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Yonny Chirinos agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million deal with the Rays to avoid arbitration. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chirinos underwent Tommy John surgery during the season and won't be available to pitch until 2022. It's nice that he can collect a salary while rehabbing.

Category: Transactions

The Rays and RHP Tyler Glasnow avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was Glasnow's second year of arbitration. He posted a 4.08 ERA but also struck out 91 batters over just 57 1/3 innings.

Category: Transactions

Kevin Kiermaier is unlikely to be traded despite being shopped earlier this offseason. MLB Network's Jon Heyman mentioned that the Rays love his presence in the clubhouse and his glove in centerfield. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The three-time gold glove winner struggled in 2020, slashing .217/.321/.362 with three home runs, 22 RBI, and eight stolen bases over 138 at-bats. Kiermaier is scheduled to make $11.5 million in 2021 and that appears to be a price the Rays are willing to pay at this point.

The Phillies have acquired LHP Jose Alvarado as part of a three-team trade with the Rays and Dodgers. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay is receiving Dodgers' first base prospect Dillon Paulson and a player-to-be-named later. LA is receiving Phillies LHP Garrett Cleavinger. Alvarado was downright dominant during 2018, but he has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness over the past two seasons. Philadelphia is willing to take a flyer on him as they reshape their 'pen.

Category: Transactions

Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports the Padres have an agreement in place to acquire LHP Blake Snell from the Rays. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lin notes that Luis Patiño, Francisco Mejía, Blake Hunt, and Cole Wilcox are the prospects heading back to the Rays. Snell currently has three years and $39 million remaining on his contract, and he'll give the Padres a dangerous rotation entering the 2021 campaign. In 11 starts this year Snell posted a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Pitching in San Diego should ultimately be a plus for his fantasy value, especially if the Padres let him go deeper into games than the Rays ever did.

Category: Transactions

Rays GM Erik Neander says Ji-Man Choi will continue receiving the bulk of reps at first base. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay just traded away Nate Lowe, which is a positive for Choi's projected playing time. Neadner also noted that Yandy Diaz and Mike Brosseau could split the reps against southpaws.

Mark Feinsand of reports the Rays are trading 1B Nate Lowe to the Rangers. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Feinsand reports that C/OF Heriberto Hernandez is the main piece being sent back to Tampa Bay, but there are additional prospects involved in the deal. The change of scenery will be a plus for Lowe's fantasy value if Texas gives him everyday at-bats.

Category: Transactions

Rays top prospect SS Wander Franco has been diagnosed with biceps inflammation. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Franco had been playing in the Dominican Winter League but returned to the United States last week after experiencing biceps discomfort. The good news is there is no structural damage or long-term concern. Franco is done playing in the Dominican League this winter but the expectation is he'll be 100 percent for spring training. The 19-year-old is going to be a fantasy factor the instant he steps on a big league diamond.

Category: Injury Updates

Rays pitching prospect Nick Bitsko (shoulder) underwent labrum surgery on Tuesday. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bitsko was Tampa Bay's first-round pick in the 2020 amateur draft. He'll miss some of the 2021 campaign, though it's unclear exactly how much of it he'll be sidelined for.

Category: Injury Updates

There will reportedly be no legal action take against Rays OF Randy Arozarena following his recent domestic issue in Mexico. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arozarena has been released following a 48-hour hold. ESPN reports that he came to a settlement with his former partner. The breakout outfielder could still receive discipline from Major League Baseball as they conduct their own investigation.

Hunter Renfroe, who was designated for assignment on November 20th, has cleared waivers and is now officially a free agent. (Source: John Romano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Renfroe struggled in 2020 as a member of the Rays when he slashed .156/.252/.393 with eight home runs and 22 RBI. He's still just 28-years old and has some pop in his bat so he shouldn't have any trouble finding a new home this offseason.

Category: Transactions

The Tampa Bay Rays are declining Mike Zunino’s $4.5 million club option for 2021. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The team is also declining Charlie Morton’s $15 million option. Zunino won’t receive a buyout and is now free to sign with any team.

Category: Transactions

The Rays are declining Charlie Morton's $15 million 2021 option. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rays GM Erik Neander told reporters on Friday that they won't be picking up the options on Morton or catcher Mike Zunino. Morton's option was valued at $15 million. He won't receive a buyout and is now a free agent. The veteran right-hander has hinted at the possibility of retirement in the past.

Category: Transactions

Nick Anderson allowed one run on one hit over the 1/3 of an inning during Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson picked up the loss after surrendering two runs in the sixth inning. Austin Barnes scored on a wild pitch while Mookie Betts plated a run on a fielder's choice. Anderson entered the game despite Rays' starter Blake Snell dominating the Dodgers through most of it. The 30-year-old reliever struggled in the 2020 postseason, owning a 5.52 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and nine strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the Worlds Series.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz smacked an RBI triple off Clayton Kershaw in the third inning to put the Rays on the scoreboard. He continues to leadoff for the Rays against lefties. LHP Tony Gonsolin will draw the start Game 6, Diaz could be hitting in the top of the order once again. The 29-year-old has struggled this postseason, hitting .200 (7-for-35) with one RBI and three runs scored over 19 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Yarbrough allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one over three 1/3 innings during Saturday's 8-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Yarbrough struggled in a no-decision during Saturday's win, yielding two runs in over three 1/3 innings of work. He surrendered a two-run shot to Justin Turner in the first inning and then gave up a solo blast to Corey Seager in the third frame. Yarbrough has been solid this postseason as a starter and primary pitcher, owning a (1-0) record, 3.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and seven strikeouts over 14 innings. The 28-year-old will most likely take the hill again in the World Series as a reliever.

Category: Game Recaps

Brett Phillips went 1-for-1 with an RBI single during Saturday's 8-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series.

Fantasy Impact: With runners on first and second base, Phillips hit an RBI single off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning to lead the Rays to an 8-7 victory. Kevin Kiermaier scored from second base while Randy Arozarena scored from first after Chris Taylor bobbled the ball in centerfield, and then catcher Will Smith was unable to make the play at the plate. It was one of the most wild endings in a World Series game. Phillips has only managed three at-bats during the postseason, but will foever be remembered for playing the hero in the Rays crazy Game 4 World Series win.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Lowe went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI during Saturday's 8-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series.

Fantasy Impact: Lowe belted a three-run shot off Pedro Baez in the sixth inning to give the Rays a 5-4 win. It was the first lead change of the World Series and fifth career post season long ball. Lowe has struggled most of the post season, hitting .130 (9-for-69) with four home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored over 18 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Willy Adames went 1-for-3 with an RBI double during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series.

Fantasy Impact: Adames put the Rays on the scoreboard by belting a two-out RBI double off Dodgers starter Walker Buehler. It was only offense the Rays were able to muster up against Buehler. Adames has played terrific defense this postseason, but has struggled at the plate. The 25-year-old SS is hitting .149 (7-for-47) with four RBI, three runs scored and one stolen base over 17 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Joey Wendle went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI during Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series.

Fantasy Impact: Wendle belted a two-run double off Dustin May in the fourth inning to give the Rays a 3-0 lead. He later hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to record his third RBI of the game. Wendle continues to split time with Yandy Diaz at third base and is hitting .234 (11-for-47) with five RBI and one stolen base over 15 games.

Category: Game Recaps