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Sunday, December 16, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS TRANSACTIONS: YONDER ALONSO SENT TO WHITE SOX TO POSSIBLE ENTICE MANNY MACHADO

Another hitter who the fantasy baseball community felt the regression police would drag down during the course of the 2018 season was at-the-time Cleveland Indians first baseman (he was traded to the Chicago White Sox last week) Yonder Alonso but it was sort of a mixed bag on that front.  While Alonso did take a jog back on the power as anticipated (going from 28 homers in 2017 to 23 a year ago), the lefty swinger posted a career-high 83 RBI in the stacked Cleveland lineup.  Beyond the homers and RBI, however, Alonso was a liability as he batted just .250, scored 64 runs, and had a bagel in steals.  It does need to be said that Alonso has at least cemented 20-25 home run power after serving mostly as a doubles first baseman during the first 7 seasons of his career and an unlucky .283 BABIP last year did help to depress the average a bit below where it should have been.  With that said, Alonso only nets starting usage as a UTIL or CI bat in mixed leagues as guys with his profile can be had at a dirt cheap rate.

2019 PROJECTION:  .264 24 HR 79 RBI 65 R 1 SB  

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