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Two of the smaller pieces that stand to gain value after Thursday’s massive trade deadline are Tiger center fielders Ezequiel Carrera and Rajai Davis. The two will see all of the starts in center now that Austin Jackson has been traded. Davis should see the majority of playing time between the two speedsters, but Carrera could still be good for SAGNOF in some deep leagues or AL-only leagues. The 27-year-old had stolen 43 bases in the minors prior to his call up and while he only played a handful of games with the Indians last season, he stole 43 bags in the minors in 2013 as well. Meanwhile Davis started in center and led off both Friday and Saturday. The Jackson trade was really a big boost to Davis owners, since playing time had been his biggest concern and now he’ll get a shot to play every day in center.

For those looking to gamble on Carrera it’s worth mentioning that he bats left-handed while Davis bats from the right side. This could shift Davis’s value in the wrong direction should he begin to yield starts with right-handers on the mound. I don’t think it happens, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if Davis slumps. Carrera could also see a few starts for defensive reasons, as Davis posted a -3.8 UZR in left prior to the trade and center field isn’t exactly easier to play. However, Davis came up in the minors playing center field so expecting Carrera to play over him for defense is still a bit of a stretch. All in all, it’s just a situation worth monitoring if you’re a Davis owner or play in a deep league (15-team+) where Carrera is readily available. Here are some other steals options for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Sam Fuld, OF and Billy Burns, OF – TB, MIN

How quickly things change. Billy Burns was optioned to the minors while Fuld takes over as the A’s leadoff man. Obviously this kills Burns’s value but it boosts Fuld’s. Fuld was mentioned here last week when he was still with the Twins. The 32-year-old outfielder had 13 steals in 232 plate appearances entering Saturday’s games. With both Coco Crisp and Craig Gentry battling injuries, look for Fuld to assume the majority of center field starts and bat from the leadoff spot in the order in the near future. The Twins have allowed 66 stolen bases on the year (13th most), making them a decent target in leagues with daily roster moves.

Jake Marisnick, OF – @PHI, TEX

I love that the trade deadline gives me some fresh names to talk about and I really loved this trade for the Astros personally. Marisnick is a really nice option in fantasy thanks to his combination of pop and speed. The 23-year-old had ten homers and 24 stolen bases in Triple-A prior to the trade and should get regular at bats for the Astros this season. He’s a great scoop in keeper leagues as well. He may struggle out of the gate, but I’d imagine he’s got more upside than most of what is sitting on the free agent wires at this point in the fantasy season. He’ll face the Phillies and Rangers this week. The Phils have allowed 72 steals this season, tied for the 5th most in baseball.

Danny Santana, MI/OF – SD, OAK

With Fuld out of the picture, Santana should have a firm hold on the leadoff spot in the Twins lineup. Yesterday’s two swipes could be a sign of things to come as he’s getting farther away from the knee injury that forced him to the disabled list. He has hit well since being activated and makes a great bench bat even in shallower leagues thanks to his dual eligibility. He’ll draw the Padres and Athletics this week. The Padres have allowed the third most stolen bases in baseball with 77 steals allowed this season.

Emilio Bonifacio, MI/OF – @SEA, WAS

The trade to Atlanta shouldn’t kill Bonifacio’s fantasy value, as I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take some playing time away from B.J. Upton. Like Santana, Bonifacio has good speed and can play in your middle infield or outfield slots. He’s an easy pickup if you’re desperate for steals and need some flexibility in your lineup. The Braves take on the Mariners and Nationals this week. Neither team is easy to run on as they are both in the bottom third of the league for steals allowed. In fact, only the Cardinals have allowed fewer stolen bases than the Nationals entering Saturday’s games.

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  1. Tiny tim says:
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    With the latest news of the cubs calling up Baez & he will play tomowrow it looks like, would you add him now or take a wait/see approach? Looks like he’ll be playing 2nd w/ the cubs.

    Also, this is more on the lines of a MLB question , I’m a mets fan- looking at their roster they’ll have a good amount of pitchers heading into next season do you think it’s possible they trade one of the pitchers for Starlin Castro? I heard tulowitzki / Carlos Gonzalez’s names rumored w/ the mets too I’d actually rather have Gonzalez out of the two Rockies players

    Have a good one!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I heard the grumblings about them talking with Rox too. They definitely have a loaded rotation but it’s hard to say what they’ll do. Trade makes sense even if it’s not with the Rockies.

      As far as Baez, he’s struggled with each promotion, then turns it on after adjusting to each level. I think he’s an easy add, but I would expect some adjustment period. He’s really aggressive so he might look silly at times against MLB stuff. In other words, it would be smart to have a more proven player to swap him with in daily move leagues, but he’s worth the gamble for sure. Huge power.

  2. Abdoozy says:
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    Mike, would you start Cobb today @ OAK?

    SON doesn’t exactly love it…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup I would

  3. Phil says:
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    Would you drop Choo and pick up Marisnick ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  4. JP says:
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    Who do you like better as a keeper in an OPS league: Goldy or Rizzo, obviously not taking into account the rest of this year? I assume Goldy, but by a significant amount?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think it’s still Goldy yes, but the gap got a lot smaller this year. If Goldy is a first rounder you gotta figure Rizzo is at least a third maybe even a low second depending how he finishes the season..

      • JP says:
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        @Mike: Ugh. First place team in a 20-team keeper just offered me Goldy plus a mediocre SP for Rizzo. If I was out of contention, it would be a no brainer, but I’m currently playoff-bound (5th place). Hate to give up a chance for Au Shizz, but I’ll probably keep my chances alive this year. Thanks for the input.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime. that’s a tough choice. if you’re heading into the playoffs I’d keep all hands on deck and possibly revisit that trade in the offseason if he’s still game. Rizzo is a couple years younger FWIW

  5. Carnac says:
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    vs RHP McCarthy, Rajai’s on the bench and Carrera’s starting. If it’s the same vs Kuroda tomorrow, then… ugh.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      word. it’s definitely worth watching. When I wrote this I felt a little silly even mentioning Carrera since I really like Davis, but Carrera probably wasn’t brought up just to sit.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I figured it would take a slump, kind of surprised he’s sitting already against a RHP

      • Carnac says:
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        I have Rajai and Coco competing for my SAGNOF outfield spot. I wish one of ‘em would, ahem, run away with the job. But at this point looks like neither will play more than 3-4 games/week. Maybe they’ll coordinate?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha, yeah it might line up for you with Crisp coming back soon

  6. Joe says:
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    Mike would you trade Robinson cano for Carlos González and Yu darvish?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      at thsi point no. CarGo is banged up and you’ll get only a third of Yu’s starts. I’d stick with the steadier production of Cano. If I’m trading for aces I like to do it earlier in the year so I get more of their starts to help my team if that makes sense.

  7. Matt says:
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    Is Encarnacion and Beltran a good return for Goldy and Quintana in 15 team dynasty (5×5 roto) if I am in line to win this year? Also lost cutch.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      man that’s a double whammy. I’d rather have Goldy obviously, but you’re in a spot where you are trying to win this year. Without knowing more about your league, I’d recommend holding and trying to get by with something from the wire.

  8. grif says:
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    Mike,
    would you start Wheeler against Washington tomorrow?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup I would

  9. PJ says:
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    Mike, got an interesting trade offer.

    No chance at the top 3 spots in a 10 team, 6 keeper league.
    Scoring is 8×8 roto, (R, H, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS for hitters) x(W, SV, ER, HR, K, ERA ,WHIP, QS for pitchers)

    My Rizzo and Alex Cobb for his Goldschmidt?

    Current keepers are Jose Abreu, Anthony Rizzo, Hanley Ramirez, Yu Darvish, Evan Longoria, and Teheran/Kluber/Jay Bruce/Alex Gordon.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      wow lot of Goldy deals going down. Sounds like you’re kind of in the opposite situation as the guy above who has Rizzo and is in the running. I’d make the trade for Goldschmidt there and keep Kluber, who could be just as valuable as Cobb.

  10. LanceB says:
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    Is kenley jansen and austin jackson enough value for Donaldson?

    Just got proposed that, could use the WHIP help with jansen and saves as well. Avg boost would be nice too with jackson. What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If the saves help you win this year, go for it. Otherwise, I’d prefer the Donaldson side.

  11. grif says:
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    Mike,
    got another question. Should Liriano be owned in a 12 mixed league or is he just a streamer? Seems like he is starting to put things together

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he’s kind of borderline 12-teamer and it depends on the depth of the league but he’s a nice option for some cheap Ks.

  12. fausto says:
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    Im convinced gomez is going to break a bone trying to swing at a pitch so im selling him while I can. Which side do you like better Gomez/SalPerez or M.Cabrera/Navarro? Thanks. Im the only sagnof hunter in my league so I should be ok on sb.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha Miggy side

  13. Albert says:
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    Hey mike I’m in a weekly lock league, was it a good move to bench Andrew mccutchen or do you see him avoiding the DL? From what I read it could be multi weeks he could be out

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, definitely. I think he’s out for like a month.

  14. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    Great title, wasn’t that the outro music in licensed to drive? don’t ask how i know that

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! haha yeah I think so!

  15. Robert says:
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    Should Goldy be dropped? No way he returns before fantasy playoffs, right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It looks like his season is over. Safe to drop in redrafts

      • Robert says:
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        @Mike: thanks, unfortunately.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime. Yeah, it’s been a bad week

  16. brian says:
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    would you drop corey dickerson or j.d. martinez or cole calhoun, for denard span?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Of those three Dickerson

      • brian says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  17. Eric S Bateman says:
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    Do you think Baez being called up diminishes Alcantara’s fantasy worth ROS? I only have Aybar and Alcantara at SS. However Alcides Escobar and Evereth Cabrera are on the wire. Would you hold tight or make a move for another SS eligible player?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think they just move him to the outfield, honestly. I’d hold for now. If he starts to ride the pine I’d grab Alcides, but I think Alky will play CF.

      • Eric S Bateman says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike, Thats what I was hoping you’d say. I like Mendy and with Aybar as my only other option at SS, I cringed when I heard Baez would get the call and play 2nd.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup, no problem. It’s prolly a bigger issue for folks in keepers and dynasties who need certain # starts to retain the MI elig.

          • Eric S Bateman says:
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            @Mike: Yeah we can only keep 4 players and I’d be leaning towards Freeman, Stanton, Springer and deciding between Taveras, Arenado, Cano or Frazier.Im in 6th place, 12 team HTH 5X5 scoring with OPS vs BA. The top 4 make playoffs. Im not ready to throw in the towel but it doesnt look like I’ll be returning to the championship game this season. Out of curiosity what 4 would you keep out of the group I listed above?

            • Eric S Bateman says:
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              @Eric S Bateman: should have read OBP not OPS lol

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Nice list to choose from. I’d probably go with Frazier as the fourth

              • Eric S Bateman says:
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                @Mike: Thanks, the last spot is always the toughest

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