Jan. 6: Solarte, who has decreased his ground-ball rate in each of his four years in the majors, moves to a much more homer-friendly environment in Toronto. He’s a multi-position infielder who is a nice mid-round pick for an AL-only team.
Jan. 4: He’s a worthwhile AL-only option for those looking to fill the category on the cheap. Alexander could help NL-only owners keep their ERA/WHIP in check.
Dec. 20: Longoria trades one extreme pitchers’ park for another, keeping him more mixed-league corner infield material, but he gives the Giants a strong defensive left side of the infield. It’s good news for their pitchers. Read more from Eric Karabell.
In NBA terms, the Clippers’ rebuild looks diametrically opposite from what we’ve seen in Philadelphia. However, the trade that sent Griffin out for Harris looks like a huge move in the right direction to speed up their rebuild. And the talent that they brought in with both of their big trades was enough to keep them competitive (and fantasy relevant now) while still allowing for the possibility of them making a leap (but remaining fantasy relevant) moving forward.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani is clearly quite adept at both throwing and hitting a baseball, though to what degree among the highest competition remains somewhat of a mystery. Because he is so new to the major leagues, he has created unique, and unfortunately unreasonable, expectations. The result in the fantasy baseball world is this: As exciting and intriguing as this new situation is, Ohtani is more likely to disappoint than to earn the excessive value expected of him in ESPN average live drafts. Hey, this works for me, as I will be able to watch Ohtani perform sans the added pressure of being desperate for groundbreaking statistics on a fantasy roster.
Context is always critical when calling any player worth more or less than perceived value, and that is important in an annual article like this with such an oft-misunderstood and grand proclamation of avoidance. This is about numbers and value. ESPN Fantasy projects Ohtani to win 10 games and strike out 148 hitters over his 140 innings, with a modest 3.41 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. At the plate, Ohtani projects for eight home runs and a .236 batting average. Not quite the numbers so many expect, but ultimately there is a value to them. The problem is I perceive those projections to be realistic, and they would not result in warranting close to an eighth-round choice this season, which is his current ADP.