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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: YONDER ALONSO BECOMES LATEST A'S RECLAMATION PROJECT

Yet another trade went down on Wednesday as the Major League Baseball Hot Stove League gets fully on track.  Just a day after David Price signed a monstrous $217 million free agent deal with the Boston Red Sox, the Oakland A's picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the San Diego Padres for pitcher Drew Pomeranz.  As always we take apart the deal from a fantasy baseball perspective.

Yonder Alonso:  The biggest name in the deal would be Alonso but that is not saying much as the veteran first baseman has been nothing but a good average hitter who has very little power.  Thus from a fantasy baseball angle, Alonso has never garnered much attraction given the fact you want home runs and RBI from your first baseman and even UTIL or CI bat.  Turning 29 in April, Alonso had a typical season for himself in 2015 when he batted .282 with 5 home runs and 50 RBI in 403 at-bats.  Underwhelming numbers for sure.  Now four full seasons into his career, Alonso's career-high in home runs is a very poor 9 and his high in RBI is another shaky number of 62.  Both came in 2012 and the numbers speak to the severe limitations in terms of what Alonso can provide any fantasy baseball owners going forward.  A good comparison here is James Loney in terms of another first baseman who can hit for average but who also have a severe lack of power.  Thus unless you play in an AL-only formats, Alonso can be ignored.

Drew Pomeranz:  When it comes to the so far disappointing career of Drew Pomeranz, a label often given to the 27-year-old righthander who is a former 2010 first round pick at number 5 overall by the Cleveland Indians.  Since being drafted, Pomeranz struggled mightily his first three years in the league which came in unforgiving Colorado with the Rockies.  Registering ERA's of 5.40, 4.93, and 6.23 during that three-season stretch, Pomeranza was moved to the A's prior to 2014 with the team never meeting a reclamation project they weren't interested in.  It was in Oakland where Pomeranz began to show some ability, registering an ERA of 2.35 ERA in 10 starts during the 2014 season while also striking out 64 batters in 69 innings.  Unfortunately Pomeranz was not able to do much last season as he was injured for most of the year.  Still he was decent again with a 3.69 ERA in six start and he also picked up three saves when he was sent to the bullpen late in the season.  With K rates of 8.35 and 8.58 the last two years in a pitcher's park in Oakland, that is a good place to hedge a bet on what Pomeranz can do there as a member of the San Diego Padres rotation for 2016.  Pomeranz still possesses a live arm and in Petco Park, he surely retains some decent late round value when it comes to the draft.  We have seen countless cases of San Diego pitchers who have picked up fantasy baseball value over the years when they at least start at home and Pomeranz could be the next guy to join that club.

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