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Thursday, July 28, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE REPORT: DAVID ROBERTSON NEW CLOSER ON BOARD

By Michael Wong

So far it has been the trade deadline of the closer.  With the Boston Red Sox picking up Brad Ziegler, the Miami Marlins Fernando Rodney, and the Cubs in their blockbuster get in acquiring Aroldis Chapman, the closers have dominated the trade conversation.  There doesn't seem to be any letup there as now the Chicago White Sox' David Robertson has become the new name available out there as the Cubs' cross-town rivals have officially waived the white flag.  Already the usual suspects in the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, and San Francisco Giants are all connected to Robertson, with the Nats and Indians particularly aggressive.  It is no secret the Indians are pining for lefthanded bullpen help but Robertson would be a sizable help either way.  Now Robertson is in the midst of his worst MLB season with an ERA over 4.00 but he is still an impact arm who will be a big addition to either of those three teams which are involved. 

-Meanwhile the New York Mets are becoming agressive with Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, especially with the team starting to fade from playoff contention.  With the Mets depserate for a bat, Lucroy is about as good an option there as one can get.  The price is big though for Lucroy and the Mets don't seem interested in moving a prime prospect piece like Ahmed Rosario. 

Also the Mets were connected to Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Daniel Hudson but no such move is imminent or even in the works.  Hudson's ERA has soared past 6.00 so he is not a big impact either way no matter where he goes. 

-Wade Davis is the other closer who is a major hot commodity and the Los Angeles Dodgers are heavily involved with this one.  As we reported earlier, the Royals are trying to move Ian Kennedy and the four more years left on his contract with Davis and the Dodgers are debating it.  Without Kennedy, the Royals will then want a major piece like Julio Urias. 

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