Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Real Trades/Fantasy Impact: July 23, 2012

A busy day in real baseball for trades. Below is a brief look at their fantasy impact.

The Tigers get:
Sanchez hasn't been quite as good this year as he was in 2011. Nevertheless, he should immediately step into the Tigers rotation and be a solid mid-tier starter. One thing that will actually help him is the move out of Marlins Park and into Comerica. Remember this winter when everyone assumed Marlins Park would play like a pitchers' park? It's been quite the opposite, and Sanchez's 5.20 ERA at home is pretty awful. It's a small sample size, but the change of scenery might help. Sanchez is streaky, so you're less likely to get a 3.5 ERA month in and month out, and more likely to get either a 2.5 or a seven. Sanchez is definitely worth a solid FAAB bid.

After a disappointing 2011, Infante very quietly was having a solid year for the Fish. He's offering a surprising amount of power (8 HR) and a good amount of speed (10 SB). He's not a top-tier option, but he has value in mixed and in A.L.-only you should pounce.

The Marlins get:
Turner was profiled in Friday's Gearing Up. I like Turner long-term, but as I noted on Friday some of the recent performance indicators are somewhat troubling. The Marlins wisely sent him down to the minors. Turner is probably going to need at least a few starts before the Marlins deem he's ready, and they might not even bring him back in 2012. If you're going for it, Turner isn't a wise investment. Owners that have already dumped can certainly feel free to take a crack at Turner, but I don't see him as a $10 keep next year.

Other Fantasy Impact
If you were holding onto Ryan Raburn in deep A.L. leagues, you can feel free to drop him now. He might play a little bit against lefties, but hasn't produced enough this year to justify hanging on. Santiago and Worth were already marginal; they're now sub-marginal.

Wade LeBlanc will step into Sanchez's rotation slot in the short-term. He's a fairly fungible, back of the rotation arm, but you can feel free to play match-ups in N.L.-only. He gets the Padres on Saturday at home if the Marlins don't skip his turn; he might actually be OK in that match-up.

The Yankees get: Ichiro Suzuki.
Suzuki might very well be a diminished player, but he should see regular at bats for the Bronx Bombers and his stock improves because of the increased runs potential. He's only a risk in OBP leagues. Suzuki could still put up earnings at a $15-20 pace the rest of the way.

The Mariners get: D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar

Other Fantasy Impact
Dewayne Wise was designated for assignment, but the real fantasy loser here is Andruw Jones. Jones was providing surprising sock for a bench/part-time player but now is likely to head for the bench. He'll have marginal A.L.-only value, but that's it. Eric Chavez will also lose some value as well, though not so much since he'll still probably slot in on defense for Alex Rodriguez and/or Mark Teixeira on occasion. 

Carlos Peguero should step into Ichiro's role in the short-term. He has excellent power potential but poor contact skills. The power makes him intriguing, but he's a risky play if your batting average is of concern to you.

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