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9 hours agoThe Texas Rangers are making an aggressive push for third baseman Josh Donaldson. The Los Angeles Times' Jorge Castillo also reported that the Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies and Braves are pursuing the 2015 American League MVP and three-time All-Star. Donaldson will turn 34 in December and is coming off a rebound season with Atlanta in which he hit 37 home runs with a .900 OPS in 155 games. He's expected to decline his one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer, which means a team will have to give up a draft pick to sign him in free agency. Along with Anthony Rendon, Donaldson is the biggest free-agent third baseman on the market. Landing in hitter-friendly Texas wouldn't be the worst spot for Donaldson from a fantasy perspective.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
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9 hours agoNew York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar, who played in just 12 games in 2019 due to a shoulder injury, could be moved around the field in 2020. He could be an option at an infield corner spot, at designated hitter or even in the outfield. Andujar will turn 25 in March, had an .855 OPS in his rookie season and finished second to only Shohei Ohtani in the 2018 Rookie of the Year voting. Giovanny Urshela was a stud both offensively and defensively at the hot corner in place of Andujar, but Andujar hit .297/.328/.527 with 47 doubles, 27 homers and 92 RBI in 149 games in 2018. Andujar and Urshela project to compete at third base, but Andujar could also be an option at first base with Luke Voit, Greg Bird and Mike Ford in the mix.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Bryan Hoch
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9 hours agoSources have intimated that St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina could be seeking an extension to his contract and would be willing to take a pay cut from his current $20 million per season. It was believed that the final year of Molina's current contract in 2020 would be his final in the majors, but that could change if he reaches an extension with the Red Birds. The 37-year-old doesn't have a ton left with the bat at this point in his career, but he remains a fine defensive backstop and is a fan favorite. He hit .270/.312/.399 with 10 home runs and 57 RBI in his 419 at-bats last season. You definitely shouldn't expect a return to the 20-homer mark, something he's done just twice in his career.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Belleville News-Democrat - Jeff Jones
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10 hours agoSt. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna plans to reject the team's one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer to become a free agent, but his representatives met with the Cardinals on Tuesday to explore a multi-year contract. Ozuna has had early interest from at least half a dozen teams, including the Reds, according to two sources. The White Sox and Rangers are also interested, and the Braves are another possible suitor. St. Louis would like to clear paths to playing time in the outfield for their younger players. Ozuna has hit .262 with a .451 slugging percentage, .777 OPS and 52 home runs. He's expressed to the Cardinals that his preference is to remain with the team as their cleanup hitter.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick Goold
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10 hours agoThe Miami Marlins are interested in first baseman Jose Abreu, although losing a draft pick in order to acquire him could dissuade them from pursuing him. The expectation is that Abreu will re-sign with the White Sox, where he hit .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs, 85 runs and 123 RBI in 2019. Abreu has had 30-plus home runs for the Pale Hose in four of his six seasons and continues to be productive across the board. Moving to a rebuilding team like the Fish in a pitcher-friendly environment would lower Abreu's upside considerably. He's in a much better spot to continue producing in Chicago for a team that is nearing contention quickly.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
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10 hours agoThe Toronto Blue Jays have discussed adding third baseman Mike Moustakas this offseason, as well as Japanese hitters Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Shogo Akiyama. Toronto is looking to add a bat at second base, first base and center field. Moustakas, a left-handed hitter, can play first, second or third base and would offer the most offensive upside after he clubbed 35 home runs and drove in 87 runs in 523 at-bats for the Brewers in 2019. Moose has become more attractive for fantasy owners because of his eligibility at both the hot corner and the keystone, and moving to hitter-friendly Toronto would also add a boost to his power numbers.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Sportsnet.ca - Shi Davidi
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10 hours agoThe Toronto Blue Jays met with the representatives for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday, and they will have legitimate interest in the right-hander if he rejects the $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Twins. Odorizzi was very solid for fantasy owners in 2019, going 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 178 strikeouts in 159 innings over his 30 starts for the Twinkies. His 10.1 K/9 was a career high. Moving to hitter-friendly Toronto and the fearsome American League East division would lower his fantasy appeal heading into the 2020 season, though.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Sportsnet.ca - Shi Davidi
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10 hours agoThe San Diego Padres intend to open discussions with shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on a long-term contract extension this offseason. The idea would be to buy out Tatis' arbitration years, which would mean a deal of at least six years and likely longer. The superstar shortstop won't turn 21 until Jan. 2, but he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Peter Alonso and Mike Soroka for 2019. Tatis played in just 84 games in his rookie season because of a stress reaction in his back that knocked him out in August. He also had a hamstring strain in April but hit .317 with a .379 on-base percentage, .590 slugging percentage and 4.2 WAR. Tatis was one of four rookies to hit 22 home runs and steal 16 bases, so he'll obviously be highly coveted in fantasy drafts in 2020.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee
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2 days agoThe St. Louis Cardinals re-signed starting pitcher Adam Wainwright to a one-year contract. Financial terms have not yet been revealed, but this move was mostly a formality, as Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak told reporters a while ago that Wainwright would be sticking with the only major league team he's even played for. Wainwright was solid in 2019, posting a 4.19 ERA and decent strikeout numbers (8.02 K/9). He's more valuable to the Cardinals than to a fantasy team, but he could provide some back-of-the-rotation value in deeper leagues and NL-only formats.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: Bob Nightengale on Twitter
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7 days agoFree-agent starting pitcher Cole Hamels, who wasn't offered a qualifying offer from the Cubs, said he's open to a one-year deal this winter and wouldn't mind returning to the Phillies if it's in the cards. The 35-year-old left-hander is a free agent for the first time in his career after the final year of his seven-year, $158 million deal. Hamels has prioritized signing a one-year deal with a team that has postseason aspirations. He went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts for Chicago last year. He was much better in 17 starts before he went on the injured list in June with a strained left oblique, going 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 starts after his injury. Hamels can certainly be effective in the right matchups this late in his career, but he's certainly not the high-end fantasy commodity he once was. Going back to Philly and their hitting-friendly environment might not be the best place for his fantasy value, though.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Todd Zolecki
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7 days agoThe New York Yankees and free-agent outfielder Brett Gardner are already talking about a deal to keep him in pinstripes. Gardner is the longest-tenured Yankee and set career highs in home runs (28) and OPS (.829) during the 2019 season. He slashed .251/.325/.503 and also scored 86 runs, drove in 74 and stolen 10 bases in 491 at-bats. Gardner was a key outfielder for New York last year amid all their injuries. He can be an essential top-of-the-lineup table-setter for a powerful Yankees squad, but the only question is how much playing time he'd receive in 2020 if the rest of the team's outfielders are all healthy.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
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7 days agoThe Atlanta Braves have made free-agent starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner a priority this offseason and are planning to quickly communicate with the veteran left-hander, according to league sources. The Braves also discussed Bumgarner at last summer's trade deadline. Bumgarner had a career-high 3.90 ERA last season, but he also threw 207 innings and led the National League in starts and struck out nearly five times as many batters as he walked. His 5.29 road ERA could be a problem, and he also has a qualifying offer attached to him. The southpaw doesn't light up radar guns anymore, but he's adapted by throwing his curveball more and relying on his four-seamer. Sources close to Bumgarner say he won't give the Giants a hometown discount to return, so it seems more likely he'll be wearing a new uniform for the first time in his career in 2020.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports Bay Area - Alex Pavlovic
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1 week agoMiami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado has told friends that he will likely retire this offseason. The 36-year-old played in just 104 games in 2019 and managed 94 games in 2017 and 2018 combined due to injuries. He hit a meager .233/.265/.294 with two home runs and 15 RBI for the Fish last season and wasn't even on the fantasy radar in deep mixed and NL-only leagues. In his 14-year career, Prado sports a solid .287 average, 100 home runs, 664 runs scored, 609 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 1,458 games. He was an All-Star back in 2010 with the Braves.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
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1 week agoFree-agent infielder Howie Kendrick is drawing a lot of early interest on the free-agent market, most notably from the Rays and Marlins. He's from Florida but lives in the Phoenix area in the offseason. Coming off an extremely productive season and winning the World Series, Kendrick is likely looking for just a one-year deal on the open market. The 36-year-old utility infielder slashed .344/.395/.572 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI in 334 at-bats in 2019. Don't expect such lofty numbers again in 2020, but he can give you solid production in deep mixed leagues and can be an asset because of his multi-position eligibility. Landing with the Rays would make him more attractive from a fantasy standpoint.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Brittany Ghiroli
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1 week agoThe Boston Red Sox haven't engaged outfielder Mookie Betts in contract-extension talks yet this winter, according to chief executive officer Sam Kennedy. It'll be interesting to see what the Red Sox do with Betts as they attempt to get under the luxury tax threshold in 2020. Things became more difficult when outfielder J.D. Martinez chose not to opt out of his current deal. Betts is surely worth the money, but the BoSox will be looking to shed payroll this offseason. A trade could be possible. The 27-year-old hit .295/.391/.524 with 29 home runs, 135 runs, 80 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 2019. He is one of the best players in baseball and will be in consideration for the top overall pick in fantasy.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Mass Live - Chris Cotillo
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