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Chris Carter has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Angels. He will receive $1.75 million if he makes the majors and can earn $600,000 in incentives. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carter hit .201 with eight home runs in 61 games with the Yankees last season, but hit 41 home runs in 2016 with the Brewers. Although it's unlikely that he can recover that form, with C.J. Cron out of the way, Carter may find some value in deep AL-only leagues.

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Eric Hosmer has agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres on an 8-year contract worth $144 million. The contract includes an opt-out after five years. (Source: The San Diego Union Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old has now had back-to-back 25 home run seasons despite playing in one of the worst home run parks for left-handed batters. The Padres were the worst offensive team in 2017, so a potential dip in runs and RBIs would not be surprising. He'll likely bat cleanup behind Wil Myers in the upcoming season and is a decent mid-tier option at 1B, but fantasy managers should expect some regression in batting average after he hit .318 with a .351 BABIP.

Category: Transactions


The Twins have acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Jermaine Palacios. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Odorizzi struggled some last season and battled through injuries, finishing with just 143 1/3 innings pitched and a 4.14 ERA. Still, there's been an overriding feeling in baseball that there's much more to Odorizzi than we've seen so far. A move out of the AL East helps Odorizzi's fantasy outlook, but it does not move the needle all that much.

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The Rays traded for C.J. Cron from the Angels on Saturday, and to make room for Cron, the team designated Corey Dickerson for assignment. (Source: Tampa Bay Rays on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was an absolute shock, as Dickerson was the starting DH for the American League in the All-Star Game last summer. He struggled somewhat in the second half, but still, he's set to make just $6 million and is just 28 years old. Hopefully, he'll land in a better situation in a good hitter's park, which would raise his fantasy outlook from what it was with the Rays.

Category: Transactions


C.J. Cron traded to the Rays

Sat, Feb 17th 8:59pm EST
By Dan Harris

LAA

The Rays have acquired 1B C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later. (Source: Tampa Bay Rays on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cron has hit exactly 16 home runs in three straight seasons, though none has been the product of a full year of work. He's a streaky hitter, but if given the everyday first base job, he could easily find his way into 25 home runs. He's still a long way from mixed-league relevant, however.

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The Rangers have broken off negotiations with Seung-Hwan Oh, according to the Dallas Morning News. The team and Oh had previously agreed to a one-year deal. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: The article refers to "disconcerting issues that came up on the MRI of [Oh's] arm," which obviously doesn't bode well for Oh's prospects this season. The Rangers, meanwhile, still do not have a designated closer, though Alex Claudio is likely the best bet for saves at this point.

Category: Rumors


The Giants love to bring back departed Giants and they've done just that with Gregor Blanco. The 34-year-old has two World Series rings over his past five years with the Giants. He is a platoon option with Austin Jackson in center, and has the ability to spell all outfielders. Blanco will compete for essentially a bench spot with Stephen Duggar, Gorkys Hernandez, Jarrod Parker, Austin Slater, and Mac Williamson. Blanco is a plus defender but only hit .246 last year for Arizona. (Source: Mercury News)

Fantasy Impact: Blanco won't be much for fantasy without a lot of injuries in front of him

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Pablo Sandoval in camp early

Sat, Feb 17th 1:53pm EST
By Doug Brown

SF

Pablo Sandoval knows he's not starting over Evan Longoria at 3B, but he's hoping to make the Giants as a reserve at the corners. He's going to need to show he can hit better than he's done over the last couple years to make the team.

Fantasy Impact: As loyal as the Giants are to their past players, Sandoval has his work cut out for him to make the final 25 player major league team.


With the signing of Tony Watson, the Giants intimated that Will Smith will not be ready for the start of the season. May was a time thrown out as a likely target

Fantasy Impact: After missing all of 2017, the expensive lefty reliever looks to start 2018 at home.


Left-handed reliever Tony Watson has signed what is believed to be a multi-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a few stellar seasons as a true shutdown left-handed setup man for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Watson appeared to take a small step back in 2016 and then looked to be out of gas at times in 2017. While not up to par with his usually dominant numbers, he was still more than serviceable out of the bullpen in 2017 and looked to be somewhat rejuvenated in the second half after being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. At a minimum for the Giants, he will see time against left-handed hitters, and he could once again settle in as a regular setup man.

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Anibal Sanchez has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins, according to Twins beat reporter Rhett Bollinger on Twitter. The deal is for $2.5 million but is not guaranteed and is contingent on him making the roster. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez's $16 million option was unsurprisingly not picked up by the Detroit Tigers after the season, and at nearly 34 years old his best baseball may be behind him. His ERA in 2017 was north of 6.00 despite his 8.89 strikeout percentage being his best since 2013, while his fastball averaged 91.2 MPH and has consistently decreased since 2013 when it hovered around 94.2 MPH. He will presumably have the chance to win a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation, but he is unlikely to be relevant for most fantasy owners in 2018.

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Free agent starter Jason Vargas has agreed to a two-year deal with an option for a third year with the New York Mets, according to multiple reports on Twitter. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vargas dazzled in the first half of 2017, his first full year after Tommy John surgery, pitching to a 2.62 ERA in the first half. He faded in the second half, however, and posted a 6.38 ERA. The Mets will be hoping to get more of what Vargas posted in the first half, but at the very least he provides a valuable veteran arm to a team that has been decimated by pitching injuries the past few seasons.

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Eduardo Nunez will return to the Red Sox pending a physical, on a one-year deal with a second-year option. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The utility infielder joined the Red Sox in 2017 for 38 games and in that time, finished with a triple slash of .321/.353./.539 in 165 at-bats. With 24 stolen bags to go along with his average, Nunez should once again be a useful fantasy player.

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Jeurys Familia will "probably get the majority of the saves" according to Mets pitching coach, Dave Eiland. New manager Mickey Callaway had suggested that the Mets might use a closer-by-committee approach, but we've heard that from many teams in the past before watching them ultimately settle on one guy for the job. Familia posted a disappointing 4.38 ERA over 26 appearances in 2017 while battling right shoulder trouble, but he's the man to draft in the Mets' bullpen. (Source: Anthony DiMico on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news comes as there was talk that the team might consider using a committee approach. 2017 was not the greatest year for Familia as he dealt with a shoulder injury that led him to a 4.38 ERA. Assuming health isn't an issue, Familia could be one of the top closers in the league as evidenced by his 43 and 51 save totals in 2015 and 2016 respectively.


The Orioles have signed Andrew Cashner to a two-year deal worth $16 million, according to Jon Heyman. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cashner had a fine ERA last year with the Rangers of just 3.40, but he saw a shocking drop in strikeout rate, with just 86 in 166 2/3 innings. It's hard to imagine him having that much success again with such a low rate, especially pitching in the AL East against tough lineups. Cashner has had some success in the past, so he's worth a flyer in AL-only leagues, but temper your expectations.

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Ryon Healy, who was acquired by the Mariners this offseason, underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his hand, according to Ryan Divish. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Healy showed major power potential last year, hitting 25 home runs in just 149 games with the A's. His status as a cheap source of power remains, though he'll likely miss most or all of spring training. With that news, it's safer to plan on five months of production, rather than six, for Healy this season, but he can still be considered as a bench piece late in drafts.

Category: Injury Updates


A.J. Ellis has signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres, according to AJ Cassavell on Twitter. (Source: AJ Cassavell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellis is not much more than a soft-hitting backup catcher at this point in his career, and he has not been relevant to fantasy owners since 2013, when he caught 115 games for the Dodgers. He will look to beat out fellow catchers Rocky Gale, Rafael Lopez, and Luis Torrens for the opportunity to backup starter Austin Hedges.

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Chris Stratton will be fighting for a starting job in spring training. With pitchers and catchers reporting on Valentine's Day, Stratton hopes he won't be massacred this year. Last year in AAA, he pitched to a 5.11 ERA and batters hit .290 against him. He fared much better in San Francisco. After his promotion, he held opponents down much better. His ERA was 3.68. That was better than expected from the 27-year-old. He had a decent strikeout pitch and took out 51 in 58.2 innings.

Fantasy Impact: In his five-year minor league career, Stratton has a 4.07 ERA. He's looked better in the show, but that may have been a bit of luck. As of the start of spring training, he's looking like the Giants' fourth starter.


The Brewers have signed Wade Miley to a minor league deal, according to Bob Nightengale. Miley is guaranteed $2.5 million if he makes the major league team and he can make up to $5.7 million if he makes 29 starts. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miley's ERA has risen for five straight seasons, and he's never been a particularly usable pitcher for fantasy purposes. He was, however, a decent innings eater back when he pitched with the Diamondbacks, and he could find himself with some NL-only value if he makes the Brewers' roster.

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Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen told members of the media that the team will begin using a humidor in 2018. (Source: AZCentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: A humidor is a climate-controlled chamber in which baseballs are stored. The general principle is that when a ball is stored in a humidor, it absorbs water, decreasing its bounciness and thus reducing how far a ball can be hit. Park factor concerns for Greinke should now be less concerning when drafting him or any Arizona pitcher. Balls should also be less dry which can provide a boost in grip and control for pitchers.