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Jose Osuna has signed a one-year deal with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Fantasy Impact: The former Pirate was designated for assignment last week after hitting just .205/.244/.397 with four home runs across 82 plate appearances for Pittsburgh in 2020. He's still just 27-years old and if he hits well in Japan he could find himself back in the majors in a season or two.

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There will reportedly be no legal action take against Rays OF Randy Arozarena following his recent domestic issue in Mexico. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arozarena has been released following a 48-hour hold. ESPN reports that he came to a settlement with his former partner. The breakout outfielder could still receive discipline from Major League Baseball as they conduct their own investigation.


Rays top prospect SS Wander Franco is heading back to the United States to undergo precautionary tests on his arm. (Source: John Romano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Franco hasn't played since last Friday due to "bicep discomfort." Hopefully further testing reveals that this isn't a serious injury, but we'll have to wait and see for now. Assuming he's healthy, there's a decent chance that Franco makes his major league debut in 2021. He'll be fantasy relevant the moment he appears in the big leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Hunter Renfroe, who was designated for assignment on November 20th, has cleared waivers and is now officially a free agent. (Source: John Romano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Renfroe struggled in 2020 as a member of the Rays when he slashed .156/.252/.393 with eight home runs and 22 RBI. He's still just 28-years old and has some pop in his bat so he shouldn't have any trouble finding a new home this offseason.

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that Brad Hand is receiving interest from the Blue Jays and Dodgers. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hand put up a 2.05 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP while saving 16 games for the Indians in 2020. However, the team declined to pick up his $10 million option for 2021, which makes him a free agent. It's unclear what type of contract he can command in this bizarre offseason, but Hand's fantasy value will be tied to whether or not he lands a ninth-inning gig.

Category: Rumors


Jeff Hoffman traded to the Reds

Wed, Nov 25th 2:07pm EST
By Brad Camara

The Rockies traded RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams to the Reds in exchange for OF Jameson Hannah and RHP Robert Stephenson on Wednesday. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hoffman struggled for the Rockies in 2020, posting a 9.28 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and 20 strikeouts over 21 1/3 innings. He spent the first few seasons in his career as a starter, but transitioned to the bullpen last year. Hoffman will give the Reds a late-inning arm, but is low in the pecking order for save opportunities with the move to Cincinnati.

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The Reds traded OF Jameson Hannah and RHP Robert Stephenson to the Rockies in exchange for RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams on Wednesday. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson was limited to 11 innings in 2020 with a back strain. He posted a 9.90 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a 13:3 K:BB during that span. Stephenson will provide the Rockies with a late-inning arm, but the move to Colorado only hurts his fantasy value. The 27-year-old RHP is third or fourth in line for save opportunities in the Rockies' bullpen behind Mycal Givens, Daniel Bard and Scott Oberg.

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The Reds traded OF Jameson Hannah and RHP Robert Stephenson to the Rockies in exchange for RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams on Wednesday. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hannah has yet to play in the majors since being selected 50th overall by the Reds in the 2018 MLB Draft. He slashed 283/.341/.381 with two home runs, 31 RBI, 48 runs scored and six stolen bases over 413 plate appearances with High-A Stockton in 2019. Hannah will most likely start the 2021 season in the minors and is worth monitoring in deep dynasty league formats.

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According to MLB.com, free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig plans to play again in 2021 and is drawing interest from several teams, including Boston, Houston, and Baltimore among others. (Source: Mark Feinsand via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Currently two weeks shy of his 30th birthday, the veteran outfielder did not play during the 2020 season after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly after reaching an agreement with the Atlanta Braves. After registering 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases in just 149 games during the 2019 campaign with Cleveland and Cincinnati, the Cuban outfielder still offers a nice power-speed combination that can be useful in fantasy leagues, depending on where he plays next season.

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Mariners top prospect OF Julio Rodriguez is dealing with quad discomfort in the Dominican Winter League. (Source: Escogido Baseball on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez left Tuesday's game with the discomfort. He's playing in order to get some live game action since he suffered a hairline wrist fracture over the summer. The 19-year-old is widely considered one of the best prospects in baseball.

Category: Injury Updates


Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports the Giants are showing interest in free agent LHP Jon Lester. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lester wasn't very good in 2020, posting a 5.16 ERA in 61 inning. The Giants are in search for some rotation depth following the loss of Drew Smyly, however. The Cubs recently declined Lester's $25 million 2021 option.

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KBO's Kiwoom Heroes are expected to post INF Ha-Seong Kim on Wednesday. (Source: Jeeho Yoo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There will then be a 30-day negotiating window for MLB teams to acquire Kim's services. The 25-year-old can play third base, shortstop, and second base. He's coming off a fantastic season, hitting .310 with 28 homers and 21 steals in 128 games. Still in his prime, Kim should have no problem receiving a multi-year contract.

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MLB insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cincinnati Reds are open to trading Sonny Gray this offseason. The Reds are already almost certain to lose Trevor Bauer in free agency, but Gray's recent performance and affordable contract make him an attractive trade chip. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a couple of down years with the Yankees and Athletics, Gray returned to his former All-Star form with the Reds in 2019 and 2020 and is still under team control for three more seasons at reasonable prices.

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Charlie Morton is in agreement on a one-year, $15 million deal with the Atlanta Braves, according to a report from MLB Insider Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morton had a 4.74 ERA with the Rays in 2020, but he was coming off of three straight excellent seasons and his 3.45 FIP and .355 BABIP indicate some bad luck. The Braves have some high-end young talent in their rotation but struggled with depth after a number of injuries in 2020. Morton should slot into the rotation behind Ian Anderson, Max Fried, and Mike Soroka to give Atlanta one of the more enviable rotations in baseball.

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports the Rays are open to trading ace southpaw Blake Snell this offseason. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Feinsand notes that the Rays aren't actively shopping Snell. However, he adds that trading the former Cy Young award winner is the club's best chance at creating some financial flexibility amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Snell has three years and $42 million remaining on his contract. The Braves and Angels are listed as teams believed to be interest in acquiring Snell, who will remain a high-end fantasy starter no matter where he's pitching next season.

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J.A. Happ is drawing interest from the Boston Red Sox, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi added that Happ has thrown more innings at Fenway Park, 66 2/3, than any ballpark he has not called home. He also holds a career 2.57 ERA in Boston. The 38-year old free agent has also been linked to the Angels. He posted a 3.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and a 42:15 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings for the Yankees last season.

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Free agent outfielder Scott Schebler agreed to a minor league deal with the Angels on Saturday. (Source: Bob Nightengale via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The veteran outfielder appeared in only one game during the 2020 season with Atlanta after spending the previous four seasons in Cincinnati. Per Nightengale, Schebler will be reunited with Angels new GM Perry Minasian who was the assistant GM in Atlanta last season. Schebler slugged 30 home runs back in 2017 but simply provides organizational depth at this point and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.

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Luis Perdomo was designated for assignment by the Padres on Friday. (Source: San Diego Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team selected the contracts of pitchers Reggie Lawson and Mason Thompson and INF Tucupita Marcano in a trio of corresponding moves. Perdomo flashed at times but was inconsistent as both a starter and a bullpen arm. He will miss the entirety of the 2021 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

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Jon Morosi of the MLB Network is reporting that the Nationals are considering a trade for Cubs’ 3B Kris Bryant.

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals are looking to acquire a third baseman and are considering a trade for Bryant. Free agent DJ LeMahieu is also drawing interest from Washington. A change of scenery might help Bryant’s value, who is looking to bounce back after struggling last season. Bryant slashed .206/.293/.351 with four home runs, 11 RBI and 20 runs scored over 147 plate appearances in 2020.

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports the Nationals are showing "continued interest" in free agent INF DJ LeMahieu. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi notes that Washington also pursued LeMahieu when he was a free agent two years ago. We've heard that LeMahieu prefers to remain in the New York area, and a return to the Yankees still feels like the eventual outcome here. He's arguably the top second baseman in fantasy baseball entering 2021.

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