2021 MLB Free Agent Tracker
**UPDATED** Greg Jewett gives a complete look at who the 2021 MLB free agents are and what they're signings mean for Fantasy Baseball.
|Pos||Player||Old Team||New Team||Stats||Related Players||BreakDown|
|SP||Trevor Bauer (R)||CIN||LA||5-4, 73 IP, 100:17 K:BB, 1.73 ERA, 2.94 SIERA, 0.79 WHIP||Rode his Cy Young Award into a grandiose contract with the Dodgers with a chance to reach $100 million if he stays three years. Adds a third Cy Young Award winner to their rotation as well.||After using the Mets to drive up the contract price, Bauer heads back to his roots in California. How his career bests in most pitching categories accompanies him to Hollywood remains to be seen. Paying full price in fantasy to find out this season could be a mistake.|
|SP||Charlie Morton (R)||TB||ATL||2-2, 38 IP, 42:10 K:BB, 4.74 ERA, 1.39 WHIP||Staying close to his home, Morton agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta adding much needed veteran pitching depth. This move also allows the team to be patient with the return of Mike Soroka.||An odd 2020 season affected Morton in the regular season missing time with a shoulder injury. He rebounded pitching well in the playoffs. With a reduced price in drafts, Morton lacks upside many crave but over the last five years owns a 47-18 record with a 3.34 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 646 strikeouts over 546.1 innings of work. Pretty, pretty good.|
|SP||James Paxton (L)||NYY||SEA||**2019 Stats: 15-6, 150.2 IP, 186:55 K:BB, 3.82 ERA, 3.93 SIERA, 1.28 WHIP||Who says you cannot go home again? Paxton returns to his old organization on a one-year deal with incentives for the 2021 season. Venue helps his peripherals, can he stay healthy?||Limited to 20.1 innings last year, it's tough to assess Paxton from a fantasy standpoint. However, he returns to Seattle, home of the 6-man rotation which may suit Paxton well. If he's healthy, Paxton owns a 22-15 career record at Safeco with a 2.99 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 301-plus innings. Feeling lucky?|
|SP||Jake Odorizzi (R)||MIN||Unsigned|
|SP||Robbie Ray (L)||ARI||TOR||2-5, 51.2 IP, 6.62 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 68:45 K:BB||Toronto needing to bolster its staff added late season acquisition Ray to the roster for the 2021 season. Can Toronto help Ray improve his mechanics, command to maximize his strikeout upside?||Fantasy enigma Robbie Ray agreed to return to Toronto. Prior to 2020, Ray logged at least 162 innings in three of the previous four seasons. He remains on the periphery of fantasy due to his ability to rack up strikeouts. How he's utilized (perhaps with an opener) by the Blue Jays makes him worth a flier on a roster needing strikeouts which can absorb his ratios (plan on an ERA in the 4's and a WHIP near 1.3).|
|SP||José Quintana (L)||CHI||LAA||**2019: 13-9, 171 IP, 152:46 K:BB, 4.68 ERA, 3.80 SIERA, 1.39 WHIP||Quintana only logged one start in 2020, so his numbers from 2019 provide a better picture of him shifting to the Angels for 2021.||Injuries cut Quintana's season short but his fastball velocity remained intact last season. Quintana's a vanilla filler for those hoping for upside so treat him as such to avoid disappointment. His value lies in accruing innings without killing ratios if he returns to old form.|
|SP||Taijuan Walker (R)||TOR||NYM||4-3, 53.1 IP, 50:19 K:BB, 2.70 ERA, 4.60 SIERA, 1.16 WHIP||Shoring up the Mets rotation, Walker should take the fourth or fifth spot in it. HE flashed some upside in 2020 and may benefit from no universal DH in the NL.||It remains to be seen if Walker can cash in with a healthy season for fantasy. He fared well in 2020 but his SIERA hints at migration to the mean. Manage his starts closely to maximize his value.|
|SP||J.A. Happ (L)||NYY||MIN||2-2, 49.1 IP, 42:15 K:BB, 3.47 ERA, 4.53 SIERA, 1.05 WHIP||Happ agreed to a one-year $8 million dollar deal with Minnesota. He slots in as their fourth or fifth starter for 2021.||Trying to muster up excitement for Happ proves tough to do. He's won 31 games the last three years while his strikeout percentage declines, he's produced more swinging strikes? Happ's value lies in eating up innings for a contender who may accrue enough wins to exist on the periphery of fantasy relevance but do not use him against an elite offense like the White Sox.|
|SP||Jon Lester (L)||CHI||WSH||3-3, 61 IP, 42:17 K:BB, 5.16 ERA, 5.14 SIERA, 1.33 WHIP||Veteran southpaw leaves the Cubs hoping to rekindle his competitive spirit with Davey Martinez at the helm.||Between 2013-through-2019 Lester recorded double digit win totals in each season. His ratios blew up in the shortened season so Washington hopes he returns to solid command inducing ground balls to avoid big innings. Whether or not Lester can do this remains to be seen. Proceed with caution, end game only.|
|SP||Mike Minor (L)||OAK||KC||1-6, 56.2 IP, 62:20 K:BB, 5.56 ERA, 1.24 WHIP||Coming full circle, Minor returns to Kansas City where he rehabbed his labrum injury working as a high leverage reliever in 2017 before leaving for a chance to start in Texas. Of more importance, adding Minor means the Royals can slow bake their bevy of high impact rotation arms on the cusp of the majors .||A key to if Minor can return to fantasy relevance, his fastball velocity. Minor's fastball dropped to 90.6 MPH on average in 2020 resulting in the spike in his ratio statistics. However, Minor fired 16 quality starts in 2019 while winning 14 of his 32 starts. A late round flier with potential upside, so monitor his radar readings in the spring.|
|RP||Liam Hendriks (R)||OAK||CWS||3-1, 14 Saves, 25.1 IP, 37:3 K:BB, 1.78 ERA, 1.90 SIERA, 0.67 WHIP||After admiring what the White Sox presented after seeing them in the playoffs, Hendriks decided it serves his interest best to join them in hopes of chasing a World Championship. Adding the top closer on the market enhances Chicago's chances of winning.||Since taking over as the closer in Oakland on June 21st of 2019, Hendriks has notched 39 saves over 68 innings with a robust 111:7 K:BB and minuscule ratios. During this time frame, Hendriks ranks sixth in ERA (1.99), first in SIERA (1.87) and second in WHIP (0.79). His strikeout percentage of 43.4 percent ranks third while his walk rate (2.7%) leads all qualified relievers and Hendriks 20.7 swinging strike percentage places him second. He's a late blooming reliever landing in a prime spot to rack up saves in 2021.|
|RP||Alex Colomé (R)||CWS||MIN||2-0, 12 Saves, 22.1 IP, 16:8 K:BB, 0.81 ERA, 4.44 SIERA, 0.94 WHIP||With the free agent market shifting, Colomé heads to Minesota to shore up a shared saves bullpen for 2021.||Reports circulated about manager Rocco Baldelli preferring a shared high leverage staff and adding Colomé to the mix only strengthens this unit. He's locked down 22 saves since the second half of 2019 through last year with a 2.45 ERA and 50.4 ground ball rate. His saves total may be depressed in a shared role, so bake this into his draft day price.|
|RP||Mark Melancon (R)||ATL||SD||2-1, 11 Saves, 22.2 IP, 14:7 K:BB 2.78 ERA 4.34 SIERA, 1.28 WHIP||Reinvigorated his career after a trade to Atlanta from San Francisco. Melancon notched 22 saves during his time with the Braves. Heading to San Diego though clouds his save upside in 2021.||Melancon heads to the Padres and enters a triumvirate of late inning options. His veteran presence helps stabilize the bullpen in San Diego but he may be third in line behind Drew Pomeranz and Emilio Pagán for save chances. If Melancon's not getting saves, his fantasy value takes an appreciable hit.|
|RP||Trevor Rosenthal (R)||SD||OAK||1-0, 11 Saves, 23.2 IP, 38:8 K:BB, 1.90 ERA, 2.31 SIERA, 0.85 WHIP||Reborn in Kansas City, Rosenthal racked up 11 saves between his time with the Royals and Padres last year. Now he heads to Oakland on a one-year deal to take over as closer for Liam Hendriks who left via free agency.||Just when fantasy owners felt like they could trust Jake Diekman, Oakland signed Rosenthal to a one year deal to take over the majority share of save chances in 2021. Rosenthal hopes to further build his market for 2022 and heads to the A's buoyed by the team's assurance he closes for them this year.|
|RP||Archie Bradley (R)||CIN||PHI||2-0, 6 Saves, 18.1 IP, 18:3 K:BB, 2.95 ERA, 3.44 SIERA, 1.09 WHIP||As if fantasy owners craved more closer headaches, Bradley's arrival in Philadelphia creates another closer conundrum. Beat writers suggest he might become the closer but it may be a spring competition.||From the second half of 2019 through the end of 2020, Bradley's notched 24 saves (sixth best total in the MLB) with a 2.16 ERA, 3.83 SIERA and 1.08 WHIP. He ramped up usage of a change-up last year with great results, especially in its 21.9 swinging strike percentage and 60 percent ground ball rate. He needs more strikeouts and less fly ball to ascend to the top of high leverage with his new team. Stay tuned.|
|RP||Brandon Kintzler (R)||MIA||PHI||2-3, 12 Saves, 24.1 IP, 14:11 K:BB, 2.22 ERA, 5.10 SIERA, 1.33 WHIP||Like real estate, location matters for fantasy value. Kintzler tied for fourth in the majors with 12 saves in 2020 but now hopes to make the Phillies roster on a minor league contract.||Heed Kintzler's underlying data like his SIERA which sits almost three runs higher than his ERA. Kintzler represents an improvement for set-up relief in Philadelphia but probably slots behind both Archie Bradley and Hector Neris for save opportunities.|
|RP||Trevor May (R)||MIN||NYM||1-0, 2 Saves, 23.1 IP, 38:7 K:BB, 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP||Perhaps stealing a page from the crosstown rivals of building a rotation from the back (bullpen) to the front, the Mets added May to their high leverage mix. May not only provides strikeout upside, but owns the arsenal to step in when Diaz needs a rest in save situations.||While many teams may kick themselves for not taking a chance on May as their closer, the Mets address a clear need to improve the bullpen. Last year the Mets ranked 18th in relief ERA (4.60) and built a shaky bridge to Diaz. Since 2018, May owns a 3.19 ERA over 113 innings and turned in his best season with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. As Herb and the Peaches taught us, reunited and it feels so good.|
|RP||Kirby Yates (R)||SD||TOR||**2019 Stats: 0-5, 41 Saves, 60.2 IP, 101:13 K:BB, 1.19 ERA, 1.30 SIERA, 0.89 WHIP||Elbow surgery to remove bone chips cut Yates season short in 2020, so using his past performance may shed more light on his move to Toronto.||A calculated gamble Toronto needed to make, Yates may be the closer they need. Now, Yates may only own a majority share of the save chances, but if he's healthy 20-plus saves at a discount makes Yates also a worthy bet for fantasy owners as well. Heed his spring velocities and pounce if his splitter remains nasty.|
|RP||Anthony Bass (R)||TOR||MIA||2-3, 7 Saves, 25.2 IP, 21:9 K:BB, 3.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP||Amidst the Blue Jays spending surge, Bass migrated south agreeing to a two-year contract with Miami.||Beneath the radar, Bass could be the closer at the onset of the 2021 for Miami. He's secured 11 saves since the second half of 2019 with a 3.33 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Not flashy, but Bass may return nice value on a late round flier in fantasy.|
|RP||Joakim Soria (R)||OAK||ARI||2-2, 2 Saves, 22.1 IP, 24:10 K:BB, 2.82 ERA, 4.36 SIERA, 1.25 WHIP||Reports center on Soria agreeing to less money for the chance to close in Arizona. This affects Stefan Crichton as well as Soria in upcoming drafts.||Soria could succeed in high leverage with his arsenal. He uses a slider versus right-handed hitters and a change-up versus lefties to fuel his success. If he avoids hard contact in Arizona, he may take over as the closer in an evolving bullpen.|
|RP||Sean Doolittle (L)||WSH||CIN||**2019 Stats: 6-5, 29 Saves, 60 IP, 66:15 K:BB, 4.05 ERA, 4.01 SIERA, 1.30 WHIP||Injuries during the shortened season limited Doolittle to less than eight innings in 2020. His experience as a closer may serve him well in a set-up role with the Reds in 2021 to rebuild his market.||Once one of the top closers due to terrific command and low ratio statistics, recent injuries and outcomes cloud his future. Doolittle heads to an already crowded Reds bullpen hoping to work in high leverage. Saves may not be on the table for him in 2021.|
|RP||Brad Hand (L)||CLE||WSH||2-1, 16 Saves, 22 IP, 29:4 K:BB, 2.05 ERA, 2.80 SIERA, 0.77 WHIP||Hand changed agents, flirted with many teams and decided to accept the Nationals one-year offer to rebuild his market as a closer for 2022. Odd since he led the majors in the category in 2020.||Diminished velocity and shrinking ground ball rates raised questions about Hand's viability as a closer. He heads to Washington as the primary closer hoping to reclaim his marketplace as a top higher leverage arm. Hand remains one of six relievers with at least 100 saves and an ERA below three since 2016, so how he fares in 2021 may be the predictor for his career going forward.|
|C||J.T. Realmuto (R)||PHI||PHI||47 G, 33 Runs, 11 HR, 32 RBI, 4 SB; .266/.349/.491||Painted into a corner, the Phillies had to re-sign Realmuto and did to a five year deal worth $115 million dollars. Realmuto remains at or near the top of the catcher heap in fantasy staying in a park suited to his swing.||In two seasons with the Phillies, Realmuto owns a .273/.333/.492 slash with 125 runs, 36 home runs, 115 RBI and 13 steals in 192 contests spanning 788 plate appearances. He raised his barrel percentage in 2020 meaning the power surge in Philadelphia may stick. Now the real question, pay full price for him in drafts?|
|C||James McCann (R)||CWS||NYM||31 G, 20 Runs, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 1 Stolen Base; .289/.360/.536||Perhaps not the splash signing Mets fans craved, but McCann handles a staff well while taking steps forward as a run producer with the White Sox. This puts Wilson Ramos into a reduced role for New York and fantasy owners alike.||From being released by the Tigers to a 4-year $40 million dollar contract, McCann made the most of his time with the White Sox. Over two seasons, McCann hit .289/.360/.536 with 82 runs, 25 home runs, 75 RBI and five stolen bases. Of his 372 batted ball events, McCann generated 31 barrels (8.3 percent) and a 44.9 hard hit rate (Events with an exit velocity of 95 MPH or higher). Moving to a new team may depress his offense early, but he moves into the top-10 at his position if he carries over the gains from Chicago.|
|C||Yadier Molina (R)||STL||STL||42 Games, 12 Runs 4 HR, 16 RBI; .262/.303/.359||Was Yadi going anywhere else? Back on a one-year, Molina hopes to rebound in power production in 2021 for St. Louis.||Although Molina does not hurt fantasy owners in 12-team leagues as a second catcher due to his batting average staying in the .260-range, can he up his counting statistics? Molina owns a slugging percentage below .400 over his last 600-plus plate appearances. This translates to letting someone else pay for the name recognition in 2021.|
|C||Kurt Suzuki (R)||WSH||LAA||33 Games, 15 Runs, 2 HR, 17 RBI, SB; .270/.349/.396||Suzuki agreed to a one-year deal with the Angels hurting any Max Stassi breakout speculation.||Poster boy for the ideal second catcher in fantasy who does not kill a team's batting average. Suzuki hit .270 in the truncated season but with less power. He's an accumulator, so how many plate appearances he accrues determines his counting category statistics.|
|1B||Carlos Santana (B)||CLE||KC||60 G, 34 Runs, 8 HR, 30 RBI; .199/.349/.350||Moving to an in-division rival strikes a shot across the bow. Cleveland will remain in a rebuild while the Royals spend. Santana's arrival also signals a move back to 3B for Hunter Dozier.||On the surface, the two year deal for Santana seems like a reach but he adds much needed plate discipline guidance to Kansas City. Think of the influence Nelson Cruz had in Minnesota. Beneath his slash line of 2020, Santana's xBA (.253) and xSLG (.450) suggest he's primed for positive regression. Use his career .248 average as a guide and 47 walks versus 43 strikeouts last year to plan on a bounce back in 2021.|
|1B||Mitch Moreland (L)||SD||OAK||42 G, 22 Runs, 10 HR, 29 RBI; .265/.342/.551||Adds a much needed left-handed power bat to a right-handed heavy lineup. Moreland should accrue at-bats at designated hitter and backing up Matt Olson at first base.||Bargain shopping remains tantamount to the A's franchise. They signed Mitch "two-bags" to a one-year deal to provide pop at designated hitter and provide a backup to Olson at first base. Solid but not exciting for Moreland in terms of fantasy appeal.|
|2B||DJ LeMahieu (R)||NYY||NYY||50 G, 41 Runs, 10 HR, 27 RBI, 3 SB; .364/.421/.590||After a drawn out negotiation, LeMahieu agreed to a six-year deal to stay in New York. This enhances his fantasy stock due to his propensity to hit the ball to the opposite field making Yankee Stadium a perfect fit for his approach.||LeMahieu's logged 195 games with the Yankees slashing a robust .336/.386/.536 with 36 home runs in them. His blend of strong plate discipline and remaining in a strong lineup insulates his fantasy production moving forward.|
|2B||Tommy La Stella (L)||OAK||Minor-ASU||55 G, 31 Runs, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 1 SB; .281/.370/.449||Adding to an already fluid lineup, La Stella projects to start against RHP for the Giants all over the infield except shortsop.||Over the last two seasons, La Stella's slashed .305/.373/.516 versus RHP with 64 runs, 18 HR and 59 RBI over 397 plate appearances. Due to playing time concerns, La Stella projects as a deeper league option who insulates batting average evidenced by his 8.7 walk rate against a 7.4 strikeout percentage since 2019.|
|2B||César Hernández (B)||CLE||CLE||58 G, 35 Runs, 3 HR, 20 RBI; .283/.355/.408||Cleveland adds Hernández to an already crowded infield raising questions how they all fit. Plus, could he hit near the top of the lineup once again?||Prior to last season, Hernández represented a sneaky middle infield target with double digit home run and stolen base potential. However, he never attempted a steal in 2020 over 58 contests. His value in fantasy lies in runs and stolen bases. If he's not doing one of them, it makes rostering him a bitter pill to swallow.|
|SS||Marcus Semien (R)||OAK||TOR||53 G, 28 Runs, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 4 SB; .223/.315/.374||Last year proved unkind for Semien who crashed to earth in batting average fueled by a BABIP crater falling 34 points. Semien still provided some power with speed, but he needs to hit .250 or better to provide value.||Leaving Oakland for Toronto's lineup creates some questions. Where does Semien hit in the lineup? Will adding second base to his eligibility enhance his fantasy profile? Can Semien return to his 2019 batted ball profile? It's likely Semien hits seventh in Toronto so his RBI may tick up but as alluded to earlier, hitting .255 or better determines his 2021 season. A rebound to 20-plus home runs with double digit steals would make Semien a nice pivot at middle infield at a depressed price point.|
|2B||Jonathan Schoop (R)||DET||DET||44 Games, 26 Runs, 8 HR, 23 RBI; .278/.324/.475||Despite producing better results in 2020 than his previous season, Schoop accepted a pay cut to return to Detroit on a one-year deal.||Schoop lost time last year with a wrist sprain but provides power upside at second base and should hit near the middle of a young Tigers lineup. Heed his improved swinging strike rate, contact and Z-Contact percentages from last year for a chance of 25 home runs in 2021.|
|2B||Kolten Wong (L)||STL||MIL||53 Games, 26 Runs, HR, 16 RBI, 5 SB; .265/.350/.326||It's tough to get a read on Cardinals hitters due to the COVID circumstances from last year. However, Wong should benefit from a move to Milwaukee and this deal probably shifts Keston Hiura to first base.||Wong's one year removed from 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases over 148 games with St. Louis. During his career, Wong owns a .308/.373/.482 slash in Milwaukee's park with 20 extra-base hits in 217 plate appearances. Any spike in power added to his stolen base potential makes Wong a strong sleeper for 2021.|
|SS||Andrelton Simmons (R)||LAA||MIN||**2019 Stats: 103 G, 47 Runs, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 10 SB; .264/.309/.364||Poster player for the better in real life than fantasy award. Simmons can run into a fastball, steals enough bases to be a league-only option but it's his glove which enticed the Twins to a one-year deal.||Since 2011, Simmons leads the majors with 191 defensive runs saved and also leads shortstops since 2017 with 73 runs saved. Simmons coming to Minnesota actually helps Maeda and Happ more than himself for fantasy purposes but it's still worth noting.|
|SS||Didi Gregorius (L)||PHI||PHI||60 G, 34 Runs, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 3 SB; .284/.339/.488||A rare win-win for the team and fantasy owners alike. Shortstop remains flush with talent and Gregorius returning to a park made for his swing preserves his fantasy upside in 2021.||Gregorius represents a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. He could hit 20-plus home run and steal close to double digit bases but gets overlooked every season. His average may determine his upside but he hit .284 with the Phillies last year and .262 over the last three years. As a middle infielder or shortstop in deeper formats, one could do worse than Sir Didi.|
|SS||Ha-seong Kim ()||SD||KBO: 138 games, 622 plate appearances, 30 HR, 109 RBI, 23 SB; .305/.397/.523||Trying to predict how a player from the KBO translates to the MLB comes with some trepidation. Kim's age, athleticism and ability to steal bases makes him an intriguing addition to a burgeoning Padres lineup.||Early ADP suggests Kim will not be a bargain in 2021. A middle infielder with stolen base upside in an insulated lineup makes Kim a player of note. However, limited exposure to offspeed and breaking pitches in the KBO may require an adjustment period.|
|3B||Justin Turner (R)||LA||LA||42 Games, 26 Runs, 4 HR, 23 RBI, SB; .307/.400/.460||Another veteran who returned to his old team, Turner flirted with Milwaukee but remains with the Dodgers. This takes away any upside for Edwin Rios without a universal designated hitter.||Turner turned his career around in Los Angeles and stays for two more years. He gets a big bump in fantasy value in OBP formats but keep tabs on his recent decline in power. From 2017-to-2019 in full seasons, he's only averaged 123 contests per season. Bake this into his projections for 2021.|
|3B||Maikel Franco (R)||KC||Unsigned|
|CF||George Springer (R)||HOU||TOR||51 Games, 37 Runs, 14 HR, 32 RBI, SB; .265/.359/.540||No longer a bridesmaid, Toronto landed a big fish signing Springer to a six-year deal to hit atop of an already stacked lineup. Springer's presence enhances Toronto's run totals but it's a crowded outfield now.||Over the last three years, Springer owns a .274/.362/.509 slash with 237 runs, 75 home runs, 199 RBI and 13 stolen bases. His presence in Toronto may cause the team to run less, so bake this into his teammates value. As for Springer, once he adjusts his career .883 OPS and 95 home runs in 398 in road games should adjust well to Rogers Centre.|
|LF||Michael Brantley (L)||HOU||HOU||46 Games, 24 Runs, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 2 SB; .300/.364/.476||Hot take, take two. Brantley either changed his mind or many beat writers jumped the gun. He's agreed to a two-year deal to stay in Houston, not migrate North for the season.||Brantley's an underappreciated and strong addition to any fantasy roster. Over the last three years he owns the fourth best batting average (.309) along with best Z-Contact (96.1) and contact rate (90.3 percent) in this time frame. His ability to produce across all five categories gets overlooked every year in fantasy. Any team with batting average risk early in drafts should target Brantley a round ahead of his ADP to provide insulation to their roster.|
|RF||Marcell Ozuna (R)||ATL||ATL||60 Games, 38 Runs, 18 HR, 56 RBI; .338/.431/.636||After waiting out the market, and a universal DH announcement, Ozuna agreed to a 4-year deal with Atlanta cementing their lineup. As for his defense in LF, Ozuna's a terrific hitter.||Ozuna returns to Atlanta after leading the NL in home runs and RBI in 2020 plus total bases (145). He ranked third in both batting average and OPS (1.067). Ozuna's return means protection for Freddie Freeman and the Braves run production stays near the top of the league. Expect some migration to the mean in batting average but otherwise Ozuna's counting statistics benefit from this move.|
|CF||Kevin Pillar (R)||COL||NYM||54 Games, 34 Runs, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB; .288/.336/.462||Further clouding the Mets outfield picture, how much Pillar plays affects his fantasy value in 2021. This move also may provide ripple effects on Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith.||Pillar split time in Colorado and Boston last year but turned in a career best OBP (.336) with six home runs and five stolen bases. Pillar's one year removed from 21 home runs and 14 stolen bases with a .259 average. More for deep formats unless a clearer path to plate appearances emerges in New York.|
|RF||Adam Eaton (L)||WSH||CWS||41 G, 22 Runs, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 3 SB; .226/.285/.384||Agreed to a contract with Chicago for one year with a team option for 2022. Eaton will man right-field for his former franchise prior to his trade to Washington.||Another player who struggled in a shortened sample during the 2020 regular season. Over the last four years, Eaton accrued 1300+ plate appearances with 204 runs, 26 home runs, 112 RBI, 30 stolen bases and a .279/.365/.419 slash. He's not the player the White Sox wanted but he could be a productive player for fantasy if he hits near the top of the batting order.|
|LF||Eddie Rosario (L)||MIN||CLE||57 G, 31 Runs, 13 HR, 42 RBI, 3 SB; .257/.316/.476||Staying in his division, Rosario agreed to a one-year deal with Cleveland to take over a corner outfield spot addressing a clear need. He also helps protect José Ramirez in the lineup.||Rosario's one year removed from hitting 32 home runs with a .500 slugging percentage in 2019. He lands in Cleveland where he owns a robust .353/.379/.653 slash line over 45 contests in Progressive Field. Without huge splits versus pitching, Rosario should assume a full-time role in the lineup enhancing his profile for fantasy in 2021.|
|LF||Joc Pederson (L)||LA||CHI||43 G, 21 Runs, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 1 SB; .190/.285/.397||Filling the void created by the departure of Kyle Schwarber, Joc Pederson agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs for the upcoming season.||Many hope Pederson accrues full-time at-bats like Schwarber did in the past, but Pederson excels versus RHP but not progresses against southpaws. Over the last three years facing RHP, Pederson averages a home run every 12.8 at-bats with a .246/.335/.543 slash launching 67 home runs over 311 games. He should bounce back but keep exposure limited to when the Cubs play a RHP.|
|CF||Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)||BOS||Unsigned|
|LF||Adam Duvall (R)||ATL||MIA||57 Games, 34 Runs 16 HR, 33 RBI; .237/.301/.532||Streaky power hitters heads to Miami for playing time, what could go wrong? Duvall rode his recent surge in power with Atltanta to a one-year deal with the Marlins but paying full price feels risky.||Duvall's three-home run game in Miami represented the apex of his season. After this contest, his slash line sat at .272/.317/620 on September 9th. Following this game, Duvall hit .145 with two home runs his last 76 at-bats. For his career, Duvall boasts a .164/.190/.393 slash in Miami's park with three of his four home runs happening in one day. Tread lightly.|
|LF||Kyle Schwarber (L)||CHI||WSH||59 Games, 30 runs, 11 HR, 24 RBI, 1 Stolen base; .188/.308/.398||Looking to rebound after an abyssmal 2020 season, Schwarber agreed to a one-year contract with Washington to fill a void in LF (shifting Juan Soto to RF) and provide some power to the lineup.||This season may go a long way determining Schwarber's future value in fantasy baseball. Can he get anywhere near close to his 2H surge of 2019? It's apparent Schwarber can hit for power but if his on-base skills continue to erode while racking up strikeouts, it mitigates his outcomes. Plan on Schwarber hitting in the .230's but one cannot ignore his career 13.36 HR/AB versus RHP.|
|CF||David Dahl (L)||COL||TEX||24 Games, 9 Runs, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 1 Stolen Base; .183/.222/.247||An injury plagued start to his career in Colorado resulted in Dahl being non-tendered. Landing in Texas may prevent the Dahl breakout many want to occur, but if healthy there's a clear path to playing time.||Dahl may be a polarizing player in upcoming drafts. He carries name value but yet to appear in more than 100 games in a major league season. Weighing his career .286/.334/.494 gets tricky due to his splits: At Coors (25 of his 38 HR and a .318/.361/.556 slash) versus his Road (.248/.302/.420). Looking like a Jekyll and Hyde candidate with spotty health, let someone else incur the risk of chasing Dahl's upside.|
|DH||Nelson Cruz (R)||MIN||MIN||53 Games, 33 Runs, 16 HR, 33 RBI; .303/.397/.595||Cruz held out as long as possible, but with no Universal DH agreed upon, he returned to Minnesota on a one-year contract adding pop to an already powerful lineup.||It's been a renaissance for Cruz as the leader of the Twins "bomba squad". He launched 16 home runs last year and since the second half of 2019 through last season ranks second in the majors with 41 home runs in only 111 contests. He may receive an extra day off this season to preserve his health, but Cruz owns enough power to make the most of it. Over the last three years Cruz boasts a .285/.370/.573 slash aging like fine wine.|
|DH||Edwin Encarnación (R)||CWS||Unsigned|
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J. Nelson - SP
Jimmy Nelson allowed an unearned run with a strikeout on Thursday in a Cactus League start against the Cubs.
Nelson allowed the run when Nico Hoerner stole third and no one covered the bag, allowing Hoerner to easily score on the error. The right-hander ended the inning with a filthy curveball; reminding that he was one of the better starters in baseball before his fluke injury diving back to the bag while with the Brewers. Nelson is reportedly competing for a starting gig, but the most likely outcome is he's pitching in a bullpen role because of the depth in the Dodgers' rotation.
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A. Reyes - RP
Alex Reyes fired two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in his Grapefruit League appearance on Thursday against the Astros.
Carlos Martinez started this game and did not impress. Reyes did. The uber-talented right-hander also tossed a perfect inning against the Nationals on Sunday, and he's been able to find the strike zone thus far in Florida. There's a great deal of volatility in his profile, but it's never been a question of stuff for Reyes. At the very least, he's a pitcher you want to keep monitoring this spring.
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M. Brantley - LF
Michael Brantley went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI on Thursday in a Grapefruit League contest against the Cardinals.
Brantley knocked in a run in the first with a sac fly, and doubled in a run an inning later; both coming off of Carlos Martinez. The 33-year-old outfielder is back in Houston after re-signing with the Astros on a two-year, $32 million contract, and he should once again be productive after hitting .309/.370/497 with 27 homers and 112 RBi over his last 194 games since 2019.
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Cody Bellinger is "progressing very well."
Well, that's good. Bellinger has also reportedly been participating in defensive drills, and also has been hitting on the field. All signs seem to be pointing towards the 2019 MVP returning for Opening Day after infamously suffering his shoulder injury during a home run celebration during the World Series. Despite his struggles last year, he's well worth a selection in the first 15 picks.
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C. Martínez - SP
Carlos Martinez allowed six runs over 1 2/3 innings on Thursday in a Grapefruit League start against the Astros.
This could have been worse, as Martinez was pulled in the first inning to keep the pitch count down. He was still charged with five runs in that frame, and gave up another in the sixth. Command was an issue for the 29-year-old, as he walked three in his 2021 debut. It's only a Grapefruit League outing on March 4, but it would be nice to see C-Mart throwing more strikes for those interested in using a draft pick/salary cap funds to add him to a roster.
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Justus Sheffield fired a pair of scoreless innings on Thursday in his Cactus League debut against the Rockies.
Sheffield scattered a pair of hits and finished with one strikeout. The 24-year-old southpaw emerged as a viable mixed-league option for fantasy managers last season after dramatically overhauling his repertoire, trading his four-seam fastball in favor of a two-seam fastball, which offered increased movement to right-handed batters, and paired more effectively with his hard-biting slider. He’s firmly entrenched in the Mariners’ Opening Day rotation and should be a prime late-round target in fantasy drafts this spring.
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C. González - RP
Chi Chi Gonzalez hurled a pair of scoreless innings on Thursday in a Cactus League start against the Mariners.
Gonzalez allowed only one baserunner in a rather uneventful first outing of the spring. The soft-tossing 29-year-old owns a bloated 5.12 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 99/84 K/BB ratio across 160 innings (37 appearances, 29 starts) at the major-league level since 2015. He provides valuable organizational depth for the Rockies, and will likely open the 2021 campaign at Triple-A Albuquerque, which means he can be ignored for fantasy purposes moving forward.
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Lance McCullers went just one inning with a strikeout on Thursday in a Grapefruit League start against the Cardinals.
McCullers threw just 12 pitches in a clean inning, but after a long delay thanks to the struggles of Carlos Martinez in the first inning. In 2020, McCullers posted a 3.93 ERA in his 11 starts for the Astros, and he's likely to pitch near the top of the rotation for Houston to begin the 2021 season.
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Added 6:38 pm (EST)