News: 5 days agoMahle will either be used in a piggyback role or as a long reliever this season, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Spin: There's little difference between the two roles for fantasy purposes, but the important bit here is that Mahle won't be in the rotation, at least to start the year. His role should still allow him to throw a fair amount of innings, however, and could set him up to steal a win or two early in the year if the Reds' other starters can't initially throw five innings. He'll also presumably be the first option if one of the team's top five starters gets injured.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Mahle will begin spring training on the outside looking in at the Reds' rotation battle, but as a sneakily skilled sixth starter, he should squeak his way into value at some point in 2020. Despite awful 2019 results, he improved his walk rate significantly, slashing it to 5.4% in his eight second-half starts in fact, and boosted his average fastball velocity slightly, offering further promise. Mahle would have to open eyes during spring training to be more than a bench stash, but for the time being he's a wise one to make in NL-only leagues.