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Thursday, December 11, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FRENZY: DEALS ALL OVER THE PLACE

Lots of action once again today as the Winter Meetings wrap.  Let's get to the latest.

-The Cincinnati Reds dismantled their rotation early Thursday as they first moved Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers.  Simon was a first half star for the Reds last season and made the All Star team before fading in the second half as he moved into uncharted innings territory.  Simon is a decent bust candidate as he has no track record as a successful starter and his second half fade could also been as a result of the league catching on to him.  Now moving to the AL, Simon could be in trouble.

About an hour after the Simon deal, the Reds moved Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.  The Marlins join Latos with Dan Haren and Dee Gordon as they chase a playoff spot this season.  Latos pitched very well in his five seasons with the Reds in posting an ERA under 3.50 but he has been an injury mess lately.  Latos already had a procedure done in October in his elbow but he is expected to be ready to go in April.  He actually will get a boost in moving to a prime pitching park as Latos won't give up ad many home runs.  I am buying.

-The Boston Red Sox threw in the towel already on Yoenis Cespedes as they sent him to Detroit for Rick Porcello.  Porcello comes off a career year when he posted a 3.43 ERA but he remains a soft-tosser who will see his ERA rise in moving to Fenway Park and the AL East.  Meanwhile Cespedes holds onto low-end OF 1 status despite moving to a more pitching favoring park.  He figures to bat behind Miguel Cabrera which will give him plenty of fat pitches to drive.

The Red Sox also signed Justin Masterson who arguably was one of the very worst starting pitchers in baseball last season in posting a 5.88 ERA in a year split between the Indians and Cardinals. Masterson is a guy I wouldn't touch as he goes to a horrible ballpark to try and turn things around.

-The Dodgers finally dealt Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres for a package highlighted by catcher Yasmani Grandal.  Kemp remains in a big pitcher's park but he could lose a few home runs in spacious Petco Park.  Losing speed as he ages, Kemp is now more an OF 2.  Meanwhile Grandal can help as a lower-end catcher with developing pop.

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