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10 hours agoThe Washington Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with catcher Welington Castillo on Friday. Castillo will receive a non-roster invite to spring training. The 32-year-old (33 in April) hit a disappointing .209/.267/.417 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in just 72 games for the White Sox in 2019. There won't be much fantasy value to be had here in D.C., however, as he's third on the catching depth chart behind Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes. Castillo can be avoided unless you're in a deep NL-only league in which you start two backstops.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Washington Post - Jesse Dougherty
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12 hours agoThe Chicago Cubs are close to a deal with outfielder Steven Souza Jr., according to a source. Souza tore multiple ligaments in his knee and missed all of the 2019 season and only played in 72 games in 2018 with the Diamondbacks because of injury. He's said to be healthy right now, however, and his combination of power and speed could play well in Chicago if he sees enough playing time. Souza managed to hit 30 home runs, drive in 78 and steal 16 bases in 148 games with the Rays back in 2017, so there is value potential in deeper leagues if he can stay on the field and receive his fair share of at-bats.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
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15 hours agoNew York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar has been told to prepare to get work at first base and left field in addition to third base this spring, according to general manager Brian Cashman. The emergence of Giovanny Urshela and the injury to Andujar last season will cause the Yankees to get creative in order to get both of their bats in the lineup in 2020. Andujar played in just 12 games last season but managed to hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI in 149 games in his rookie season in 2018. He finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting to Shohei Ohtani. Questions surrounding Andujar's playing time will drop his fantasy value, but he could be more of a steal in the later rounds if he gains eligibility at other positions.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Bryan Hoch
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15 hours agoTrade talks surrounding Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte are intensifying, according to sources. The Mets and Padres have both been interested, and there's a chance that a deal gets done before spring training. Marte wouldn't mind a trade to a contender. The 31-year-old can contribute across the board from fantasy owners and would benefit from having a better lineup around him. He slashed an impressive .295/.342/.503 with 23 home runs, 97 runs scored, 82 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 539 at-bats with Pittsburgh in 2019. His 20-homer, 20-steal ability will keep him relevant in the early rounds of drafts no matter where he's playing. Marte has stolen at least 21 bases in each of the last seven seasons, reaching the 30-steal mark three times and the 40-steal peak twice.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
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1 day agoDetroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (elbow), who had Tommy John surgery last spring, has lost around 20 pounds and said he's throwing from 90 feet on flat ground. Fulmer will progress to 120 feet next week. The right-hander is making good progress, but he's unlikely to be an option for Detroit's rotation until the second half of the 2020 season. For that reason, he won't be much of an option for those in redraft leagues. The 26-year-old (27 in March) won the American League Rookie of the Year in 2016 but has disappointed since, culminating with a 4.69 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with a 7.5 K/9 in 24 starts in 2018. Fulmer missed all of last season.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Cody Stavenhagen
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1 day agoNew York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that starting pitcher J.A. Happ will be the team's fifth starter entering the 2020 season. He'll slot in behind Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. Happ went 12-8 last year but with a 4.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 140 strikeouts and 49 walks in 161 1/3 innings over 30 starts and one relief outing for the Bombers last year. The 37-year-old must pitch well over the course of the 2020 season in order to justify keeping his rotation spot, so he'll be a shaky back-of-the-rotation starter for those in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. Consider Happ a deep league and DFS streamer in the right matchups.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: YES Network - Meredith Marakovits
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1 day agoThe San Diego Padres have discussed a trade centered around Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, according to sources. The Padres have significant prospect talent that they could send to Boston in exchange for the All-Star outfielder, and Boston would also receive outfielder Wil Myers in such a swap. Betts has been mentioned as a trade candidate this offseason as the Red Sox look to shed payroll. He'll be eligible for free agency after the 2021 season. A move to Petco Park would dim some of Betts' fantasy appeal, but the 27-year-old is still one of the best young all-around players in the game. He slashed .295/.391/.524 with 29 long balls, 135 runs, 80 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 597 at-bats in 2019.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Dennis Lin
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2 days agoSeattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger had a setback and will have core surgery. As a result, he will likely miss most of spring training and start the season late. The injury stems from a surgery to fix a ruptured testicle last season, and a hernia or a core injury were possibilities if Haniger pushed his recovery and rehab. After earning his first All-Star bid in 2018 by slashing .285/.366/.493 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI, Haniger was a huge disappointment for fantasy owners in 2019 when he played in just 63 games due to injury. He also hit a weak .220/.314/.463 with only 15 home runs and 32 RBI. His latest injury setback will assure that many owners will stay completely away from him in fantasy drafts. Haniger is still worth taking a flier on because of his power, but there's now a good chance he won't be ready for Opening Day.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Seattle Times - Ryan Divish
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2 days agoFour teams have checked in on relief pitcher Fernando Rodney. His overall numbers in 2019 don't look good (5.66 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 5.3 BB/9), but most of the damage against him came in his 17 relief outings with the A's. Rodney actually pitched much better with the Nationals (4.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, two saves) in 38 outings and helped them on their World Series run. The 42-year-old will likely have to settle for a minor league deal somewhere, though, and he's highly unlikely to land somewhere that will give him the outright closing job in the ninth inning.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
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2 days agoThe Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers are the two finalists for the services of relief pitcher Pedro Strop, according to a source. The 34-year-old right-hander struggled to the tune of a 4.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 50 outings (41 2/3 innings) for the Cubs in 2019, but he did close out 10 saves after recording a career-high 13 saves the previous season. Strop should pitch in a high-leverage, late-inning role in either Texas or Miami, and he'd have a chance at ninth-inning duties if he were to land with the rebuilding Fish. However, he'd be a low-end fantasy stopper if he's closing out games for the likely last-place Marlins.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Hector Gomez
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2 days agoThe Baltimore Orioles are interested in shortstop Tim Beckham and have discussed a minor league deal with him, according to multiple sources. Beckham spent 1 1/2 seasons in Baltimore. He was handed an 80-game performance-enhancing suspension on Aug. 6 of last year, so he will start the 2020 season serving the rest of that suspension. The 29-year-old (30 on Monday) hit just .237/.293/.461 with 21 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs and 47 RBI in 328 plate appearances with the Mariners last year. Beckham got off to a nice start last season but predictably faded and was then hit with the suspension. He could see plenty of playing time at shortstop if he lands with the O's, but he'd merely be a depth option in AL-only leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MASN Sports - Roch Kubatko
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2 days agoThe Cincinnati Reds remain in play for outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. The Rangers, among other teams, are also interested in Castellanos as the top available bat on the free-agent market after the Braves inked Marcell Ozuna on Tuesday. The 27-year-old (28 in March) hit a very nice .289/.337/.525 with 27 home runs, 100 runs scored and 73 RBI in 615 at-bats with the Tigers and Cubs during the 2019 season. He doesn't run at all, but he can provide fantasy owners with a nice slash line and modest power. Moving to hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark would be a nice location for his bat as well.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
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2 days agoThe Toronto Blue Jays have shown interest in infielder Brock Holt, according to sources. The Reds have been involved with Holt as well. It's unlikely that Holt will return to the Red Sox after they signed Jose Peraza for their infield. The 31-year-old can play second base, outfield and third base, and he hit .297/.369/.402 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 259 at-bats for the BoSox in 2019. Holt would likely serve in a utility infield role in Toronto, which would limit his fantasy appeal to deep AL-only leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Mass Live - Chris Cotillo
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2 days agoNew York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (ankle, heels) will be ready from an offensive standpoint for spring training. Cespedes continues to build his progression while running and catching fly balls. The 34-year-old missed all of the 2019 season and is an extreme injury risk, but things are looking good for his chances of being on the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Cespedes can provide a nice batting average and 30-plus home run power, but don't expect him to run much at all. He's a streaky hitter than can be a headache to own, but he might be worth a late-round flier if you have the room to stash him in an injured list spot if he starts the year there.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Bergen Record - Justin Toscano
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2 days agoThe St. Louis Cardinals re-signed catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday. The 33-year-old will return as the backup to veteran Yadier Molina after playing in 67 games in 2019. The four-time All-Star with the Orioles hit 11 home runs and threw out eight of 19 potential base stealers during last season. He's hit .250 with 146 home runs (sixth all time among switch-hitting backstops) and 546 RBI in 1,148 career games. Wieters won't have any fantasy appeal unless Molina misses more time due to injury in 2020.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: FOX Sports Midwest
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