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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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Arismendy Alcantara fine for Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:03 am ET) Cubs rookie outfielder Arismendy Alcantara has returned to action for the Friday afternoon game against the visiting Dodgers. He had been sidelined since Tuesday with a wrist injury.

Alcantara will try to improve on a stat line of .212/.261/.363.


Shelby Miller OK for next start despite shin bruise
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Red-hot Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller has assured that a bruised right shin sustained Thursday against Milwaukee will not affect his preparation for his next start Tuesday against the Cubs.

Miller took a one-hopper off the bat of Ryan Braun in the sixth inning that prompted a visit from the trainer. He finished the inning before coming out of the game after 82 pitches.

The 23-year-old starter has been on a roll with four earned runs allowed in his last 34 innings pitched covering five starts.


Wade LeBlanc earns another start with strong outing
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:31 am ET) Angels left-hander Wade LeBlanc performed well enough Thursday night against Seattle to earn another start, per the Orange County Register. He is set to pitch again next Tuesday in Oakland.

LeBlanc allowed just three hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Mariners. He has not yielded an earned run in his last 10 1/3 innings pitched.


Royals place Christian Colon on DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:25 am ET) Royals second baseman Christian Colon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sept. 7, with a fractured middle finger.

He performed encouragingly during several stints with the big league team this season. Colon boasts a stat line of .302/.348/.442 in 20 games.


Mark Trumbo plagued by back ailment
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:20 am ET) Back spasms caused the absence of Diamondbacks outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo from the Thursday lineup, but Kirk Gibson does not believe it's serious, per azcentral.com.

"He probably needed an off day anyway," Gibson said.

Trumbo has not played since Wednesday. Injuries have limited him to 293 at-bats this season.


Fernando Rodney breaks franchise mark for saves
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:21 am ET) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney escaped a rough outing with the save Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim.

Rodney allowed a solo home run to Hank Conger but struck out Tony Campana looking to end the game. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one in one inning of work, closing out a 3-1 victory. He now holds the franchise record with 46 saves on the year. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 63 1/3 innings of work.

Wilin Rosario launches walkoff shot vs. D-Backs
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:16 am ET) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario came up big at the plate Thursday night at home, launching a walkoff home run in the ninth to lift his team past the Diamondbacks.

Down one run, Rosaio took Addison Reed deep for a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to end the game. Rosario also doubled in the second and added two singles. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in a 7-6 victory. He is hitting .265 with 12 homers and 51 RBI over 359 at-bats.

Felix Hernandez fans 11 in a no-decision vs. Angels
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez put together another gem but didn't receive any run support in a no-decision Thursday night against the Angels. The right-hander permitted three hits and two walks while striking out 11 over seven innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 28 innings, Hernandez has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 2.07 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 32 starts (226 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Toronto.

Wade LeBlanc gives five-plus scoreless innings in spot start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:00 am ET) Angels starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc wasn't a factor into the decision in a spot start on Thursday at home against Seattle. The left-hander permitted three hits and no walks while striking out three over 5 1/3 scoreless innings of work.

LeBlanc owns a 5.24 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 22 1/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll be needed for another start this season.

Cody Allen closes out Astros
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:55 am ET) Indians reliever Cody Allen struck out two and worked his way past a hit in a scoreless 13th inning for the save Thursday night against the Astros in Houston. He has converted 22 of 25 save chances, with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 66 2/3 innings of work.

 
 
 
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