Fantasy baseball Trade Tips: Buy Alejandro De Aza, sell Cliff Lee
People don't like to admit mistakes. There's often hell to pay. Forgiveness can be elusive. But, like that time I ate my brother's birthday cake when I was six, I need to apologize.
Last week, I advised readers to deal for players accused in the Biogenesis scandal. Whoops. Ryan Braun turned over quicker than a flapjack at a diner, Alex Rodriguez is facing reports of a career-ending suspension and everyone around baseball is waiting for the next wave of disciplinary action.
The best option now is for fantasy owners to ride out whatever stats these players offer until MLB comes knocking. In many cases, it'll be difficult to replace the lost players. But owners who dig can piece together smaller deals to soften the blow of losing a top pick.
And on that note, here are this week's Trade Tips:
Alejandro De Aza, White Sox: Though rumored to be on the trading block (who isn't in Chicago?), De Aza is the type of player Braun owners should target. De Aza's numbers are not eye-popping enough to cost a premium, but his across-the-board production will help ease the loss of what someone like Braun was supposed to offer. A bad start has gradually evaporated and De Aza has raised his batting average each month this season. He's a player on the rise.
Cliff Lee, Phillies: The ace of the Philadelphia staff isn't due for a decline, but the limits of starting pitching make him a wise chip to use. No matter the starter, the impact is limited to one or two appearances a week. It's the reason so few pitchers win the MVP. Position player simply offer a greater volume of value. And with greater opportunity comes a greater chance to salvage a bad week or month. On the other hand, even the best hurlers will get smacked around every few starts. Dealing Lee can bring a return that might not offer the same highs in the pitching categories, but could address a wider swath of issues. Volume counts in fantasy baseball more than in any other sport. Find the owner willing to give up a Jean Segura or a solid A's starter and a closer from somewhere. It's not an easy move to make, but it may be the right move for those looking to address multiple problems.
Adam Eaton, Diamondbacks: Many have waited half a season for the potential breakout outfielder to play. Now that he's back, there's no reason to rush him out the door because of a slow start. Most importantly, Kirk Gibson is in Eaton's corner, which means the youngster should get plenty of chances to improve his hitting. There's a solid contact/speed talent in there somewhere. Just give Eaton some time.