Fantasy owners might look at the Terrence Long-Darrell May trade and scoff, but there are fantasy implications here. May is a capable lefty who comes off a brutal 5.61 ERA, but in 2003 that ERA was 3.77 and he was labeled unlucky. And all of this came in an extreme pitcher's park in Kansas City. Now he goes to an exteme pitcher's park, and not as an ace who has to face Pedro Martinez, Tim Hudson and other aces, but as the Padres' fourth or fifth starter. Sounds like an NL-league sleeper for 12 wins for sure.
Long has little fantasy value, even if -- and it shouldn't happen -- the Royals give him 500 at-bats. So why did K.C. do this? Well, don't forget about Dennis Tankersley. Power arm, big strikeout numbers in the minors, and he needs a chance in someone's rotation. He might get lit up initially in the AL, but it takes many strikeout pitchers time to stop walking people. Tankersley is only 25 and throws 95 mph, though inconsistently. He led the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League in ERA last season. In deep AL leagues, he's worth a late pick to see if he can make the rotation and succeed. Someday soon, fantasy owners will need to know his name.
-- Eric Karabell