Robinson Cano's move to Seattle shouldn't change Fantasy value
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With Robinson Cano
joining the Mariners for the next decade, the .309 career hitter should keep his Fantasy owners sated. Cano has hit 25 or more home runs in each of the last five seasons, and his average hasn't dipped below .302 in that span.
Fantasy owners in Points leagues will continue to enjoy the reliability of 40 doubles, while Roto owners may see a slight downgrade in runs and RBI -- although with plenty of money and time, the Mariners could make a few more moves to bolster their lineup. There also shouldn't be much to worry about with his new home park's dimensions; Seattle brought in the fences before last season (although mainly to Cano's opposite field), and, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, all of Cano's 2013 home runs would have been gone in Safeco.
Essentially, Cano's value remains the same as it was before. In both our H2H mock draft and our Roto mock draft, he went in the first four picks. Don't expect that to change with his new home.
Yankees, Kelly Johnson agree to deal
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The Yankees and free-agent second baseman Kelly Johnson
have agreed on a deal
, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. The one-year deal is believed to worth about $3 million.
Johnson hit .235/.305/.410 in 366 at-bats last season.
Several teams looking in on Mark Ellis
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FOXSports.com reports that the Royals, Rays and Dodgers are among several teams who have an interest in free agent second baseman Mark Ellis
. According to an earlier report, the Orioles were also considering signing Ellis.
In 126 games, Ellis hit .270 with six home runs and 48 RBI for the Dodgers in 2013.
Reds less inclined to trade Brandon Phillips
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According to FOXSports.com, the Reds are not likely to trade
second baseman Brandon Phillips
this offseason. Earlier reports indicated the Reds were eager to deal Phillips and that he could be with another team by the end of the Winter Meetings, but they have not been actively looking to trade him.
Phillips still has four years and $50 million left on a six-year, $72.5 million contract.
Infielder Alberto Gonzalez
has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Padres.
Gonzalez saw just 57 at-bats in the majors last season split between the Yankees and the Cubs. He's a .239/.275/.315 career hitter in 950 at-bats.
Report: Athletics acquire Jim Johnson for Jemile Weeks
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The Orioles finally found a buyer for closer Jim Johnson
prior to Monday's non-tender deadline, as FOXSports.com reports Johnson has been traded
to the Athletics for infielder Jemile Weeks
. Johnson is projected to earn at least $10 million in arbitration, after making $6.5 million last season while posting a 2.94 ERA and his second 50-save season in a row in 2013.
Weeks is a former first-round pick who has failed to live up to expectations in parts of three seasons in the majors. He appeared in just eight games for the Athletics last season, and has a career .258/.319/.357 line in 859 at-bats.
Nationals GM lukewarm on Anthony Rendon
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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told MLB.com that he would not guarantee what role Anthony Rendon
would play on the team in 2014. When asked if Rendon would return to the role of starting second baseman, Rizzo replied, "I don't know where he is going to play or what he is going to do."
As a rookie in 2013, Rendon hit .265 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 98 games.
Chris Getz won't get arbitration
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The Royals non-tendered second baseman Chris Getz
on Monday, as reported by MLB.com, and he is now a free agent.
Getz signed one-year deals with the Royals in each of his last two seasons, thus avoiding arbitration, and this would have been his final season of arbitration eligibility.
Royals infielder Emilio Bonifacio
has drawn "steady interest"
from other teams as a trade target, the Kansas City Star
Bonifacio, who is eligible for arbitration this offseason, hit .243/.295/.331 with three home runs, 31 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 420 at-bats between the Blue Jays and Royals last season, performing far better at the plate in his time with the Royals.
Jose Altuve to skip winter ball
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The Houston Chronicle
reports that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will not play in the Venezuelan Winter League
this season. Altuve had been on the roster for Magallanes, but he decided he will come back to Houston to prepare for next season.
In his third season with the Astros, Altuve hit .283 with 35 stolen bases.