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Friday, July 31, 2009
Rolen, Encarnacion swappedPosted by Derek Carty at 5:11pm
The trade: Blue Jays' 3B Scott Rolen for Reds' 3B Edwin Encarnacion, RP Josh Roenicke, and P Zach Stewart.
The Jays and Reds swap third basemen here, to the delight of 'only'-league owners. Neither's value changes much. Toronto has the more favorable park (by a little bit — Great American is still a good HR park), but the tougher AL league will offset much of the difference. The batting order impact is still yet to be seen.
Roenicke is a reliever, and though he has good skills, has limited fantasy relevance. Stewart looked decent at Double-A but had big control problems when promoted to Triple-A (and moved to the bullpen) earlier in the season. We shouldn't see him in the majors in 2009.
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