PT TODAY: Donaldson heads to Twin Cities

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Twins | Josh Donaldson joining Twins
Free-agent 3B Josh Donaldson agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, Jan. 14, worth $92 million, according to a source. The deal includes a club option for a fifth season.   Source: MLB.com - Mark Feinsand
 
BHQ take: Donaldson, who hit 37 HR in 2019, will take over at 3B for MIN while Miguel Sano will go across the diamond to 1B. That 37-homer season was the fourth in five years in which hit smacked at least 33 homers (he hit just eight in an injury-marred 2018). At 34 years old, he carries some risk, but the second half of 2019 where he displayed power (22 HR, .971 OPS, 138 xPX), a bb% of 18% and 82 BPV show there's plenty left in the tank.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: High
Sano, Miguel        
Donaldson, Josh        
 

 
Angels | Matt Andriese joining Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Matt Andriese was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Jan. 14, in exchange for RHP Jeremy Beasley.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Recently Andriese has pitched mostly out of the pen without much luck, as suggested by a 5.00 ERA/sub-4 xERA over 150 IP during the 2018-19 seasons. But the swing-man now lands on an SP-starved club, and should get more rotation chances. Andriese's opportunity, a 50% GB% and 3-ish Cmd suggest there may be something here to work with, but a career 4.58 ERA (429 IP) says he's still a fantasy flyer at best.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Andriese, Matt        
 

 
Tigers | Ivan Nova joining Detroit
Free-agent RHP Ivan Nova agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers Monday, Jan. 13, worth $1.5 million. The deal also includes undisclosed incentives.   Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
 
BHQ take: Nova provides DET a veteran innings eater while the team awaits the arrival of a plethora of starting pitching prospects who starred in Double-A in 2019, and are likely to be pitching in Triple-A to open 2020. Nova is a control artist with pedestrian Dom, though his skills have slipped since his 2016 career year. His xERA has risen three straight seasons since, while his BPV has declined each year (2017-19).   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Nova, Ivan        
 

 
Rangers | Texas adds Todd Frazier
Free-agent 3B Todd Frazier agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers Sunday, Jan. 12, worth $5 million. The deal includes a club option for the 2021 season.   Source: The Dallas Morning News - Evan Grant
 
BHQ take: Frazier fills a void in the TEX corner infield; the question remains, which corner. For now, he's expected to man 3B most nights, but could fill in at 1B as well, especially if the Rangers acquire another 3B. Frazier rebounded last season from a poor 2018, and his power especially came on after he fully recovered from a spring oblique injury (18 HR from June 1 on). However, Frazier's plate skills overall took a bit of a second-half dip. While he's an improvement from the Rangers' other 3B options, Frazier is well past his 2014-15 peak. And don't forget, TEX opens a new ballpark with a retractable roof in 2020; it remains to be seen exactly how Globe Live Field plays, but a more neutral park seems almost certain given that it'll be 72 degrees and calm inside for most of the summer (compared to 20-30 degrees hotter and windy in Globe Life Park). So don't expect the ballpark boost for Frazier (or any TEX hitters) that the old park brought.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Med
Frazier, Todd        
 

 
 
 
National League | American League
 
Cardinals | Matt Wieters returning to Cards
Free-agent C Matt Wieters agreed to terms on one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, Jan. 19, worth $2 million. The deal includes an additional $1 million in incentives.   Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
 
BHQ take: Wieters will again back-up Yadier Molina. In the past, this meant he’d have little or no fantasy value. Molina’s C health rating, however, indicates he’s no longer the guarantee to play six times a week all season. In addition, Wieters’ 163 xPX in 2019 was a career high, albeit over only 168 at bats. Thus, Wieters should be on fantasy radar screens, especially in leagues where there’s deep player pool penetration.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Wieters, Matt        
 

 
Braves | Adeiny Hechavarria re-signs in Atlanta
Free-agent INF Adeiny Hechavarria signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Jan. 16, according to a source.  Source: ESPN - Jeff Passan
 
BHQ take: With Josh Donaldson gone, the Braves are re-upping with Hechavarria, who had a nice 61-at-bat stint with Atlanta late in 2019. Over those 61 at bats, he batted .328 with four homers and a 1.039 OPS. Of course, most of Hechavarria’s career tells a different story: his career xBA is .256, just three points better than his career BA. While he had a 108 PX during 2019, that surge only raised his career PX to 51. Expect Hechavarria to be the main infield reserve for the Braves. As such, he would only be of interest to fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Hechavarria, Adeiny        
 

 
Giants | Drew Smyly signs with SF
Free-agent LHP Drew Smyly on Thursday, Jan. 16, signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.  Source: Giants.MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Smyly struggled to a 6.24 ERA and 159 WHIP in 2019 after missing two years with arm injuries that included Tommy John surgery. But he managed to toss 114 IP last year and saved the best for last, posting a 3.65/3.99 ERA/xERA over five September starts that included a 10.9 Dom and 13% SwK as his velocity began to tick back up. The 31-year-old Smyly will find plenty of rotation opportunity in SF--and is a flyer on whom you can’t count on for much more than a hundred IP. But with health, he could surprise.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Smyly, Drew        
 

 
Marlins | Miami acquires Stephen Tarpley
New York Yankees LHP Stephen Tarpley was acquired by the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Jan. 15, in exchange for INF James Nelson and cash considerations.  Source: MLB.com - Joe Frisaro
 
BHQ take: Tarpley had decent success in the minors in 2017 and 2018, and that led to a ticket to the Bronx where he mostly pitched out of the bullpen. During his minor league career, he generally had good Ctl, but in 2019 he struggled throwing strikes in both the majors and minors. With the Yankees, his ERA was 6.93 although his xERA of 4.61 was a bit more palatable. If he can return to his earlier minor league Ctl levels, his Dom and ground ball bent may give him a shot at helping the Marlins.   —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Tarpley, Stephen        
 

 
Phillies | Philly claims Nick Martini
Cincinnati Reds OF Nick Martini was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, Jan. 14.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Martini has been bouncing around throughout 2019 and now into 2020. The Phils will be his fourth team in that span although he never suited up for the Reds. Martini is not likely to help fantasy teams. Over 245 MLB at bats, he has a .259 xBA and an unpalatable 65 PX. His arrival in Philadelphia coincides with the Phillies DFA-ing Odubel Herrera, who has tailed off considerably since his first couple of years in the Majors. In 2019, he could only manage a .243 xBA and an 80 PX over 128 at bats. In addition, the one time source of steals had none in 2019. Probably more decisive in Philadelphia’s decision to push Herrera off the 40-man roster was his 85-game suspension for domestic abuse. That and his $20 million contract makes it unlikely any team will claim him.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Martini, Nick        
Herrera, Odubel        
 

 
Cardinals | Austin Dean acquired by St. Louis
Miami Marlins OF Austin Dean was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for OF Diowill Burgos on Tuesday, Jan. 14.  Source: Cardinals.com
 
BHQ take: Dean dominated at Triple-A in 2019, compiling a 1.036 OPS; however, the offensive surge for the most part didn’t translate to the majors. Fantasy owners looking for a silver lining need to hope his September performance is a sign of things to come. Over 78 at bats, he had three homers, a .283 xBA, and a 140 PX. Going forward, there are two main questions: whether he will actually have a path to playing time in St. Louis, and if that happens, whether the September uptick is sustainable going forward.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Dean, Austin        
 

 
Dodgers | LA Dodgers bringing back Alex Wood
Free-agent LHP Alex Wood signed a one-year contract worth $4 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Jan. 12. If he is able to reach all the incentives, the deal could be worth as much as $10 million, according to a source.  Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
 
BHQ take: Lower back woes limited Wood to just 7 starts and 36 IP last year, and obviously factored into a career-worst 5.80 ERA / 1.40 WHIP. He's been good when healthy, but durability has always been an issue with Wood. Now he returns to a place where he posted a 3.68 / 3.75 ERA/xERA over 152 IP in 2018. He'll contend for a spot at the back of a loaded and crowded Dodger rotation this spring -- and is worth keeping an eye on.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Wood, Alex        

 

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