Move: The New York Mets trade Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler.
Analysis: This is a trade where both teams are happy with the result. The Giants are contenders right now and added a piece to the puzzle to try and repeat as MLB champions. Beltran is a very good hitter and right fielder who will add a lot to the team. Wheeler is one of the top Giants pitching prospects and the Mets are looking to contend in a few seasons, and adding a top prospect in Wheeler certainly bolsters their farm system.
Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Since Beltran is up in the majors now, I’ll just talk about him. His stats won’t really change that much, except he’ll likely score a few more runs with Pablo Sandoval also in the lineup. Beltran will bat third, and will join a team that needed a hitter, so it’s not like his stats will jump all too much. In fact, he’ll probably stay at the same pace that he would be at if he was still on the Mets. Of course, he’ll likely be playing in October while the Mets won’t be.
Move: The Chicago Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for minor leaguers Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith
Analysis: What? This makes absolutely no sense for the Indians. They needed a right handed bat, a guy who could drive in runs. Fukudome is exactly the opposite. He’s been pretty bad again this year, drive in no runs whatsoever, is a so-so fielder, and the Indians gave up two prospects for nothing, which is always bad.
Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Fukudome was never a good player in fantasy, and this won’t really change anything. I don’t really need to say anything else.
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