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Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
Should Manny Machado or Bryce Harper sign with an American League team, they will become protected in all AL-Only drafts that are in progress. Al-Only only drafts beginning after their signings will have them included in the player pool.
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The New York Mets signed free-agent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training on Sunday, according to a source. Hechavarria is a defense-first infielder that will provide veteran depth behind starter Amed Rosario. Hechavarria is a career .254 hitter with a .635 OPS over seven seasons in the majors. He hit .247 with six home runs and a .624 OPS in 94 games with three different teams in 2018. Hechavarria is no lock to make the Opening Day roster and can be ignored in most leagues.
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (elbow) will have a doctor's assessment in the beginning of March, at which point he could be cleared to begin a hitting program shortly thereafter. He has already been cleared to throw. Gregorius is likely to miss around half the season after having Tommy John surgery, which means you should avoid drafting him in mixed leagues in 2019. He was one of the better fantasy shortstops when healthy in 2018, though, so he's worth stashing in AL-only leagues. Some combination of Troy Tulowitzki and Gleyber Torres should man the 6 until Gregorius is fully healthy.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is the front-runner to be the team's leadoff hitter this year, according to manager Aaron Boone. The Yanks will also flirt with Aaron Judge in the top spot against lefties, but Boone said that scenario is less likely. Hicks is a bit of an injury concern, but leading off for one of the best offenses in baseball will make him very attractive in fantasy. The 29-year-old hit .248/.366/.467 with 27 home runs, 79 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 137 games for the Bombers. He'd be a solid third or fourth outfielder and would also provide plenty of runs. If he's hitting leadoff, it means veteran Brett Gardner would hit at the bottom of the order.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said the team is considering using first baseman Carlos Santana in the outfield this year. Santana could also serve as the primary designated hitter if Jake Bauers ends up playing first base regularly. The 32-year-old Santana has played only 10 games in the outfield in his career after spending most of his time at third base, catcher and first base. Gaining outfield eligibility would be nice, but his stock is on the decline after he hit just .229 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI in 161 games with the Phillies last year. The 32-year-old switch-hitter still has some power and is a good on-base asset, but he can be drafted as a corner infielder in the later rounds of mixed leagues.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols (knee) said his knee is healthy and that he'll be ready for Opening Day. He is unsure if he will play in Cactus League games right away, but he'll be fine for the start of the regular season. The 39-year-old was limited to just 465 at-bats last year due to injury, and he's starting to see his skills decline rapidly. He hit .245/.289/.411 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI for the Halos last season. Pujols has become a big injury risk and is in danger of losing regular playing time to Justin Bour at first base whenever Shohei Ohtani (elbow) makes his debut as the designated hitter. At this point in his career, it's hard to justify owning him in mixed leagues.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter/starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is hoping he can move to hitting off a tee in the next week. Ohtani is a two-way star that won American League Rookie of the Year in 2018, but he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and won't pitch at all in 2019. He also is unlikely to be ready to make his season debut as a DH until sometime in May, which drops his fantasy value quite a bit. The Japanese star still has plenty of power and can run, so he's worth stashing in the middle rounds. Keep a close eye on his progress this spring.
Things are heating up with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper, and the Philadelphia Phillies are now the favorites to sign him, although nothing is official as of Sunday. His deal will be a long-term one and he has multiple long-term offers for more than $300 million on the table. However, the market is "evolving." The Padres have also reportedly made a strong offer to Harper, but it's unknown if they will go as far as the Phils. The 26-year-old hit a disappointing .249 last year but still managed to hit 34 home runs and drive in 100 runs. Moving to Philadelphia would give him an even higher ceiling in an excellent hitting park and in a much-improved lineup.
The San Diego Padres are believed to have made serious offers for both free-agent shortstop Manny Machado and outfielder Bryce Harper. Their bid for Machado is believed to be for around $250 million and eight years. Their bid for Harper is believed to be for more than that. Recent word in Miami circles has been that Machado is going to take the highest dollar amount. The Padres could be the unlikely favorite to Machado if they're offering him the most money. He would start at shortstop in San Diego and then move over to third base when Fernando Tatis Jr. is deemed ready. Machado is a first-round fantasy pick regardless, but going to San Diego would be the least appealing place he could wind up from a fantasy perspective.
The Milwaukee Brewers re-signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal on Sunday, according to sources. His numbers were down from his final season with the Royals, and he hit .251/.315/.459 with 49 walks, 103 strikeouts and 28 home runs with Milwaukee in 2018. He was traded to the Brew Crew at midseason and hit .256 with eight homers and 33 RBI in 54 games for them to close out the year. He's unlikely to ever surpass the 38 homers he hit in 2017, but a return to Milwaukee is good for his fantasy value as a third baseman to target in the late middle rounds. His return is bad news for Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez. Travis Shaw will likely shift back to second base now.
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly said that outfielder Curtis Granderson is a possible leadoff hitter for the team this season. The Fish plan to experiment with many different lineups, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old has been good at getting on base in his healthy 15-year career. Grandy hit .242/.351/.431 with 13 long balls and 38 RBI in 123 games with the Blue Jays and Brewers last year and could be a platoon option against right-handers in the outfield with his new club. He's in a bad hitting environment and doesn't steal bases anymore, but hitting leadoff regularly would be a boost to his DFS and NL-only value.
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said that third baseman Miguel Sano suffered a heel laceration while in the Dominican Republic and the team will have it checked out. The 25-year-old slugger was slowed by injury and ineffectiveness in 2018, hitting a putrid .199/.281/.398 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in just 266 at-bats. His injury doesn't seem very serious, but he's worth watching this spring. His fantasy stock is obviously way down, but Sano has raw power that very few possess and could bounce back if he stays healthy. Use a late-round flier on him if your team is in need of some extra pop.
Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez intends to have catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki split playing time this year. Both Gomes and Suzuki had strong 2018 seasons, but they are both on board with a timeshare at the position and are hoping it'll make the team stronger overall. Gomes was an All-Star last year, posting a .726 OPS and 2.6 wins above replacement. Suzuki had a .776 OPS and 2.1 WAR in a timeshare in Atlanta. Both catchers will also see late-inning pinch-hit duties if they don't start that day. Gomes has the better offensive skill set and is likely to see more starts, but with both of them sharing time it limits their fantasy upside. Gomes is a low-end catcher in normal mixed leagues, but they're both better off used as your second backstop in two-catcher leagues.
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that outfielder Michael Brantley will play some right field in spring training in addition to left field, but it's unlikely that he will play any first base. Brantley stayed healthy all year in 2018 for the first time in three years and hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He should mostly play left field in Houston and also occasionally serve as a designated hitter. He'll give you double-digit stolen bases and homers if healthy and he's in another potent offense. Brantley is a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed setups, but it'd be even nice if he would've had first base eligibility.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames, who will enter 2019 as the starting shortstop, said that he eliminated the toe tap in his swing and will only have a leg kick this year. If he struggles with the adjustment early on, he'll go back to his toe tap. Adames finished his rookie season with a .278/.348/.406 slash line, 10 home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in his first 85 games for the Rays. The 23-year-old has a modest mix of power and speed and should only get better, making him an intriguing late-round middle infield flier in deep mixed leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow is working with pitching coach Kyle Snyder to become quicker to the plate to help him remain more consistent in the strike zone and to contain the opponent's running game. The 6-foot-8 right-hander is expected to be the team's No. 3 starter in 2019. As a result, he's seen improvement in his velocity and has been hovering around 98.7 mph, according to manager Kevin Cash. "Everybody that has faced him has said that it's not a fun at-bat," Cash said. "Now it's finding that consistency. But we need to give him a little more margin of error given that he's 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8. He's filling up the zone right now." Glasnow finished off 2018 strong and will be a breakout candidate in 2019.
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training on Saturday. The 32-year-old former All-Star and Gold Glove winner will give the team experience and middle infield depth for 2019. He hit just .231/.279/.313 with 29 extra-base hits and 34 RBI in 140 games for the Royals last year. Perhaps his biggest asset is his durability, as Escobar has played in all 162 games in three of the last five seasons. Even if Escobar wins the shortstop job out of camp, he'll have limited upside in AL-only leagues.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith (elbow, forearm) is expected to be a spectator in camp for at least seven to 10 days while dealing with a sore right throwing arm. Manager Scott Servais said he doesn't know if this will impact Smith's availability for the two-game series in Japan or the team's home opener. Smith thinks it's a minor setback from him trying to come back too soon and ramp it up too quickly. He should be cleared to resume hitting soon and could be fine for the start of the season. Smith hit .296/.367/.406 with two homers, 65 runs scored and 40 stolen bases last year for Tampa and is a great source of steals again in 2019, as he's set to be the team's regular center fielder.
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway said first base prospect Peter Alonso is "probably the most improved defensive guy" the coaches have seen "in a long time." Alonso is ranked as MLB Pipeline's No. 51 prospect in 2019 after hitting .285/.395/.579 with a whopping 36 home runs and 119 RBI in 132 games with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last year. The 24-year-old has some of the most power upside of any prospect in baseball and should be starting in New York this year sooner rather than later. He should already be stashed in dynasty/keeper leagues and would immediately become relevant in mixed leagues if he's brought up to the big leagues.
The Atlanta Braves may move outfielder Ronald Acuna to the cleanup spot this year, but manager Brian Snitker said Acuna may still get his wish and remain atop the lineup. Outfielder Ender Inciarte struggled in the leadoff spot in the first half last year, and Acuna thrived when he was moved to leadoff in the second half. Acuna hit .328 with 19 home runs and a 1.042 OPS in over 301 plate appearances when hitting first on his way to National League Rookie of the Year. "If it was up to me personally, I'd like to stay in the leadoff spot, simply because I like hitting there," Acuna said. "But obviously those types of decisions are out of my control. The only thing I can control is to work hard and do my best." The young phenom would have more chances to drive in runs hitting cleanup, but he'd receive more plate appearances and probably run more if he's hitting leadoff. Either way, he's a top-15 fantasy talent with major upside.
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (elbow) is progressing from arthroscopic surgery he had a month ago to remove bone chips. He has been hitting in the cage and fielding ground balls at third base and on Saturday he progressed to throwing past 90 feet. Bregman estimated he was throwing at 90 to 95 percent intensity, too. He broke out in 2018 and finished fifth in the American League MVP voting and is expected to be ready to play in spring training games in early March. Bregman is one of the best young players in the game. Don't let his injury dissuade you from considering him in the late first round of drafts.
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