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Friday, July 31, 2009
Smaller trade deadline movesPosted by Derek Carty at 5:25pm
Moves with some fantasy relevance
Jerry Hairston to Yankees
Should backup several positions for the Yankees. Loses some value due to lost PT, but the rates shouldn't be affected much. In Cincy, Alex Gonzalez is more secure at SS and the crowded OF gets a little less crowded, though Wladimir Balentein could go right into the Jerry-Hairston-Jr.-as-an-outfielder role, so maybe it's not less crowded.
Moves with minimal fantasy relevance
Joe Beimel to Rockies
No more save chances for Beimel; keep an eye on Sean Burnett and Tyler Clippard in Washington. Mike MacDougal is imploding... soon.
Claudio Vargas to Brewers
Good news for my LABR NL team (Vargas was the throw-in when I acquired Max Scherzer), but of minimal importance to most others. Vargas will get some starts in Milwaukee and could be solid. Worth a pickup in NL-only.
John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to Cubs; Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio, and Josh Harrison to Pirates
Grabow is no longer next in line for saves. Fantasy value, done. Gorzelanny is still not good and doesn't deserve a chance in your fantasy rotation, even if the Cubs give him one in theirs. Hart has posted good minor league numbers, but it's never really translated to the majors. Should slide into Pitt's rotation, but he looks like a high variance guy. Worth a shot in deep NL-only leagues, though he's probably already owned in the leagues he's worth owning in.
Derek Carty, 23, has also been published by NBC's Rotoworld, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and USA Today. This season, he'll be contributing to FanDuel and will be linking to all of his work at DerekCarty.com. In his three years competing in expert leagues, he has won 2 titles with 4 top three finishes, including a LABR NL title in 2009, making him the youngest person to ever win a major expert league title. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program and is a firm believer in the importance of combining stats and scouting. He welcomes questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
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