Originally written on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 12/9/11


The big news of day five of the major league baseball winter meetings was a trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics with the Diamondbacks acquiring starting pitcher Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow and Oakland picking up starting pitcher Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill and relief pitcher Ryan Cook.

Parker has been the D-Backs number one prospect for the last couple of seasons, but his path to the major leagues was sidetracked in 2009 when he underwent Tommy John surgery. He has a 3.49 career minor league ERA in 346 innings with 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He should be able to earn a spot in the Athletics rotation but has value in AL-only leagues at this point until he can get another season removed from the Tommy John surgery.

With all spots open in the Oakland outfield, Cowgill should see a full season of at bats. Cowgill had 92 at bats in Arizona last season, hitting .239 with a home run and four stolen bases. He hit .299 in his minor league career and had a 82% success rate on stolen bases going 72-for-88. He doesn’t offer a lot of power with a high of 16 home runs in the minor leagues, but he will have solid value in AL-only formats.

For the Diamondbacks, Cahill becomes a solid number three starter after Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson and he is under control through 2015 with club options in 2016 and 2017 at $13 and $13.5 million. He should see an increase in his strikeout rate with the move to the National League which gives him a little more value in fantasy baseball mixed-league formats.

The Tampa Bay Rays locked up left-handed starting pitcher Matt Moore with a five-year deal at $14 million with club options in 2017 – 2019. Despite the Rays rotation currently filled with five capable starters, expect someone to be traded by spring training with Moore stepping in. The only downside to his fantasy baseball value in 2012 is the fact that the team will likely limit his innings at some point of the season.

 

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