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The Nationals signed catcher Welington Castillo to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castillo hit just .209 with 12 homers in 72 games last year. He will be behind Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes on the Nats' depth chart.

Category: Transactions

The Mariners claimed Nick Margevicius off waivers from the Padres. (Source: Mariners PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old lefty posted a 6.79 ERA in the majors last season. However, he has flashed potential in the minor leagues and should see some starts with Seattle in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs have come to terms on a major league contract with free agent outfielder Steven Souza. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The financial terms are not yet known. This is the first major league contract the Cubs have given out this off-season. Souza missed the entire 2019 season after blowing out his knee in March but is a decent, low-risk investment by Chicago. In 2017 he swatted 30 homers.

Category: Transactions

Dennis Lin of The Athletic writes the Padres and Red Sox have had trade discussions surrounding 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lin writes the return for Boston could be centered around Wil Myers and some high-end prospects. Myers would be included so that the Padres could unload his contract. Meanwhile, the Red Sox would be able to begin re-stocking their farm system. However, Lin adds that people familiar with the negotiations say an eventual agreement remains unlikely. Until we hear more concrete rumors fantasy players should operate under the assumption that Betts remains in Boston for 2020.

Category: Rumors

Mitch Haniger is set to undergo core surgery after suffering a setback in his rehab. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The surgery will require 6-8 weeks of rest and rehab, which means Haniger is doubtful to be ready for Opening Day. The 29-year-old appeared in just 63 games last season due to a ruptured testicle and back problems. In 2018 he posted an .859 OPS with 26 homers so there is upside here if he can stay healthy this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Alex Gordon and the Royals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $4 million for 2020. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon has been a mainstay in the Royals' outfield since 2007, so Kansas City fans will rejoice to see him suit up for 2020. In 2019, Gordon batted .266 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI in 633 plate appearances.

Category: Transactions

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets are in agreement with Luis Rojas to be their new manager. (Source: Mike Puma on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The contract is reportedly a multi-year deal. The Mets wound up acting reasonably quickly following the departure of Carlos Beltran. The 38-year-old Rojas now has three weeks to prepare himself before spring training begins.

Marcell Ozuna agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Braves on Tuesday. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ozuna will fill the void that Josh Donaldson left when he signed with the Twins earlier last week. The 29-year old has legit power as he averaged 29 homers and 100 RBI the last three seasons. Ozuna slashed .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs and 12 stolen bases across 549 plate appearances in 2019. He will slot in as the everyday left fielder and likely bat cleanup for a loaded Braves lineup.

Category: Transactions

Dustin Pedroia has reportedly suffered a “significant setback” with his injured left knee. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pedroia had been progressing well but his availability for spring training is now in question. The 36-year-old has played in just nine games over the past two years. He is said to be discussing his options with his family, agent, and the Red Sox.

Category: Injury Updates

Thomas Harding of writes that Nolan Arenado is feeling disrespected by the Rockies' front office. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: "There's a lot of disrespect from people there that I don't want to be a part of. You can quote that" were some of Arenado's words that he exchanged via text message. Arenado has been mentioned in trade rumors this off-season, which has apparently upset the star third baseman. He has an opt out in his contract following the 2021 season, which makes a trade difficult. However, perhaps Arenado would be willing to get rid of that if he's that unhappy with his situation in Colorado.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Braves have come to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract with Felix Hernandez. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. “King Felix” was disastrous in 2019, putting up a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts. He’ll compete for Atlanta’s fifth starter job but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if we’ve seen the last of Hernandez as a big league pitcher.

Category: Transactions

Nico Hoerner will have a chance to win the Cubs' starting second base job this year. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old has been a shortstop throughout his minor league career but is currently blocked at the big league level by some guy named Javier Baez. With Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell out of the picture the Cubs have a hole at second. Hoerner played in 20 games with the Cubs last year, batting .282 with three homers and 17 RBI.

Carlos Martinez (shoulder) has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez hasn't had any setbacks from his off-season procedure and is reportedly feeling healthy. He is aiming to compete for a rotation spot this spring but the Cardinals may still view him as a reliever.

Category: Injury Updates

The Cardinals are hoping RHP Alex Reyes winds up with a "high-leverage" bullpen role this season. (Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: Reyes has dealt with a plethora of injuries in recent seasons and wasn't even that effective when with the big-league club last year. Still, he's just 25 years old and possesses the raw talent to be come an electric weapon out of the bullpen.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. says he is a lot stronger and also feels "lighter" compared to last off-season. (Source: SportsNet)

Fantasy Impact: Guerrero had a bit of a conditioning issue in his rookie season and has spent the off-season getting into better shape. It's a similar approach that Rafael Devers used last winter so there's certainly reason to be encouraged by this. In 2019 Vladito hit .272 with 15 homers and an underwhelming .772 OPS.

The Nationals are reportedly going to give Carter Kieboom a chance to earn the everyday third base job. (Source: NBC Sports Washington)

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals have a hole at third base with Anthony Rendon now playing for the Angels. Washington signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year contract but Kieboom is certainly the higher upside option of the two. The 22-year-old has mostly played shortstop in his pro career and looked overmatched as a hitter in the big leagues last year. Still, he is a name to monitor this spring as his minor league numbers are enticing.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez says Trea Turner is a candidate to hit third for the Nationals this year. (Source: MASN Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Turner is a pretty traditional leadoff hitter but the Nationals have a gaping hole in their lineup sans Anthony Rendon. If Turner ultimately hits third it could mean Victor Robles gets a chance to lead off, which would be big for his fantasy value.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Cardinals have re-signed Matt Wieters to a one-year, $2 million contract. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wieters can earn an additional $1 million in incentives. He will once again be the primary backup for Yadier Molina this season. In 67 games last year Wieters hit .214 with 11 homers.

Category: Transactions

Joe Panik signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Saturday. (Source: Keegan Matheson on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Panik is a non-roster invitee, and will get a chance to compete for a job in Spring Training. He slashed .244/.315/.336 with five home runs, 39 RBI, 50 runs scored and four stolen bases across 491 plate appearances for the Mets/Giants last season. Panik will look to turn things around after having back-to-back mediocre campaigns.

Category: Transactions

Odubel Herrera cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, two days after being designated for assignment. The former National League All-Star served an 85-game suspension last year for violating MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy. It has become increasingly difficult to imagine Herrera playing for the Phillies again. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Herrera's last two seasons have been less than stellar which is all the more reason for Philadelphia to want to move on. Herrera hit .249 with a .711 OPS and 88 OPS+ from 2018-19. He had a .629 OPS in 39 games before his suspension last season.

Category: Transactions

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