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Offseason Extra: Moves that matter in Fantasy

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Offseason trades and free agent signings are fun to follow, especially given the absence of actual games to watch, but they don't always create significant impacts for Fantasy owners.

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Then again, some recent moves have not only been intriguing for us as baseball fans, but have also given us reason to take notice for Fantasy purposes. This is certainly true of the recent three-team swap that sent Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to the Angels, and Adam Eaton to the White Sox. Trumbo now gets to play home games at Chase Field, which could suit his pull-hitting tendencies nicely and allow him to hit for even more power than he did as an Angel. While Angel Stadium might have put a damper on Trumbo's productivity, Santiago and Skaggs now get the benefit of pitching in that favorable environment -- and given their modest ground ball tendencies, that's a good thing. As a ground ball hitter, Adam Eaton may not be impacted much by the move from Chase Field to U.S. Cellular Field, but playing for a team with a less crowded outfield situation can only enhance his value.

Other moves may seem to have created a similar magnitude of impact on the players involved, but how much is that really the case? In this video, Scott White, Adam Aizer and I not only explore the Fantasy fallout from the Trumbo trade, but we also look into the impact that recent moves are likely to have on Doug Fister, Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Dexter Fowler, Justin Morneau and Norichika Aoki.

And because Hot Stove season isn't just for owners in shallow and standard mixed leagues, we also look at the recent game of musical chairs involving a spate of less-than-elite catchers and how it could affect owners in deeper formats.

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Diamondbacks fielding calls for Oliver Perez
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:46 pm ET) The Diamondbacks have not received many trade offers leading up to the deadline, but the Arizona Republic reports Thursday reliever Oliver Perez is one possibility to move before 4 p.m.

Perez has emerged as a valuable contributor out of the Diamondbacks bullpen, posting a 1.94 ERA in 41 2/3 innings of work as a left-handed specialist. 


Source: Giants, Rangers talking deal for Alex Rios
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:24 pm ET) The Giants and Rangers are in the midst of ongoing trade talks involving Texas outfielder Alex Rios, a source told FOX Sports.

Mariners in the mix for Asdrubal Cabrera?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:21 pm ET) The Mariners are considered a "sleeper" team in trade talks involving Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, according to ESPN analyst Buster Olney.

Tigers 'getting close' to acquiring Andrew Miller
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) The Tigers are "getting close" to acquiring Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller, sources told FOX Sports.

Manager indicates Emilio Bonifacio likely to be traded
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Rick Renteria has all but confirmed that the Cubs are on the verge of dealing away second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.

"It's obvious there might be some things shaking out," he told MLB.com. "We'll see how it continues to develop during the day."

Bonifacio has piqued interest by peaking at the plate. He has 15 hits in his last eight games.


Red Sox acquire Joe Kelly, Allen Craig
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:50 pm ET) The Red Sox acquired starting pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig from the Cardinals Thursday in exchange for starting pitcher John Lackey, according to baseball analyst Peter Gammons.

John Lackey traded to Cardinals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:42 pm ET) The Cardinals acquired veteran starting pitcher John Lackey from the Red Sox Thursday. Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts, but he is 3-3 with a 5.56 ERA in his last six starts.

Rockies busy with minor moves Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:38 pm ET) The Rockies made several minor moves Wednesday, including the promotion of left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make a start against the Cubs.

They have also optioned right-hander Rob Scahill to the same team and designated third baseman Ryan Wheeler for assignment.


Carlos Gonzalez back into action Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:33 pm ET) Rockies ailing right fielder Carlos Gonzalez is back in the lineup for the Thursday game against the host Cubs. He missed the Wednesday clash with an ankle injury sustained at his home Saturday.

Gonzalez hopes he can pick up the production. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since before the All-Star break.


Report: Red Sox close to dealing John Lackey to NL team
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:28 pm ET) The Red Sox are close to dealing starting pitcher John Lackey to a National League team, according to ESPN. The Cardinals and Dodgers are the teams rumored to be involved in a trade for Lackey.

Though, a source told FOX Sports the Dodgers are not trading for Lackey.


 
 
 
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