Angels/Jays trade

Posted: January 22, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball

The Angels have traded catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera to the Blue Jays for 2010 All-Star outfielder Vernon Wells. Rivera is a deep-league or AL-Only option in the outfield. His best year was 2009 when he hit .282 with 25 HR and 88 RBI. Napoli led all catchers with 26 HR last season, while batting .238. With Adam Lind expected to DH in Toronto, Napoli could end up in a platoon with youngster JP Arencibia.

Wells’ value doesnt change too much with the move. He looks like the Angels starting left fielder for now. In 2010, Wells hit .273 with 31 HR and 88 RBI. At 32 years old, its hard to imagine him doing any better than that. But Wells is useful enough as a #3 OF for 12 team leagues. Draft him expecting about .260, 25 HR and 80 RBI. He’s stolen as many as 17 bases in a season, but I wouldn’t bank on more than 10.

Meanwhile, Arencibia was one of the early catching sleepers and his value takes a serious hit with the Blue Jays trading for Napoli.


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