The Z Files: Welcome to The Show
The Z Files: Welcome to The Show

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It's been a busy couple of weeks for MLB transaction trackers, as many teams are releasing veterans since they no longer have the option to work out a waiver deal. Some, like Billy Hamilton and Jonathan Lucroy, have found new homes, though neither moves the fantasy needle. However, there have also been a slew of callups, with more on the way. Playing time and roles for many is unclear but with just over five weeks left in the season, the wait-and-see approach is a fool's errand.

That said, urgency doesn't excuse recklessness. Decisions should still be supported via tangible means. There's just a wide range of outcomes when dealing with the unknown. Heck, in a 30-game sample, there's a huge range for established players.

If you need steals, gamble on a callup with a track record of running. If you need power, speculate on those going deep on the farm. If you just want production, focus on the newly ordained major leaguers with a clearer path to playing time. Ideally, you find someone to help you in a specific category likely to play regularly down the stretch, but sometimes it's necessary to settle on a player checking only one of the boxes.

Below are some recent callups. Some have previous MLB tenure; others just made their debut. I offer my best guess as to their role, playing time and expected production.

Abraham Toro, 3B, Houston Astros

With Carlos Correa returning to the disabled list, the Astros will take

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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