Encarnacion, Votto hurt; trade roundup
Fantasy owners had a legitimate -- in theory -- decision to make a few months ago if looking at drafting first basemen in the second round. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Davis were off the board, leaving, essentially, Edwin Encarnacion, Prince Fielder and Joey Votto available. I ranked Encarnacion in my first round actually, with Votto nowhere close -- I did like Fielder, mostly -- but few could have expected the turn of events that binds them today, because each is headed to the disabled list for a quad injury.
Encarnacion, 31, has bashed 26 home runs and ranks just outside the top 10 for all options on the Player Rater, while Votto, 30, has six home runs and comes in at No. 358 on the same Rater, after Yangervis Solarte, Rubby De La Rosa and Jeurys Familia. Really, there’s no comparison and yep, that was a pretty big decision fantasy owners had to make back in March. Now it’s decision time again, in a way. Do you count on these guys the final two months of the season, or move on?