KEY 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings  - Preseason

You’ve found the heart of the Draft Guide – the Rankings page. Here is what you need to know. (1) Players are ranked for 10-team, 12-team and 15-team mixed leagues, NL-only & AL-only leagues. (2) Players are listed with dollar values as well. These are the top level price we recommend spending, though all leagues and scenarios differ (based on $260 salary cap). (3) Players are listed with a # for the tier, as well as color coated. Players listed on the same tier are expected to be roughly equivalent in overall value. That doesn’t mean they will produce the same numbers in each category but that their overall value will be similar. (4) You can download the rankings to your device by clicking on the Excel tab. (5) The rankings will be updated daily until the first pitch of the regular season. After that time they will be updated the first day of each month throughout the season.

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Michael Saunders Headshot

Michael Saunders has passed his physical exam.

This passed physical just means that the deal is now official between the Phillies and Michael Saunders is now official. He signed a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018. I think Saunders was surprised at the lack of opportunities that were presented to him this off-season but not really surprising when you look at his second half of 2016. He might end up being a great buy low pick up for the Phillies as they continue their rapid organizational rebuild. If he does get off to a good start in 2017, the Phillies would have a nice piece to trade at the deadline to acquire more young talent. He finished 2016 with a .815 OPS and 24 homers in 140 games last year with Toronto.
50 minutes ago
Daniel Straily Headshot

Marlins have acquired Dan Straily from the Reds.

The Marlins are trying to build their rotation with enough solid pieces that will allow their strong bullpen to take over and hopefully protect a lead. Straily had a nice campaign in 2016 as he pitched to a 3.76 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP to go along with a 162:73 K:BB ratio in 34 games, 31 of which came as a starter. The Marlins will also have the right-hander under contract for the next three seasons. In order to acquire the 28-year-old from the Reds, the Marlins gave up right-handed pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice along with 20-year-old outfielder Isaiah White. Straily’s fantasy value gets a little boost as he will pitch in a bigger ballpark and gets to face some light hitting teams in the National League East, but he is still more of a target in National League only formats.
2 hours ago
Trevor Plouffe Headshot

Trevor Plouffe will serve as the team's primary third baseman this season.

Ryon Healy will move to first base and designated hitter, which opens up the door for Plouffe to be the everyday man at the hot corner for Oakland. Plouffe hit 12 homers last season and he's not exactly walking into a hitter-friendly ballpark. If he can stay healthy, he will justify a late round selection, but don't expect this guy to put up 30 or even 25 home runs for your fantasy team this season. It just won't happen.
12 hours ago
Greg Holland Headshot

Greg Holland could make a decision on his new team within the next week.

Holland missed all of last season after getting Tommy John, but he's going to be ready to go this season. He is the best closer still on the market. Holland had 46 or more saves in both 2013 and 2014 and if he can return anywhere near that form, his suitor is going to be extremely happy. He's worth a late round flier in your drafts.
13 hours ago
Neftali Feliz Headshot

Brewers and Neftali Feliz have yet to finalize an agreement.

Feliz had a nice season last year for Pittsburgh, putting up a 4-2 record with two saves and 3.52 ERA. He struck out 61 batters in 53.2 innings of work, likely his best fantasy asset. He won't close in Milwaukee, but should be able to rack up plenty of holds.
13 hours ago
Ross Detwiler Headshot

Athletics signed Ross Detwiler to a minor-league contract.

It has been a while since Detwiler was a viable major league pitcher. He will add some minor league depth to the A's system but is not fantasy relevant.
16 hours ago
Anthony Gose Headshot

Anthony Gose has been designated for assignment.

After the Tigers dealt for Mikie Mahtook from the Rays earlier today, they designated Anthony Gose for assignment. The former second-round pick never lived up to expectations in Detroit as he played in 170 games for the club over the past two seasons. Gose hit just .209 in 101 at-bats last season but another team will likely roll the dice on him in the near future due to his untapped potential and solid speed.
18 hours ago
Mikie Mahtook Headshot

Tigers acquired Mikie Mahtook from the Rays for cash considerations.

After a solid 41 games in 2015, Mahtook struggled mightily upon his return to the big leagues in 2016, hitting just .195 and OPSing .533 in 196 at-bats. Mahtook will compete for a roster spot in Detroit but he'll need to find his form from 2015 if he expects to play on a regular basis this upcoming season. This move is a solid decision by the Tigers as they didn't give up much in the deal and stand to gain a ton if Mahtook pans out.
18 hours ago
Kyle Kendrick Headshot

Red Sox signed Kyle Kendrick to a minor league deal.

Kendrick last pitched in the Major Leagues back in 2015 with the Colorado Rockies where he went 7-13 with an ERA of 6.32. He most recently pitched for the Angels Triple-A affiliate where he went 6-5 with a 4.73 ERA, so I wouldn't expect big things from Kendrick at the Major League level at any point in 2017. The Sox will likely take a look at him in Spring Training and see if he has anything left in the tank.
18 hours ago
Michael Brantley Headshot

Michael Brantley (shoulder) has started hitting off a tee.

Fantastic news for Brantley and the Indians as it's progress towards returning to the field. Having only played in 11 games before having his shoulder issue, Brantley will be a huge boost to the Cleveland offense if he's able to come back to his all-star self.
20 hours ago
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