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Friday, July 31, 2009
LaRoche, Kotchman swappedPosted by Derek Carty at 5:19pm
The trade: Red Sox' 1B Adam LaRoche for Braves' 1B Casey Kotchman
Like the Reds-Jays trade, we see a simple swap of corner infielders. Unlike that trade, the values of these two guys change drastically. LaRoche becomes the Braves' new starting 1B, and if he was dropped in any NL-only leagues (either by choice or league rules), he makes a great pickup. Not the coziest park, but it's neutral-ish and much better than playing part-time.
Kotchman, on the other hand, sees his value plummet. He won't see many starts in Boston with Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez getting most of the 1B ABs. A Mike Lowell injury is one of the few things that can save Kotchman's fantasy season, forcing Youkilis to third and opening up a spot for him.
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