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Circling the Bases: Two Way Players

Ray Flowers

Ray Flowers

The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: M-F at 5-8 PM EDT), Ray Flowers has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. You can follow Ray on Twitter (@BaseballGuys), he never sleeps, and you can also find more of his musings at

A handful of soon to be dealt players are discussed before a discussion about those players that bring a bit to the table in both the homer and steals columns.


Bud Norris, who has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday to make sure he doesn't hurt himself, appears to be one of the main trade targets on the bump this season. Just what will his new team be getting? Norris is a solid innings eater, he's been that for years, but things have changed, and not for the better, this season. Sure Norris has a 3.93 ERA that would you lead to think he's made some improvements given his 4.33 career ERA. He's also dropped his walk rate from 3.67 for his career down to 3.07 per nine this season, a mark that would be a career best. However, the slight dip in his walk rate has been accompanied by a massive fall off in the strikeout column. Norris has struck out at least 8.52 batters per nine in each of his first four seasons. This year, through 126 in

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