Monday, July 18, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, July 18, 2022 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"The other possibility is trading for someone to replace Yuli Gurriel. Gurriel had a big bounceback from the pandemic year, but in 2022 he’s been a replacement-level player, hitting .238/.289/.391. At 38, his defense at first base is no longer anything special. The Astros could trade for Josh Bell, a two-month rental, and get a huge bump at the position. Dom Smith hasn’t hit this year and could be a nice buy-low play if they want to take a chance."