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Steven Wright (shoulder) is still rehabbing his right shoulder but feels he'll be ready to go for spring training, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: Wright had a breakout year in 2016 making the All-Star team and finishing the season with a 13-6 record with a 3.33 ERA. Right now it looks like he has earned a spot in the Red Sox rotation but sometimes shoulder issues can linger. Keep an eye on updates as spring gets closer on the progress of Wright's rehab.

Category: Injury Updates


Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is expected to be 100 percent by the time spring training comes around, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. The left-hander injured his knee during a winter league game, although manager John Farrell doesn't seem too concerned about the ailment in the long run. (Source: Jason Mastrodonato on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez could start off in the minors to start the season for the Red Sox. The team currently has six starters and the young lefty has options and may be the odd man out. He is a big part of the future for the Red Sox and should be someone targeted in deeper leagues as well as dynasty formats when fantasy drafts start up.

Category: Injury Updates


Mark Trumbo and the Baltimore Orioles are have agreed to a three-year deal that is to be under right under $40M. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Trumbo going back to Baltimore is the best scenario for fantasy baseball. Trumbo lead the league in home runs in a great park and has the same lineup as he did last season. Expect similar production from Trumbo, who should be one of the first "power" players taken in this years draft- just be aware of the hit you'll take on batting average.

Category: Transactions


Top free-agent OF Jose Bautista has agreed to terms with his former team the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal is for one-year with a mutual option. (Source: BP Toronto on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Last year Bautista hit .234 with a .366 OBP, 22 home runs, and 69 RBI in 423 at-bats. With less protection in the lineup I'm not sure we can expect better numbers but his ADP should translate to great value. Be careful on where you draft Joey Bats but he should pay off if he can stay healthy.

Category: Transactions


SP Danny Duffy has signed a 5-year extension with the Kansas City Royals worth $65M. (Source: Jeff Passon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dan Duffy is coming off the best year of his career going 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and a 9.4 K/9 in 180 innings pitched. The Royals are trying to keep some pieces together and if Duffy can repeat his 2016 stat line than he should be drafted within the first 20 pitchers this upcoming fantasy baseball season.

Category: Transactions


The Philadelphia Phillies have signed OF/1B Michael Saunders. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Saunders is a great bat to have in the mid to bottom of any order. Finishing last year with 24 home runs and 57 RBI in only 140 games shows great potential for 30+ home runs if he can play a full season. Look for him to have great value near the end of any draft.

Category: Transactions


Always on the lookout for viable starting pitching, the Texas Rangers have reportedly come to terms with free agent Tyson Ross on a one-year deal worth $6 million plus incentives. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Ross made just one start for the Padres last year before suffering a severe shoulder injury that required thoracic outlet syndrome surgery at the end of last season. There is still a chance he may not be ready for action by the start of next season. From 2013-15, Ross was a solid pitcher for the Padres despite an overall record of 26-34. In 80 starts, he posted a composite 3.07 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP while averaging better than a strikeout per inning.

Category: Transactions


The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with closer Sam Dyson by signing the right-hander to a one-year deal worth a reported $3.52 million. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Dyson was in his first year of arbitration eligibility after earning just over $500K last season. In 2016, Dyson took over as closer when Shawn Tolleson struggled early on. He ended up finishing with 38 saves, the third most in the AL, while posting a 2.43 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Category: Transactions


The San Diego Padres have agreed to a 6-year with all-star 1B Wil Myers. (Source: Jim Bowden on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Myers hit .256 with 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and a .336 OBP. Myers is a rare bread of power and speed being one of the few players to hit the 20/20 plateau. As a fantasy asset, having a 1B that can hit 25+ home runs and steal 20+ stolen bases is one to grab as soon as you can. Myers should be a top-8 1B taken come fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions


Yankees' starting shortstop Didi Gregorius receives $5.1 million. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius elevated his fantasy worth this past season by more than doubling his home run output from nine in 2015 to 20 in 2016. While the increase in the long ball department certainly benefitted fantasy owners last season, the odds of him replicating 20 homers is unlikely. Although Gregorius' FB% went up from 34.1% in 2015 to 40.3% 2016, his Pull% dropped from 38.5% to 37.6% and his Hard% only went up from 22.5% to 24.5%. He should be projected around the 10–15 range in 2017, which is still solid for a middle infielder nowadays with the growth of league-wide power across all positions. However, with the surplus of talent at the shortstop position wait until the middle rounds before considering drafting Gregorius.

Category: Transactions


The Orioles and all-star 3B Manny Machado agreed to $11.5M for 2017 to avoid arbitration. (Source: Eduardo Encina on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Machado is one of the best young players in baseball and should continue to be for the next 10 years. In dynasty and year-long leagues Machado is one of the hottest commodities considering he is eligible at both SS and 3B. Machado finished 2016 with a .294 average, 37 home runs, and 105 RBI.

Category: Transactions


Rockies and Nolan Arenado signs a a 2-year deal worth $29.5M. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arenado is one of the best hitters in baseball and he is still only 25 years. Nolan should be one of the best in baseball for years to come. He finished the year with .294 average, 41 home runs, 133 RBI.

Category: Transactions


Zach Britton avoids arbitration

Fri, Jan 13th 12:35pm EST
By Israel Katz

BAL

Orioles all-star closer Zach Britton will get $11.4M to avoid arbitration. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zach Britton was the best closer in baseball last season and will be one of the top this season as well. In 2016 Britton lead the league with 47 saves (in 47 opportunities) with a 0.54 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and a 9.9 K/9. Britton should be one of the first closers taken this draft.

Category: Transactions


After cutting ties with the right hander, the Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Eovaldi's agency ACES have discussed a potential reunion with the ballclub. (Source: River Ave. Blues)

Fantasy Impact: Eovaldi does not have any fantasy value for the 2017 season, as he will miss the entire season while he rehabs from his second Tommy John Surgery of his career. Although he has a talented arm and is only 26-years-old, the fact that Eovaldi will be recovering from his second major elbow surgery and that his fantasy value was limited to begin with makes him too risky of an option for dynasty league rosters.

Category: Rumors


Santiago Casilla has signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Oakland Athletics. The deal includes up to $3 million in additional performance bonuses. (Source: Jesse Sanchez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Casilla will stay in the Bay Area, moving from the Giants to the A's. He'll become an option for late-inning work with Oakland, and the contract would seem to indicate that he'll receive careful consideration for at least a setup role. The team has a bevy of late-inning arms with experience, so there could be another move coming in the next few months to address other needs in Oakland. Casilla lost his closer role last season, but he showed that he can still be a dependable late-inning RP if he's able to get his HRs allowed under control.

Category: Transactions


New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said it is unlikely that Brett Gardner will be traded before Opening Day. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Cashman said the chances of flipping Gardner before the start of the 2017 season are slim, this does not rule out the possibility of a trade midseason for the left fielder who is owed $23 million over the next two years plus a $12.5 million club option in 2019. A potential departure from the Bronx should not dampen Gardner's fantasy value too much, as his value is mainly predicated on his ability to get on base (.351 OBP in 2016), swipe bases and score runs rather than power. He has always shown patience at the dish with a career Swing%/O-Swing%/SwStr% of 36%/22.6%/4.7%. Gardner failed to steal at least 20 bags this past season (16), however, for the first time since 2012. Rumors have been swirling around that either Gardner or teammate Jacoby Ellsbury will be removed from the top of the lineup. If Gardner's spot in the lineup were to be lowered, his run scoring opportunities would be diminished.

Category: Rumors


The Tamp Bay Rays have acquired OF Mallex Smith, minor league SS Carlos Vargas, and minor league LHP Ryan Yarbrough from the Seattle Mariners for LHP Drew Smyly. (Source: Tampa Bay Rays on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smyly ended last season with a 7-12 record, 4.88 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 167 strikeouts in 175 innings. Adding Smyly to the Mariners rotation creates tons of depth. More importantly for fantasy purposes Smyly stays in a pitchers park but adds an offense that can produce runs. The change of scenery should improve his numbers across the board, especially in wins and innings pitched. Smyly should be a mid-late draft pick come March.

Category: Transactions


The Tamp Bay Rays have acquired OF Mallex Smith, minor league SS Carlos Vargas, and minor league LHP Ryan Yarbrough from the Seattle Mariners for LHP Drew Smyly. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mallex Smith becomes the fourth OF for a Rays team that likes to play matchups. If there is an injury anywhere in the Rays outfield Smith will have immediate value in the stolen base category. In re-draft leagues Smith is at best a flier. In dynasty leagues, Smith is worth holding onto.

Category: Transactions


Matt Wieters is drawing interest from the Los Angeles Angels. Wieters is a free agent this offseason after spending his career with the Baltimore Orioles. (Source: FanRag Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The Angels currently have a pair of backup catchers on their roster, so they could be a suitor for Wieters. The market has been slow to develop for the veteran catcher. While he's been a productive offensive player for a backstop, he hasn't lived up to his hype as a prospect and there are questions surrounding his defense. Still, he should be fantasy relevant at a historically thin position in 2017 considering what he's shown at the plate in recent years.

Category: Rumors


Trevor Plouffe and the Oakland Athletics have a contract agreement in place as long as Plouffe passes his physical. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Former all-star Trevor Plouffe will be a big addition to the small market A's, in their lineup and locker room. For fantasy purposes it does hurt Trevor's stock a bit as he goes from one of the best (#9) to one of the worst hitting parks in baseball (#22). Plouffe will be an under-the-radar 3B come draft day, keep him in the back of your mind. Plouffe ended the 2016 season with a .260 average, 12 home runs, and 47 RBI in 84 games.

Category: Transactions