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Fernando Rodney joins Diamondbacks on one-year flier

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

What It Means:

With incentives, the deal could reach up to $5 million in value. Next season will be Rodney's age-40 campaign, but he'll have a shot at the closing gig in Arizona.

Rodney has never been known for his consistency, and last year was no exception, as he turned in a 0.31 ERA and 30.3 strikeout percentage in 28 2/3 innings with the San Diego Padres, before struggling to a 5.89 ERA and 23.6 percent strikeout rate in 36 2/3 frames with the Miami Marlins.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Cardinals sign Dexter Fowler to five-year deal

The St. Louis Cardinals signed outfielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million contract.

What It Means:

The dollar amount comes from FOX Sports'Ken Rosenthal. Fowler will likely man center and handle leadoff duties for St. Louis, while Matt Carpenter will move towards the middle of the order and Randal Grichuk becomes responsible for left field.

Fowler slashed .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI's and 13 steals over 551 plate appearances (125 games) with the Chicago Cubs this past season. His .840 OPS was a career-high.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rockies not done spending, still have sights on Mark Trumbo

The Colorado Rockies "remain deeply involved in talks for free agent [outfielder/first baseman] Mark Trumbo," according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

What It Means:

The Rockies have already signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said on Wednesday that Colorado's front office wasn't ready to put away the checkbooks. Trumbo would thrive at the plate in Coors Field after leading the MLB with 47 home runs last season, but his defensive liabilities in the outfield are a whole other story.

Trumbo slashed .256/.316/.533 with a .358 wOBA and .277 ISO last season, of which the latter two were both career-highs. He added a career-best 108 RBI's across 667 plate appearances as well.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Mitch Moreland signs with Boston on a one-year

The Boston Red Sox agreed with first baseman Mitch Moreland on a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

What It Means:

Things became official once Moreland passed his physical Thursday. He's slotted to be Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after turning in a Gold Glove season with the Texas Rangers last season. Hanley Ramirez will head over to designated hitter as a result.

Across 513 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2016, Moreland slashed 0.233/.298/.422 while recording 22 home runs and 60 RBI's in 147 contests.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Aroldis Chapman returning to Yankees on five-year contract

The New York Yankees have agreed to terms with reliever Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

What It Means:

The dollar amount makes Chapman the highest-paid reliever in the history of baseball. Per Rosenthal, the terms include an opt-out after the first three years, a full no-trade clause for the first three years and a limited no-trade for the final two years. The final clause stipulates that Chapman can't be dealt to a team in California, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera. Chapman's return will send Dellin Betances back to a setup role.

Chapman spun a 1.55 ERA, 1.92 xFIP and 40.5 strikeout percentage in 58 innings for the Yankees and Chicago Cubs last season. During the Cubs' World Series run, Chapman turned in a 3.45 ERA, 2.66 xFIP and 33.9 percent strikeout rate across 15 2/3 frames.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Adam Eaton heading to Nationals following trade

The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning.

What It Means:

This is a huge get for a Nationals team that intends to make some noise this offseason. Eaton projects to start in center and should provide a sizable boost for Washington's lineup. The asking price was so high for the 28-year-old due to a team-friendly contract that goes through 2021.

Eaton slashed .284/.362/.428 with 14 home, 59 RBI's and 14 stolen bases in 706 plate appearances (157 games) while earning a career-high 6.0 Wins Above Replacement.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Yankees ink Matt Holliday to a one-year contract

The New York Yankees signed designated hitter Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract.

What It Means:

The deal is now official after first being reported over the weekend. Holliday is expected to be the Yankees' primary designated hitter, but he'll see the occasional action at first base and in the outfield. Despite turning 37 in January and being limited to 110 games with the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Holliday could carve out some limited fantasy value in New York.

The 13-year veteran slashed .246/.322/.461 across 426 plate appearances in 2016, posting a .335 wOBA and .215 ISO (his best clip since 2011) with 20 taters and 62 RBI's. His .782 OPS was a career-low.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jorge Soler heading to Kansas City in swap with Cubs

The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jorge Soler from the Chicago Cubs for reliever Wade Davis.

What It Means:

Soler made his major league debut in 2014, hitting a strong .292/.330/.573, with 20 RBI's and a .386 wOBA, in 97 plate appearances. He's regressed since, however, struggling specifically with strikeouts (28.0 percent whiff rate). His play on defense has been less than ideal as well, but the Royals decided to pull the trigger on the 24-year-old. Soler is expected to split time between right field and designated hitter in Kansas City. Kelvin Herrera will replace Davis as the starting closer and carries tons of fantasy potential.

Last season with the Cubs, Soler slashed .238/.333/.436 with a .333 wOBA across 264 plate appearances. His 25.0 percent strikeout rate was an improvement from 30.0 percent in 2015 and he also turned in a career-best 12 home runs.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Cubs get Wade Davis in trade with Royals

The Chicago Cubs acquired reliever Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler.

What It Means:

The trade comes with some risk due to Davis' questionable health, but the Cubs must not be too concerned since he cleared the physical. If the 31-year-old is able to provide his services, this should prove to be a great add for the defending champ's bullpen.

Davis turned in a sparkling 1.87 ERA in 43 1/3 innings this season, but his 3.68 xFIP was significantly higher. Despite posting a strikeout percentage (26.7) in 2016 that was down from totals in the 30's the past two seasons, it remained above league average (21.1 percent).

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rockies lock up Ian Desmond for five years, $70 million

The Colorado Rockies have signed outfielder Ian Desmond, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

What It Means:

The contract will be worth $70 million, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, while Joel Sherman says it's a five-year agreement. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports the potential value is as high as $83 million due to a sixth-year option. Colorado doesn't have any need for outfielders, so more moves could be on the way, such as Charlie Blackmon perhaps being dealt. Rosenthal did add that Desmond is expected to split time between first base and the outfield, so it's a great fit for his fantasy outlook either way.

The 31-year-old hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 jacks, 86 RBI's, 21 stolen bags and 107 runs scored in 677 plate appearances last season, so he was due for a nice payday.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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