FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the New York Yankees have remained in touch with CC Sabathia regarding a potential return to the Bronx. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia turned 37 this year, but was one of the team's best starters. He also drew rave reviews for his clubhouse leadership. A return makes sense, even more so with New York out of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. Despite the strong 2017, Sabathia will likely only have streaming value in fantasy next season.


ESPN's Scott Lauber reports that the Chicago White Sox are asking for "an arm and both legs" for first baseman Jose Abreu. (Source: Scott Lauber, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Abreu has been linked to the Red Sox, but it's unclear if Boston will be able to meet Chicago's high asking price. While the 30-year-old Abreu doesn't exactly fit with the rebuilding White Sox, many think the team could keep him around to help mentor young players such as Yoan Moncada. Regardless of where Abreu ends up he should be expected to hit 25 homers and drive in 100 runs per usual.


Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is struggling in winter ball, batting just .197 through 20 games. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )

Fantasy Impact: So far Marte has posted a disappointing .244 OBP with a .316 slugging percentage. Marte also has a 21/3 K/BB ratio, which is less than ideal. He served a long suspension for PEDs this past season, and struggled upon returning. He's a risky fantasy bet right now.


The San Francisco Giants are remaining in contact with the Pittsburgh Pirates about franchise player Andrew McCutchen, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi hints that McCutchen is San Francisco's backup plan should they not land Giancarlo Stanton. The Pirates tried to trade McCutchen last winter, and he has certainly increased his value since then. McCutchen hit 28 homers to go along with a .849 OPS in 2017.


According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles are discussing a contract extension with second baseman Jonathan Schoop. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schoop was one of the most valuable fantasy assets at his position last year, hitting a career-high 32 homers. Morosi adds that Schoop's camp is looking for a contract higher than what Jean Segura recently received, which was five years and $70 million. Schoop just turned 26 and is set up for another big year in Baltimore come 2018.


According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays closer Alex Colome as well as starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi are both likely to be traded this winter in an effort to reduce payroll. (Source: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay is set to rebuild yet again. Colome led the majors with 47 saves a season ago and posted a 3.24 ERA. Odorizzi, meanwhile, went 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA. Both players, particularly Colome, could see a change in fantasy value based on where they wind up.


According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there are currently five teams who have reached out to Jake Arrieta's agent with interest in signing him. (Source: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: As of now the Cubs seem unlikely to bring Arrieta back. Cafardo lists the Twins, Brewers, Blue Jays, Rockies, and Rangers as the teams known to have shown interest. Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young award and is one of the top three starters available this winter. He posted a 3.53 ERA in 2017. Where he lands will help us determine his fantasy value moving forward.


The Yankees announced that Aaron Judge has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Judge's shoulder was a problem down the stretch for him, though it's unknown exactly how much it contributed to his mid-season slump. If anything, the fact that he's no fully healthy is a reason to remain optimistic about his 2018 fantasy outlook. The 25-year-old Rookie of the Year is expected to be all systems go before Spring Training starts.


According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Minnesota Twins have talked to the Pirates about acquiring Gerrit Cole. (Source: Mike Berardino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Twins have also been in talks with Tampa Bay for Jake Odorizzi. Both pitchers have two years left of control and Berardino notes neither would break the bank in arbitration. Cole has had back-to-back disappointing fantasy season, but could wind up being an interesting late round target regardless of where he ends up.


According to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com, Blake Swihart of the Boston Red Sox could be an option at second base in 2018. (Source: Gammons Daily)

Fantasy Impact: Once thought of as the franchise catcher Swihart has been moved around the diamond for two straight years. He has been used at catcher, left field, first base, and now second base. He's coming off a big Winter League performance and could be an option to fill in for Dustin Pedroia for however long he's sidelined.


According to Cardinals president John Mozeliak, top prospect Alex Reyes (elbow) is targeting an early May return as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: Reyes underwent the surgery back in February. Mozeliak added that the bullpen could be a possibility for him upon return. Reyes likely won't be a major fantasy factor in 2017, but he's a name to remember. The youngster posted a 1.57 ERA in 46 big league innings back in 2016.


Archie Bradley is likely to remain a reliever in 2018, according to Arizona GM Mike Hazen. (Source: diamondbacks.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley was dominant out of the bullpen this year. He posted a 1.73 ERA to go along with 79 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched spread across 63 appearances. He would have major fantasy upside should the Diamondbacks ever make him their closer.


According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Los Angeles Angels are the preferred landing spot for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Angels could certainly use an upgrade at the hot corner after Luis Valbuena had a below average year at the plate. So it seems as if Los Angeles has interest in Moustakas they could get a deal done. The former number two overall draft pick hit 38 homers in 148 games in 2017, just one year removed from tearing his ACL.


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Tampa Bay Rays are "gauging interest" in Chris Archer, as well as some of their other top players. (Source: FanRag Sports)

Fantasy Impact: By no means does Tampa Bay have to trade Archer this off-season. He has a reasonable contract that runs through 2021 if his options are picked up. However, it sounds like the Rays would deal him if they are blown away by an offer. Regardless of where he ends up Archer will be one of the top fantasy starters entering 2018.


Yankees GM Brian Cashman says that Chad Green will enter Spring Training as a starting pitcher, and that relieving will be a fallback option. (Source: Erik Boland on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cashman made it clear that while Green excels in the bullpen, he is not there because he is a failed starter. It's fair to wonder where he is most valuable to the team. It's a situation that likely won't get sorted out until March. Green posted a 1.83 ERA in 2017 with 103 strikeouts in 69 innings.