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Trade Deadline Roundup (07/31/15): Sell Haren, Fulmer Ace Of The Future? & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

To an extent most of the heavy lifting was done in the days leading up to the trade deadline.  Names like David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gomez, Johnny Cueto and a host of others had already been taken off the board.  That’s not to say that there weren’t rumors, but on July 31 itself you could say that there wasn’t much of “impact” completed.  Much is the key word, but let’s take a look and see what did go down:

The Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes for two minor leaguers
It came right down to the wire but the Mets finally found the big bat they needed (after the entire Carlos Gomez debacle).  Obviously the first thought is going to be that he should be downgraded due to CitiField, but it’s not like Detroit is such a hitter friendly ballpark.  He’ll slot into the middle of the lineup and should continue to be viewed just as he has.

In return the Tigers got a pair of minor league pitchers.  Luis Cessa has struggled since being promoted to Triple-A (8.51 ERA over five starts), but the gem for them is the acquisition of Michael Fulmer.  MLB.com has already slotted him as the Tigers’ fifth best prospect, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see him soon form a dynamic 1-2 punch with the newly acquired Daniel Norris (assuming he can find his control).  According to MLB.com: Read more

Trade Deadline Roundup: Buy Daniel Norris?, Mike Fiers’ Value & More

by Eric Stashin

We’ve talked about some of these trades already, but here’s a rundown of the deals, so far, as well as the fantasy fallout from the past two days:

 

Cole Hamels traded to Texas for five prospects
We have already taken a look at this deal, with the Rangers getting a five prospect haul headlined by C Jorge Alfaro, OF Nick Williams and P Jake Thompson.  Make sure to check out our outlook for the five prospects by clicking here, though none of the players figure to make an immediate fantasy impact, though we could see Williams before the end of 2015. here

 

The Dodgers, Braves & Marlins Finalize A Three-Team Trade
This one was crazy, with the Dodgers bolstering their rotation (Mat Latos & Alex Wood) and also picked up a top prospect in Jose Peraza.  Wood, who has had a poor season, is an instant buy for fantasy owners given his new locale and his drastic home/road split this season.  The Braves got a player they believe will be a middle of the order bat in Hector Olivera, while also opening up the closer’s role for Arodys Vizcaino.  The Marlins?  Well, they shaved some salary.

To get our full thoughts on the trade, click here. Read more

Three Team Trade Fallout: Looking At The Value Of Alex Wood, Hector Olivera & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The three team trade between the Dodgers, Braves and Marlins certainly sent shockwaves across many fantasy rosters.  First, let’s take a look at the deal:

The Dodgers Receive:
RHP Mat Latos, 1B Michael Morse (who was since designated for assignment), LHP Alex Wood, RHP Jim Johnson, LHP Luis Avilan, 2B Jose Peraza, RHP Bronson Arroyo (currently on the DL)

The Braves Receive:
2B/3B Hector Olivera, LHP Paco Rodriguez, RHP Zachary Bird

The Marlins Receive:
RHP Kevin Guzman, RHP Jeff Brigham, RHP Victor Araujo

There are a lot of pieces whose value is irrelevant from this trade, but let’s take a look at three key components and where they now stand.

Alex Wood (from Braves to Dodgers)
It’s been a disappointing year for Wood, who owns a 3.54 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.  Part of the problem has been a regression in his strikeout rate, with a 6.79 K/9, and part of it has been poor luck (.332 BABIP).  While still down the strikeouts have been up the past two months (7.26 K/9, 7.01 K/9) and he actually has a dramatic split: Read more

Deep League Waiver Wire: Is There Any Value In The Angels New Outfield?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Over the past few days the Angels have quickly overhauled their outfield with a flurry of moves.  While Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun are fixtures, Angels left fielders entered play yesterday hitting .212 (second worst in the league) to go along with a league worst .277 OBP and .312 SLG.  It certainly made sense for the team to look to upgrade the spot and they did so with three platoon type outfielders as opposed to one everyday option:

  • Shane Victorino – RHH
  • David Murphy – LHH
  • David DeJesus – LHH

Victorino has had an obvious split this season, hitting .343 against righties and .186 against lefties.  While it hasn’t been that extreme throughout his career (.304/.250), it’s been there.  While it’s an impressive number he’s going to be on the short side of the platoon and isn’t going to be worth using unless there’s a week where the team has a significant number of southpaws on the schedule. Read more

Fantasy Training Room: Should We Cut Bait On Dustin Pedroia & More

by Jeremy Tiermini

The Red Sox have struggled throughout a disappointing 2015 season, currently sitting in last place in the AL East with a record of 44-55, sitting 12 games out of first place (entering play on Monday). One of the few players playing up to expectations was second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Unfortunately, over the weekend he was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a strained right hamstring.

Pedroia sat out Thursday’s game last week but still indicated, the next day, that his leg was black and blue and he will need a longer recovery time. “Whenever I’m healed, I’m going to come back and play,” Pedroia said. “Sometimes you have to use your brain instead of your heart a little bit. I’m not used to doing that.”

Boston placed him on the DL retroactive to July 23, meaning the earliest he could return is August 7. He was scheduled to have a platelet-rich plasma injection yesterday to try and facilitate the healing but I expect him to miss a significant portion of the remainder of the season. With the Red Sox out of playoff contention their focus is turning towards 2016, which means they will be exceptionally cautious with Pedroia. Within the same Boston Globe article he was quoted as saying, “You can’t put dates on anything because if you do that then you get in a situation like we’re in now.” Read more

Is There Any Potential 2015 Value In The Reds’ Return For Johnny Cueto?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know how good Johnny Cueto is and the move to the Royals is going to have little impact on his value (sure he’ll have to deal with the DH but he also moves to a better pitcher’s ballpark).  The bigger question is about the trio of left-handed prospects that the Reds received in return.  Let’s take a look, especially since two of the three could make an impact as quickly as 2015:

Brandon Finnegan
Selected 17th overall last season, Finnegan has seen time in the Majors over the past two seasons as a reliever (31.1 IP, 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 8.90 K/9, 4.02 BB/9).  He’s spent time as both a starter and reliever across three levels in the minors, with a 9.7 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 over 54.0 IP.

Obviously it’s fair to be concerned about his control and his size is another issue (5’11”) as people wonder if he can handle a full season’s workload.  He also has primarily used just two pitches (fastball-slider), another reason to think that he could be better suited for the bullpen.  That said, there have been concerns about Tony Cingrani and his ability to stick in the rotation and Cincinnati continues to give him an opportunity.  It makes sense for the Reds to stick him at Triple-A and see what they have. Read more