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Friday, November 4, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: CLUB OPTIONS ALREADY SHAPING HOT STOVE MARKET

The Los Angeles Angels got the Hot Stove Season underway just a day after the World Series concluded and going along with that, club options also were part of the fantasy baseball news cycle Thursday.  Let's take a look.

-Despite somewhat of an uneven season, the Detroit Tigers picked up their opiton on closer Francisco Rodriguez.  While he logged 34 saves, Rodriguez was hit hard at times in posting a high for a closer 3.24 ERA.  Even more troublinbg was the fact Rodriguez saw his K/9 rate sink as he whiffed just 52 batters in 58.1 innings.  A great career no doubt but K-Rod is a closer we would avoid this season given the age and eroding stuff.

-The Houston Astros made a decent move picking up veteran leadoff man Nori Aoki.  While he no longer has much of any fantasy baseball value as Aoki is more of an empty average at this stage of his career, Aoki can work at times as the team's leadoff hitter so that Jose Altuve's newfound power can continue driving in runs further down the order. 

-Seth Smith is back with the Seattle Mariners on his one-year option for $7 million.  You can always stream Smith against lefties who he destroys but he has zero fantasy baseball value outside of AL-only leagues.

-The Boston Red Sox stupidly brought back struggling veteran SP Clay Buchholz with his one-year option for $13.5 million.  Buchholz is right there as one of the worst every five days pitchers in fantasy baseball and should not be near a team thsi season.

-The Royals picked up the option on closer Wade Davis who dealt with some significanty injury scares last season and saw his numbers rise sharply as a result.  With Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera still around and very capable of closing, Davis likely will be traded during the Winter Meetings. 

-Matt Moore is back with the San Francsico Giants for one-year at $7 million.  Being in a great ballpark and in the NL makes Moore somewhat interesting in a buy low sense this season but only as your SP 5 at best. 

-Carlos Santana is back for one-year and $12 million with the Cleveland Indians.  Santana comes off a career-best season when he smacked 34 home runs out of the leadoff spot for the team.  The power is the calling card here and Santana actually has made inroads on his always shaky average as well.  More of a UTIL or CI bat than a starting fantasy baseball first baseman however. 


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