This league was disbanded because it was not full prior to the scheduled draft time.
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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New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton will be the teams primary closer if closer Aroldis Chapman isnt ready for the start of the season, according to manager Aaron Boone. Chapman was diagnosed with coronavirus on Saturday and has been showing symptoms, so fantasy owners should expect Britton to start the season as the closer for the Yankees. An elite reliever with a 1.83 ERA since 2014, Britton becomes a strong value pick at his 498 ADP. Even if Chapman only misses the first week of the season, Britton should be a top-tier fantasy closer during that time, making Britton draftable around pick 200 or earlier depending on Chapman's recovery.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Gerson Bautista hit 101 mph with a fastball during an intrasquad game on Saturday, but his next pitch came out at 94 mph and he threw one more pitch before something looked wrong. Athletic trainer Rob Nodine came to the mound to check with Bautista before they both walked off moments later. The 25-year-old appeared to be favoring his right arm when he left. Bautista made just eight appearances (two starts) for the M's in 2019, allowing 11 earned runs and walking nine in nine innings. He allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in five outings with the Mets in 2018 and was just hoping to make the team this year. By the looks of it, Bautista won't be ready by July 24. Stay tuned for updates.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) played catch on Saturday for the second time since suffering a concussion one week before. Tanaka is still in the concussion protocol and the Yankees are taking his recovery slowly, but the 31-year-old is reportedly acting like his normal self and has been progressing well. Manager Aaron Boone hasnt placed a timetable on Tanakas return, but it seems like hell begin pitching again within the next week, putting him in line to miss no more than one start to begin the season.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (neck) has had his stiff neck attributed to sleeping wrong, and the team is optimistic that the 28-year-old will be back in the lineup on Sunday. Judge was held out of Saturdays intrasquad game with a stiff neck, but manager Aaron Boone isnt particularly worried and expects Judges absence to be brief. It makes sense that the Yankees are being extra cautious with Judge, but fantasy owners should wait for Judge to get back in the lineup before drafting him to be certain that his stiff neck isnt related to the stress fracture in his rib.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin (back) is day-to-day with back spasms and has yet to face hitters in game situations in summer camp, according to manager Joe Girardi. If he's ready for the start of the regular season, Eflin projects to be the club's No. 4 starter. The 26-year-old right-hander had a career-low 4.13 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 129 strikeouts and 48 walks in 32 games (28 starts) over 163 1/3 innings. He can be very inconsistent on a start-to-start basis and his career 6.8 K/9 leaves a lot to be desired from fantasy owners. Eflin will need to pitch well throughout the year to keep his rotation spot, and the fact that he's behind the other pitchers with less than two weeks to go until Opening Day isn't good. You can find better options with more upside late in deep mixed drafts.
San Diego Padres second baseman Brian Dozier isn't expected to be added to the team's 60-man player pool in the upcoming week, meaning he can opt out of his contract on July 18. Instead of Dozier, it seems likely the Padres will add a relief pitcher in the wake of recent injuries to Jose Castillo (lat) and Trey Wingenter (elbow). The Friars player pool currently sits at 54 players, but it remains unlikely that they'll fill all 60 spots in the coming week. Dozier, 33, was an All-Star with the Twins in 2015 when he hit .236 with 28 home runs and 12 steals, and he also had a career-high 42 round-trippers the year after. But the power has disappeared the last couple of seasons and the strikeouts have gone up. At this point in his career, Dozier has become infield depth.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Socrates Brito is back in summer camp on Saturday after he confirmed his positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Brito is just hoping to somehow crack the team's Opening Day roster, but his late arrival to camp will make that even more of a long shot. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter was decent on the farm in the Blue Jays organization last year, but he has a career .179/.216/.309 slash line with only five home runs, 18 RBI and three stolen bases in 99 games with the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays. Even if he were to make Pittsburgh's roster, Brito would be nothing more than outfield depth at the big league level.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (neck) was removed from the lineup for Saturday's intrasquad game with a stiff neck. Judge finally returned to hitting against live pitching recently after recovering from a stress fracture in his rib, and it's possible that his stiff neck is related to that injury. If Judge's neck issue is related to his stress fracture, then it's likely that he'll require surgery and miss the entire season. Fantasy owners should be extremely cautious about drafting Judge before additional updates as a result and monitor the situation closely.
Boston Red Sox third base prospect Bobby Dalbec has been cleared to resume summer camp workouts with the team after previously testing positive for COVID-19. He will join the team at Fenway Park on Sunday. The 25-year-old should be on the team's roster at some point in 2020, but it remains to be seen how much playing time he'll get, but the good news is he can provide depth for the BoSox both at third and first base. In 135 games split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2019, Dalbec hit .239/.356/.460 with 27 home runs, 73 RBI, 69 runs scored and six stolen bases. We're not expecting him to be much of a factor in redraft leagues in 2020, but he's a prime dynasty asset for his power upside at the corner infield spots.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (back) is being held back a bit in camp because he's dealing with a little bit of a stiff back, but manager Joe Maddon said he's still on schedule to make his next intrasquad outing. Ohtani is feeling well and it's "nothing alarming." It's probably not much to worry about, but when you consider that he was extremely wild in his first game action at summer camp and the fact he's returning from Tommy John surgery, suddenly the former American League Rookie of the Year in 2018 is becoming more risky as a potential No. 2 fantasy starter with a current ADP of 129. There remains plenty of upside with both his arm and his bat, but the Angels might handle him more cautiously during the 60-game season.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShieldsis back with the team after testing positive for COVID-19. He has now tested negative twice after his positive test prior to summer camp. Projected to be the Tribe's fourth outfielder in 2020, DeShields offers some cheap speed late in drafts in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. He racked up 106 stolen bases and 288 runs scored in his five seasons with the Texas Rangers from 2015 to 2019.
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. returned to workouts Saturday and got in a full session. The 21-year-old missed the past couple days feeling under the weather. Hes tested negative for COVID-19 several times. After a back injury cut his sensational 2019 rookie season short, Tatis will look to build off his .969 OPS, 22 homers and 16 steals in just 84 games. Hes a consensus top-20 pick in drafts as a potential five category fantasy monster.
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo stated Saturday that he plans to open the season with a five-man rotation, with Trent Thornton penciled in as the fifth starter. The right-hander held an underwhelming 4.84 ERA in 29 starts for the club a season ago and will face a tough schedule primarily against his AL East division rivals. Thornton wont hold much fantasy value in 2020 outside of some streaming appeal in AL-only formats.
On Saturday, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (heel, ankle) stated that he "know[s] for certain I will be ready [for Opening Day]." It appears that Cespedes is well on the road to full health ahead of the MLB season opener in late July. He will likely serve as the Mets regular designated hitter during the shortened season. Owners should note, though, that Cespedes may face competition for playing time from Dominic Smith, Melky Cabrera, and J.D. Davis at DH or in left field. Nevertheless, if Cespedes is fully healthy, he is a great buy-low candidate with tremendous upside in all formats.
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in signing free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and have made at least one offer, according to a source. It probably has something to do with the fact that Anthony Santander and Dwight Smith Jr. have yet to arrive at summer camp, but Puig would be an upgrade to Baltimore's outfield regardless. Puig's power would also play very nicely at hitter-friendly Camden Yards and in the American League East. The 29-year-old would likely be an everyday player with the O's as well, which would make him an attractive fantasy outfielder after he hit 24 home runs and stole 19 bases in 2019 with the Reds and Indians. He could be a steal at his current 185 ADP if he lands in Baltimore. Stay tuned.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) is playing catch at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Tanaka was diagnosed with a mild concussion last weekend after he took a Giancarlo Stanton line drive to the head exactly a week ago. But he's been symptom-free in the last week and was riding a stationary bike during the week. There's still a bit of a question if he'll be good to go by Opening Day, but things are looking good. The 31-year-old had a disappointing 4.45 ERA and 7.37 K/9 in 2019 and he's much more attractive for DFS purposes on the road. The Japanese right-hander gets burned by the long ball too often as well, making him more of a back-end fantasy arm for your mixed league rotations.
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman tested positive for COVID-19, according to manager Aaron Boone. "He has mild symptoms, but hes doing well," Boone said. The hard-throwing lefty closer will be out for the foreseeable future, and with just under two weeks until Opening Day on July 23, there's a chance that Chapman won't be ready now. Zach Britton, another lefty, could be the natural fit for the ninth inning if the Yanks don't have Chapman for the start of the regular season. Before this news Chapman was considered a top-three fantasy closer because of his elite strikeout rate. He'll likely slip a bit depending on when he gets cleared to return, but it could also make him a value pick. Britton is a valuable handcuff.
The Kansas City Royals announced on Saturday that catcher Cam Gallagher has tested positive for COVID-19. Gallagher isn't showing any symptoms, but he'll need two negative tests in order to return to the team. The backstop hit a home run in the intrasquad game on Friday night. This is especially troubling for the Royals with Salvador Perez and Meibrys Viloria also out for the time being. Nick Dini, Freddy Fermin, Oscar Hernandez, MJ Melendez and Sebastian Rivera are the options not on the 40-man roster. Gallagher, 27, played in 45 games in 2019 and hit just .238 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. With Perez expected to see most of the starts this year, Gallagher is an afterthought.
Philadelphia Phillies infielder/outfielder Scott Kinger, who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, was cleared and rejoined the team on Saturday. He took part in batting practice but won't play in the scrimmage. The Phillies will ease him back into things after he suffered from some symptoms. There's a chance that Kingery is used more as a utility player to begin the season if he's not up to full speed by then. Still, he's attractive at his current 180 ADP because of his multi-position eligibility and power/speed profile as one of the team's former top prospects. The 26-year-old had a .258/.315/.474 slash line, 19 home runs, 55 RBI, 64 runs and 15 stolen bases in 126 games last year and has 25 steals in his two seasons in the big leagues.
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that starting pitcher Cole Hamels (triceps) scrapped his planned side session on Saturday because he had some triceps tendinitis. "I think we're probably a week away from seeing where he's going to be," Snitker said. Hamels missed spring training earlier this year because of a left shoulder strain, so this isn't what you want to see from an aging 36-year-old pitcher entering the season. At this point, we'd be surprised if he were ready for Opening Day on July 24. The southpaw can still provide decent strikeout numbers and is in a good situation in Atlanta, but the decline is real and his arrow is firmly pointing down right now. We wouldn't blame you if you're staying away in mixed leagues.
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