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Tyler Beede (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday. (Source: Maria I. Guardado on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Beede underwent multiple opinions on his elbow before making this decision. He was originally diagnosed with a flexor strain as well as the UCL sprain. The Giants probably figured that if Beede might need the surgery that now is as good of a time as ever.

Category: Injury Updates

Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced Johnny Cueto will be the team's Opening Day starter. (Source: Kerry Crowley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He'll have a tough matchup against the Dodgers. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Game Two.

Mauricio Dubon could see extensive work in center field this season, according to manager Gabe Kapler. (Source: Alex Pavlovic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Giants still see Dubon as a second baseman primarily, but perhaps he could serve a utility role in 2020. Dubon's flexibility could free up more playing time for Wilmer Flores in the infield. The Giants seem to be prioritizing having Dubon play an everyday role.

Tony Watson is the favorite the begin the year as the Giants' closer. (Source: Mark W. Sanchez of

Fantasy Impact: Watson has not yet been formally named the team's closer, though he's embracing the role as leader of the Giants' young bullpen. Watson has 30 career saves, making him the most accomplished reliever on the roster. Shaun Anderson was believed to be another candidate to close, but he is being stretched out to accommodate a starter's workload this spring. Watson is not, at this point, an interesting fantasy option at reliever, due to the lack of stability in his role and the predicted weakness of the Giants.

Shaun Anderson is stretching out as a starter in spring training. (Source: Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson finished 2019 coming out of the bullpen, but he is positioned to return to the starting rotation for the 2020 season. Anderson sported a 5.44 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 70:38 K:BB in 28 appearances last year. With Anderson out of the bullpen, Tony Watson seems to be the best bet to serve as the Giants' closer, but no decisions have been made yet.

Pablo Sandoval (elbow) will debut as designated hitter Friday against the Rockies. (Source: Kerry Crowley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sandoval has progressed as expected in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and is expected to see game action at third base by late April. Sandoval won't have many opportunities to serve as the designated hitter for the Giants, so he'll likely serve as a switch-hitting bat off the bench until he's fully cleared to play the field.

Category: Injury Updates

Joey Bart homered and drew a walk in the Giants' Cactus League game on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Bart is considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball. It's entirely possible the 23-year-old catcher is called up to the big leagues at some point this summer. He is the clear heir apparent to Buster Posey in San Francisco.

Category: Game Recaps

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Red Sox have come to terms with Kevin Pillar on a one-year contract. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported yesterday that the two sides were close. Pillar will help replace Mookie Betts in the Boston outfield, particularly defensively. However, he also has some value with his bat as well. In 2019 Pillar hit 21 homers and stole 14 bases. He'll likely be a useful part-time player with the Red Sox.

Category: Transactions

Wandy Peralta has avoided arbitration with the San Francisco Giants by signing a one-year contract for $805,000. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peralta will be the second left-hander in the Giants bullpen for 2020. He will be an option for the Giants in the middle innings next year, forcing him out of fantasy relevance for the time being.

Category: Transactions

Donovan Solano and the San Fransico Giants have agreed to a one-year, $1.375 million contract, per Bob Nightengale. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Solano will return to the supplementary role he previously held in 2019. He was productive in that role hitting .330 with four home runs in 215 at-bats, although his BABIP (.409) would suggest a little regression is coming. Due to his low volume role, Solano is not expected to be a reliable fantasy option to start the 2020 season.

Category: Transactions

The Giants have decided to non-tender left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson. Anderson was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Wednesday (10/30/2019). (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson pitched 20 innings in 2019 to the tune of an 11.76 ERA. Over the last three seasons (282 innings), he has averaged 8.96 strikeouts per nine and 3.5 walks per nine. Given that he will be moving on from the Rockies and Coors Field, Anderson's numbers could improve in 2020, but he is far from being considered a draftable option to this point outside of deep dynasty formats.

Category: Transactions

Per Ken Rosenthal, Alex Dickerson has avoided arbitration with the San Francisco Giants by signing a one-year deal worth $925,000. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 56 games with the Giants last season, Dickerson had a slash line of .290/.351/.880, hitting six home runs and driving in 26 runs. Even with his potential power output, Dickerson will return to the middle of a lineup that plays half of their games in a ballpark that suppresses left-handed power. But if Dickerson can continue his trend of success into next year, he could hit 15+ home runs, making him a potentially sneaky bargain at the back end of drafts for 2020.

Category: Transactions

The San Francisco Giants have hired Gabe Kapler to be their manager. (Source: San Francisco Giants on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kapler, who was fired by the Phillies during the off-season, managed the team to a 161-163 record the past two years. He will replace Bruce Bochy as the Giants skipper and will become just the team’s fourth manager since 1993.

Category: Transactions

Logan Webb fell to 2-3 on Saturday versus the Dodgers, holding Los Angeles to two runs on six hits over six innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Webb struck out five and walked one. His only major mistake was allowing a homer to Max Muncy. The 22-year-old finishes the season with a 5.22 ERA spanning eight starts. However, he allowed just three runs over his final 12 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Mike Yastrzemski hit his 21st homer of the year in Thursday's 8-3 win over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: "Baby Yaz" came off the bench in this one and finished 2-for-3 with the homer, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. The 28-year-old has had a phenomenal season, posting an .860 OPS with the aforementioned 21 homers.

Category: Game Recaps

Jeff Samardzija received a no-decision on Wednesday versus Colorado, throwing six scoreless innings while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija was able to work around five hits and a walk in this one, which lowered his ERA to 3.52 on the year. The 34-year-old finishes the season with an 11-12 record and well under a strikeout per inning, but his ERA and WHIP were more than useful in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Evan Longoria hit his 20th homer of the year in the Giants' 16-inning loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Longoria finished the night 1-for-4 with two walks and two RBI. He is now batting .255 with 20 homers and a .768 OPS this year. It's nice to see he still has some pop in his bat but 20 homers isn't what it used to be with everyone in the league hitting for power these days. He won't be an enticing fantasy option entering 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision on Tuesday versus Colorado, allowing four runs on six hits over seven innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Bumgarner struck out nine and walked two as the Giants went on to lose a wild one in 16 innings. The lefty is 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 34 starts this season. He'll make his final start of the year in the Giants' regular season finale on Sunday against the Dodgers.

Category: Game Recaps

Will Smith struck out two in a scoreless ninth to preserve the 4-1 Giants' win over the Braves on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Smith allowed just a harmless single to pick up his 34th save of the year. The lefty closer dealt with some back inflammation the other week but is good to go for the final week of the regular season.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Crawford went 3-for-6 with a double, a walk, and two RBI in the Giants' 7-6 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: This one took 15 innings to complete. Crawford has been kind of hot lately, but is still batting just .234 with a .672 OPS for the season.

Category: Game Recaps

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