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Thursday, November 17, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE TRADE FALLOUT: BRIAN McCANN FINDS NEW LIFE IN HOUSTON

Heading into MLB's Hot Stove season, the status of New York Yankees veteran catcher Brian McCann was one of the major storylines heading into the winter.  This was due to the smashing and historic debut of Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez who went all Babe Ruth on opposing pitchers in his two months in the majors.  Sanchez' meteoric rise meant that the Yankees would give him the starting catching job entering into 2017, with McCann moving into backup status and manning the DH spot.  Not ideal for McCann of course and that is why it was assumed Yanks GM Brian Cashman would eventually find a trading partner.  Well it didn't take long as Cashman dealt McCann to the Houston Astros late Thursday for two minor league pitching prospects  As a result of the trade, McCann will now be an everyday starting catcher once again and the moves saves his fantasy baseball optimal value for 2017.  Already well established as a perennial top 5-7 fantasy baseball catcher, McCann should once again challenge 20 home runs, 70 RBI, and a batting average in the .240 range.  While McCann's power has remained steady throughout his career, his batting average has been a liability for a number of years now and makes him just a two category asset in home rums in RBI.  Grade McCann as a solid and proven fantasy baseball catcher again this season and realize that Evan Gattis remains eligible there as well for the Astros entering into 2017. 


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