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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Snell to Seattle and Clement to PittsburghPosted by Paul Singman at 2:58pm
The Pirates and Mariners completed a deal today, sending Ian Snell and Jack Wilson to the Mariners for Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno and a trio of minor league pitching prospects.
A solid fantasy option in 2007, Snell struggled throughout most of 2008 and 2009 and was sent down to Triple-A after repeated threats from the GM to improve his performance. In Triple-A Snell was dominant through 37.1 innings of work, allowing just 28 hits and striking out 47 batters compared to walking 13. For those who believe in changes of scenery, Snell now makes a nice add in most formats because of his clear upside. Looking at the messy Mariner rotation, it is clear Snell will be starting in the majors for Seattle.
Long term, Jeff Clement also figures to benefit from this trade. The now 25 year old catcher/first baseman was not crushing Triple-A pitching he was last year, but was still hitting well enough to prove that more time in the minors would not accomplish anything. Now with a team much more likely to give him playing time, Clement has a good chance of becoming the Pirates starting first baseman in 2010.
A lot of Clements' future fantasy value hinges on him retaining his catcher eligibility, but in Pittsburgh with Ryan Doumit behind the plate, I am not sure if that can happen.
Paul has been managing fantasy baseball teams for many seasons and writing for THT Fantasy over the past three years. He is currently a student at UPenn welcomes readers' thoughts at his email here or in the comments below.
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