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Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: YANKS GET ROTATION INSURANCE IN NABBING LANCE LYNN FOR TYLER AUSTIN

Concerned about the recent but pronounced struggles of ace Luis Severino, the New York Yankees picked up some rotation insurance late Monday when they dealt first baseman Tyler Austin to the Minnesota Twins for veteran starter Lance Lynn.  While Lynn has struck out an impressive 100 batters in 102.1 IP this season, he has been hit hard almost throughout the year as shown by his horrific 5.10 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.  A .322 BABIP has been some of the cause for Lynn's bloated rotations but he also has posted career-worst control with his 5.45 ERA and home run have been an issue as well.  Since he is now moving from a decent pitching park in Target Field to a launch pad in New York in Yankee Stadium, this is obviously a rough move for the few individuals who still somehow own Lynn in fantasy baseball.

As far as Austin is concerned, he will finally get a chance at some consistent playing time with the rebuilding Twins and there is some ability here as the kid has flashed power ability in his cup of coffee runs with the Yankees.  Also capable of playing the outfield, Austin is perhaps worth a speculative add in AL-only formats. 


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