KEY 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings  - June

These are the Monthly Rankings for the Playbook PRO. The rankings will be updated on the first of every month for the duration of the major league season.

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Michael Pineda (R) Headshot

Pineda (elbow) signed a two-year deal with the Twins on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old righty underwent Tommy John surgery on July 18, and figures to miss most, if not all of the 2018 season. This gives him some short-term security and a chance to hit the market again after hopefully reestablishing his value in 2019, while it give the Twins an affordable, high-upside starter for 2019. Pineda has generated worse run-prevention metrics than the fielding-independent numbers suggest, as his career 3.60 FIP is quite a bit lower than his career 4.05 ERA. While he hasn't posted an ERA under 4.30 since 2014, he typically strikes out around a batter per inning, and in 2016 he notched 207 strikeouts in 175.2 innings, so there is plenty of long-term upside for dynasty-league owners.
9:49 am (EST)
Edgar Olmos (L) Headshot

Olmos has agreed to pitch with Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan for the 2018 season, the team's official site reports.

He spent 2017 notching a 2.68 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 87.1 innings with the Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate, but hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2015.
9:43 am (EST)
Mike Bolsinger (R) Headshot

Bolsinger has agreed to pitch with Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan for the 2018 season, the team's official Twitter account reports.

He was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster in August, and opted for a steady paycheck in Japan over having to work his way back to the big leagues. The 29-year-old righty has a career 4.92 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 210 strikeouts in 230.2 MLB innings.
9:39 am (EST)
Tommy Hunter (R) Headshot

Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phillies worth approximately $18 million, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Tuesday was an eventful night, as it was first reported that the Phillies were landing Addison Reed, which turned out to be incorrect. They instead came to terms with Hunter, who will serve as one of their top setup men in 2018. The 31-year-old righty logged a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 58.2 innings for the Rays last season. He has 17 career saves, but most of those came in 2014 with the Orioles. Hector Neris would open the year as the Phillies' closer if they don't make more moves, but talks with Reed are reportedly ongoing.
9:33 am (EST)
Erik Kratz (R) Headshot

Kratz re-signed with the Yankees on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Kratz opted for free agency after declining an outright assignment from the Yankees at the start of November, but will now rejoin the team for the 2018 campaign. He only took part in four games at the big league level this past season with New York, instead spending the majority of the year in Triple-A. The veteran catcher will likely provide depth in the minors once again after re-upping to a new deal, which should restrict his fantasy impact.
12:58 am (EST)
Drew Smyly (L) Headshot

Smyly (elbow) agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs on Tuesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

Smyly is not expected to debut with the Cubs until the latter portion of the 2018 season, as he just underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past June. The move is likely more 2019 focused, as Smyly could be seen as a nice buy-low option in the long run. He has a career 3.74 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 156 appearances.
Yesterday 9:23 pm (EST)
Bryan Shaw (R) Headshot

Shaw has agreed to sign with the Rockies, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

In seven seasons, Shaw has posted a 3.13 ERA, 2.64 K:BB and 8.0 K/9 across 446.1 innings. The 30-year-old has also impressed with his durability, as he has never seen the disabled list in his career. He worked mainly in a setup/middle relief role a year ago, and it would seem likely he will do the same in his new surroundings, unless the Rockies are not able to land another reliever.
Yesterday 8:19 pm (EST)
Colin Moran (L) Headshot

Manager A.J. Hinch said the Astros may deploy Moran in left field during spring training, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

With Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel well established at the corner infield positions, the Astros are looking at other possible options to get Moran playing time at the major-league level. The 25-year-old helped improve his stock last season by hitting .308/.373/.543 with 18 homers and 63 RBI in 79 games with Triple-A Fresno. His performance earned him a promotion, but he appeared in just two games before fouling a ball off his face and suffering a concussion and facial fracture that ultimately required surgery. Moran returned at the end of September and finished his brief major-league stint with a .364 batting average (4-for-11) and one homer in seven games. He played four games in the outfield with Fresno last season, and will look to acclimate himself to the position in spring training with hopes of breaking camp as a reserve.
Yesterday 7:21 pm (EST)
Chris Bassitt (R) Headshot

The A's haven't decided if Bassitt will work as a starter or reliever in 2018, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Bassitt worked his way back last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2016. While he initially was looking to return as a starter, a setback in his recovery forced him to finish the season in a relief role. It's possible the A's keep him in the bullpen to help preserve his arm, though that will depend on how Bassitt feels when he reports to camp.
Yesterday 7:07 pm (EST)
Christian Arroyo (R) Headshot

Arroyo (hand) is expected to be fully ready for spring training, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Arroyo, who suffered a broken left hand in July, underwent surgery to insert a pin into the same hand after suffering a setback during a Dominican Winter League game. Assuming he avoids any further setbacks, the 22-year-old should compete for an Opening Day roster spot in spring training. He made his major-league debut in 2017, hitting just .192/.244/.304 in 34 games.
Yesterday 6:57 pm (EST)
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