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Outfielder Hunter Renfroe was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and two prospects. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Renfroe will slide right into the perfect situation with the Brewers, as they look to make a deep postseason run in 2022. Renfroe finished 2021 with an .816 OPS, 31 home runs, 89 runs scored, and 96 runs batted in.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports J.D. Martinez isn't exercising his opt out and will remain with the Red Sox in 2022. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's the final season of his five-year, $110 million deal back from 2018. Martinez got off to a torrid in 2021 before cooling down over the summer and eventually heating back up in September and October. He profiles as a top 50 or so fantasy option as we head into the 2021-22 offseaon.

Category: Transactions

Red Sox slugger Kyle Schwarber declined his mutual option for the 2022 season. (Source: Associated Press)

Fantasy Impact: Schwarber will turn down an $11.5 million salary and instead test free agency, though there's a very real possibility that he returns to the team this offseason. The veteran slashed .291/.435/.522 with seven homers and 10 doubles after being traded from the Nationals to the Red Sox in July.

Category: Transactions

Franchy Cordero clears waivers

Mon, Oct 25th 6:06pm EDT
By Ari Koslow

Franchy Cordero cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA Worcester. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Cordero could have opted to elect free agency, but instead signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox for 2022. He remains with the organization. Cordero was acquired from Kansas City in the Andrew Benintendi trade last offseason. He hit .189 with one home run across 136 at-bats this past season.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said there were no significant concerns about Rafael Devers' right elbow inflammation after he was sent for imaging and that rest should address the injury. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was announced a few days ago that Devers had played through right elbow inflammation during Boston's postseason run. He enjoyed a big postseason after a solid regular season and should remain near the top of his position heading into next season.

Category: Injury Updates

Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi is still in line to start Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night in Houston according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eovaldi will look to help the Red Sox avoid elimination on Friday night in Houston. He will have to pitch much better than he did in Game 4 when he gave up four earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday at Fenway Park. (Source: Peter Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pivetta will look to help give the Red Sox a commanding 3-1 series lead with a strong outing on Tuesday against the Astros. So far during the 2021 postseason, Pivetta has held opposing batters to a .226 batting average while striking out 11 in 8.2 innings pitched. It also helps that LHP Eduardo Rodriguez lasted 6 innings on Monday night, saving the bullpen if needed on Tuesday.

Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale will start Game 1 of ALCS Friday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Source: Jake Kaplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sale will look to reverse his postseason luck Friday night on the road in Houston. Sale has struggled on the big stage. In eight career postseason appearances, Sale has a 7.27 ERA and 1.46 WHIP while also allowing a .269 opponents batting average.

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.

Category: Rumors

Boston manager Alex Cora said Monday that Kevin Plawecki is expected to be behind the plate for Tuesday's AL Wild Card game against the Yankees. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Plawecki has caught a number of Nathan Eovaldi's starts this season, so it makes sense for that reason. The Yankees are also rolling with Kyle Higashioka behind the plate for Gerrit Cole. Cora also said that Christian Arroyo is expected to be at second base.

Kike Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, a walk, and a run scored in Saturday's massive win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Kike Hernandez has strung together a rock solid season for the Red Sox. He took responsibility for the leadoff role, and ran with it. He has 20 homers and a career high 84 runs scored in 2021. While his ceiling will never be elite, he is a rock solid play going forward into next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Tanner Houck went five innings, allowed no hits, no earned runs, and struck out eight in Saturday's no-decision against Washington.

Fantasy Impact: Houck really has the potential to be something special. In a massive game for the Red Sox, as they push for a wild card spot, Houck came out and put together five no-hit innings. He finishes the year with a 3.52 ERA over 69 innings. He should factor into this Red Sox rotation in 2022, and could be a draft day steal.

Category: Game Recaps

Bobby Dalbec went 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored in Friday's win over the Washington Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: People sometimes tend to forget about the fact that because of the shortened season last year, this is truly Dalbec's first full campaign. 25 homers as a rookie is something to be proud of, especially considering how much he struggled early on. Expect him to take the next step in 2022, for he is someone that you are likely going to want on your team given his ADP.

Category: Game Recaps

Alex Verdugo went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Wednesday's clutch win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Verdugo is finishing up his 2021 campaign in a great fashion. He was moved down the lineup later on as Hunter Renfroe has had lot of success this season. However, Verdugo is young, an excellent contact hitter, and is expected to bounce back up the lineup in 2022. Expect good things.

Category: Game Recaps

Red Sox RHP Garrett Whitlock (pectoral) played catch on Tuesday. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Whitlock could return this weekend against the Nationals if all goes well. He's on the IL with pectoral tightness.

Category: Injury Updates

Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, four RBIs, and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Bogaerts connected for his 23rd homer of the season on Tuesday. He is about as consistent as they come for offensive shortstops. He is now a guy that you can safetly draft on a yearly basis and he will provide both contact and power to any fantasy lineup. He should be a no brainer draft pick come the 2022 fantasy season.

Category: Game Recaps

The Red Sox promoted top prospect 1B Triston Casas to Triple-A Worcester. (Source: Worcester Red Sox on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Casas hit .284 with 13 homers and an .879 OPS in 77 games for Double-A Portland this summer. He also had an impressive showing at the Tokyo Olympics. His baseline stats don't scream "superstar", but it's worth noting that he's one of the most patient hitters in Minor League Baseball. Casas' power is breathtaking. A la Joey Votto, he just chooses to wait for the right opportunities to swing for power. Casas is on track to make his major league debut midway through the 2022 campaign.

Category: Transactions

Jarren Duran is with Triple-A Worcester and scheduled to begin his rehab assignment. (Source: Chris Hatfield on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Duran was shown with the team via social media. The rookie was one of the many Red Sox players who went down due to COVID-19 earlier in the month.

Category: Injury Updates

Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3 on the day, hitting a solo homer in the third inning to get Boston on the board. He’d drive in a second run with an RBI-single in the fifth, and struck out in his third at bat.

Fantasy Impact: Iglesias figures to have a consistent role with Boston, as his glove alone makes him a valuable player for the ball club. Still, his great glove doesn’t have an impact on fantasy purposes, and since his bat isn’t the best he shouldn’t be used in any fantasy lineups.

Category: Game Recaps

Matt Barnes is expected to rejoin the Red Sox this weekend during their upcoming series against the Baltimore Orioles (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barnes' return comes at the perfect time as the Sox continue their wild card push. Barnes has been solid in the closer role for the Red Sox this season with 24 saves in 30 opportunities, a 3.81 earned run average, and 78 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched. However, he has been shaky recently, so there's a good chance Adam Ottavino keeps the job for a while.