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Kodai Senga reportedly had an "iffy" physical before Mets doctors approved the contract. (Source: Jon Heyman of the New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: The exact details of what was off in his physical are unknown, but it isn't uncommon for young Japanese pitchers to have more wear and tear on their arms due to pitching more compared to US starters. This was said to also have impacted how much he got in his contract ($75 million). With all that being said, the Mets are confident that he will be healthy and ready to roll for the start of the 2023 season, but this will certainly be a situation worth monitoring throughout Spring Training.

Category: Injury Updates

The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Kevin Pillar to a minor-league deal. (Source: Chris Harris on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Once a staple in the Toronto Blue Jays' lineup from 2015-2019, Pillar has bounced around of late. Known more for his glovework than his bat, Pillar was a solid combination of power and speed, hitting 15 home runs as recently as the 2021 season. He most recently appeared in four games with the Dodgers in 2022, recording just one hit across 13 trips to the plate.

Category: Transactions

The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Magneuris Sierra to a minor-league deal. (Source: Chris Harris on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sierra will also be invited to MLB camp. The 26-year-old outfielder spent the 2022 season with the Angels, scuffling to a .165 average with zero homers and six steals across 45 appearances. In fact, Sierra has yet to hit a home run across 636 trips to the plate at the MLB level while swiping 29 bases in that time.

Category: Transactions

The Cincinnati Reds have signed third baseman Jason Vosler to a minor-league deal. (Source: Mark Sheldon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The pact comes along with an invite to MLB spring training. The 29-year-old Vosler got into 36 games with the Giants in 2022, hitting .265 with four home runs and an impressive .811 OPS across 111 trips to the plate. Vosler's bat has been exactly league average with a 100 wRC+ across 456 career plate appearances. He will compete with Spencer Steer and the newly-signed Chad Pinder, among others, for reps at the hot corner in Cincy.

Category: Transactions

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed reliever Jeurys Familia to a minor-league deal. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: To little surprise, the pact comes with an invite to MLB camp. Still just 33 years old, Familia had long been a reliable back-end reliever until the 2022 season when he tossed 44 1/3 innings of 6.09 ERA ball split between the Phillies and Red Sox. He's only recorded one save over the last four seasons, however, and will need to show out well in order to get into the high-leverage mix with the D-backs in 2023.

Miami Marlins pitcher Jesús Luzardo has won his arbitration hearing with the club. (Source: Mark Feisand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Luzardo will take home a $2.45 million salary in 2023 rather than the $2.1 million amount filed by the team. The former A's top prospect excelled in his first full season with the Marlins in 2022, turning a 3.32 ERA/3.12 FIP alongside a healthy 30% K% across 18 starts. The 25-year-old should settle into the second or third rotation spot for the Fish in 2023 and is an attractive fantasy option following his breakout season.

Los Angeles Angels third baseman is said feeling fantastic after another injury-plagued 2022 season. (Source: Jon Heyman at the New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Between long-term hamstring and wrist injuries, Rendon has suited up for just 105 games across the last two seasons for the Halos. After a fine first season in L.A., Rendon has fallen well below his standards since, hitting just .235 with 11 home runs and a .709 OPS across 442 trips to the plate. If the Angels are to play postseason baseball for the first time since 2014, they will need a healthy season from their $245 million third baseman.

Free agent Yuli Gurriel is seeking $3 million on his next contract. (Source: Jon Heyman at the New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for Gurriel, he hit free agency one year too late. After leading the American League with a .319 batting average as part of a 132 wRC+ in the 2021 season, Gurriel hit just .242 with an 85 wRC+ in the 2022 campaign. With the Astros signing Jose Abreu this winter, a reunion in Houston seems unlikely for the 38-year-old. A .284 lifetime hitter in the big leagues, Gurriel should be able to find a landing spot even if it doesn't match his asking price.

Category: Rumors

Free agent pitcher Cole Hamels is receiving interest following a throwing session. (Source: Jon Heyman at the New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: In his piece, Heyman categorizes Hamels' throwing session as 'impressive'. Should he make it back, it would be quite the comeback story as Hamels hasn't pitched since 2020 when he threw just 3 1/2 innings for the Braves. In other words, he hasn't pitched meaningful big league baseball since his 27 starts with the 2019 Cubs when he pitched to a 3.81 ERA and 23.2% K%. Once one of the game's best, Hamels appears likely to get at least a spring training look from an MLB club.

Category: Rumors

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is throwing near his Washington home. (Source: Jon Heyman at the New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: The news is mildly encouraging as Strasburg was shut down for the 2022 season after making just one start and eventually undergoing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery. The 2019 World Series MVP has pitched just 31 1/3 innings across three seasons after winning the title due to a myriad of injuries. At age 34 and coming off a wildly uncertain injury, Strasburg's future remains cloudy as ever despite his continued throwing.

Category: Injury Updates

Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh underwent offseason surgery on his thumb and catching hand. (Source: Adam Jude on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Raleigh told the media he had surgery to repair a broken thumb and torn ligaments in his catching hand. After scuffling in his MLB debut in the 2021 season, Raleigh broke out with 27 home runs in 2022 to lead all catchers in that department. The good news is it's also been reported he caught a bullpen session and said he's feeling great. Raleigh's underlying metrics backed up his prodigious power output from a season ago as he should rack up plenty more long balls - and perhaps more playing time - in 2023.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed utilityman Chris Owings to a minor-league deal. (Source: Alex Stumpf on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Owings' deal comes with an invite to big league camp. in parts of 10 MLB seasons, Owings owns a .239 lifetime average along with 37 home runs and 79 stolen bases across 712 appearances, most of which came with the Arizona D-backs. He spent the 2022 season with the Baltimore Orioles, hitting just .107 with no homers and one stolen base across 68 trips to the plate.

The Texas Rangers have signed outfielder Travis Jankowski to a minor-league contract. (Source: Texas Rangers PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The pact comes with an invite to major league spring training. Jankowski has seen MLB action every season since entering the league in 2015. He owns a career .236 average with nine homers in that time but is a factor on the basepaths with 72 career stolen bases. After splitting his 2022 season between the Mets and Mariners, Jankowski is one of a long list of potential Rangers outfield options in 2023.

The Texas Rangers have signed pitcher Ian Kennedy to a minor-league deal. (Source: Texas Rangers PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a potential return to Texas for Kennedy as he made 32 appearances for them in the 2021 season, racking up 16 saves and a healthy 2.51 ERA as well. Kennedy spent the 2022 season with the D-backs but scuffled to a 5.36 ERA with just 10 saves across 57 appearances. However, Kennedy should get a serious look for back-end bullpen duties and potential save opportunities with the Rangers if he can rebound in his age-38 season.

The Texas Rangers have signed pitcher Danny Duffy to a minor-league deal. (Source: Texas Rangers PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The pact comes with an invite to major league spring training. The long-time Kansas City Royals lefty was traded to the Dodgers at the 2021 trade deadline, but a forearm issue not only caused him to miss the remainder of the 2021 season but the entirety of the 2022 campaign as well. When healthy, the 34-year-old has been productive with a career 3.95 ERA across 234 appearances and 204 starts. Given his 2.51 ERA and 25.8% K% prior to his 2021 trade, Duffy makes sense as a low-risk addition for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers have signed outfielder Jackson Frazier to a minor-league pact. (Source: Texas Rangers PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The minor-league deal comes with an invite to big-league spring training. Fraizer has failed to live up to his prospect hype after being taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft. He's appeared in just 247 career games, hitting .238 with 29 homers and a .756 OPS in that time. While his career 105 wRC+ represents a bat 5% more productive than the league average, he posted an 83 mark in 2021 and a 97 mark in 2022 when he played in just 19 games with the Cubs, failing to hit a home run in 45 plate appearances. He's one of a long list of Rangers outfielders that will compete for a roster spot in camp.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Adam Duvall is a full go after dealing with a wrist injury last season. (Source: Gabrielle Starr on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The ailment helped limit Duvall to just 86 games with the Braves, but he still managed a solid 12 home runs despite continued strikeout woes. Duvall hit 38 home runs in the 2021 season between the Marlins and Braves after smashing 16 in just 57 contests in the shortened 2020 campaign. If Duvall can maintain regular playing time he could be a nice source of home runs given the hitter-friendly nature of the left-field confines of Fenway Park.

New York Yankees pitcher Michael King is expected to be ready for Opening Day. (Source: Brendan Kuly at The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: This is miraculous news for the Yankees considering the gruesome elbow fracture King suffered in late September. He managed to avoid Tommy John surgery after what was a breakout season for the 27-year-old. King posted a stout 2.29 ERA and 32.2% K% across 34 appearances, all of which came out of the Yankees' bullpen. King could be used cautiously in the early going but could get into the saves mix depending on how the back end of the Yankees' bullpen performs in the early going.

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed reliever Pete Fairbanks to a three-year contract extension. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal is worth $12 million for the fire-balling right-hander. Injuries limited Fairbanks to just 24 outings in 2022, but he still managed eight saves while dominating to the tune of a 1.13 ERA and 43.7% K% in that time. Fairbanks should see a healthy amount of save opportunities at the back end of the Rays' bullpen and provides more than enough strikeout upside to warrant serious consideration on draft day.

Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson is expected to play 140-150 games in 2023. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The workload expectation came straight from manager David Bell, so long as Stephenson remains healthy. The highly-touted 26-year-old was limited to just 50 games in 2022 due to a broken collarbone but hit .319 with six home runs and an .854 OPS in that time. Stephenson has hit .296 with 18 homers and an .823 OPS through the first 190 games of his big-league career and should be viewed as a high-end catching target as a result.