MLB Offseason Review: How will Blake Snell moving to the Giants impact 2024 fantasy baseball?

For a bit of greater than a month, the baseball world was ready for one thing, something coming from Shohei Ohtani’s camp to guess the place he’d signal for the upcoming MLB season. Rumors have been rampant; many have been unfounded.

Then got here the information on Dec. 9, 2023, by way of Ohtani’s Instagram that he was signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and since then, it looks like the Dodgers have been getting no matter baseball gamers they need by way of commerce or free company.

Actually, it solely appears that approach, however it’s shut, and there are fantasy implications far and vast with the gamers transferring groups.

Signing with the Dodgers 13 days after Ohtani was Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the star pitcher of the Nippon Skilled Baseball League who will immediately develop into one of many prime starters for L.A. and certain a strikeout machine in MLB. And the Dodgers nonetheless weren’t completed (extra on all these offers beneath).

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Whereas it solely appeared just like the Dodgers have been buying each out there participant in the course of the Sizzling Range League, different groups have been a lot busy, and that can affect fantasy baseball fairly a bit in 2024.

For fantasy managers who’ve been concentrating on soccer the previous couple of months, right here’s a fast rundown on a number of the main (and minor) offseason acquisitions and their fantasy impacts.

As talked about above, you may discover a selected shade of blue on the primary few names on this lineup.

NOTE: This story shall be up to date when Jordan Montgomery indicators with new groups.

Huge strikes, Dodger division

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Dodgers

One of the best participant within the sport steps to a fair larger stage in Chavez Ravine, making this probably the most impactful free-agent transfer for an athlete in any sport since LeBron James signed with the neighboring Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. The one downer amidst all this pleasure is that Ohtani gained’t be capable of pitch till 2025, however he’ll nonetheless transfer the needle a lot with a bat in his fingers.

Hitting on the prime of the Dodgers lineup with Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, Ohtani’s 2023 numbers of 44 residence runs, 20 stolen bases, 102 runs, 95 RBI with a 1.066 OPS could possibly be simply the start line. The RBI alternatives for Will Smith and Max Muncy behind him shall be plentiful, and with out having to take the mound as soon as every week, may Ohtani be even higher on the plate in 2024? Whilst a DH, Ohtani shall be an early first-round decide along with his elite power-speed mixture.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers needed to do one thing to shore up a pitching workers hit arduous by departures, so that they signed Ohtani’s Crew Japan teammate within the World Baseball Traditional. The 25-year-old gained the previous three Sawamura Awards — the Japanese League’s equal of the Cy Younger Award — with a pitch combine that can transition properly to the most important leagues. In his most up-to-date season, he flashed a 1.16 ERA with a 17-6 file.

He’ll now must get used to a unique baseball and pitching greater than as soon as every week, however with an elite arm in a pitcher’s park, backed with a great protection and an explosive lineup, Yamamoto shall be an awesome supply for wins, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts.

And he’ll have some firm in L.A.’s rotation, too.

Tyler Glasnow, Los Angeles Dodgers

One of the vital proficient pitchers in baseball, Glasnow has a checkered damage historical past. Final yr’s 120 innings have been probably the most in his eight-year profession by greater than 30, however in that workload, he posted a dominant 162 strikeouts.

He completed the season wholesome, which is a good signal, and the Dodgers’ latest historical past with pitchers has been superb. Once more, with that ballpark and that lineup, Glasnow will do a number of good when he’s on the mound.

Only one warning for fantasy managers: Don’t make him your ace. In case you do, be able to draft a deep pitching workers to organize for any missed time from him.

Teoscar Hernández, Los Angeles Dodgers

This one got here out of — pun supposed — left subject. That occurs to be the place Hernandez is slated to play and bolster a Dodgers lineup that is a humiliation of riches. With the lack of J.D. Martinez to free company (changed by Ohtani), the Dodgers may use one other right-handed bat within the lineup.

Hernandez hit 26 residence runs with 93 RBI for the Mariners final yr, his fifth consecutive full season with no less than 20 residence runs. Projected to hit after Smith and Muncy, Hernandez will nonetheless have a number of RBI alternatives and is my nomination for Scott Pianowski’s 2024 Raul Ibañez All-Stars, the gamers previous age-30 who, with out fanfare, will put up stable numbers on fantasy rosters.

It is arduous to think about a Dodger with out a lot fanfare, however Hernandez could be one, contemplating who else is within the lineup.

Huge acquisitions, non-Dodger division

Juan Soto, New York Yankees

Is there a greater all-around hitter in baseball than Soto? Six seasons with extra walks than strikeouts, 5 seasons with no less than 20 residence runs and a lifetime OPS of .946. And he’s shuffling into his age-25 season.

Soto will match properly within the Yankees lineup after being traded by the Padres, teaming up with Aaron Choose to develop into arguably probably the most highly effective duo in baseball. Regardless that he has energy to all fields, that brief porch in proper subject shall be so inviting for Soto. Similar for the a number of band-box ballparks within the AL East. Mark him down for 40-plus residence runs, 100-plus runs and RBI and a sneaky double-digit steals mark. He’ll be a first-round decide in fantasy drafts.

One be aware on what the San Diego Padres acquired in return: Michael King was the principle piece going again to the Padres. He’ll look to construct upon a season with a 2.75 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 104.2 innings and could possibly be price a late-round flier in drafts.

Blake Snell, San Francisco Giants

Snell is taking his 2023 NL Cy Younger Award and transferring up the state of California to San Francisco on March 18. His touchdown spot within the Bay Space simply turns up the amount on the “Beat LA!” chants that shall be blaring each time that he faces off with Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman. That is going to be appointment tv each time these confrontations occur.

The left-hander completed second within the Nationwide League in strikeouts with 234 and allowed the fewest hits per 9 innings at 5.750. That was nearly a full hit higher than second place. Going from probably the greatest pitcher’s parks in baseball in Petco Park to Oracle Park, Snell goes to profit from many lengthy fly balls turning into outs. Regardless that he constructed up his pitch depend on his personal, Snell will nonetheless must get ramped up for sport competitors in a bit of greater than every week and a half. There could possibly be some rocky performances early on after his elongated free company, however going off with an ADP of 76.7, he is definitely worth the flier in case he will get sizzling like he did in his remaining 22 begins: 1.18 ERA, 180 strikeouts and a 13-3 file.

Corbin Burnes, Baltimore Orioles

On Feb. 1, the Orioles made a significant transfer, buying and selling for Brewers’ ace, Corbin Burnes. The 2021 Cy Younger Award winner goes to one of the crucial thrilling younger groups within the sport. Baltimore is coming off a 101-win season however wants frontline beginning pitching. Burnes is the No. 3-ranked pitcher in our 2024 rankings, and is on a three-year run the place he is made 93 begins with a cumulative 2.94 ERA and 0.994 WHIP. He struck out 677 hitters in that run and allowed simply 408 hits in 562.2 innings. And he did all this pitching half his video games in a hitter’s park in Milwaukee.

Now pitching for the Orioles, Burnes shall be an ace backed up by a high-powered offense that would push his win whole into the excessive teenagers, particularly since he goes deep into video games — his 193.2 innings have been tied for tenth within the league. Since he’ll be pitching in his stroll yr at no cost company, financial institution on an enormous season from this stalwart pitcher who is not any stranger to pitching for a contender.

Josh Hader, Houston Astros

Even with 90 saves over the previous three seasons, Ryan Pressly shall be positioned in a setup position with this transfer. Hader joins Houston coming off a three-year run with 103 saves, 268 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA in 165 innings. In a phrase: dominance.

Pitching for a staff with 291 wins the previous three seasons, there must be loads of save alternatives, so count on Hader to be one of many first relievers taken in fantasy drafts.

And projecting past the common season, think about Hader going through Ohtani within the World Sequence. Get the popcorn prepared.

Main acquisitions, worldwide division

Two different gamers are coming to the most important leagues after being stars in Asia, and so they may have distinguished roles that make them gamers fantasy managers must regulate.

Jung Hoo Lee, San Francisco Giants

Referred to as “Grandson of the Wind,” Lee was one of many premier hitters within the KBO with a .340 common, .407 on-base share and .898 OPS in his seven-year profession. He’s simply 25 and hit 23 homers with 113 RBI in 2022 — he missed about three months of the 2023 season due to ankle surgery.

Shōta Imanaga, Chicago Cubs

Imanaga joins the North Siders coming off a pair of dominant seasons in Japan, the place he went 12-4 with a 2.04 ERA in 2022 and 7-5 with a 2.66 ERA final yr. The lefty struck out 339 hitters in 317 2/3 innings over these two seasons.

Different transactions with fantasy relevance

Cody Bellinger, Chicago Cubs

Matt Chapman, San Francisco Giants

Whit Merrifield, Philadelphia Phillies

Rhys Hoskins, Milwaukee Brewers

Sonny Grey, St. Louis Cardinals

Chris Sale, Atlanta Braves

Marcus Stroman, New York Yankees

Eduardo Rodríguez, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jeimer Candelario, Cincinnati Reds

Mitch Garver, Seattle Mariners

Eugenio Suárez, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jarred Kelenic, Atlanta Braves

Vaughn Grissom, Boston Pink Sox

Justin Turner, Toronto Blue Jays

Jorge Polanco, Seattle Mariners

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