Fantasy Baseball Trading Block: Stephen Strasburg

      May 3, 2013 @ 11:55:29 PDT

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His recent injury scare might or might not be mechanically related. We don't know that yet. However, it makes you wonder if this is something that will continue to plague him, and if Washington's attempts to keep him healthy will limit his effectiveness.

The good news is that we haven't seen any velocity dips this year, and he hasn't ditched a specific pitch in his arsenal. However, opponents are making slightly more contact against him at 78.8 percent compared to 74.3 percent in 2012. The most alarming number is 67.4 percent contact rates on balls outside the zone compared to 55.9 percent last year, per FanGraphs. He hasn't been able to put hitters away on his pitches like we would expect.

That brings me to my initial point: Trade Stephen Strasburg. Still seems insane to most, probably. Even with a 1-4 record, a 3.13 ERA and an 8.68 K/9 rate, Strasburg is an above-average pitcher and a No. 1 or 2 fantasy starter right now. There are a bunch of red flags popping up that suggest he may never become the Nolan Ryan of our era, though. Will he realistically ever live up to his full potential?

You'll be able to get a ton in return for him, especially since most of your league mates likely still believe that Strasburg is a pitching God. If the rest of your pitching staff is in good shape, there's even more incentive to at least consider dealing him.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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