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Friday, July 29, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE FALLOUT: MARLINS STOCK UP ON ARMS, PADRES GET FUTURE CLOSER

The trade deadline activity is really getting going, with the latest deal being the San Diego Padres sending pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to the Miami Marlins for injured reliever Carter Capps and Tayon Guerrero.  Lets check out the fantasy baseball ramifications shall we?

Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea:  The Marlins really needed arms to complement ace Jose Fernandez in order to help them hold onto a wild card berth which they presently own.  They get two relatively young arms in Rea and Cashner, and the latter has had some fantasy baseball pop at times the last few seasons due to his hard fastball that was capable of eliciting strikeouts.  Alas Cashner has never really panned out as his current 4.76 ERA attests and that is even more scary a number considering half of his games come at spacious Petco Park.  The bottom line with Cashner is the fact that rampant arm and shoulder injuries have robbed him of his past high-octane stuff and at 29, his current 7.60 K/9 rate is very average.  The fact that Cashner was only barely an SP 5 in San Diego means he retains that very limited value with the Marlins who have the same type of spacious ballpark. 

As far as Rea is concerned, he has been hammered this season to the tune of a 4.98 ERA and a very ugly 6.89 K/9 rate.  A 3.99 BB/9 rate also shows that no only does Rea hurt himself with free passes but he can't miss bats either.  He should not be owned in any fantasy baseball league.

Carter Capps:  The real gem in the deal for San Diego is the fireballing Capps who picked up instant fame in his debut a year ago with his full hop with his left leg before he delivers his 100-mph heat.  Capps was unhittable last season as he put up a 1.16 ERA and registered an insane 16.84 K/9 rate.  You just don't see K rates like that and while Capps is recovering from Tommy John surgery (no shock given the hard-throwing nature), the Padres finally have a closer for the future after going through a ton of mediocre to bad options there the last few seasons. 


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