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Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: ROYALS NAB TREVOR CAHILL AND BRANDON MAURER FROM PADRES

The Kansas City Royals signaled that they are going for a playoff berth late Monday when they completed at trade with the San Diego Padres highlighted by lefty starter Trevor Cahill and closer Brandon Maurer.  They also picked up LHP Ryan Buchter and in return, send back LHP Matt Strahm, LHP Travis Wood, and infielder Esteury Diaz.

As far as the fantasy baseball pieces involved in the deal, the biggest portion of the trade concerns Maurer moving from the closer role in San Diego to a setup spot with the Royals.  However given how badly Royals closer Kelvin Herrera has pitched this season, Maurer could easily slide into the closer role for the team.  However with ex-closers Joakim Soria and Neftali Feliz also around, that is not a given.  In addition, Maurer has been pretty miserable all season to the tune of a 5.72 ERA and 1.19 WHIP but he did convert 20 of 23 save opportunities.  In his place, Brad Hand will likely close for the Padres and he has had a nice season with a 2.12 ERA and 66 K's in 51 innings which are ratios that seem tailor-made for the ninth inning.  However Hand is almost guaranteed to be moved himself over the next week given how big of a market is after him and so his ascension to the ninth inning will be a short one.  That means Kirby Yates (1.2 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 48 K in 31.1 IP) should be watched closely.

Meanwhile, Cahill moves to the Royals and into the AL which is always a bad deal for a pitcher.  This is especially true leaving Petco Park who has been quite solid with a 3.69 ERA and more elevated 1.34 WHIP.  What is really interesting about Cahill this season is the huge spike in K/9 (10.62) but his control remains awful (3.54 BB/9).  Again going to the AL will push Cahill's value down to firm SP 5 status after he was up to SP 4 prior.


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