Scott Kazmir has signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants, with an invitation to big-league camp. (Source: Buster Olney on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Kazmir held a bullpen recently and reached 92-93 mph in the session. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2016 with the Dodgers, logging 136.1 innings. The Giants are evidently taking a flyer on Kazmir as a reclamation project.
Phillies SS Didi Gregorius is in the process of solving his visa issues and wasn’t in camp on Monday. (Source: Matt Gelb on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Gregorius is among one of the eight players who have yet to show up for camp due to visa issues. He will have to complete a mandatory quarantine once he arrives for Spring Training. The 30-year-old is expected to return to the team around mid-March. Gregorius re-signed a two-year deal with Phillies during the offseason after slashing .284/.339/.488 across 60 games in 2020.
Tyler Clippard signed a major-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Clippard and the Diamondbacks have come to terms on a contract, but the length of his deal is unknown at this time. He will most likely serve as one of the Diamondbacks top setup men in 2021. Clippard owned a 2.77 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 26:4 K:BB across 26 innings for the Twins in 2020.
The Red Sox placed OF Franchy Cordero on the COVID-19 list Monday. (Source: Boston Red Sox on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Cordero will be arriving late to camp and was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday. It’s unclear if he tested positive or came into close contact with someone who was infected. Cordero is remains without a timeline and is day-to-day. The 26-year-old OF was acquired by Red Sox as part of the Andrew Benintendi deal during the offseason.
Mon, Feb 22nd 1:06pm EST
By Jon Mathisen
Free agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jeffress will earn $1.25 million with another potential $1.25 million in performance bonuses if he's able to crack the Nats' roster, according to Feinsand. Jeffress put up a solid season with the Cubs last year, registering a 1.54 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 17:12 K/BB ratio to go along with eight saves over 23 1/3 innings. This looks like a team friendly deal with the Nationals if the 33-year-old can make the roster.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Rangers are signing RHP Ian Kennedy to a minor league contract. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Kennedy struggled with the Royals last season but has some recent closing experience and should wind up providing depth for Texas' bullpen.
The Royals have signed veteran reliever Brad Brach to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brach, 34, joins the Royals on a minors pact after spending parts of the last 10 seasons in the majors. The former All-Star has made 496 appearances, amassing a 3.39 ERA over 522.2 innings. Most recently, he pitched for the Mets, allowing eight runs over 12.1 innings in 2020. The Royals have had a very strong offseason and continue that trend by adding bullpen depth. They could be a sneaky good team this year.
Chaz Roe signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Rays on Sunday. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Roe re-signs with Rays on a one-year deal. He missed most of 2020 due to an elbow injury, but is expected to be fully recovered heading into Spring Training. Roe owned a 2.89 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 9:3 K:BB across nine 1/3 innings for the Rays in 2020.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the Braves have reached a contract agreement with 1B/3B Jake Lamb. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The deal is pending a physical but is expected to be a major league contract. Lamb will likely serve as a backup to Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley at the corner infield positions in Atlanta.
Sat, Feb 20th 12:21am EST
By Jon Mathisen
Free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs that includes an invite to Spring Training, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Maybin put up a lackluster .247/.307/.387 batting line with one home run, seven RBI, and three stolen bases over 93 at-bats between the Tigers and Cubs last season. He'll compete for a bench spot this spring.
Fri, Feb 19th 8:48pm EST
By Jon Mathisen
Free agent pitcher Julio Teheran has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Detroit Tigers with an invite to Spring Training, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Teheran took the deal with the Tigers over a guaranteed deal elsewhere due to incentives. Heyman added that "If he starts 20 games he makes $4M. The guaranteed deal was a low base with minimal upside." The 30-year-old RHP had a brutal 2020 season with the Angels, sporting a 10.05 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 20:16 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings. He's got a shot to crack the Tigers starting rotation out of Spring Training but is hard to trust for fantasy purposes.
Fri, Feb 19th 6:43pm EST
By Jon Mathisen
Brett Gardner agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Yankees, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Heyman added that the deal includes $4 million guaranteed with a 2nd year option that could net Gardner "close to" $11 million if the Yankees pick it up. There was a lot of smoke on a potential reunion between the 37-year-old outfielder and the Yankees prior to this agreement and this now solidifies it. The veteran will now likely finish his career with the same team in which it began. He will provide clubhouse leadership and platoon behind Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier in the outfield.
Andy Martino of the SNY Network is reporting that the Mets have signed free agent RHP Taijuan Walker to a two-year, $20 million contract Friday. (Source: Andy Martino on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Walker reportedly drew interest from the Mets earlier in the week and both parties ended up agreeing on a two-year deal. The deal also includes a player option for 2023. Walker was effective in a shortened 2020 campaign, owning a 2.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 50:19 K:BB across 53 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays/Mariners.
Thu, Feb 18th 10:59am EST
By Brad Camara
The Athletics signed free agent RHP Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year, $11 million contract on Thursday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Athletics find their closer to replace Liam Hendricks by signing RHP Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year deal. Rosenthal was light outs in 2020, saving 11-of-12 games along with a 1.90 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 38:8 K:BB across 23 2/3 innings for the Padres/Royals. The 30-year-old should serve as the A’s primary closer in 2021. Rosenthal is currently 33rd among all relievers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings, but expect that number to rise with the latest news.
Longtime Twins infielder Brian Dozier announced his retirement from baseball. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Dozier appeared in seven games for the Mets last year but was released in August. The highlight of his career was a monstrous 42-homer campaign in 2016, which was followed up by a 34-homer season in 2017. Dozier was also a part of the World Champion Nationals in 2019.
Thu, Feb 18th 10:12am EST
By Brad Camara
The Athletics signed free agent first baseman Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $2.25 million contract on Thursday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Moreland had his $3 million club option for 2021 declined by the Padres during the offseason. He played well for the Red Sox last season before being acquired by San Diego ahead of the August trade deadline. The 35-year-old slashed .255/.342/.551 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI and 22 runs scored across 152 plate appearances in 2020 for the Red Sox/Padres. Moreland should see close to everyday at bats between first base and designated hitter for the A’s in 2021.
Wed, Feb 17th 8:38pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports the Padres and star SS Fernando Tatis Jr. have agreed to a 14-year, $340 million contract extension. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Considered by many to be the face of baseball, this extension keeps Tatis in San Diego for a long time. The superstar shortstop has played 143 games in his MLB career and has hit .301 with a .956 OPS in them. Additionally, he has totaled 39 homers and 27 stolen bases. Those are some pretty elite numbers, especially for fantasy purposes. The upcoming season will be Tatis' age-22 campaign and he's already one of the best players our sport has to offer.
Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Tebow attempted to make a go of things in baseball after his professional football career fizzled out, and he surprised many by having some success in the minor leagues. In 2018 in Double-A, Tebow had a .734 OPS with six home runs and a stolen base. He reached Triple-A in 2019 but struggled mightily, and the lost 2020 minor league season ended any chance that the now 33-year-old had at making it to the big leagues.
As pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, COVID-19 protocols continue to be enforced across MLB. On Wednesday, the Red Sox placed veteran catcher Kevin Plawecki on the COVID-19 injured list. (Source: Boston Red Sox on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox re-signed Plawecki this offseason, bringing him back for his second year in Boston and seventh in the majors. He impressed last season, slashing .341/.393/.463 with 17 RBI on 28 hits over the course of 24 games. He tallied five walks and 14 strikeouts. It's worth noting that Plawecki's placement on the COVID-19 IL does not necessarily mean that he tested positive for the virus.
The Marlins have acquired right-handed pitcher John Curtiss from the Rays in exchange for minor league first baseman Evan Edwards. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Curtiss is a 27-year-old right-hander who has bounced around the American League since being drafted by the Twins in 2014. After making 18 appearances over his first three MLB seasons, Curtiss saw his usage climb in 2020 as he made 17 outings (three starts) with the Rays. He was dominant over 25 innings, allowing just five earned runs on 21 hits for a 1.80 ERA. Heading back to Tampa Bay is Evan Edwards, a 23-year-old first baseman from North Carolina State. Drafted in 2019, Edwards has 73 games of Single-A experience. He owns a career .281/.357/.442 slash line with 50 RBI on 77 hits, including nine home runs. The fourth-round pick should open the year in Double-A and could reach the majors as soon as 2022.