by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
After rumors of a possible trade the Blue Jays found a taker for first baseman Adam Lind, sending him to Milwaukee in exchange for Marco Estrada. It was obvious that the Brewers had a gaping hole at 1B, so the reason behind the trade makes sense for them but does it truly fill the void? Let’s take a look at the deal from both team’s perspective, looking at the fantasy outlook of both:
The Brewers Fallout
Brewers’ first basemen posted the fifth lowest SLG in the league in 2014, with a .356 mark, and their 61 RBI were second fewest in the league. Even in an injury plagued season Lind posted a .479 SLG over 290 AB and owns a career mark of .466.
Of course, that’s not to say that there isn’t flaws to his game. Just look at his splits from 2014:
- vs. RHP – .354/.409/.533
- vs. LHP – .061/.162/.061x`
The Yankees were looking for an upgrade over Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield and Prado certainly offers that, as well as positional felixibility. Signed through 2016, Prado could move to 2B or 3B in 2015, depending on the other moves the team makes. He’s a solid bat who holds definite value, though it’s no more or less being in New York. Read more
Ken Rosenthal just reported on MLB Network that David Price has been traded to the Tigers, but there are no other details at this time.
As of now, here appears to be where everyone lands:
Tigers Get – David Price
Mariners Get - Austin Jackson
Rays Get - Drew Smyly/Nick Franklin/Willy Adams (SS Prospect From Detroit) Read more
It’s clear that Ryan Zimmerman is going to be out for some time and the team wasn’t comfortable with Danny Espinosa as the regular 2B. Expect Cabrera to man 2B, Anthony Rendon to play 3B and Espinosa to fall back into a utility role. If you were hoping to get value out of Espinosa, move on.
Does this deal mean Lindor is going to immediately slide into the SS spot? I wouldn’t be so fast. In 782 PA at Triple-A the past two seasons Walters hit 44 HR. He has the potential to struggle with strikeouts (24.1% since ’11 in the minors), but that power could easily play and he could get the first shot at filling the hole. Read more
Updated as of 1:01 PM
Red Sox Fallout:
We all know the Red Sox have young pitching and they are going to give them an opportunity to grab rotation spots for the future (like Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman and Anthony Ranaudo). They also got Joe Kelly, who could step in immediately and be an option and produce in the AL with an impressive groundball rate (54.3% this season). That said, the strikeout rate makes him a backend fantasy option.
Updated as of 11:00 AM EST
A’s Fallout: We knew the A’s would look to bolster their outfield and have quickly dealt from their pitching depth to acquire Sam Fuld. He obviously doesn’t replace Cespedes’ bat, but he gives them a viable replacement for Coco Crisp who is banged up once again (and leaves Billy Burns back in the minor leagues). Read more