In order to stay on top of all the latest movement in baseball for the upcoming season, Fantasy Alarm's free agent player tracker will be updated as players sign in free agency to keep readers ahead of the competition. Be sure to bookmark this page with the Hot Stove already heating up. In order to streamline the list, players have been sorted by position. 

Pos  Player Old Team New Team StatsRelated PlayersBreakDown
CF Bryce Harper (L) WSHPHI159 Games, 550 at-bats, 103 Runs, 34 home runs, 100 RBI, 13 stolen bases, .249/.393/.496Obviously, this gives a bump to most in the surrounding lineup, from the table-setters scoring more runs to players like Rhys Hoskins and J.T Realmuto seeing even more RBI opportunities. Even the bottom of the order will see more fastballs as pitchers will just throw to them and hope to elicit contact.While fantasy owners worried about where Bryce Harper would sign, they should be ecstatic it’s in Philadelphia. Shifting to a home run friendly park with a vastly improved lineup should propel Harper into the first round of drafts. For his career, Bryce Harper owns a .279/.388/.512 slash with 385 extra-base hits including 184 home runs in 927 games. Not only will his 37 percent hard hit rate and 38.3 fly ball percentage play well in Philadelphia, but a boost in power lies in the opposite field. If Harper hits third, he will score 100-plus runs with over 100 RBI and a chance to hit 35 or more home runs. Many forget he’s in his prime years of production.
SS Manny Machado (R) BALSD162 Games, 632 at-bats, 84 Runs, 37 home runs, 107 RBI, 14 stolen bases, .297/.367/.538This could expedite the arrival of the Padres flush farm system with the arrival of Manny Machado. He slots in at third base and should still produce in PetCo. Given Machado's power resides in pulling the ball, he will not be affected too much by moving to San Diego. He could see some regression in his average, but San Diego ranked eighth among MLB teams in stolen bases per game. This enhances his stolen base upside if Machado hits 32-to-34 home runs with 10-plus steals. Counting statistics could ebb to the mid-to-high 80's in runs, but 90 plus RBI lie in the offing.
SP Patrick Corbin (L) ARIWSH11-7, 197 IP, 246:48 K:BB, 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIPNo immediate impact upon the Nationals other than seeing if Corbin slots in second or third behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Already being targeted as a strong number starting pitcher for fantasy, be sure to heed some potential regression in his overall numbers. Corbin fueled his breakout with a strong 53.9 whiff per swing with his slider and continued usage of his curve could serve him well in Washington. Heed his growth in K-BB% and reduced contact and hope he can keep his ERA in the low three's with 200 plus strikeouts in the year ahead.
RP Craig Kimbrel (R) BOSUnsigned5 - 1, 42 saves, 62.1 IP, 96:31 K:BB, 2.74 ERA, 3.13 FIP, 0.99 WHIP
SP Dallas Keuchel (L) HOUUnsigned12 - 11, 204.2 IP, 153:58 K:BB, 3.74 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 1.31 WHIP
3B Josh Donaldson (R) TORATL52 Games, 30 runs, eight home runs, 23 RBI, two stolen bases, .246/.352/.449With the signing of Donaldson, the Braves will transition Johan Camargo to a super utility role ala Marwin Gonzalez. If they do not sign an outfielder, Camargo could also get reps in right field. Donaldson, when healthy will be the primary third baseman for Atlanta. It feels like Josh Donaldson's older, but he's only 32 years young. Coming off of an injury riddled season, he looks to reset his free agency market with a strong lineup in Atlanta. Donaldson's penciled in to hit second and if he can accrue 450 or more at-bats, 27 home runs with a .273/.389/.537 slash could be his baseline. Just another boring veteran drifting in early average draft position.
SP Nathan Eovaldi (R) BOSBOS6 - 7, 111 IP, 101:20 K:BB, 3.81 ERA, 3.60 FIP, 1.13 WHIPAfter being traded to Boston, Nathan Eovaldi will remain with the team after signing as a free agent. He should slot in as the third or fourth pitcher in the rotation and provides much needed depth. Returning from TJS surgery, Eovaldi had a breakthrough season. He increased his K-BB percentage to a career best 17.8, upped his swinging strike percentage and reduced his walk percentage to a career best 4.4 percent in 2018. Increased usage of his secondary pitches fueled the breakout. Eovaldi should be a strong SP 4 in fantasy for 2019 as long as he reaches 150 innings.
DH Nelson Cruz (R) SEAMIN144 Games, 519 at-bats, 70 Runs, 37 home runs, 97 RBI, one stolen base, .256/.342/.509Minnesota adds another power hitter in Nelson Cruz. He's launched 119 over 456 games the last three years and this should push Tyler Austin on the trade block. Adding Cruz to a team in dire need of veteran leadership and on-base skills makes sense. Cruz also gets an upgrade in terms of ballpark effects and tasty match-ups versus the White Sox, Royals and Tigers rotations. Armed with a 39.6 hard hit rate the last three years and a .259 isolated power, Cruz should enjoy his new environment.
LF Michael Brantley (L) CLEHOU143 Games, 570 at-bats, 89 Runs, 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 12 stolen bases, .309/.364/.468Could the Astros signing Michael Brantley set off a chain of events as they improve the roster? Brantley's ability to play left field, first base and be the designated hitter fits Houston's preferences on player pliability and could result in top prospect Kyle Tucker being traded to address another need. Michael Brantley signed for less than expected but heads to an already strong lineup with his .302/.358/.452 slash over his last 947 at-bats. Brantley will also benefit fantasy owners at his present ADP based upon his solid batting average baseline with the potential to hit 20 home runs with double digit stolen bases in the season ahead. His counting statistics could be dependent on where he hits in the lineup, but if Brantley bats in the top-five in the order, sign us up.
SP Charlie Morton (R) HOUTB15 - 3, 167 IP, 193:51 K:BB, 3.13 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 1.16 WHIPTampa Bay added to its rotational depth signing Charlie Morton. Morton, Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow all own plus curveballs and Morton should slot as a the teams second starter. Morton's won 29 games the last two seasons and finished last year with a 46.27 whiff per swing percentage with his curve, fifth best in baseball. It's convenient Morton signed with a team which can utilize an opener to maximize his innings. Morton's ability to rack up strikeouts should defray moving to the American League East keeping him relevant for fantasy. Key on Morton's 3.59 FIP when trying to forecast his value for 2019, which really relies on how many innings he can accrue.
CF AJ Pollock (R) ARILA113 Games, 413 at-bats, 61 Runs, 21 home runs, 65 RBI, 13 stolen bases, .257/.316/.484In an effort to improve their defense, along with the lineup versusleft-handed pitching, A.J. Pollock heads to the Dodgers. Invariably, A.J. Pollock's value will be tied to how many games he appears in. When healthy, he provides fantasy owners production across all five categories. Chasing his 2015 season will be a mistake, but Pollock's recorded a .261/323/.477 slash the last two seasons with 35 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 225 games. There's production within his profile, how much determines his fantasy impact.
LF Andrew McCutchen (R) NYYPHI155 Games, 569 at-bats, 83 Runs, 20 home runs, 65 RBI, 14 stolen bases, .255/.368/.424It's still too early to speculate on if the Phillies have moved on from Bryce Harper, but they did add to their outfield signing Andrew McCutchen to a three year deal. This applies pressure to Odubel Herrera who could lose time in the outfield going forward. Finally, Andrew McCutchen will play in a plus hitters park. On the surface, his numbers from last year look disappointing, but, he turned in a career best hard hit percentage (43.4 percent) his lowest chase rate (19.4 O-Swing) and his isolated power rose to .198 in the second half. Add in playing half of his games in Philadelphia and McCutchen's home run total should rise along with his RBI slotted to hit fifth in the order. Suddenly, a steady veteran capable of 25 home runs and a .265-plus average seems more enticing based on venue.
SP J.A. Happ (L) NYYNYY17 - 6, 177.2 IP, 193:51 K:BB, 3.65 ERA, 3.98 FIP, 1.13 WHIPAfter missing out on the Corbin sweepstakes, the Yankees settled with J.A. Happ on a two-year deal pending an option for a third one. Happ will slot fourth in the rotation and should be treated by fantasy owners in the same fashion, as an SP four. While there's nothing terribly exciting about J.A. Happ in fantasy, his steady production the last three years often goes overlooked. He's won 47 games with a 3.44 ERA, 498 strikeouts in 518 innings and a 1.2 WHIP. His underlying statistics suggests it's not a fluke and once again Happ will be a bargain on draft day with an ERA below four and striking out almost a batter an inning.
2B Jed Lowrie (B) OAKNYM157 Games, 596 at-bats, 78 Runs, 23 home runs, 99 RBI, .267/.353/.448Adding to an already crowded infield, Jed Lowrie agreed to a two-year deal with the Mets. This clouds the future for Jeff McNeil getting at-bats, but ensures Lowrie will start in the infield. Slated to start at third base, the Mets improve their production in the infield adding Lowrie's almost 35 percent on-base rate. He could hit second and move around the infield as needed during the season. How his power translates to Citi Field will factor in his fantasy impact, but his playing time should be insured with this move.
3B Mike Moustakas (L) MILMIL152 Games, 573 at-bats, 66 Runs, 28 home runs, 95 RBI, four stolen bases, .251/.315/.459Not only will Mike Moustakas get a whole season of hitting in Miller Park, he could add second base to his fantasy resume. This could be very beneficial to his owners. It also takes the helium out of the Keston Hiura hype in redraft leagues. Moustakas slashed .256/.326/.441 in 54 games with Milwaukee last year. Since Miller Park benefits left-handed power hitters, a return to 35 home runs with added eligibility makes Moustakas a worthy target in upcoming drafts. Invest at his present price point, the 41.2 hard hit rate last year and his hitting fly balls in almost half of his at-bats.
SP Hyun Jin Ryu (L) LALA7 - 3, 82.1 IP, 121:33 K:BB, 1.97 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 1.01 WHIPStaying with the Dodgers should ensure Ryu's regression towards his FIP compared to his ERA of 2018 should not be too damaging. At least the Dodgers understand how to keep pitchers fresh via disabled list usage. Buying a breakout from last year's numbers would be a mistake. Hyun-Jin Ryu did add a cutter to his arsenal, raised his strikeout percentage and could be a stealth late round flier to round out fantasy pitching staffs. Just plan on 150 innings or less due to his injury riddled history.
2B Daniel Murphy (L) CHICOL91 Games, 328 at-bats, 40 Runs, 12 home runs, 42 RBI, three stolen bases, .299/.336/.454A ripple in the fantasy world with Daniel Murphy heading to the Rockies to primarily play first base. This affects Ian Desmond, Raimel Tapia, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers in the season ahead. As for Murphy, it's a boon. Coors Field provides BABIP support to an already talented hitter. Over the last three years, Murphy's recorded a .325/.374/.542 slash line with 60 home runs an 239 RBI in 380 games. With health, Murphy could hit .320 with a chance at 25 home runs if he accrues at least 550 at-bats.
C Yasmani Grandal (B) LAMIL140 Games, 440 at-bats, 65 Runs, 24 home runs, 68 RBI, two stolen bases, .241/.349/.466With the catcher market at a stall, Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year deal with the Brewers. A perfect landing spot for Grandal with a slight park upgrade in terms of BABIP, especially when hitting left-handed. Although Yasmani Grandal recorded one of the best seasons for fantasy catchers, his free agent market did not reflect it. Grandal should do well in Miller Park as he extends the lineup and will benefit the young pitching staff. Do not overpay for an increase in power, but Grandal's average should see an uptick which benefits his fantasy profile.
LF Marwin Gonzalez (B) HOUMIN145 Games, 489 at-bats, 61 Runs, 16 home runs, 68 RBI, two stolen bases, .247/.324/.409Swiss army knife Marwin Gonzalez lands in Minnesota on a two-year deal. He provides new manager Rocco Baldelli flexibility across the diamond but could impact Willians Astudillo breaking camp with the team. A less than ideal spot for Marwin Gonzalez to land since the starting roster's about set for the Twins. He will need an injury or poor performance by one of the core players to attain over 400 at-bats this season. Gonzalez provides tremendous position flexibility to his fantasy owners, but the path to at-bats could be muddled.
C Wilson Ramos (R) PHINYM111 Games, 382 at-bats, 39 Runs, 15 home runs, 70 RBI, .306/.358/.487By agreeing to a two-year deal, this eliminates the Mets from the Realmuto sweepstakes and puts Travis d'Arnaud as the second catcher going forward. Mets are rumored to be shopping Kevin Plawecki to teams. One year removed from an injury riddled 2017, Wilson Ramos hit 15 home runs with 70 RBI in only 111 games last season. One of the most consistent commodities in fantasy baseball, Ramos three year averages of .297/.342/.482 make him a worth target in drafts. There's even upside if he catches 120 games in 2019 within his 20 percent home run per fly ball rate and 39.1 hard hit percentage from last season.
RP Zack Britton (L) NYYNYY2 - 0, 7 Saves, 40.2 IP, 34:21 K:BB, 3.10 ERA, 4.22 FIP, 1.23 WHIPViewed as one of the top relievers on the market, Zach Britton re-signed with New York and will be relegated to a setup role as a result. Looking for a bounce back in his velocity and relying on his ground ball lean, Zach Britton will reenact his setup role with the Yankees. Due to Aroldis Chapman's role as the closer along with a loaded bullpen, it appears fantasy owners will not be able to count on Britton for them unless an injury occurs to Chapman.
RP Kelvin Herrera (R) WSHCWS2 - 3, 17 Saves, 44.1 IP, 38:10 K:BB, 2.44 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 1.20 WHIPKelvin Herrera accepted a two-year contract with an option for a third with the White Sox. He will add depth to the bullpen along with Alex Colome and the two should compete for the ninth inning in the spring. From closer for the Royals, to a setup reliever with the Nationals, Herrera will enter a muddled bullpen on Chicago's south side. Herrera will need to bounce back from injury (shoulder, linsfranc) but if his velocities bounce back and a path to saves appear, he's worth a flier.
RP Adam Ottavino (R) COLNYY6 - 4, 6 Saves, 77.2 IP, 112:36 K:BB, 2.43 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 0.99 WHIPNew York continues to build the rotation from the back to the front. Adding Adam Ottavino strengthens the bridge in high leverage due to his wicked slider.No longer a primary target for saves, Adam Ottavino still provides value with strikeouts, ratio control and he could save a handful of games in a loaded Yankees bullpen. His draft stock could decline, which means in deeper leagues, he provides more value.
RP Jeurys Familia (R) OAKNYM8 - 6, 18 Saves, 72 IP, 83:28 K:BB, 3.13 ERA, 2.63 FIP, 1.22 WHIPFamilia returns to the Mets in a set-up role to Edwin Diaz. Apparently Jeurys Familia enjoyed his set-up role with the A's and will reprise the role in his return to the Mets. Familia did accrue 83 strikeouts in 72 innings last year and eight wins. He will be a factor in league only formats as the handcuff to Diaz, but his mixed league appeal dissipated with his reprising of the eighth inning role.
RP David Robertson (R) NYYPHI8 - 3, 5 Saves, 69.2 IP, 91:26 K:BB, 3.23 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 1.03 WHIPDavid Robertson will leave the Bronx for a chance to share in high leverage innings with the Phillies. Manager Gabe Kapler prefers playing match-ups in the late innings but Robertson will be in the mix for saves in the upcoming season. Helped by increasing his curveball usage last season, David Robertson bounced back with 95 strikeouts. He also used his slider more while reducing his fastball usage. Although he's not the primary closer, Robertson could accrue double digits n saves with ratio upside for fantasy.
2B DJ LeMahieu (R) COLNYY128 Games, 533 at-bats, 90 Runs, 15 home runs, 62 RBI, 6 Stolen bases, .276/.321/.428On the surface, it seems like overkill with D.J. LeMahieu joining the Yankees. But, he will split time at third and second base while providing much needed defense and ability to make contact. LeMahieu will arrive at Yankee Stadium coming off of career highs in home runs and fly ball rate. His propensity to hit more fly balls to right field could be rewarded and his average should rebound to a .285-.295 level making him a worthy flier at his present price point.
RP Joe Kelly (R) BOSLA4 - 2, 2 Saves, 65.2 IP, 68:32 K:BB, 4.39 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 1.36 WHIPWith the chips starting to fall into place in the reliever market, Joe Kelly will head West signing a three-year deal with the Dodgers. He should slot in as the handcuff to Kenley Jansen. Under the if you can't beat them sign them guise, Los Angeles inked Joe Kelly to a three year contract. Kelly won four games, saves two and recorded 21 holds last season. He will need to use his change up more in order to rack up more strikeouts while lowering his ratios to be of more interest. But, Kelly's fantasy appeal fades since he's not going to be a primary closer.
SP Gio González (L) MILNYY10 - 11, 171 IP, 148:80 K:BB, 4.21 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 1.44 WHIPDesperate times call for desperate measures. Gio Gonzalez agreed to a deal with the Yankees who suddenly crave rotation depth with C.C. Sabathia sidelined and Luis Severino opening the year on the injured reserve list. If Gio Gonzalez signed with the Mets, there would be much more appeal for fantasy purposes. However, a fly ball left-handed pitcher potentially starting half of his games in Yankee Stadium translates to a stream only pitcher in most mixed leagues. If Gonzalez displays more swing and miss stuff, maybe, but tread lightly.
RF Nick Markakis (L) ATLATL162 Games, 623 at-bats, 93 Runs, 14 home runs, 93 RBI, stolen base, .297/.366/.440Deciding to forego waiting out the market, Nick Markakis will return to Atlanta on a very team friendly deal for 2019. This could impact how much Johan Camargo gets on the field barring an injury. Nick Markakis appeared in all 162 games last year with 78 runs, 14 home runs, 93 RBI, a stolen base and a .297/.366/.440 slash line. Like many in 2018, he benefited from a hard hit spike which combined with his tremendous plate discipline for a strong season. Paying for a full repeat would be a mistake.
RF Adam Jones (R) BALARI145 Games, 580 at-bats, 54 Runs, 15 home runs, 63 RBI, 7 stolen bases, .281/.313/.419With Arizona's outfield defense needing a boost, they signed Adam Jones. While this helps Jones accrue at-bats, it shuffles the values on other Diamondback players. For instance, Ketel Marte goes to a utility based role, probably now getting most of his at-bats at second base. This takes away potential at-bats for Wilmer Flores and ends any hope of Christian Walker making the team. It seems as though the days of fantasy glory elapsed for Adam Jones. His isolated power dropped by over 40 points, his hard hit rate stagnated with a spike in the statistic last year. Plus, the humidor will do him no favors. Jones only recorded a .127 isolated power in road games last year. His name will push him up draft boards, but there's better counting statistics with later round pivots.
RP Andrew Miller (L) CLESTL2 - 4, 2 Saves, 34 IP, 45:16 K:BB, 4.24 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 1.38 WHIPSt. Louis finally get a power left-handed reliever to bolster its bullpen. Miller's coming off of an injury riddled season but should slot in with Jordan Hicks to anchor the Cardinals bullpen. Even with his struggles pitching through injury in 2018, Miller owns a 2.05 ERA, 2.18 FIP and 0.88 WHIP the last three years with a 15.6 swinging strike percentage and 32 percent strikeouts minus walks rate. Although his role not defined, even as the stopper, Miller provides ratio protection and strikeout upside when healthy.
RF Carlos González (L) COLCLE132 Games, 463 at-bats, 71 Runs, 16 home runs, 64 RBI, 5 stolen bases, .276/.329/.467As if the Cleveland outfield could get more muddled, the team added Carlos Gonzalez. His swing should play well in their park, but, how many at-bats he accrues will decide his worth. Coming off of a down year by fantasy standards, Carlos Gonzalez will get a late start in order to round into form. It remains to be seen if he and Hanley Ramirez can recapture fantasy relevance. Stay tuned.
SP CC Sabathia (L) NYYNYY9 - 7, 153 IP, 140:51 K:BB, 3.65 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 1.31 WHIPStaying with the Yankees provides them with solid leadership in the pitching staff and a veteran innings eater. He likely slots in as the fourth or fifth starter in 2019. While C.C. Sabathia's days as a fantasy star have faded, he can provide decent ratios with a chance to steal some wins when deploying him as a spot starter. However, he's a deeper league play due to his age and inherent injury risks.
SP Aníbal Sánchez (R) ATLWSH7 - 6, 136.2 IP, 135:42 K:BB, 2.83 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 1.08 WHIPAn under the radar signing with the Nationals overhauling its rotation and could slot Anibal Sanchez fourth or fifth in the rotation. With health, he represents an upgrade from Tanner Roark. Riding an adjusted arsenal, Sanchez reduced his hard hit percentage allowed by almost 10 percent in 2018. Increasing his cutter usage and throwing more change-ups enhanced his repertoire making Sanchez a worthy flier late in drafts if he can carry over the gains he displayed last season.
2B Brian Dozier (R) LAWSH151 Games, 553 at-bats, 81 Runs, 21 home runs, 72 RBI, 12 stolen bases, .215/.305/.391Adding to an already deep lineup, Brian Dozier agreed to a one-year deal with the Nationals. He projects to be the starting second baseman. Hitting free agency after a woeful 2018, Brian Dozier lands in a great spot to bounce back. His underlying data suggests injury (knee) factored into his fantasy erosion. If he hits fifth or sixth, Dozier will see his RBI bounce back and if healthy, a return to 13-to-15 steals as well.
C Kurt Suzuki (R) ATLWSH105 Games, 347 at-bats, 45 runs, 12 home runs, 50 RBI, .272.332/.444Going to Washington, Suzuki will find himself in a familiar role splitting time with Yan Gomes. Using his last two years in Atlanta as a guide, plan on him getting enough at-bats to help in fantasy but not enough to be a top-10 option. Over the last two seasons, Suzuki's hitting the ball harder, in the air more and showing growth in plate discipline. His last 186 games yields 83 runs, 31 home runs, 100 RBI and a .276/.341/.485 slash. A repeat of last year's statistics seem well within reach, just do not pay for the power surge from 2017 in drafts.
C Robinson Chirinos (R) TEXHOU113 Games, 360 at-bats, 48 runs, 18 home runs, 65 RBI, two stolen bases, .222/.338/.419Signing a one year deal with the rival Astros could be just what Chirinos needed for fantasy. He should be the primary catcher in Houston which would ensure at-bats as more players at the position find themselves in timeshares. Houston not only added a solid veteran catcher, but one with a profile well suited for Minute Maid Park. Chirinos increased his line drive and fly ball rates last year with an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH on them. He pulls the ball almost half the time and if he maintains the 44.1 hard hit percentage from last year, Chirinos could hit 20 or more home runs with a bounce back in his average to the .245-.250 range. Yes please.
C Nick Hundley (R) SFOAK96 Games, 282 at-bats, 34 Runs, 10 home runs, 31 RBI, 2 stolen bases, .241/.298/.408A less than ideal landing spot for Nick Hundley, but a clearer path to playing time could occur in Oakland. Nick Hundley surprised with his production early after Buster Posey's injury. He still owns some value in league only formats if his batting average reaches .240 or higher.
1B Matt Adams (L) STLWSH121 Games, 306 at-bats, 42 Runs, 21 home runs, 57 RBI, .239/.309/.477It appears as though Matt Adams will reprise his role as the backup first baseman and fourth outfielder with the Nationals. There's no fantasy ceiling here, but Matt Adams can be penciled in for about 320 at-bats, 20 home runs and an average which will not kill owners in league only or 15-team or deeper formats.
1B Justin Bour (L) PHILAA141 Games, 423 at-bats, 49 Runs, 20 home runs, 59 RBI, 2 stolen bases, .227/.341/.404A curious landing spot for Justin Bour heading to the Angels. He should be a platoon match with Albert Pujols but his at-bats will be tough to predict. In a disappointing campaign in 2018, Justin Bour lowered his swinging strike rate, increased contact and hit 20 home runs in only 423 at-bats. If the Angels do platoon him, Bour's slashed .270/.365/.504 against right-handed pitchers the last three years averaging a home run every 16.12 at-bats. His value will tied to how much playing time he accrues.
SS Asdrúbal Cabrera (B) PHITEX147 Games, 546 at-bats, 68 Runs, 23 home runs, 75 RBI, .262/.316/.458Texas agreed to a one-year contract with Asdrubal Cabrera to provide the team with a stopgap at third base. Perennially underrated Asdrubal Cabrera will arrive in Texas on the heels of a .196 isolated power and 23 home runs in 147 games last year. His 1.247 on-base plus slugging percentage when pulling the ball as a left-handed hitter will play well in Texas. No one targets Cabrera in drafts, but he's still a solid producer across three positions with a chance to hit 25 home runs.
2B Ian Kinsler (R) BOSSD128 Games, 487 at-bats, 66 Runs, 14 home runs, 48 RBI, 16 stolen bases, .240/.301/.380Signed as a stopgap until the talent of the Padres system proves to be major league ready, Ian Kinsler could hit near the top of the lineup while splitting time at second and third base. Once a veteran with upside due to the ability to rack up double digits in home runs and steals, Ian Kinsler's stock in fantasy seems to be dropping with his slash lines. His hard hit percentage cratered last year (29.3 percent) as did his home run total. But, if he hits near the top of the order with San Diego, he could still provide counting statistics across the board without killing a team. Just use his last two year slash of .237/.307/.396 to invest with eyes wide open.
2B Josh Harrison (R) PITDET97 Games, 344 at-bats, 41 Runs, 8 home runs, 37 RBI, 3 stolen bases, .250/.293/.363One year removed from an injury riddled season, Josh Harrison will head to Detroit and start at second base. This likely shifts Niko Goodrum to the outfield. Josh Harrison represents a high floor or double digits in home runs and stolen bases if healthy. He gains late round flier status with the Tigers due to a clear path to playing time.
2B Jonathan Schoop (R) MILMIN131 Games, 473 at-bats, 61 runs, 21 home runs, 61 RBI, one stolen base, .233/.266/.416After a disappointing season in 2018, Schoop will head to Minnesota hoping to bounce back in his age-27 season. With Brian Dozier departed, Schoop owns a clear path to playing time with the Twins. Despite cratering in average and his BABIP, Schoop still displayed power in 2018. His walk rate declined along with his hard hit percentage. Since he's been volatile in his batted ball data, use his last three year .267/.304/.461 slash as a guide and hope he launches at least 25 home runs in the year ahead.
3B Eduardo Escobar (B) ARIARI151 Games, 566 at-bats, 75 runs, 23 home runs, 84 RBI, two stolen bases, .272/.334/.489Escobar finds himself the primary third baseman after Arizona's trade of Paul Goldschmidt. Jake Lamb will transition to first base and potentially platoon with Christian Walker. Knowing Escobar will get full-time at-bats helps his fantasy standing, especially if he can carry over his career best 38.2 hard hit rate. However, with no apparent gains in plate discipline, plan on his average migrating towards his career .257 range instead of a repeat of last season's number.
SS Timothy Beckham (R) BALSEA96 Games, 369 at-bats, 45 Runs, 12 home runs, 35 RBI, stolen base, .230/.287/.374Whether Tim Beckham becomes the bridge to J.P. Crawford at shortstop or not, he will be afforded at-bats in Seattle and a chance to rebound. One year removed from his breakout, Tim Beckham's BABIP cratered in 2018 despite his underlying discipline metrics improving. How many at-bats he accrues and role will decide his fantasy outcome for 2019, but he should get a chance to play in Seattle.
RF Avisaíl García (R) CWSTB93 Games, 356 at-bats, 47 Runs, 19 home runs, 49 RBI, 3 stolen bases, .236/.281/.438Given the Rays needed a power hitting right handed hitter, Avisail Garcia makes sense. He will be able to provide depth in the outfield along with acting as the designated hitter. Fantasy owners will need to discern how to value Avisail Garcia. His 2017 looks like an outlier given his inflated BABIP in relation to his batting average. Deferring to his career slash of .271/.321/.420 could provide clarity. With health, Garcia's capable of 20 home runs, but more of a late round flier until spring training.
SP Lance Lynn (R) NYYTEX10 - 10, 156.2 IP, 161:76 K:BB, 4.77 ERA, 3.84 FIP, 1.53 WHIPSigning with the Rangers will help Lance Lynn getting a three-year contract. He should be a workhorse for them logging much needed innings and providing veteran leadership. Underlying statistics leaned in Lance Lynn's favor with a 3.84 FIP, rebound in strikeout percentage to 23 percent and his swinging strike rate improved as well. However, pitching for Texas could offset the gains. Wins will be tough to come by and even if he can carry over the 49.7 ground ball percentage, will it be enough to make him a worthy fantasy target in a 12-team league? Tough to say.
SP Trevor Cahill (R) OAKLAA7 - 4, 110 IP, 100:41 K:BB, 3.76 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 1.19 WHIPWhile not committing long term, the Angels continue to add depth to its rotation signing Trevor Cahill. He will slot third or fourth in the rotation. Once again, injuries cut short Cahill's season, but he did increase his swinging strike percentage to 11.7 percent and needs to throw his secondary pitches more to succeed. Heed his home and road splits along with monitoring his health. Cahill's more of a late round gamble but more useful in leagues with deep benches in order to stream favorable match-ups.
SP Derek Holland (L) SFSF7 - 9, 177.1 IP, 169:67 K:BB, 3.57 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 1.29 WHIPAfter finding success by the bay, Derek Holland opted to re-sign with the Giants rather than leave via free agency. He will shore up the rotation which creates a battle for the last spot between Andrew Suarez, Dereck Rodriguez and Chris Stratton for the last two spots. It's worth noting when pitchers adjust their arsenal with improved results. Derek Holland surged to a 2.91 ERA and 3.60 xFIP with a 24.9 strikeout percentage after increasing his slider usage. He's a terrific home stream option where he limited opponents to only five home runs over 82 innings with a .294 wOBA against. If Holland can carry over last year's gains and reach 175 innings, there's room for profit in his profile.
SP Mike Fiers (R) OAKOAK12 - 8, 172 IP, 139:37 K:BB, 3.56 ERA, 4.75 FIP, 1.18 WHIPOakland has a starting pitcher. In what should be one of many moves, the A's signed Mike Fiers back as a bridge to upcoming talent in the minors. Fantasy owners should treat Fiers with the same caution other MLB teams did via free agency. Fiers did win five games with a 3.74 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with Oakland, but heed his xSTATS kwFIP of 4.08 last year when assessing him in upcoming drafts. He's solid, but there's no upside beyond last season, unless he increases his curveball usage appreciably.
RP Joakim Soria (R) MILOAK3 - 4, 16 Saves, 60.2 IP, 75:16 K:BB, 3.12 ERA, 2.44 FIP, 1.14 WHIPSigning with the A's will reduce Soria's fantasy appeal. He will work in a setup role to Blake Treinen in Oakland. A steady but not flashy fantasy performer,Joakim Soria will head to Oakland as part of the bridge to Blake Treinen. Use his lat three year statistics of a 3.59 ERA, 3.03 FIP and 1.28 WHIP as a guide to his future but without a clear path to saves, his fantasy status suffers.
RP Sergio Romo (R) TBMIA3 - 4, 25 Saves, 67.1 IP, 75:20 K:BB, 4.14 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 1.26 WHIPNo longer an opener, Sergio Romo adds to the muddled bullpen in Miami.With the addition of Sergio Romo, the Marlins announced they will play match-ups late in games. This means Romo, Drew Steckenrider and Adam Conley all could factor in the saves picture. Welcome to bullpens in 2019.
RP Cody Allen (R) CLELAA4 - 6, 27 Saves, 67 IP, 80:33 K:BB, 4.70 ERA, 4.56 FIP, 1.36 WHIPWith the Angels needing a veteran closer, Cody Allen will fill an obvious void. It remains to be seen if Cody Allen will regain his form, but he now owns a clear path to saves, which proves to be rare lately. Whether or not he holds the role all season remains to be seen, but if Allen regains old form, he's worth a flier at his current draft price.
RP Blake Parker (R) LAAMIN2 - 1, 14 Saves, 66.1 IP, 70:19 K:BB, 3.26 ERA, 4.40 FIP, 1.24 WHIPMinnesota added more veteran depth to its bullpen with the Blake Parker signing. He should represent a veteran with high leverage experience capable of closing games but not signed to be one. Blake Parker did record 14 saves last year, but with his strikeouts declined while his ERA rose. It appears his 2017 season could be the outlier meaning Parker will be a stable bullpen arm for the Twins, but probably not the best option for saves going forward. But, it's not up to us.
RP Brad Boxberger (R) ARIKC3 - 7, 32 Saves, 53.1 IP, 71;32 K:BB, 4.39 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 1.43 WHIPKeeping with the fluid bullpen scene, the Royals signed Brad Boxberger to compete or share the ninth inning with Wily Peralta. After a hot start, Brad Boxberger faded down the stretch and lost his grip on the closer role in Arizona. Entering a weak high leverage team like the Royals, Boxberger could not only usurp Peralta's role as closer, but get 20 before being dealt at the trade deadline.
RP Hunter Strickland (R) SFSEA3 - 5, 14 Saves, 45.1 IP, 37:21 K:BB, 3.97 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.41 WHIPTrying to rebuild a depleted bullpen, Seattle signed Hunter Strickland to a one-year deal. Fantasy owners will speculate on Hunter Strickland to compete for the closer role with the Mariners, but his volatility along with propensity to allow fly balls and hard hit ones. Let someone else think they're getting a flier here.
CF Billy Hamilton (B) CINKC153 Games, 504 at-bats, 74 Runs, 4 home runs, 29 RBI, 34 stolen bases, .236/.299/.327Not particularly sure why the Royals continue to pursue speedy players who lack on-base skills, but add Billy Hamilton to the roster.Kansas City proved to be an aggressive franchise on the bases, so those targeting steals, Hamilton's back on the radar. Representing the one trick pony for fantasy purposes, Billy Hamilton could be the poster boy. He steals bases, 277 in 690 career games to be exact. However, coming off of a year in which he hit a career high in fly balls, reached base less than 30 percent of the time and hit near the bottom of the order. Hamilton's career best line drive percentage accompanied his contact rate in decline along with his swinging strike percentage reaching double digits. For fantasy purposes, Hamilton can swing a league in terms of stolen bases, but he needs a solid foundation around him to balance a roster.
SP Matt Harvey (R) CINLAA7 - 9, 155 IP, 131:37 K:BB, 4.94 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 1.30 WHIPMoving back to the west coast, Matt Harvey accepted a one-year deal with the Angels. He will slot in as their second starter.This could be a case where real life matches fantasy with Matt Harvey. On a one-year contract with the Angels, Harvey could be a worthy gamble if he ditches the change-up and refines his arsenal. With the Reds, Harvey cut his ERA to 4.5 and FIP to 4.33 with a 1.23 WHIP over 128 innings. A fresh start near his roots could fuel a bounce back season for Harvey.