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Mitch Haniger To Make $3 Million In 2020

Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.01 million deal, according to a source. Some freak injuries caused Haniger to play in just 63 games for the M's in 2019, and he hit a disappointing .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI after batting .285/.366/.493 with... Read More

2 weeks ago

Mookie Betts Sets Arbitration Record

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a record-breaking, one-year, $27 million deal, according to a source. The amount breaks the record set by Nolan Arenado last year of $26 million. Boston also reached one-year deals with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ($11 million) and relievers Brandon Workman ($3.5... Read More

2 weeks ago

Diamondbacks Reach Extension With David Peralta

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a three-year, $22 million extension with outfielder David Peralta on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. He can make an extra $1.25 million in incentives. Injuries held Peralta to only 99 games for the D-backs in 2019, but he hit a useful .275/.343/.461 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI when... Read More

2 weeks ago

Hunter Renfroe Avoids Arbitration

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Hunter Renfroe avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. Renfroe came over to the Rays this offseason in the trade that sent Tommy Pham to the Padres. Although he hit just .216 in 140 games for the Friars, Renfroe delivered on his power potential by... Read More

2 weeks ago

Marcell Ozuna Deciding Between Cardinals, Rangers

Free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna said he's basically deciding between the St. Louis Cardinals and Rangers in free agency. I’ve been in St. Louis and I like the city. My first option will be St. Louis. If they step up I will stay, if not I will find a new home," Ozuna said. St. Louis just... Read More

2 weeks ago


Brandon Drury Avoids Arbitration

The Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman/outfielder Brandon Drury avoided salary arbitration on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million deal. Drury started the 2019 season as the team's starting third baseman, but he became a corner outfielder primarily once prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was called up. The 27-year-old hit an underwhelming .218/.262/.380 on... Read More

2 weeks ago

Michael Taylor Avoids Arbitration

The Washington Nationals and outfielder Michael Taylor avoided salary arbitration on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.325 million deal, according to a source. He'll receive $25,000 in incentives if he reaches 300 plate appearances in the majors next season. The 28-year-old speedster hit only .250/.305/.364 in 97 plate appearances in 2019 and was demoted... Read More

2 weeks ago

Christian Yelich Expected To Be Ready For Spring Training

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (knee), who fractured his right kneecap last September, said he will be ready for spring training. "If the Milwaukee Brewers had an actual game tomorrow," Yelich said, "then I would be able to participate." The Brewers will be careful with the 2018 National League MVP, but the expectation is that... Read More

2 weeks ago

Cardinals Could Trade Dexter Fowler

The St. Louis Cardinals have discussed trading outfielder Dexter Fowler this offseason and could move him in another deal, according to sources, as top prospect Dylan Carlson is expected to play a big role this year. The Cardinals dealt outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena to the Rays on Thursday in exchange for top left-handed... Read More

2 weeks ago

Rays Acquire Jose Martinez, Randy Arozarena

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena from the Cardinals on Thursday in exchange for top left-handed pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore and low-level catching prospect Edgardo Rodriguez. The Cardinals also sent a competitive-balance Round A pick (38th overall) to the Rays, who sent their Round B pick (66th overall) to St.... Read More

2 weeks ago


Brewers Agree With Logan Morrison

The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to an undisclosed deal with first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison on Thursday, according to sources. Morrison slugged a career-high 38 home runs and drove in 85 runs in 149 games for the Rays in 2017, but he has fallen off a cliff since. He hit a miserable .186/.276/.368 with 15 homers and... Read More

2 weeks ago

Pirates Agree With Guillermo Heredia

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to an undisclosed major league deal with outfielder Guillermo Heredia on Thursday, according to sources. He was non-tendered by the Rays last month and is known as a strong defender and good clubhouse presence. That's not going to do much for fantasy owners, however. Heredia, 29 later this month, hit just... Read More

2 weeks ago

2019 Season in Review: Aristides Aquino

On August 1, 2019, Aristides Aquino was called up by the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly thereafter, bedlam broke out. He hit 11 home runs in his first 63 at-bats, drove in 22 runs, and caused the internet to flood with The Punisher GIFs and newly made t-shirts. When the month of August came to a close,... Read More

2 weeks ago

Brewers Give Craig Counsell Contract Extension

The Milwaukee Brewers are signing manager Craig Counsell to a contract extension that will run through the 2023 season, according to sources. It's a well-deserved extension, as Counsell led the Brew Crew to a National League Championship appearance in 2018 before a wild-card showing this past season. The 49-year-old coach started as the head man... Read More

2 weeks ago

Top 570: Early Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings (January)

Welcome back RotoBallers, and Happy New Year! Below you will find our staff's early 2020 fantasy baseball tiered rankings (top 570) for mixed leagues. In case you missed it, you can also see our tiered positional rankings and position-by-position analysis breakdowns as well. Four of our lead fantasy baseball analysts - Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Riley Mrack and Nicklaus Gaut - have analyzed the... Read More

3 weeks ago


Mets Shopping Jed Lowrie, Dominic Smith

The New York Mets have discussed with teams the concept of taking second baseman Jed Lowrie and first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith as part of a joint package in a trade. Lowrie is injury-prone and will make $10 million in 2020, while Smith doesn't have a clear path to regular playing time and is out of... Read More

3 weeks ago

Dodgers Discussing Mookie Betts

The Los Angeles Dodgers negotiations with the Boston Red Sox about outfielder Mookie Betts have become at least as frequent as their talks with the Cleveland Indians about shortstop Francisco Lindor, according to sources. The Indians want infield prospect Gavin Lux to be part of a Lindor trade, but the Dodgers have refused to include... Read More

3 weeks ago

White Sox Reach Extension With Luis Robert

The Chicago White Sox signed center field prospect Luis Robert to a six-year, $50 million deal on Thursday, according to sources. The deal includes two club options. With no service-time manipulation necessary, Robert will begin the 2020 season on Chicago's roster. Robert is a five-tool star who was named Minor League Player of the Year... Read More

3 weeks ago

Front-Runners Emerge For Marcell Ozuna

The market for outfielder Marcell Ozuna is gaining steam, and the Reds, Cardinals and Rangers appear to be the front-runners for his services at this time, according to a source. Along with Nicholas Castellanos, Ozuna is the top corner outfield bat on the open market going into the new year. While he remains a streaky... Read More

3 weeks ago

Top 30 Impact Prospects for 2020 Redraft Leagues

When last we checked in on the top rookies for 2020, the World Series had yet to be decided, the Astros’ obsession with garbage cans was still a secret, and Neal Huntington was running the Pirates. A number of things around baseball have changed since the last update but few, if any, moves have rattled... Read More

3 weeks ago


Reds Agree With Shogo Akiyama

The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a three-year deal with Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama on Monday. The deal is believed to be for around $15 million. The 31-year-old has hit over .300 with an on-base percentage above .390 with 20-plus home runs in each of the last three years in Japan. The Cubs and Padres were... Read More

4 weeks ago

2020 Offseason Outfield Rankings (Part 1) - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues

It's never too early to start looking ahead to the next baseball season, so here we deliver our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to those of you looking to scratch your fantasy itch. Whether you're already eliminated from fantasy football contention, or you're getting a head start on next year's keeper selections, RotoBaller has got you... Read More

4 weeks ago

Angels Discussing Matthew Boyd

The Los Angeles Angels have discussed a potential trade for Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd, and Angels outfield prospect Brandon Marsh was a name mentioned in dialogue between both teams, according to a source. However, both sides haven't made progress towards a deal at the moment. The Halos are still looking for rotation upgrades... Read More

4 weeks ago

Marlins Finalizing Deal With Corey Dickerson

The Miami Marlins are finalizing a two-year deal with outfielder Corey Dickerson on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The Marlins preferred to land Yasiel Puig, a Cuban native, but they settled for the fallback option in Dickerson. Dickerson is an underrated offensive commodity, but he played in just 78 games with the... Read More

4 weeks ago

2020 Offseason Outfield Rankings (Part 2) - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues

It's never too early to start looking ahead to the next baseball season, so here we deliver our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to those of you looking to scratch your fantasy itch. Whether you're already eliminated from fantasy football contention, or you're getting a head start on next year's keeper selections, RotoBaller has got you... Read More

4 weeks ago


Rangers The Front-Runners For Nicholas Castellanos

The Texas Rangers appear to be the front-runners to sign outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. The Rangers missed out on signing third baseman Anthony Rendon. The Giants, Reds and Cubs are still in the mix on Castellanos. After adding Corey Kluber, Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson to the starting rotation, Texas is now looking for an impact... Read More

4 weeks ago

White Sox Not Actively Pursuing Nicholas Castellanos, Yasiel Puig

The Chicago White Sox are not actively involved in the sweepstakes for outfielders Nicholas Castellanos or Yasiel Puig after already trading for Nomar Mazara this offseason. Chicago has made drastic improvements to their roster and have spent $195.5 million in free agency, but they will now look to improve their bullpen. Castellanos is the more... Read More

4 weeks ago

Kole Calhoun Agrees With Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a two-year deal worth $16 million guaranteed with outfielder Kole Calhoun on Tuesday, according to a source. The deal comes with a $9 million club option for 2022 with a $2 million buyout. The Arizona native will return home after spending the first eight years of his career with the... Read More

1 month ago

Teams Interested In Yoenis Cespedes Trade

The New York Mets have had teams reach out to them in the past week concerning a potential trade for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, according to a source. There is nothing close or imminent, but some initial conversations have taken place after the Mets restructured Cespedes' contract. The Cuban slugger missed the entire 2019 season due... Read More

1 month ago

A Healthy Steven Souza Jr. Is Attracting Interest

Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. (knee), who is running, hitting and throwing at 100 percent intensity after April surgery on his left knee, is drawing interest from the Rangers, Rays, Cubs and Giants, according to a source. The 30-year-old tore multiple ligaments in his knee in spring training for the Diamondbacks and missed the entire 2019... Read More

1 month ago


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