Sun, Nov 28th 10:59pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Mets are "closing in" on a multiyear contract with free agent RHP Max Scherzer. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Multiple other sources have been linking Scherzer to the Mets throughout the day on Sunday. This would be a major boost to the team's starting rotation if a deal goes through. Scherzer would team up with Jacob deGrom to form arguably the best 1-2 pitching duo we've seen in quite some time.
Fri, Nov 26th 5:33pm EST
By Andersen Pickard
The Orioles are open to trade offers involving up-and-coming outfielder star Cedric Mullins, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Any deal would, of course, require a large prospect haul in return. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Heyman notes that the Phillies, Rangers, Astros, Giants, Mets, and Yankees all need outfield help, though it's unclear if any of these teams have engaged in trade talks. The Orioles' asking price is high and they would presumably want to trade him outside of the AL East (or potentially outside of the entire AL altogether).
Tue, Nov 23rd 12:42pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports Wander Franco and the Rays are "moving close" to a long-term deal. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Topkin adds that the deal isn't finalized and that there are still details to be worked out after Thanksgiving. He also notes that the deal is expected to be for more than 10 years with close to $200 million in guaranteed. If completed, this would be the largest contract ever given to a player with less than one year of MLB service time. It would also be the largest contract in Rays history.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports Reds RHP Luis Castillo is already drawing trade interest from several teams. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Morosi adds that the Reds are willing to listen to offers for the 28-year-old, who is eligible for free agency after 2023. Castillo got off to a horrendous start in 2021 but was fantastic over the season's final four months. From June onwards he registered a 2.73 ERA with a 3.35 xFIP and 144 strikeouts in 135 1/3 innings. He would be a phenomenal get for any team trading for his services.
Sat, Nov 6th 7:29pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Mark Berman of FOX26 reports the Astros are offering impending free agent Carlos Correa five years and $160 million. (Source: Mark Berman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: That comes out to $32 million per season, but unless Correa really wants to be in Houston it's unlikely he accepts a deal like this so early in the offseason. As one of the top free agents on the market this winter, we'd expect Correa's negotiations to drag out a bit.
Impending free agent pitcher Jon Gray recently rejected the Rockies' three-year extension offer worth between $35 million and $40 million. (Source: The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: Despite being out of playoff contention, the Rockies held on to both Gray and Trevor Story at the deadline. The initial plan was to issue a qualifying offer to the former, but that no longer appears to be in the cards after he went 2-6 with a 5.71 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and .277 OBA through 13 games in the second half of the year.
Fri, Nov 5th 7:57pm EDT
By Andersen Pickard
Zack Greinke will leave the Astros in free agency, but he still hopes to continue pitching in 2022. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the veteran pitcher hopes to sign with a team in the National League. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Greinke went 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA, 4.21 xFIP, and .263 BABIP through 30 games in 2021. The 37-year-old did limit himself to a 1.89 BB/9 rate, but his 6.32 K/9 rate was disconcerting. With that said, he should have no trouble latching on with an NL team as a veteran presence near the back-end of a rottaion.
Mon, Oct 18th 5:36pm EDT
By Kamran Hoda
The San Francisco Giants had dialogue during the season with Brandon Belt on a contract extension and hope to get a deal done during the offseason. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Belt was huge for the Giants in their incredible regular season. He hit .274/.378/.597 with 29 homers in 97 games.
Mon, Oct 18th 5:32pm EDT
By Kamran Hoda
Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi made it clear that bringing back Buster Posey next year is a high priority. The Giants can simply exercise Posey's $22 million club option if they want or look for a long-term contract. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Posey showed in his 2021 campaign that he still has the ability to play at an elite level at the catcher position. He hit .304/.390/.499 with 18 homers in 113 games during the season.
Braves pitcher Ian Anderson will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Brewers on Monday afternoon. (Source: Grant McAuley on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Anderson looked good in the regular season, going 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA, 124 strikeouts, and 53 walks. However, he has an even better resume in the postseason. During playoff action last year, the right-hander went 2-0 with just two earned runs over 18.2 innings of work.
Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Braves on Monday afternoon. (Source: Will Sammon on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Peralta will toe the rubber with the series tied at one apiece. 2021 was his best season in the majors as he went 10-5 with a 2.81 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and .165 OBA through 28 outings.
Rays pitcher Collin McHugh will serve as the opener during Game 4 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Monday evening. (Source: Tricia Whitaker on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The original plan was for Luis Patino to start, but he was called on to throw 1.1 innings of relief work during Sunday's loss. Instead, Tampa Bay will turn to McHugh, who was dominant in the regular season but allowed three runs over 1.2 innings against Boston on Friday.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will "most likely" start Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Monday in Boston. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The original plan was for Boston to roll out Nick Pivetta as its starter, but he ended up throwing four dominant scoreless innings (three hits, one walk, seven strikeouts) in relief on Sunday. As such, Rodriguez, who allowed two runs over 1.2 innings in Game 1, will get the nod. Chris Sale, who struggled in Game 2, could be available out of the bullpen.
Astros pitcher Jose Urquidy will start Game 4 of the ALDS against the White Sox. (Source: Julia Morales on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The White Sox won on Sunday, forcing a Game 4 in Chicago where Urquidy gets a shot at sending the Astros to the ALCS. While it won't be easy considering Chicago will deploy Carlos Rodon on Monday, Urquidy looked solid in the regular season, too. Through 20 starts, he went 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and .218 OBA in addition to 90 strikeouts and 19 walks. The right-hander has allowed just eight runs through 25.2 innings of postseason work in his career.
White Sox starter Carlos Rodon will get the nod for a pivotal ALDS Game 4 clash against the Astros in Chicago. (Source: Jesse Rogers on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rodon has dealt with shoulder fatigue as of late and hasn't pitched since Sept. 29. However, with Chicago down 2-1 to Houston, manager Tony La Russa is turning to one of the best pitchers in MLB to try to extend the series. Through 24 starts this year, the southpaw went 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and .189 OBA. He allowed just six earned runs over 28 innings between August and September.
Rays pitcher Drew Rasmussen will start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Sunday. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rasmussen, 26, has just one postseason appearance in his career: a scoreless, two-strikeout inning of work while pitching for the Brewers in 2020. This past season with Milwaukee and Tampa Bay, he racked up a 2.84 ERA with 73 walks and 25 strikeouts through 35 games (10 starts) and a total of 76 innings. The Rays have yet to name a starter for Game 4.
Sat, Oct 9th 9:58pm EDT
By Andersen Pickard
Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta will "most likely" start during Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays, according to manager Alex Cora. The skipper was unable to make the announcement will full confidence, though, adding, "But we'll see." (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Assuming Pivetta starts, Eduardo Rodriguez and Chris Sale, who started Games 1 and 2, respectively, would likely be available out of the bullpen in some capacity for Game 4. Right now, the series is tied at one apiece, meaning it will last at least four games. It won't be clear until Monday evening whether or not a Game 5 will be necessary.
Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays at Fenway Park on Sunday. (Source: Ian Browne on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After falling behind in Game 1, Boston evened the series at one apiece with a commanding comeback win in St. Petersburg on Friday. Now, with the series tied, Eovaldi, who has been Boston's best pitcher, will get the nod at home. He was dominant in the Wild Card game, racking up eight strikeouts while allowing one run, four hits, and zero walks through 5.1 innings of work.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Padres are expected to pursue RHP Marcus Stroman this offseason. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: The Padres' rotation fell apart down the stretch, so it's obvious why the team is interested in Stroman's steady presence. He posted a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts this season.