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Monday, July 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: AROLDIS CHAPMAN SWIPES MOST VALUE FROM HECTOR RONDON

The Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees finally completed their much-discussed trade for closer Aroldis Chapman who will not move into the ninth inning as the final piece for a possible World Series team.  Let's dig into the other playes involved in the deal:

Chapman/Hector Rondon:  With a 2.01 ERA and insane 12.64 K/9 rate, Chapman is the best closer in fantasy baseball and has been for years.  With a fastball that has touched a ridiculous 105 this season, Chapman will close for the Cubs over the very good Hector Rondon as well.  Rondon has been very good going back to last season but it was apparent that Joe Maddon didn't totally trust him.  As a result, Rondon loses prety much all of his fantasy baseball value as he moves into the eighth inning.  Unless you have holds as a category in your league, Rondon is useless now.  Feel free to cut him loose. 

Adam Warren:  The Yankees loved Adam Warren when they owned him last season and were regretting it the moment they sent him to the Cubs prior to 2016.  Warren fell flat on his face though to the tune of a 5.91 ERA and the Cubs were all to happy to send him back to NY.  The Yankees have had rotation issues all season and could use Warren as a fifth starter, especially if Ivan Nova gets moved as expected.  In AL-only leagues Warren can be picked up but this is as far as his impact will go.

Gleyber Torres:  Only 19, Torres is the main prospect piece in the deal who is still only playing in A-Ball.  It will be until around 2018 when Torres will get a shot but he is being compared to a young Alfonso Soriano type so the upside is massive. 


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