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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

Carlos Beltran has informed the Mets that it is best if he steps down as manager. (Source: Tim Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The fallout from the sign-stealing scandals continues to expand, now with Beltran stepping down as manager of the Mets. Beltran is now the first player who will endure a punishment, and his resignation also marks the third managerial change this week. It remains to be seen if the MLB will formally punish Beltran, or any other players who were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal.

After being designated for assignment, the Giants placed Zack Cozart on unconditional release waivers. (Source: Alex Pavlovic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cozart has been a fantasy-relevant player in the past during his time with the Reds, but he is most likely to take on a more limited role at this point in his career. He could pop up on the fantasy radar again as a versatile middle infielder with some pop, but as of now he's not someone to consider.

Category: Transactions

Zimmerman and the Nationals continue to discuss a potential return for the veteran, and he's confident they will reach an agreement prior to the start of the new season. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman had his 2020 option declined by the team earlier this offseason, but it appears that he will likely rejoin Washington at some point. He will continue to see limited at-bats as a right-handed platoon player, so his fantasy upside is not high outside of deeper, daily leagues.

Category: Rumors

Mark Feinsand of reports Josh Donaldson is in agreement with the Twins on a four-year contract. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The deal is worth $92 million with a fifth-year option to reach $100 million. Donaldson has been linked to the Nationals, Rangers, and Braves this off-season but ultimately lands in Minnesota.

Category: Transactions

The Boston Red Sox and manager Alex Cora have parted ways on Tuesday. (Source: Boston Red Sox on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: in a statement released by the Red Sox, “we agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization. I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward.” Cora, who was a bench coach for the Astros in 2017, played a key role in Houston illegally stealing signs that year. He is also accused of doing the same thing for the Red Sox in 2018. Cora has yet to be penalized from Major League Baseball, but expect the former Red Sox manager’s punishment to be announced soon.

Category: Transactions

Miguel Sano has signed a three-year extension with the Twins that includes a club option for the 2023 season. (Source: Dustin Morse on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sano had a limited 2019 campaign, but when he was on the field he produced for Minnesota. He hit 34 homers in only 380 at-bats for a .923 OPS. His average continued to hover below .250, but it was still an improvement on his lost 2018 campaign. Owners are hopeful that he can continue to build on his progress as he's still only going to turn 27 (May) this season.

Category: Transactions

The Rangers remain 'active' in pursuit of free agent Nicholas Castellanos. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Texas is among the favorites to land Castellanos, who has also been tied to the White Sox, Cubs, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Marlins. Castellanos would likely move to first base if he signs with Texas given their current roster situation. Castellanos continued his mediocre production with the Tigers in 2019 before lighting it up following a trade to the Cubs. He'll be an interesting name in fantasy drafts this year depending on where he ultimately lands. Texas would be a great offensive environment.

Category: Rumors

Dylan Covey has been designated for assignment by the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Covey was hit hard with the White Sox last year -- 7.98 ERA over 18 appearances and 12 starts. Covey was selected in the first round out of high school, but he ultimately went to college and was taken in the fourth round three years later. He moved to Chicago in the Rule 5 Draft, but he's struggled during his time in the majors with the White Sox, posting an ERA of 6.54 over 63 appearances (45 starts) spanning three seasons.

Category: Transactions

The Rockies and Cardinals are reportedly exchanging names that could be involved in a trade centering on Nolan Arenado. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: While the Cardinals should have a solid offense in 2020, the move from Coors Field would severely impact Arenado's value this season and in future years. There has been debate for some time around just how good the third baseman would be outside of Coors full time. Hopefully fantasy owners won't have to find out.

Category: Rumors

Chris Archer's NFBC ADP over the last month is 277, which has dipped from 272 since the beginning of December, rendering him an 18th round pick on average with a min pick of 228 and max pick of 332.

Fantasy Impact: In the second half of 2019 Archer boasted an elite 14.4% swinging strike rate and 30.9% strikeout rate that was paired with a solid 7.9% walk rate. That 23.0% K-BB% is currently being scoffed at during drafts. Ratios are always the concern with Archer but he also had a decent xERA of 3.84 and xWHIP of 1.13. His second half numbers, albeit only 46 innings suggest there could be some positive regression in 2020 and if that's the case Archer would provide a nice ROI.

Shortly after the MLB hammered the Astros with severe penalties for their role in illegally stealing signs in 2017, Houston has fired both manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow Monday. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston decided to move on from Hinch and Luhnow after the team was caught illegally stealing signals in 2017. Both were suspended for 2020, but owner Jim Crane decided to clean house after the team was heavily penalized on Monday. Houston will search for a new manager and GM during an tumultuous offseason.

Free-agent starting pitcher Alex Wood has agreed to a one-year deal worth $4 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal adds that the deal includes incentives that can push the total salary to $10 million. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The oft-injured Wood had some of his best seasons with the Dodgers before agreeing to a deal with the Reds last offseason, but he only made seven starts for the Reds last year and did not have much success. He'll try to bounce back in a familiar place in 2020, and the Dodgers add another arm as they attempt to retool their starting rotation after the departures of Hyun-jin Ryu and Rich Hill.

Category: Transactions

Todd Frazier agreed to a deal with the Rangers on Sunday. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier and the Rangers have reached an agreement pending a physical. The terms of the deal have not been announced, but it was most likely a one to two year deal. During the off-season, the Rangers explored acquiring Josh Donaldson and Nolan Arenado, but have settled on signing Frazier. The veteran third baseman slashed .251/.329/.443 with 21 home runs, 67 RBI, 63 runs scored and one stolen base across 447 at-bats in 2019. Frazier will likely be the favorite to start at first or third for the Rangers, where his fantasy value should slightly increase with the move to hitter-friendly Globe Life Park.

Category: Transactions

Christian Yelich told reporters that he's good to go and feeling great, adding that he should be ready to go for the start of Spring Training. (Source: MLB .com)

Fantasy Impact: Yelich indicated that if the team had a meaningful game tomorrow he'd be able to participate. This is great news for the Brewers and fantasy owners as it appears Yelich will enter the spring fully healthy following the fractured kneecap he suffered at the end of the 2019 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Francisco Cervelli and the Marlins have finalized their one-year, $2 million agreement that was reached Dec. 23.

Fantasy Impact: The deal is now official, and Cervelli will head to Miami to back up Jorge Alfaro. While Cervelli has been fantasy-relevant in the past, he doesn't figure to have much of an impact outside of an injury to Alfaro.

Category: Transactions

Tyler Glasnow and the Rays agreed to a one-year, $2,050,000 contract Friday, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Glasnow missed most of 2019 due to a forearm strain. He was lights out in his first campaign in 2019, owning a 6-1 record with a 1.78 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 76 strikeouts across 60 2/3 innings. Glasnow's numbers are elite, but the main question is can he stay healthy. His workload will most likely be monitored in 2020. If he is able to stay healthy for a full season, Glasnow has the potential to be a top flight ace.

Category: Transactions

Kris Bryant (ankle) and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $18.6 million deal Friday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant has been rumored to be traded all off-season, but he is in the middle of service-time grievance. Once the grievance issue is settled, trade talks could heat up for the 28-year old. Even if Bryant is dealt, his fantasy value should relatively stay the same. He slashed .282/.382/.521 with 31 home runs, 77 RBI, 108 runs and four stolen bases across 634 pate appearances in 2019. Bryant is still one of the most consistent producers in fantasy, and is a borderline top five 3B for 2020.

Category: Transactions

Corey Seager signed a one-year, $7.6 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After an injury plagued 2018, Seager played 134 games for the Dodgers last year. He had a somewhat disappointing 2019, slashing .272/.335/.483 with 19 home runs, 87 RBI, 82 runs and one stolen base across 541 plate appearances. If he Seager can stay healthy, he should be productive and come close to his 2016-2017 season totals.

Category: Transactions

Cody Bellinger signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with Los Angeles on Friday, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coming off a season where Bellinger was named National League MVP, he settles with the Dodgers for a one-year $11.5 million contract. It was reported that his contract breaks the record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player. Bellinger was fantastic in 2019, slashing .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, 121 runs and 15 stolen bases across 156 games. He will be surefire top-5 pick in 2020 drafts.

Category: Transactions

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