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The Toronto Blue Jays and shortstop Bo Bichette have avoided arbitration. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nicholson-Smith notes while the terms of the deal are unclear, it's possible a multi-year contract was agreed upon. The star shortstop is coming off another big season from 2022 in which he hit .290 with 24 home runs, 13 stolen bases, and an .802 OPS across 159 games. In fact, his 129 wRC+ from 2022 was even better than his 122 mark from 2021 when he hit 29 home runs with 25 stolen bases while exceeding 100 runs and RBI. Bichette is among the top-tier of MLB shortstops and stands to be one of the first three shortstops taken off the draft board.


Free agent reliever Ken Giles is set to hold a throwing session for interested teams on Wednesday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Injuries -- including Tommy John surgery -- have essentially wiped out each of Giles' last three seasons as he's pitched just eight MLB innings since the start of 2020. His last full season was sheer dominance, however, as he worked to a 1.87 ERA and 39.9% K% while saving 23 games across 53 appearances for the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays. With at least 15 teams expected to attend his workout, it's reasonable to expect Giles to land at least a minor-league deal with an invite to MLB spring training.


Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Paul Sewald should be ready for the opening of spring training following offseason elbow and heel procedures. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The elbow and heel procedures were only minor and all signs point toward a healthy spring for the right-hander. Sewald enjoyed a fine 2022 season that included a 2.67 ERA and 29.8% K% along with 20 saves across 65 appearances. He should collect more saves in 2023 but will see competition from Andres Munoz -- also recovering from an injury -- for closing duties.

Category: Injury Updates


Seattle Mariners reliever Andres Munoz is progressing toward throwing off a mound following foot surgery. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Munoz underwent the procedure on Oct. 27 and is said to be two weeks removed from a walking boot and beginning a throwing program. That said, he should be ready for Opening Day barring a setback. The 24-year-old could be in line for plenty of save opportunities on the heels of a 2.49 ERA and 38.7% K% from last season and would be a significantly valuable fantasy asset if that's the case.


Seattle Mariners utilityman Sam Haggerty has begun full baseball activity following a late-season groin injury in 2022. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Haggerty hurt his groin sliding into second base in the final week of the regular season and missed the postseason as a result. General manager Jerry Dipito cautioned Haggerty might be a little behind as ramp-ups begin at camp, however. Haggerty enjoyed a productive season that included a .738 OPS and 114 wRC+ across 83 games but limited playing time will cap any fantasy value in 2023.

Category: Injury Updates


Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy is a full go for baseball activity after suffering a dislocated shoulder in 2022. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Murphy's 2022 season ended after just 14 games due to a dislocated shoulder that required surgery. The 31-year-old has brought notable power to the table in form of a career .205 isolated power while his bat's production has been exactly league average as per his 100 wRC+. That's certainly favorable production from a backup catcher as he and Cal Raleigh bring plenty of thump to the table from behind the dish in Seattle.


Seattle Mariners utilityman Dylan Moore has suffered a setback in his recovery from offseason core surgery. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: In touching on several Mariners injury updates, general manager Jerry Dipito told the media Moore could be somewhat limited early in spring training workouts but did not want to create a concern regarding Opening Day. Moore hit six homers with 21 stolen bases and a .753 OPS across 104 games in 2022 and could see playing time at every non-pitching position save for catcher and perhaps center field for the Mariners in 2023.

Category: Injury Updates


Seattle Mariners superstar Julio Rodriguez is healed from a broken pinkie finger suffered in the playoffs. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Rogriguez hurt his finger sliding into second base in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros. General manager Jerry Dipito relayed Rogriguez is working out aggressively, leading to the notion he will be good to go for spring training later this month. The 22-year-old exploded out of the gate with 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and an .854 OPS across 132 games in 2022, claiming AL Rookie of the Year honors in the process.


Seattle Mariners first baseman Evan White is healthy following sports hernia surgery. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: It's been a tough go for White who underwent hip flexor surgery in 2021 before his 2022 campaign was cut short due to a hernia injury that required surgery. The 26-year-old has struggled mightily with the bat at the big-league level, hitting just .165 with 10 home runs and a .543 OPS across 84 games and 306 trips to the plate. Perhaps known most for signing a six-year, $24 million contract before even playing a single MLB game, he'll need to outduel Ty France for playing time at first base in 2023.


Seattle Mariners top prospect Harry Ford received an invitation to MLB spring training. (Source: Seattle Mariners on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Just 19 years of age, Ford posted an .863 OPS with 11 home runs across 104 games at the Single-A level last season. A 2021 first-round pick, Ford will see his first taste of big-league action early in the spring for the Mariners before being sent to minor-league spring training. It won't be long until he is at big-league camp competing for an Opening Day roster spot.


New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is completely recovered from a knee injury suffered in the playoffs. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks hurt his left knee in a collision with shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Cleveland Guardians. and missed the entire ALCS against the Houston Astros as a result. He scuffled to a .216 average with eight homers and 10 steals in 130 games last season and will be challenged for playing time by the 23-year-old Cabrera in left field in 2023.

Category: Injury Updates


New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is performing baseball activities at the team's spring training complex in Florida. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: LeMahieu avoided surgery with a toe injury that ended up being a ligament injury under his second right toe. The ailment hampered LeMahieu down the stretch as he hit just .228 with a .635 OPS after the All-Star break and was eventually left off the Yankees' postseason rosters. The 34-year-old figures to play all over the infield in 2023 but may not see full-time duties without a set position to begin the season.

Category: Injury Updates


Baltimore Orioles reliever Nick Vespi is hoping to be ready for Opening Day following hernia surgery. (Source: Andy Kostka on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vespi underwent the hernia procedure on Jan. 5 and while he should be ready for Opening Day, he will not participate for Italy at the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The southpaw didn't allow a single earned run across 26 Triple-A appearances before posting a 4.10 ERA and 25% K% across 25 MLB outings, earning his first career save in the process.

Category: Injury Updates


The New York Yankees have invited prospect Jasson Dominguez to MLB spring training. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Both Dominguez and Yankees No. 1 prospect Anthony Volpe received invites to big league camp. The 20-year-old Dominguez reached Double-A in 2022, but appeared in just five games and recorded a homer and a stolen base in that time. Previously, he hit .306 with six homers and 17 steals across 40 games at the High-A level following a promotion from A-ball. All told, he hit .273 with 16 home runs and 37 stolen bases across 120 minor-league contests in 2022. Dominguez should start the 2023 campaign at the Double-A level.


The New York Yankees have invited top prospect Anthony Volpe to big league spring training. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Volpe, MLB Pipeline's fifth-ranked prospect, split the 2022 season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He hit 18 home runs with 44 stolen bases across 110 games at Double-A before scuffling to a .236 average with three homers and six steals in 22 games at Triple-A. Still just 21, Volpe's first MLB spring training might be his last before getting a real shot at cracking the Opening Day roster.


The Chicago Cubs have invited top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong to MLB spring training. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Cubs are looking to give their top prospect and the 28th-ranked MLB Pipeline prospect a glimpse into the big leagues after a strong performance at High-A last season. Crow-Armstrong hit .287 with nine home runs and 19 stolen bases across 63 games after raking at the A-ball level through 38 games. Still just 20, Crow-Armstrong has plenty of minor-league seasoning left on his plate but his athleticism and defense are fine complements to his bat and should have him in the big leagues well before his peers.


Boston Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock has already begun working out at Red Sox spring training. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't terribly surprising news considering Whitlock has arrived early due to a hip injury that required surgery in the offseason. He's expected to transition into a full-time starter's role in 2023 after making nine starts a season ago. He turned in a tidy 3.45 ERA across 78 1/3 innings between the rotation and bullpen last season and figures to sport significant fantasy upside if his hip isn't an issue following the offseason procedure.


The Miami Marlins and infielder Jon Berti have avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract. (Source: Christina De Nicola on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As De Nicola notes, the deal comes with a club option for the 2024 season as well. While Berti doesn't offer much in terms of power with a career .109 isolated power, Berti's 41 stolen bases from last season lead all of baseball and came in just 102 games played. That's a far cry from the eight he stole in 85 games in the 2021 campaign. Unfortunately, Berti's playing time is set to take a hit with Luis Arraez in the picture at his second-base position. He projects for another 20-plus steal season, however, a total lack of home-run power puts a hard cap on his fantasy upside.


Kyle Tucker has been in contact with the Astros regarding a potential contract extension. (Source: Brian McTaggart on MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Astros GM Dana Brown revealed that he has been in discussions with Tucker with his arbitration approaching. He also added that there were discussions prior to his arrival in Houston as well. The 26-year-old had another solid season in 2022 with a .348 wOBA and .808 OPS and would benefit from staying in the powerful Astros lineup for the long haul.

Category: Rumors


The New York Yankees have signed pitcher Matt Bowman to a minor-league contract. (Source: Mark Feisand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's an interesting signing considering Bowman hasn't pitched professionally since the 2019 season. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 and missed the 2021 and 2022 seasons afterwards. Nonetheless, the 31-year-old owns a solid 4.02 ERA/3.67 FIP across 183 career big-league appearances between the Cardinals and Reds organizations.