Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Nationals are signing Matt Adams to a one-year contract worth $4 million. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Adams hit .239 with 21 homers and a .786 OPS with the Nationals and Cardinals last season. He will return to Washington to form a platoon with Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Adams could wind up seeing more playing time if Zimmerman isn't able to stay healthy.
Sat, Dec 15th 6:28pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports the Braves appear to be the slight favorite for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. (Source: Craig Mish on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Mish adds that top prospect Austin Riley is on the table. The Realmuto sweepstakes are getting somewhat ridiculous. About half the league is reportedly in on him with the Mets, Yankees, and Reds are recently connected to the prized backstop. At this point we expect Realmuto to get traded soon.
Sat, Dec 15th 6:21pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that after dealing away Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso, and Yan Gomes the Indians are no longer as motivated to trade Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The moves Cleveland has made have lowered their 2019 payroll by $18 million. It's somewhat ridiculous the Indians were ever even considering trading Kluber or Bauer, but thus is the life of a small market team. For now it appears both of Cleveland's aces are staying put.
Jon Heyman of Fancred reports there are six teams interested in free agent infielder Troy Tulowitzki. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Heyman names the Cubs as one of the six. They will send a scout to a workout but aren't necessarily considered the favorite to sign him. Tulo has the luxury of picking the best spot for him regardless of pay. He's still owed $38 million over the next two seasons. He's an interesting flyer for someone at the veteran's minimum.
Matt Chapman had his left shoulder scoped on Friday in what was deemed a "minor cleanup procedure". (Source: Jane Lee on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 25-year-old was having some discomfort while working out. It's not a huge concern as Chapman is expected to start swinging a bat again in six weeks. He should be ready for spring training after posting a .864 OPS with 24 homers in 2018.
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Andy Martino of SNY reports the Mets are very serious about their interest in free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal. (Source: Andy Martino on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Mets desperately need a catcher, and they've been linked heavily to J.T. Realmuto already. It's unclear who their top choice is, but New York is leaving no stone left unturned. Grandal is the clear top catcher available in free agency.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the White Sox have no intention of trading Jose Abreu after acquiring Yonder Alonso. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Alonso is a good defensive first baseman, so perhaps Abreu becomes the full time DH. It's worth noting that Abreu hasn't been interested in that in the past. The 31-year-old hit 22 homers with a .798 OPS in 2018. Chicago views him as one of the leaders of the franchise.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the White Sox have acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Alonso became expendable once Cleveland acquired Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers. The 31-year-old hit 23 homers with a .738 OPS in 2018. Rosenthal also speculated that part of Chicago's rationale for the trade was to convince Manny Machado to sign as a free agent. Alonso is Machado's brother-in-law.
Fri, Dec 14th 3:18pm EST
By Dan Harris
James McCann and the White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, according to Jon Heyman. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McCann disappointed in 2018, batting just .220 with eight home runs in 457 plate appearances. He'll get a park upgrade with his move to the White Sox, but should be splitting time with Welington Castillo, meaning that he won't be much of a fantasy option.
Fri, Dec 14th 3:14pm EST
By Dan Harris
The Padres and Ian Kinsler are in agreement on a two-year, $8 million deal with a club option, according to Ken Rosenthal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Kinsler, who will be entering his age-37 season, had a dreadful 2018, slashing just .240/.301/380. It's unlikely that Kinsler will be anything close to an everyday second baseman for the Padres with Luis Urias aboard. He should rotate around the diamond and play a few times per week, but in what should be a relatively weak lineup in a neutral to poor hitter's park, Kinsler will be off the fantasy radar almost entirely in 2019.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Alex Reyes is being considered for the team's closer job in 2019. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old will still come into spring training as a starter, but Reyes might be best utilized out of the bullpen. The former top prospect has pitched just 27 innings the past two years due to Tommy John surgery and a torn lat. He would be a very interesting fantasy asset should he become the closer.
Thomas Harding of mlb.com reports the Rockies discussed trading Jon Gray at the winter meetings this week. (Source: rockies.mlb.com)
Fantasy Impact: The 27-year-old posted an ugly 5.12 ERA in 172 1/3 innings last year, though some more advanced stats suggest he had plenty of bad luck. Gray didn't even wind up on Colorado's playoff roster. The former number three overall draft pick doesn't have much fantasy value heading into 2019, at least not initially.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf has spoken twice with Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras. (Source: USA Today)
Fantasy Impact: The White Sox are slowly becoming one of the top contenders for Harper. The franchise has so few salary commitments in coming years that it makes sense why they would want to make a splash. Harper is also a prime target of the Phillies, Dodgers, and perhaps a few mystery teams. Nightengale adds that Harper is expected to receive a contract worth $400 million.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports the Yankees met with Andrew Miller during the winter meetings. (Source: New York Daily News)
Fantasy Impact: New York is also reportedly interested in Adam Ottavino. They're seeking some bullpen help with David Robertson and Zach Britton being free agents. The 33-year-old Miller had a down year in 2018, but he was still dominant the last time we saw him healthy.
The Texas Rangers have traded left handed reliever Alex Claudio to the Brewers for a competitive balance draft pick. (Source: TR Sullivan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Despite a tough year last year with a 4.48 ERA in 68 innings, Claudio has proved to be a really solid left handed arm out of the bullpen in previous years. He should be an important piece of the Brewers bullpen but not one you will need on your fantasy roster.
Yandy Diaz is part of the deal also involving Jake Bauers, Carlos Santana, and Edwin Encarnacion. Diaz is heading to Tampa Bay along with a PTBNL. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Diaz has played some first, third, and second base along with time spent in the outfield during his stay with Cleveland. He maintained a batting average over .300 in 2018, but that came with almost no power or speed (one homer, no steals over 120 plate appearances). As such, it's hard to imagine Diaz being especially fantasy relevant in 2019 even with an increased role in Tampa Bay.
Jake Bauers is part of the trade also involving Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion. Bauers will head to Cleveland while the Rays will receive Yandy Diaz and a PTBNL. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bauers made his major league debut with the Rays in 2018. While he was a batting average drain over his 388 plate appearances, he did show some power/speed upside at a position (1B) that doesn't usually offer stolen bases. He also is better at getting on base than his batting average would indicate, and as a 23-year-old he could hold fantasy relevance as soon as 2019 considering he'll be entering a high-powered Indians offense. His level of relevance will come down to his playing time, which is unclear at this point with the addition of Santana and subtraction of Encarnacion.
Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to the Seattle Mariners in a deal that will send Carlos Santana to the Indians. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Encarnacion is heading west to Seattle, though with the way the Mariners are making moves it's not clear if this is where he'll be on Opening Day. Most likely, EE will begin the season in Seattle and could be shipped out at the trade deadline for prospects. Whatever the case, this can't be seen as an upgrade for the veteran slugger given how Seattle is selling off pieces and the offense that he's saying goodbye to. Still, he'll likely continue to be an all-or-nothing source of power at the expense of his batting average. Another year older, it's hard to project a strong rebound from EE, and he should be drafted accordingly this spring.
Carlos Santana has been traded to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that will send Edwin Encarnacion to the Mariners. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Santana is on the move again, this time heading back to the Indians. Santana spent his first eight years in the majors with Cleveland before signing with the Phillies over the offseason. After one season, Philadelphia shipped Santana to Seattle who has now sent him back to Cleveland. Most likely, Santana will see time at first, the outfield, and potentially as the team's DH now that EE has moved to Seattle. This is an upgrade for Santana in terms of moving from Seattle to Cleveland. Still, he'll continue to be more of an asset in OBP leagues and his limited power makes him hard to trot out as a starting 1B in most fantasy formats.
The Orioles' general manager Mike Elias is expecting Mark Trumbo to be fully recovered from knee surgery and be ready by Opening Day. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Trumbo, who underwent season-ending surgery in September to repair cartilage in his right knee, looks to be progressing well. In 2018, he slashed .261/.313./.452 with 17 homers. He is the favorite to be Baltimore’s primary designated hitter in 2019.
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