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Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: KELVIN HERRERA ACQUIRED BY NATIONALS

The July 31 trade deadline is still more than a month away but the Washington Nationals got a jump start on their summer shopping when they came to terms on a deal to acquire Kansas City Royals closer Kelvin Herrera late on Monday.  Despite coming off a terrible 2017 campaign after a magnificent first season closing the year prior, Herrera has been completely dominant in 2018 in recording a 1.05 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and striking out 22 batters in 25.2 IP.  Unfortunately the deal hurts Herrera's fantasy baseball value as at best he will be a co-closer with Sean Doolittle and more likely will be a setup man to the lefty.  Doolittle has been magnificent in his own right this season as the Nats closer (1.52 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 41 K in 29.2 IP) and actually been better almost across the board than Herrera but it will be interesting to see how they are both initially deployed.  In terms of the Royals and the saves picture, there is nothing but a mess being left with Herrera's departure as Brandon Maurer has a 13.50 ERA, Burch Smith a 7.31, Justin Grimm a 16.76, and Blaine Boyer is hurt.  It could very well be a messy committee with no one really worth adding unless you were desperate. 


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