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Podcast: Dissecting the Deals

January 13, 2012 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Hisashi Iwakuma has been signed by the Seattle Mariners.
Hisashi Iwakuma adds more depth to the Mariner rotation.

On Thursday night, Buck, Tim and I once again convened for a half hour of all things Fantasy baseball in our weekly Podcast on Blogtalkradio, RotoRob’s Fantasy Baseball 365. This week, after a brief discussion of some recent free agent movement, we launched into a complete examination of the big trades this offseason.

Included in the lively banter was:

  • Analysis of the Hisashi Iwakuma and Wei-Yin Chen signings. This took about half the show because — as we all know — Tim has a hard-on for all things Asian, so if you so much as whisper the name of an NPB, Korean or Taiwanese player under your breath, a minimum of 10 minutes of your life is about to disappear in one of his dissertations that often includes foaming at the mouth. All kidding aside, the dude knows his Asian players as well as anyone on this side of the Pacific. But can he hook me up with any Asian hotties? No! Well, Tim does allow me to sample his wife’s cookies (mmm… Kathy’s cookies… mmm), so I suppose that makes up for it.
  • The Mat Latos to Cincy deal. Did the Padres get enough and how will Latos fare away from spacious Petco Park while starting half his game in a bandbox?
  • Carlos Zambrano for Chris Volstad: Is this just a shuffling of low-end, Fantasy-irrelevant righties or could one or both of these hurlers emerge with value?
  • Carlos Quentin heads west: What were the Padres thinking here?
  • The great Oakland pitching purge continues with both Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey shipped east in separate deals. We break down both trades and offer up our Fantasy spin on the moves.

We also had a lightning round look at the Huston Street deal, and oh baby, does time fly when you’re talking about Fantasy baseball. Listen to the entire show in the player below and join us every Thursday at 11 p.m. EST on RotoRob’s Fantasy Baseball 365.


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