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2015 Fantasy Baseball, Week 9 Tools of the Trade: A.J. Pollock On The Rise

TheFantasyFix.com’s “Tools of the Trade” is a unique guide for owners to use while attempting to make an even trade with their league-mates in a standard 12-team mixed, 5×5 head-to-head or rotisserie redraft league.

The values present in this guide are simply the basis for a trade. A full-blown analysis of each team’s strengths and weaknesses are essential prior to proposing or accepting a trade offer.

How to use the guide: Ideally, owners will agree to a trade that will aid both sides and stay within $2-3 of each other in a one-for-one and $4-5 in a multi-player deal, according to our chart. Players not noted should be considered $1 players.

Here’s the chart:

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You can also download the chart, here.

Trading isn’t easy. It’s fun, but not easy. Remember that you don’t have to “win” the trade in order to pull the trigger. If you’re improving your team, then you should make the deal.

In week nine’s version of the trade chart, we see Miguel Cabrera fall out of the top one or two spots for the first time in a few seasons. The answer to your question is no, I’m not down on Cabrera. He’s triple slashing .333/.435/.569 with 11 homers and 36 batted in. Cabrera’s walk rate is up to over 14% and he’s striking out at a 17.2% clip, just a hair over his 16.9% career strikeout rate. This is one of those situations in which I’d slightly rather the speed that Paul Goldschmidt or Anthony Rizzo would provide your team.

A.J. Pollok has been outstanding so far this season. I really think he’s one of this year’s first-half heroes — and he’s not getting nearly the attention that he should. Pollock is triple slashing .322/.3673/.495 with seven homers, 31 runs scored, 23 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases. His home run per fly ball rate sits at a career-high 14.3% (career average 9.1%), so there’s been a bit of luck involved in these first few months. Both Steamer and ZiPS believe Pollock is good for another eight homers along with 13 or 14 swipes the rest of the way. The chart thinks you might be able to pull Joc Pederson straight up in a redraft format, so if you need a bit more power than speed the rest of the way, that’s not a bad deal to make — if you can swing it.

Have a question about our Week 9 Tools of the Trade? Leave it in the comments below.

The concept for the this trade value chart has been adapted from Dave Richard’s fantasy football work at CBS.

All of our statistics are courtesy of our friends at FanGraphs .

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  1. Ralph, AZ
    June 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    In a H2H Roto 12 team 6×6 mixed keeper league added (OBPx Lose, Holds+Saves).
    Pull the trigger on sending Castillo n Puig 4 Calhoun n Arrieta $1 2yrs?
    C Martin $1 3yrs left
    1b Goldy $26 1yr
    2b Betts $1 3yrs
    3b Seager $6 2yrs
    SS Hanley
    OF McCutchen
    OF Joey Bats
    OF Pollock $1 3yrs
    Until Yelich $2yrs
    Bench Castillo $1 3yrs, Kang $1 $3yrs
    DL Puig $1 1yr

    SP Sale
    SP Grienke
    RP Giles
    RP O’Day
    P J. Smith
    P Fiers
    BN Hammel, Folty, McHugh

    • June 8, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Yes, that’s a fine deal, especially given your needs at starting pitcher.

  2. Josh
    June 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    What do you see in Kalhoun ROS? I prefer him hitting leadoff and he now hits cleanup in a fairly weak lineup. He’s not hitting for a great average or enough counting stats to warrant a $20 valuation.