Davis' Game 7 home run will go down as one of the most overlooked clutch hit in World Series history. He had a solid season with Cleveland and it sounds like they'd like to bring back the veteran outfielder. At 36 years old, Davis set a career high in home runs with 12 and still managed to steal 43 bases. He should continue to be a solid contributor as he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down on the bases.
A former top prospect, Liriano will join a new organization after hitting .256/.323/.416 with 17 home runs and seven steals in 123 games with the White Sox's Triple-A affiliate last season. Liriano's power is intriguing, but his speed has tailed off in recent years, and he has largely struggled to hit enough to profile as a big-league piece. He will serve as organizational outfield depth and will get a chance to make the team this spring as the fourth outfielder.
Wittenmyer goes on to say that the Cubs are keeping the door open for an affordable Wade Davis reunion, in which case Morrow would move to a setup role. Even if the Cubs don't add another closer between now and Opening Day, Morrow would be a shaky fantasy option, given his injury history and the presence of Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Wilson, who are also very capable options for the ninth inning. Morrow notched a 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 43.2 innings as a setup man with the Dodgers last season.
The former top prospect continues to prolong his pro baseball career, although at this point he is very unlikely to ever regain a significant role on a big-league club. Last year he hit .262/.313/.393 with nine home runs in 83 games with Triple-A Tacoma. He figures to once again serve as organizational infield depth for the Mariners.
This is an encouraging sign, as it marks the first time Melancon is throwing pain free since undergoing pronator surgery in September. The procedure only carries a 6-to-8 week rehab timeline, so he appears to be progressing on schedule and should be ready to go well before spring training rolls around. While he struggled in his first season with the Giants, compiling a 4.50 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in just 30 innings, the veteran right-hander is still expected to enter 2018 as the team's closer. Assuming he's healthy, Melancon will be a popular rebound candidate for next season.
Rizzo seemed hesitant to name Severino as the backup, and it's possible he opens the season in the minors if the team ultimately finds a cheap, veteran alternative. If he does start the year as Washington's backup catcher, however, he could be in line for a modest workload as the Nationals are looking to scale back Matt Wieters' time behind the dish next season. Still, barring any injuries, he won't be viewed as anything more than a backup in 2018, limiting his fantasy value.
Sanchez spent most of the 2017 campaign on the disabled list with blister issues on his finger, making just eight starts (36 innings) and last appearing in a game in July. If everything checks out, the 25-year-old could be cleared to resume throwing as early as Tuesday. A healthy Sanchez will look to get back on track after last year's injury-riddled campaign, as he posted an impressive 3.00 ERA in 30 starts (192 innings) in 2016.
Travis appeared in just 50 games last season before injuries -- most notably a knee injury that required surgery to clean up cartilage -- ended his season in June. The 26-year-old was able to flash his potential before injuring himself, as he hit an impressive .364 with four homers, 19 RBI and two swiped bags during the month of May. Barring any setbacks, he should be back at the keystone to start the season, where he could provide late-round value if he's able to stay healthy.
The two teams worked out a deal after Wendle was designated for assignment by the Athletics last week. The 27-year-old spent most of the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Nashville, though he did earn a September callup and hit .308/.357/.615 in eight games for the big club. Wendle will fight for an Opening Day roster spot as infield depth, though it's possible he winds up at Triple-A Durham to start the season.
Brantley underwent right ankle surgery in the middle of October and was initially given a recovery timetable of 4-5 months, leaving his status for the start spring training up in the air. While he's apparently making solid progress, the Indians won't know more until he's able to resume agility and running drills.
Neshek is headed back to Philadelphia, where he began last season before being traded to the playoff-contending Rockies at the deadline. The sidewinder, who finished the season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 69:9 K:BB across 62.1 innings between both teams, posted an especially impressive 1.12 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 45:5 K:BB over 40.1 innings during his time with the Phillies. With Hector Neris expected to open the season as the team's closer, Neshek should slide into a high-leverage setup role, though he could eventually get a chance in the ninth inning if Neris falters.
Vielma will join Pittsburgh after being cast off the Phillies' 40-man roster in order to clear space for a potential Rule 5 draft pick. The 23-year-old is better known for his glove and defensive versatility, as he hit just .229/.273/.280 between Double-A and Triple-A last season. Assuming he sticks with the Pirates until spring, he should compete for a utility job.
This isn't all too surprising seeing as Wieters is coming off one of his worst offensive seasons as a pro. The switch-hitting backstop batted just .225 with a .643 OPS and 62 wRC+ in 123 games last year, all of which were easily the lowest such marks of his career. He did draw praise from the Nationals' pitching staff for his preparation and game management, so the hope is that he can contribute more evenly on both sides of the ball with a reduced workload in 2018. Pedro Severino will likely see an increased workload as the team's backstop, assuming Washington doesn't turn elsewhere to acquire another catcher prior to the season.
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