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Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a homer on Friday while playing in the Arizona Fall League.

Fantasy Impact: Robles is one of the best prospects in baseball. He's certainly a name worth keeping in mind as fantasy drafts approach next Spring. He could force his way onto the major league roster with a strong Spring Training.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Meadows will not be playing winter ball this off-season, according to Pirates GM Neal Huntington. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Meadows is considered one of the best prospects in baseball, but he was limited to just 81 games in 2017. The fact that he isn't playing winter ball is a sign that the Pirates plan to call him up in 2018. Meadows could skyrocket up fantasy draft boards with a big Spring.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping that Corey Seager's elbow will be able to heal this winter without surgery. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news comes from Dodgers President Andrew Friedman. There's no doubt that Seager's elbow limited him down the stretch this year. He also dealt with a back issue that caused him to miss the NLCS. It'll be important for fantasy players to see positive news surrounding Seager's health before investing an early round pick in him next March.

Free agent starter John Lackey is planning to pitch in 2018 sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear if the Cubs will have interest in bringing back the 39-year-old. Lackey posted a 4.59 ERA in 170 2/3 innings last year. By the end of the season he was pitching out of long relief. Wherever he winds up he will be well off the fantasy radar.

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, teams that have talked to Scott Boras about J.D. Martinez are getting the impression that he is seeking a $200 million contract this off-season. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez, along with Eric Hosmer, is the top bat on the market. It makes sense for Boras to shoot for the moon when Martinez is coming off a career year. The 30-year-old outfielder hit 45 homers in just 119 games this past season. Many teams figure to bid over his services this winter.

The Dodgers have exercised their $8.5 million club option for Logan Forsythe, according to Chris Cotillo. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Forsythe had a down year, hitting just .224/.351/.327 with six home runs in 119 games. But he should go in as the favorite for the second base job and, if he can remain healthy, could be a viable middle-infield option in mixed leagues given the Dodgers' strong lineup.

Category: Transactions

Welington Castillo declined his $7 million player option with the Orioles on Monday. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castillo is coming off a fantastic year, during which he slugged 20 homers and finished with a .282/.323/.490 slash line. Wherever he goes, Castillo is likely to move to a worse park for hitters, which will hurt his value somewhat next year. As for the Orioles, they will likely go with a split between Caleb Joseph and Chance Sisco behind the dish.

Category: Transactions

According to Johnny Cueto's agent he will not be opting out of the final four years on his contract with the San Francisco Giants. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cueto has $84 million left on his deal, and an opt out didn't make sense after a disappointing season. The 31-year-old posted a 4.52 ERA across 25 starts in 2017. He could be a target for fantasy players next March as a bounce back candidate.

Masahiro Tanaka will not be exercising his opt out this winter, instead choosing to remain with the New York Yankees for the next three season. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka will earn $67 million through 2020, and said this was a "simple decision". The 29-year-old excelled in the post-season, but wasn't as dominant in the regular season. He posted a 4.74 ERA with 194 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings pitched. The strikeouts and potential for wins make him a legit number two fantasy starter heading into next season.

Jose Bautista has officially had his 2018 club option declined by the Toronto Blue Jays, making him a free agent. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The option was a mutual one for $17 million with a $500,000 buyout. It was a rough year for the 37-year-old. He stayed healthy and played in 157 games, but hit just .203/.308/.366 with 23 homers. Bautista will likely have to settle for a one-year deal somewhere.

The Mets announced that they have picked up the $8.5 million option on Cabrera. He turns 32 this month. He batted .280 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in the 2016-17 season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Mets wanted a utility infielder as they look to rebound from a forgettable 2016-17 season. With David Wright's health in question, Cabrera will likely play a lot at third base.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports there is an expectation that Eric Hosmer will be pursued by the Red Sox in free agency. (Source: FanRag Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The fit makes sense since Mitch Moreland is a free agent and Hanley Ramirez looks better as a full time DH. Hosmer had a career year in 2017, batting .318 with 25 homers. He's expected to command a contract north of $100 million, so Boston will have competition for the 28-year-old first baseman.

The Astros have picked up Marwin Gonzalez's $5.125 million option for the 2018 season. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter.)

Fantasy Impact: The Astros also picked up Jose Altuve's $6 million option. Both of these were easy decisions. Gonzalez had a breakout year in 2017, hitting .303 with a .907 OPS to go along with 23 homers, 90 RBIs, and eight stolen bases. His positional flexibility makes him appealing to both the Astros and fantasy players alike.

Nationals catcher Matt Wieters is planning to pick up his $10.5 million player option to remain in Washington next season. (Source: Marc Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wieters got off to a hot start in 2017 but faded badly down the stretch. By the end of the fantasy regular season he wasn't worth starting in single catcher formats. He should remain the Nationals' starter but fantasy players should look elsewhere when selecting a catcher next March.

The Miami Marlins have declined Ichiro's $2 million option for the 2018 season. (Source: Bleacher Report on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ichiro is about to turn 45 but has said he wants to continue playing until he's 50. He hit just .255 this past season, but could provide value as a fourth outfielder to a young team. During his prime Ichiro was one of the best we have ever seen. In the 10 year stretch from 2001-2010 he hit .300 or better 10 times, won 10 gold gloves, and started in 10 All-Star games.

Justin Upton and the Los Angeles Angels agreed on a five year contract that will keep him under club control through 2022. (Source: Bill Shaikin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Upton was considering opting out of his current deal, but the Angels did not want that to happen after dealing for him this past summer. Upton is going to get plenty of RBI chances hitting behind Mike Trout for a full season next year. The 30-year-old outfielder hit 35 homers with a .901 OPS in 2017.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is hopeful that Daniel Murphy (knee) will be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season. (Source: Chelsea Janes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The second baseman underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his knee back in October. It's too early in the off-season to know whether or not Murphy will be ready come Opening Day, but we should be hearing plenty of updates throughout the winter. When healthy he is one of the best fantasy options at his position.

Miguel Sano (leg) will undergo surgery on November 13th in New York. (Source: Dustin Moore on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Back in August Sano was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left shin. He tried to come back for the post-season but was unable to play in the American League Wild Card game. Sano should be considered questionable to start 2018.

Craig Kimbrel will stay with the Red Sox in 2018 after the club picked up his $13 million option Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is one of the top closers in the game and it was not a surprise that the Red Sox picked up his option. Expect Kimbrel to compete for the top closer in fantasy going into 2018 after finishing with a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 35 saves.

Chris Sale will remain with Boston in 2018 after the club exercised its $12.5 million option Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a no-brainer move by the Red Sox. Sale had a Cy Young caliber season with 17 wins, 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 308 strikeouts. Expect Sale to be a top-five pitcher in fantasy going into 2018.