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The Cardinals have signed reliever Luke Gregerson to a two-year, $11 million deal. The contract contains a vesting option. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregerson is coming off perhaps the worst season of his career, with a 4.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. He'd been a fairly reliable reliever prior to 2017, and given the classic "Cardinals magic," it's a fair bet that Gregerson will return to form. It's unclear if he'll compete for the closer's role, but that should be sorted out as Spring Training approaches.

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The Rockies have signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a two-year, $8.5 million deal. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Iannetta was previously with the Rockies from 2006 - 2011, and had a relatively successful season with the Diamondbacks last year. The Rockies still have Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy on their roster, so it's unclear how playing time will break down behind the dish. But Iannetta is certainly an option in NL-only leagues.

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The Yankees have traded Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Giancarlo Stanton. The deal is pending physicals. (Source: Joel Sherman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castro had a resurgent year with the Yankees, but obviously now goes to a team with a worse lineup and ballpark. There's a strong chance that Castro will again be on the move, as there are already rumors of teams, such as the Mets, engaging in dialogue with the Marlins. It's likely Castro will be downgraded from last year wherever he lands, but wait to see where the dust settles before getting too worried.

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The Yankees have acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins in exchange for Starlin Castro, Jorge Guzman, and Jose Devers. The Yankees will also receive $30 million if Stanton does not opt out of his contract after the 2020 season. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As if Stanton wasn't already a desirable fantasy commodity, placing him in the middle of a strong lineup in Yankee Stadium only adds to his appeal. Between Stanton and Aaron Judge, there will be plenty of home runs and strikeouts, and pretty much every hitter on the Yankees receives a bump in value with the move.

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Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. (Source: Jared Diamond on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Angels have won the Ohtani sweepstakes and will now pay a $20 million dollar posting fee for the rights to negotiate his contract. Ohtani is the first legitimate two-way player that the Majors have seen in a while. He'll have a chance at playing the outfield and batting DH while also starting in the rotation. The 23-year-old will get a chance to play alongside two-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who happens to be just 26 years old himself. It's too early to know how early Ohtani will be drafted in fantasy drafts.

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The Tigers have signed Mike Fiers to a one-year, $6 million deal, according to Jerry Crasnick. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fiers is coming off a pretty terrible year with Houston, during which he compiled a 5.22 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. His numbers are much better than that during his career, however, and moving to a more pitcher-friendly environment, he can be considered a low-end option in AL-only leagues.

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The Cubs have signed RHP Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million deal. (Source: Sahadev Sharma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chatwood is 40-46 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA in 130 major-league appearances — including 113 starts. While his numbers in Colorado were never pretty, he does have a 2.57 ERA on the road over the last two seasons, second-best in MLB. Playing on an excellent team, Chatwood may be a deep-league sleeper next year.

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Dee Gordon traded to Mariners

Thu, Dec 7th 8:51pm EST
By Dan Harris

SEA

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert, and Christopher Torres. The Mariners also received $1 million in international slot money. (Source: Seattle Mariners on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rumor has it that the Mariners will ask Gordon to play center field, which would make the speedy second baseman even more of a fantasy asset. Neidert, a right-handed pitcher, was the Mariners' second-ranked prospect, and should be with the big club sometime in 2019. As for the additional international slot money, the Mariners appear to be doing all they can to increase their chances of getting Shohei Ohtani.

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The Tigers signed Leonys Martin to a one-year deal, according to Anthony Fenech. (Source: Anthony Fenech on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martin had a terrible season splitting time between the Mariners and the Cubs, batting just .172. But he has showed before that he can hold down an everyday job, and stole 105 bases from 2013-2016. Martin will likely get the opportunity to compete for a starting outfield job, and should be kept in mind during draft season for those in AL-only leagues.

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The Cardinals have signed RHP Miles Mikolas to a two-year contract for between $14 million and $16 million, according to Ken Rosenthal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mikolas didn't pitch well in the majors, but succeeded in Japan over the last three seasons, going 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA with the Yomiuri Giants. The Cardinals now appear to have a surplus of starting pitching, and could certainly look to deal one of their younger starters in a trade, as has been rumored.

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Mike Minor signs with Rangers

Mon, Dec 4th 9:26pm EST
By Dan Harris

TEX

Mike Minor has signed on with the Texas Rangers, according to Ken Rosenthal. Terms were not immediately known. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rumors were that the Rangers were looking for a lefty starter, so it's likely that Minor will fill that role, rather than slot in as a reliever as he was this past year. For his career, Minor has a 3.76 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings, which could make him a deep-league or AL-only option as a starter.

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FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the New York Yankees have remained in touch with CC Sabathia regarding a potential return to the Bronx. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia turned 37 this year, but was one of the team's best starters. He also drew rave reviews for his clubhouse leadership. A return makes sense, even more so with New York out of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. Despite the strong 2017, Sabathia will likely only have streaming value in fantasy next season.


ESPN's Scott Lauber reports that the Chicago White Sox are asking for "an arm and both legs" for first baseman Jose Abreu. (Source: Scott Lauber, ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Abreu has been linked to the Red Sox, but it's unclear if Boston will be able to meet Chicago's high asking price. While the 30-year-old Abreu doesn't exactly fit with the rebuilding White Sox, many think the team could keep him around to help mentor young players such as Yoan Moncada. Regardless of where Abreu ends up he should be expected to hit 25 homers and drive in 100 runs per usual.


Welington Castillo signed a 2 year, $15M deal with the White Sox Friday. His all-around skills should be helpful for the rebuilding Sox. (Source: Chicago Sun Times)

Fantasy Impact: Castillo should be able to make an immediate impact in the Sox lineup, given that the team’s catcher situation was weak last year. When Castillo was healthy, he posted solid numbers - he hit 20 homers and batted .282. It’s just a question of him staying healthy.

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The Cardinals traded Aledmys Diaz to the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league outfield J.B. Woodman. (Source: Jenifer Langosch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As much as Diaz had a meteoric rise in 2016, he had an equally significant fall in 2017, eventually getting demoted to the minors. With Paul DeJong's ascension, there wasn't much room for Diaz with the Cardinals in 2018. Diaz, who is under control for four more seasons, should have a good shot to earn an everyday role in with the Blue Jays and be a potential infield option in AL-only leagues, at least.

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According the Long Island Newsday, the Mets and Bruce have expressed interest in a reunion. He could play first base, while Dominic Smith goes back to the minors. (Source: Newsday)

Fantasy Impact: Bruce finished the season hitting .254 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs. If he plays at first base, then he'll be part of a potent lineup that features Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespesdes. However, it would make little sense if he is brought back to play the outfield as the Mets already have enough starters to play the outfield.

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Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is struggling in winter ball, batting just .197 through 20 games. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )

Fantasy Impact: So far Marte has posted a disappointing .244 OBP with a .316 slugging percentage. Marte also has a 21/3 K/BB ratio, which is less than ideal. He served a long suspension for PEDs this past season, and struggled upon returning. He's a risky fantasy bet right now.


The San Francisco Giants are remaining in contact with the Pittsburgh Pirates about franchise player Andrew McCutchen, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi hints that McCutchen is San Francisco's backup plan should they not land Giancarlo Stanton. The Pirates tried to trade McCutchen last winter, and he has certainly increased his value since then. McCutchen hit 28 homers to go along with a .849 OPS in 2017.


According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles are discussing a contract extension with second baseman Jonathan Schoop. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schoop was one of the most valuable fantasy assets at his position last year, hitting a career-high 32 homers. Morosi adds that Schoop's camp is looking for a contract higher than what Jean Segura recently received, which was five years and $70 million. Schoop just turned 26 and is set up for another big year in Baltimore come 2018.


Doug Fister signs with Rangers

Sun, Nov 26th 9:12pm EST
By Dan Harris

TEX

The Rangers have signed Doug Fister to a one-year, $4 million deal, with a team-option for 2019. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fister had an unimpressive season with the Red Sox, posting a 4.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 90 1/3 innings. But he did have 83 strikeouts, which was significantly over his career strikeout rate. Staying in the American League and in a hitter-friendly ballpark, Fister will be just an option in deep AL-only leagues, regardless of if his improvement in strikeouts is sustainable.

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