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Justin Verlander. Clayton Kershaw. Stephen Strasburg. Craig Kimbrel. These are the elite pitchers heading into the 2013 fantasy baseball season if you listen to the scuttlebutt around the water cooler. We all know that. But are there instances where lesser known names, the A.J. Burnett's of the world, are also worth taking note of on draft day? Remember, while we all need production on the field, if you can consistently find value at any spot, pitching is no different than hitting, you can come out well ahead in the fantasy game. You can let someone take Justin Verlander in the first round and if he returns first round value fantastic. But what if you grab Homer Bailey and Alexei Ogando in the 15th and 16th rounds and they return 8th and 9th round value – which move would be the better fantasy play based on a return on investment perspective? In this article we'll hit on some numbers that just might change your perception about hurlers for the coming campaign.
After two quiet days on the trade front, we got another little taste of action on Friday when the Angels suddenly appeared and announced to the world that they had acquired the most coveted pitcher on the market, Zack Greinke, from the Brewers in exchange for a trio of prospects. Shocking? Maybe a little as most believed that he would land in Texas, a playoff-bound team in desperate need of an ace. But that wasn’t the only action for the night. As the games continued in the night, word broke that the Giants did a little patchwork and traded away a second base prospect to the Rockies for veteran Marco Scutaro. Though obviously not with the same magnitude as the Greinke deal, for the Halos, this one helps the Giants in their own quest for a playoff run. But enough of this reality stuff. What do these deals do for fantasy owners now?
It’s late June, we’re wrapping up interleague play, we’re talking about rookies racking up enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title (hello, Mike Trout) and yet we still have some firsts for 2012 happening right before our eyes. Nothing better than something new and exciting, right? Well, two of fantasy baseball’s hottest pick-ups over the past few weeks made their 2012 debut Friday night and each of them performed up to task and worthy of a stash on your bench for however long you needed to stash them.