Fantasy Baseball Transaction Tracker

by Jonathan Chan
Fantasy Baseball Transaction Tracker

The MLB Hot Stove is in full swing. We will be updating the Fantasy Baseball Transaction Tracker with all the trades and signings from the Winter Meetings and anything from before or after.

Our Fantasy Baseball analysts, Joe Bond (@F6P_Joe), Jonathan Chan (@jchan_811), Mark Strausberg (@MarkStrausberg), Jacob Dunne (@AintDunneYet) Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts), and Tyler Thomson (@therealwody) gone over the major moves and given their take on how it shakes the Fantasy landscape.

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Red Sox Trade Mookie Betts / David Price to Dodgers

Mookie Betts is set to take his talents to Los Angeles where he will join forces with Cody Bellinger.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were already considered favorites to come out of the National League, but adding the 2018 American League MVP along with a former Cy Young winner in David Price makes them World Series favorites.

The Boston Red Sox have been desperately trying to trade Betts ever since his request of a $400 million contract. Will the Los Angeles Dodgers pay up for his services after this year? Either way, they have made it clear to the MLB world: World Series or bust.

At age 34, Price joins a starting rotation that already boasts perennial All-Star Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. The Dodgers may limit his innings initially to avoid any setbacks on his elbow and wrist, but he is still expected to pitch valuable innings and bring leadership to a clubhouse with championship aspirations.

Betts’s fantasy value doesn’t change with this move. If anything, he should provide more runs leading off for a potent Dodgers lineup. I’m still taking him with a top-five pick.

-Jacob Dunne

Diamondbacks acquire Starling Marte from the Pirates

The D'Backs continued to load up for the 2020 season, adding the former all-star to be their new center fielder.

The move will likely push Ketel Marte back to second base, increasing his value as well. The move to Arizona will help Starling, thanks to a better lineup and home park.

Marte's speed shouldn't change too much in his new environment, as the Diamondbacks attempted by steals per game than the Pirates in 2019.

The speedsters' total .295/.342./.503 slash line would have looked even better if he didn't hit a terrible .200 in April. If he's able to stay consistent throughout the year, Marte should be a top-20 outfielder once again.

- Jonathan Chan

Twins acquire Kenta Maeda from Dodgers

As of Tuesday, the Twins, Red Sox, and Dodgers completed a three-team deal. In that deal, the Twins sent the Red Sox Brusdar Graterol, a right-handed pitching prospect, and the Twins received Kenta Maeda a right-handed pitcher from the Dodgers.

While the deal is currently being held up due to Brusdar Graterol's medical records, it is still relatively unknown if it will fully go through.
However, if it does the Twins get a solid pitcher to help their rotation as they look to be one of the more interesting teams in the AL this year, while the Dodgers finally get Mookie Betts and David Price.

From a fantasy perspective, this is great for Kenta Maeda, as he finally will stop being moved into the bullpen in the second half, something the Dodgers loved to do with him. He should be able to provide nice value for ERA and WHIP, as well as strikeouts for both the Twins, and your fantasy team. He has always been good, but struggled due to being moved between the bullpen and the rotation for the Dodgers. That shouldn't happen anymore.

Take him with confidence as you're getting a good starter who will play a major piece for the Twins and should finally not be on any type of innings limit.

- Michael Sollicito

Dodgers trade Joc Pederson to Angels

Shortly after acquiring Mookie Betts on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Joc Pederson to the Los Angeles Angels. The move clears room in the Dodgers competitive balance tax payroll.

Pederson has been an integral part of the Dodgers outfield over the past five years, helping them win multiple division titles while making two World Series appearances.

Joc joins a talented outfield group consisting of All-Star Mike Trout and Justin Upton. Last season, he was stuck in a platoon role against left-handed pitching. With this move, he should see regular playing time regardless of who’s pitching.

In 2019, Pederson hit 36 home runs and 74 RBI with a .249 batting average in just 450 at-bats. If he can see upwards to 500-550 at-bats this season, he could be looking at another 30-plus home run season.

-Jacob Dunne

Nicholas Castellanos signs with the Reds for 4yr/$64 million

Castellanos was signed by the Reds on January 27th, something not many were expecting from a smaller market team like the Reds who have already spent big this offseason.

Already with an outfield of Jesse Winker, Aristides Aquino, Nick Senzel, and Shogo Akiyama, the Reds were not expected to sign yet another one. However, they agreed to terms with Castellanos, and that can only be bad things for the outfielders already on the roster.

Castellanos will always get playing time, as he locks up a corner outfield spot. That leaves Winker, Senzel, Aquino, and Akiyama to compete or split the last two outfield spots.

Aquino may start the year in Triple-A, and Senzel's injury this offseason may be worse than originally thought. We may have to wait for Spring Training to determine the distribution of playing time for everyone in this outfield besides Castellanos.

As for fantasy, this is great for Castellanos, as he finds himself in a good lineup, at a better ballpark than where he was with the Tigers, and on a team that plans to contend this year. Put that all together and you're looking at a solid fantasy contributor, perhaps someone that could hit 30+ HRs, while tacking on 90+ runs and 90+ RBIs.

We saw what he did last year when he joined a solid Cubs lineup in contention, slashing .321/.356/.646 with 16 home runs in 51 games.

- Michael Sollicito

Marcell Ozuna signs with Braves for 1yr/$18 million

If you can't beat him, then sign him. That's what the Braves did, giving Marcell Ozuna a one-year deal just months after the outfielder tore them up in the 2019 NLDS. Rather than give him a longer deal with lesser money per year, the Braves decided to do with they did with Josh Donaldson last year and pay up for one year.

Ozuna fills an obvious role as the cleanup hitter behind Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Freddie Freeman. The 29-year-old outfielder had a better year all-around in 2019 after an average 2018, hitting for a much higher ISO and BB% leading to a ~50-point jump in his OPS (0.804). Those in leagues that count AVG as a category likely were disappointed, but a 0.259 BABIP in 2019 relative to his career 0.315 BABIP seems fishy.

He was already a buy-low candidate for me in 2020 and signing with this lineup should do nothing to sway that.

-Tyler Thompson

Josh Donaldson signs with Twins for 4yr/$92 million

The former American League MVP has found a new home. Donaldson heads to the Twin Cities to join an already-potent Twins lineup that hit a major league record 307 home runs in 2019.

Following an injury-riddled 2017 and 2018 season, Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million “prove it” deal with the Atlanta Braves over the 2019 offseason. This turned out to be a great decision as he hit 37 home runs and 94 RBI while playing in 155 games.

Donaldson’s bat isn’t the only valuable asset he brings to Minnesota. His defense is an obvious upgrade over Miguel Sano. Sano figures to shift over to first base while Donaldson shores up the defense by taking over at the hot corner.

After being swept by the New York Yankees in the 2019 ALDS, the Twins are hoping that Donaldson can be the missing puzzle piece they need to reach the World Series. If Donaldson can continue to stay healthy, I fully expect him to mirror his stats from last season and hit for 35-plus home runs to go along with 100-plus RBI.

-Jacob Dunne

Rich Hill Sign with Twins for 1yr/$3 million

Hill heads to Minnesota, where he joins veteran Homer Bailey, as the second pitcher the Twins have added over the offseason.

Hill is coming off an injury-riddled season where he was limited to only 58.7 innings pitched. When healthy, Hill had excellent numbers finishing with a 2.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 4-1 record.

The veteran lefty underwent elbow surgery last October and won’t be ready to pitch until June or July. Durability has always been an issue for Hill, and coming into his age-40 season, I don’t expect that to change.

Hill should be able to slide right into the rotation once he comes back, but I would temper expectations. If he can come back fully healthy from elbow surgery, he can help your fantasy pitching staff’s ERA, but I wouldn’t expect much else.

- Jacob Dunne

Corey Dickerson signs with Marlins for 2yr/$17.5 Million

Dickerson joins his fourth team in as many years. Filled with young talent, Miami gets a much-needed veteran presence in their lineup.

Last season with the Pirates and Phillies, Dickerson was having a career year before going down with a fractured left foot. Before his injury, Dickerson played 78 games, hitting 12 home runs and driving in 55 RBI with a .304 batting average.

If Dickerson can stay healthy, he should play nearly every day for the Marlins, giving him some sleeper appeal. Dickerson has proven in the past to be a solid all-around contributor for your fantasy team, so if you can grab him late in your drafts, he could return incredible value as your 3rd or 4th outfielder.

- Jacob Dunne

Edwin Encarnacion signs with White Sox for 1yr/$12 Million

After the Yankees declined Encarnacion’s $20 million club option, the White Sox swooped in and signed him to a $12 million deal.

Despite bouncing around the league for the past four years, Encarnacion has been able to consistently hit for 30-plus home runs to go along with 100-plus RBI. Encarnacion gives Chicago a huge boost in the power department to compliment Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada.

If Encarnacion can stay healthy, there’s no reason to think he can’t hit 30 home runs while keeping his average somewhere around .250.

- Jacob Dunne

Julio Teheran signs with Angels for 1yr/$9 million

Teheran is officially moving to the West Coast. The Angels were desperate to find a #2 starter behind Andrew Heaney, and they are hoping Teheran can be that guy.

Teheran’s best attribute is his ability to stay healthy. Over the past 3 seasons, he has averaged 179.6 IP. He was able to finish last year with a 3.81 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, which is serviceable, but it always felt like he was pitching out of trouble.

His ability to stay on the mound coupled with the Angels offense behind him makes him an intriguing target in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.

- Jacob Dunne

Hyun-Jin Ryu signs with Blue Jays for 4yr/$80 million

The last good starter has officially been signed. Ryu is headed to Canada to play for the Blue Jays, giving them a much-needed front-end starter.

Last season Ryu had the best season in his career, finishing with a 2.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a 14-5 record. This helped him finish second in the 2019 Cy Young voting, behind Jacob deGrom.

It is not reasonable to expect him to repeat that this year. Not only is he now moving to the AL East, having to face the Yankees and Red Sox a lot, he is also playing for a team that will not win as many games, so his win-loss record will be worse.

He is a solid pitcher though and if he can stay healthy, definitely a concern for him, then he can give you a mid-three ERA with around 7.5-8 K/9.

- Joe Bond

Dallas Keuchel signs with the White Sox for 3yr/$55.5 million

Keuchel after he sat out much of last season, signed with the Braves and had himself a solid season, yet unspectacular. He finished with a 3.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 7.27 K/9.

The move is pretty neutral for him as a pitcher, despite coming back to the AL and leaving a good team in Atlanta for Chicago.

The reason is he just is not that great of a pitcher anymore. His fastball sits at 89 MPS so he has to rely on his superior ground ball rate of 60% to make up for his lack of strike rate of 18%.

He will be steady, an innings eater, but lacks the appeal of many of the younger guys that have massive upside. I'm passing in drafts.

- Joe Bond

Corey Kluber traded to Texas Rangers for Delino DeShields and Emmanuel Clase

Kluber will have his chance to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 after being traded to the Rangers.

The two-time AL Cy-Young winner started just seven games last season after a comebacker fractured his ulna. Kluber was having a down year prior to the injury, posting a 2-3 record with a bloated 5.80 ERA and 1.65 WHIP.

The Rangers moving to their new stadium should normalize the home run problems that plagued them at Globe Life Park.

Provided Kluber can normalize some of his underlying stats, such a career-worst BB%, and hard-hit rate, the three-time all-star should provide good returns in his new home.

- Jonathan Chan

Madison Bumgarner signs with Diamondbacks for 5yr/$85 million

MadBum stays in the NL West. The three-time World Series Champion has left the Giants and signed with the rival Arizona Diamondbacks on a five-year $85 million contract.

Bumgarner was finally healthy in 2019, pitching his most innings since 2016. He did not look like his old, dominant self, posting a 9-9 record with a 3.90 ERA. The ERA was the highest of his career and his 8.8 K/9 was his lowest over a full season since 2012.

He will have much more room for error in Arizona, as the D’Backs had a much better offense than the Giants. The extra 135 runs will go a long way in helping Bumgarner earn extra wins in close games.

The move to Chase Field should not affect him much and he should be a solid SP2 in 2020.

- Jonathan Chan

Anthony Rendon signs with Angels for 7yr/$245 million

Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani. Pretty solid core. Add Jo Adell to the mix (hopefully right out of Spring Training) and the Angels appear to be ready to compete, finally.

That is of course until you look at that pitching staff!

Rendon secured the bag and he earned it. Over the past three seasons, he ranks 5th in wOBA (.397) and tied for 8th in wRC+ (145), among qualified hitters.

- Keith Lott

Gerrit Cole signs with Yankees for 9yr/$324 million

WOW! We knew the Cole contract was going to be higher than Stras, but a full $80 million more and two years is insane.

This Tweet below is shocking and very depressing as an Os fan.

Last offseason I was sure the move the AL would be a bad thing for Cole. Man was I wrong. Cole proved he is among the elite and the move to the Yankees, while a bit of a hit to his value thanks to playing in the AL East, won't be enough to detour me from nabbing him early in drafts.

- Joe Bond

Zack Wheeler signs with Phillies for 5yr/$118 million

Wheeler was considered by just about everybody the third-best arm on the market. This is for good reason. He finished the season with a 3.96 ERA, 3.90 K/BB ratio.

I get it, you're thinking not great right? Well, his second half was as spectacular as Teri Hatcher's, I'll say goodies, on Seinfeld.

His second-half in 2019 ended with a 2.83 ERA, 4.06 K/BB ratio.

I think Wheeler is a solid pitcher, but solid is about as far as I will go. He is great in stretches, as we've seen in the second half of the last two years.

However, the home run rate is not great. He has been average or worse the last two years and that was pitching in park friendly Citi Field. Now moving to the more hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, I'm worried he will turn more into the high three or low four ERA pitcher we've seen at times from him.

If you are able to grab him as your third pitcher I'm ok with it. If not I wouldn't do it.

- Joe Bond

Didi Gregorius signs with Phillies for 1yr/$14 million

After spending five years in the Bronx setting career highs across the board, Gregorius follows former Yankees' manager Joe Girardi to Philadelphia on a one-year deal.

In his first year back from Tommy John surgery, the shortstop still managed to hit 16 home runs and drive in 61 RBI. The Phillies non-tendered Cesar Hernandez and made him a free agent, meaning Gregorius will be the full-time starter next season, provided Jean Segura moves to second base.

Some might think the move away from Yankee Stadium will hurt his power numbers but Citizen's Bank park's tendency to help pull hitters should work in his favor.

- Jonathan Chan

Stephen Strasburg resigns with Nationals for 7yr/$245 million

The headline and tweet below basically say it all:

Some thought Stras might sign elsewhere. They were wrong. When Strasburg opted out of the remaining $100 million, four years of his current contract some thought it was a message to the team. Nope, just Strasburg saying "Thank you, but I'd like a little more please".

And they gave him more, about $35 million a year more. Let's not argue about players making what they make. But given the going rate,  Strasburg deserved it, coming off one of his best years yet. He had 18 wins and 251 strikeouts, both career highs. His 1.038 WHIP was not a career-best, but that's not too shabby either.

The Nats should not see too many changes to their team this upcoming season. Expect "cousin Stephen" as we call him in our house to regress closer to his career numbers in 2020. But even 16 wins, 200+ Ks, and a 1.10 WHIP is worthy of anchoring your staff. It's unlikely Strasburg makes it past the third round in redraft leagues as he should be one of the top aces again next year.

- Mark Strausberg

Mike Moustakas signs with Reds for 4yr/$64 million

Always a lower-end option as a third baseman, Moustakas' value soared last season after he gained second base eligibility. He finished tied for second in home runs (35) among all 2B eligible players (in Yahoo leagues) last season.

Over the last three years, he's averaged 37 home runs and 97 RBI per 162 games.

He did struggle with multiple injuries last season, causing him to miss 19 games. However, when healthy, he was a consistent source of power stats.

The negative effect of Reds' offense, the sixth-lowest scoring team last season, could be offset by the better batter's park. Great American Ball Park ranked as the eighth-best home run park and 11th best run-scoring park according to ESPN's Park Factors. Both better than his former home in Milwaukee.

Thanks to the explosion of value at the position, Moose will likely rank close to or outside the top 12 on draft day (he finished outside the top 12 in Yahoo ranks last season), making him a great value pick for owners searching for power.

- Jonathan Chan

Avisail Garcia Signs with Brewers for 2yr/ $20 million

Garcia rebounded nicely in his lone season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019 (.334 wOBA), after seeing his wOBA fall from .375 in 2017 to .304 in 2018. He hit a career high 20 home runs and added 10 stolen bases as well.

Milwaukee traded Trent Grisham to the Padres for Luis Urias, Jesus Aguilar last year to the Rays and they let Eric Thames become a free agent. Ryan Braun is now a full time first baseman and left field is all Garcia's.

The Brewers also quietly acquired Omar Narvaez in a trade with the Seattle Mariners earlier in the offseason. Of the 34 catchers with 500+ plate appearances since the 2018 MLB season, Narvaez has the fourth best wOBA, according to FanGraphs.

Ryon Healy was added in free agency as well and will add some pop off the bench at the corner infield positions and could play third base full time if Eric Sogard doesn't pan out.

Milwaukee also signed Justin Smoak and now the roster looks like it is shaping up to feature platoons all over the place!

- Keith Lott

Trade: Jonathan Villar to the Marlins

Pop quiz, who was the top-rated second baseman on the ESPN Player Rater last year? Yup, Jonathan Villar.

Nobody expected that last season. However, a 24 HR, 40 steal season will do that. Now we've seen this from Villar before only to be disappointed. In 2016 he hit 19 home run and stole 63 bases, and followed it up with an 11 home run, 23 steal season.

In Miami, I fully expect his numbers to fall, especially the home runs, despite them moving in the fences. The rest of the counting stats will suffer as well as the Marlins were one of the worst offenses in the league in 2019 and won't improve drastically. His ADP for the 2020 season is going to be a bit bloated for my liking.

- Joe Bond

Trade: Nomar Mazara to the White Sox / Sign Yasmani Grandal 4yr/$74 million

Mazara has already played four full seasons with the Texas Rangers and has totaled 79 home runs. Last year, he fell one short of hitting exactly 20 homers...again.

He will turn just 25-years-old early in the 2020 MLB season. This is a nice addition for a rebuilding White Sox organization and a change of scenery can do some players some good.

However, Mazara could turn into a platoon player that only faces right-handed pitchers.

You are reading that Grandal contract correctly.

Grandal's overall counting numbers could take a hit, despite potentially batting cleanup in this White Sox offense. However, Grandal should still finish as a top-five Fantasy catcher. Odds are, he reverts back to 55-65 runs/RBI, as we saw in his final three years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Since entering the majors with San Diego in 2012, Grandal has posted a cumulative 118 wRC+ figure, second only to Buster Posey among all catchers with more than 3000 plate appearances in that time frame." - MLB Trade Rumors

- Keith Lott

Trade: Tommy Pham to the Padres, Hunter Renfroe to the Rays

There was more to this trade. 2B/SS prospect Xavier Edwards who isn't worth talking about here, but he is considered a pretty good prospect, No. 72 according to

Okay, now on to what we care about. Pham the 39th ranked player according to the ESPN Player Rater is on the move. In San Diego, his power numbers, 21 homers in 577 AB last season will likely take a hit, as will the rest of his counting stats as he goes to a team that scored almost 100 runs less last season. He will still be valuable in Fantasy though as he is still a power-speed combo player with a good average.

For Renfroe, this is a fantastic move. His power, 33 home runs in 440 at-bats, should do very well in the AL East which has some of the most HR friendly parks in the league, especially Camden Yards and Yankee Stadium. That is still, unfortunately, all he helps with since his batting average is a drain, even if it improves from his .216 mark last season.

- Joe Bond

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