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Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: YONDER ALONSO LATEST DEFECTION FROM OAKLAND

Having long been rumored to be involved with Sonny Gray in a prospective package that would head over to the New York Yankees in a deal leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, it was a bit of a surprise when Oakland A's first baseman Yonder Alonso stayed put when the two teams finally came to an agreement with the ace.  It only took a few additional days however for the A's to find a new home for Alonso as he was moved to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for outfielder Boog Powell.  In the midst of a career-year that included 22 home runs prior to moving to his new locale, Alonso was one of the bigger surprises during the first half of the fantasy baseball season considering his previous SEASON high in that category was just 9 back in 2012.  Like with Justin Smoak in Toronto however, a new approach at the plate helped unleash some burgeoning power from Alonso's swing and the result was that first half performance where he hit 20 of the 22 homers while batting .275.  Alas Alonso was scuffling in July leading into the break and he has been dreadful since the resumption of season, hitting just .230 with 2 home runs since the Midsummer Classic.  The ill-timed slump could be the main reason why Alonso didn't get a bunch of attention leading up to the July 31 deadline and while the Yankees cooled on him.  Be that as it may, Alonso moves from one pitching park to the next but at least he stays in the division which should minimize the adjustment period.  Either way, it looks like Alonso's first half of 2017 is becoming more of an outlier by the day.  


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