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J.J. Gets Putz’d In Trade To Mets

Posted by on Dec 11, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

Twelve players. Three teams. One BIG decrease in fantasy value. That’s what happened in Wednesday’s trade between the Mets, Indians and Mariners. The main players in this deal are J.J. Putz and Franklin Gutierrez. Putz, who goes from Seattle to New York, is the biggest loser in this deal from a fantasy baseball perspective. Yes, he goes to a much better team, but his role will change significantly. He will act as a set-up man for newly-acquired Francisco Rodriguez, instead of being a closer like he was in Seattle. Putz saved 36 games for the M’s in 2006 and 40 more in 2007. He was simply lights out in 2007, with a 1.38 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. In an injury-marred 2008, Putz went 6-5 with 15 saves in 46.1 innings. He struck out 56 and had an ERA of...

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Fantasy Baseball Effects of the Khalil Greene / Cardinals Trade

Posted by on Dec 8, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

Earlier in the week, the San Diego Padres continued purging their roster by sending shortstop Khalil Greene to the St. Louis Cardinals for reliever Mark Worrell and a player to be named later. Let’s look at how this trade affects the fantasy value of Greene. For the most part, any time an offensive player leaves San Diego, his fantasy value will increase. Petco Park is enormous and is not at all hitter friendly. However, fantasy owners would be unwise to think that Greene carries much value even after this trade. When Greene came into the league, he was supposed to be a star. He came in second in the league in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2004, his only good year until 2007, when he hit 27 homers and drove in 97 runs. 2008 was a much different...

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Fantasy Baseball Effects Of Javier Vazquez / Atlanta Braves Trade

Posted by on Dec 3, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Long a staple of tremendous starting pitching, the Atlanta Braves have reportedly made a move that will strengthen their staff, dealing for erstwhile Chicago White Sox member Javier Vazquez. The Braves will send a number of players to Chicago, most notably Jo-Jo Reyes and Brett Lillibridge. Before a subpar 2008 where his manager essentially questioned his heart and ability, Vazquez was an average fantasy pitcher. His best year was in 2007 when he went 15-8 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 213 strikeouts in 216 2/3 innings. In 2008, Vazquez struggled, going 12-16 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He did continue his success with the strikeouts, K-ing 200 in 208 1/3 innings. Amazingly, the 32-year-old Jazquez is ninth among all active pitchers with 2,015 career strikeouts. The move to Atlanta can only help Vazquez’s fantasy stock....

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2009 Fantasy Baseball Minor League Prospects

Posted by on Dec 1, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 8 comments

Last month, we analyzed the fantasy implications related to the current crop of major league award winners. Because its never too early to look at prospects for next season, let’s consider four young guns who might come in under the radar in your league next season. Even though they might be under the radar, you should still keep your eye on them for next year. For those fantasy owners that want to get a jump on who some of those award winners may be next year, they need look no further than the 2008 Minor League award winners. Some of these players will battle for Rookie of the Year consideration in 2009, and all could be great late-round sleepers. Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas Rangers Cruz won the Triple-A Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player award in 2008. Playing for...

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Fantasy Baseball Effects Of Coco Crisp / Royals Trade

Posted by on Nov 21, 2008 in Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

The Kansas City Royals – buyers in the off-season? Apparently so. After acquiring Mike Jacobs from the Marlins a couple weeks back, the Royals sent reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Coco Crisp. If the Royals had pulled off this trade three years ago, it would have been a tremendous coup for a small-market club. Now, they are merely offering Coco Crisp another chance at living up to the expectations that he set roaming centerfield for the Cleveland Indians. In 2005, his last year in Cleveland, Crisp hit .300 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs. He added 15 steals and 86 runs scored. The ceiling was quite high for the then-25-year-old. In three seasons in Boston, Crisp averaged only seven home runs and 46 runs batted in. He scored an average of 66 runs per...

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