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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: KEONE KELA PICKED UP BY PIRATES EARLY ON TUESDAY

Another day and yet another closer is on the move and this time it is Texas Rangers stopper Keone Kela who was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates very early in the morning on Tuesday.  A rumored move for days now, the Pirates and Rangers finally put the finishing touches on the deal as Pittsburgh will send back to Texas LHP Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later.  While Kela has has some rough swings in numbers this season, his overall 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 44 K in 36.2 IP passes the smell test but he will now move into setup in front of Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez.  Vazquez himself has been up and down like an elevator this season so try and hold Kela in deeper formats but overall this is a hit to the latter's fantasy baseball value. 

Now in terms of who takes over for saves in Texas, it could be anyone from Alex Claudio, Jake Diekman, or Jose LeClerc.  On the surface, LeClerc is having the best season of the three as his 2.27 ERA and 1.01 WHIP are sparkling and he also has closer-like K's with a massive 56 in 39.2.  Claudio is way too much of a soft-tosser and Diekman has 23 walks in just 39 IP which is not a great ratio by any means.  So if you have one spot to use, try and go with LeClerc who can help even in setup.  With that said, a committee could also be in order so this is just speculation based on numbers. 


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