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Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE FALLOUT: METS SHOCK WITH THEIR TRADE FOR MARLINS CLOSER A.J. RAMOS

Considered one of the more obvious sellers as we approach the MLB July 31 trade deadline, it came as quite the shock when the New York Mets acquired an All-Star closer and from a division rival no less.  So it was that the Mets picked up Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos late Friday for minor league RHP Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes.  The key here though is that Ramos is under team control through 2018 and thus he will serve as a bullpen reinforcement....and a very good one.....that will help set up for closer Jeurys Familia then and also later this season when the latter returns from the blood clot in his shoulder.  Ramos in the meantime will take over the closer role from Addison Reed who by the time you read this could be on his way out of town as there is a strong market for him.  So overall this is a rough move for Ramos' fantasy baseball value as Familia is expected back in August and so he only has a few weeks of saves left to his name before moving to setup.  In his place, expect Junichi Tazawa should be the new closer but boy that is taking a leap into desperation for anyone looking for saves here as his 5.28 ERA is horrendous.  Tazawa has pitched well of late though and his experience should give him the initial edge.  Still the guy has been terrible when called on to close games in short spurts in the past and he has just 22 K's in 30.2 innings as the velocity has dipped in 2017.  Keep an eye out too for Dustin McGowan who has a 2.75 ERA on the heels of a 2.82 in relief last season.  

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