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Matt Olson Oakland Athletics

Rotowire projects him to bat third against righties, second against lefties.

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Crushes 39th homer
October 1, 2021
Olson went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run and two strikeouts in Friday's 8-6 win against Houston.
ANALYSIS
Olson tagged Houston starter Framber Valdez for 418-foot blast to right in the sixth inning but failed to produce in his other four at-bats. The long ball gives the slugging first baseman 39 on the season, which brings him to a tie with Aaron Judge for sixth in MLB.
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Blake Snell San Diego Padres

re: He'll get big bucks again from us this year.

If by "us" you mean "not me", then I agree :-(  (#BURNED)

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Aaron Hicks New York Yankees

Rotowire projects him to be the everyday center fielder, batting 8th.

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Hoping to play winter ball
October 19, 2021
Hicks (wrist) expects to be ready for baseball activities in December or January and hopes to play winter ball, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Injuries have been a persistent theme throughout Hicks' career, with a wrist tendon issue limiting him to just 32 games this season. He struggled to a .194/.294/.333 slash line before undergoing surgery in late May. He could potentially play an important role in the Yankees' outfield next season, but it's hard to be confident in his health.
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Brandon Nimmo New York Mets

Rotowire projects him to hit leadoff against righties, 8th against lefties.

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Three hits in loss
September 25, 2021
Nimmo went 3-for-4 in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Milwaukee.
ANALYSIS
The outfielder accounted for half of the Mets' hits in the contest. Saturday marked Nimmo's third multi-hit game in seven contests since he returned from a hamstring injury.
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Jorge Polanco Minnesota Twins

Projected by Rotowire to bat third against RHP, second against LHP.

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Homers in first inning
October 3, 2021
Polanco went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Royals.
ANALYSIS
The Twins had plenty of success at the plate in the first inning Sunday, and Polanco put the team on the board with his three-run blast with no outs in the frame. The 28-year-old closed out the year with hits in eight of his last 10 appearances.
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Luis Arraez Minnesota Twins

Projected by Rotowire to lead off against RHP, bat 9th against LHP.

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Resting Tuesday
September 28, 2021
Arraez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
The infielder will get a rest Tuesday after starting five of the last seven contests and batting .200 with two RBI over that stretch. Josh Donaldson gets the start at third base as Miguel Sano will be the designated-hitter and Willians Astudillo enters the lineup at first base, batting seventh.
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Hunter Renfroe Milwaukee Brewers

Projected by Rotowire to bat fifth against RHP, cleanup against LHP.

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Shipped to Milwaukee
December 1, 2021
Renfroe was acquired by the Brewers from the Red Sox on Wednesday in exchange for Jackie Bradley and minor-league infielders David Hamilton and Alex Binelas.
ANALYSIS
Renfroe signed with Boston last December after being let go by Tampa Bay, and he hit .259/.315/.501 with 31 home runs, 33 doubles and 96 RBI in 144 games during 2021. The 29-year-old should handle the starting job in right field for the Brewers, replacing Avisail Garcia, who left via free agency and recently signed with the Marlins.
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Jacob Stallings Miami Marlins

Projected by Rotowire to bat 8th in both lineups.

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Traded to Marlins
November 29, 2021
Stallings was traded from the Pirates to the Marlins in exchange for Zach Thompson, Kyle Nicolas and Connor Scott on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Stallings spent his first six major-league seasons in Pittsburgh, and he appeared in a career-high 112 games during the 2021 season. He hit .246 with eight home runs, 53 RBI and 38 runs last year and appears to be in line to serve as the Marlins' primary catcher in 2022.
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Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers

Projected by Rotowire to be the leadoff hitter in both lineups.

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Not expected to need surgery
November 17, 2021
Betts said Wednesday that his right hip has felt good early in the offseason, and he doesn't expect to require surgery, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Betts missed about a month between July and August while battling a hip issue, but he was an everyday player across the final month of the 2021 season. Although the right fielder will undergo at least one more checkup this winter to monitor the issue, he looks as though he'll be in line for a relatively normal offseason.
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Jared Walsh Los Angeles Angels

Projected by Rotowire to bat cleanup against righties, fifth against lefties.

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Homers in final game
October 4, 2021
Walsh went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and three RBI in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.
ANALYSIS
Walsh went deep for a two-run home run off Anthony Misiewicz in the fourth inning, giving the Angels a four-run lead. It was his second long ball in his final two games, which included six RBI.
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Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

Projected by Rotowire to bat third this year in both lineups.

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Feels 100 percent but won't return
September 28, 2021
Trout recently decided to shut himself down for the season despite the fact that recent scans have shown that his right calf strain has healed, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Trout indicated that the decision to shut it down for the season was his own, though the writing had been on the wall for some time that the superstar outfielder would not be able to return by the end of the campaign. On a positive note, Trout stated that he's essentially 100 percent healed and that he expects to have a normal offseason. The 30-year-old will finish the campaign having played in only 36 games and registering a .333/.466/.624 slash line along with eight home runs, 18 RBI and two stolen bases. Despite his injury-shortened 2021, Trout will likely be a first-round fantasy pick in 2022 drafts given his prognosis for a return to full health next season.
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Adalberto Mondesi Kansas City Royals

Projected by Rotowire to bat 7th against RHP and LHP.

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Records 15th steal
October 3, 2021
Mondesi went 0-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 7-3 loss to Minnesota.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old ended 2021 with 15 steals in 16 attempts in just 35 games. Mondesi battled oblique and hamstring issues for much of the season, prompting a move to third base for much of September. He was held without a hit in six of his last 10 games, dropping his season slash line to .230/.271/.452 with six home runs, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored, a triple and eight doubles across 136 plate appearances. Mondesi may continue to log time at third base in 2022. He could also receive regular rest to help alleviate some of the toll of playing the field.
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Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

Projected by Rotowire to bat cleanup everyday.

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Hits triple in Game 1
October 27, 2021
Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a triple, a run, a walk and a strikeout in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Atlanta in Game 1 of the World Series.
ANALYSIS
Alvarez closed out the ALCS with five extra-base hits across the final two games, and his power surge continued with his triple to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday. Since the start of the postseason, the 24-year-old has slashed .432/.532/.811 with two home runs, two triples, four doubles, 12 runs and nine RBI.
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Akil Baddoo Detroit Tigers

Projected by Rotowire to lead off against righties, sit against lefties.

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Reaches twice, scores Friday
October 2, 2021
Baddoo went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's 8-1 loss to the White Sox. He also stole a base.
ANALYSIS
Baddoo started the top of the fourth inning with a single, then advanced to second on his 17th stolen base of the season. He scored the team's only run a few pitches later on a Robbie Grossman double. Baddoo has a .289 batting average over his last 10 games as he looks to finish his rookie campaign on a strong note.
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Yoan Moncada Chicago White Sox

Projected by Rotowire to bat second everyday.

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Slugs decisive homer
October 3, 2021
Moncada went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, two doubles, two total runs and three total RBI in Saturday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
ANALYSIS
Moncada plated Chicago's first run in the seventh inning, doubling to right field to score Yasmani Grandal. He produced an even bigger hit in the following frame, homering to left field with a man on base to tally the game-tying and game-winning runs. Moncada has two homers and four RBI over his past four games and is batting .333 (5-for-15) over that span, with all five hits going for extra bases.
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C.J. Cron Colorado Rockies

Full disclosure: slash line on the road .235/.337/.397 in 234 AB. 

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Projected by Rotowire hit cleanup against righties and lefties.

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Remains with Rockies
October 5, 2021
Cron agreed to an extension with the Rockies on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Cron will receive $14.5 million over the next two years, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The news is quite good for Cron's fantasy value going forward, as any hitter with a regular role at Coors Field is automatically much more interesting than they otherwise would be. He wasn't merely a product of his environment last season, however, as his .281/.375/.530 slash line was good for a 127 wRC+, a full-season career best.
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Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

Projected by Rotowire to bat seventh against righties and sit against lefties.

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Homers again Saturday
October 3, 2021
Hilliard went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 11-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
ANALYSIS
Hilliard hit a solo shot off Zac Gallen in the third inning to put the Rockies on the board. However, he struck out in his other three plate appearances. He has three long balls and 10 RBI in his last 12 games but carries a 38.3 K%.
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Amed Rosario Cleveland Indians

Projected by Rotowire to bat second against righties and lefties.

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Notches steal in season finale
October 3, 2021
Rosario went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 6-0 win over Texas.
ANALYSIS
The 25-year-old finished off a productive year with an RBI single to plate Myles Straw in the first inning. Rosario also walked and scored on a wild pitch in the third. He cemented himself as Cleveland's everyday shortstop in 2021 with a solid .282/.321/.409 slash line, 11 home runs, 13 stolen bases, 57 RBI and 77 runs scored across 141 games. He went 11-for-34 (.324) across his last eight games after returning from a personal matter.
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Kyle Farmer Cincinnati Reds

Projected by Rotowire to bat 7th against righties and lefties this year.

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Played through hernia
November 28, 2021
Farmer played through a sports hernia injury over the second half of the season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.comreported in October. He eventually sat out the final games of the season and found out he will not need surgery this offseason.
ANALYSIS
So far the Reds have not signed one of the many quality free agent shortstops out there, nor is it anticipated that they will do so. Farmer still has to beat out Jose Barrero for the job, if the Reds don't opt to put Barrero in center field first.
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