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Meet the New Guys: Gallardo, Hudson, Pujols, Soto

Trade Deadline Edition – Acquired from The Pi Train

Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo was deemed un-protectable due to his $27 salary, but the RoadRunners can use some good starting pitching, especially in ERA and WHIP. He’s currently on pace to surpass 200 strikeouts for the second straight season. Control issues have plagued him in the past, but with just one walk Monday, Gallardo has walked two batters or less in each of his last seven starts. He has arrived as a legit fantasy ace. (Rotoworld)

New Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson was acquired last month from the White Sox in the Edwin Jackson trade last month, and as such, is not protectable. Hudson threw seven innings of two-run ball in the Diamondbacks’ 8-2 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday. Hudson racked up nine strikeouts against one walk, improving to 3-0 as a member of the Diamondbacks. He was an intriguing prospect as part of the White Sox organization, and now he’s a full-fledged must-own in fantasy leagues. Grab him in time for next week’s outing against the Reds. (Rotoworld)

Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols joins the RoadRunners for the second time in his career (he was also acquired in trade as a 3B in 2002). His WBRL contract (1/$37) expires after this sesaon. Yesterday, Pujols became the first player in major league history Sunday to begin a career with 10 straight 30-plus homer seasons. We’ve expended all of the world’s greatest adjectives in describing Pujols over these past 10 seasons and he’s deserving off all the praise. The three-time MVP is a living baseball legend and is putting together yet another stellar fantasy campaign. He’s likely to land one of the most lucrative contracts in sports history after the 2011 season — or perhaps before it. (Rotoworld)

Cubs C Geovany Soto will shore up the second catcher position behind Buster Posey, after previous protections (Chris Iannetta) and minor league picks (Ronny Paulino) didn’t pan out. Currently on the DL for a bum shoulder, he is expected back Sunday. Soto has been a real bounce-back story this year, and a revelation in fantasy – especially in leagues that count OBP. (Rotoworld)