.360/.360/.600 slash rate the last 7 days. 3 on the road vs. the Red Sox and 3 at home with the Tigers. Batting .280 vs. the Red Sox this year and .286 in Boston. While the Tigers are in free fall mode. .370 OBP this season vs. Left-handed pitchers and gets to face lefties on Tuesday and Saturday. Available in over 75% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Braves SS Dansby Swanson
7 home games this week 3 with the Rangers and 4 against the Marlins. Swanson was sent down earlier this summer to regroup and has done just that. A .329/.429/.447 slash rate for the last 28 days. Swanson is available in nearly 87% of fantasy baseball leagues.
Red Sox SP Doug Fister
Takes on the Blue Jays at home on Wednesday. In his last 3 starts has gone 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 0.652 WHIP. One of the feel good stories of the season as Fister opted out of a minor league deal with the Angels and was placed on waivers. The Red Sox picked him up and have reaped the benefits. The Angels are still looking for solid starters. Available in over 84% of fantasy baseball leagues.
The Chicago White Sox are one of the most interesting clubs this offseason. Coming off a disappointing 78-4 finish, which featured a 17-8 start in April, the White Sox are a club at a crossroads. The club added new Manager Rick Renteria to replace Robin Ventura. The club could try to piece to their core of veterans to contend for 2017. The better option in my opinion is to blow up this whole roster and acquire as many assets as possible. Starting Pitcher Chris Sale has been linked to the Nationals, Astros, and Braves. A perennial Cy Young candidate should be able to bring in major league ready players in return. It takes two to tango however, as we shall see if clubs are willing to give up their top prospects. Whether the Sox could get Trea Turner, Lucas Giolito, Alex Bregman, or Dansby Swanson remains to be seen. GM Rick Hahn should be holding out for a franchise building block in return in any package. The time may come later this winter where lower level prospects with upside may be the route the acquiring clubs would be willing to go.
The White Sox are a viable option because they have assets to move as this is weak free agent class in 2017. Take into account some of the contracts already signed this winter and compare those to players available in a trade. Rich Hill signed a 3-year-deal worth $48 million dollars. The soon to be 37-year-old southpaw has 610.1 career innings and is getting paid for finding the fountain of youth. While Sale is soon to be 28 and has 3-years of team control at $38 million dollars. Sale has also finished in the Top 6 in AL Cy Young voting each season since 2012. Which player is the better value?
Other players in Chicago could fetch solid returns in trade due to age and team control. None of these players are in the twilight of their careers. Closer David Robertson has 2 years and 25 million dollars left on his deal. Clubs that don’t want to spend on Chapman, Jansen, and Melancon could pursue Robertson, who turns 32 next season. Melancon signed a 4-years $62 million dollar deal with the Giants. Roberston is nearly the same age as Melancon on a shorter deal. SP Jose Quintana has 4-years and $37.85 million dollars remaining on his deal. Quintana is a soon to be 28-year-old middle of rotation arm with a career ERA of 3.41 and 1.242 WHIP. 3B Todd Frazier has 2 years of arbitration eligibility left and is coming off a year with a career high in HR (40) and RBI (98). Frazier will turn 31 this offseason. Right Fielder Adam Eaton has back to back seasons of a plus .280 avg and .360 OBP. A 28-year-old leadoff hitter under team control of 5-years for $38.4 million dollars could be attractive to clubs. Eaton is a terrific defensive right fielder, not so much in center field. At $15 million on the last year of his deal, Melky Cabrera should still retain value at his age 32 campaign. Cabrera may be an add on in one of the blockbuster deals. An outfielder with a career .286 avg and .337 OBP should retain value.
Rebuilding and contending at the same time is tough to do in sports. The White Sox farm system may have some talent that helps down the road in RHP Carson Fulmer, RHP Spencer Adams, C Zach Collins, RHP Zack Burdi, 3B Trey Michalczewski, and RHP Alec Hanson. GM Rick Hahn has to opportunity to acquire assets to help the White Sox get younger and possibly better. I believe if the White Sox don’t take advantage of this weak free agent class and selloff, it will set the club back longer. After years of trying to contend and failing, its time for the White Sox to go in another direction.
Here’s a list of the trades made during the Braves rebuild.
11/17/14 St. Louis Cardinals traded RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta Braves for RF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden. Jenkins is clubs 7th rated prospect.
12/19/14 Atlanta Braves traded LF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft to San Diego Padres for 2B Jace Peterson, LHP Max Fried, 3B Dustin Peterson and CF Mallex Smith.
Fried is 9th rated prospect, Smith is 17th, Dustin Peterson is 19th. Jace Peterson projected starting 2b for 2016.
1/1/15 Atlanta Braves traded LHP Chasen Shreve and RHP David Carpenter to New York Yankees for LHP Manny Banuelos. 8th rated prospect.
1/14/15 Atlanta Braves traded DH Evan Gattis and RHP James Hoyt to Houston Astros for RHP Mike Foltynewicz, 3B Rio Ruiz and RHP Andrew Thurman. Ruiz is 12th rated prospect.
1/30/15 Atlanta Braves traded RHP David Hale and RHP Gus Schlosser to Colorado Rockies for C Jose Briceno and C Chris O’Dowd.
4/3/15 Arizona Diamondbacks traded cash and RHP Trevor Cahill to Atlanta Braves for LF Josh Elander.
4/5/15 Atlanta Braves traded RHP Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to San Diego Padres for CF Cameron Maybin, LF Carlos Quentin, LF Jordan Paroubeck and RHP Matt Wisler. Wisler is in Rotation. Paroubeck later moved to Dodgers with Caleb Dirks for Final International slot.
5/27/15 Los Angeles Dodgers traded 3B Juan Uribe and RHP Chris Withrow to Atlanta Braves for 3B Alberto Callaspo, LHP Eric Stults, LHP Ian Thomas and RHP Juan Jaime.
6/20/15 Arizona Diamondbacks traded RHP Bronson Arroyo and RHP Touki Toussaint to Atlanta Braves for 3B Phil Gosselin. Toussaint is 5th rated prospect.
7/24/15 New York Mets traded RHP John Gant and RHP Rob Whalen to Atlanta Braves for 3B Juan Uribe, LF Kelly Johnson and cash. Whalen and Gant are 26th and 27th ranked prospects in organization.
7/30/15 Atlanta Braves traded LHP Alex Wood, RHP Jim Johnson, LHP Luis Avilan, 2B Jose Peraza, RHP Bronson Arroyo and cash to Los Angeles Dodgers for 2B Hector Olivera, LHP Paco Rodriguez and RHP Zack Bird. Olivera is projected starting left fielder for 2016. Bird is 16th ranked prospect.
8/7/15 Atlanta Braves traded 3B Chris Johnson to Cleveland Indians for CF Michael Bourn, LF Nick Swisher and cash. salary dump.
8/31/15 Atlanta Braves traded cash and LF Jonny Gomes to Kansas City Royals for SS Luis Valenzuela.
11/12/15 Atlanta Braves traded SS Andrelton Simmons and C Jose Briceno to Los Angeles Angels for SS Erick Aybar, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Christopher Ellis and cash. Newcomb is 2nd ranked prospect in organization. Ellis is 11th ranked prospect.
11/20/15 Atlanta Braves traded CF Cameron Maybin to Detroit Tigers for LHP Ian Krol and LHP Gabe Speier. Speier is used in future trade with Diamondbacks.
12/9/15 Atlanta Braves traded RHP Shelby Miller and LHP Gabe Speier to Arizona Diamondbacks for RF Ender Inciarte, RHP Aaron Blair and SS Dansby Swanson. don’t have to pay Swanson the 8.5 million dollar signing bonus as number 1 overall pick. Swanson top ranked prospect in organization. Blair is 4th ranked prospect in organization. Inciarte projected starting CF in 2016.
14 of organizations top 30 prospects acquired in trades. Projected starters at 2B, LF, CF for 2016 acquired as well.