Altuve's ascension into stardom took another major leap forward in 2017 as the 27-year-old became the first Astro to bring home MVP honors since Jeff Bagwell was crowned N.L. MVP in 1994. Altuve led the American League in hits (204) for the fourth consecutive season and won the league's batting title with a career-high .346 average. His 24 home runs were also a career high and the superstar second baseman is firmly in play as the top overall player heading into 2018 fantasy drafts. The man can do it all.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did not rule out bringing someone from outside the organization in, but with Hernandez, Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero all in house, it seems they should be able to plug the hole internally. A shoulder injury cost Hernandez most of the 2017 season, but he has a career .284 average in 116 plate appearances and profiles as a quality defender at second base. Realistically, if the Red Sox go with Hernandez, he will still make way for their other internal options on occasion, and doesn't project to make enough impact with the bat over a short stretch to be useful in most formats.
This move is just a formality since there's no DL in the offseason. Harrison fractured his fifth metacarpal back in early September and there's still no guarantee that he'll be ready to go at the start of spring training in mid-February.
Coming off a season in which he hit .224 with a .678 OPS over 119 games, the Dodgers opted to pick up Forsythe's option and keep him for the 2018 season. In addition to his average falling from 2016's mark of .264, Forsythe regressed in terms of power last season as well. After logging 20 home runs and a .444 slugging percentage in 2016, Forsythe hit just six home runs to go with a .327 slugging percentage.
The Rockies declined Amarista's 2018 club option, meaning he'll receive a $150,000 buyout and will become a free agent. The 28-year-old had a disappointing .238 batting average, to go with three home runs and 19 RBI in 96 games last season.
Travis was out since early June after undergoing knee surgery to clean up the cartilage in his knee. Although the infielder was expected to make it back for the last month of the year, he suffered a setback that effectively ended any hopes of returning to the field. Over the course of 2017, he slashed .259/.291/.438 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 50 games.
No surprise here as the Astros will gladly pick up Altuve's modest contract for next season, with another club option on the horizon next year as well ($6.5 million). During the regular season, Altuve hit .346/.410/.547 with 24 home runs and 81 RBI, and then helped the team bring a World Series title home to Houston.
Miller underwent the surgery multiple weeks ago but the specifics of the procedure weren't revealed until Thursday. The surgery was performed to address issues in Miller's groin and lower abdominals, two areas that caused the veteran infielder a lot of trouble during the regular season. The surgery carries with it a six-week rehab time, so Miller should be back to full health when spring training rolls around.
Descalso hit just .233 for the Diamondbacks in 2017, but the veteran utility player walked at a career-best 12.1 percent clip and will be owed just $2 million on the final year of his contract. The 31-year-old is a better real life player than fantasy asset, so he can likely be left off your fantasy radar heading into 2018 drafts.
Romine hit .233/.289/.336 with four home runs and 25 RBI during 124 games with the Tigers this past season, and will join the Mariners as a super-utility man. The 32-year-old is set to be the fourth or fifth outfielder for Seattle, while filling in for Robinson Cano, Jean Segura and Kyle Seager in the infield when they need some rest.