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Offseason Extra: Moves that matter in Fantasy

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Offseason trades and free agent signings are fun to follow, especially given the absence of actual games to watch, but they don't always create significant impacts for Fantasy owners.

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Then again, some recent moves have not only been intriguing for us as baseball fans, but have also given us reason to take notice for Fantasy purposes. This is certainly true of the recent three-team swap that sent Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to the Angels, and Adam Eaton to the White Sox. Trumbo now gets to play home games at Chase Field, which could suit his pull-hitting tendencies nicely and allow him to hit for even more power than he did as an Angel. While Angel Stadium might have put a damper on Trumbo's productivity, Santiago and Skaggs now get the benefit of pitching in that favorable environment -- and given their modest ground ball tendencies, that's a good thing. As a ground ball hitter, Adam Eaton may not be impacted much by the move from Chase Field to U.S. Cellular Field, but playing for a team with a less crowded outfield situation can only enhance his value.

Other moves may seem to have created a similar magnitude of impact on the players involved, but how much is that really the case? In this video, Scott White, Adam Aizer and I not only explore the Fantasy fallout from the Trumbo trade, but we also look into the impact that recent moves are likely to have on Doug Fister, Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Dexter Fowler, Justin Morneau and Norichika Aoki.

And because Hot Stove season isn't just for owners in shallow and standard mixed leagues, we also look at the recent game of musical chairs involving a spate of less-than-elite catchers and how it could affect owners in deeper formats.

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Blue Jays to pick up J.A. Happ's option
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Blue Jays will pick up an option on pitcher J.A. Happ, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Happ posted a 4.22 ERA over 156 innings with the club last season. Happ will return to the club for $6.7 million next year. 


Mariners activate Willie Bloomquist from 60-day DL
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Mariners have activated infielder Willie Bloomquist from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Bloomquist had microfracture surgery in August. He's not eligible to be on the 60-day DL in the offseason, but could be placed back on it next season if he still needs time to rehab. 


Dodgers decline option on Chad Billingsley
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Dodgers have declined an option on pitcher Chad Billingsley, according to the LA Times

Billingsley could have been retained for $14 million, but the club opted to buy him out for $3 million. Billingsley missed all of last season while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He made just two starts in 2013. 


Rockies outright Matt McBride to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Rockies have outrighted infielder Matt McBride to Triple-A.

McBride hit .226 over 31 at-bats with the club last season. He could have declined the assignment and become a free-agent, but opted to remain with the club. 


Mets activate Matt Harvey, Bobby Parnell from 60-day DL
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Mets have activated Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Harvey spent all of 2014 recovering after Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be 100 percent by spring training. Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery in April. 


Mets outright four to Triple-A Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Mets have outrighted four players to Triple-A Friday.

Scott Rice , Josh Satin, Buddy Carlyle and Dana Eveland all accepted their assignments and will report to Triple-A. All four players could have declined the offer and become free agents, but opted to remain with the club. 


Rangers attempt to outright three
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Rangers tried to outright three players to Triple-A Friday.

Both Ed Lucas and Alfredo Figaro accepted the assignments and will head to Triple-A. Nate Adcock declined the assignment and will become a free-agent. 


Twins outfielder Byron Buxton has surgery on finger
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton had surgery to repair a broken finger, according to the Star-Tribune.

Buxton fractured his middle finger on his right hand Monday. The issue was initially diagnosed as a dislocation, but a later evaluation revealed a fracture. The injury wasn't as bad as initially feared, and Buxton is expected to be ready for spring training. 


Blue Jays sign Jeff Francis
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Blue Jays have signed pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor-league deal, according to Sportsnet. 

Francis spent last season with three different clubs. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings.


Tigers activate Luke Putkonen, Drew VerHagen from DL
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Tigers have activated pitchers Luke Putkonen and Drew VerHagen from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

VerHagen missed most of the season due to a back injury. Putkonen had surgery in June to repair a bone spur. 


 
 
 
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