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The Mariners have signed Juan Nicasio to a two-year, $17 million contract. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nicasio had a fine year in relief, as he tallied a 2.61 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, and was an effective closer for the Cardinals late in the season. He'll likely be in middle relief for the Mariners backing up Edwin Diaz.


Ian Kinsler has been traded to the Angels, according to Ken Rosenthal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kinsler is coming off a down year, during which he batted just .236, though he did have 22 home runs. He'll now move to a solid lineup and likely bat somewhere in front of Mike Trout, which can only help his overall production.


Joe Smith signs with the Astros

Wed, Dec 13th 6:19pm EST
By Dan Harris

The Astros have signed Joe Smith, pending a physical, according to Brian McTaggart. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Relievers are flying off the board at the Winter Meetings, and Smith represented one of the few reliable hurlers left. Smith split last season between the Blue Jays and Indians, posting a 3.33 ERA in 59 games, striking out 71 and walking 10 in 54 innings. He should slide in as one of the primary setup men for Ken Giles, who received a vote of confidence as the closer earlier this offseason.


The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins, according to Craig Mish. The return was not immediately known. (Source: Craig Mish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a boost to Ozuna's fantasy value, more because of the move to the deeper and better Cardinals lineup, rather than the park change, which is mostly neutral despite the general feeling among fans. Ozuna is coming off a breakout year that saw him pop 37 home runs with a .924 OPS. He should be in for another big year next season.


The Mets have signed Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million contract, according to Marc Carig. (Source: Marc Carig on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Swarzak had been largely a mop-up reliever prior to last season, where he put it all together and had a 2.33 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and 91 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings. He likely won't see save opportunities, but he can offer decent peripheral help for those in NL-only leagues.


Michael Pineda has signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Twins. (Source: Mike Beradino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Like Drew Smyly, Pineda had Tommy John surgery last season, and will miss at least most of the 2018 season. Pineda signed for an identical base salary to Smyly (who signed with the Cubs), and should be considered in AL-only leagues, assuming his early reports are good, and certainly keeper leagues.


Jake McGee re-signs with Rockies

Wed, Dec 13th 10:27am EST
By Dan Harris

COL

The Rockies have re-signed Jake McGee, according to Ken Rosenthal. Terms of the deal were not immediately known. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee in tow, the Rockies are working again to form an excellent bullpen. For now, it's unclear whether McGee or Shaw will see save chances, and their value likely depends on who else the Rockies sign. Either way, McGee's strong peripherals make him a play in NL-only leagues.


The Cubs have signed Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million deal. Smyly can earn an additional $7 million in incentives. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smyly had Tommy John surgery this past year and is likely out for most or all of 2018. Those is in keeper leagues should monitor Smyly, however, as he should be a decent asset in 2019 playing in the National League for an excellent team.


The Phillies have signed Tommy Hunter to a two-year deal, according to Jon Heyman. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hunter had an outstanding year with the Rays, with a 2.61 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and more than a strikeout per inning. He will likely slot in as the primary setup man behind Hector Neris, and should be a valuable source of ERA and WHIP for those in NL-only leagues.


The Rockies have signed reliever Bryan Shaw to a three-year deal for approximately $9 million per year, according to Buster Olney. (Source: Buster Olney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shaw had just another very solid year in what has turned into an excellent career. While there were several teams interested in him, landing in Colorado, unless he miraculously closes (he has 28 career saves), obviously hurts his value from a fantasy perspective.


Chase Headley traded to Padres

Tue, Dec 12th 11:27am EST
By Dan Harris

SD

The Padres have acquired Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell from the Yankees in exchange for Jabari Blash, according to Ken Rosenthal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Back where it all began for Headley, who at one point was a stud prospect that smashed 31 homers and 115 RBIs in a season for the Padres. This was essentially a salary dump for the Yankees to clear room to stay under the luxury-tax threshold. As for Headley, it's obviously a downgrade in lineup and ballpark, but he'll retain value in NL-only leagues.


The Cardinals have signed reliever Luke Gregerson to a two-year, $11 million deal. The contract contains a vesting option. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregerson is coming off perhaps the worst season of his career, with a 4.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. He'd been a fairly reliable reliever prior to 2017, and given the classic "Cardinals magic," it's a fair bet that Gregerson will return to form. It's unclear if he'll compete for the closer's role, but that should be sorted out as Spring Training approaches.


The Rockies have signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a two-year, $8.5 million deal. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Iannetta was previously with the Rockies from 2006 - 2011, and had a relatively successful season with the Diamondbacks last year. The Rockies still have Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy on their roster, so it's unclear how playing time will break down behind the dish. But Iannetta is certainly an option in NL-only leagues.


The Yankees have traded Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Giancarlo Stanton. The deal is pending physicals. (Source: Joel Sherman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castro had a resurgent year with the Yankees, but obviously now goes to a team with a worse lineup and ballpark. There's a strong chance that Castro will again be on the move, as there are already rumors of teams, such as the Mets, engaging in dialogue with the Marlins. It's likely Castro will be downgraded from last year wherever he lands, but wait to see where the dust settles before getting too worried.


The Yankees have acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins in exchange for Starlin Castro, Jorge Guzman, and Jose Devers. The Yankees will also receive $30 million if Stanton does not opt out of his contract after the 2020 season. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As if Stanton wasn't already a desirable fantasy commodity, placing him in the middle of a strong lineup in Yankee Stadium only adds to his appeal. Between Stanton and Aaron Judge, there will be plenty of home runs and strikeouts, and pretty much every hitter on the Yankees receives a bump in value with the move.


Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. (Source: Jared Diamond on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Angels have won the Ohtani sweepstakes and will now pay a $20 million dollar posting fee for the rights to negotiate his contract. Ohtani is the first legitimate two-way player that the Majors have seen in a while. He'll have a chance at playing the outfield and batting DH while also starting in the rotation. The 23-year-old will get a chance to play alongside two-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who happens to be just 26 years old himself. It's too early to know how early Ohtani will be drafted in fantasy drafts.


The Tigers have signed Mike Fiers to a one-year, $6 million deal, according to Jerry Crasnick. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fiers is coming off a pretty terrible year with Houston, during which he compiled a 5.22 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. His numbers are much better than that during his career, however, and moving to a more pitcher-friendly environment, he can be considered a low-end option in AL-only leagues.


The Cubs have signed RHP Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million deal. (Source: Sahadev Sharma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chatwood is 40-46 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA in 130 major-league appearances — including 113 starts. While his numbers in Colorado were never pretty, he does have a 2.57 ERA on the road over the last two seasons, second-best in MLB. Playing on an excellent team, Chatwood may be a deep-league sleeper next year.


Dee Gordon traded to Mariners

Thu, Dec 7th 8:51pm EST
By Dan Harris

SEA

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert, and Christopher Torres. The Mariners also received $1 million in international slot money. (Source: Seattle Mariners on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rumor has it that the Mariners will ask Gordon to play center field, which would make the speedy second baseman even more of a fantasy asset. Neidert, a right-handed pitcher, was the Mariners' second-ranked prospect, and should be with the big club sometime in 2019. As for the additional international slot money, the Mariners appear to be doing all they can to increase their chances of getting Shohei Ohtani.


The Tigers signed Leonys Martin to a one-year deal, according to Anthony Fenech. (Source: Anthony Fenech on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martin had a terrible season splitting time between the Mariners and the Cubs, batting just .172. But he has showed before that he can hold down an everyday job, and stole 105 bases from 2013-2016. Martin will likely get the opportunity to compete for a starting outfield job, and should be kept in mind during draft season for those in AL-only leagues.