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Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEALINE FALLOUT: GARRETT COOPER COULD BE MUCH-NEEDED ANSWER FOR NY YANKEES 1B WOES

The New York Yankees couldn't stomach Chris Carter at first base any longer and so with Greg Bird's return from a mysterious ankle ailment having no end in sight, the team pulled the trigger on an interesting move to acquire Milwaukee Brewers minor league first baseman Garrett Cooper.  A former 2013 sixth-round pick, Cooper is already 26 but he has had a big year at Triple-A where he has hit a mammoth 17 home runs and collected and insane 82 RBI in just 320 at-bats.  What makes Cooper even more intriguing is that he is not a pure slugger and has an advanced eye of the strike zone given his metrics.  Cooper draws walks at a high 10.3 BB/9 clip and his K/9 rate is excellent at just 15.0.  This is a hitter who has a clue as to what he is doing up there and so after maybe a week or two on the farm, count on the Yankees calling Cooper up in short order.  Given the dimensions of his new ballpark alone, Cooper should be picked up where available.  While he has not been a buzzy prospect, Cooper has the skills to be an impact player when he gets to the majors which should be soon.


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