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Mariners traded Luiz Gohara to Braves for Mallex Smith

The Atlanta Braves acquired prospect pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows from the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Mallex Smith and pitcher Shae Simmons.

What It Means:

Seattle swapped Smith to the Tampa Bay Rays immediately after, so we're playing a bit of catch-up here. Gohara is the big piece in the deal for Atlanta. The hard-throwing lefty was recently ranked as the Mariners' third-best prospect by Baseball America.

The 20-year-old Gohara dazzled in 13 starts between Low-A Everett and Class A Clinton last season, with a 1.81 ERA, 29.03 percent strikeout rate and 8.24 percent walk rate in 69 2/3 innings.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rays swap Drew Smyly to Mariners for prospect haul including Mallex Smith

The Tampa Bay Rays traded starting pitcher Drew Smyly to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Mallex Smith, infielder Carlos Vargas, and pitcher Ryan Yarbrough.

What It Means:

Smith's stay in Seattle was ultimately a brief one, as the Mariners only acquired him to use as a chip to secure Smyly. The 27-year-old left-hander, Smyly, has had major issues with the home run ball over the past two seasons, but that could mean Seattle will be good for him. Smith improves the Tampa Bay defense further and provides a real threat on the basepaths, and Vargas and Yarbrough will add to the Rays' farm system.

Smyly is coming off a disappointing 4.88 ERA (4.51 xFIP), as well as as a diminished 22.6 percent strikeout rate. That said, focusing on control lowered his 6.6 percent walk rate as well. Smith had a fairly ugly .238/.316/.365 slash line and 22.3 percent strikeout rate in 215 plate appearances last year, but has been a high-OBP player throughout his minor league career. He'll adjust to the majors soon.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Cubs considering batting Kyle Schwarber leadoff in 2017

Chicago Cubs are considering batting catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber (knee) leadoff, manager Joe Maddon said.

What It Means:

This is, of course, all very early and tentative. The slugger will be ready to rock and roll come spring training after suffering a torn ACL last April, and this would make him even more valuable from a fantasy standpoint.

Schwarber has just eight career plate appearances from the leadoff spot. Most of his chances have come from the two-hole, 228 of them which have resulted in a .239/.368/.505 slash line, as well as 15 of his 16 career home runs. He may see a dip in RBI production if he moves to the first spot in the lineup, but that's why Maddon is considering batting his pitcher eighth.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Mariners trade Seth Smith to Orioles in exchange for Yovani Gallardo

The Seattle Mariners acquired starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cash from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith.

What It Means:

The move is a little puzzling with Gallardo coming off the worst year of his career. However, if Gallardo can return to form, he will benefit from pitching in Seattle. Smith should slide into a starting corner outfield spot for the Orioles.

Gallardo posted a 5.42 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 118 innings in 2016. His 5.22 xFIP and 5.34 SIERA were both career-worst marks for the 30 year old.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Indians finalize contract with Edwin Encarnacion

The Cleveland Indians have officially signed first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract with a $25 million club option for 2020.

What It Means:

The contract is official after Encarnacion passed a physical on Wednesday. He matched a career best with 42 homers in 2016, so Encarnacion will bring some much-needed pop to the Indians' lineup.

Along with slugging 42 homers, Encarnacion had a .373 wOBA and a career-best 127 RBI's in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Royals swap Jarrod Dyson for Seattle's Nate Karns

The Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for starting pitcher Nate Karns according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.

What It Means:

Dyson should get a starting spot in the Mariners' outfield and could be a strong source of stolen bases in 2017. Karns is under team control until 2020 and while his overall numbers aren't eye popping, he has flashed some strikeout potential with a 23.5 strikeout rate over his first 265 1/2 major league innings.

Over 337 plate appearances in 2016, Dyson posted a .316 wOBA with 46 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Cardinals are very much in on Twins' Brian Dozier

The St. Louis Cardinals are "very much in" on Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minnesota.

What It Means:

Wolfson also says the Los Angeles Dodgers remain in the running, and that the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants have had "dialogue." St. Louis seems like an odd fit with Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko on the roster, but maybe there would be some followup deals. Or maybe one would be included in the return package.

Dozier is coming off a career 2016 season that saw him slam 42 home runs alongside an .886 OPS and 136 OPS+ in 155 games.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Clay Buchholz heading to Phillies after deal with Boston

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired starting pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox, as first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, in exchange for second base prospect Josh Tobias, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

What It Means:

The Phillies will pick up the $13.5 million Buchholz is owed for 2017, and he joins a rotation featuring Jeremy Hellickson, Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Nola and Vincent Velasquez. If he can stay healthy, the 32-year-old right-hander should benefit from the move to the National League.

Buchholz has had a rough 2016, with a 4.78 and a career-worst 5.09 SIERA through 37 games (193 1/3 innings). His 15.8 percent strikeout rate was also a career-worst, while his 9.4 percent walk rate was above his career-average.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Mike Dunn inks three-year agreement with Rockies

The Colorado Rockies signed reliever Mike Dunn to a three-year, $19 million contract that includes a $6 million vesting option for 2019.

What It Means:

The option will become a $7 million club option based on performance incentives. It's a solid upgrade for a Rockies' bullpen that recorded a MLB-worst 5.13 ERA last season.

Dunn pitched just 42 1/3 innings with the Miami Marlins in 2016, his lowest workload since 2010. The 31-year-old left-hander recorded a 3.40 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and career-low 21.6 strikeout percentage.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Orioles agree to deal with Welington Castillo

The Baltimore Orioles have signed free agent catcher Welington Castillo, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

What It Means:

This has been the expected outcome for both sides since Castillo was non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal signals the end of Matt Wieters' time in Baltimore, but should provide a nice outlook for Castillo's fantasy prospects.

Castillo slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 home runs and a career-high 68 RBI's over 457 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks last season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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