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Brendan McKay will pitch on a standard five-day schedule this season, according to Rays manager Kevin Cash. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2019, most of McKay's outings came with an extra day of rest, so it's assuring for fantasy owners that he'll be deployed more regularly in 2020. Cash also noted that, while McKay would continue to work on his hitting this Spring, the team's focus is on getting him ready to pitch.

Brandon Kintzler will serve as the Marlins' primary closer, as indicated by manager Don Mattingly on Wednesday. (Source: Craig Mish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mattingly did not explicitly confirm Kintzler as the team's closer, but his comments made clear that this is the direction the team plans to go. Kintzler has 49 career saves. Ryne Stanek and Drew Steckenrider may be in line for save chances behind Kintzler.

Keone Kela was confirmed as the Pirates' closer entering opening day by the team's manager Derek Shelton. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates' bullpen is not exactly bursting with talent, so Kela's designation does not come as a surprise. He was limited by a shoulder injury in 2019, tossing 29.2 innings while posting a 2.12 ERA. Kela's career has been defined by injuries and off-the-field issues, though he has sleeper potential given the solidity of his role. However, the Pirates' poor projected record could certainly limit his save opportunities.

The Boston Red Sox are "planning to name bench coach Ron Roenicke as manager but are waiting for MLB to conclude its investigation into the 2018 team before making an announcement," according to a report from Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox have been deliberate in their search for a new manager after firing Alex Cora as part of the fallout from (and Cora's connection to) the Houston Astros sign-stealing. As long as he is not connected to Boston's own investigation, Roenicke allows the Red Sox to promote from within and retain some continuity.

Dennis Lin of The Athletic writes the Padres and Red Sox have had trade discussions surrounding 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lin writes the return for Boston could be centered around Wil Myers and some high-end prospects. Myers would be included so that the Padres could unload his contract. Meanwhile, the Red Sox would be able to begin re-stocking their farm system. However, Lin adds that people familiar with the negotiations say an eventual agreement remains unlikely. Until we hear more concrete rumors fantasy players should operate under the assumption that Betts remains in Boston for 2020.

Zimmerman and the Nationals continue to discuss a potential return for the veteran, and he's confident they will reach an agreement prior to the start of the new season. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman had his 2020 option declined by the team earlier this offseason, but it appears that he will likely rejoin Washington at some point. He will continue to see limited at-bats as a right-handed platoon player, so his fantasy upside is not high outside of deeper, daily leagues.

The Rangers remain 'active' in pursuit of free agent Nicholas Castellanos. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Texas is among the favorites to land Castellanos, who has also been tied to the White Sox, Cubs, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Marlins. Castellanos would likely move to first base if he signs with Texas given their current roster situation. Castellanos continued his mediocre production with the Tigers in 2019 before lighting it up following a trade to the Cubs. He'll be an interesting name in fantasy drafts this year depending on where he ultimately lands. Texas would be a great offensive environment.

The Rockies and Cardinals are reportedly exchanging names that could be involved in a trade centering on Nolan Arenado. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: While the Cardinals should have a solid offense in 2020, the move from Coors Field would severely impact Arenado's value this season and in future years. There has been debate for some time around just how good the third baseman would be outside of Coors full time. Hopefully fantasy owners won't have to find out.

Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti has said on multiple occasions that he expects the 26-year-old shortstop to be with the team on Opening Day. Antonetti reiterated that stance on Wednesday. "I have never had a different expectation other than Francisco will be our shortstop Opening Day," Antonetti said. "That was my expectation as the season ended. That’s still my expectation as I’m sitting here today." (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The shortstop is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and has topped the 30-homer mark in each of the past three seasons. Remaining in a potent lineup like the Indians' should lead to more of the same, though Lindor has the talent to be a strong fantasy asset wherever he ultimately ends up.

Jon Morosi of writes the Angels have expressed interest in trading for Mike Clevinger. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: However, it's worth noting that any discussion with Cleveland have been merely preliminary at this point. The Indians reportedly want top prospect Jo Adell in return for their 29-year-old ace, which the Angels balked at. In 2019 Clevinger posted a 2.71 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 121 innings pitched.

Anthony DiComo of reports the Mets have received trade interest for Yoenis Cespedes. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cespedes and the Mets just restructured his contract after he fell in a hole in his ranch back in May. Instead of earning $29.5 million he will be getting a little less than $10 million in 2020. That makes him a little more attractive on the trade market but it remains unlikely that he gets dealt. The 34-year-old didn't play at all in 2019.

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