Sunday, July 29, 2012

Real Trades/Fantasy Impact: July 27-28 2012

I missed a couple of these, so let's dive back in.

Brewers trade Zack Greinke to the Angels for Jean Segura, John Hellweg and Ariel Pena
Greinke obviously is the blow the bank FAAB guy for tonight in A.L.-only. Garrett Richards gets booted from the Halos rotation and can probably be dropped in non-carryover leagues with shallow reserve lists. On the Brewers side, Mark Rogers slots into the rotation. He has a 4.72 ERA in the PCL and is probably a borderline option even in N.L.-only.

For N.L.-only prospect watchers, Segura is the guy to watch. His ceiling is probably similar to Erick Aybar's. Segura has good speed and not a lot of power, but could turn into a sneaky 5-10 HR guy with some maturation and further development. Regardless of how you feel about the ROI for Greinke, Segura is a legit prospect and could be up with the Brewers at some point in 2013. If you can grab farm players to keep next year now, Segura is one worth the immediate grab out of that trio of former Angels prospects.

Rockies trade Marco Scutaro and cash to the Giants for Charlie Culberson.
With Pablo Sandoval on the DL, Scoot will continue to play every day for the Giants, now at 3B. Looking at Scoot's home/road splits, I can't help but wonder if Coors masked the fact that he might be through. He has an abysmal 570 OPS on the road and is generating almost no power. Playing in San Fran isn't going to help. When Sandoval returns, I suspect Scoot will slot in as a utility guy, and his diminished value will be further dampened. Don't be surprised if he just vanishes come September.

DJ LeMahieu will play second for the Rockies for now, but there are a lot of similar fringy types in the organization or on the DL that could eventually play the position. Despite the Coors home cooking, it's a poor situation for fantasy owners, and not somewhere I'd take a silly gamble on a FAAB bid. Culberson will report to Colorado Springs, so he's not an option.

Twins trade Francisco Liriano to the White Sox for Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez
Liriano brings his erratic show to Chicago, where he'll benefit from more run support (wins) but move to less of a pitchers' park. The Don Cooper/Liriano pairing is obviously going to be an interesting thing to watch, though I suspect we might not see the benefits in '12. On the basis of performance, I have to think that Phil Humber and not Jose Quintana will get booted from the rotation. Humber shouldn't even be on your roster in A.L.-only if you're contending, though, so no biggie there.

Escobar and Hernandez are both going to AAA and won't have any immediate fantasy impact. Brian Duensing will replace Liriano in the Twins rotation. He's a borderline match-up play when the Twins are at home, but the low K/IP makes him an unexciting option even in favorable match-ups.

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