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Surprise winners in Brewers-Red Sox trade

After posting 13 saves as the Brewers' closer in the tail end of the 2016 season, Tyler Thornburg takes over as the setup man for Craig Kimbrel in Boston. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The announced four-player trade between the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox might not seem to matter so much in fantasy, but compare it to Monday’s Mark Melancon signing with the San Francisco Giants, and it clearly is. Melancon was a closer prior to the deal and remains so. Nobody of fantasy consequence saw value altered. But now that the Brewers have wisely sent another fungible relief pitcher with bloated value packing, even if the return is problematic, we have a new closer to deal with and his name is Corey Knebel!