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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Brewers are in agreement with Mike Moustakas on a one-year contract. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Passan of ESPN adds that the deal is in the $9 million range. The return to Milwaukee is definitely a plus for his fantasy value. He’ll get to play in a good ballpark with a strong supporting cast. The Brewers will likely shift Travis Shaw to second base now, at least versus right-handers.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports things are heating up with Bryce Harper and the Phillies are the favorites. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyman adds the deal will be long-term and that "nothing is done yet". This report echoes what we've been hearing for a while now that Philadelphia remains the favorite to sign the 26-year-old superstar. Whether or not this actually means things are close to finalizing remains to be seen. Heyman's report also seemingly ends any speculation that Harper will settle for a shorter term contract.


CC Sabathia announced on Saturday that 2019 will be his final season. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia held a press conference to make the announcement. The 38-year-old will be entering his 19th season and is among the active leaders in nearly every pitching category. Sabathia's career highlights include winning the 2007 American League Cy Young award and winning a ring with the World Champion Yankees in 2009.


Gregory Polanco (shoulder) is in the early stages of a throwing program. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates are reportedly "cautiously optimistic" on Polanco's rehab. He's apparently having no problem swinging a bat, which if obviously a great sign. The 27-year-old will miss the first month or so of the 2019 season but is a worthwhile draft day stash in fantasy leagues of all formats.


Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins says "there is no firm timetable" on when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will arrive to the majors. (Source: Keegan Mathenson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's next to zero chance Vlad Jr. cracks spring training with the big league club as Toronto will undoubtedly prefer to manipulate his service time. Vlad Jr. was likely ready to face big league pitching last summer, but his defense can still use some work. He has an aggressive ADP in fantasy leagues right now but is also considered the best hitting prospect in a long time. It would be a disappointment if he doesn't debut sometime in mid to late April.


Matt Harvey suffered a glute strain during agility drills and will be sidelined a week and a half. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Angels manager Brad Ausmus says it won't affect his availability for the start of the season. It'll be important to check back in 10 days from now to see if Harvey is back on track.


Manager Mickey Callaway has already named Jacob deGrom the Mets' Opening Day starter. (Source: Mike Puma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shocker. deGrom was otherworldly in 2018, posting a microscopic 1.70 ERA across 217 innings while striking out 269 hitters. There have been rumors that New York wants to sign him to an extension. deGrom has said he won't negotiate during the season.


Jake Arrieta told reporters on Thursday he pitched the second half of 2018 with a torn meniscus. (Source: Matt Breen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arrieta said he hurt his knee back in June, which explains some of his second half struggles. Arrieta added he had surgery last month and expects to be fully healthy for the start of the season. If anything this news could help make him a draft day value in fantasy leagues this year.


Nolan Arenado told reporters on Thursday that he is not putting a deadline on his extension talks with the Rockies. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Some players refuse to negotiate during the season, but Arenado says he is open to anything. He did add that there will be probably be a "silent deadline" once the "serious games" start. It's encouraging for Rockies fans to hear but it remains unlikely Colorado will break the bank for their stud third baseman.


Dodgers manager Dave Robert says Julio Urias will have an innings limit in 2019. (Source: Alden Gonzalez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Including the minor leagues and the post-season Urias pitched a total of just 22 innings in 2018, so the innings limit comes as no surprise. The young southpaw pitched well when healthy, however, and he has enough upside to warrant fantasy consideration in the later rounds.


New Reds manager David Bell says it's very possible for Nick Senzel to successfully transition to the outfield. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Senzel has only played second and third base in the minors, which means he's blocked by Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez at the big league level. Cincinnati is giving him the chance to compete for the starting center field job, however, and early indications are he's adjusting well. The 23-year-old will likely begin the year in the minors so the Reds can manipulate his service time, but he won't stay down for long if he shows he can handle the outfield. Senzel is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and will be worth an immediate pickup in all fantasy leagues once he's called up.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Max Kepler and the Twins have agreed to a five year, $35 million extension. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Twins will also hold a club option for a sixth year at $10 million with a $1 million buyout. The 26-year-old hit 20 homers last year and is now signed through 2023.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Jorge Polanco’s extension with the Twins is worth $25.75 million over five years. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There will also be two club options, which could take the total commitment to a full seven years. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com was the first to report the deal was close to being finalized. The 25-year-old shortstop hit .288/.345/.427 over half a season last year after being suspended for 80 games for taking PEDs. He’s a nice late round pick at one of fantasy’s deepest positions this year.


Astros manager A.J. Hinch says Alex Bregman (elbow) will be brought along slowly this spring. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bregman has elbow surgery back in January to remove some loose bodies. It isn't expected to impact his availability for Opening Day. He can be drafted with confidence in fantasy leagues this spring.


Astros manager A.J. Hinch says Jose Altuve (knee) will be brought along slowly to begin spring training. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't sound like Altuve will be limited at all. The Astros just want to play it safe here. Altuve struggled with a knee issue late last season, which has seemingly made him a value pick in the second round of fantasy drafts this spring.


Luis Urias will get the majority of his early Spring reps as a shortstop. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Padres manager Andy Green said Urias is already comfortable enough at second base, and that the team can benefit from Urias play short to start the year. San Diego signed Ian Kinsler to be the stopgap at shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready. At that point Tatis will take over short while Urias slides back to second. Urias is an interesting late round fantasy pick as a middle infield option.


Chris Sale said Wednesday that he likes playing in Boston and would love to remain with the Red Sox for years to come. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't the first time Sale has indicated a willingness to sign a long-term deal with the Red Sox. Sale apparently enjoyed pitching in the World Series last year and would like to continue being a part of the winning organization. Still, there's no indication an extension is close to being signed. Sale is a free agent after 2019. He turns 30 at the end of March.


Michael Kopech (elbow) played catch on Wednesday. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in September and is expected to be out until the 2020 season. Despite the injury MLB Pipeline recently ranked him as the 18th best prospect in baseball.


Brandon Morrow (elbow) has been permitted to build up his throwing distance to 90 feet on Wednesday. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: He threw from flat ground. The Cubs are still bringing him along slowly after November elbow surgery. Morrow is expected to miss the first month of the season. Pedro Strop is the favorite to handle save chances in the meantime, and there's a chance he could run away with the job.


Zack Greinke has requested to report to Spring Training a couple days late, which manager Torey Lovullo granted. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Lovullo made sure people knew Greinke is not injured. He even threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. Lovullo also said Greinke was very proactive in reaching out to him about this. It doesn't sound like this is anything to worry about.