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Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports the Red Sox are trading for Yankees RHP Adam Ottavino. (Source: Lindsey Adler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the first Red Sox-Yankees trade since Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson back in 2014. The Yankees also included prospect right-hander Frank German, which essentially makes this a salary dump for New York. Ottavino's surface level stats give some cause for concern, notably a 5.89 ERA in 24 appearances. However, the majority of that can be explained away by a six-run outing on September 7th where Ottavino didn't record an out. The 35-year-old still posted 12.3 K/9 and a 3.52 FIP. It's unclear what role he'll assume in Boston's bullpen.

Category: Transactions


Asher Wojciechowski signed a minor-deal with the Yankees on Thursday. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wojciechowski signed with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee and can earn up to $750,000 if he makes it to the big leagues. He posted a 6.81 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and a 31:15 K:BB ratio across 37 innings for the Orioles in 2020.

Category: Transactions


The Yankees and RHP Chad Green avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.15 million contract. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Green once again averaged over a strikeout per inning during the shortened 2020 campaign. He'll continue serving as a setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman this year.

Category: Transactions


According to Jon Heyman, Jordan Montgomery avoids arbitration and agrees to a one-year, $2.13 million deal. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After an injury-plagued 2018 and 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery in June 2018, Jordan Montgomery pitched relatively well. In 2020, he finished with a 5.11 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with a 24.4% strikeout rate and 4.7% walk rate. Montgomery lowered his walk rate and increased his strikeout rate to career bests, not including the four innings pitched in 2019. He's a sleeper starting pitcher heading into 2021.

Category: Transactions


Clint Frazier agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier was finally able to get some steady playing time for the Yankees in 2020 and finished with a .267/.394/.511 batting line to along with eight homers and 26 RBI over 131 at-bats. He's got a great chance to open next season as the Yankees starting left fielder in 2021.

Category: Transactions


Luke Voit avoids arbitration and agrees to a $4.7 million deal with the Yankees. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Luke Voit is coming off a career season where hit smacked 22 home runs, 41 runs, and 52 RBI with a .277 batting average in 234 plate appearances. Voit reached a career-high in home runs in fewer than half of his 510 plate appearances in 2019. He was on pace for career bests across the board. Although he likely regresses in 2021, Voit ranked 40th with a 95.9 mph average exit velocity on FB/LD. His expected stats also backed up his unreal 2020 season.

Category: Transactions


Gio Urshela agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urshela gets a salary bump as a reward for his soldi 2020 season when he slashed .298/.368/.490 with six homers and 30 RBI over 151 at-bats. He's been a very underrated player over the last few years.

Category: Transactions


Gary Sanchez agreed to a one-year, $6.35 million deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez gets a salary bump despite hitting below the Mendoza line in 2020. He had a forgettable season, slashing miserable season at the dish in 2020, slashing 147/.253/.365 with 10 dingers and 24 RBI over 156 at-bats. He's a polarizing player in fantasy baseball but he has the most power upside of any catcher on the market.

Category: Transactions


Gleyber Torres agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Yankees and avoided arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Torres gets a pay raise despite having a letdown 2020 following his breakout the season before. He had a .243/.356/.368 batting line to along with three homers and 16 RBI over 136 at-bats. General manager Brian Cashman stated back in December that Torres came into summer camp out of shape and spent the majority of the season "playing catch up." Torres is a great buy-low candidate in fantasy leagues this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions


Aaron Judge avoids arbitration with the New York Yankees by signing a contract worth $10.175 million, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Judge played in 28 games last season and had a .257 BA, .336 OBP, .554 SLG and had 9 home runs. He was sidelined for almost half of the season dealing with injuries.

Category: Transactions


Aaron Hicks said that he had to change his swing to prevent hyperextension of his arm last year. His arm still "does not feel the same" since the surgery. (Source: Brendan Kuty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hicks had a fine season in 2020, walking more than he struck out en route to a 123 wRC+ over 211 plate appearances. However, the fact that he still isn't fully healthy after having surgery over a year ago is a bad sign. Nevertheless, he is worth a dart throw at his NFBC ADP of 279.

Category: Injury Updates


Ben Heller agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Wednesday and avoided arbitration. (Source: New York Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heller made six appearances for the Yankees in 2020, posting a 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over six innings. He'll work out of New York's bullpen in middle relief this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions


Jonathan Holder was non-tendered by the Yankees on Wednesday and will become a free agent. (Source: New York Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Holder sported a 4.98 ERA and a 14:11 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings with the Yankees in 2020. The 27-year old will look to latch on elsewhere in free agency but isn't anything more than a low-end bullpen arm.

Category: Transactions


Luis Cessa agreed to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Yankees, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cessa had a solid 2020 campaign, posting a 3.32 ERA in over 20 innings of work. While not fantasy relevant, he figures to play a relatively large role in the Yankees' bullpen.

Category: Transactions


Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman had his suspension reduced from three games to two. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chapman will miss the first two games of the 2021 season after throwing at Mike Brosseau of the Rays earlier this year. He'll remain a high-end fantasy closer come draft day.


The Yankees declined J.A. Happ's $17 million 2021 option. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a pretty easy call for New York despite Happ pitching well in 2020. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 3.47 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in nine starts. He'll likely receive a one-year contract this offseason.

Category: Transactions


The Yankees declined their $10 million 2021 club option on OF Brett Gardner. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner will instead receive a $2.5 million buyout. Jon Heyman of MLB Network notes that the Yankees "love" Gardner and could look to bring him back for less. The lefty outfielder will likely be looking at a reserve role if he returns.

Category: Transactions


The Yankees exercised Zack Britton’s $14 million club option for 2022. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Britton declined the option to opt out of his 2021 deal. The Yankees committed to Britton for two-years at total of $27 million. The left-hander converted eight saves while posting a 1.91 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 16 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings in 2020. Britton will continue to be one of the Yankees top setup man for the next two seasons.

Category: Transactions


Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Luis Severino (elbow) could "reasonably" return in June or July next season. (Source: James Wagner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cashman added that Severino has been throwing from 90 feet in his attempted return from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old underwent the surgery back in February. He has pitched just 12 innings since the end of the 2018 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Gerrit Cole allowed one run and two walks while striking out nine over five 1/3 innings during Friday's 2-1 loss in Game 5 of the ALDS. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Cole pitched on short rest and was able to limit the Rays to one run over five innings. He yielded a solo shot to Austin Meadows before being removed from the game in the fifth. Cole was terrific this postseason, owning a (2-0) record along with a 2.95 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 30 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old ace figures to be one of the top pitchers off draft boards in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps