Pos  Player Old Team New Team StatsRelated PlayersBreakDown
SP Trevor Bauer (R) CINUnsigned
SP Charlie Morton (R) TBATL2-2, 38 IP, 42:10 K:BB, 4.74 ERA, 1.39 WHIPStaying 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) NYYUnsigned
SP Masahiro Tanaka (R) NYYUnsigned
SP Jake Odorizzi (R) MINUnsigned
SP Robbie Ray (L) ARITOR2-5, 51.2 IP, 6.62 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 68:45 K:BBToronto 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) CHILAA**2019: 13-9, 171 IP, 152:46 K:BB, 4.68 ERA, 3.80 SIERA, 1.39 WHIPQuintana 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) TORUnsigned
SP James Happ (L) NYYMIN2-2, 49.1 IP, 42:15 K:BB, 3.47 ERA, 4.53 SIERA, 1.05 WHIPHapp 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.
P Jonathan Lester (L) CHIWSH3-3, 61 IP, 42:17 K:BB, 5.16 ERA, 5.14 SIERA, 1.33 WHIPVeteran 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) OAKKC1-6, 56.2 IP, 62:20 K:BB, 5.56 ERA, 1.24 WHIPComing 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) OAKCWS3-1, 14 Saves, 25.1 IP, 37:3 K:BB, 1.78 ERA, 1.90 SIERA, 0.67 WHIPAfter 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) CWSUnsigned
RP Mark Melancon (R) ATLUnsigned
RP Trevor Rosenthal (R) SDUnsigned
RP Archie Bradley (R) CINPHI2-0, 6 Saves, 18.1 IP, 18:3 K:BB, 2.95 ERA, 3.44 SIERA, 1.09 WHIPAs 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) MIAUnsigned
RP Shane Greene (R) ATLUnsigned
RP Trevor May (R) MINNYM1-0, 2 Saves, 23.1 IP, 38:7 K:BB, 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIPPerhaps 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.
P Kirby Yates (R) SDTOR**2019 Stats: 0-5, 41 Saves, 60.2 IP, 101:13 K:BB, 1.19 ERA, 1.30 SIERA, 0.89 WHIPElbow 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 Sean Doolittle (L) WSHUnsigned
RP Brad Hand (L) CLEUnsigned
RP Tony Watson (L) SFUnsigned
C J.T. Realmuto (R) PHIUnsigned
C James McCann (R) CWSNYM31 G, 20 Runs, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 1 Stolen Base; .289/.360/.536Perhaps 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) STLUnsigned
C Kurt Suzuki (R) WSHLAA33 Games, 15 Runs, 2 HR, 17 RBI, SB; .270/.349/.396Suzuki 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) CLEKC60 G, 34 Runs, 8 HR, 30 RBI; .199/.349/.350Moving 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) SDUnsigned
1B Daniel Murphy (L) COLUnsigned
2B DJ LeMahieu (R) NYYNYY50 G, 41 Runs, 10 HR, 27 RBI, 3 SB; .364/.421/.590After 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) OAKUnsigned
2B César Hernández (B) CLEUnsigned
2B Jonathan Schoop (R) DETUnsigned
SS Marcus Semien (R) OAKUnsigned
SS Andrelton Simmons (R) LAAUnsigned
SS Didi Gregorius (L) PHIUnsigned
SS Ha-seong Kim () SDKBO: 138 games, 622 plate appearances, 30 HR, 109 RBI, 23 SB; .305/.397/.523Trying 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) LAUnsigned
3B Brad Miller (L) STLUnsigned
3B Maikel Franco (R) KCUnsigned
CF George Springer (R) HOUTOR51 Games, 37 Runs, 14 HR, 32 RBI, SB; .265/.359/.540No 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) HOUHOU46 Games, 24 Runs, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 2 SB; .300/.364/.476Hot 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) ATLUnsigned
CF Kevin Pillar (R) COLUnsigned
RF Ryan Braun (R) MILUnsigned
RF Adam Eaton (L) WSHCWS41 G, 22 Runs, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 3 SB; .226/.285/.384Agreed 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 Joc Pederson (L) LAUnsigned
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) BOSUnsigned
LF Shin-Soo Choo (L) TEXUnsigned
LF Adam Duvall (R) ATLUnsigned
LF Eddie Rosario (L) MINUnsigned
LF Kyle Schwarber (L) CHIWSH59 Games, 30 runs, 11 HR, 24 RBI, 1 Stolen base; .188/.308/.398Looking 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) COLTEX24 Games, 9 Runs, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 1 Stolen Base; .183/.222/.247An 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) MINUnsigned
DH Edwin Encarnación (R) CWSUnsigned