This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.
The league-wide trends toward waiting out free agents, toward taking entire seasons off from competing, toward looking internally for solutions, have a real impact on fantasy baseball. As I write this in late December, six top-10 free agents remain unsigned, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
We know they will be top-15 picks wherever they land, but what we don't know are the domino effects created by their choices. Keep that in mind as you read these picks and pans for 2019, which even without Harper and Machado, have been driven in no small part by what teams have done early in the Hot Stove League.
CORBIN BURNES SP • BREWERS
Outside of a brief stint in the PCL last year, Burnes has a 1.89 ERA in 220 innings, including a 2.61 mark pitching out of the bullpen for last year's Brewers. As much fun as "bullpenning" was last season, Craig Counsell will go back to a more conventional approach this year, with Burnes a big part of that. He'll be innings-light, but the rates will be exceptional and he'll bring 150 strikeouts to the table.
TYLER CHATWOOD SP • CUBS
Chatwood walked nearly one of every five batters he faced last year, the seventh-highest walk rate on record, and the highest since 1987 (min. 100 IP). He also lost more than a tick of velocity off his four-seam fastball and pitched just once in the season's final six weeks. The good news? As bad as Chatwood