On the road to a fantasy championship, anticipation plays a very important role. Owners need to know when to give up on a player or when to hold on to a slumping super star just long enough for a rebound.
With speculation swirling about where Milwaukee Brewer’s slugger Prince Fielder will end up next season, owners again must anticipate their next move. In the middle of a pennant race would the Brew Crew be willing to trade Fielder in hopes of netting a big return from a big market club like the Cubs, or New York Yankees? This scenario likely only happens if a talented Brewers ball club falls out of contention before the July 31st deadline.
Fantasy Fall Out
If Fielder is dealt or ends up leaving Milwaukee via Free Agency, that not only changes the fantasy dynamic for Fielder, but Ryan Braun’s value also takes a slight dip because he won’t have one of the games most feared sluggers protecting him the order anymore. The Brewers Quotient will also dip.
New Look Cubs
Cubs fans would have a lot to be excited about if they brought in Fielder. If they bring back Aramis Ramirez, the Cubs longtime third baseman would have some genuine protection in the lineup, and would see better pitches to hit. His value would be slightly boosted. Starlin Castro, would be a big winner in a Fielder deal because he would likely score more runs hitting in front of Prince. The Cubs Quotient would rise significantly, and the team would look a lot more imposing on paper. Should this deal happen, the lovable losers should be contenders as soon as next season, and possibly sooner if they make a trade in 2010.