PT TODAY: Marte moves to Arizona

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Pirates | Starling Marte traded by Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, Jan. 27, in exchange for RHP Brennan Malone, INF Liover Peguero and $250,000 international bonus pool money.   Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
 
BHQ take: The Pirates traded away their last link to those 2013-15 playoff teams for a pair of 19-year-olds. Malone is ranked 14th in HQ's ARI organizational report with a 9E rating while Peguero was ranked 12th with an 8D rating. Neither one project to make PIT's lineup in the near future. Recently acquired Guillermo Heredia has the lead to replace Marte in the lineup with Jason Martin and Jose Osuna also in the early mix. With Heredia's ability to hit LHP, this might be an ugly platoon situation. We're projecting a split in PT for the three for now, but will update when news develops during the spring.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: High
Marte, Starling        
Martin, Jason        
Osuna, Jose        
Heredia, Guillermo        
 

 
Phillies | Logan Forsythe agrees to terms
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to terms with free-agent INF Logan Forsythe on a minor league contract Sunday, Feb. 2. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training camp.  Source: MassLive.com - Chris Cotillo
 
BHQ take: Forsythe is the latest veteran infielder to join the Phillies in the hope of winning a bench job in 2020. With Texas in 2019, he started red hot with an .896 OPS over 167 plate appearances, but those numbers featured a 40% Hit rate. As that rate dropped closer to 20%, his output tumbled. Overall, he wound up with an xBA of .220 and an OPS of .678. He did have an xPX of 133 (PX of 81), so there is some power potential, but that’s not enough to have him on your radar screen unless you’re in a very deep league. Even then, he has to make the Phillies first.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Forsythe, Logan        
 

 
Phillies | Reggie McClain claimed off waivers
Free-agent RHP Reggie McClain on Friday, Jan. 31 was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies. In a corresponding move, RHP Trevor Kelley was designated for assignment.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: The 27-year old McClain made his MLB debut with Seattle in 2019, and things did not go particularly well. Over 21 innings, he had a 5.28 xERA, a 4.7 Dom, an 0.8 Cmd, and a -23 BPV. The Phillies’ bullpen is still in flux, so there’s a chance he could make the team with a good spring. However, none of the statistics that McClain compiled in 2019 suggest he should be on your fantasy team.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
McClain, Reggie        
 

 
Mets | Matt Adams signs minor-league deal
Free-agent 1B Matt Adams on Friday, Jan. 31, signed a minor-league contract with the New York Mets, which includes a invitation to spring training.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Despite not having a PX lower than 132 from 2016 through 2019, Adams had to settle on a minor league deal for 2020. His efforts at an MLB deal were undoubtedly hurt by an injury riddled 2019 that featured a .182 AVG in 55 at bats after July 1 (although his xBA was a much more palatable.262 over the same period). Landing with the Mets seemed a little unlikely, given that the Mets expect Pete Alonso to start almost every day at first and that the Mets have Dominic Smith as a lefthanded bat at first. Of course, there have been trade rumors this winter involving Smith. Also Smith has an option remaining in the event Adams has a good spring, and the Mets decide to go with a veteran. In sum, Adams should at this point only be on fantasy radar screens in the deepest of leagues.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Smith, Dominic        
Adams, Matt        
 

 
Giants | San Francisco brings back Pablo Sandoval
Free-agent INF Pablo Sandoval agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Jan. 29. He will make $2 million if he makes the active roster and can earn an additional $750,000 in incentives.   Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
 
BHQ take: Sandoval experienced an unexpected rebirth of sorts in 2019 thanks to a long overdue h% correction, posting a fine .820 OPS over 272 AB and his best power metrics (14 HR, 136 PX) in years. But it all ended abruptly in early August thanks to Tommy John surgery that will now keep him out until sometime in the 2020 2H. Still just 33, and the rebuilding Giants may have available AB at 1B or 3B by the time he returns -- but Sandoval isn't going to help anyone early on.   —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Sandoval, Pablo        
 

 
Reds | Eugenio Suarez undergoes surgery
Cincinnati Reds INF Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) recently underwent surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right shoulder. He will be limited at the start of spring training but should be ready for the start of the regular season.   Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Bobby Nightengale
 
BHQ take: Off-season free-agent acquisition Mike Moutakas, slated to play 2B with Suarez ensconced at 3B, likely would shift to 3B if Suarez is sidelined to open the season. Nick Senzel, coming off season-ending shoulder surgery after spending his rookie 2019 season in CF, would be a prime 2B option if Moustakas is required at 3B. Senzel faces a crowded OF PT competition. Suarez is coming off a season in which he displayed career-best power skills and production. Recent media reports indicate Suarez' surgery is unlikely to interrupt his pre-season preparation for a lengthy period.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Senzel, Nick        
Suarez, Eugenio        
Moustakas, Mike        
 

 
Giants | Yolmer Sanchez joins Giants
Free-agent INF Yolmer Sanchez agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Jan. 28, according to a source.   Source: The Athletic - Ken Rosenthal
 
BHQ take: He offers a fine glove but little else, which was why Sanchez was waived by CHW this past November despite being the starting 2B there for the past three seasons. Sanchez's .250-ish BA and defense could win MLB playing time if the rebuilding Giants' other options flop. But too much soft contact (31 career HR in 2223 career AB, 68% HctX) is a real problem for a player with a sub-80% ct%. Mauricio Dubon, Kean Wong and Donovan Solano all project to be in the 2B/utility mix right now, suggesting that Sanchez will be hard-pressed to find another 500 AB season in SF.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Sanchez, Yolmer        
 

 
Diamondbacks | Arizona finalizing deal for Starling Marte
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is reportedly on the verge of getting traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports FM 98.7.  Source: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM - John Gambadoro
 
BHQ take: The 31-year old Starling Marte is likely to be the Diamondbacks’ every day centerfielder in 2020 with David Peralta and Kole Calhoun playing the corner outfield positions. That, in turn, means that Ketel Marte will be playing primarily in the infield, likely at second base. Starling Marte is coming off consecutive $30+ fantasy seasons that featured 20+ homers and 25+ steals. His xBA of .297 and PX of 102 indicate that his skills generally support that level of performance. The move from PNC Park to Chase Field should also help Marte (although not as much as the move would have helped prior to 2018 and the advent of the humidor at Chase Field).  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: High
Marte, Ketel        
Marte, Starling        
 

 
Reds | Nick Castellanos terms
Updating earlier reports, Cincinnati Reds OF Nick Castellanos agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with an opt-out clause after the first year.   Source: ESPN - Jeff Passan
 
BHQ take: Castellanos will likely play regularly as a corner OF with CIN, seemingly threatening the PT of OFs Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino. Castellanos has proven a strong second-half hitter in his career, never more so than in 2019, when he crushed 19 second-half home runs after hitting only eight HR in the season's first half. His power and hard contact surged, particularly after a July trade from DET to CHC. Castellanos will likely benefit from the venue change, as CIN enhances RHB HR by 18% while both the DET and CHC have inflated RHB HR by mid-single digit percentages.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Senzel, Nick        
Aquino, Aristides        
Castellanos, Nick        
 

 
 
 
American League | National League
 
Orioles | Baltimore scoops up Pat Valaika
Arizona Diamondbacks INF Pat Valaika was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Jan. 30. RHP Branden Kline was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Valaika has now been claimed twice this winter by the Orioles. After the first claim, Baltimore tried to slip him through waivers, but were thwarted by the DBacks. Starling Marte’s signing put him back on waivers, and the Orioles again claimed him. Valaika’s chances of sticking in the majors and getting some playing time are much better with Baltimore, but that’s more a question of the competition there. Despite playing half of his MLB games at Coors Field, he only has a .214 BA (.226 xBA) for his 402 at bat career. He does have a 111 PX, and Camden Yards is even better than Coors for righthanded batting homers. That filbert is probably not enough to recommend fantasy owners consider Valaika until it’s clear he’s made the Opening Day roster. Even then, only in the deepest of leagues should he be considered.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Valaika, Pat        
 

 
Nationals | Washington acquires Ryne Harper
Minnesota Twins RHP Ryne Harper was acquired by the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Jan. 29, in exchange for RHP Hunter McMahon.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Harper had been placed on waivers by the Twins recently, but rather than let him go for nothing, the Twins peddled him to Washington for a 2019 ninth rounder. Harper had had a nice rookie season with Minnesota, featuring a 4.27 xERA, a 121 BPV, an 8.3 Dom and a 5.0 Cmd. One reason the Twins likely bid adieu to Harper is his average velocity is only 89.4. Nevertheless, his overall package gives him a shot to earn a spot in the Washington bullpen although he’s not likely to see high leverage situations at least at first. If he does make the Nationals out of spring training, he could be an acceptable filler in deep fantasy leagues.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Harper, Ryne        
 

 
Orioles | Wade LeBlanc joins Orioles
Free-agent LHP Wade LeBlanc agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, Jan. 28, according to a source. LeBlanc will earn $800,000 if he makes the active roster.   Source: ESPN - Jeff Passan
 
BHQ take: While it’s only a minor league contract, the competition for a pitching spot on the 2020 Orioles is thin, and that means there’s a good chance he’ll make the team out of spring training. Of course, just because he is a candidate to head north with the Orioles doesn’t mean you should be interested in him. He’s only had a BPV over 100 once in his career and that was back in 2016. In 2019, he wound up with a 5.24 xERA. His 6.8 Dom also means he won’t help you with strikeouts along the way. PASS,  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
LeBlanc, Wade        

 

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