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Jurickson Profar's name has been coming up in trade talks with teams during the Winter Meetings. The Oakland Athletics were one of the team's mentioned to be interested in the former number one overall prospect in baseball. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Profar had the best season of his young career with an OPS of .793 to go along with 20 HRs and 77 RBI, while playing five different positions for the Rangers. With Profar's multiple position eligibility and 20 - 30 HR potential, whatever team that trades for him would be acquiring one of the top emerging infielders in the game.


Ken Rosenthal updated his earlier report that the Yankees and J.A. Happ had agreed to a contract, tweeting out that the two sides are close but there is no agreement in place despite his earlier report. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The hangup is reportedly about the length of the deal, but indications are still that it will get done. For now, however, Happ remains a free agent,


Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto indicated on Tuesday that the asking price for Mitch Haniger remains high. (Source: Seattle Times)

Fantasy Impact: Basically Seattle would have to be blown away to consider a deal, or at least that's what they're saying. Part of the desire for a large returns stems from Haniger being under team control through 2022. In 2018 he hit .286/.366/.493 with 23 HR, 90 RBI, 90 runs scored, and eight steals.


Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports it's becoming less and less likely that the Giants trade Madison Bumgarner this winter. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Feinsand adds that a deal still can't be ruled out. It sounds more likely that San Francisco would trade Bumgarner come July if they're out of contention. The former World Series MVP should have no shortage of suitors looking to upgrade their playoff rotation come next year's trade deadline.


Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Red Sox are "openly listening" to offers on Rick Porcello. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boston might want to shed some salary in order to acquire more bullpen help. Porcello is owed $21 million in 2019 before he becomes a free agent. Nightengale adds that rivals insist the Sox are listening to offers on Jackie Bradley and Xander Bogaerts as well.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports Yasiel Puig is the subject of trade rumors between the Dodgers and Reds. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Dodgers are apparently trying to clear money for other pursuits. A number of packages have reportedly been discussed. Puig hit .267 with a .820 OPS and 23 homers in 2018. The Dodgers are the only organization the 28-year-old has ever known.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Yankees are willing to trade Miguel Andujar. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees have been rumored to be involved with the Marlins and Mets about a possible three team trade revolving J.T. Realmuto. It's unclear if Noah Syndergaard would be involved as well, but the Marlins definitely want an MLB ready player in return for Realmuto. An Andujar trade would likely signal a massive attempt by the Yankees to sign Manny Machado. We're in for an interesting couple of days at the winter meetings.


The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the Mets have discussed a three way trade with the Marlins and Yankees in which they would land J.T. Realmuto. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear if Noah Syndergaard would be a part of this deal, but one would have to imagine it's unlikely. There are tons of rumors swirling around the Mets right now. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been aggressive since his first day on the job. This likely isn't the last rumor we'll hear surrounding Realmuto today.


The New York Mets have been in hot pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and may send Noah Syndergaard across town to acquire him. He could apparently be part of a three-way deal between the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If he were to take the short ride from Queens to the Bronx, Thor would instantaneously sky rocket up the SP rankings. Pitching for one of baseball's worst offensive teams, he still registered a 13-4 record with a 3.03 ERA in 2018. If dealt, his win total could reach 20+ pitching for one of, if not the best offense in baseball while maintaining similar ERA and K numbers during the 2019 campaign.


Yankees GM Brian Cashman said at the winter meetings on Monday that Bryce Harper is not an option for his team. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cashman told reporters "I'm surprised you're still asking". He then listed the six outfielders currently on the roster before telling everyone he doesn't see first base as a fit for Harper. It doesn't sound as if the Nationals will land Harper either, so his biggest suitors right now appear to be the Phillies and White Sox.


Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Indians are interested in Alex Verudgo as part of a potential Corey Kluber trade. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cleveland is reportedly looking for a major league ready bat in return for their ace right-hander. The 22-year-old Verdugo hit .260 with a .706 OPS in 37 games for the Dodgers last year. He also crushed Triple-A pitching. A deal isn't close to being done, but it's time to start paying closer attention to these Kluber rumors.


Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Corey Kluber trade talks are "intensifying". (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi adds that the Dodgers are among the teams involved. It's strange to think why the Indians would want to part ways with Kluber, but they have always been looking to get out from a contact a year early rather than a year late. Kluber was once again fantastic in 2018. He led the league in innings and finished top-three in the Cy Young voting for the fourth time in five years. If he actually gets dealt this winter it'll be one of the biggest moves of the off-season.


Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that Robbie Ray will be a popular name at this week's winter meetings. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Fantasy Impact: The Diamondbacks are now in a full rebuild after trading Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals. Arizona definitely wants to move Zack Greinke, but his contract makes it complicated. They'll have an easier time shopping the 27-year-old Ray, who is under team control for two more years. Ray came back to earth somewhat after a great 2017, but he's still a great option for teams looking for rotation help.


Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports Nicholas Castellanos is drawing trade interest at the winter meetings. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi names the Braves as one of the teams who have inquired on Castellanos. The 26-year-old is coming off a career year and has just one year of control left. With Detroit in a rebuild it would make sense to move their star slugger, either this winter or definitely by the trade deadline next July.


Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports several teams have asked the Cubs about Kyle Schwarber, but they've all been told he isn't available. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schwarber, the fourth overall pick in 2014, posted a .823 OPS with 26 homers last year. Chicago has always been very fond of him, so it isn't a surprise to hear he's not available. Schwarber is currently under team control for three more years.


Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports reports Dallas Keuchel is a target of the Atlanta Braves in free agency. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He adds that the team is still looking for one starter, one reliever, and one outfielder. Keuchel is likely the top starter on the market now that Patrick Corbin has signed with Washington. The southpaw has also been linked to Philadelphia and Cincinnati.


The New York Yankees are set to meet with prized free agent Manny Machado but are unwilling to pay $300M according to sources. The Phillies, White Sox, and possibly another mystery team are also in mix. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A move to the Bronx would bring him back to the AL East which he knows well and is full of hitters ballparks. Hitting in front of, or behind the likes of Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez not only offers protection, but could lead to MVP numbers for one of baseball's premier hitters Machado.


Chris Johnson who did not play in the majors in 2018 plans to meet with other major league ball clubs during the winter meetings. (Source: Robert Murray of The Athletic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson did not play in the majors in 2018. He slashed .301/.330/.506 with 10 homers in 62 games in Triple-A for the Norfolk Tides. Johnson, 34, has little to no fantasy value for 2019.


MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports the Braves could consider A.J. Minter for closing duties in 2019. (Source: Braves.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Atlanta had been linked to Edwin Diaz before he was dealt to the Mets, and the club apparently doesn't view any of the free agent relievers as capable of closing. That's besides Craig Kimbrel of course, who's asking price is said to be sky high. The 25-year-old Minter struck out 69 batters in 61 1/3 innings last year to go along with 15 saves. He would be a great fantasy pick if awarded the job.


After the Cardinals made the biggest splash of the offseason so far landing All-Star slugger Paul Goldschmidt, it appears the team isn't done dealing quite yet. Adding the power-hitting first baseman all but eliminates the need for Jose Martinez, which is why the team has already been in trade talks with other teams around the league. The team who has seems to be the most in on Martinez -- and were also trying to trade for Goldschmidt -- is Tampa Bay. (Source: Tim McKernan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A bit of a late bloomer, the 30-year-old Martinez finally got his shot in the bigs in 2018, posting a .305/.364/.457 line with 17 HR and 83 RBI. His emergence was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser for fantasy owners, being so far along in his baseball career without cracking the league. Being a staple in the middle of the Cardinals' order certainly aided in his counting stats, but a move to Tampa -- which would include being placed in a worse offense, and a much worse park -- could make Martinez off limits in fantasy in all but extremely deep leagues.