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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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Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain not worried about spring struggles
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:16 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain hasn't exactly lit it up in spring training. In eight appearances, Chamberlain has posted an 8.22 ERA with just two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings pitched. He and his manager Brad Ausmus aren't worried, reports MLB.com.

"I've said all along that spring training, with veteran players especially, I don't put a lot of stock in it," Ausmus said. "I would go more on Joba's performance last year as an indicator than on what happens in Spring Training. I think Joba's also a guy that pitches on the adrenaline of the situation. And there's not a lot of adrenaline in spring training games, even moreso if you've been in the big leagues for a few years."

Chamberlain is throwing a bit harder this spring than previous years.

"This isn't my first rodeo. I've been in this position," Chamberlain said. "You've got to know what you have to work on. It's a neverending battle. I don't know if I've ever seen anybody with a zero-zero ERA, so there's always something to work on."


Cardinals' Tommy Pham's quad still not right after minor league test
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:14 pm ET) Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham had three plate appearances in a minor league game on Monday. It was his first game since March 12, when strained his left quadricep. 

Pham didn't play the field, and after batting, he reported that the quad was "still tight" and "not right", per MLB.com.


Rockies P LaTroy Hawkins rocked for 5 hits in one-third inning
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:13 pm ET) Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins had a rough outing in Monday's 11-2 loss to the Athletics. 

Hawkins gave up five hits in only one-third inning, which included a three-run home run from Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie. 

“Hawk just left some balls high and up over the plate,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said, via The Denver Post.


Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan pitches fine after hangnail issue
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:09 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan felt just fine in his one scoreless inning of work Monday after dealing with a hang nail on his thumb a few days ago, reports MLB.com.

"He threw some good two-seam fastballs," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Really, the single was a swinging bunt. He did a good job."

Nathan has now tossed eight scoreless innings in 11 appearances this spring.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong not concerned about spring slump
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:09 pm ET) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is having a slow spring, but he's focusing on the work, instead of the results. 

"I kind of take the positives out of everything. I see that I have been hitting balls hard. I'm doing the little things right and getting myself ready. That's the most important thing -- making sure I get my swing ready for Opening Day," Wong said, per MLB.com.

Wong was hitless in his first nine at bats of the spring and is hitting .147 with one RBI in 34 at bats.


A's P Drew Pomeranz tosses six scoreless innings in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:08 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings during Monday's 11-2 blowout win over the Rockies. 

Pomeranz gave up only two hits and one walk while striking out six batters. 

"He pitched well. He pitched really good," Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said of Pomeranz, via MLB.com. "He was hitting spots. His curveball was effective today, too. He has that big curveball. I've never faced him before. I saw the ball really well coming out of his hands."


A's 3B Brett Lawrie homers twice in win over Rockies
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:04 pm ET) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie hit two home runs in Monday's 11-2 blowout win over the Rockies. 

Lawrie's first home run was of the solo variety hit off of Ryan Arrowood. His second was a three-run shot off of LaTroy Hawkins in the sixth inning. This gives Lawrie four home runs in his last eight games. 


Astros want one more look at pitcher Brett Oberholtzer before committing
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:00 pm ET) Astros manager A.J. Hinch is still not certain about pitcher Brett Oberholtzer for the starting rotation when the season begins, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Hinch believes Collin McHugh will be the starter for Houston's fourth game of the season, but wants to see Oberholtzer's "readiness" before making his official decision.

"We'll play our guys" Hinch said. "We're going to take some backups, both to Corpus and to Houston with the idea Friday night I feel good about our guys that are on our team are going to play.

"Saturday it'll be a blend of some of the bench, some guys that want maybe an at-bat or two to finish that spring. Then the back half of that game will be some guys that won’t be on our team."


Cubs P Phil Coke was told he's made 40-man roster
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:55 pm ET) The Cubs told reliever Phil Coke that he has made this year's 40-man roster, the organization announced

Coke signed a minor-league deal on March 5. The left-hander has appeared in 7.1 innings this spring and has yet to give up a run. He's allowed five hits. 

With the Tigers last season, Coke posted a 3.88 ERA in 58 innings pitched. 


Diamondbacks reassign Yoan Lopez to minors
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7:50 pm ET) The Diamondbacks reassigned pitcher Yoan Lopez to minor league camp, the team announced on Monday. 

The D-Backs signed Lopez as an international free agent in January, agreeing to an $8.27 million signing bonus for the Cuban right hander.

Lopez was 1-2 with a 7.90 ERA this spring. 


 
 
 
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