Adrian Gonzalez Makes Great First Impression

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The Dodgers and Red Sox pulled off a blockbuster trade on Saturday afternoon that has everyone stunned and amazed the deal got done. Most trades of this magnitude come before the July 31st trade deadline, but these two organizations bucked that trend over the weekend, completing a nine-player deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles and James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands and Ivan DeJesus Jr. went to Boston.

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Gonzalez hasn’t had the type of season most expected he would in Boston, but he’s been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last two months. His three-run homer in his first at-bat in L.A. ignited Dodger fans. The Dodgers play 14 more games at Dodger Stadium and another six in San Francisco and San Diego. But, he could put up strong numbers with three in Colorado and Cincinnati and two in Arizona. Gonzalez is worth emptying your NL-only FAAB if there’s any money left in there.

Beckett had a pretty rough time this year in Boston, posting a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts, and he’s shown no signs of turning things around of late. In his last six starts, Beckett has allowed at least four runs in five of them. The only good news to share with you is that Beckett has done well against NL teams in his career and he’ll benefit from going up against NL West lineups instead of AL East lineups. It’s hard to tell you to spend much FAAB in NL-Only leagues, but we should see Beckett’s performance improve and a big upgrade isn’t impossible.

In other fantasy news…..

  • Joey Votto (knee) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday and should be activated this weekend. Votto has been sidelined since mid-July with a left knee issue that needed surgery.
  • Albert Pujols missed a fourth straight game Sunday with a calf injury. The Angels are off Monday, so fantasy owners can expect to see Pujols back in the lineup on Tuesday.
  • Joe Saunders was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Orioles for Matt Lindstrom. Saunders has a 5.51 ERA after the All-Star break, and he’s not a great fit in the AL East. Saunders could continue to struggle, but the Orioles are so desperate for pitching that he is worth the risk.
  • Michael Morse (hand) expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday. He hasn’t played since getting hit by a pitch Friday, but X-rays on his hand came back negative
  • Casey Kelly will be recalled to pitch Monday night against the Atlanta Braves.
  • Jose Batista (wrist) was placed back on the 15-day disabled list and is heading to Cleveland to meet with a hand surgeon. He hopes to return before the end of the season.
  • Ike Davis hit two home runs on Sunday and has 24 for the year.