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October 27, 2011 5:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Rumor Mill for 10/27/11

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Derek Carty

With their options declined, several key players will hit the market this winter.

Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | RP | Free Agent | Taking Less to Close?

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April 6, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop

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Michael Jong

Michael Jong examines Marco Scutaro in Boston, the curious catchers of Oakland, and the middle infield in Washington.

With the lack of depth at shortstop, many fantasy players who missed out on the early-round names are filling the position with one-category speedsters like Elvis Andrus and Alcides Escobar who will not kill you in AVG and runs and will contribute heavily in steals. Lost in this legitimate strategy is Marco Scutaro, a guy who does not have speed to burn but provides better balance in his categories. As of this writing, Scutaro is owned in only 62% of ESPN leagues, despite coming off a career year in which he scored 100 runs, batted .280+, and stole 14 bags. None of those stats are groundbreaking in traditional roto leagues, but they are worthy of a player who should do a bit more than ride the fantasy team pine.

The reasoning against Scutaro lies in the outlier 13.2% BB% which fuelled Scutaro's impressive .379 OBP and got him on base to score those runs. Since he had never walked at that kind of rate before, I imagine many wrote him off as bench fodder for 2010. The truth is that Scutaro only changed one thing in his approach: he stopped swinging at pitches both outside and inside the strike zone, a very repeatable change. Scutaro dropped his swing rate in the zone from the low 60% to 55.2%, allowing him to see more pitches and draw more walks. When he does swing, he has no issues making contact, yielding a consistent, if unimpressive AVG. PECOTA projects the move to Fenway should keep his AVG inflated in the .280 range. Batting with his OBP skills at the bottom of the Red Sox lineup puts him in front of good hitters in Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, ensuring that Scutaro will once again provide decent run totals. Given the consistency of Scutaro's contact and plate discipline, his contributions should be more assured than the performances of younger, upside-laden shortstops.

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Does the search for the best fourth-place team of the divisional era have rival claimants for the title?

In Joe Sheehan's Monday chat, he made an off-hand comment about this year's Blue Jays:

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November 28, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis Special

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Christina Kahrl

The notable moving and shaking that's been going on.

Chicago White Sox
Acquired SS-R Orlando Cabrera and cash from the Angels for RHP Jon Garland. [11/19]
Designated OF-L Scott Podsednik for assignment. [11/20]
Signed RHP Scott Linebrink to a four-year, $19 million contract; gave Podsednik and INF-S Alex Cintron their unconditional releases. [11/28]

Oops. In itself, the deal with the Angels isn't a bad thing, it's just that it doesn't fit in very well with the initial decision to keep Juan Uribe for $4.5 million, and there's the irony that the exchange might have also encouraged the Halos to upgrade on Gary Matthews Jr. and go get the center fielder Kenny Williams so clearly wanted for his own club.




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