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Caleb Smith and the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.47 million deal. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith was acquired by the Diamondbacks as part of the Starling Marte deal. He missed over a month due to COVID-19. The left-hander owned a 2.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 15 strikeouts over 14 innings in 2020. Smith can rack up the strikeouts, but his career 4.55 ERA makes him more of a late-round flyer in mixed league formats.

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The Diamondbacks have picked up RHP Merrill Kelly’s 2021 club option. (Source: Arizona Diamondbacks on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Kelly underwent thoracic outlet surgery in September. He pitched well in 2021, owning a 2.59 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 29 strikeouts over 31 1/3 innings. Kelly is expected to be ready for Spring Training 2021.

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Junior Guerra had his 2021 $3.5 million club option declined but will remain under team control as an arbitration-eligible player for now. (Source: Steve Gilbert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Diamondbacks have until December 2nd to decide whether or not they want to non-tender Guerra. He was solid for Arizona in 2020 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and a 21:2 K/BB ratio across 25 relief appearances (23 2/3 innings).

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Hector Rondon had his 2021 $4 million club option declined by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. (Source: Steve Gilbert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rondon had a rough regular season with a 7.65 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, and a 23:11 K/BB ratio over 20 innings of relief. The 32-year old will now be free to sign anywhere this offseason.

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The Diamondbacks declined RHP Mike Leake's $18 million mutual option for 2021. (Source: Steve Gilbert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Instead, Leake will receive a $5 million buyout. The veteran righty opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and is now a free agent. He last logged 197 innings in 2019, putting up a 4.29 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

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Kole Calhoun went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Calhoun opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, then went deep for a two-run shot in the fourth. Calhoun finishes the 2020 campaign with 16 home runs, 40 RBI, and a .226 average.

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Ketel Marte went 2-for-3 with a double, two-run single, and a sacrifice fly in Sunday's win over Colorado.

Fantasy Impact: Marte extended Arizona's lead in the sixth and added two more RBI in the seventh. Marte ends 2020 with a .287 average, but saw a significant decrease in his power production from 2019. After hitting 32 homers in 2019, Marte hit just two in 181 at-bats in 2020.

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Madison Bumgarner (1-4) tossed five scoreless innings Sunday to pick up the win against the Rockies. He allowed two hits and struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: It was a good finish to an otherwise disappointing first year in Arizona for Bumgarner. He finishes the 2020 campaign with a 30:14 K:BB and a 6.48 ERA over 41.2 innings.

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Luke Weaver (1-9) allowed five runs (four earned) over five innings and took the loss against Colorado on Sunday. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Weaver picked up an MLB-high ninth loss, capping off a disappointing year. After an injury-shortened, yet solid season in 2019, Weaver was largely ineffective this year. He finishes the season with a 6.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 52 innings.

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David Peralta went a combined 4-for-7 with a walk, a double, three RBI, and a run scored over both ends of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta extended his hitting streak to five games and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. In September, he is batting .352 with three homers, five doubles, and 11 RBI in 18 games.

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Pavin Smith went 1-for-5 with two walks and a solo homer in both ends of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Smith launched his first big league homer in the fifth inning of game 2. Smith has hit safely in eight of 10 games played, and posted a .294/.350/.442 slash line in his introduction to the majors.

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Tim Locastro went 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBI, two runs scored and was hit by a pitch Friday against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Locastro reached base an impressive five times Friday. Locastro has been largely overlooked as the Diamondbacks take a closer look at Daulton Varsho and Pavin Smith. This was Locastro's second start in 11 games.

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Taylor Clarke (3-0) earned the win in the second game of Friday's doubleheader with the Rockies. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five in five innings.

Fantasy Impact: Clarke allowed four runs in the first two innings, but settled down after that. He has shifted between the rotation and bullpen this season, and is unlikely to pitch for the remainder of 2020.

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Josh VanMeter went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's win over Colorado.

Fantasy Impact: VanMeter lifted a three-run shot in the second inning. Over his last 10 games, he is struggling to a .188 average in a reserve role for Arizona.

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Christian Walker went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader with the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Walker started the scoring off Friday with his homer in the bottom of the third, his first since September 8. Walker now has a .819 OPS with seven homers and 34 RBI this season.

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Stefan Crichton tossed just one-third of a scoreless inning against the Rockies on Friday, earning him his fifth save.

Fantasy Impact: Crichton has been excellent as Arizona's primary closer, and now has had seven consecutive scoreless outings. He's posted a 2.42 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 26 innings this year.

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Zac Gallen (3-2) tossed six scoreless innings, earning the win Friday against the Rockies. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out 10.

Fantasy Impact: Gallen finished the season strong, earning wins in his final two starts. The youngster finishes the 2020 season with a 2.75 ERA and 84:25 K:BB over 72 innings.

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According to Diamondbacks reporter Zach Buchanan, Eduardo Escobar reported to summer camp overweight. Manager Torey Lovullo expressed concern and wanted it to change since it possibly affected his rotational mobility. (Source: Zach Buchanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: On the season, Escobar has four home runs, 21 runs, 18 RBI, and one steal with a .204 batting average. Be hesitant and monitor his 2021 ADP after many expected Escobar to regress in 2020.

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Carson Kelly went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's win over Texas.

Fantasy Impact: Kelly followed up a big night with another multi-hit performance on Wednesday. While many were expecting a breakout season for the young catcher, Kelly has struggled mightily to the tune of a .207 average with 17 RBI and a .617 OPS in 116 at-bats.

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Wyatt Mathisen went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Wednesday's win over Texas.

Fantasy Impact: Mathisen surprised with a big game on Wednesday, ripping two home runs, his firsts of the season. The youngster has been otherwise underwhelming, posting a .182 batting average with a .735 OPS in 22 at-bats.

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