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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2019, Marte batted .295 with 97 runs scored, 23 home runs, 83 RBI, and 25 stolen bases in 132 games for the Pirates. He joins Madison Bumgarner as key offseason acquisitions by the Diamondbacks as they attempt to climb back into contention in the NL West division.

Category: Transactions

Free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Reds, according to a report from MLB insider Jon Heyman. It is expected to be a multi-year deal. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos batted .289 with 27 home runs, 100 runs scored, 73 RBI, and two stolen bases with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs last season, but he was particularly good for the Cubs after they acquired him via trade. His market moved slowly this offseason, but he now joins a Reds squad that has made a number of moves in hopes of competing in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Brandon Kintzler has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Marlins. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kintzler bounced back from a sub-par 2018 season by pitching to a 2.68 ERA and 1.04 WHIP last year with the Cubs. Although he has a 29-save season on his ledger from a few years back, he's tallied only three saves over the past two seasons, and he has just a 6.34/9 career strikeout rate. Nevertheless, given the state of the Marlins' bullpen, Kintzler should be considered one of the leading candidates to close at the moment, and be drafted late if you're in any need of saves.

Category: Transactions

Eduardo Nunez signed a minor-league deal for $1.25 million with the Mets on Saturday. Nunez can also earn $750,000 in incentives. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nunez hasn't provided meaningful fantasy numbers since 2017, when he batted .313 with 12 home runs and 24 steals. After a dismal partial season with the Red Sox last year, during which he slashed .228/.243/.304, it's difficult to see Nunez becoming fantasy-relevant again. Nevertheless, if he makes the Mets out of spring training, with his ability to play anywhere and the team's injury history, he could potentially be relevant down the line in NL-only leagues.

Category: Transactions

Luis Urias is traveling to the United States to have his wrist examined. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urias developed wrist soreness while playing winter ball in Mexico. As long as this isn't too serious of an injury he should still be expected to open the season as Milwaukee's starting shortstop. Urias struggled in the majors in 2019 but flashed monstrous upside in the minors. It's far too early to write him off as a potential fantasy asset just yet.

Category: Injury Updates

Braves manager Brian Snitker announced that Ronald Acuna will hit leadoff for the duration of the 2020 season. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Acuna began the 2019 season as the Braves' cleanup hitter but has also seemed more comfortable hitting first. This is improtant for fantasy purposes because Acuna was far more aggressive stealing bases while hitting leadoff. He is a consensus top-three fantasy pick come draft day this spring.

A's manager Bob Melvin says A.J. Puk will enter the 2020 season as a starting pitcher. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Puk debuted with the A's last season by making 10 appearances out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old, who missed all of 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, is finally ready to show what he can do as a starter at the big league level. It's unclear if he'll begin the season in the Oakland rotation but we should see him by May at the latest.

The Washington Post reports the Nationals are re-signing Ryan Zimmerman on a one-year, $2 million contract. (Source: Barry Svrluga on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman, who has spent his entire career in Washington, clearly wanted to re-sign following the team's championship season. However, at this point in his career Zimmerman will likely serve as a platoon bat versus left handed pitching.

Category: Transactions

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Rockies and Trevotr Story have agreed to a two-year, $27.5 million contract. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This simply buys out Story's final two years of arbitration. He'll be a free agent after 2021, which is looking like it could be a loaded class. Story is going off the board late in the first round in 2020 fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions

The Nationals signed catcher Welington Castillo to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castillo hit just .209 with 12 homers in 72 games last year. He will be behind Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes on the Nats' depth chart.

Category: Transactions

The Mariners claimed Nick Margevicius off waivers from the Padres. (Source: Mariners PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old lefty posted a 6.79 ERA in the majors last season. However, he has flashed potential in the minor leagues and should see some starts with Seattle in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs have come to terms on a major league contract with free agent outfielder Steven Souza. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The financial terms are not yet known. This is the first major league contract the Cubs have given out this off-season. Souza missed the entire 2019 season after blowing out his knee in March but is a decent, low-risk investment by Chicago. In 2017 he swatted 30 homers.

Category: Transactions

Dennis Lin of The Athletic writes the Padres and Red Sox have had trade discussions surrounding 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lin writes the return for Boston could be centered around Wil Myers and some high-end prospects. Myers would be included so that the Padres could unload his contract. Meanwhile, the Red Sox would be able to begin re-stocking their farm system. However, Lin adds that people familiar with the negotiations say an eventual agreement remains unlikely. Until we hear more concrete rumors fantasy players should operate under the assumption that Betts remains in Boston for 2020.

Category: Rumors

Mitch Haniger is set to undergo core surgery after suffering a setback in his rehab. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The surgery will require 6-8 weeks of rest and rehab, which means Haniger is doubtful to be ready for Opening Day. The 29-year-old appeared in just 63 games last season due to a ruptured testicle and back problems. In 2018 he posted an .859 OPS with 26 homers so there is upside here if he can stay healthy this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Alex Gordon and the Royals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $4 million for 2020. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon has been a mainstay in the Royals' outfield since 2007, so Kansas City fans will rejoice to see him suit up for 2020. In 2019, Gordon batted .266 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI in 633 plate appearances.

Category: Transactions

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets are in agreement with Luis Rojas to be their new manager. (Source: Mike Puma on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The contract is reportedly a multi-year deal. The Mets wound up acting reasonably quickly following the departure of Carlos Beltran. The 38-year-old Rojas now has three weeks to prepare himself before spring training begins.

Marcell Ozuna agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Braves on Tuesday. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ozuna will fill the void that Josh Donaldson left when he signed with the Twins earlier last week. The 29-year old has legit power as he averaged 29 homers and 100 RBI the last three seasons. Ozuna slashed .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs and 12 stolen bases across 549 plate appearances in 2019. He will slot in as the everyday left fielder and likely bat cleanup for a loaded Braves lineup.

Category: Transactions

Dustin Pedroia has reportedly suffered a “significant setback” with his injured left knee. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pedroia had been progressing well but his availability for spring training is now in question. The 36-year-old has played in just nine games over the past two years. He is said to be discussing his options with his family, agent, and the Red Sox.

Category: Injury Updates

Thomas Harding of writes that Nolan Arenado is feeling disrespected by the Rockies' front office. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: "There's a lot of disrespect from people there that I don't want to be a part of. You can quote that" were some of Arenado's words that he exchanged via text message. Arenado has been mentioned in trade rumors this off-season, which has apparently upset the star third baseman. He has an opt out in his contract following the 2021 season, which makes a trade difficult. However, perhaps Arenado would be willing to get rid of that if he's that unhappy with his situation in Colorado.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Braves have come to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract with Felix Hernandez. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. “King Felix” was disastrous in 2019, putting up a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts. He’ll compete for Atlanta’s fifth starter job but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if we’ve seen the last of Hernandez as a big league pitcher.

Category: Transactions

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