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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL NEWS AND NOTES: A FEW DEALS BEFORE THE HOLIDAY

With Thanksgiving on tap tomorrow, MLB teams seemed to make it a point to get some deals done before everyone sits down for dinner.  Let's get to all the latest.

-The Oakland A's re-acquired infielder Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros Wednesday for minor league arm Brendan McCurry.  Lowrie was an Athletic in 2014 before an injury-marred 2015 campaign with the Astros that included a thumb issue that sent his numbers tumbling.  Still young at the age of 31, Lowrie is the classic buy low player that the A's year after year target cheap.  Lowrie is still young enough to continue with his usual 10-15 home runs and .260 average but keep in mind he also is always hurt.  For the time being, Lowrie is just an AL-only option for the infield.

-The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up righty pitcher Allen Webster from the Arizona Diamondbacks in another minor move Wednesday.  Webster was destroyed whenever he got on the mound last season but he also had some decent prospect buzz when he first got drafted.  The Pirates could look at Webster in the spring as a possible SP 5 but he has zero fantasy baseball value until he shows he can even be viable.

-Speaking of the Pirates, they continue to offer up 1B Pedro Alvarez and 2B Neil Walker in potential deals around baseball.  The thinking is that the Pirates will move one of the two, with Alvarez the better bet.  Walker and Alvarez are solid but limited players who are toward the bottom of 12-team mixed league consideration. 

-The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to look at bullpen arms, with Ryan Madson being the latest they made contact with.

-The Houston Astros have jumped to the lead on the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes as they reportedly are hell-bent on improving their ninth inning arm over Luke Gregerson.  While Gregerson did a nice job in 2015, the Astros want a more dominant arm at closer as they also have made contact with teams about David Robertson, Ken Giles, and Andrew Miller.

-The Chicago White Sox gave a one-year deal to veteran catcher Alex Avila.  Avila figures to give some competition to fellow veteran backstop Tyler Flowers.  Neither guy is worth owning in fantasy baseball, unless you are in a deep AL-only format. 

 

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