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1/11:The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided salary arbitration on Friday with infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor, outfielders Kike Hernandez and Joc Pederson and relief pitchers Pedro Baez, Josh Fields and Yimi Garcia by signing them to undisclosed one-year deals. Taylor is the most attractive fantasy piece of the bunch because of his ability to player almost anywhere on the diamond and his modest power-speed game. The 28-year-old hit .254/.331/.444 with 17 home runs, 63 RBI, 85 runs scored and nine steals in 2018, but he also led the National League with 178 punchouts. It was a disappointment after he slugged 21 round-trippers in 2017. Taylor is a Swiss Army knife for depth in deep mixed and NL-only leagues. Both Hernandez and Pederson have limited ceilings as platoon players for the Dodgers.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Ken Gurnick
1/11:Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million deal, according to a source. It was his first year of arbitration eligibility after making $605,000 last season. Coming off a lost season because of Tommy John surgery, RotoBaller currently has Seager ranked just outside the top 10 fantasy shortstops, but he could easily outperform that ranking this season. He's just one season removed from slashing .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs and 77 RBI for the Blue. Seager is not a bad fallback option if you miss out on the elite players at his position.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Southern California News Group - J.P. Hoornstra
1/11:Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to an undisclosed one-year deal. It can be tough making a living as a pitcher at Coors Field, and Gray learned the hard way in 2018, going 12-9 with a 5.12 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 over 31 starts (172 1/3 innings). However, his FIP of 4.08 shows that he was noticeably unlucky, and the right-hander stands a good chance of bouncing back in 2019. He's a late-round sleeper with a lot of strikeout upside in the later rounds of drafts.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Thomas Harding
1/11:Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5 million deal, according to sources. A late-season injury ended Story's 2018 on a sour note, but it didn't take away from what was a breakout 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old hit .291/.348/.567 with a career-high 37 home runs, 108 RBI, 88 runs scored and 27 stolen bases in 157 games. He'll enter the 2019 season as a top-five fantasy shortstop and a top-15 player overall.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Jeff Passan
1/11:New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton and shortstop Didi Gregorius both avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to undisclosed one-year, non-guaranteed contracts. Starting pitcher Sonny Gray, reliever Tommy Kahnle and catcher Austin Romine also settled. Paxton was acquired from the Mariners after going 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and career-high 11.7 K/9 across 28 starts in 2018. While Yankee Stadium might hurt him some, Paxton's strikeout upside for a strong offense gives him top-20 starting pitcher upside. Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss at least half the season. He slugged a career-high 27 long balls last year and also drove in 86 while swiping 10 bags, so he'll be worth stashing in deeper leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource:
1/11:The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with shortstop Francisco Lindor on Friday by signing him to a one-year, $10.55 million deal, according to a source. Lindor can do it all, and he proved it with a .277/.352/.871 slash line, 38 home runs, 92 RBI, 129 runs scored and 25 stolen bases in 158 games for the Tribe. He was second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2015 and has been an All-Star the last three seasons. He's RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy shortstop and No. 4 overall player. He'll be a first-round selection in fantasy drafts.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Zack Meisel
1/11:The New York Yankees avoided salary arbitration on Friday with relief pitcher Dellin Betances by signing him to a one-year, $7.125 million deal. Betances is set to become a free agent after the 2019 season, but general manager Brian Cashman has expressed interest in entering extension talks at some point. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 2.70 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 15.5 K/9 and four saves in 66 outings in 2018. He also lowered his walk rate from 6.6 BB/9 to 3.5, making his fantasy owners happy. Betances doesn't have a ton of fantasy value as the setup man to Aroldis Chapman, but his gaudy strikeout rate makes him worth owning in deeper leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: North Jersey Record - Pete Caldera
1/11:Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. both avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to one-year deals. Bogaerts will receive $12 million this season, while Bradley will make $8.55 million. Bogaerts is a tier below the top fantasy shortstops after hitting .288/.360/.522 with a career-high 23 long balls, 103 RBI, 72 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 136 games for Boston. He's likely to come off the board in the fifth or sixth round. Bradley is a better defensive asset than he is with the bat, and he can be as streaky as any hitter at the plate. He hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs and a career-high 17 stolen bases in 2018. Target him in the late rounds of deep mixed drafts for his wheels.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Boston Globe - Alex Speier
1/11:The Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration on Friday with relief pitchers Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock, Will Harris and Ryan Pressly, starting pitcher Collin McHugh and outfielder Jake Marisnick by signing them to undisclosed one-year deals. Osuna served a suspension in the middle of the 2018 season and was then traded to the Astros, where he posted a 1.99 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 7.5 K/9 and 12 saves in 23 games after starting the year in Toronto. The right-hander is slated to open the year as Houston's ninth-inning man. He'll be a tier below the top fantasy closers on one of the best teams in baseball.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Brian McTaggart
1/11:The Philadelphia Phillies avoided salary arbitration with second baseman Cesar Hernandez on Friday by signing him to a one-year, $7.75 million deal. The team also avoided arbitration with outfielder Aaron Altherr ($1.35 million), reliever Jose Alvarez ($1.925 million), pitcher Jerad Eickhoff ($975,000), third baseman Maikel Franco ($5.2 million), pitcher Adam Morgan ($1.1 million), reliever Hector Neris ($1.8 million) and starter Vincent Velasquez ($2.249 million). Hernandez is on the fringe of being a top-20 fantasy second baseman after hitting .253/.356/.362 with 15 home runs, 60 RBI and a career-high tying 19 stolen bases in 161 games last year.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Todd Zolecki
1/11:Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million deal, according to sources. The 23-year-old has been very consistent by hitting exactly 20 home runs in each of his first three seasons in the big leagues. He also added a .258/.317/.436 slash line and 77 RBI in 128 games last year for Texas. Mazara's output hasn't been sexy, but he can be a valuable depth piece for those in deep mixed leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Levi Weaver
1/11:New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.025 million deal after he made $605,094 in 2018. While Conforto's average suffered a bit last season, he took steps forward by hitting 28 home runs and driving in 84 in 153 games. His lack of speed on the base paths (seven steals in four seasons) keeps him just outside the top 30 fantasy outfielders.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: New York Post - Mike Puma
1/11:Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.190 million deal. Even in the pitching-friendly environment of Minnesota, Rosario has hit 51 home runs in the last two seasons and also slashed a very respectable .288/.323/.479 in 138 games. He enters the 2019 season just inside RotoBaller's top 25 fantasy outfielders.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Minneapolis Star Tribune - LaVelle E. Neal III
1/11:The Chicago Cubs avoided salary arbitration on Friday with third baseman Kris Bryant by signing him to a one-year, $12.9 million deal, according to a source. A shoulder injury derailed Bryant's 2018 campaign and limited him to only 389 at-bats over a career-low 202 games. He hit .272/.374/.460 with just 13 home runs and 52 RBI. With good health, Bryant could easily rebound to being one of the best power-hitting third basemen in the game. He's RotoBaller's No. 6 overall fantasy third baseman.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Patrick Mooney
1/11:Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.2 million deal. The 26-year-old superstar broke out in 2018 with a .290/.326/.554 slash line and career highs across the board in home runs (34), RBI (111), runs (101) and stolen bases (21) on his way to finishing second in the National League MVP voting. RotoBaller has Baez ranked as the No. 6 shortstop and No. 22 overall fantasy player heading into next season.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Fan Cred - Jon Heyman
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