Originally written on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 11/14/14

The Colorado Rockies made two moves that would make a veteran fantasy baseball owner smile had this been done in a fantasy league as they essentially swapped catchers while picking up a young starting pitcher. In their first move, the Rockies traded catcher Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels for starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood. The team then signed free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez to a two-year contract for $6.4 million.

For the Angels, they get to try fix the mistake they made a year ago when they lost an offensive catcher by dealing Mike Napoli while the Rockies can buy another year of minor league grooming for catcher Wilin Rosario if they want to and they can let Chatwood develop for a year or two in the minor leagues.

From a fantasy perspective, this is bad news for Iannetta owners as he hit .172 away from Coors Field last season, so while he may hit 10-15 home runs, he is going to crush your team’s batting average. Ramon Hernandez gets a little bump up with the move to Coors Field, but given his age and injury history, he is still just an NL-only play at this point of his career.

Chatwood was rushed to the major leagues at the age of 21 and really needs another couple of years to develop in the minor leagues and to work on his control. His walk rate is 4.9 per nine innings for his career in the minor leagues and until he gets that under control, he is going to have a hard time making it back to the big leagues.

In other news around baseball on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodges signed infielder Adam Kennedy to a one-year contract for $800,000. Kennedy basically replaces Jamey Caroll in 2012 as he can play multiple positions around the infield.

Texas Rangers first basemen Mitch Moreland is expected to undergo wrist surgery which will sideline him two to three months. The wrist which bothered him the second half of the season helped to contribute to his drop in the power department as he hit just five home runs in 199 at bats. Wrist injuries tend to impact power the first year after surgery so I would watch his progress closely in spring training to see how he is performing.

The Chicago Cubs signed outfielder David DeJesus to a two-year contract $10 million that will make him the starting right fielder. Not much change to his value from a fantasy perspective as he has been injured the last two seasons, has little power and stopped stealing bases three years ago.


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