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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: TOMMY PHAM GETS MUCH-NEEDED FRESH START IN TAMPA

Having made it very apparent his unhappiness with the St. Louis Cardinals front office going back to spring training, a tough season for outfielder Tommy Pham and the public statements criticizing the team was enough for the team to send him to the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday for three prospects.  Coming off a monster breakout in 2017 when he hit 23 home runs, stole 25 bases, and batted .306 but those numbers have fallen sharply in 2018.  Perhaps distracted by the contract issue, Pham goes to the Rays with just a .248 average brought down by a spike in K's (24.5 K/9) and a BABIP that has fallen sharply as well.  With that said, Pham still has hit a solid 14 home runs and stolen 10 bases which means the power/speed game is still in order.  A fresh start with the Rays could certainly get Pham back on track and despite the slide this season, he still looks like a solid OF 2.  Keep in mind though that I said not to by Pham coming off the career season this past spring and that advice looks spot on as of this writing. 


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