This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
The next few weeks I will analyze the fantasy impact of players traded or signed as free agents this offseason.
I will provide an outlook for some of the more interesting fantasy options. I'll start with key additions to some American League clubs. These are my most current comments about each player.
Next week I will analyze the fantasy impact of remaining American League clubs
Acquired from White Sox
Traded for starter Lance Lynn, Dunning is an "upside remaining" trade for the Rangers. While Lynn is still a superb starting pitcher, Dunning gives the Rangers a younger starter with his future clearly visible in the windshield.
Dunning returned from Tommy John surgery and tired in the 2020 season. In my opinion, manager Rick Renteria allowed him to throw too many innings, and Dunning wore down.
The Nationals picked Dunning 29th overall in the 2016 draft before trading him to the White Sox in the Adam Eaton deal.
Dunning throws his fastball 92 mph in addition to a changeup, slider and curve. His breaking balls, especially his slider, have sharp bite and could dictate his future. If he can get the spin rate he needs and throw strikes, the Rangers will be satisfied.
Conclusions: Dunning might be a solid keeper-league target. His best days are ahead, but he has been woefully inconsistent. He has to find some confidence. The Rangers have to stretch him out in spring training and then