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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Matt den Dekker Headshot

Matt den Dekker has signed with the Marlins on a minor league deal.

den Dekker has been a journeyman outfielder while spending time with the Nats and Mets most notably and will now head back home to join the Marlins. He intends to compete for the fifth outfielder spot for the Marlins but if that doesn't work out, he will head to the Triple-A affiliate to sit as organizational depth for the Fish.
26 minutes ago
Cesar Puello Headshot

Cesar Puello signed a minor league deal with the Rangers.

Puello had a very good run with the Yankees Triple-A affiliate last season posting a .413 OBP in 78 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He doesn't have much pop with just five homers in the 289 at bats he saw last year but does offer young, cheap OF depth for Texas. The 25-year-old is unlikely to see the majors unless he tears the cover off the ball or injuries occur in Arlington.
52 minutes ago
Jared Hoying Headshot

Jared Hoying signed a minor league contract with the Rangers.

Hoying was non-tendered by Texas a few days back, but is now back with them without having gone anywhere. The move cleared a spot on the 40-man roster but didn't give other teams the chance to claim the Triple-A outfielder on waivers. Hoying should be at Round Rock to start the year and offers the Rangers nice OF depth in case of injury with a guy who can play all three outfield spots with great defensive ability.
55 minutes ago
Ramiro Pena Headshot

Ramiro Pena agreed to minor league deal with the Giants.

Pena was booted off the 40-man roster in August and outright to Triple-A Sacramento. However with this deal, he remain in the organization as utility depth for the Giants 25-man roster. Pena can play numerous positions and carries a solid .299 AVG over from SF last season.
1 hour ago
Bryan Morris Headshot

Bryan Morris signed a minor league deal with the Giants.

Morris is coming off an injury-plagued season in 2016 in which he was held to only 24 appearances before undergoing a procedure on his back. In those outings, he posted a 3.06 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings and striking out 13. The base salary becomes $1.25 million in he makes the big league roster and can top out at $2 million with incentives. San Francisco is getting a low-risk, medium-reward guy to help bolster their pen.
1 hour ago
Koji Uehara Headshot

Cubs have signed former Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to 1-year deal.

Chicago continues to work on strengthening their only weakness from a season ago, their bullpen. Uehara, who will turn 42 this upcoming season, had a deal taken off the table by the Red Sox following their acquisition of Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers, and was thus a free agent. He is coming off a rough season ERA-wise in which he posted a 3.45 ERA of 47 innings pitched, which was well above his normal mid two's mark. He did have a remarkable 12.1 K/9 however and still had a 0.957 WHIP. Uehara should come in as the setup man in front of Wade Davis.
1 hour ago
Kirk Nieuwenhuis Headshot

Kirk Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery.

While this sounds like a daunting procedure to have, it's similar in fact to a sports hernia surgery, though it has a fast recovery time. Nieuwenhuis injured his mid-section in mid-September after having a so-so season in the outfield for Milwaukee. He should be ready for spring training unless a setback arises in the meantime.
1 hour ago
Koji Uehara Headshot

Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Cubs.

Uehara had his offer from the Red Sox taken off the table earlier in Winter Meetings after Boston made the trade to acquire Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers. The soon-to-be 42-year-old reliever had a rough year of it in 2016 with his highest ERA in years despite a near career-best K/9 of 12.1. Chicago is making it clear that they are trying to improve on their bullpen, which was considered the weakness of their team last season, by first trading for Wade Davis and now reaching out to Uehara. If he joins the Cubs, the eighth inning is the likeliest spot for him to pitch in and could pick up a few saves here or there if Davis needs a day off, or can't go for another reason.
2 hours ago
Williams Jerez Headshot

Red Sox designated Williams Jerez for assignment.

With the Red Sox officially adding Mitch Moreland to the roster, someone had to go. Jerez was an easy choice. He posted a 1-6 record and a 4.71 ERA in 65 1/3 innings across 40 appearances for Double-A Portland this past season. He should continue to work in the minors and with the depth at pitching on the MLB roster, it will take quite a few injuries for him to get the call again.
3 hours ago
Mitch Moreland Headshot

Red Sox announced the signing of Mitch Moreland.

Moreland should see plenty of action for the Sox as they lost both their DH and 1B in David Ortiz and Travis Shaw this past offseason. Moreland had a solid year in the power department last year hitting 22 bombs, but his average slacked at just .233. He'll hit near the bottom of Boston's lineup but will have a ton of run producing spots and could end up being an extremely valuable fantasy option.
3 hours ago
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