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Carlos Gonzalez
Birthdate: 10/17/1985 (31 y, 5 m, 8 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-1/180     Position: OF
Contract: $80M / 7 Years (2011 - 2017)
RotoWire News: Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk in Team Venezuela's 4-3 win over Team Italy on Monday. (3/14/2017)
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Profile: Having played consecutive seasons with 600 plate appearances for the first time in his career, Gonzalez looks as healthy as ever. Perhaps it's because he no longer has to patrol Coors' expansive center field, or because he's stopped running. The former is good for fantasy, the latter not so much. After the most impressive power display of his career in 2015, CarGo bucked the trend last year. As homers soared league-wide in 2016, Gonzalez hit 15 fewer homers on his way to the second-worst park-adjusted offense of his career. An unsustainable home run-to-fly ball rate came crashing down, he struggled mightily against lefties, and struggled to tread water on the road. This isn't to say 2016 was all bad. Twenty-five homers still plays, as do 87 runs and 100 RBI. And his .298 batting average proves he retains an excellent hit tool. But without the stolen bases, there's no longer a ton of upside here, and there's a growing health risk as he ages. While delivering positive value across four standard roto categories in 2016, Gonzalez' decline in speed positions him further away from five-category production than ever before. He's also heavily dependent on his home ballpark, and a mid-season trade from Colorado would absolutely sap his value. (Rylan Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: At 31 years old, Gonzalez remains productive even if he finds it more difficult to conceal his flaws. Ever the streaky player, Gonzalez is an even riskier investment now.

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