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Thursday, January 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: CHRISTIAN YELICH HEADS TO MILWAUKEE

Well how about that?  Just hours after we posted a Christian Yelich Bust post with the premise of him remaining with the Miami Marlins, the team must have been reading as the team traded the burgeoning star to the Milwaukee Brewers late Thursday for a package of four players.  In return for sending Yelich to the Brewers, the Marlins picked up star outfield prospect Lewis Brinson, infield prospect Isan Diaz, outfielder Monte Harrison, and pitcher Jordan Yamamoto.  The big piece of course is Yelich going to the Brewers who all of a sudden have a monster outfield with him, the emerging Domingo Santana, and former MVP Ryan Braun for 2018.  What this also means is that Keon Broxton will either begin the year in the minors to fix his insane strikeout rate or be a fourth outfielder which eliminates almost all of his prospective fantasy baseball value for the upcoming year.

Now as far as Yelich is concerned, he gets a nice boost in value like I said he would earlier in the day if moved to a more offensive park.  This is what took place as Milwaukee is a good home run park and so Yelich should get himself over the 20 mark in that category despite a remaining ground ball-heavy approach.  In addition, Yelich should get back to a .300-plus average as well since he will have nice protection with Braun, Santana, and company surrounding him.  Throw in the fact the Brewers are always one of the more heavy stolen base teams in the majors and Yelich should challenge the 20 mark there as well.  The bottom line for Yelich is that he is now a firm high-end OF 2 and could challenge for low-end OF 1 status.  Meanwhile, Brinson will likely be an Opening Day starter for the Marlins and a fresh start could do him good after he really struggled in his debut with the Brewers in 2017.  Brinson reminds me of Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton who has a similar skill base but who struggled badly initially at the major league level with whiffs.  Brinson retains good sleeper value though and so he should be boosted up most cheat sheets as a result of his upcoming opportunity.  A good deal for all involved.


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