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1/11:Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.825 million deal, according to a source. Lamb played in only 56 games for Arizona due to injury last season, but he hit a combined 59 home runs the previous two seasons and could bounce back as a corner infield power asset for fantasy owners in the late round of mixed leagues. He'll need to improve against southpaws in order to do so, but he should see regular playing time at first base with Paul Goldschmidt now in St. Louis.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Robert Murray
1/11:San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.06 million deal, according to a source. Hedges hit a disappointing .231/.282/.429 in 2018 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI in 91 games for the Friars. The power keeps him relevant at a weak position in two-catcher leagues, but he could lose playing time to prospect Francisco Mejia if he doesn't produce behind the plate.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Robert Murray
1/11:The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired catcher Russell Martin from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, according to league sources. Toronto will eat a large portion of Martin's $20 million salary for 2019. Martin will turn 36 in February and is near the end of the line after hitting .194/.338/.325 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 289 at-bats for Toronto last year. While the Dodgers need catching help after losing Yasmani Grandal in free agency, Martin is likely to play second fiddle to Austin Barnes in 2019. Martin spent the first five years of his career in LA.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com - Jeff Passan
1/11:The Oakland Athletics avoided salary arbitration on Friday with outfielder Mark Canha, starting pitcher Sean Manaea, infielder Jurickson Profar and shortstop Marcus Semien by signing them to undisclosed deals. Profar is the biggest name from a fantasy perspective. He was acquired from the Rangers in the offseason and figures to be the team's regular second baseman in 2019. Profar finally broke out with everyday playing time last year and hit 20 homers with 10 steals. He's in consideration as a top-20 fantasy second baseman and is also attractive with multi-position eligibility. Manaea will miss at least the first half of the season after having shoulder surgery. Semien also has modest power and speed skills, hitting 15 homers and stealing 14 bags in 159 games.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
1/11:Oakland Athletics outfielder Khris Davis avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $16.5 million deal. Davis is a beast in the power department with three straight years of 40-plus home runs as well as a career-high 48 in 2018. He's also had three straight seasons of 100-plus RBI and has had a batting average of exactly .247 each of the last four years. You know what you're getting with this top-15 fantasy outfielder in the early rounds.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
1/11:Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to an undisclosed one-year deal. He was projected to make $4.2 million in his second arbitration-eligible season. Zunino came over from Seattle in a trade this offseason after hitting .201/.259/.410 with 20 home runs and 44 RBI in 113 games. The 27-year-old has 45 round-trippers in the last two years but makes very little contact overall and will be a drain on your team's average. He's a low-end fantasy backstop in shallow mixed leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Tampa Bay Times - Eduardo A. Encina
1/11:Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.9 million deal. Realmuto is one of the top offensive catchers in baseball these days, and he hit .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs, 74 RBI and 74 runs scored in 477 at-bats in 2018. He's RotoBaller's second-ranked fantasy catcher in 2019, behind only Gary Sanchez. Realmuto is also expected to be traded before spring training, which will boost his value even more.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Fan Cred - Jon Heyman
1/11:Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.125 million deal, according to a source. Souza managed 30 home runs and 16 stolen bases in his final season with Tampa in 2017, but he came back to Earth in 2018 by hitting a measly .220/.309/.369 with only five long balls, 29 RBI and six steals in 72 games because of injuries. Souza has an attractive power-speed combination, but he rarely stays on the field for long stretches of time due to injuries. You could do much worse with a late-round flier in deeper leagues, though.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Robert Murray
1/11:San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.062 million deal, according to a source. Yates will enter 2019 as the Friars closer, but he's merely a low-end fantasy closing option on a team that is perennially near the bottom of the National League West. The right-hander has good stuff, though, posting a 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 90 K's in 63 innings in 2018.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Robert Murray
1/11:Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.650 million deal, according to a source. 2018 was a disaster for Sano, as he dealt with injury and spent time in the minor leagues. He hit an embarrassing .199/.281/.398 with just 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 71 games with the Twins. The power is real, however, so there's potential for him to approach the 30-homer mark if he's healthy and effective. Draft Sano in the middle rounds as a potential value pick if he can bounce back in 2019.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Robert Murray
1/11:The Minnesota Twins avoided salary arbitration with starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi on Friday by signing him to a one-year, $9.5 million deal. Odorizzi had a forgettable first season in the Twin Cities by going 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 in 32 starts (164 1/3 innings). There is bounce-back potential in a good pitching environment because of his ability to miss lumber, but Odorizzi must limit his walks (3.8 per nine innings) in order to do so. Most fantasy owners will be avoiding him in mixed leagues, but he could be a waiver pickup during the season.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
1/11:New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $6 million deal. Thor is a risk/reward high-end fantasy ace because of his injury history, but when he's healthy he's usually lights-out on the mound. The hard-throwing right-hander went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 155 K's in 154 1/3 innings over 25 starts for the Metropolitans in 2018. He should be drafted as a backend top-10 fantasy hurler.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
1/11:Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.725 million deal, according to sources. Turner is mainly useful for his speed (89 steals the last two years), but he also hit .271/.344/.416 with a career-high 19 homers and 73 RBI in 2019. His 20-homer, 40-steal upside firmly puts him in the discussion as a top-five fantasy shortstop worth taking in the early rounds of drafts.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Robert Murray
1/11:San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Will Smith avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.225 million deal. Smith was one of the team's most reliable late-inning relievers last season, posting a shiny 2.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 71 strikeouts in 53 innings and 14 saves. The southpaw is likely to enter the 2019 season as the favorite for saves in San Fran (unless he's traded), but the Giants have plenty of other options, including Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson. Consider Smith a sleeper for saves in the last few rounds.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
1/11:St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $6.35 million deal. Injuries ruined Wacha's 2018 season, as he made just 15 starts (84 1/3 innings). He was pretty good before his injury, though, going 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.6 K/9, but his fantasy stock is on the decline following his disappointing season. The 27-year-old has never gone over 200 innings and doesn't miss a ton of bats, but he is worth a late-round flier as he attempts to bounce back.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
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