PT TODAY: 2017 Winter Meetings Roundup

Team-by-team playing time allocation charts can be found in our Teamview pages.

National League | American League
Cardinals | St. Louis acquires Marcell Ozuna
Miami Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Dec. 13, in exchange for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen and LHP Daniel Castano, according to a source.  Source: The Miami Herald - Clark Spencer
BHQ take: Ozuna will undoubtedly be an everyday outfielder with St. Louis, along with Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham. Even with Stephen Piscotty headed west, the Cards have an abundance of outfielders with Randall Grichuk and Jose Martinez already in St. Louis and Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill waiting in the wings. Martinez will likely get some playing time at first, but the others will be fighting for time as the fourth and fifth outfielders. As for Ozuna, he's coming off a 2017 in which he returned $31 after three seasons in which he returned about $15 a season. Notably neither his xBA nor his xPX support the numbers he put up, so while he's good, owners should expect some regression from his breakout 2017 numbers even if St. Louis is a slightly better hitting venue than Miami.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: High
O Neill, Tyler        
Martinez, Jose        
Grichuk, Randal        
Ozuna, Marcell        

Marlins | Marcell Ozuna traded by Miami
Miami Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Dec. 13, in exchange for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen and LHP Daniel Castano, according to a source.  Source: The Miami Herald - Clark Spencer
BHQ take: While the Marlins continue to clean house, this time they appear to have at least acquired a few useful pieces in return for Marcell Ozuna. Both Sierra and Alcantara were on St. Louis' top prospects list a year ago and both had cups of coffee with the Cards during 2017. Alcantara, who can hit 100 regularly on the radar gun, had seemed ticketed for the bullpen, at least temporarily, but with the depleted Marlins he is likely to get a shot at the rotation at some time during 2018. With both Ozuna and Stanton gone, Sierra has a path to regular time in the Miami outfield at some point in 2018, but many believe he may be a better major leaguer than fantasy major leaguer. He has only 11 homers over five minor league seasons although he does have 97 steals during that time. Gallen, a third round pick out of North Carolina in 2016, might also see the majors at some point in 2018. He started 2017 in High-A and finished at Triple-A. Overall, he had a 2.97 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 147.2 innings.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: High
Gallen, Zac       
Alcantara, Sandy  
Sierra, Magneuris  

Nationals | Washington re-signs Brandon Kintzler
The Washington Nationals reached agreement with free-agent RHP Brandon Kintzler on a two-year contract Wednesday, Dec. 13. The deal is pending Kintzler passing his physical.  Source: FOX Sports - Ken Rosenthal
BHQ take: Kintzler returns to Washington where he spent the last two months of 2017, handling the 7th inning duties for the Nationals in an admirable fashion. Kintzler's calling card is an ability to induce ground balls, but his Dom -- 4.9 in 2017 and 5.1 for his career -- and his 2017 xERA (4.31) suggests he may not be able to replicate his low three ERA in 2018. Also with Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle ahead of him, seeing more than a handful of saves is unlikely.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: Med
Kintzler, Brandon        

Mets | Anthony Swarzak agrees with Mets
Free-agent RHP Anthony Swarzak (Brewers) agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the New York Mets Wednesday, Dec. 13, according to sources.  Source: Newsday - Marc Carig
BHQ take: Swarzak is coming off a career year in which his velocity spiked, and with that, he experienced a big leap in Dom to 10.6 along with a very good Cmd of 4.1. His xERA of 3.37 is probably what to expect rather than his real ERA of 2.33, but that's good enough to make him a solid part of the back end of the Mets' bullpen. Who knows, if new Met manager Mickey Callaway sticks to his plan to not name a single closer, he could be in the mix for a few saves during 2018.   —Phil Hertz
Impact: Med
Swarzak, Anthony        

Phillies | Tommy Hunter finds new home in Philadelphia
Free-agent RHP Tommy Hunter (Rays) agreed to a two-year contract worth approximately $18 million with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, Dec. 12.  Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
BHQ take: Hunter joins Pat Neshek as veteran acquisitions for the Phillies' bullpen. Together they are expected to be the primary setup men for closer Hector Neris. Hunter had a 2.61 ERA in 2017, but his xERA was about a half run higher, as he benefitted from a high strand rate. Nevertheless, he should be a solid contributor for the back end of the Phillies' bullpen. Neshek has been a solid middle reliever for several years, and 2017 -- much of it spent with the Phils -- was no different. He had an xERA of 3.25 (real ERA of 1.59) with a 10.0 Dom and an 0.9 Ctl. Like Hunter, he should be a solid contributor for the Phils.   —Phil Hertz
Impact: Med
Hunter, Tommy        
Neshek, Pat        

Padres | Chase Headley to Padres
New York Yankees 3B Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell were acquired by the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Dec. 12, in exchange for a package including OF Jabari Blash.  Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
BHQ take: SD's 3B spot is already occupied by Cory Spangenberg and Yangervis Solarte, suggesting another move in the works—perhaps a flip of Headley, whose final year and $13M look superfluous on a rebuilder. Obviously the key here was Mitchell, who posted intriguing Triple-A numbers—3.25 ERA, 66/13 K/BB with a big GB tilt in 64 IP—in 2017, mostly as a starter. The 26-year-old has struggled at the MLB level (4.94/4.90 ERA/xERA over 98 IP in a mixed role over the past four seasons), and had seemingly run his course with NYY. In advance of their pending pitching prospect wave expected over the next couple of seasons, the Padres have plenty of immediate rotation and bullpen issues; apparently Mitchell's potential (and whatever they can get for Headley) was worth this gamble. Reserve OF Blash's departure does nothing material to SD's immediate OF outlook.   —Jock Thompson
Impact: High
Mitchell, Bryan        
Headley, Chase        

Cubs | Brandon Morrow agrees with Cubs
Free-agent RHP Brandon Morrow (Dodgers) agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the Chicago Cubs Monday, Dec. 11. He'll earn $9 million in 2018, $9 million in 2019 with a vesting $12 million option for 2020 and a $3 million buyout.  Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
BHQ take: Former starter Morrow likely will get a shot at being a saves source for CHC after his 2017 featured rising Dom and Ctl gains. His injury history and BPV/BPX fluctuations underscore the risk factor here. He is likely to be a key late-inning reliever for CHC, though it's unclear he can stay healthy enough to build on his career-best 2017 skills.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: High
Morrow, Brandon        

Pirates | Jung Ho Kang released from winter ball
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang was released from his Dominican Winter League team following 24 games. Kang, who spent all of 2017 on the restricted list, hit .143 in his winter stint.  Source: Yonhap News
BHQ take: If you were counting on Kang, who had a rough winter stint trying to get in baseball shape, for part of the 2018 season, we have some disappointing news: The Pirates aren't. “We've gone into this offseason with the assumption that Jung Ho, regrettably, will not be part of our 2018 team, so (GM) Neal (Huntington) is building the team under that assumption,” Pirates President Frank Coonelly said at a team fan festival on Saturday, Dec. 9. There's plenty of time between now and Opening Day for this to play out, but for now, the Pirates are exploring a third-base-by-committee approach. The idea would include giving Adam Frazier, Josh Harrison, Max Moroff and Sean Rodriguez action at the hot corner to spell David Freese, who played 116 games there in 2017—a total the Pirates think is too high. If this plan comes to fruition, Frazier and Rodriguez could see a bump in AB. With this news, we're taking Kang's projected playing time down to zero and will readjust when necessary.  —Rick Green
Impact: High
Rodriguez, Sean        
Moroff, Max        
Frazier, Adam        
Kang, Jung-ho        
Freese, David        
Harrison, Josh        

American League | National League
Rangers | Chris Martin lands with Texas
The Texas Rangers signed RHP Chris Martin (Japan) to a two-year contract worth $4 million on Monday, Dec. 11.  Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
BHQ take: Martin is an intriguing signing—not by looking at his MLB stats, mind you (career 6.19 ERA). But in the last two seasons, Martin has been one of the best relievers in Japan. He posted a 1.32 ERA over the two years, with a 1.3 Ctl and 9.3 Dom, both top-ten in the NPB. His fanalytic impact will probably be low, but he could make for a low-cost stash in very deep leagues where holds and reliever WHIP are factors.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Martin, Christopher  

Athletics | Stephen Piscotty lands in Oakland
St. Louis Cardinals OF Stephen Piscotty was acquired by the Oakland Athletics Thursday, Dec. 14, in exchange for SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock.  Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Susan Slusser
BHQ take: Piscotty will fill a corner OF spot for OAK. The deal also allows Piscotty to move closer to his mother, who was diagnosed in May with ALS. It seems likely that news affected the now 27-year-old's play last season, but a big second-half step back is still noteworthy, as Piscotty's power skills (76 xPX) and contact rate (71%) collapsed. Piscotty also moves from a poor HR home park in STL to an awful one in OAK, so that won't help his power numbers, either. Still, he fared better in full 2015 and 2016 seasons, so there's certainly hope for a rebound as he reaches peak age. Piscotty doesn't project as a top-tier corner OF by any measure, but expect him to exceed his 2017 output in perhaps more comfortable surroundings near home.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: High
Piscotty, Stephen        

Angels | Ian Kinsler traded to Angels
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired 2B Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for RHP Wilkel Hernandez and OF Troy Montgomery on Wednesday, Dec. 13.  Source: Detroit Free Press - Anthony Fenech
BHQ take: Obviously Kinsler slots into the 2B slot now vacated by free agent Brandon Phillips, and ensures that at best, Kaleb Cowart will be a utility backup at this position. The 35-year-old Kinsler is coming off a career-worst .236 BA, but an 84% ct%, 126 HctX and uncharacteristically poor 24% h% all suggest that a rebound is likely. His 22 HR and 14 SB indicate that Kinsler may be undervalued entering draft season.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: High
Cowart, Kaleb        
Kinsler, Ian M        

Astros | Houston adding Joe Smith
Free-agent RHP Joe Smith (Indians) agree to terms on a two-year deal with the Houston Astros Wednesday, Dec. 12, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.  Source: - Brian McTaggart
BHQ take: The rich get a tad richer. Smith missed a month with some shoulder woes beginning in June, but he rebounded with a vengeance, showing the best skills of his MLB career -- including a 2.65 ERA (3.33 ERA), 11.8 Dom, 1.7 Ctl and a 50% GB% over 54 IP. He'll likely slot into a late-inning setup role and be a candidate for a handful of saves on demand.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: High
Smith, Joe M        

Mariners | Seattle adds Juan Nicasio
Free-agent RHP Juan Nicasio (Cardinals) agreed a two-year contract with the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, Dec. 13, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed.  Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
BHQ take: SEA also traded international slot money for RHP Shawn Armstrong on the same date, adding two RHP to a now-crowded scene in their bullpen. Of the two, Nicasio is the more proven commodity, having excelled since converting to relief midway through 2016. His first full season in the role was terrific, as he maintained a solid K rate (9.0) while cutting his walks (2.5 Ctl) keyed by an elite 67% FpK in 2017. Nicasio will vie for a setup role with SEA. Armstrong, meanwhile, is out of options, having shuttled between CLE and the minors for the last three seasons. Armstrong's double-digit swinging-strike rate shows some K upside, and he has typically kept the ball in the yard. But his control has wavered at times, and he failed to capitalize after making the Indians' roster out of camp last season. Consider Armstrong a long shot for a meaningful bullpen role in 2018.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Armstrong, Shawn        
Nicasio, Juan        

Twins | Michael Pineda signs with Twins
Free-agent RHP Michael Pineda (Yankees) signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, Dec. 13.  Source: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
BHQ take: Pineda, who will make $2 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019, had Tommy John surgery July 18, so while a best-case scenario has him contributing sometime late in 2018 this move has been made more with 2019 in mind. Mgr Paul Molitor called the signing of the 28-year-old an "outside the box" move. Pineda, who has a history of injuries, put up an 8-4 record with a 4.39 ERA (3.77 xERA) with 92 K and 21 BB in 96 IP with NYY in 2017.   —Rick Green
Impact: Med
Pineda, Michael        

Angels | Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RHP/OF Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is nursing a first-degree sprain of his right ulnar collateral ligament and reportedly underwent a platelet-rich plasma shot in October in hopes of treating the elbow pain caused by it. In addition, Ohtani has a “small free body” floating in his elbow near his UCL.  Source: Yahoo! Sports - Jeff Passan
BHQ take: Looks like he'll fit right in with LAA's current rotation. Add more risk and knock some IP off of Ohtani's projections, since LAA will attempt to keep him from needing full-blown TJS -- and as noted previously, expect the Angels to experiment with a six-man rotation. In retrospect, LAA's experience and success-to-date in PRP projects (Garrett Richards and now reportedly J.C. Ramirez) might have been another factor in Ohtani's MLB decision. Stay tuned.  —Jock Thompson
Impact: High
Ohtani, Shohei        

Rays | Tampa Bay deals for Ryan Schimpf
The Tampa Bay Rays traded INF Deion Tansel to the San Diego Padres in exchange for INF Ryan Schimpf on Tuesday, Dec. 12.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: Team owners in AL-only leagues, that use OBP instead of BA, might squeeze some value out of Schimpf, thanks to his career 13% bb%. If that gets him into the lineup, then his left-handed swing with a career 19% hr/f could do some damage in the AL East. However, there's only so much help that walk rate can provide, when you bat .157 with a 58%ct% in 165 AB, as he did in 2017.  —Matt Dodge
Impact: Low
Schimpf, Ryan        

Yankees | Jabari Blash coming to Yankees
San Diego Padres OF Jabari Blash was acquired by the New York Yankees in exchange for 3B Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell Tuesday, Dec. 12.  Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
BHQ take: Blash is the return for the Yankees' payroll trimming, but it is hard to see a path to playing time here after the team's latest OF acquisition (Giancarlo Stanton). Blash has not been able to carryover his .571 Triple-A (PCL) SLG to the majors yet (.336 SLG in 235 AB), and will likely get the chance to work on that at AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Headley's departure opens the door a little further for Miguel Andujar and/or Gleyber Torres to see time at the hot corner in 2018. Torres was recently reviewed here, but Andujar (the #9 NYY prospect in their 2018 Organizational Report), slashed .315/.352/.498 in 480 combined AB between Double-A and Triple-A during 2017, and made his MLB debut in June 2017, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and a stolen base. He could factor into 2018 plans, pending further player moves.   —Matt Dodge
Impact: Low
Torres, Gleyber        
Andujar, Miguel        
Blash, Jabari        

Rays | Joey Wendle acquired by Rays
Oakland Athletics INF Joey Wendle was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, Dec. 11, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
BHQ take: The LH batting Wendle is likely to compete with RHB Daniel Robertson in spring training to back up LHB Brad Miller at 2B for the Rays. Wendell's only MLB experience is as a September callup in 2016-17, as a shoulder injury delayed the start of his 2017 season. His 2016-17 MLEs identify his above average speed as his primary asset, but a 4% bb% limits the on-base opportunities from his 80% ct%. Miller struggled with abdominal injuries during 2017 which limited him to 338 AB, and when combined with his hr/f regression to his career norm, his 30 HR power in 2016 fell to single digits in 2017. Opportunity could be there for Wendle, as the contact-challenged Robertson (67% ct%) did not impress in 2017 with a fully supported .206 BA (.207 xBA) in 218 AB.  —Matt Dodge
Impact: Low
Robertson, Daniel        
Wendle, Joe        
Miller, Bradley        


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