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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS AND NOTES

Once again the Oakland A's are shopping in the discount aisle, a trend that goes back over a decade.  In the team's defense, the strategy has overall been a success as the A's have been playoff participants and strong contenders in the division during that span.  However nothing went right in 2015 as they looked completely foolish in dealing away prospective MVP Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays among a slew of other poor personnel decisions.  Never one to sit around though, Billy Beane and his lieutenants went right back to work this offseason at the bargain rack, inking starting pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal for $6 million.  Hill was the story of the final month of the 2015 fantasy baseball season when he got a shot with the Boston Red Sox who needed any old arm to eat up some late innings and responded with an astounding 1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 36 K in just 29 innings in four starts.  This from a guy who was in Independent Ball and pretty much all over baseball the previous five years.  Hill is aging fast at 35 but his stuff obviously still has some life on it.  The A's did a similar move with Scott Kazmir a few years ago which worked out very well for the team so this is a low-risk move.  In terms of fantasy baseball, Hill has a bit of value in Al-only formats but in mixed leagues he is nothing but a mildly interesting SP 5 candidate this season. 

 

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