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Fantasy Baseball: 5 Latest 'Sell High' Fantasy Trade Options

Eric MatulaContributor IIMay 11, 2015

Fantasy Baseball: 5 Latest 'Sell High' Fantasy Trade Options

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    Some players have shot out of the gate since the All-Star game.

    You expect that from some of these players, like Ryan Zimmerman, Felix Hernandez, Miguel Cabrera and Madison Bumgarner.

    Others could simply be playing beyond their talent.

    Here's a list of five guys who are on a hot streak and could be considered as trade bait.

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland A's

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    2012 stats: .300 BA, 13 HRs, 45 RBI, 28 Rs, 7 SBs

    Yoenis Cespedes has been on an absolute tear since the All-Star game. He's hitting .581 (18-for-31) with four home runs since the break.

    There's no better time to sell Cespedes high.

    With this recent hot streak, Cespedes has seen his average climb above .300, but don't expect it to stay there. He's still striking out over 20 percent of the time.

    Cespedes can flat out mash, so don't expect a huge drop in the home runs. But, I don't see his average staying close to .300.

    He's certainly benefiting from a .343 BABIP, so trade him while he's hot.

Ben Sheets, SP, Atlanta Braves

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    2012 stats: 12 IP, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 Ks, 0.92 WHIP

    Ben Sheets hasn't been relevant since 2008, when he went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA for the Brewers. Now he's trying to turn back the clock.

    You can't expect Sheets to keep this momentum going though.

    While he hasn't given up an earned run yet, his xFIP is 3.82, suggesting that his scoreless streak is rather lucky.

    Additionally, his LOB percentage is 100 percent. No, that's not a typo. He's stranded every runner that's gotten on. Obviously there's no way that he can continue that.

    Sheets is throwing slower than he ever has in his career, and August has been his worst month. If you grabbed him, I would try to trade him while he's looking good.

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    2012 stats: .372 BA, 22 HRs, 66 RBI, 65 Rs, 14 SBs

    Has there been anybody hotter than Andrew McCutchen over the last month? He's only hitting .449 with 10 homers and 23 RBI the last 30 days.

    Cutch makes the list not because I don't think he's a superstar, but I just can't see him continuing this torrid streak.

    I mean, the dude has a .413 BABIP for the season. There's no way he can maintain that clip.

    McCutchen is clearly having a magical season, and he's my NL MVP pick at the moment. With that said, I just expect his numbers to come down a bit.

    While Cutch is very valuable, you might be able to get a two-for-one for him. Trading McCutchen could help you make that deep playoff push.

Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox

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    2012 stats: .314 BA, 14 HRs, 55 RBI, 54 Rs, 14 SBs

    What a comeback season it's been for Alex Rios. A year after hitting .227 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases, Rios looks like he's back.

    But you might be able to make a profit off of Rios' renaissance season.

    Rios has been good, but he's coming up on his two worst hitting months. In his career, Rios has hit .264 in August and .259 in September.

    Flipping Rios for a bat and an arm could give you the needed tools to make a playoff run.

    Rios should finish with a 20/20 season, but I expect him to tail off as the year comes to an end.

Jordan Zimmerman, SP, Washington Nationals

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    2012 stats: 122.1 IP, 7-6, 2.35 ERA, 84 Ks, 1.09 WHIP

    Jordan Zimmermann is having another fine season for the Washington Nationals. His 2.35 ERA ranks him fifth in all of baseball.

    But that low ERA could be a little misleading.

    Zimmermann's FIP is 3.50 and his xFIP is 3.70. These numbers suggest that Zimmermann has been outperforming this season.

    His second-half woes are another reason to sell Zimmermann.

    In his career, he's had a 3.15 ERA before the All-Star game, but that jumps all the way up to 4.18 after the Midsummer Classic.

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