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The San Diego Padres are deep into talks to acquire outfielder Tommy Pham for outfielder Hunter Renfroe and top prospect Xavier Edwards, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Renfroe has flashed potential, he has not exactly lived up to the expectations of most scouts. A move to the Rays would give him a change of scenery and a move to a more hitter-friendly home ballpark, which could positively affect his fantasy value.

The San Diego Padres are deep into talks to acquire outfielder Tommy Pham from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan. Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe is expected to be included in the proposed return. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While no deal is official yet, Passan's report indicates that one is close. The Padres are aggressively overhauling their roster after acquiring Manny Machado last season, and the Rays are always interested in swapping veterans and their salaries for potential.

Stephen Strasburg is set to meet with the New York Yankees on Wednesday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg will be the latest top free agent SP to meet with the Yankees after the Bombers held a meeting with Gerrit Cole earlier this week. New York seems to have concerns that both Cole and Strasburg are more interested elsewhere, but the Yankees certainly have shown an ability to write a check that's been hard to refuse in the past. Strasburg would be negatively impacted by a move to the American League, much less the AL East, but he would still be an elite arm come draft day.

The Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent SP Hyun-Jin Ryu. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryu is in a perfect spot to cash in after a pristine 2019 campaign. While he could ultimately chase the best contract he can find, there is speculation that he would prefer to remain on the west coast, if not rejoin the Dodgers. The Blue Jays are one of many teams that have expressed interest in Ryu, and his landing spot will ultimlately play some role in his draft day cost. Still, he's likely to be one of the top arms targeted following his stellar 2019 campaign.

The Toronto Blue Jays have checked in on free agent SP Michael Pineda. (Source: Scott Mitchell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pineda pitched for the Twins in 2019 prior to receiving a 60-game ban for performance-enhancing drug use. As a result, he'll be sidelined for just over the first month of the 2020 season. This will certainly impact his fantasy value, as will his ultimate landing spot this winter. When he was active in 2019, Pineda was effective, tossing a 4.01 ERA and 1.158 WHIP with nearly a strikeout per inning over 146 frames spanning 26 starts.

Per Henry Schulman, there are currently "no active negotiations on a contract with" Kevin Pillar. This does not mean the Giants and Pillar cannot come to an agreement before today's 5 pm arbitration deadline. (Source: Henry Schulman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pillar was one of the few bright spots for the Giants in an otherwise lackluster 2019. Pillar hit .272 with nine home runs in the second half while still showing off what he can do with the glove in center. With that said, signing another contract with San Fransisco doesn't bode well for his fantasy value given the ballpark and the talent currently in that lineup. If he signs with the Giants, most of Pillar's value will come from his high volume role. There is some potential for a small bump in value if Pillar ends up in a more favorable situation, but he continues to be a late-round option in deeper leagues.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Mets have interest in Pirates outfielder Starling Marte. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 31-year-old Marte is currently under team control for two more seasons. Pittsburgh isn't going to the playoffs anytime soon so it would make sense to trade him. New York is seeking a right-handed hitting center fielder, which is obviously in line with Marte's profile.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports there is a "huge market" for free agent starter Zack Wheeler. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyman lists the Twins, White Sox, and Mets as some of the teams in the mix for the 29-year-old right-hander. It's very possible he signs before either of Stephen Strasburg or Gerrit Cole do.

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Cubs have begun extension talks with infielder Javier Baez. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old Baez has been the Cubs' best player the past two seasons. In 2019 he hit .281 with 29 homers, 11 steals, and an .847 OPS. He's currently under team control for two more years.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen says the team will not be trading Noah Syndergaard this off-season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: New York has flirted with the idea of trading Thor before but has never gotten the right offer. With the team now ready to contend it wouldn't make sense for them to trade away their number-two starter. Syndergaard is currently under team control through 2021.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes the Padres will attempt to sign Fernando Tatis Jr. to a long-term contract this off-season. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: We saw a plethora of contract extensions being signed last winter so it'll be interesting to see if that trend continues. Tatis would likely need around $100 million for him to sign this soon. That's about what Ronald Acuna got last off-season.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has appeared in just nine games over the last two seasons, is expected to attempt another return to baseball in 2020. (Source: Boston Herald on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox have some financial complications heading into 2020, and Pedroia's $13.75M cap hit is not exactly new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom's easier issues. If Pedroia can return to his 2016 form, when he batted .318 and produced 201 hits and 105 runs, then this would be less of an issue and Pedroia would be considered a value. However, the fact that he has not been fully healthy in more than two years makes his contract a paint point.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports teams in search of catching help are getting the sense that Willson Contreras could become available this off-season. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cubs need to get creative this winter. There are plenty of catchers available in free agency, which could make Contreras more expendable in the eyes of the Cubs. The 27-year-old is under team control through 2022.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports the White Sox are talking to Jose Abreu about a possible long term contract. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Abreu wants to stay in Chicago and the White Sox would like to keep him, so this makes sense. The 32-year-old would be unlikely to garner much interest on the open market despite his impressive 2019 results. He's a well respected veteran leader for Chicago's growing core.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Rangers have expressed interest in free agent Josh Donaldson. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rangers reportedly have "money to spend" and are prioritizing third base and starting pitching. Donaldson was fantastic in 2019, batting .259 with 37 homers and 94 RBI. A return to Atlanta also remains a possibility.

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area writes that Madison Bumgarner is seen as a "priority" for the Braves this winter. (Source: NBC Sports Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Bumgarner was given a qualifying offer from the Giants but is expected to reject it. He'll be looking for a multi-year deal this off-season and Atlanta certainly has a need for starting pitching. The former World Series MVP posted a 3.90 ERA over 34 starts in 2019.

Pirates starter Chris Archer will likely have his $8.25M 2020 option picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a report from MLB insider Jon Heyman. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even for the cost-conscious Pirates, this move makes a lot of sense. Archer did not have a good 2019, but he has been a front-of-the-rotation starter in the past, $8.25M is not an enormous price tag for a quality starter, and they dealt significant pieces to acquire him in the first place.

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