The off-season is here and the hot stove is heating up. The big splashes of free agents will come later, but we’re already seeing some trade activity.
Here’s where you’ll find our breakdown of the biggest moves – that is, those with serious implications for Fantasy Baseball – and now seems like a fitting time to get the ball rolling. You’ll want to check throughout the offseason, next year, and before spring training, of course. Last year’s lockout negated the usual schedule, but offseason movement tends to be a slow drip.
Here’s my breakdown of everything that matters so far…
Hunter Renfroe traded to heaven
With at least 26 home runs in five straight seasons (excluding the shortened pandemic in 2020), Renfroe has become a reliable hitter at a time when those are once again becoming more valuable. His last two seasons have been his two best, with him delivering an almost identical slash line in each. What’s reassuring about its move to a new venue is that these two performances took place at different parks, and while Angel Stadium may not have the reputation of American Family Field, where Renfroe played in 2022, he’s actually been the more hitter-friendly of the two for the past three years.
There, Renfroe will get the chance to fly Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward, all of whom hit base better than a .350 clip last year. Suffice to say, then, Renfroe’s stock isn’t suffering from this move, and given the current state of the outfield position, he should be a top 30 draft pick.
Teoscar Hernandez traded to Mariners for Erik Swanson
This move for Hernandez would have inspired more terror a few years ago, when Rogers Center was still considered a haven for hitters, but with its introduction of the humidor in 2021 (a year earlier than most). sites), it did not play as favorably. That’s still better than T-Mobile Park, which ranks near the bottom of the overall park factor but in the middle of the pack for circuits. Hernandez’s contact quality is so high that I don’t see it as a major issue for him, but it clarifies his ranking for 2022 – behind Randy Arozarena and Cedric Mullins but ahead of Adolis Garcia.
Swanson, meanwhile, gives the Blue Jays a reliable picker, having compiled a 1.68 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 11.7 K/9s with the Mariners last year. He will support Jordan Romano for saves, in all likelihood. The Blue Jays also got a decent pitching prospect, Adam Macko, as part of the deal.
Tyler Anderson signs with the Angels
The Dodgers are one of those organizations known for extracting gems from the junk heap, and Anderson is an example. Signed for a year, the 32-year-old soft pitcher changed the grip of his switch to drop bottom, and the results were good enough to earn him an All-Star nod and a qualifying offer – a he seemed destined to take until the angels stepped in with a three-year offer. Of course, we would have preferred Anderson to stay in Fantasy. His poor record and low strikeout rate would be met with skepticism even with the Dodgers’ built-in advantages, and he’ll likely be part of a six-man rotation now to accommodate Shohei Ohtani. Still, the ADP’s early results brought Anderson so late that a glass-half-full approach makes sense.
This decision only increases the chances that a promising player like Ryan Pepiot, Bobby Miller or Gavin Stone will have a place in the Dodgers’ rotation to start 2023.
Anthony Rizzo signs with the Yankees
Although several teams apparently had him in their sights, Rizzo opted to join the Yankees for two more years rather than test the open market. This may seem like the best possible result in Fantasy given that it just hit the 30 home run threshold for the first time in five years – and at a time when 30 home runs means something. He aimed for the short porch in right field, modifying his swing to throw the ball in that direction, and now we can expect more of the same. But these changes have resulted in a reduction in batting average that can also be blocked.
If he goes elsewhere, maybe Rizzo levels his swing and sees his batting average climb with the new shift limitations put in place. But now we will never know. His current setup makes him a viable first base option, but a flawed option that probably shouldn’t be drafted in the first 10 rounds.
Joc Pederson signs with the Giants
The most surprising player to receive a qualifying offer unsurprisingly accepted it, raising Pederson’s base salary by $6 million to $19.65 million. He was coming off arguably his best season, setting a career-high batting average of 26 runs while coming within two runs of a career-high OPS, but he was also a defensive handicap that didn’t see much. action against lefties. pitchers. The Giants like to shuffle their roster as much as any team, so those playing time issues will remain despite the big salary. Pederson has a spot in the five-outfield leagues, but his advantage is limited.
Martin Perez signs with Rangers
Another well-traveled 30-year-old coming off a career year, Perez couldn’t resist the big pay rise offered by the qualifying offer and will be back with Rangers in 2023. He has long excelled at limiting hard contacts, so his 2022 breakthrough may have simply been a byproduct of the league taking the juice ball out of circulation. But even if it does, its 3.59 xERA and 3.80 xFIP offer a better idea of what to expect going forward than its 2.89 ERA. It’s also troubling that he’s issued 4.3 BB/9s over his last 15 starts versus 2.2 over his first 17. He’s not good enough to get away with it.
These concerns are widely shared, however, and early indications are that they have an outsized influence on Perez’s draft stock, making the risk perhaps worth the reward.
Miles Mastrobuoni traded to the Cubs
Mastrobuoni is not a big name and may never be. But like, the Rays produce so many super-utilitarian guys like him that they are often forced to trade them once they reach adulthood, Jake Cronenworth being a notable example. Well, here. Whether Mastrobuoni becomes a fantasy asset with the Cubs like Cronenworth with the Padres remains to be seen, but the 27-year-old similarly profiles himself as a hitter and could also be considered a base stealer. Plus, the rebuilding Cubs wouldn’t have much trouble finding him bats if he proves worthy of them. Put him on your radar as a deep sleeper to watch for in spring training.
Clayton Kershaw signs with the Dodgers
Like he was going somewhere else, right? It’s almost like Kershaw and the Dodgers have a permanent one-year deal until he decides to retire. There’s nowhere we’d rather see him go in Fantasy, of course, and he’s still an ace when he’s able to take the mound, averaging as many head-to-head points per game as Shane McClanahan has a season. last. But that’s only when he is capable of it. His 126 1/3 innings was the most he’s thrown since 2019, and he hasn’t made 30 starts in a season since 2015. Long absences are no longer part of the package, which makes Kershaw too hard to target among the top 30 starting pitchers. .
Source : BBN NEWS