Fantasy beat: Trading season in full swing

By | July 16, 2011 8:41 pm | Comments Off

 

We’re now entering my favorite stretch of the fantasy baseball season — trading time.

With deadlines fast approaching in the majors and fantasy leagues, now’s when the rumors swirl and the deals are made.

My all-time fantasy baseball trade was my first year in fantasy baseball. I received Reggie Sanders in a three-way deal way back in 1992.

What made it so great? It’s not because Sanders led me to a championship that season. (I believe I finished third). Heck, I don’t even remember what other players were involved.

What made it memorable was that was the first three-team deal in our league, and it happened during one of our league gatherings in July. The whole point of the three-team trade was to make the three-team trade.

We wanted to have fun with it.

Our league wasn’t as cut throat back then. Just a bunch of baseball fans looking to have lots of fun.

And we did.

So if you’re wheeling-and-dealing these next few weeks, don’t feel the need to rip off your fellow owner.

You still can have some fun and have a nice finish, too.

–It hasn’t been fun chasing saves this season. It’s a part of the fantasy format, so saves are necessary.

I’m starting to think they are a necessary evil.

The latest close to implode was Carlos Marmol. Two bad appearances this week ruined his ERA and, possibly, his confidence.

If you own Marmol, you need to back him up with Sean Marshall.

– At one time, Francisco Rodriguez was a saves machine. Now, he’s been traded by the Mets in their salary purge. K-Rod joins John Axford to form one heck of a bullpen in Milwaukee. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, K-Rod will eat into Axford’s save opportunities.

– Joe Nathan is back in as the Twins closer, taking over for Matt Capps, who has blown seven save opportunities.

– Speaking of chasing saves, I’m staying away from the Orioles’ bullpen. First, I don’t trust Kevin Gregg at all. Second, you need to win a game to at least have an opportunity to get a save.

– Jon Rauch is back in as the Blue Jays’ closer. He replaces Frank Francisco, who’s struggled lately.

– Just when you thought Mike Trout might see a reduction in PT, he gets another chance with Peter Bourjos on the DL.

– I hope Alex Presley sticks with the Bucs when Jose Tabata returns. The Bucs need to keep Presley’s bat in the lineup.

– If you’re looking to make a playoff run and acquire a starting pitcher, stay away from the Mets’ Dillon Gee and the D’backs’ Josh Collmenter. I believe their first halves were flukes.

– I like Rockies, and Dexter Fowler remains a favorite. He returned from the minors on Friday to a big game. The AP reported Fowler came up with a new stance at the plate. I’m buying it.

– Rick Green

 

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