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Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY BTASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: RANDAL GRICHUK GETS NEW LIFE IN TORONTO

The St. Louis Cardinals have unloaded not one but two of their previously lauded outfield prospects this season, starting with Stephen Piscotty being shipped to the Oakland A's and now followed by a Friday deal where they moved slugger Randal Grichuk to the Toronto Blue Jays.  This is an interesting move for Grichuk as he was stalled out in St. Louis after back-to-back underwhelming seasons in 2016 and 2017 and he now moves into a big power-leaning ballpark in Rogers Center in Toronto.  Considering that power has always been the most stable aspect of Grichuk, he needs to be moved up a bit on fantasy baseball outfield cheat sheets for drafts this spring given that aspect of things.  Looking back on 2017, it was clear what the problems were with Grichuk and that was strikeouts which took a major toll on his batting average.  A .238 average and horrible 30.1 K/9 rate were all that was needed to see that Grichuk is flawed overall hitter but on the positive side, he did crack 22 homers in just 422 at-bats.  While Grichuk will likely continue to drain your batting average even after going to Toronto, a run at 30 home runs is very much in the cards here as he will likely be an everyday player for the Blue Jays to go along with the new ballpark helping him out.  A net gain for Grichuk all the way around in other words.


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