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The Indians and SS Amed Rosario avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million contract. (Source: Zack Meisel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rosario was recently acquired in the Francisco Lindor blockbuster. He has been working with swing guru Doug Latta this offseason, which gives him some late-round sleeper appeal.

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The Indians and C Austin Hedges avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.28 million contract. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hedges was acquired from the Padres last year. He should continue serving as a defensive specialist while splitting duties with Roberto Perez behind the plate.

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The Indians traded RHP Carlos Carrasco and SS Francisco Lindor to the Mets in exchange for INF Andres Gimenez, RHP Josh Wolfe, OF Isaiah Greene and SS Ahmed Rosario. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a blockbuster deal, Carrasco was traded to the Mets on Thursday and figures to slide into the middle of the rotation behind ace Jacob DeGrom. After an overcoming a battle of leukemia, Carrasco was terrific in 2020. He owned a (3-4) record along with a 2.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 82 strikeouts over 68 innings. Carrasco should see a marginal boost in fantasy value with the move to the National League.

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Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the rumored trade of Francisco Lindor going to the Mets is being finalized and will happen. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Here it is, Mets fans. Additionally, New York will be receiving ace RHP Carlos Carrasco. So far we know that the Indians will be getting SS Andres Gimenez, RHP Josh Wolf, and OF Isaiah Greene. As for Lindor's fantasy value, he was going to be a stud in 2021 either way. Landing in a better offensive environment on a better team could be spun as a positive for him, however.

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Shane Bieber was named the 2020 American League CY Young award winner Wednesday. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bieber won the AL CY Young unanimously after a terrific 2020 campaign. He beat out finalists Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Indians’ ace posted a 1.63 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 122 strikeouts over 77 1/3 innings in 2020. Bieber is expected to be one of the top aces off the board in 2021 fantasy drafts.

Jose Ramirez, along with DJ LeMahieu and Jose Abreu was named as a finalist for the 2020 AL MVP award. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez is a no stranger to being in the running for AL MVP. He had back-to-back third-place finishes in AL MVP Award voting in 2017 and '18. The Indians' star 3B posted a career-high .993 OPS. Ramirez slashed .292/.386/.607 with 17 home runs, 46 RBI, 45 runs scored and 10 stolen bases over 254 plate appearances in 2020.

Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports the Indians are placing LHP Brad Hand on outright waivers. (Source: Zack Meisel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The club has the intention of declining Hand's $10 million option if he goes unclaimed. If a team claims Hand then Cleveland won't be responsible for his $1 million buyout. The 30-year-old closer posted a 2.05 ERA with a 0.77 WHIP in 23 appearances last season. $10 million is a very reasonable cost for that type of performance, but many MLB teams are going to be looking to cut costs following the shortened 2020 campaign.

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Josh Naylor went 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, and two runs scored in the Indians' 12-3 Game 1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Gerrit Cole was in complete control in this one, but he just couldn't figure out Naylor. Acquired from the Padres in the Mike Clevinger deal, Naylor didn't do much during the regular season. In fact, he homered just once in 40 games. The lefty will likely be a popular DFS play in Game 2 on Wednesday.

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Cleveland right-hander Cal Quantrill allowed two runs (one earned) over three innings in an 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday. He struck out two and allowed one homer.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians went with a bullpen game to assure that their rotation is set for the start of the playoffs. Quantrill had a quiet breakout campaign in 2020, finishing with a 2-0 record, 2.25 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 32 innings of work. He will return to the bullpen for the Wild Card round, which starts vs. the Yankees on Tuesday.

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Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a homer, a walk, three runs, and four RBI in an 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Santana struggled through much of the regular season but his bat came to life in the season finale. He finishes the 2020 season with a .199 average, eight homers, 34 runs, and 30 RBI. He will get ready to face the Yankees in the Wild Card round on Tuesday.

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Cleveland DH Franmil Reyes went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in an 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday. He finished with four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes hadn't homered in over two weeks. The young slugger finishes the 2020 regular season with a .275 average, nine homers, 27 runs, and 34 RBI. He will get ready to face the Yankees on Tuesday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

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Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale struggled in his final start of the regular season, giving up eight runs in four innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Fantasy Impact: Not a great outing for Civale, who pitched well in 2020. He finishes the regular season with a 4-6 record, 4.74 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 69 strikeouts in 74 innings of work. He will pitch out of the bullpen in the first round of the playoffs.

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Cleveland Indians second baseman Cesar Hernandez went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez delivered a walk-off double to give the Tribe a win. It was his second walk-off hit of the season, with both coming in September. Hernandez is hitting .282 with three homers, 33 runs, and 20 RBI in his first season in Cleveland.

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Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Thursday. Plesac struck out seven and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Plesac took a no-decision in his final outing of the regular season. He finishes 2020 with a 4-2 record, 2.28 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings of work.

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Cleveland outfielder Jordan Luplow went 1-for-4 with a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Luplow struck out in his other three at-bats but his ninth-inning walk-off homer made up for that. The Indians have now won two straight games over Chicago with walk-off homers. Luplow is hitting just .190 with one homer and six RBI on the year.

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Indians rookie Triston McKenzie is available out of the bullpen on Tuesday against the White Sox. (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Indians are prepping McKenzie to possibly pitch out of the pen during the playoffs. He was originally scheduled to start on Friday, but he could wind up being scratched from that. The 23-year-old hit a bit of a speed bump in early-September but has mostly been downright impressive this year. McKenzie owns a 3.68 ERA to go along with 36 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings on the season.

Cleveland outfielder Oscar Mercado went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Mercado took Chicago starter Jon Lester deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning, his first homer of the season. Mercado is hitting .152 with six runs, six RBI, and three steals in 2020.

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The Indians sent RHP Dominic Leone outright to their alternate training site. (Source: Tribeinsider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leone was DFA'd last week and cleared waivers. He has an 8.38 ERA in 12 appearances this season.

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Cleveland outfielder Delino DeShields made an appearance as a pinch-runner and stole a base in a 7-5 loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: DeShields pinch-ran for catcher Sandy Leon and stole his third base of the season. DeShields is hitting .247 with five runs and three RBI in 77 at-bats in his first season with Cleveland.

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Cleveland catcher Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in an 8-6 loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Leon hit a solo shot off KC starter Jakob Junis in the second inning. The veteran catcher is hitting .140 with two homers, four runs, and three RBI in 57 at-bats.

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