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Thursday, June 30, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: FERNANDO RODNEY MOVES INTO SETUP ROLE WITH MIAMI, RYAN BUTCHER NEXT MAN UP IN SAN DIEGO?

Veteran fantasy baseball players know that when the summer arrives, save prospecting really gets underway as teams out of contention try and deal away whatever they can in order to stockpile prospects for the future.  Often that means moving the established closer as these arms becoming precious and highly sought after commodities around the trade deadline as contending teams look to fortify the bullpen.  As a result, new closers begin to appear as previous setup men step up to fill the void in the ninth inning on those teams who make such a deal.  We already saw this type of scenario in action on Thursday as the awful San Diego Padres struck early by moving closer Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins where he will pitch in setup in front of flawless A.J. Ramos.  In one of the biggest shockers of the season, the 39-year-old Rodney, who almost was out of baseball after a horrific 2015 campaign, turned himself back into an All-Star stopper to the tune of a ridiculous 0.31 ERA and which computes to one earned run given up in 28.2 innings.  Truly insane numbers no matter how you slice it as Rodney was as radioactive as one can get entering into the season and we all collectively laughed when the Padres opened up the season with him closing.  Be that as it may, Rodney loses almost all of his fantasy baseball value due to the move as he will pitch in setup in front of Ramos who himself has not blown a save and has been terrific.  Meanwhile the hole at the back of the Padres bullpen will likely be filled by Ryan Butcher.  Butcher is the guy to grab first as he has been dominant himself all seaosn with an ERA of 2.91 and looks like a closer with a crazy K rate that has resulted in 50 whiffs in just 34 innings.  While managers want lefty's like Butcher in setup mostly, the kid has been way too good to be not given the first crack. 

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