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Saturday, December 20, 2014

2015 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: SAN DIEGO TRADING BONANZA

New San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller is owning the Hot Stove season as he has now completed FOUR decent-to-huge trades that have drastically reshaped the fledgling franchise.  Just days after making a trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp which is expected to go through any day now, Preller has acquired outfielder's Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox, outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays,and catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland A's.  An outfielde of Upton, Kemp, and Myers more than solves the team perennially weak hitting lineup and Norris figures to slip right in as the everyday catcher after his All-Star season.  We already touched on Kemp last week and Myers the other day which means let's dig in a big deeper on Norris, Middlebrooks, and Upton in order to see what the trades does to their values.

Derek Norris:  As I noted earlier, Norris was a first-time All-Star in 2014 as he had a solid breakout season with the Oakland A's by batting .270 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI.  Those numbers don't blow anyone away but Norris did all that in less than 400 at-bats.  Norris figures to get the majority of time behind the dish for the Padres this season and thus those that take part in two-catcher formats should be interested.  He could easily surpass his 2014 numbers due to the additional at-bats but 15 home runs would be the ceiling with an average remaining in the .270 region.

Will Middlebrooks:  It was only a matter of time the Red Sox would deal Middlebrooks after the team signed Pablo Sandoval in free agency, thus leaving him with no place to play.  One touted as a prime power prospect in the Boston system, Middlebrooks was simply horrific last season as he batted a woeful .191 with 2 home runs in 215 at-bats.  That followed a .227 campaign the season prior as well.  There are some major holes in Middlebrooks' swing that result in massive strikeout totals.  All of those K's add up to the disgusting batting averages that Middlebrooks has put up that helped him get a ticket out of New England.  He will get a fresh start with the Padres and the natural power is still very enticing.  However opposing pitchers will continue to not pound the holes in Middlebrooks' swing until he adjusts which if never a guarantee.  Add in the vast dimensions of Petco Park and Middlebrooks should not be drafted as anything but a last round lottery ticket.

Justin Upton:  For the second time in three seasons, Justin Upton found himself traded away from a team despite possessing consistent 25-home run power and being still a young player.  The Braves sent him packing to the Padres after a quietly terrific 2014 campaign when he smacked 29 home runs and drove in 102 RBI while batting .270.  Upton even threw in 8 stolen bases for good measure which put him clearly into outfielder 1 territory.  Still something is no right here as guys like Upton who can hit home runs in today's game are extremely valuable.  Upton has hit home runs at above-average rates in a hitting park in Arizona and pitching park in Atlanta so going to San Diego may not hurt as much as one may think.  Of course we have to scale back the home runs slightly to maybe the 25 range but Upton should still hold low-end outfielder 1 status for another season.  We would still be comfortable drafting him around the third round.

There you have it.  Let us hear your opinions on this.

 
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