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The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A on Friday. (Source: New York Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier came into camp with some "post-hype sleeper" buzz but ultimately wasn't able to win a job with the team, hitting just .130 throughout Grapefruit League play. The 24-year-old should get a shot at the big leagues at some point this year.

The Giants released outfielder Cameron Maybin. (Source: Alex Pavlovic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Maybin didn't play particularly well this spring, hitting just .163 without any homers. The 31-year-old was once a top prospect but has struggled in recent seasons.

Alex Wilson signs with Brewers

Fri, Mar 22nd 1:59pm EDT
By Elliott Baas

Alex Wilson has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, pending a physical. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Milwaukee needed bullpen help after injuries to Corey Knebel (elbow) and Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder). Wilson owns a career 3.23 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, but his meager 5.98 K/9 over six seasons means he's probably not cut out for the ninth inning. Wilson will likely serve in a middle relief or set up role for Milwaukee and have minimal fantasy value outside of holds leagues.

Reds top prospect Nick Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp on Friday, according to C. Trent Rosencrans of The Athletic. (Source: C. Trent Rosencrans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Senzel has been primarily an infielder during his time in the minor leagues but had been playing the outfield in training camp and was considered by some the favorite to be the team's starting center fielder this season. His demotion could be related to service time considerations, but the Reds also have a crowded outfield after a busy offseason and it is not a given that he will be called up to the major leagues soon unless he plays well and someone else struggles early on.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cardinals and Paul Goldschmidt are close to finalizing an extension. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the deal will be for $130 million over five years, keeping Goldy in St. Louis through 2024. The Cardinals acquired the slugging first baseman from the Diamondbacks earlier this off-season. Goldy remains a rock solid second-round pick in fantasy drafts this spring.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports Blake Snell and the Rays are in agreement on a five-year, $50 million extension. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Extension season continues. The contract will cover this year, Snell’s three arbitration’s years, and what would’ve been his first season of free agency. It doesn’t include any opt outs. It’s a pretty team friendly deal for the Rays and it also sets up the reigning Cy Young winner for life. It’s the most money ever given to a player with two years of service time.

The Rangers have optioned Willie Calhoun to Triple-A Nashville. (Source: TR Sullivan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old was recently considered a quality hitting prospect but struggled both last year and this spring. He remains worth holding onto in dynasty leagues but is off the redraft radar. Texas will instead use Hunter Pence in the outfield.

Keston Hiura has been informed he will not make the major league club out of spring training, Adam McCalvy of reports. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hiura had a decent showing in spring training, posting an .897 OPS with three homers in 36 AB. The Brewers think the 22-year-old top prospect needs more seasoning before he's ready for the big leagues, but if Mike Moustakas can't hack it at second base Hiura could find himself in the majors at some point this season.

Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101 in the Dominican Republic reports the White Sox and Eloy Jimenez are close to an agreement on an eight-year extension. (Source: Hector Gomez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the deal is for six years and $43 million. There’s also a pair of club options that can help give the contract a max value of $77 million. It's a large amount of money for a player who has never appeared in a major league game, but Jimenez is considered a special prospect. This could mean he starts the season in the majors since the White Sox would no longer have an incentive to manipulate his service time.

Josh Tomlin released by Brewers

Wed, Mar 20th 12:54pm EDT
By Elliott Baas

Josh Tomlin was released by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: So ends Tomlin's bid to be Milwaukee's fifth starter, but he was never really a serious competitor in the first place. The 34-year-old right hander posted a 6.14 ERA in 70.1 innings last season, and in a rare feat of awfulness, managed to post an even higher FIP at 7.16. He allowed 3.2 HR/9 with Cleveland in 2018, and had already allowed three home runs in 4.1 spring innings. Even if he cracks the majors this season, Tomlin has no fantasy value in any format.

Tampa Bay Rays infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe has agreed to a six-year, $24MM contract extension with the team, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reported late Tuesday night. The contract includes two club options that cover what would have been free agent seasons for Lowe. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lowe is a highly-regarded prospect in the Rays system who reached the majors for the first time last season, batting .233 over his first 148 plate appearances. He did, however, start off slow and got better as time went on. By signing this extension, he is trading security for the potential to make more money sooner, but he will still be just 28 years old at the end of this deal. He has modest projections for 2019 but is a solid candidate in dynasty leagues due to his potential.

Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports Alex Bregman and the Astros have come to terms on a six-year, $100 million contract extension. (Source: Mark Berman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed the contract. It was reported earlier tonight the two sides were discussing an extension, and it turns out the deal was already in the final stages. The six-year pact will cover this season, Bregman's three arbitration years, and his first two years of free agency. The budding superstar will then hit free agency entering his age-30 season. This feels like a good move for both Bregman and the Astros.

Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle writes the Astros are finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension with Ryan Pressly. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Pressly is already under team control for 2019 so this extension will keep him in Houston through 2021. The 30-year-old was fantastic following a mid-season trade from Minnesota last year, posting a 0.77 ERA with 32 strikeouts over his final 23 1/3 innings. Pressly is one of the best options for holds in fantasy leagues using that category.

Center fielder Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a record-breaking 12-year contract worth more than $430 million, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Trout is just two years away from free agency, and many industry insiders expected him to at least flirt with other teams after several frustrating years with the Angels. The Angels have always expressed their interest in keeping him, and it now appears that they are willing to give Trout the massive extension he deserves.

The Blue Jays have reassigned infielders Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggo to minor league camp. (Source: Andrew Stoeten on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bichette was never going to make the big league team this year but he still had an impressive spring. The 21-year-old is a consensus top-10 prospect in baseball and has a chance to debut later this summer.