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Update June 25th:
Notes on the exceptional 2020 MLB Season
MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to play a 66-day and 60-game season in 2020. This 66-day season runs from July 24th thru September 27th. This is a season of 9 weeks and 3 days.
Here are the impacts on our fantasy baseball leagues:
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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19, which is why he wasn't in summer camp. The good news is that Santander joined the team's workouts on Tuesday, which means he could still have time to get ready for Opening Day next Friday. If healthy, he should have a starting role in Baltimore's outfield and could be a fixture in the middle of the batting order after he hit .261/.297/.476 with 20 home runs, 59 RBI and 46 runs scored in 93 games last year for the O's. The 25-year-old Venezuelan is flying under the radar in deep mixed and AL-only leagues and has some upside as a late-round pick.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich was recently added to the team's 60-man player pool. He told reporters on Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the offseason, which indicates why the team left him out of their player pool at first. Dietrich mentioned that he had few symptoms and that he is in the best shape of his life. The veteran utility man will compete for playing time with Cincy after smacking 19 home runs in 2019.
The Houston Astros placed relief pitcher Joe Smith on the restricted list on Wednesday, but Smith has not informed the team of his final intentions for the 2020 season. It was reported earlier that Smith was opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, but he hasn't made a final decision. If the 36-year-old reliever winds up skipping the season, it'll be a big loss for Houston's bullpen, as Smith was set to be one of the primary setup men in front of closer Roberto Osuna. Smith has 30 career saves in his 13 big league seasons and had a pristine 1.80 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 22 K's in 25 relief outings for the 'Stros in 2019 after coming back from injury.
New York Mets manager Luis Rojas said starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (back) is day-to-day and is going for an MRI exam on Wednesday. Rojas said it's too early to speculate on deGrom's status for Sunday's exhibition game against the Yankees and for Opening Day next Friday. The right-hander left his intrasquad start early on Tuesday after experiencing back tightness, so even if deGrom is cleared to make his Opening Day start, he probably will be a big risk for his price in DFS. deGrom won his second straight National League Cy Young award in 2019 and is an obvious elite fantasy ace, but this injury could vault Gerrit Cole to the consensus top pick among pithers.
St. Louis Cardinals infielder Brad Miller (heel) was back on the field for live batting practice at Cardinals summer camp on Wednesday. Miller was out for a few days while dealing with a heel injury, but he was never expected to miss much time and should be right on track for Opening Day. His regular season role remains somewhat in question, but he can play most of the infield positions and should get some work in the designated hitter spot as well. He put up a solid .260/.329/.565 last season while playing all over the infield and at the outfield corner spots as well.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler (back) was able to take batting practice on Wednesday at Cardinals Summer Camp. Fowler had been out for a few days with tightness in his back, but the team never seemed too concerned about it and now he's back on the field. It shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Fowler hit .238/.346/.409 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI, and 69 runs scored. He's an extremely streaky hitter worth starting in fantasy when he's hot, but hard to trust in season-long formats. He's a better fit in DFS and daily lineup leagues.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (illness) has been placed on the 10-day Injured List after testing positive for COVID-19, Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke announced after receiving permission from the players. Rodriguez was not the only player officially being placed on the IL, as left-handed pitchers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez joined the 27-year-old as members of the team who will not be able to participate in summer camp at the moment. Rodriguez carries the most fantasy value of the three pitchers on the staff, as the left-hander posted career-bests of 19 wins, 213 strikeouts and a 3.81 ERA through 34 starts and 203 1/3 innings pitched in 2019, all which resulted in career-highs. With Rodriguez (COVID-19), Chris Sale (surgery) and David Price (trade) out of the picture for the Red Sox, 30-year-old right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who has been impressive over the course of spring training and summer camp, expected to start on Opening Day against the Orioles in a favorable match-up to begin the 2020 season.
Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy(foot) is out of the lineup on Wednesday after a foul tip hit his instep on Tuesday. Murphy was struck with a foul tip at the same spot last week and ended up missing a day as well. Murphy showed a lot of power last year, hitting 18 home runs in just 281 plate appearances, though his 31% strikeout rate did offer some downside. As long as Murphy can get back to the field soon, he remains our 22nd-ranked catcher for 2020 and is a potential great source of power for two-catcher leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove will make his final intrasquad start this Saturday, which likely means he'll pitch on Opening Day on July 24 against the Cardinals. The Pirates could slot him fourth in the starting rotation to have him start the home opener on July 28, but that would require another start next week on four days of rest, which makes little sense. The 27-year-old right-hander's 2019 numbers would've looked a lot better if not for a rough month of May, but he saw improvement in his velocity in the second half of the season and is worth taking a chance on late in mixed league drafts to round out your fantasy rotation.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) had an MRI earlier this week that confirmed that he has inflammation in his lower back. Manager David Ross indicated that its still too early to determine if Rizzo will be placed on the injured list. If Rizzo misses time, catcher Victor Caratini and third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant would be most likely to play first base.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena has earned a rotation spot, according to Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro. In the tweet, Frisaro mentions that Sandy Alcantara will start on Opening Day, then some mix of Urena, Caleb Smith, and Pablo Lopez will make up the 2-4 spots in the rotation, with the fifth spot yet to be determined. Urena has proven to be a below-average starting pitcher in the past, and when given a chance to work out of the bullpen last season, he proved to be well below-average in that role as well. Despite plenty of pitching depth and exciting young arms available, the team has decided to go with Urena. Urena came up in 2015 and has accumulated just 2.8 fWAR in almost five full seasons. He's coming off a 5.21 ERA in 2019 and rarely strikes guys out. He's not a fantasy option.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara will get the Opening Day start. Manager Don Mattingly announced his Opening Day starter, and Alcantara will take the ball on July 24th against the Phillies to kick off the Marlins season. The 2019 All-Star pitched fairly well in 2019, posting a 3.88 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He doesn't miss a ton of bats and can sometimes struggle with control, as seen by his 151 strikeouts and 81 walks in 197 1/3 innings last season, but he seemed to be pitching better as the season went on. There's reason to believe Alcantara still has plenty of untapped upside, but he may not be perfectly cast as a team's ace. Still, there's certainly a space for Alcantara on most fantasy teams this season.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty will start on Opening Day. Flaherty revealed the news himself on a Zoom call, saying, "Yeah. He told me. He should probably be the one to tell you guys, but oh well," referring to manager Mike Shildt. Flaherty should be one of the best fantasy starters in the league, and is rewarded for his excellent 2019 with this season's Opening Day nod. He posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 231/55 strikeout-to-walk ratio last season. He should be one of the first starters drafted in all formats.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (neck) felt much better on Tuesday than he did on Monday, according to manager Aaron Boone. Even so, Judge was again held out of the teams intrasquad game on Tuesday and was limited to batting practice. The Yankees continue to expect Judge to recover in time for the start of the season, but what was initially characterized as a minor issue and attributed to Judge sleeping wrong has now held Judge out of games for four days. Fantasy owners should approach Judge with caution on draft day, as theres a chance that his stiff neck is related to the stress fracture in his rib.
Toronto Blue Jays corner infielder Travis Shaw is nursing some groin soreness and is considered day-to-day. He ran the bases on Tuesday but was held out of the teams intrasquad game as a precaution. With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. moving across the diamond, Shaw will man the hot corner for the Jays this year and should provide some depth to a rising lineup. Signed to a one-year deal this offseason, the 30-year-old makes an intriguing late-round power option in all fantasy formats.
San Diego Padres starter Garrett Richards cannot wait to get going in a prove-it season. The Friars projected No. 3 starter has made just 31 appearances since 2016, dealing with myriad injuries including Tommy John surgery in 2018. Richards signed a two-year deal with the Padres before last season with the intention to rehab and gear up for 2020. Neither the team nor Richards believe there will be any restrictions in his workload. A power pitcher with a career 3.60 ERA, the 32-year-old is anxious to rejuvenate his career. Wallowing on draft boards with a 272 ADP, Richards is certainly worth a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Following up on an earlier report, New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom left a Mets' intrasquad game after just one inning on Tuesday. The Mets have since reported that his early departure was due to back tightness. At this point, it is too early to determine if this will impact deGrom's availability for the start of the season in ten days. If healthy, deGrom is an SP1 in all formats. He is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted an 11-8 record, 2.43 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, with 255 strikeouts in 204 innings pitched.
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom left the Mets' intrasquad game after just one inning on Tuesday. It is unclear whether this early departure was planned or if it was unexpected. Obviously, this bears monitoring if and when the Mets provide an update. The reigning National League Cy Young winner has been in midseason form in camp. If healthy, deGrom is an SP1 in all formats and should be one of the first two pitchers taken off the board in leagues that are redrafting for the shortened season.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) has reportedly been symptom-free since leaving the hospital last Saturday. The Yankees still have not provided a public timetable for Tanakas return from his concussion, but the 31-year-old hopes to throw a bullpen session soon, and it seems likely that hell get back on the mound in the coming days. As a result, fantasy owners should continue to expect that Tanaka will miss no more than one start at the beginning of the year.
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano was back in Mets summer camp on Tuesday and was planning to practice with the team. Cano had been absent from camp over the past week. No reason for his absence has been provided by the Mets. During spring training, Cano had been strengthening his legs in an effort to avoid the quadriceps and hamstring issues that limited him to just 107 games in 2019. If healthy, the Mets will likely give Cano every opportunity to re-emerge as a productive bat in the middle of their potent lineup. That said, with only ten workout days remaining until Opening Day, it remains questionable whether Cano will be ready for action when the season opens. If Cano misses time, Jeff McNeil may move over to second base, opening up regular playing time for J.D. Davis at third base. Once fully ready to go, Cano is worth rostering in deep mixed leagues and in all NL-only formats.
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