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These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Giants

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From 2009-16, the Giants finished above .500 all but once, racked up the fifth-most wins of any MLB team, made the postseason four times, and captured three World Series championships.

But that run has come to a screeching halt. San Francisco's .423 winning percentage over the past two seasons is tied for fifth-lowest in MLB.

From 2009-16, the Giants finished above .500 all but once, racked up the fifth-most wins of any MLB team, made the postseason four times, and captured three World Series championships.

But that run has come to a screeching halt. San Francisco's .423 winning percentage over the past two seasons is tied for fifth-lowest in MLB.

Enter new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, poached from the rival Dodgers soon after the World Series. And now, perhaps, enter Bryce Harper?

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The Giants are one of the few teams known to be involved in the pursuit of the free-agent outfielder. Zaidi, CEO Larry Baer and manager Bruce Bochy traveled to Las Vegas earlier this month to meet with Harper, and at the team's FanFest, Baer called Harper "an amazing player," and said, "We want to be able to pursue players to bring championships back to the Giants' fans."

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It's unclear how close San Francisco might be to actually landing Harper, with MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reporting Sunday that Philadelphia is the favorite. But, as we've done previously for the Phillies and Yankees, let's examine how a Harper-to-the-Giants scenario would look.

Where would he play?
The Giants have a lot of outfield options at the moment, but all of them are either unproven younger players or veterans in spring camp on Minor League deals.

The 40-man roster features Steven Duggar, Rule 5 pick Drew Ferguson, Alen Hanson, Austin Slater, Chris Shaw, and Mac Williamson. None has played even 100 total big league games as an outfielder. Zaidi therefore has brought in experienced non-roster reinforcements, including Craig Gentry, Cameron Maybin and Gerardo Parra.

That's a lot of question marks, in both the short term and long term. Adding Harper would take care of at least one outfield spot for the foreseeable future.

Video: Kuiper on how Harper would handle hitting by the Bay

Where would he hit?
Only the Marlins scored fewer runs, hit fewer homers or posted a lower slugging percentage in 2018 than the Giants. Even weighted runs created-plus (wRC+), which takes into account park effects, had the club last in the Majors at 82. The division-champion Dodgers led the pack at 111.

There's a long way to go, but Harper would help -- a lot. He produced a 135 wRC+ last year and has a 140 mark for his career. By comparison, the only remaining Giants who have been above average (100) over the past two seasons are Buster Posey (118) and Brandon Belt (112).

Here is what the Giants' lineup could look like with Harper:

1. Duggar/Maybin, CF
2. Harper, RF
3. Posey, C
4. Belt, 1B
5. Evan Longoria, 3B
6. Brandon Crawford, SS
7. Parra/Williamson, LF
8. Joe Panik, 2B
9. Pitcher's spot

Video: SF@WSH: Harper cracks a solo blast to right-center

How would this affect 2019 projections?
The Giants currently are projected for a 77-85 record in 2019, according to Steamer. That puts them in fourth place in the National League West, just ahead of the Padres, who are said to be pursuing not only Harper, but also Manny Machado. Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA is even a bit less optimistic, pegging the club for a last-place 74-88 finish.

While this does not take the effects of newly renamed Oracle Park into account, Harper is projected to produce roughly 5 wins above replacement (WAR) this year, per Steamer, along with a 148 wRC+. That would be a massive upgrade for San Francisco, which does not have a single outfielder projected for more than 1 WAR, even assuming a full season of playing time.

If Harper improves the Giants by four or five wins in 2019, perhaps that's enough to push them into the large crowd of potential NL contenders. At present, Steamer has nine clubs projected for between 86 victories (the Wild Card-leading Cardinals) and 79 (D-backs).

Video: Bochy on Giants' offseason additions, team chemistry

What are some other long-term ramifications?
Even if Harper helps spur a surprise San Francisco run back to the postseason this year, the most interesting implications relate to the future.

Zaidi inherited an organization with a lot going for it but also one whose current roster situation is challenging, to say the least. Madison Bumgarner will be a free agent at season's end. Meanwhile, the Giants have a combined 20 seasons and more than $360 million committed to the veteran group of Posey, Belt, Longoria, Crawford, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Mark Melancon. Each of those players will be 31 or older this season, and to at least some extent, face significant questions about the direction of their careers. It also means that the club already has more than $120 million in payroll locked up for 2020 and more than $90 million for '21, according to Roster Resource.

At the same time, the Giants have a lack of established young players, and Zaidi and company still have their work cut out for them to get the Minor League system back to a point where it's churning out impact talent.

But a big part of what's so attractive about Harper is that he is only 26. In the short term, he could help a flawed but veteran-laden team compete. And yet, even if it takes some time for Zaidi's work for bear fruit, Harper should remain productive and be a star-caliber player at that point, in place as the centerpiece of the next great Giants team.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

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Trout on contract talks: 'I don't want to comment'

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Superstar center fielder Mike Trout has two years remaining on his six-year, $144.5 million contract extension signed in 2014, but the biggest question in Angels camp is whether he'd be willing to sign another extension to remain with the organization beyond 2020.

Trout, a two-time American League MVP Award winner who is widely regarded as the best player in baseball, and owner Arte Moreno met separately with the media on Monday, but neither would confirm that extension talks have begun between the Angels and Trout's agent, Craig Landis.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Superstar center fielder Mike Trout has two years remaining on his six-year, $144.5 million contract extension signed in 2014, but the biggest question in Angels camp is whether he'd be willing to sign another extension to remain with the organization beyond 2020.

Trout, a two-time American League MVP Award winner who is widely regarded as the best player in baseball, and owner Arte Moreno met separately with the media on Monday, but neither would confirm that extension talks have begun between the Angels and Trout's agent, Craig Landis.

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"I'm not going to talk about that," Trout said. "Just trying to come in and get ready for spring, get ready for the season. I don't want to comment on that."

Moreno reiterated that keeping Trout long term remains the top priority for the club, but he also wouldn't go into detail about any possible negotiations.

"I would probably say that we are in discussions [internally]," Moreno said. "In one of the last interviews I gave, I said it's not in the back of our mind, but it's in the front of our mind. I think it also depends a little bit on the agent and the player. So it's not just us. We try to stay in communication with how they are feeling."

Trout, a seven-time All-Star who has finished in the top two in AL MVP balloting in six of the past seven seasons, was also asked if he wanted to stay with the Angels long term, but he deflected the question.

"I don't want to comment on that," Trout said. "But like I said, I enjoy it here. I'm having fun. Obviously, losing is not fun, but I enjoy playing this game. I leave it out on the field every night, every day and I go from there."

Trout, who is a noted Philadelphia sports fan who grew up in nearby Millville, N.J., was also asked several questions about Philadelphia, especially with the allure of playing closer to home.

"I don't think I went a day this offseason without someone asking, 'Hey when are you coming to Philly?'" Trout said. "I can't predict the future."

Trout, though, did say he was pleased with the Angels' offseason, when general manager Billy Eppler signed veterans Matt Harvey, Trevor Cahill, Cody Allen, Justin Bour and Jonathan Lucroy to one-year deals. The Angels are trying to stay flexible. They have a rising farm system with several top prospects who are close to the Majors, such as outfielders Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh and starting pitchers Griffin Canning and Jose Suarez.

"Each year since Billy's been here, he's been bringing in guys that improve the team. That's all you can ask for," Trout said. "Obviously, we weren't where we wanted to be the last few years, but it's like a puzzle, trying to bring in guys that fit this team. We've brought a bunch of veteran guys in, and we'll see where it goes. I come here, and I can only do what I can do. But bringing in new faces, it's good."

As Trout alluded to, the Angels have only made the postseason once in his career, coming in 2014, when they were swept by the Royals in the AL Division Series. But he believes if this club can avoid the injury bug, they are built to compete.

"I think we lost like five starters last year or something like that, something crazy, that doesn't help," Trout said. "When we get knocked down, we just have got to try to get back up as quick as we can. We can't get down on ourselves. If we lose a game, we can't bring it to the next game."

Rhett Bollinger covers the Angels for MLB.com. He previously covered the Twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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30 intriguing position battles -- 1 for each team

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Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. 

The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs. 

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. 

The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs. 

:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Left field
Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney are set to battle it out for the starting job. Hernandez offers a lot more power after slugging 22 home runs in 134 games last season. McKinney is the vastly superior defender, someone who draws walks and frequently puts the ball in play. The early favorite might be Hernandez, but this is also a make-or-break year for him in the outfield. The Dominican native wants to avoid being labeled as a designated hitter and this will be the spring to do it. -- Gregor Chisholm

Video: TOR@TB: Hernandez slugs a solo homer in the 6th

Orioles: Right field
Trey Mancini is ticketed for left, and Cedric Mullins has the inside track on claiming the center-field job. The O's right-field situation, though, is wide open. Joey Rickard, Anthony Santander, DJ Stewart and Austin Hays are the four immediate candidates, with the runner-up likely cracking the roster in a backup role. All come with big league experience; Rickard is the only member of the group without options. They'll battle it out in the shadow of top prospect Yusniel Diaz, who could be up in Baltimore as early as this summer. -- Joe Trezza

Rays: First base
When the Rays traded away Jake Bauers to Cleveland, they knew they would learn a lot about their situation at first base during the spring. But despite not having a proven first baseman on the roster, Tampa Bay remains optimistic that it has enough options for it to not be a problem. Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe will get the reps at first base during the spring. Choi, Diaz and Lowe all have the ability to play multiple positions for the Rays, which only adds to the versatility, but the big question of the spring will be which of the three steps up and solidifies a very important position for Tampa Bay. -- Juan Toribio

Red Sox: Catcher
The Red Sox have a wide-open race for the starting catcher spot. Last year, the club carried three catchers for most of the season in Christian Vazquez, Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart. Vazquez and Leon essentially shared the position, with Swihart serving in more of a utility role. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and manager Alex Cora are both on record as saying that arrangement is no longer sustainable. One of the three will likely get traded, leaving the other two to battle for the top spot. Swihart has the most offensive upside in the group, and seems to be far more in the mix to win the job than he was a year ago. Swihart has made significant improvement defensively in the last year thanks to exhaustive work with catching instructors Jason Varitek and Chad Epperson. Leon is the best defender of the three, but his bat went nearly silent last season. Vazquez is coming off a down year at the plate but has a cannon arm. The area he needs to improve most at is game calling. -- Ian Browne

Video: Luke Voit primed for big 2019 season

Yankees: First base
Luke Voit has "a leg up" in the competition to serve as the Yankees' everyday first baseman, according to general manager Brian Cashman, by virtue of the terrific offense he provided in the second half of last season. Cashman has said that Voit was the most impactful bat moved ahead of the Trade Deadline, a group that included Manny Machado. Greg Bird will have an opportunity to reclaim the promise that he showed at the end of 2015, before injuries derailed his rise. -- Bryan Hoch

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Left field
Although who will take the job is unknown, it's almost certain that the Indians will only consider in-house candidates and not look to the free-agent market to sign an outfielder. The Tribe could dip into infielders Bauers, Carlos Santana or Jason Kipnis (though he was named the starting second baseman on Monday) if they feel they need extra depth in left, but the true race will come down to returning outfielders Tyler Naquin and Greg Allen, new addition Jordan Luplow and non-roster invitee Matt Joyce. -- Mandy Bell

Royals: Right field
This will be the most intriguing position battle in camp. Jorge Bonifacio, Brett Phillips, Jorge Soler and Brian Goodwin all will compete for the job. Do the Royals go offense there? That would be Soler. Do they go defense, which has been their mantra for years? That would be the speedy Phillips, who has an 80-grade arm. Further complicating matters is that Terrance Gore, their designated late-inning pinch-runner, will occupy a roster spot as an outfielder, meaning the Royals will have to decide whether to keep five or six outfielders (Alex Gordon, Billy Hamilton, Soler, Gore and Goodwin are locks). Phillips and Bonifacio have options, which could work against them. -- Jeffrey Flanagan

Video: Goodrum glad for 2018 opportunity, looks to improve

Tigers: Second base
Niko Goodrum was a revelation as a super-utility player last spring but settled into regular duty at second down the stretch last year. The Tigers must decide what role he's more valuable in. Dawel Lugo, widely seen as the second baseman of Detroit's future, will push to move up his timetable. Another utility player, Ronny Rodriguez, is in the competition, as is former White Sox second baseman and non-roster invite Gordon Beckham. -- Jason Beck

Twins: 25th roster spot
With the defensively limited Nelson Cruz needing a spot on the Twins' roster, positional flexibility will be at a premium on Minnesota's bench. Behind utility infielder Ehire Adrianza, who is out of options and is expected to earn a bench role, the Twins could currently have fourth outfielder Jake Cave and backup catcher Mitch Garver. But there are several contenders for a possible fourth bench role, including first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin -- who is also out of options and showed promising power last season -- utility infielder Ronald Torreyes and super-utility catcher Willians Astudillo, who impressed at the plate in September and could offer the Twins a second alternative to starting catcher Jason Castro, who hasn't appeared in a Major League game since his knee surgery last May. That's not to mention veterans Lucas Duda and Adam Rosales, who are in camp on Minor League deals and could also push for consideration. -- Do-Hyoung Park

White Sox: Fifth starter
The White Sox traded for Manny Banuelos because they had enough interest to secure his services before he became a six-year free agent. The southpaw is out of options and could have a slight edge as Cactus League action approaches, but don't count out Dylan Covey or even Carson Fulmer, who is being viewed more as a reliever but has renewed confidence after returning to a delivery he used successfully at Vanderbilt. General manager Rick Hahn still might go out of the organization to find a more veteran candidate. -- Scott Merkin

AL WEST

Angels: Second base
The Angels will have a competition for the second-base job this spring, as David Fletcher is considered the favorite but will compete with prospect Luis Rengifo and veteran Tommy La Stella. Third baseman Taylor Ward is also in the mix, but if he wins the job it will mean Zack Cozart will open the year at third base. Cozart is practicing at third and second this spring to be prepared for both positions, depending on how the infield competition shakes out. -- Rhett Bollinger

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Astros: Fifth starter
The Astros filled one rotation spot by signing Wade Miley to a one-year deal a few weeks ago, but the spring will see an open audition for the fifth spot. The two to watch are hard-throwing Josh James and lefty Framber Valdez, both of whom weren't even in big league camp last year and pitched in key games down the stretch. Forrest Whitley, the top pitching prospect in baseball, is in the mix as well, but he'll probably make his debut later in the season. -- Brian McTaggart

Athletics: Rotation
At this point, only three starters in A's camp are guaranteed a rotation spot when camp breaks: Mike Fiers, Marco Estrada and Brett Anderson. The competition behind them is crowded. Daniel Mengden appears to be a leading candidate in a group that also includes the organization's top pitching prospect, Jesus Luzardo. Paul Blackburn, Parker Bridwell, Aaron Brooks, Frankie Montas and Chris Bassitt can also be found on this lengthy list. Complicating matters is the short spring schedule; the A's leave for Tokyo in less than a month, which will likely force them to speed up the decision process. -- Jane Lee

Mariners: First base
Ryon Healy is the returning starter, but he'll compete again this spring with Daniel Vogelbach as well as new veteran acquisitions Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion. Healy, 27, started 128 games last year and hit 24 homers with 73 RBIs, but he'll need to raise his .235 batting average and .277 on-base percentage to remain part of the Mariners' rebuilding plans. Vogelbach, 26, has been a big producer at Triple-A the last three years, but has yet to translate that to the Major League level and is out of Minor League options, so decision time is looming for his future with the organization. He could be a viable designated hitter contender should the Mariners trade Encarnacion, who will be the primary DH and see some time at first base as long as he remains with the club. Bruce will back up in the corner outfield spots, but also see some time at first as the club wants to keep his bat in the lineup as well in order to maximize his trade value. -- Greg Johns

Rangers: Fourth outfielder
This one is interesting because it could come down to Hunter Pence versus Willie Calhoun. Pence may be a better fit for the Rangers because he gives them a right-handed hitter to help balance a predominantly left-handed lineup. But the Rangers have also been impressed with how hard Calhoun worked in the offseason and how he looks coming into Spring Training. Pence is also coming off a poor offensive season, so he has to show that he can still swing the bat. -- T.R. Sullivan

NATIONAL EAST

Video: Duvall on his offseason work, Braves' exciting core

Braves: Bench
The primary question is whether the Braves will choose to carry Adam Duvall as a bench player again this year. The veteran outfielder produced a second consecutive 30-homer season in 2017 and he is regarded as an above average defender. But while he has the tools to be a productive backup, he didn't make a good impression with the bat or the glove as he hit .132 with a .344 OPS over the 57 plate appearances he compiled after being traded from the Reds to the Braves before last year's Trade Deadline. If Duvall continues to create concerns during camp, the Braves might take a chance on Ryan LaMarre, a 30-year-old outfielder who showed some potential when he hit .303 and produced a .809 OPS over 71 plate appearances for the White Sox last year. -- Mark Bowman

Marlins: Shortstop
Miguel Rojas' versatility created enough playing opportunities for himself and JT Riddle at shortstop in 2018. But this Spring Training may determine if the club settles on just one. Last year, Rojas played in 153 games, but moved around to third base, second and was a late-innings defensive replacement at first. Riddle, who played in 103 games, opened the year on the injured list as he recovered from shoulder surgery. Riddle is fully healthy, and is a left-handed alternative at short. -- Joe Frisaro

Mets: First base
While the Mets could use some clarity in center field and the bullpen, their foremost competition will unfold at first base, where top prospect Peter Alonso hopes to make the roster as a rookie. Service-time considerations may come into play here, because the Mets can ensure an extra year of team control by keeping Alonso in the Minors until mid-April. But manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen have both been outspoken in saying they plan to bring the best 25 players north with them -- including Alonso, if he proves he's among that group. If not, Todd Frazier makes the most sense to start regularly at first base, given the fact that Jed Lowrie appears to have displaced him at third. With a strong spring, Dominic Smith could also crack the roster as the left-handed half of a platoon with Frazier. Much remains unsettled at the position. -- Anthony DiComo

Phillies: Outfield
The Phillies have a few position battles this spring, but the outfield battles might be more intriguing than third base or the bullpen because of the personnel involved. Andrew McCutchen will play almost daily in left field, putting Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr in an open competition for playing time in center field and right field. Herrera has to be considered a slight favorite in the foursome because of his track record. Williams might be No. 2 for now. Everything changes if the Phillies sign Bryce Harper in the coming days or weeks. If that happens, the Phillies might try to trade Williams. -- Todd Zolecki

Video: Addition of Hellickson all about rotation depth

Nationals: Fifth starter
While Dave Martinez acknowledged Jeremy Hellickson has the "upper hand" in the battle for the Nationals final rotation spot, the team plans to hold an open tryout. That means Joe Ross, Erick Fedde and Henderson Alvarez will all have an opportunity to win the job in camp, making each of their Grapefruit League outings worth keeping an eye on. Hellickson performed well in the role last season, and with a solid spring showing he will be the Nats likely fifth starter. -- Jamal Collier

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Rotation
The Mike Moustakas signing means the Brewers' position player group is set, but there are plenty of spots up for grabs on the pitching staff. Jhoulys Chacin is the only real lock in the starting rotation, though Chase Anderson and Zach Davies have a leg up by virtue of their experience, and Jimmy Nelson will have a spot if healthy. Then it comes down to a group of promising young pitchers like Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta, or veteran non-roster invitee Josh Tomlin. The Brewers used 11 different starters last year, so just because a player doesn't make the cut on Opening Day does not mean he won't contribute during the season. -- Adam McCalvy

Cardinals: Right field
Dexter Fowler will get every opportunity to re-earn the starting right-field job this spring. That's Plan A for the Cardinals. However, two things could complicate that decision. One is Jose Martinez, who was the team's most consistent offensive performer last season. A strong spring from Martinez could give the Cards pause. The team may also have to reconsider its plans if Fowler does not show the sort of offensive bounce back expected on the heels of a career-worst year. -- Jenifer Langosch

Video: Maddon discusses Cubs' bullpen, starting rotation

Cubs: Bullpen
With closer Brandon Morrow (right elbow) likely to be out for all of April, the Cubs have a long list of arms in the hunt for spots in the bullpen. The only sure things appear to be Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr., Mike Montgomery and Brad Brach. Behind that group, Tyler Chatwood, Brian Duensing and Brandon Kintzler enter camp with something to prove. Chicago also signed Tony Barnette and Xavier Cedeno, and has a considerable amount of rostered and non-roster candidates jockeying for position. That gives manager Joe Maddon a lot of things to consider for a competition that will likely take the entire Spring Training to shake out. -- Jordan Bastian

Pirates: Shortstop
The Pirates will spend Spring Training evaluating their internal options at shortstop before picking a starter. It could be Kevin Newman, the former first-round pick who struggled in his late-season debut last year. Or it could be Erik Gonzalez, the Indians' former super-utility man who joined the Pirates in an early offseason trade. Pittsburgh is high on the slick-fielding Gonzalez, believing he could thrive with the everyday opportunity that he couldn't secure in Cleveland. The Bucs still believe in Newman, too, and he reported to camp in good shape after dropping 15 pounds before his debut last season. Also keep an eye on shortstop prospect Cole Tucker, who could make his debut later this year if all goes well in Triple-A. -- Adam Berry

Reds: Center field
By far the most interesting position battle on the Reds will be who becomes their regular center fielder. After non-tendering Billy Hamilton, the front office looked at the trade and free-agent market but did not make an acquisition, choosing instead to look in-house. Scott Schebler and Yasiel Puig -- both natural corner outfielders -- have some experience in center field. Then there is No. 1 prospect Nick Senzel (No. 6 overall according to MLB Pipeline), an infielder who is learning center field and competing for the job simultaneously. The club has no starting spots for Senzel besides center field, so if he can earn the spot it would solve the problem of finding him a place to play. -- Mark Sheldon

NL WEST

D-backs: Closer
Archie Bradley appeared to be the de facto closer until the D-backs signed free agent Greg Holland at the end of January with the promise that he would get to compete for the role. As camp started, the race appeared to be wide open. The D-backs also have Yoshihisa Hirano slated for the back end of the 'pen, but when it comes to the closer role it's a two-man race between Bradley and Holland. -- Steve Gilbert

Video: Can Martin be an everyday catcher for the Dodgers?

Dodgers: Catcher
The departure of Yasmani Grandal has left the catching position up for grabs. Austin Barnes returns after a dreadful offensive season, and he'll need to beat out former Dodger Russell Martin, who just turned 36 and has tailed off offensively as well in recent years. The Dodgers' rumored pursuit of J.T. Realmuto is a sign that neither Barnes nor Martin has the full faith and confidence of management. Will Smith, the most advanced of a deep prospect pool, is ready defensively and figures to open the season at Triple-A -- but he could arrive any time. -- Ken Gurnick

Giants: Backup catcher
The Giants are searching for Buster Posey's new backup after allowing Nick Hundley to depart via free agency this offseason. It will be a key competition to watch this spring, as the Giants want to be cautious with Posey as he works his way back from major hip surgery. Rookie Aramis Garcia impressed after being called up in September last year, but he will be challenged by veterans Rene Rivera, Cameron Rupp and Stephen Vogt, all of whom are in camp as non-roster invitees. Vogt's ability to handle multiple positions aligns with the Giants' desire for more versatility, but he is coming off shoulder surgery and likely won't be ready to play in Cactus League games until mid-March. -- Maria Guardado

Padres: Outfield
On the current Padres roster are six outfielders who have seen time as regulars over the past three seasons. There's a chance that as many as two of those big league caliber outfielders open the season in Triple-A. The competition will be particularly fierce in the corners, where Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes and Franchy Cordero are all set to compete for playing time. Cordero could fight for starts in center field, too, but Manuel Margot and Travis Jankowski are options in center as well. -- AJ Cassavell

Rockies: Second base
Ryan McMahon brings left-handed power potential. Garrett Hampson is a right-handed hitter with above-average speed and a line-drive swing. Pat Valaika had a strong 2017 as a right-handed pinch-hitter, although he didn't accomplish much last season. Brendan Rodgers -- the Rockies' No. 1 prospect and the No. 10 prospect overall per MLB Pipeline -- has power and solid defensive tools. Unless one player is so dominant this spring that the Rockies count on him excelling immediately when the season begins, expect this to at least begin as a two-man job. One issue is this group has a total of two years and 44 days of big league experience, and Rodgers has yet to debut. If they all prove unready, the Rockies could always slide non-roster veteran Mark Reynolds into the position. -- Thomas Harding

With 4 (or more) in mix, Harper watch continues

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After a seven-season tenure with the Nationals that included a National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012, an NL MVP Award in 2015 and six All-Star nods, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time.

Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.

After a seven-season tenure with the Nationals that included a National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012, an NL MVP Award in 2015 and six All-Star nods, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time.

Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.

With 4 or more clubs in mix, Harper sweepstakes could take several more days to conclude
Feb. 18: While the finish line in the race for free agent Bryce Harper may now be in view, it could take a few more days to get there, tweets MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: With several teams, Harper derby may take a few or even several more days. Besides favored Phillies there are at least the Giants, Padres, White Sox and perhaps incumbent Nats. Wash hasn���t been at forefront but could come late. Rumor they have right to match at end is untrue tho.

The Phillies are believed to be the favorites, but the Giants, Padres and White Sox are also in the mix, and the Nationals might be as well, per Heyman. While Washington hasn't been at the forefront, the club could come in late, Heyman adds, though the rumor that the Nats are going to be given the chance to match any offer for Harper is untrue.

Heyman described Harper discussions as "intensified" on Sunday and reported that the outfielder has "multiple long-term offers for more than $30 million a year" on the table. One of those offers is said to be from San Diego, with the club reportedly entering a bid over $250 million. The Padres also made a substantial offer to Manny Machado, sources told MLB.com's AJ Cassavell.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia and Harper's agent, Scott Boras, have been talking recently and making progress, but nothing is imminent, sources told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. The Phillies remain in contact with Machado as well.

The market for Harper appears to be more robust now than it has been at any point since he became a free agent in November, and Boras likely isn't in a rush to end the process without seeing if he can drum up a bidding war between the teams involved. It could also benefit Harper to wait and see if Machado accepts the Padres' offer, which is believed to be the largest on the table for the 26-year-old infielder. While signing Machado would take San Diego out of the running for Harper, it could in turn cause some of the other clubs that are in on Harper to get more aggressive.

Heyman: 'Intensified' Harper talks are 'heating up'
Feb. 17: There's been plenty of buzz around Bryce Harper over the past 48 hours or so. Could a resolution to the superstar slugger's free agency be coming soon?

"Things are heating up" for Harper, with the Phillies being seen as the favorite and the Padres making an offer higher than $250 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, who describes the discussions as "intensified" but also cautions that "nothing is done yet." Heyman follows up to point out that Harper is talking to other suitors -- including perhaps the Nationals, Giants and White Sox -- and has "multiple long-term offers for more than $30 million a year" on the table. Sources told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that while the Phillies and Harper's agent Scott Boras have been talking recently and making progress, nothing is imminent. Meanwhile, Philly also remains in contact with Manny Machado.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Things are heating up with Harper. Intensified is the word I heard. Phillies are the favorite, but word remains that nothing���s done yet. Will be a long-term deal.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: As things heat up, hear Harper is talking to other teams beyond Philly, and Philly is still talking to both Harper and Machado. Feels like Philly-Harper is the most likely match at this point tho.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Harper talks with Phillies appear to be intensifying, but no word anything���s done and to this point it seems other interested teams haven���t been told they are out. That includes Padres, Nats, Giants, Chisox, multiple mystery teams.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: As things intensify, Bryce Harper has multiple long-term offers for more than 30M a year. Philly is viewed as the favorite, as said here, but it is also said to an ���evolving��� market.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Padres aren���t kidding around and are said to have made serious offers for both Machado and Harper. Their bid for Machado is believed to be for about $250M (and about 8 years) tho there is the Cali tax and possibly deferrals. Bid for Harper believed to be for more than that.

This comes two days after a report started circulating and gaining some steam Friday afternoon that Harper just might be on the verge of finding a new home.

In a conversation with radio station 94WIP in Philadelphia about the star free agent's situation, Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan, a radio station in Washington, D.C., speculated Friday that Harper could be making up his mind very, very soon.

"Maybe I took a little bit of a leap of faith here based on some indications I got from a real good source," said Russell, who has heard that Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, as well as his wife have been meeting since Monday in his hometown of Las Vegas. "But I'm led to believe by the people that I've talked to that are close to the situation -- and I have, again, a real good source that has helped me through this process, let's just leave it at that -- that Bryce was in a mood to celebrate yesterday. Now, the source said, 'I believe it's done.'

"I don't have concrete, 100 percent proof for you guys," Russell continued. "I wish I did, otherwise I would have it and I would be running around with it. ... But that's what I was led to believe, that this thing is now decided."

To a certain extent, that meshes with information coming from former big league general manager Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ and The Athletic, who says the Phillies are viewed as the clear favorite for Harper, followed by the Nationals.

"I keep hearing there's a lot of momentum and traction here on [Harper] going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies," Bowden said. "He could be rounding third and heading home shortly."

Tweet from @CBSSportsHQ: "I keep hearing there's a lot of momentum and traction here on [Bryce Harper] going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies.He could be rounding third and heading home shortly."-@JimBowdenGM says Bryce Harper could be making his announcement very soon. pic.twitter.com/WxIFU275Zr

Meanwhile, Harper commented on an Instagram post by Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins on Friday, which showed Hoskins walking with bat and glove at the Phillies' Spring Training complex in Clearwater, Fla. Harper's comment was "suhhhhh kiiiiiiid."

Tweet from @JClarkNBCS: Bryce Harper commenting on Rhys Hoskins Instagram!!!! 👀 🤔 #Phillies ������������🌴 pic.twitter.com/gdDiLBEUzz

The speculation indeed continues to swirl around Harper. As it does, we'll keep you up to date on the latest. In the meantime, here's a look at the impact Harper would have if he joins the Phillies, according to MLB.com's Andrew Simon.

Don't count Yanks out on Harper or Machado
Feb. 16: Even as Spring Training has begun and the Yankees already have made several moves to upgrade a roster that won 100 games last year, don't count New York out when it comes to the two premier free agents remaining on the market, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

"I wouldn't say specifically, but I would reinforce, I'm doing my job," general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday. "Whether that's those two players or other players that aren't as significant name value, the job at hand is to constantly be open-minded to ways to make this work the best it can possibly work. ... We like what we've done to this point, but we're never a finished product."

The Yankees already have a full outfield with Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and an injured Jacoby Ellsbury. Signing Harper could necessitate some reshuffling and adjusting. With respect to Machado, the Yankees have added multiple infielders already, signing free agents Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu. Tulowitzki is expected to open the season at shortstop as Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery, and LeMahieu is expected to play a super-utility role.

Then again, this is the Yankees, a team that can never be counted out on big free agents, regardless of the situation.

Here's how Harper could fit with Yankees
Feb. 15: The Yankees have made several additions this offseason to bolster their roster ahead of another run at reaching the World Series for the first time since 2009. The club has brought in the likes of James Paxton, Adam Ottavino, Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu and brough back J.A. Happ, CC Sabathia and Zack Britton. But is that enough to overtake the powerhouse Red Sox?

While it may be, with superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still on the free-agent market, MLB.com's Mike Lupica asks: How much farther would the organization go financially to tilt the scales more sharply in its favor? Signing Harper or Machado certainly would do that, but neither will come cheap, and the Yankees already have a payroll in the $220 million range.

"Yankees fans want [owner Hal] Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman to finish the job this season," Lupica writes. "[If] it turns out that they haven't spent enough, and Machado or Harper might make all the difference, Yankees fans aren't going to want to hear about how fiscally responsible the team is being." More >

Here's a look at how Harper, in particular, could fit into the Yankees' roster and lineup, courtesy of MLB.com's Andrew Simon.

Video: Harper, Machado keep Yankees on their radar

Are Phillies still front-runners for Harper or Machado?
Feb. 15: Even if the Phillies aren't necessarily the first choice for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, will one of the superstar free agents ultimately accept Philadelphia's offer?

Buster Olney predicted as much on ESPN's "Get Up!," saying the feeling is that the White Sox are a "safety net" for both players.

With both Harper and Machado reportedly seeking contracts in the range of 10 years for more than $300 million, the two have lingered on the free agent market. But Olney thinks both players eventually will land deals between 8 and 10 years.

Meanwhile, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak indicated that he is still monitoring the open market but feels like the team accomplished its offseason goals by adding Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto and David Robertson.

"I think if you look at our offseason, we have done just about everything we've set out to do," Klentak said. "At the beginning of the offseason, we identified for sure that we wanted to improve the team defense. That was a flaw of our team last year and it was something we knew we needed to address. We wanted to address our ability to get good hitters out late in the game, particularly left-handed hitters. We think we've addressed that. We've addressed our offense in a couple of key places. And now we've taken care of locking up our best young player. A lot of years, that would be a very complete, thorough and successful offseason. And I really think that it is. The notion that we hear that if we fail to sign a big free agent then it's a failure of an offseason, I don't agree with that.

"Now, I say all that, I'm not trying to throw cold water on the idea that we may still sign a free agent. We are going to continue to explore that market because there's still several really good free agents out there."

The belief in Clearwater is that the Phils' front office prefers Machado over Harper because of the former's combination of offense and defense, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. However, the club remains in contact with each player's agent.

Video: Klentak discusses the free agents still on market

Which teams have the best chance at landing Harper?
Feb. 13: Bryce Harper has been connected to several teams since the offseason began, but while a few clubs have emerged to be seen as frontrunners, which teams have the best chance to land the superstar free agent? MLB.com's Mark Feinsand ranked every potential landing spot for Harper based on the likelihood that the club signs him.

The "longshots" on Feinsand's list are the Cubs, Yankees, and Giants, with San Francisco being the most recent club to join the Harper Sweepstakes by meeting with him in Las Vegas last week. The next category up is "contenders," in which Feinsand places the Padres and White Sox. San Diego is also a recent entrant into the "Harper Bazaar" as his agent, Scott Boras, called it early in the offseason, and also sent a delegation to meet with Harper. The White Sox have shown serious interest this offseason in both Harper and fellow 26-year-old free agent Manny Machado, even though Chicago is currently in the middle of a rebuild with a lot of talent in the pipeline.

Finally, in the "favorites" category are the Phillies and Harper's former team, the Nationals. Philadelphia made it no secret at the start of the offseason that it intended to spend big. Washington reportedly offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract at the end of last season, which he declined, but it has been reported since then that the Nats increased their offer substantially and are definitely in the running.

"The Phillies have been the odds-on favorites to land Harper and/or Machado from the outset of the offseason, and many believe they will still ultimately sign one of them," writes Feinsand. "Last week's trade for J.T. Realmuto made the Phillies' roster even more attractive for a free agent, though some have wondered whether either Harper or Machado wants to play in Philly."

With respect to the Nationals, Feinsand writes that "the consensus is that Boras will give Nationals ownership a chance to exceed [or at least match] the biggest offer before Harper signs elsewhere." More >

Video: When will Harper and Machado sign new deals?

Is Harper open to a short-term deal?
Feb. 13: While it has been reported that the Giants are hoping to sign Bryce Harper to a shorter-term contract, the star slugger "is not signing -- or even considering -- short-term deals," according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Despite rumored offers/wishes of teams, word is Bryce Harper is not signing ��� or even considering ��� short-term deals.

That is similar to what MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi is hearing. "According to what I was told by a source, Harper is not actively discussing a short-term deal right now with the Giants," Morosi says. "At this point in time, Harper's mindset is still the longer-term deal. I think if Harper was going to sign a short-term deal, if that was a preference of his, he would have done so by now."

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that there's even skepticism among some of the people involved in the discussions that the Giants would generate the type of offer that will sway the slugger to pick San Francisco.

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: There continues to be skepticism among some of the folks involved in the Giants/Harper conversation that San Francisco would generate the kind of offer that would sway the slugger. More smoke than fire at this point, in eyes of some involved.

Still, USA Today's Bob Nightengale thinks that the club is a strong place, telling San Francisco radio station KNBR that the Giants and Phillies look like the finalists to land the superstar outfielder.

"Right now, I really do think it's the Giants and the Phillies. It's a two-team race here," said Nightengale, who thinks San Francisco and Philadelphia are neck and neck. "With the Giants moving in and all the optimism, I do believe it's a coin flip," Nightengale said. "I think for the Phillies to get Harper, they're going to have to grossly outbid the Giants to get him. I really do. I think if it's close, he goes to San Francisco. If there's a huge gap, it's tough to walk away from that kind of money."

On the other hand, Nightengale believes the Nationals and Dodgers -- two of the other suitors most strongly linked to Harper this offseason -- are "definitely out of it."

The Giants did make a move to address their outfield Tuesday, bringing in Gerardo Parra on a Minor League deal. While Parra has a good chance to make the team, a source told Morosi that the Giants, who have a full 40-man roster, remain hopeful to sign Harper and didn't want to add another outfielder to their 40-man roster until Harper's situation is settled. Hence, the Minor League contract for Parra.

Video: MLB Tonight on Harper not looking for short-term deal

Could Giants add Harper and still go through rebuild?
Feb. 11: The Giants recently entered the race for Bryce Harper, sparking comparisons to the 1992-93 offseason, when San Francisco signed Barry Bonds after a 72-90 season.

With Bonds in the fold, the Giants won 103 games in 1993. Could Harper lead this San Francisco club to a similar turnaround and help the franchise get another few postseason runs from its aging core? Perhaps that's what new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and team president and CEO Larry Baer are hoping.

However, MLB Network insider Joel Sherman suggests that signing Harper could be a "middle-ground move" that keeps the club relevant while Zaidi reconstructs the roster.

"I wonder if the Giants are in this right now because they looked left and right and said, 'Well, Bryce Harper's still out there.'" Sherman said Monday on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" program. "'Should we at least put our toe in the water and see if we can do this at a level that we like? Because he's young enough to be part of our next good team, and he's star enough to keep our fans interested in the painful period that's likely to come over the next two to three years.'"

In Sherman's view, it would be surprising if the Giants stuck with the status quo, considering the hiring of Zaidi was the organization's way of breaking free from an old-fashioned thought process and ushering in a new era. But Harper could at least prevent the club from bottoming out and losing more fans and viewers in the interim.

"When you're in a market like San Francisco, where you're selling out every day, where TV ratings do matter, where you're in competition with the 49ers and the championship Warriors, you want to make sure you don't bleed out in the two- or three- or four-year period where they're [rebuilding]."

Video: Joel Sherman on the Giants' interest in Harper

One GM's prediction: Harper to Padres, Machado to Phillies
Feb. 11: Where will Bryce Harper and Manny Machado sign? The top question of the offseason will now become one of the top questions of Spring Training as pitchers and catchers report MLB-wide this week.

While both players' markets are still somewhat shrouded in mystery, one MLB general manager offered up his prediction to SNY's Andy Martino recently. In said GM's opinion, Harper is going to sign with the Padres, and Machado with the Phillies.

Tweet from @martinonyc: Asked this exact question of an MLB GM the other day and he said Harper to Padres, Machado to Phillies. But honestly, no one really knows yet. https://t.co/Y0wU6FHShj

San Diego recently entered the mix for Harper, meeting with the outfielder at the end of January. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is one of two clubs -- along with the White Sox -- that are known to be engaged with both Harper and Machado.

Harper also recently met with another National League West team, the Giants, in Las Vegas, and "there has been an increased sense among some in the clubhouse that Harper prefers" San Francisco, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Report: Giants prefer short-term deal for Harper
Feb. 10: The Giants have emerged as a serious contender for Bryce Harper in the past week, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes that the club has "no desire" to make Harper an offer approaching the 10-year, $300 million deal he reportedly rejected from the Nationals in September. Rather, San Francisco plans to make Harper a lucrative short-term offer.

Of course, as Nightengale notes, ownership was willing to take on $265 million of Giancarlo Stanton's contract last offseason if it acquired him from the Marlins, so it's possible the Giants will be open to investing that type of money in Harper as well.

Harper was a popular topic during the Giants' annual FanFest at Oracle Park on Saturday. The club's CEO, Larry Baer, declined to make any predictions about where Harper will land, but did say the meeting Giants executives had with him earlier this week in Las Vegas went well and lasted four hours, longer than either side expected. Baer also said the Giants are "giving it a shot."

Video: Giants CEO Baer discusses interest in Harper

According to NBC Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic, Harper spoke of his admiration of catcher Buster Posey during the meeting, and "there has been an increased sense among some in the clubhouse that Harper prefers the Giants."

On Sunday, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr chimed in during a press conference, saying, "Bryce, come to San Francisco. Let's go."

Tweet from @NBCSWarriors: Coach Kerr has a message for you, @Bharper3407 😏 pic.twitter.com/KpNthKUBtM

The Giants, along with the Dodgers and Padres, are among the clubs closest to Harper's home in Las Vegas. A move to sign Harper wouldn't be unprecedented for the franchise; San Francisco plucked a 28-year-old Barry Bonds off the market in late 1992 with a six-year, $44 million contract that was, at that time, the largest in baseball history. The following season, the club won 103 games.

"There is obviously mutual interest on both sides," Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Friday. "We thought it made sense to get together. We had a good conversation over a few hours. He's obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest. He's going to have some decisions to make. I think it's fair to say that was an expression of our interest level, to make the trip out there to meet with him. You don't make a trip out there to meet with a player just for show."

Zaidi, though, wouldn't go as far as saying whether the team has made a formal offer to Harper.

Video: MLB Tonight on Harper's meeting with the Giants

What would an Arenado extension mean for Harper?
Feb. 9: The Rockies are optimistic they will be able to sign their superstar third baseman, Nolan Arenado, to a contract extension soon, as club owner Dick Monfort told MLB.com's Thomas Harding last week. If Colorado is able to secure Arenado for the long term, how might that impact two superstars still on the free-agent market in Bryce Harper and Manny Machado?

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand writes that Arenado's extension could set a new average annual value record for position players, and if it does, Harper and Machado could benefit.

"It depends on the numbers, but I would expect the agents to fight to be above [Arenado's deal]," one AL general manager told Feinsand.

Beyond the AAV, the length of a potential Arenado extension, which could keep the 27-year-old in Denver through his mid-30s, could be a boon for Harper and Machado as well, as they seek deals that would exceed 10 years and $300 million.

Feinsand also delves into how an Arenado extension would impact this summer's trade market, as well as next offseason's free-agent market. More >

Harper faces "staring contest" ahead of Spring Training
Feb. 8: The sweepstakes for what was touted to be one of the biggest free-agent classes in history remains at a standstill just days before clubs report to Spring Training. And the root of the impasse, for Bryce Harper (and Manny Machado) at least, seems to be easy to decipher: dollars. 

In a Friday piece for The Athletic (subscription required), MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal outlined the many factors as to why both players remain unsigned with roughly seven weeks left until Opening Day. Rosenthal reports that both are still seeking a deal in excess of $300 million, and given their limited pool of suitors, that figure could remain difficult to attain. 

Rosenthal adds that "neither wants to sign first, knowing once one of the players goes off the board, the other will benefit from gaining the sole attention of the remaining suitors" and that  "the clubs, too, prefer to stall."

The Phillies and White Sox have been the clubs most prominently linked to both players, and though the Padres emerged as an interested party in each last week, San Diego may have just been doing its due diligence late in the offseason. 

Rosenthal writes that Philly has conviction that it will land one or the other, with the financial bandwidth capable of topping any offer either player might otherwise receive. And White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Rosenthal adds, would prefer to wait out to the market to glean a firm gauge on what either player will cost, then determine if he's willing to meet that figure.  

Could Realmuto acquisition sway Harper to sign with Phils?
Feb. 8: If the Phillies wanted to gain even more leverage in their pursuit of Bryce Harper, trading for a player that Harper has publicly admired for years certainly couldn't hurt. The Phils continued their promising offseason by adding All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto on Thursday, which should help bolster a lineup that was already projected to win 84 games, according to PECOTA forecasts from Baseball Prospectus. 

Video: IT discusses Phils getting Realmuto, eyeing Harper

It wasn't long ago that Harper publicly expressed frustration with the Nationals failing to land Realmuto ahead of last summer's non-waiver Trade Deadline. But Washington's surprisingly sustained level of disappointment prompted the club to sell instead of buy. And in a game against the Marlins three days before the Deadline, in which Realmuto drove in the winning run, Harper told reporters after: "If that guy was on our side, it wouldn't have happened."

Additionally, at the All-Star Game a few weeks prior, Harper playfully placed a Nats cap on Realmuto's head while the National League club was posing for a photo.  

Bryce Harper is a big fan of new Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto

So, while Harper's decision will likely come down to dollars more than anything, it can't hurt the Phils' chances that they acquired an All-Star talent that Harper has made it clear he's a fan of. 

How Realmuto to Philly could affect Harper
Feb. 7: While the Phillies continue to pursue free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the club made another big move to bolster its roster Thursday, acquiring catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins in a four-player deal. With the ambitious team looking to propel its way to contention, adding the game's top backstop could affect its leverage with not just Harper, but also Machado.

As MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal points out, the determining factor for Harper and Machado will likely still be dollars.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Phillies view Realmuto, if acquired, as another potential enticement for Harper or Machado. Obviously, the biggest enticement will be money. https://t.co/N2R1wgL29U

But adding to an already strong positional nucleus -- Realmuto will join shortstop Jean Segura, left fielder Andrew McCutchen and closer David Robertson as Philly's prized offseason acquisitions (so far) -- certainly doesn't hurt Philadelphia's chances.

It's unclear what the Phillies have offered to both Harper and Machado, but multiple reports have shared that Harper turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nats at the end of the regular season, and Machado turned down a seven-year, $175 million deal from the White Sox recently. 

It's believed that, because their markets haven't gained much traction, the Phils are playing a waiting game of sorts while holding most of the leverage. 

Although adding Realmuto makes the team's need for Harper or Machado less acute, it doesn't sound as though Philadelphia is backing out of the race for either player.

"This doesn't take us out of the free-agent market by any stretch," general manager Matt Klentak said Thursday, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Tweet from @BNightengale: Philadelphia #Phillies GM Matt Klentak, when asked if the JT Realmuto acquisition will have any impact on a certain couple of free agents: "This doesn���t take us out of the free-agent market by any stretch.'' #Harper #Machado

Meanwhile, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports that according to an official with one of the teams pursuing Harper, the superstar's decision does not appear to be imminent. Further, Morosi notes that according to a source familiar with the Nationals' thinking, Washington may be wary of losing Harper to the Phillies, in particular, given that the two are National League East rivals. That may cause the Nats to up their bid for Harper in the event he is close to signing with Philadelphia.

On Thursday, Baseball Prospectus released its 2019 PECOTA projections and forecasted that the Phils would win 84 games, tied with the Braves for third in the National League East behind the Mets and Nationals, who are each projected to win 89 games. But those forecasts did not include the acquisition of Realmuto, who is projected to be worth 3.8 Wins Above Replacement, according to Steamer

As Harper and Machado remain unsigned, Steinbrenner not ruling out another big addition
Feb. 7: Although Yankees manager Aaron Boone said earlier this week that he thought the team's roster was set for 2019, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner is leaving the door open for another big acquisition.

"I don't think it's ever done," Steinbrenner said Thursday, according to Newsday. "Look, if somebody comes -- I haven't changed -- I mean if somebody comes to me with a suggestion or a proposal, I'm going to seriously consider it right up until Opening Day or after. That's part of my leave-no-stone-unturned [policy], right? But I'm excited about the roster. I think we've definitely got a better club Opening Day than we did Opening Day last year, particularly in pitching, which was my biggest area of concern."

The Yankees have had a busy offseason, adding James Paxton, Adam Ottavino, Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu and re-signing CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ and Zack Britton.

But as long as superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain available, the deep-pocketed Yanks will continue to loom as a potential suitor, no matter how unlikely that seems right now.

"Fans should keep an open mind that I'm never done until I'm done, and that's not usually until Opening Day," Steinbrenner said. "Proposals come to me every day with these guys, between the analytics guys and the pro scouting guys, and I'm going to consider every single one of them. But I have to look at the big picture and it is my responsibility that my family expects and my partners expect not just to look at the present, but to look at the future, too. Three, four, five years from now, we've got a lot of homegrown kids that we love, our fans love, that are going to be coming up for free agency and that's something I've got to keep in mind as well."

The Yanks have been more closely connected to Machado this offseason, meeting with him in December. Meanwhile, general manager Brian Cashman did his part to quash any speculation that the Yanks were secretly in on Harper, noting that the club already has a glut of outfielders.

If there's still any chance that Harper could become a Yankee, Aaron Judge is willing to do what it takes to make that possibility a reality. Judge told TMZ Sports on Monday that he would consider moving to center field to clear a spot for Harper, if that was indeed something that could put New York over the top in the Harper sweepstakes.

"Wherever he wants to play, we'll make it work," Judge said. "Anytime you can add an MVP to a team, it's going to make it better."

Tweet from @MLB: Is the outfield at Yankee Stadium big enough? https://t.co/djpnbm1PnR pic.twitter.com/Z4ImkOebr5

 

'It's time': Giants' Bochy to retire after this season

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy followed his gut when he accepted an offer to start managing the Giants ahead of the 2007 season. That same gut feeling is now telling him it's time to start bracing for something new.

Bochy, who guided the Giants to three World Series championships in 2010, '12 and '14, announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the 2019 season, capping a celebrated 25-year managerial career in the Majors.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy followed his gut when he accepted an offer to start managing the Giants ahead of the 2007 season. That same gut feeling is now telling him it's time to start bracing for something new.

Bochy, who guided the Giants to three World Series championships in 2010, '12 and '14, announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the 2019 season, capping a celebrated 25-year managerial career in the Majors.

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"In my mind, it's time," said Bochy, who is entering his 13th season with the Giants. "It's been an unbelievable ride. There is so much I'm grateful for, with the players, the city, the fans. It's time now."

Bochy, who turns 64 in April, informed Giants players of his decision Monday morning during a team meeting prior to the club's first full-squad workout of the spring. First baseman Brandon Belt said Bochy began to get emotional and didn't spend too much time dwelling on the announcement.

Video: MLB Now discusses Bochy retiring after 2019 season

"I think I was a little shocked," Belt said. "He's been around for every single year that I've been here. You think that it might be coming, but it's still a little surprising to hear it coming out of his mouth. We're just going to do what we can to try to make it a memorable last year for him."

Bochy began contemplating retirement at the end of last season and said the decision is of his own volition. He underwent an angioplasty in February 2015 and is recovering from offseason hip-replacement surgery, though he said health was not a factor in his decision. Neither was the Giants' decision to hire Farhan Zaidi as their new president of baseball operations.

"I couldn't be more adamant about that," Bochy said. "This is my decision. It's not something to think about last week. We talked about it at the end of the season. I don't want to burden them with wondering about my situation. I didn't want any distractions."

Tweet from @BruceBochy: Ever since I moved to San Francisco in 2007, the city and our awesome fans have embraced me. I'm going to miss it, but I'm so grateful for the last 12 years and am looking forward to finishing strong this season.

Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said Zaidi was aware that Bochy was considering retiring when he interviewed for his job in November. Baer said Zaidi will spearhead the search for Bochy's successor after the season ends. Bench coach Hensley Meulens and third-base coach Ron Wotus are among the internal candidates who could be considered for the opening.

Bochy will be a strong candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame once he completes his career as a manager. He also led the Padres to the NL pennant in 1998 and is one of only 10 managers in history to have won three World Series; the other nine are already enshrined in Cooperstown.

"To me, he's a lock," Baer said. "The city of San Francisco is very proud of him, and as we go through the season we will obviously have tributes. But I think the ultimate tribute will be Cooperstown. To us, it's a no-brainer."

Tweet from @SFGiants: Admiration.Gratitude. Respect.We love you, Boch.#SFGiants pic.twitter.com/KiQ6u8Zqct

Bochy's 1,926 career victories rank 11th all-time among managers, and he stands just 82 wins behind Hall of Famer Leo Durocher for 10th place. Bochy's 975 wins with the Giants also ranks second in franchise history behind Hall of Fame manager John McGraw (2,583). Bochy began his managerial career with the Padres in 1995. He won his lone NL Manager of the Year title the following year and then led San Diego to its second NL pennant in '98.

Bochy was also a big league catcher for nine seasons with the Astros, Mets and Padres, finishing with a .239 career average.

Bochy said he would like to remain in baseball, though he has not given much thought to what kind of role he'd like to move into. Baer has already told him that he has an open invitation to stay with the Giants. Bochy also didn't entirely shut the door on returning to manage another team someday.

"Never is a big word," Bochy said. "Never say never. You never know what's ahead of you. Where my head is at right now, I'm retiring as a manager here this year. It's not something I'm thinking about. So I'll leave it at that."

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.

San Francisco Giants

'He's huge for us': Miggy back in action at camp

MLB.com @beckjason

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The buzz around Tigertown began as Matthew Boyd was working out in the weight room Monday morning before the Tigers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training.

"He let me know he was facing me first," Boyd said of Miguel Cabrera. "I let him know what was coming. I told him, 'I'm still going to get you out.' We were jawing all day. It was good stuff."

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The buzz around Tigertown began as Matthew Boyd was working out in the weight room Monday morning before the Tigers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training.

"He let me know he was facing me first," Boyd said of Miguel Cabrera. "I let him know what was coming. I told him, 'I'm still going to get you out.' We were jawing all day. It was good stuff."

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A few hours later, when Cabrera stepped into the box against Boyd on the back fields, it was Cabrera's first look at live pitching since his season-ending biceps injury last June. It's called live batting practice, but many hitters use it to simply track pitches and get used to the speed of an at-bat again.

Cabrera took some pitches, made some faces, said some words to catcher John Hicks, then said some more words to Boyd.

"Talking trash a little bit," Cabrera said later with a sheepish smile.

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Cabrera offered some swings, fouled a couple pitches, then laced a line drive toward the opposite-field gap. Nobody seemed particularly shocked.

"On Day 1, after not doing it for a very long time," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You and I wouldn't have gotten one out of the cage. And he was actually putting the barrel on some balls. …

"There's special people -- and I'm not one of them -- when it comes to hitting. And he definitely is. He's just a unique person when it comes to that."

Video: Ron Gardenhire Mic'd Up

It's why the Tigers missed Cabrera so badly last summer. It's also why everyone, including Cabrera, places a priority on keeping him in the lineup this year.

"Bottom line, I have to stay healthy," Cabrera said. "The last two years, I've been hurt. I've been hurting the team, too, because if I don't play, it's one less player. When one guy in the lineup gets hurt, the whole lineup changes. When you play every day, you're going to put up some numbers."

It's not just one less player when Cabrera has been hurt, it's a future Hall of Famer. It's also a hitter who, even with his 36th birthday coming up in April, can serve as the center of a lineup.

"We need to be better," Boyd said, "and we need to learn to go along without any one player. Our team's more than just that. But that just speaks to who he is in this clubhouse. It speaks to who he is on the field. He's huge for us. In so many different ways.

"He's here, and he's healthy, and he's had a year to let everything heal. I think that's pretty awesome. I'm excited to see what happens. He took some good hacks today. We're excited to have him back."

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As much as the Tigers missed Cabrera last season, the bounce in his step Monday showed how badly he missed baseball. He joked around with everybody from Boyd and Hicks to non-roster catching prospect Brady Policelli. He wore a smile on his face through morning defensive drills, getting down the fundamentals he has been practicing for years.

"A long time not being on the field," Cabrera said. "I was excited. … I missed the game a lot last year. To be back in the field, I feel great, and I feel good about being healthy this year and doing my job."

Though a torn biceps muscle ended Cabrera's season, he believes the key to staying healthy will be his back and legs. Two herniated disks in his lumbar spine bothered him throughout the 2017 season, and led to pain in his hips and legs.

The biceps injury gave him time to rest the back.

"My arm feels good," Cabrera said. "I don't have any issues right now. I have to worry more about my back to stay healthy."

He isn't the only one worried, which is why Gardenhire wants to put Cabrera at designated hitter at least part time this season. But as Gardenhire watched Cabrera fire perfect throws without fail in defensive drills Monday, he was reminded why he's valuable in the field.

"You just forget how gifted he really is," Gardenhire said.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera

A year under his belt, Stanton comfy on Yanks

After gritting through tight hamstring in '18, OF embraces lofty expectations for himself, Yanks
MLB.com @BryanHoch

TAMPA, Fla. -- Asked for the biggest takeaway of his first season in Yankees pinstripes, Giancarlo Stanton offered a not-so-veiled swipe at his former employer, noting how his new expectation is to keep the Yankee Stadium lights burning throughout the month of October.

"It's more just playing games that matter; games when you're in it past May 7, which I'd never done," Stanton said. "That's the biggest difference.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Asked for the biggest takeaway of his first season in Yankees pinstripes, Giancarlo Stanton offered a not-so-veiled swipe at his former employer, noting how his new expectation is to keep the Yankee Stadium lights burning throughout the month of October.

"It's more just playing games that matter; games when you're in it past May 7, which I'd never done," Stanton said. "That's the biggest difference.

"Every single game, win or loss, is huge -- for a season."

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As his Marlins tenure fades into the rear-view mirror, the 29-year-old said that he has grown more comfortable in terms of knowing the landscape and preparing to face the opposing hurlers in the American League East. Manager Aaron Boone expects that to pay huge dividends this season.

"One thing with Giancarlo that we noticed, when he sees a pitcher, he's one of those guys that really benefits from that," Boone said. "He gets a pretty significant spike across the board as he starts to see guys, more so than your normal person."

Stanton batted .266/.343/.509 with 102 runs scored, 38 home runs and 100 RBIs in his first season with the Yankees, numbers that he believes could have improved had he not been playing through a tight left hamstring for a sizable portion of the campaign.

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"That wasn't the best for me, my hamstring," said Stanton, who added that the leg felt healthy by season's end. "But I wasn't worried about that. If I could go out and produce or help us the slightest bit, I was going to be out there. But it was quite the factor."

With Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez all out of commission for extended stretches of the summer, Stanton told Boone that he felt a responsibility to keep playing, insisting that he remain in the lineup.

"That's one of those things we loved about him last year, his ability to post when he wasn't perfect, knowing, 'Hey, we're a little bit beat up right now, but I'm good enough to go,'" Boone said. "I still thought he ran the bases well. He just was very much under control and was able to kind of play through it."

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Stanton served as the Yankees' designated hitter 86 times in 2018, playing 36 games in left field and 37 in right field. Thanks in part to a crowded outfield that will feature Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Judge, a similar breakdown is probable for 2019.

"I really told Boonie, whatever he needs," Stanton said. "If I've got to be out there for five days a week in a row, I'll DH five days a week in a row. It'll be similar. He's always good at letting me know the next couple of days' plan. As long as I have that, I can prepare and be ready for whatever they need."

There had been talk entering the offseason that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado could challenge the landmark 13-year, $325 million contract that Stanton signed with the Marlins in November 2014. Stanton said that he is surprised to see both players remaining on the free-agent market.

"It's nothing like what I've seen since I've played, an offseason like this," Stanton said. "I think there's some issues there that need to be addressed. In terms of the contract, if they break it, cool. I'll be happy for them. Hopefully they can get signed [soon]. I don't know what the deal is."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

And the No. 1 player in Fantasy Rankings is ...

MLB.com

February is now underway, which means fantasy drafts are right around the corner, and MLB.com is here to help you prep.

Below, you'll find MLB.com's list of the top 800 fantasy players for 2019, with stat projections courtesy of Steamer. (Steamer projections as of Feb. 1, unless otherwise specified.)

February is now underway, which means fantasy drafts are right around the corner, and MLB.com is here to help you prep.

Below, you'll find MLB.com's list of the top 800 fantasy players for 2019, with stat projections courtesy of Steamer. (Steamer projections as of Feb. 1, unless otherwise specified.)

Position rankings: Catcher | First basemen | Second basemen | Third basemen | ShortstopsOutfieldersRelievers

Note: Position ranks are based on each player's primary position, which is determined by 2018 appearances. Additional positions at which players are likely to have eligibility in most 2019 fantasy leagues are listed in parentheses.

MLB.com's Top 800 Fantasy Rankings for 2019 (Rankings last updated Feb. 17):

1. Mike Trout | OF | Angels | Position rank: OF1
Multidimensional superstar forging path toward Hall of Fame.
Steamer Projection: 487 AB, 37 HR, 112 R, 100 RBIs, 19 SB, .300 AVG, 1.041 OPS

2. Mookie Betts | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF2
All-around stud cemented as one of MLB's best players.
Steamer Projection: 594 AB, 30 HR, 117 R, 96 RBIs, 26 SB, .303 AVG, .922 OPS

3. Jose Ramirez | 3B (2B) | Indians | Position rank: 3B1
Power-speed option can contribute stellar stats across the board.
Steamer Projection: 573 AB, 28 HR, 98 R, 99 RBIs, 24 SB, .284 AVG, .887 OPS

4. J.D. Martinez | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF3
Veteran ranks among baseball's most feared sluggers.
Steamer Projection: 535 AB, 36 HR, 94 R, 111 RBIs, 4 SB, .297 AVG, .940 OPS

5. Nolan Arenado | 3B | Rockies | Position rank: 3B2
Slugger is one of baseball's most consistent superstars.
Steamer Projection: 588 AB, 37 HR, 98 R, 109 RBIs, 3 SB, .286 AVG, .906 OPS

6. Francisco Lindor | SS | Indians | Position rank: SS1
Multifaceted shortstop holds firm place among MLB's top players, when healthy.
Steamer Projection: 606 AB, 31 HR, 105 R, 93 RBIs, 21 SB, .286 AVG, .866 OPS

7. Manny Machado | SS (3B) | Free Agent | Position rank: SS2
Offers dynamic skill set, multi-position eligibility.
Steamer Projection: 569 AB, 33 HR, 91 R, 99 RBIs, 9 SB, .288 AVG, .886 OPS

8. Jose Altuve | 2B | Astros | Position rank: 2B1
Despite 2018 production decline, veteran remains elite asset.
Steamer Projection: 591 AB, 17 HR, 92 R, 82 RBIs, 18 SB, .303 AVG, .829 OPS

9. Max Scherzer | SP | Nationals | Position rank: SP1
Durable right-hander arguably baseball's most reliable ace.
Steamer Projection: 208 IP, 15 W, 0 SV, 271 K, 3.13 ERA, 1.04 WHIP

10. Paul Goldschmidt | 1B | Cardinals | Position rank: 1B1
Consistency king remains offensive powerhouse.
Steamer Projection: 555 AB, 27 HR, 93 R, 90 RBIs, 11 SB, .277 AVG, .875 OPS

11. Alex Bregman | 3B (SS) | Astros | Position rank: 3B3
Youngster has skills to repeat breakout campaign.
Steamer Projection: 574 AB, 26 HR, 100 R, 93 RBIs, 11 SB, .280 AVG, .866 OPS

12. Trea Turner | SS | Nationals | Position rank: SS3
Provides high-end speed, solid power stroke.
Steamer Projection: 597 AB, 17 HR, 97 R, 69 RBIs, 41 SB, .287 AVG, .797 OPS

13. Christian Yelich | OF | Brewers | Position rank: OF4
Even if power regresses, outfielder should be multi-category stud.
Steamer Projection: 563 AB, 27 HR, 96 R, 88 RBIs, 15 SB, .297 AVG, .896 OPS

14. Bryce Harper | OF | Free Agent | Position rank: OF5
Slugger has skills to challenge for another MVP Award.
Steamer Projection: 508 AB, 34 HR, 94 R, 94 RBIs, 10 SB, .267 AVG, .927 OPS

15. Chris Sale | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP2
Strikeout artist ranks among MLB's most dominant hurlers.
Steamer Projection: 202 IP, 17 W, 0 SV, 274 K, 2.77 ERA, 0.97 WHIP

16. Jacob deGrom | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP3
Impressive right-hander keeps getting better.
Steamer Projection: 208 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 252 K, 2.93 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

17. Aaron Judge | OF | Yankees | Position rank: OF6
Patient slugger can provide head-turning power in terrific lineup
Steamer Projection: 530 AB, 36 HR, 98 R, 93 RBIs, 7 SB, .251 AVG, .869 OPS

18. Trevor Story | SS | Rockies | Position rank: SS4
Power-speed option has become one of game's top shortstops.
Steamer Projection: 552 AB, 31 HR, 85 R, 96 RBIs, 18 SB, .271 AVG, .850 OPS

19. Ronald Acuna Jr. | OF | Braves | Position rank: OF7
Budding star ready to build on stellar debut season.
Steamer Projection: 592 AB, 29 HR, 97 R, 82 RBIs, 25 SB, .279 AVG, .838 OPS

20. Justin Verlander | SP | Astros | Position rank: SP4
Despite advanced age, righty remains one of MLB's premier hurlers.
Steamer Projection: 202 IP, 15 W, 0 SV, 250 K, 3.37 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

21. Freddie Freeman | 1B | Braves | Position rank: 1B2
Polished hitter ranks among best first-base options.
Steamer Projection: 568 AB, 27 HR, 92 R, 94 RBIs, 8 SB, .287 AVG, .886 OPS

22. Javier Baez | 2B (3B, SS) | Cubs | Position rank: 2B2
Exciting infielder offers power, speed, versatility.
Steamer Projection: 591 AB, 30 HR, 82 R, 97 RBIs, 17 SB, .269 AVG, .802 OPS

23. Anthony Rizzo | 1B | Cubs | Position rank: 1B3
Veteran slugger has terrific on-base skills.
Steamer Projection: 555 AB, 30 HR, 98 R, 94 RBIs, 7 SB, .281 AVG, .897 OPS

24. Giancarlo Stanton | OF | Yankees | Position rank: OF8
Veteran slugger remains one of game's premier power hitters.
Steamer Projection: 535 AB, 45 HR, 96 R, 114 RBIs, 3 SB, .267 AVG, .923 OPS

25. Charlie Blackmon | OF | Rockies | Position rank: OF9
Veteran gets fantasy boost from hitter-friendly home park, favorable lineup spot.
Steamer Projection: 612 AB, 27 HR, 105 R, 79 RBIs, 13 SB, .287 AVG, .844 OPS

26. Kris Bryant | 3B (OF) | Cubs | Position rank: 3B4
With better health, slugger could regain place among game's elite.
Steamer Projection: 542 AB, 29 HR, 96 R, 89 RBIs, 7 SB, .275 AVG, .886 OPS

27. Juan Soto | OF | Nationals | Position rank: OF10
Youngster could make further strides after brilliant rookie campaign.
Steamer Projection: 511 AB, 27 HR, 88 R, 89 RBIs, 6 SB, .292 AVG, .910 OPS

28. Corey Kluber | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP5
Consistent right-hander positioned for continued success.
Steamer Projection: 209 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 220 K, 3.46 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

29. Gerrit Cole | SP | Astros | Position rank: SP6
Right-hander has skills to repeat 2018 success.
Steamer Projection: 196 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 235 K, 3.48 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

30. Clayton Kershaw | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP7
Despite injury concerns, accomplished lefty still part of ace tier.
Steamer Projection: 185 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 180 K, 3.23 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

31. Carlos Correa | SS | Astros | Position rank: SS5
Bounceback candidate has elite potential at premium position.
Steamer Projection: 515 AB, 24 HR, 79 R, 85 RBIs, 4 SB, .265 AVG, .818 OPS

32. Luis Severino | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP8
Hard-throwing righty has ability to dominate on regular basis.
Steamer Projection: 196 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 221 K, 3.45 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

33. Starling Marte | OF | Pirates | Position rank: OF11
Power-speed option worth early-round draft pick.
Steamer Projection: 573 AB, 17 HR, 79 R, 71 RBIs, 34 SB, .282 AVG, .776 OPS

34. Blake Snell | SP | Rays | Position rank: SP9
After remarkable breakout, young lefty ready for encore.
Steamer Projection: 189 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 232 K, 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

35. Andrew Benintendi | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF12
Multidimensional youngster could be capable of further growth.
Steamer Projection: 586 AB, 19 HR, 102 R, 78 RBIs, 19 SB, .286 AVG, .830 OPS

36. Aaron Nola | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP10
Right-hander poised to build on sensational breakout season.
Steamer Projection: 194 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 210 K, 3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

37. George Springer | OF | Astros | Position rank: OF13
Leadoff hitter has strong bounceback potential.
Steamer Projection: 550 AB, 26 HR, 95 R, 75 RBIs, 8 SB, .263 AVG, .814 OPS

38. Xander Bogaerts | SS | Red Sox | Position rank: SS6
Provides quality average, solid power in terrific lineup.
Steamer Projection: 552 AB, 19 HR, 83 R, 84 RBIs, 9 SB, .286 AVG, .820 OPS

39. Carlos Carrasco | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP11
Right-hander can be considered borderline ace.
Steamer Projection: 197 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 214 K, 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

40. Rhys Hoskins | OF (1B) | Phillies | Position rank: OF14
Impressive slugger part of up-and-coming club.
Steamer Projection: 559 AB, 37 HR, 89 R, 98 RBIs, 5 SB, .249 AVG, .852 OPS

41. Anthony Rendon | 3B | Nationals | Position rank: 3B5
Consistent veteran hits for average, power.
Steamer Projection: 527 AB, 22 HR, 82 R, 83 RBIs, 5 SB, .287 AVG, .860 OPS

42. Cody Bellinger | 1B (OF) | Dodgers | Position rank: 1B4
Young slugger could regain lost power after 2018 decline.
Steamer Projection: 552 AB, 32 HR, 85 R, 95 RBIs, 11 SB, .257 AVG, .836 OPS

43. Eugenio Suarez | 3B | Reds | Position rank: 3B6
Has made strides to become stellar hot-corner option.
Steamer Projection: 556 AB, 29 HR, 82 R, 91 RBIs, 4 SB, .257 AVG, .815 OPS

44. Matt Carpenter | 1B (2B, 3B) | Cardinals | Position rank: 1B5
Veteran offers strong power, superb on-base skills.
Steamer Projection: 532 AB, 25 HR, 95 R, 69 RBIs, 4 SB, .251 AVG, .831 OPS

45. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | 3B | Blue Jays | Position rank: 3B7
Premier prospect could receive big league callup early in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 493 AB, 22 HR, 76 R, 78 RBIs, 5 SB, .306 AVG, .879 OPS

46. Whit Merrifield | 2B (OF) | Royals | Position rank: 2B3
Strong contact hitter cemented as premier steals source.
Steamer Projection: 604 AB, 12 HR, 82 R, 61 RBIs, 30 SB, .275 AVG, .736 OPS

47. Noah Syndergaard | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP12
With better health, electric righty could be elite.
Steamer Projection: 176 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 183 K, 3.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

48. Ozzie Albies | 2B | Braves | Position rank: 2B4
Youngster could take another step toward stardom.
Steamer Projection: 582 AB, 19 HR, 78 R, 76 RBIs, 16 SB, .273 AVG, .771 OPS

49. Corey Seager | SS | Dodgers | Position rank: SS7
Shouldn't be overlooked in early rounds after injury-shortened season.
Steamer Projection: 566 AB, 24 HR, 93 R, 76 RBIs, 4 SB, .284 AVG, .840 OPS

50. Khris Davis | OF | Athletics | Position rank: OF15
Established slugger could rank among home run leaders again.
Steamer Projection: 571 AB, 40 HR, 89 R, 106 RBIs, 1 SB, .240 AVG, .823 OPS

51. Trevor Bauer | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP13
After 2018 breakout, righty poised for additional success.
Steamer Projection: 193 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 217 K, 3.56 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

52. Stephen Strasburg | SP | Nationals | Position rank: SP14
Right-hander can perform at high level, when healthy.
Steamer Projection: 177 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 192 K, 3.66 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

53. Nelson Cruz | DH | Twins | Position rank: DH1
Despite advanced age, veteran still ranks among game's top power hitters.
Steamer Projection: 532 AB, 35 HR, 87 R, 102 RBIs, 1 SB, .282 AVG, .895 OPS

54. Gleyber Torres | 2B (SS) | Yankees | Position rank: 2B5
Youngster has potential to join keystone's top tier.
Steamer Projection: 508 AB, 22 HR, 70 R, 74 RBIs, 9 SB, .257 AVG, .767 OPS

55. Jose Abreu | 1B | White Sox | Position rank: 1B6
Veteran can still provide solid production at plate.
Steamer Projection: 569 AB, 28 HR, 80 R, 93 RBIs, 2 SB, .280 AVG, .835 OPS

56. Patrick Corbin | SP | Nationals | Position rank: SP15
After breakout campaign, southpaw could turn heads again.
Steamer Projection: 182 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 189 K, 3.43 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

57. James Paxton | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP16
Despite durability concerns, impressive lefty can be major mixed-league asset.
Steamer Projection: 172 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 198 K, 3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

58. Walker Buehler | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP17
With overpowering arsenal, youngster could be set for further dominance.
Steamer Projection: 163 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 186 K, 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

59. Marcell Ozuna | OF | Cardinals | Position rank: OF16
Slugger should be good source of homers, RBIs with solid average.
Steamer Projection: 561 AB, 28 HR, 78 R, 94 RBIs, 2 SB, .289 AVG, .838 OPS

60. Gary Sanchez | C | Yankees | Position rank: C1
If healthy, powerful catcher could regain place among position's elite.
Steamer Projection: 453 AB, 28 HR, 69 R, 79 RBIs, 2 SB, .245 AVG, .803 OPS

61. Edwin Diaz | RP | Mets | Position rank: RP1
Dominant closer has skills to deliver another stellar campaign.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 33 SV, 97 K, 2.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

62. J.T. Realmuto | C (1B) | Phillies | Position rank: C2
Well-rounded backstop clearly among best offensive players at thin position.
Steamer Projection*: 498 AB, 21 HR, 65 R, 73 RBIs, 5 SB, .269 AVG, .782 OPS
*Projection as of Feb. 10.

63. Robbie Ray | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP18
Lefty can overcome inconsistent control with outstanding strikeout skills.
Steamer Projection: 176 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 221 K, 3.68 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

64. Chris Archer | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP19
Inconsistent right-hander continues to tantalize with strikeout ability.
Steamer Projection: 191 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 204 K, 3.64 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

65. Jean Segura | SS | Phillies | Position rank: SS8
Speedy veteran can contribute solid stats across board.
Steamer Projection: 587 AB, 14 HR, 77 R, 62 RBIs, 20 SB, .284 AVG, .744 OPS

66. Joey Votto | 1B | Reds | Position rank: 1B7
On-base maven may have trouble regaining past glory in power department.
Steamer Projection: 523 AB, 22 HR, 90 R, 80 RBIs, 3 SB, .278 AVG, .874 OPS

67. Kenley Jansen | RP | Dodgers | Position rank: RP2
Despite showing signs of decline, right-hander remains top-tier fantasy closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 38 SV, 77 K, 3.32 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

68. Justin Turner | 3B | Dodgers | Position rank: 3B8
Veteran offers elite bat-to-ball skills, solid power.
Steamer Projection: 515 AB, 21 HR, 78 R, 80 RBIs, 4 SB, .286 AVG, .846 OPS

69. Joey Gallo | OF (1B) | Rangers | Position rank: OF17
Despite strikeout woes, slugger could again rank among home run leaders.
Steamer Projection: 519 AB, 40 HR, 86 R, 98 RBIs, 6 SB, .225 AVG, .842 OPS

70. Eddie Rosario | OF | Twins | Position rank: OF18
Free swinger established as starting outfielder in shallow leagues.
Steamer Projection: 584 AB, 25 HR, 81 R, 87 RBIs, 9 SB, .277 AVG, .788 OPS

71. Craig Kimbrel | RP | Free Agent | Position rank: RP3
Righty in midst of lengthy run as one of game's elite closers.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 0* SV, 98 K, 2.80 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
*Steamer projects all free-agent relievers for zero saves before they sign. MLB.com ranking based on expectation that right-hander will close in 2019.

72. Aroldis Chapman | RP | Yankees | Position rank: RP4
Hard-throwing southpaw remains one of game's most effective closers.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 31 SV, 97 K, 2.76 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

73. Lorenzo Cain | OF | Brewers | Position rank: OF19
Veteran can make notable impact in three fantasy categories (AVG, R, SB).
Steamer Projection: 564 AB, 15 HR, 86 R, 59 RBIs, 22 SB, .284 AVG, .778 OPS

74. David Price | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP20
After rebounding from injury-plagued 2017 season, veteran worth early-round pick.
Steamer Projection: 194 IP, 14 W, 0 SV, 187 K, 3.95 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

75. Blake Treinen | RP | Athletics | Position rank: RP5
After All-Star season, right-hander now ranks as high-end closing option.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 23 SV, 73 K, 3.09 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

76. Rougned Odor | 2B | Rangers | Position rank: 2B6
Power-speed option making strides to become more disciplined at plate.
Steamer Projection: 460 AB, 22 HR, 63 R, 68 RBIs, 13 SB, .249 AVG, .759 OPS

77. Zack Greinke | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP21
With expert control, crafty veteran continues to excel.
Steamer Projection: 201 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 188 K, 3.85 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

78. Justin Upton | OF | Angels | Position rank: OF20
Veteran slugger represents starting-caliber outfielder in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 538 AB, 28 HR, 79 R, 87 RBIs, 8 SB, .243 AVG, .781 OPS

79. Felipe Vazquez | RP | Pirates | Position rank: RP6
Left-hander has stuff to rank as top-tier fantasy closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 31 SV, 82 K, 2.93 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

80. Brad Hand | RP | Indians | Position rank: RP7
Impressive southpaw could see majority of Tribe's save chances.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 34 SV, 79 K, 3.41 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

81. Mike Foltynewicz | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP22
After breakout season, hard-throwing right-hander worth early-round pick.
Steamer Projection: 192 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 201 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

82. Mike Clevinger | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP23
With secure rotation spot, right-hander now worth significant fantasy investment.
Steamer Projection: 170 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 180 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

83. Dee Gordon | 2B (OF) | Mariners | Position rank: 2B7
Remains on shallow-league radar due to upside in stolen-base category.
Steamer Projection: 559 AB, 4 HR, 64 R, 49 RBIs, 33 SB, .275 AVG, .664 OPS

84. German Marquez | SP | Rockies | Position rank: SP24
Has stuff to provide considerable fantasy value despite challenging home park.
Steamer Projection: 190 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 207 K, 3.88 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

85. Roberto Osuna | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP8
As closer on one of baseball's best teams, talented righty should rack up saves.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 33 SV, 72 K, 3.54 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

86. Adalberto Mondesi | SS (2B) | Royals | Position rank: SS9
With regular role, young power-speed option could be major mixed-league asset.
Steamer Projection: 582 AB, 22 HR, 78 R, 73 RBIs, 43 SB, .253 AVG, .729 OPS

87. Mitch Haniger | OF | Mariners | Position rank: OF21
Worth early-round pick after breakout season.
Steamer Projection: 578 AB, 24 HR, 83 R, 81 RBIs, 7 SB, .260 AVG, .785 OPS

88. Jose Berrios | SP | Twins | Position rank: SP25
Young righty has ability to provide considerable mixed-league value.
Steamer Projection: 193 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 192 K, 4.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

89. Jack Flaherty | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP26
After stellar rookie season, right-hander worth significant fantasy investment.
Steamer Projection: 164 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 180 K, 3.69 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

90. Scooter Gennett | 2B | Reds | Position rank: 2B8
Veteran established as offensive force at second base.
Steamer Projection: 552 AB, 19 HR, 68 R, 77 RBIs, 4 SB, .262 AVG, .741 OPS

91. Tommy Pham | OF | Rays | Position rank: OF22
Disciplined hitter provides versatile skill set.
Steamer Projection: 406 AB, 16 HR, 61 R, 54 RBIs, 13 SB, .255 AVG, .779 OPS

92. Andrew McCutchen | OF | Phillies | Position rank: OF23
Former fantasy star remains productive option in mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 510 AB, 26 HR, 78 R, 79 RBIs, 11 SB, .263 AVG, .837 OPS

93. Madison Bumgarner | SP | Giants | Position rank: SP27
Although he remains effective, veteran left-hander showing signs of decline.
Steamer Projection: 203 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 183 K, 3.93 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

94. Matt Olson | 1B | Athletics | Position rank: 1B8
Young slugger consistently hits ball with authority.
Steamer Projection: 551 AB, 33 HR, 85 R, 94 RBIs, 2 SB, .244 AVG, .815 OPS

95. Nicholas Castellanos | OF | Tigers | Position rank: OF24
Consistently hits ball with authority despite undisciplined approach.
Steamer Projection: 586 AB, 24 HR, 81 R, 89 RBIs, 3 SB, .276 AVG, .814 OPS

96. Jameson Taillon | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP28
Consistent right-hander can be considered in early rounds.
Steamer Projection: 190 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 178 K, 3.89 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

97. Yasiel Puig | OF | Reds | Position rank: OF25
Power-speed option worth drafting in all leagues.
Steamer Projection: 507 AB, 27 HR, 77 R, 86 RBIs, 15 SB, .276 AVG, .853 OPS

98. Jose Leclerc | RP | Rangers | Position rank: RP9
Set to retain ninth-inning role after excelling as closer in second half of 2018.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 21 SV, 86 K, 3.64 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

99. Kirby Yates | RP | Padres | Position rank: RP10
Right-hander has swing-and-miss stuff to excel in closer's role.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 28 SV, 84 K, 3.26 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

100. Raisel Iglesias | RP | Reds | Position rank: RP11
Right-hander has proven to be reliable fantasy closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 33 SV, 75 K, 3.67 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

101. Miguel Andujar | 3B | Yankees | Position rank: 3B9
After strong rookie season, youngster worth starting in standard mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 535 AB, 24 HR, 73 R, 83 RBIs, 4 SB, .279 AVG, .802 OPS

102. Michael Conforto | OF | Mets | Position rank: OF26
With fully healthy offseason, outfielder has potential to improve upon 2018 stats.
Steamer Projection: 520 AB, 27 HR, 75 R, 81 RBIs, 4 SB, .244 AVG, .799 OPS

103. Charlie Morton | SP | Rays | Position rank: SP29
In midst of late-career renaissance, right-hander has significant fantasy value.
Steamer Projection: 152 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 168 K, 3.50 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

104. Michael Brantley | OF | Astros | Position rank: OF27
Elite contact hitter can contribute across board, but durability concerns remain.
Steamer Projection: 445 AB, 14 HR, 66 R, 62 RBIs, 8 SB, .282 AVG, .790 OPS

105. Matt Chapman | 3B | Athletics | Position rank: 3B10
Defensive whiz with burgeoning offensive game could take another step forward.
Steamer Projection: 575 AB, 29 HR, 87 R, 88 RBIs, 4 SB, .249 AVG, .797 OPS

106. Eloy Jimenez | OF | White Sox | Position rank: OF28
Elite prospect could earn prominent MLB role early in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 514 AB, 26 HR, 72 R, 86 RBIs, 2 SB, .295 AVG, .855 OPS

107. A.J. Pollock | OF | Dodgers | Position rank: OF29
When healthy, veteran is multidimensional fantasy asset.
Steamer Projection: 492 AB, 19 HR, 70 R, 62 RBIs, 15 SB, .252 AVG, .749 OPS

108. David Dahl | OF | Rockies | Position rank: OF30
Young outfielder could enter 2019 season with expanded role.
Steamer Projection: 436 AB, 18 HR, 60 R, 64 RBIs, 9 SB, .270 AVG, .790 OPS

109. Jonathan Villar | 2B (SS) | Orioles | Position rank: 2B9
Speedy veteran should draw regular playing time in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 428 AB, 13 HR, 56 R, 47 RBIs, 26 SB, .250 AVG, .709 OPS

110. Victor Robles | OF | Nationals | Position rank: OF31
Speedy prospect could be ready to make big league impact.
Steamer Projection: 515 AB, 12 HR, 69 R, 59 RBIs, 27 SB, .274 AVG, .752 OPS

111. Yasmani Grandal | C | Brewers | Position rank: C3
Veteran ranks among most productive catchers in baseball.
Steamer Projection: 413 AB, 22 HR, 59 R, 65 RBIs, 2 SB, .237 AVG, .797 OPS

112. Jose Peraza | SS | Reds | Position rank: SS10
With newfound power stroke, speedster can be started in mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 588 AB, 11 HR, 72 R, 64 RBIs, 22 SB, .281 AVG, .721 OPS

113. Salvador Perez | C | Royals | Position rank: C4
Likely to rank among home run leaders at catching position.
Steamer Projection: 408 AB, 20 HR, 49 R, 61 RBIs, 1 SB, .251 AVG, .741 OPS

114. Josh Donaldson | 3B | Braves | Position rank: 3B11
Given durability concerns, veteran slugger should last until middle rounds.
Steamer Projection: 468 AB, 26 HR, 78 R, 74 RBIs, 4 SB, .257 AVG, .843 OPS

115. Buster Posey | C (1B) | Giants | Position rank: C5
Amid declining power, backstop still wields productive bat, when healthy.
Steamer Projection: 485 AB, 13 HR, 63 R, 62 RBIs, 4 SB, .287 AVG, .791 OPS

116. J.A. Happ | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP30
Veteran left-hander remains quality rotation option in all leagues.
Steamer Projection: 168 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 169 K, 4.09 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

117. Rick Porcello | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP31
Durable right-hander backed by high-powered offense.
Steamer Projection: 191 IP, 13 W, 0 SV, 169 K, 4.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

118. Miles Mikolas | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP32
Despite low strikeout totals, control artist can make major mixed-league impact.
Steamer Projection: 198 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 161 K, 4.04 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

119. Daniel Murphy | 2B (1B) | Rockies | Position rank: 2B10
Aging veteran remains solid starting option in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 447 AB, 18 HR, 66 R, 69 RBIs, 3 SB, .306 AVG, .863 OPS

120. Mallex Smith | OF | Mariners | Position rank: OF32
Speedster should again rank among MLB leaders in steals.
Steamer Projection: 576 AB, 6 HR, 78 R, 50 RBIs, 40 SB, .263 AVG, .697 OPS

121. Shohei Ohtani | DH | Angels | Position rank: DH2
While he won't pitch in 2019, two-way phenom could make sizable impact on offense.
Steamer Projection: 401 AB, 24 HR, 65 R, 73 RBIs, 9 SB, .273 AVG, .870 OPS

122. Wil Myers | OF (3B) | Padres | Position rank: OF33
With better health, power-speed option could be major fantasy asset.
Steamer Projection: 517 AB, 23 HR, 72 R, 71 RBIs, 17 SB, .240 AVG, .756 OPS

123. Yu Darvish | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP33
With improved health, right-hander could enjoy bounceback season.
Steamer Projection: 139 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 157 K, 3.76 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

124. Kyle Hendricks | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP34
Right-hander provides consistent results by limiting walks, hard contact.
Steamer Projection: 194 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.04 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

125. Zack Wheeler | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP35
With lingering health concerns, righty represents boom-or-bust fantasy pick.
Steamer Projection: 171 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 172 K, 3.85 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

126. Josh Hader | RP | Brewers | Position rank: RP12
Even without consistent save chances, lefty could have tremendous fantasy value.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 14 SV, 98 K, 2.95 ERA, 1.12 WHIP

127. Cody Allen | RP | Angels | Position rank: RP13
Bounceback candidate has little competition for closer's role on new team.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 33 SV, 73 K, 3.82 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

128. Robinson Cano | 2B (1B) | Mets | Position rank: 2B11
Accomplished veteran remains capable of hitting for average, power.
Steamer Projection: 571 AB, 23 HR, 76 R, 82 RBIs, 1 SB, .278 AVG, .796 OPS

129. Masahiro Tanaka | SP | Yankees | Position rank: SP36
Homer-prone right-hander can rack up strikeouts, limit baserunners.
Steamer Projection: 153 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 148 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

130. Jesus Aguilar | 1B | Brewers | Position rank: 1B9
Hard-hitting first baseman has ability to duplicate breakout season.
Steamer Projection: 527 AB, 28 HR, 72 R, 84 RBIs, 1 SB, .242 AVG, .771 OPS

131. Travis Shaw | 3B (1B, 2B) | Brewers | Position rank: 3B12
Slugger can be comfortably started at hot corner in standard mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 531 AB, 27 HR, 75 R, 86 RBIs, 5 SB, .249 AVG, .792 OPS

132. Miguel Cabrera | 1B | Tigers | Position rank: 1B10
Accomplished veteran must show ability to stay healthy.
Steamer Projection: 461 AB, 21 HR, 68 R, 73 RBIs, 1 SB, .283 AVG, .848 OPS

133. David Peralta | OF | D-backs | Position rank: OF34
Veteran mashes against right-handed pitching.
Steamer Projection: 470 AB, 18 HR, 67 R, 63 RBIs, 4 SB, .281 AVG, .814 OPS

134. Aaron Hicks | OF | Yankees | Position rank: OF35
Disciplined hitter has prominent role in elite lineup.
Steamer Projection: 506 AB, 22 HR, 80 R, 70 RBIs, 10 SB, .248 AVG, .779 OPS

135. Sean Doolittle | RP | Nationals | Position rank: RP14
When healthy, oft-injured southpaw is outstanding fantasy asset.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 22 SV, 78 K, 3.35 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

136. Jose Quintana | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP37
Durable left-hander represents mid-tier mixed-league starter.
Steamer Projection: 186 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 176 K, 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

137. Willson Contreras | C | Cubs | Position rank: C6
Backstop could greatly improve upon unremarkable 2018 numbers.
Steamer Projection: 415 AB, 14 HR, 53 R, 58 RBIs, 4 SB, .257 AVG, .767 OPS

138. Rich Hill | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP38
Veteran continues to perform well on per-start basis, but durability concerns linger.
Steamer Projection: 159 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 175 K, 3.61 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

139. Nathan Eovaldi | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP39
After promising return from Tommy John surgery, righty worth mid-round pick.
Steamer Projection: 152 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 134 K, 3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

140. Cole Hamels | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP40
After strong finish in 2018, former ace continues to have standard-league relevance.
Steamer Projection: 172 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 171 K, 3.96 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

141. Eduardo Rodriguez | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: SP41
With better durability, lefty could be extremely valuable fantasy option.
Steamer Projection: 136 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 141 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

142. Dallas Keuchel | SP | Free Agent | Position rank: SP42
By minimizing fly balls, left-hander can thrive without impressive strikeout totals.
Steamer Projection: 196 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 154 K, 3.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

143. Corey Knebel | RP | Brewers | Position rank: RP15
After strong finish, righty could re-enter closing picture.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 18 SV, 92 K, 3.06 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

144. Wade Davis | RP | Rockies | Position rank: RP16
Veteran represents boom-or-bust option among big-name fantasy relievers.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 29 SV, 74 K, 3.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

145. Wilson Ramos | C | Mets | Position rank: C7
Veteran holds firm place among top fantasy catchers.
Steamer Projection: 375 AB, 15 HR, 45 R, 55 RBIs, 1 SB, .261 AVG, .752 OPS

146. Brian Dozier | 2B | Nationals | Position rank: 2B12
Given track record, veteran should be drafted in most leagues despite poor 2018 season.
Steamer Projection: 445 AB, 20 HR, 61 R, 65 RBIs, 9 SB, .242 AVG, .761 OPS

147. Edwin Encarnacion | 1B | Mariners | Position rank: 1B11
Aging slugger remains strong source of homers, RBIs.
Steamer Projection: 448 AB, 27 HR, 67 R, 77 RBIs, 2 SB, .238 AVG, .801 OPS

148. Ryan Braun | OF (1B) | Brewers | Position rank: OF36
Oft-injured slugger remains solid fantasy option, when healthy.
Steamer Projection: 450 AB, 22 HR, 64 R, 72 RBIs, 11 SB, .265 AVG, .807 OPS

149. Mike Moustakas | 3B | Brewers | Position rank: 3B13
Veteran third baseman is reliable power source.
Steamer Projection: 539 AB, 29 HR, 73 R, 87 RBIs, 3 SB, .257 AVG, .792 OPS

150. Ender Inciarte | OF | Braves | Position rank: OF37
Strong defender provides plus speed, solid bat-to-ball skills.
Steamer Projection: 562 AB, 9 HR, 67 R, 58 RBIs, 23 SB, .274 AVG, .716 OPS

151. Andrew Miller | RP | Cardinals | Position rank: RP17
Oft-dominant left-hander could be saves source with new team.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 23 SV, 83 K, 2.95 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

152. Luis Castillo | SP | Reds | Position rank: SP43
Coming off inconsistent 2018 season, youngster still has notable fantasy potential.
Steamer Projection: 173 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 172 K, 4.01 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

153. Yadier Molina | C | Cardinals | Position rank: C8
Despite advanced age, durable veteran continues to excel.
Steamer Projection: 474 AB, 15 HR, 55 R, 61 RBIs, 5 SB, .267 AVG, .732 OPS

154. Carlos Martinez | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP44
With better health, right-hander should have considerable fantasy value.
Steamer Projection: 180 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 165 K, 4.05 ERA, 1.37 WHIP

155. Jon Lester | SP | Cubs | Position rank: SP45
Although he remains quality fantasy option, southpaw no longer pitching at ace level.
Steamer Projection: 192 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 170 K, 4.35 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

156. Austin Meadows | OF | Rays | Position rank: OF38
With regular role, youngster could be power-speed asset.
Steamer Projection: 394 AB, 14 HR, 52 R, 51 RBIs, 12 SB, .265 AVG, .752 OPS

157. Elvis Andrus | SS | Rangers | Position rank: SS11
Veteran can be considered for starting spot in standard fantasy leagues.
Steamer Projection: 477 AB, 9 HR, 59 R, 55 RBIs, 11 SB, .266 AVG, .716 OPS

158. Tim Anderson | SS | White Sox | Position rank: SS12
Power-speed option can help mixed-league owners despite poor on-base skills.
Steamer Projection: 576 AB, 17 HR, 64 R, 66 RBIs, 20 SB, .252 AVG, .684 OPS

159. Nomar Mazara | OF | Rangers | Position rank: OF39
Youngster needs to increase launch angle to take step forward.
Steamer Projection: 465 AB, 21 HR, 65 R, 72 RBIs, 2 SB, .271 AVG, .800 OPS

160. Andrew Heaney | SP | Angels | Position rank: SP46
Left-hander should be streaming option in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 178 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 171 K, 3.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

161. Adam Eaton | OF | Nationals | Position rank: OF40
When healthy, outfielder can contribute across board.
Steamer Projection: 502 AB, 10 HR, 76 R, 52 RBIs, 11 SB, .283 AVG, .778 OPS

162. Amed Rosario | SS | Mets | Position rank: SS13
After making strides late in 2018, former top prospect has breakout potential.
Steamer Projection: 529 AB, 10 HR, 56 R, 57 RBIs, 21 SB, .262 AVG, .694 OPS

163. Carlos Santana | 1B (3B, OF) | Indians | Position rank: 1B12
Disciplined slugger can provide value in all fantasy leagues.
Steamer Projection: 424 AB, 20 HR, 69 R, 65 RBIs, 3 SB, .251 AVG, .819 OPS

164. Max Muncy | 1B (2B, 3B) | Dodgers | Position rank: 1B13
Late bloomer has seemingly found recipe for sustained success.
Steamer Projection: 482 AB, 23 HR, 71 R, 72 RBIs, 3 SB, .236 AVG, .774 OPS

165. Ken Giles | RP | Blue Jays | Position rank: RP18
Inconsistent righty has little competition for closer's role.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 26 SV, 73 K, 3.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

166. David Robertson | RP | Phillies | Position rank: RP19
Consistent veteran expected to get some closing opportunities with new team.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 21 SV, 86 K, 3.22 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

167. Eric Hosmer | 1B | Padres | Position rank: 1B14
Veteran will look to rebound in second season with Padres.
Steamer Projection: 587 AB, 22 HR, 77 R, 78 RBIs, 6 SB, .265 AVG, .773 OPS

168. Rafael Devers | 3B | Red Sox | Position rank: 3B14
Despite disappointing 2018 campaign, youngster still has immense potential.
Steamer Projection: 481 AB, 22 HR, 68 R, 75 RBIs, 6 SB, .271 AVG, .806 OPS

169. Ian Desmond | 1B (OF) | Rockies | Position rank: 1B15
Veteran is rare power-speed option among 1B-eligible players
Steamer Projection: 344 AB, 13 HR, 47 R, 49 RBIs, 11 SB, .268 AVG, .778 OPS

170. Drew Steckenrider | RP | Marlins | Position rank: RP20
Righty could receive closing opportunity, but save chances may be limited.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 25 SV, 74 K, 3.53 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

171. Kyle Schwarber | OF | Cubs | Position rank: OF41
Disciplined slugger struggles against lefties, which limits fantasy upside.
Steamer Projection: 466 AB, 29 HR, 73 R, 81 RBIs, 5 SB, .241 AVG, .832 OPS

172. Corey Dickerson | OF | Pirates | Position rank: OF42
Free-swinging outfielder must supply more power to make notable mixed-league impact.
Steamer Projection: 442 AB, 17 HR, 57 R, 61 RBIs, 5 SB, .275 AVG, .783 OPS

173. Joey Lucchesi | SP | Padres | Position rank: SP47
With reduced HR/FB rate, left-hander could excel in sophomore campaign.
Steamer Projection: 169 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 171 K, 3.78 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

174. Nick Pivetta | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP48
With strong strikeout skills, inconsistent righty has room to grow.
Steamer Projection: 160 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 172 K, 4.01 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

175. Shin-Soo Choo | OF | Rangers | Position rank: OF43
Aging veteran provides value with solid power, disciplined approach.
Steamer Projection: 456 AB, 17 HR, 73 R, 55 RBIs, 6 SB, .254 AVG, .775 OPS

176. Jose Alvarado | RP | Rays | Position rank: RP21
Hard-throwing lefty could receive chance to close.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 35 SV, 80 K, 3.17 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

177. Marcus Semien | SS | Athletics | Position rank: SS14
Veteran can provide double-digit totals in homers, steals.
Steamer Projection: 557 AB, 19 HR, 73 R, 70 RBIs, 12 SB, .251 AVG, .731 OPS

178. Jorge Polanco | SS | Twins | Position rank: SS15
While he doesn't dazzle in any one area, shortstop can contribute across board.
Steamer Projection: 578 AB, 14 HR, 82 R, 67 RBIs, 15 SB, .272 AVG, .753 OPS

179. Tyler Glasnow | RP (SP) | Rays | Position rank: RP22
Former top prospect has breakout potential in first full season with Rays.
Steamer Projection: 135 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 158 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

180. Brandon Nimmo | OF | Mets | Position rank: OF44
With regular role, patient hitter worth drafting in standard leagues.
Steamer Projection: 513 AB, 15 HR, 77 R, 55 RBIs, 10 SB, .240 AVG, .751 OPS

181. Jake Bauers | 1B | Indians | Position rank: 1B16
Young slugger could clear 15-mark in homers, steals.
Steamer Projection: 430 AB, 16 HR, 61 R, 60 RBIs, 13 SB, .245 AVG, .754 OPS

182. Kevin Gausman | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP49
Inconsistent right-hander could flourish in first full season with Braves.
Steamer Projection: 170 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 149 K, 4.15 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

183. Brandon Morrow | RP | Cubs | Position rank: RP23
Has skills to be top-tier closer, but injury concerns linger.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 36 SV, 69 K, 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

184. Will Smith | RP | Giants | Position rank: RP24
Left-hander could remain in closer's role to begin 2019.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 18 SV, 78 K, 3.10 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

185. Marco Gonzales | SP | Mariners | Position rank: SP50
Left-hander should have appeal as streaming option.
Steamer Projection: 180 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 149 K, 4.09 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

186. Steven Matz | SP | Mets | Position rank: SP51
Lefty may not be more than streaming option in mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 162 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 155 K, 4.03 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

187. Hyun-Jin Ryu | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: SP52
Despite injury history, left-hander worth drafting in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 126 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 120 K, 3.66 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

188. Joe Musgrove | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP53
If healthy, right-hander should have mixed-league value.
Steamer Projection: 162 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 141 K, 4.02 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

189. Stephen Piscotty | OF | Athletics | Position rank: OF45
After rebound campaign, outfielder can be comfortably started in all leagues.
Steamer Projection: 536 AB, 21 HR, 76 R, 77 RBIs, 4 SB, .261 AVG, .787 OPS

190. Justin Smoak | 1B | Blue Jays | Position rank: 1B17
Veteran slugger can help in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 510 AB, 26 HR, 74 R, 80 RBIs, 1 SB, .239 AVG, .784 OPS

191. Kyle Gibson | SP | Twins | Position rank: SP54
After showing improved strikeout skills in 2018, veteran now on mixed-league radar.
Steamer Projection: 192 IP, 12 W, 0 SV, 166 K, 4.20 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

192. Zack Godley | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP55
Right-hander has skills to significantly improve upon 2018 ERA (4.74).
Steamer Projection: 178 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 169 K, 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

193. Kenta Maeda | SP (RP) | Dodgers | Position rank: SP56
Right-hander could return to rotation in 2019.
Steamer Projection: 125 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 131 K, 3.87 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

194. Archie Bradley | RP | D-backs | Position rank: RP25
Right-hander could be in mix for closing opportunity.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 11 SV, 72 K, 3.51 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

195. Mychal Givens | RP | Orioles | Position rank: RP26
Right-hander could open 2019 as closer.
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 29 SV, 69 K, 4.05 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

196. Franmil Reyes | OF | Padres | Position rank: OF46
Young slugger has impressive power potential.
Steamer Projection: 516 AB, 27 HR, 68 R, 79 RBIs, 2 SB, .252 AVG, .779 OPS

197. Jonathan Schoop | 2B (SS) | Twins | Position rank: 2B13
Free-swinging slugger worth late-round pick in mixed leagues.
Steamer Projection: 483 AB, 23 HR, 62 R, 73 RBIs, 2 SB, .266 AVG, .776 OPS

198. Sean Newcomb | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP57
Despite late-season fade in 2018, southpaw worth drafting in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 177 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 179 K, 4.22 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

199. Jon Gray | SP | Rockies | Position rank: SP58
Despite inconsistency, hard-throwing righty remains intriguing fantasy option.
Steamer Projection: 146 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 146 K, 4.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

200. Miguel Sano | 3B | Twins | Position rank: 3B15
Despite injury and strikeout problems, slugger worth drafting in most leagues.
Steamer Projection: 497 AB, 28 HR, 73 R, 81 RBIs, 1 SB, .237 AVG, .784 OPS

201. Alex Wood | SP (RP) | Reds | Position rank: SP59
Steamer Projection: 137 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 125 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

202. Yoan Moncada | 2B | White Sox | Position rank: 2B14
Steamer Projection: 561 AB, 19 HR, 79 R, 64 RBIs, 16 SB, .236 AVG, .723 OPS

203. Odubel Herrera | OF | Phillies | Position rank: OF47
Steamer Projection: 542 AB, 18 HR, 66 R, 69 RBIs, 8 SB, .267 AVG, .753 OPS

204. Kyle Freeland | SP | Rockies | Position rank: SP60
Steamer Projection: 195 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

205. Yusei Kikuchi | SP | Mariners | Position rank: SP61
Steamer Projection: N/A

206. Jake Arrieta | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP62
Steamer Projection: 181 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.25 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

207. Shane Bieber | SP | Indians | Position rank: SP63
Steamer Projection: 139 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 124 K, 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

208. Tyler Skaggs | SP | Angels | Position rank: SP64
Steamer Projection: 157 IP, 11 W, 0 SV, 147 K, 3.97 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

209. Shane Greene | RP | Tigers | Position rank: RP27
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 27 SV, 4.24 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

210. Paul DeJong | SS | Cardinals | Position rank: SS16
Steamer Projection: 501 AB, 23 HR, 64 R, 76 RBIs, 2 SB, .254 AVG, .761 OPS

211. Andrelton Simmons | SS | Angels | Position rank: SS17
Steamer Projection: 557 AB, 11 HR, 68 R, 65 RBIs, 10 SB, .277 AVG, .727 OPS

212. Billy Hamilton | OF | Royals | Position rank: OF48
Steamer Projection: 482 AB, 5 HR, 57 R, 41 RBIs, 36 SB, .241 AVG, .643 OPS

213. Max Kepler | OF | Twins | Position rank: OF49
Steamer Projection: 525 AB, 20 HR, 73 R, 73 RBIs, 7 SB, .255 AVG, .780 OPS

214. Seranthony Dominguez | RP | Phillies | Position rank: RP28
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 12 SV, 81 K, 3.38 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

215. Jackie Bradley Jr. | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: OF50
Steamer Projection: 456 AB, 15 HR, 65 R, 63 RBIs, 11 SB, .248 AVG, .751 OPS

216. A.J. Minter | RP | Braves | Position rank: RP29
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 5 SV, 78 K, 3.40 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

217. Harrison Bader | OF | Cardinals | Position rank: OF51
Steamer Projection: 499 AB, 17 HR, 59 R, 62 RBIs, 14 SB, .245 AVG, .707 OPS

218. Danny Jansen | C | Blue Jays | Position rank: C9
Steamer Projection: 366 AB, 13 HR, 49 R, 48 RBIs, 3 SB, .257 AVG, .759 OPS

219. Domingo Santana | OF | Mariners | Position rank: OF52
Steamer Projection: 484 AB, 19 HR, 62 R, 63 RBIs, 6 SB, .237 AVG, .734 OPS

220. Cesar Hernandez | 2B | Phillies | Position rank: 2B15
Steamer Projection: 526 AB, 10 HR, 71 R, 49 RBIs, 14 SB, .256 AVG, .715 OPS

221. Jurickson Profar | SS (1B, 2B, 3B) | Athletics | Position rank: SS18
Steamer Projection: 428 AB, 13 HR, 58 R, 55 RBIs, 6 SB, .259 AVG, .755 OPS

222. Willy Adames | SS (2B) | Rays | Position rank: SS19
Steamer Projection: 539 AB, 13 HR, 64 R, 62 RBIs, 10 SB, .248 AVG, .704 OPS

223. Ramon Laureano | OF | Athletics | Position rank: OF53
Steamer Projection: 481 AB, 16 HR, 69 R, 56 RBIs, 17 SB, .252 AVG, .738 OPS

224. Jed Lowrie | 2B | Mets | Position rank: 2B16
Steamer Projection: 527 AB, 16 HR, 71 R, 58 RBIs, 1 SB, .243 AVG, .720 OPS

225. Jake Lamb | 3B | D-backs | Position rank: 3B16
Steamer Projection: 408 AB, 17 HR, 55 R, 58 RBIs, 4 SB, .240 AVG, .767 OPS

226. Kyle Seager | 3B | Mariners | Position rank: 3B17
Steamer Projection: 541 AB, 23 HR, 69 R, 78 RBIs, 3 SB, .242 AVG, .739 OPS

227. Jesse Winker | OF | Reds | Position rank: OF54
Steamer Projection: 468 AB, 15 HR, 68 R, 61 RBIs, 3 SB, .285 AVG, .816 OPS

228. Asdrubal Cabrera | 2B (3B, SS) | Rangers | Position rank: 2B17
Steamer Projection: 436 AB, 16 HR, 60 R, 60 RBIs, 2 SB, .271 AVG, .777 OPS

229. Trey Mancini | OF (1B) | Orioles | Position rank: OF55
Steamer Projection: 556 AB, 23 HR, 70 R, 79 RBIs, 1 SB, .261 AVG, .762 OPS

230. Ketel Marte | 2B (SS) | D-backs | Position rank: 2B18
Steamer Projection: 408 AB, 9 HR, 51 R, 50 RBIs, 6 SB, .280 AVG, .781 OPS

231. C.J. Cron | 1B | Twins | Position rank: 1B18
Steamer Projection: 458 AB, 24 HR, 65 R, 74 RBIs, 3 SB, .262 AVG, .805 OPS

232. Eduardo Escobar | 3B (SS) | D-backs | Position rank: 3B18
Steamer Projection: 455 AB, 15 HR, 55 R, 59 RBIs, 4 SB, .252 AVG, .742 OPS

233. Yuli Gurriel | 1B (2B, 3B) | Astros | Position rank: 1B19
Steamer Projection: 493 AB, 14 HR, 60 R, 67 RBIs, 4 SB, .284 AVG, .757 OPS

234. Marwin Gonzalez | OF (1B, 2B, SS) | Free Agent | Position rank: OF56
Steamer Projection: 409 AB, 14 HR, 50 R, 55 RBIs, 4 SB, .260 AVG, .755 OPS

235. Byron Buxton | OF | Twins | Position rank: OF57
Steamer Projection: 445 AB, 15 HR, 59 R, 54 RBIs, 18 SB, .244 AVG, .709 OPS

236. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. | SS (2B) | Blue Jays | Position rank: SS20
Steamer Projection: 427 AB, 15 HR, 56 R, 51 RBIs, 6 SB, .266 AVG, .730 OPS

237. Cedric Mullins | OF | Orioles | Position rank: OF58
Steamer Projection: 473 AB, 14 HR, 62 R, 51 RBIs, 14 SB, .258 AVG, .723 OPS

238. Sonny Gray | SP | Reds | Position rank: SP65
Steamer Projection: 145 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 141 K, 3.89 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

239. Ross Stripling | SP (RP) | Dodgers | Position rank: SP66
Steamer Projection: 82 IP, 5 W, 0 SV, 81 K, 3.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

240. Randal Grichuk | OF | Blue Jays | Position rank: OF59
Steamer Projection: 505 AB, 30 HR, 71 R, 84 RBIs, 5 SB, .243 AVG, .791 OPS

241. Maikel Franco | 3B | Phillies | Position rank: 3B19
Steamer Projection: 416 AB, 21 HR, 53 R, 65 RBIs, 1 SB, .262 AVG, .787 OPS

242. Marcus Stroman | SP | Blue Jays | Position rank: SP67
Steamer Projection: 177 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 134 K, 4.14 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

243. Matt Barnes | RP | Red Sox | Position rank: RP30
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 4 SV, 82 K, 3.28 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

244. Collin McHugh | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP31
Steamer Projection: 151 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 141 K, 4.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

245. Josh James | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP32
Steamer Projection: 128 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 146 K, 3.96 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

246. Josh Bell | 1B | Pirates | Position rank: 1B20
Steamer Projection: 421 AB, 15 HR, 57 R, 60 RBIs, 4 SB, .270 AVG, .803 OPS

247. Kelvin Herrera | RP | White Sox | Position rank: RP33
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 5 SV, 64 K, 4.07 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

248. Anibal Sanchez | SP | Nationals | Position rank: SP68
Steamer Projection: 144 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 136 K, 4.30 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

249. Ryan Zimmerman | 1B | Nationals | Position rank: 1B21
Steamer Projection: 415 AB, 21 HR, 57 R, 68 RBIs, 2 SB, .263 AVG, .804 OPS

250. Luke Weaver | SP | D-backs | Position rank: SP69
Steamer Projection: 124 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 120 K, 4.21 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

251. Jordan Hicks | RP | Cardinals | Position rank: RP34
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 15 SV, 67 K, 3.74 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

252. Trevor Rosenthal | RP | Nationals | Position rank: RP35
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 14 SV, 84 K, 3.11 ERA, 1.21 WHIP

253. Caleb Smith | SP | Marlins | Position rank: SP70
Steamer Projection: 132 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 135 K, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

254. Brandon Belt | 1B (OF) | Giants | Position rank: 1B22
Steamer Projection: 503 AB, 19 HR, 72 R, 69 RBIs, 4 SB, .253 AVG, .796 OPS

255. Steven Souza Jr. | OF | D-backs | Position rank: OF60
Steamer Projection: 384 AB, 16 HR, 52 R, 53 RBIs, 9 SB, .239 AVG, .757 OPS

256. Niko Goodrum | 2B (1B, 3B, SS, OF) | Tigers | Position rank: 2B19
Steamer Projection: 448 AB, 14 HR, 51 R, 54 RBIs, 11 SB, .238 AVG, .694 OPS

257. Chris Taylor | SS (OF) | Dodgers | Position rank: SS21
Steamer Projection: 522 AB, 13 HR, 64 R, 61 RBIs, 11 SB, .248 AVG, .722 OPS

258. Carlos Rodon | SP | White Sox | Position rank: SP71
Steamer Projection: 179 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

259. Jhoulys Chacin | SP | Brewers | Position rank: SP72
Steamer Projection: 187 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 155 K, 4.70 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

260. Trevor Williams | SP | Pirates | Position rank: SP73
Steamer Projection: 145 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 110 K, 4.71 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

261. Julio Teheran | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP74
Steamer Projection: 159 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 137 K, 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

262. Zach Eflin | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP75
Steamer Projection: 145 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 128 K, 4.62 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

263. Alex Reyes | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP76
Steamer Projection: 101 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 114 K, 3.81 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

264. Jakob Junis | SP | Royals | Position rank: SP77
Steamer Projection: 184 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 160 K, 4.39 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

265. Jesus Luzardo | SP | Athletics | Position rank: SP78
Steamer Projection: 92 IP, 6 W, 0 SV, 82 K, 4.21 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

266. Danny Duffy | SP | Royals | Position rank: SP79
Steamer Projection: 185 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 162 K, 4.36 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

267. Dellin Betances | RP | Yankees | Position rank: RP36
Steamer Projection: 55 IP, 3 W, 2 SV, 82 K, 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

268. Welington Castillo | C | White Sox | Position rank: C10
Steamer Projection: 302 AB, 12 HR, 35 R, 40 RBIs, 1 SB, .241 AVG, .706 OPS

269. Dereck Rodriguez | SP | Giants | Position rank: SP80
Steamer Projection: 140 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 109 K, 4.44 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

270. Francisco Cervelli | C | Pirates | Position rank: C11
Steamer Projection: 315 AB, 7 HR, 38 R, 37 RBIs, 3 SB, .257 AVG, .740 OPS

271. Mike Zunino | C | Rays | Position rank: C12
Steamer Projection: 301 AB, 16 HR, 38 R, 43 RBIs, 1 SB, .210 AVG, .693 OPS

272. Peter Alonso | 1B | Mets | Position rank: 1B23
Steamer Projection: 430 AB, 24 HR, 58 R, 68 RBIs, 2 SB, .241 AVG, .780 OPS

273. Adam Ottavino | RP | Yankees | Position rank: RP37
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 4 SV, 81 K, 3.85 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

274. Brendan Rodgers | SS (2B) | Rockies | Position rank: SS22
Steamer Projection: N/A

275. Nick Markakis | OF | Braves | Position rank: OF61
Steamer Projection: 510 AB, 11 HR, 63 R, 62 RBIs, 2 SB, .274 AVG, .752 OPS

276. Zack Cozart | 3B (2B, SS) | Angels | Position rank: 3B20
Steamer Projection: 459 AB, 15 HR, 63 R, 55 RBIs, 3 SB, .243 AVG, .715 OPS

277. Jonathan Lucroy | C | Angels | Position rank: C13
Steamer Projection: 266 AB, 6 HR, 32 R, 32 RBIs, 1 SB, .254 AVG, .699 OPS

278. Robinson Chirinos | C | Astros | Position rank: C14
Steamer Projection: 255 AB, 11 HR, 33 R, 34 RBIs, 1 SB, .201 AVG, .678 OPS

279. Greg Holland | RP | D-backs | Position rank: RP38
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 25 SV, 67 K, 4.30 ERA, 1.44 WHIP

280. Mike Minor | SP | Rangers | Position rank: SP81
Steamer Projection: 175 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 157 K, 4.59 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

281. Michael Fulmer | SP | Tigers | Position rank: SP82
Steamer Projection: 175 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 147 K, 4.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

282. Kevin Kiermaier | OF | Rays | Position rank: OF62
Steamer Projection: 442 AB, 13 HR, 57 R, 50 RBIs, 15 SB, .238 AVG, .700 OPS

283. Hunter Strickland | RP | Mariners | Position rank: RP39
Steamer Projection: 40 IP, 2 W, 0 SV, 34 K, 4.65 ERA, 1.41 WHIP

284. Arodys Vizcaino | RP | Braves | Position rank: RP40
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 27 SV, 72 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

285. Kevin Pillar | OF | Blue Jays | Position rank: OF63
Steamer Projection: 479 AB, 12 HR, 57 R, 57 RBIs, 12 SB, .258 AVG, .705 OPS

286. Alex Colome | RP | White Sox | Position rank: RP41
Steamer Projection: 55 IP, 3 W, 2 SV, 56 K, 3.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

287. Brad Peacock | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP42
Steamer Projection: 72 IP, 4 W, 0 SV, 82 K, 3.81 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

288. Blake Parker | RP | Twins | Position rank: RP43
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 31 SV, 64 K, 4.21 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

289. Ryan Pressly | RP | Astros | Position rank: RP44
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 4 SV, 78 K, 3.33 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

290. Reynaldo Lopez | SP | White Sox | Position rank: SP83
Steamer Projection: 175 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 152 K, 5.01 ERA, 1.41 WHIP

291. DJ LeMahieu | 2B | Yankees | Position rank: 2B20
Steamer Projection: 477 AB, 10 HR, 64 R, 54 RBIs, 7 SB, .269 AVG, .721 OPS

292. Ryan O'Hearn | 1B | Royals | Position rank: 1B24
Steamer Projection: 420 AB, 18 HR, 53 R, 57 RBIs, 2 SB, .235 AVG, .732 OPS

293. Manuel Margot | OF | Padres | Position rank: OF64
Steamer Projection: 449 AB, 11 HR, 50 R, 49 RBIs, 15 SB, .260 AVG, .718 OPS

294. Pedro Strop | RP | Cubs | Position rank: RP45
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 2 SV, 69 K, 3.65 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

295. Francisco Mejia | C | Padres | Position rank: C15
Steamer Projection: 292 AB, 9 HR, 30 R, 35 RBIs, 1 SB, .248 AVG, .688 OPS

296. Jorge Alfaro | C | Marlins | Position rank: C16
Steamer Projection: 373 AB, 12 HR, 38 R, 45 RBIs, 2 SB, .234 AVG, .669 OPS

297. Jose Martinez | 1B (OF) | Cardinals | Position rank: 1B25
Steamer Projection: 356 AB, 11 HR, 48 R, 49 RBIs, 3 SB, .288 AVG, .792 OPS

298. Trevor Richards | SP | Marlins | Position rank: SP84
Steamer Projection: 124 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 113 K, 4.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

299. Trevor May | RP | Twins | Position rank: RP46
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 3 W, 2 SV, 70 K, 3.98 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

300. Derek Holland | SP | Giants | Position rank: SP85
Steamer Projection: 145 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 130 K, 4.12 ERA, 1.36 WHIP

301. Fernando Tatis Jr. | SS | Padres | Position rank: SS23
Steamer Projection: 321 AB, 10 HR, 37 R, 38 RBIs, 9 SB, .233 AVG, .681 OPS

302. Brad Boxberger | RP | Royals | Position rank: RP47
Steamer Projection*: 65 IP, 3 W, 17 SV, 67 K, 4.31 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
*Projection as of Feb. 10.

303. Wilmer Flores | 1B (2B, 3B) | D-backs | Position rank: 1B26
Steamer Projection: 511 AB, 21 HR, 66 R, 75 RBIs, 1 SB, .278 AVG, .794 OPS

304. Joey Wendle | 2B (3B, SS, OF) | | Position rank: 2B21
Steamer Projection: 387 AB, 6 HR, 43 R, 41 RBIs, 8 SB, .255 AVG, .676 OPS

305. Tanner Roark | SP | Reds | Position rank: SP86
Steamer Projection: 143 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 123 K, 4.56 ERA, 1.36 WHIP

306. Matthew Boyd | SP | Tigers | Position rank: SP87
Steamer Projection: 170 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 149 K, 4.81 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

307. Nick Senzel | 3B | Reds | Position rank: 3B21
Steamer Projection: 224 AB, 7 HR, 29 R, 30 RBIs, 6 SB, .275 AVG, .782 OPS

308. Mike Soroka | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP88
Steamer Projection: 73 IP, 5 W, 0 SV, 61 K, 4.19 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

309. Tucker Barnhart | C (1B) | Reds | Position rank: C17
Steamer Projection: 414 AB, 9 HR, 45 R, 47 RBIs, 3 SB, .247 AVG, .696 OPS

310. Jeremy Jeffress | RP | Brewers | Position rank: RP48
Steamer Projection: 55 IP, 3 W, 1 SV, 58 K, 3.44 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

311. Jimmy Nelson | SP | Brewers | Position rank: SP89
Steamer Projection: 112 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 108 K, 4.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

312. Trevor Cahill | SP | Angels | Position rank: SP90
Steamer Projection: 116 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 106 K, 4.11 ERA, 1.37 WHIP

313. Jake Odorizzi | SP | Twins | Position rank: SP91
Steamer Projection: 161 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 143 K, 4.93 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

314. Mike Leake | SP | Mariners | Position rank: SP92
Steamer Projection: 196 IP, 10 W, 0 SV, 121 K, 4.62 ERA, 1.37 WHIP

315. Michael Wacha | SP | Cardinals | Position rank: SP93
Steamer Projection: 100 IP, 6 W, 0 SV, 88 K, 4.20 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

316. Drew Pomeranz | RP (SP) | Giants | Position rank: RP49
Steamer Projection: 89 IP, 5 W, 0 SV, 77 K, 4.26 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

317. Dylan Bundy | SP | Orioles | Position rank: SP94
Steamer Projection: 183 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 174 K, 4.87 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

318. Gio Gonzalez | SP | Free Agent | Position rank: SP95
Steamer Projection: 92 IP, 5 W, 0 SV, 78 K, 4.39 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

319. Vince Velasquez | SP | Phillies | Position rank: SP96
Steamer Projection: 137 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 143 K, 4.41 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

320. Forrest Whitley | SP | Astros | Position rank: SP97
Steamer Projection: 46 IP, 3 W, 0 SV, 46 K, 4.58 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

321. Jeff Samardzija | SP | Giants | Position rank: SP98
Steamer Projection: 165 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 134 K, 4.27 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

322. Diego Castillo | RP (SP) | Rays | Position rank: RP50
Steamer Projection: 65 IP, 4 W, 4 SV, 79 K, 3.13 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

323. Dylan Cease | SP | White Sox | Position rank: SP99
Steamer Projection: 37 IP, 2 W, 0 SV, 37 K, 4.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP

324. Chase Anderson | SP | Brewers | Position rank: SP100
Steamer Projection: 145 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 125 K, 4.99 ERA, 1.39 WHIP

325. Jose Urena | SP | Marlins | Position rank: SP101
Steamer Projection: 162 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 127 K, 4.39 ERA, 1.37 WHIP

326. Touki Toussaint | SP | Braves | Position rank: SP102
Steamer Projection: 73 IP, 4 W, 0 SV, 73 K, 4.45 ERA, 1.44 WHIP

327. Freddy Peralta | SP | Brewers | Position rank: SP103
Steamer Projection: 72 IP, 4 W, 0 SV, 84 K, 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP

328. Mark Trumbo | OF | Orioles | Position rank: OF65
Steamer Projection: 426 AB, 23 HR, 55 R, 65 RBIs, 1 SB, .247 AVG, .761 OPS

329. Jason Kipnis | 2B (OF) | Indians | Position rank: 2B22
Steamer Projection: 433 AB, 13 HR, 58 R, 53 RBIs, 6 SB, .248 AVG, .725 OPS

330. Joc Pederson | OF | Dodgers | Position rank: OF66
Steamer Projection: 108 AB, 7 HR, 17 R, 18 RBIs, 2 SB, .249 AVG, .841 OPS

331. Brandon Crawford | SS | Giants | Position rank: SS24
Steamer Projection: 524 AB, 14 HR, 56 R, 63 RBIs, 6 SB, .255 AVG, .725 OPS

332. Adam Jones | OF | Free Agent | Position rank: OF67
Steamer Projection: 486 AB, 18 HR, 62 R, 63 RBIs, 4 SB, .266 AVG, .737 OPS

333. Brian Anderson | OF (3B) | Marlins | Position rank: OF68
Steamer Projection: 459 AB, 13 HR, 56 R, 53 RBIs, 3 SB, .260 AVG, .741 OPS

334. Mike Fiers | SP | Athletics | Position rank: SP104
Steamer Projection: 152 IP, 9 W, 0 SV, 125 K, 4.69 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

335. Justus Sheffield | RP | Mariners | Position rank: RP51
Steamer Projection: 139 IP, 7 W, 0 SV, 124 K, 4.63 ERA, 1.47 WHIP

336. Tyler White | 1B | Astros | Position rank: 1B27
Steamer Projection: 387 AB, 17 HR, 54 R, 57 RBIs, 2 SB, .249 AVG, .764 OPS

337. Ian Happ | OF (3B) | Cubs | Position rank: OF69
Steamer Projection: 378 AB, 18 HR, 53 R, 55 RBIs, 8 SB, .232 AVG, .759 OPS

338. Christin Stewart | OF | Tigers | Position rank: OF70
Steamer Projection: 306 AB, 15 HR, 45 R, 43 RBIs, 1 SB, .246 AVG, .777 OPS

339. Lance Lynn | SP | Rangers | Position rank: SP105
Steamer Projection: 138 IP, 8 W, 0 SV, 126 K,