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Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE FALLOUT: CUBS NET ALEX AVILA, JUSTIN WILSON FROM REBUILDING TIGERS

                                                           

Well apparently we know there is no nepotism in the Detroit Tigers organization.  That is because GM Al Avila went out and traded his catcher son Alex along with closer Justin Wilson to the Chicago Cubs in an agreed upon deal late Sunday for prospects Jeimer Candelario, Issac Paredes, and a PTBNL.  This was another big move by the Cubs to shore up their bullpen and backup catcher situation for the stretch run in defending their World Series title but it has a big impact on 2017 fantasy baseball on a number of fronts.

First off when it comes to Wilson, he now goes from closing games in Detroit to a setup role on Cubs in front of All-Star stopper Wade Davis.  In Wilson's place should be Shane Greene who deserves a look as a closer by the Tigers given his 2.70 ERA and 50 K's in 46 IP this season.  Meanwhile, Avila loses a huge amount of value moving from the starting catcher spot in Detroit to backup capacity with the Cubs behind the emerging into a star Willson Contreras.  Avila became quite the story in 2017 fantasy baseball in going from barely making the team in spring training to hitting .274 with 11 home runs (over .300 for most of the season).  That made Avila one of the best catching values of 2017 fantasy baseball but now his owners need to find a replacement. Finally, Wilson is an option to close for the Cubs in 2018 since Davis will be a free agent so this was a proactive move for the future as well.


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