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Angels Fill Second Base Void with Ian Kinsler Trade

The Angels have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Tigers for prospects Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery. Kinsler gives the Angels a significant upgrade at second base while Detroit sheds his contract. For Kinsler's value, it’s tough to really move it up or down, but it’s probably up a touch. He goes from one pitcher’s park to another pitcher’s park. He was going to hit leadoff at either place. The hitting talent around him is probably better with the Angels. The 35-year-old is coming off a 2017 season in which he hit…

Angels Land Shohei Ohtani: Good, Not Great Fantasy Option

The Angels won the Shohei Ohtani (82 ADP) sweepstakes. The Japanese two-way superstar is an amazing story, but creating a realistic fantasy value takes a little work. It’s going to be hard for fantasy owners to not buy into the hype. I’m going to aim for a realistic production value and possible outcome range. One aspect owners will need to immediately learn is how each league deals with his two-way potential. Some leagues are keeping him as one player, and the owner will decide if he is a hitter or pitcher before each…

Potential Closers Traded: Boxberger and Johnson

Two trades happened mid-day Thursday, with the Angels and Diamondbacks picking up potential closers. First, Tampa Bay traded reliever Brad Boxberger to Arizona for pitching prospect Curtis Taylor. Taylor looks to have a decent chance of succeeding but is still in Low-A ball. He’s fantasy irrelevant for this season. Boxberger (463 ADP) looks like he’ll move immediately into Arizona’s closer mix, competing with Archie Bradley. Boxberger held down Tampa’s closer role in 2015, collecting 41 saves. After dealing with…

The Closer Catch-Up: Fantasy Baseball Week 22

The Pirates are playing for nothing more than pocket money at this stage, but it's important to recognize even the smallest of victories during this tedious rebuild. There's, of course, that Andrew McCutchen guy, but often lost in the fray is Felipe Rivero, basking in all of his 1.29 ERA glory. I watched as Rivero completely pulled the rug from beneath the Reds on Saturday night. He struck out Jose Peraza, Joey Votto and Adam Duvall on 16 pitches, and didn't allow a single ball in play. Rivero has registered at least one…