With the MLB trading deadline coming at the end of the month, we can expect it to not only impact the pennant races but fantasy as well. It appears that Matt Garza is all but headed to Texas for a package of prospects headlined by Mike Olt. We could see closers Kevin Gregg and Steve Cishek moved, not only impacting the situation at their new teams, but createing new roles at their old ones. With fantasy trading deadline passed, or passing, MLB trades will be the main source of impact players, along with the remaining minor league call ups.
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Chris Carpenter SP St.Lous- Carpenter appears nearing the end of the long road back to the majors. Carpenter makes his second rehab appearance on Saturday in Memphis and if all goes well, he could soon return to the Cards rotation. Carpenter has made only three major league starts since the 2011 season. Chris also missed the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Joe Saunders SP Seattle- Saunders has pitched very well of late and has assumed the number two role in the Mariners rotation behind Felix Hernandez. Over the past month, the left hander has three wins over thirty innings of work with an ERA of 2.67 and a 1.29 WHIP. Saunders is around the plate with only six walks, but won't bring you K's with only sixteen.
John Lannan SP Washington- Jettisoned by the Nationals, Washington sure wishes they had him back with the problems they are having at the back end of their rotation. Lannan is only 2-2 over the last month, but has pitched far better than the record indicates. Over 38 innings of work, Lannan has an ERA of 2.84 and a 1.29 WHIP. Don't count on K's with only 21.
Tom Gorzelanny SP Milwaukee- The 31 year old lefthander is another crafty veteran that Washington chose to let go. Gorzellany will stay in the rotation for now, scheduled to start on Monday against the Padres. Why not? He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last two starts. Amazingly, both starts were losses, but he struck out a dozen with one walk over 12 innings.
Mike Pelfrey SP Minnesota- Once an elite prospect, could Pelphrey finally be finding himself? Pelfrey has only allowed more than three earned runs over his last six starts, but only went 1-2 in the process. Pelfrey turned in a stellar performance at Toronto on July sixth, pitching six shutout innings, allowing only three hits, while walking three and striking out a pair.
Ivan Nova SP NY Yankees- Nova has earned a regular turn in the Yanks rotation over the past two weeks and adds an needed injection of youth. Nova was particularly effective over his past two starts, both victories. Over 17 innings, Nova struck out 17, walked three and allowed only eight hits. Since returning to the majors, his ERA is 2.45 with a 0.92 WHIP.
Wei-Yin Chen SP Baltimore- Chen has been away for two months, but came back strong against the Rangers last Wednesday. Chen going seven innings, allowing only one run on three hits against the tough Texas lineup. Chen walked three and struck out four. Chen's performance earned him the first start after the break, Friday night at Texas.
Pedro Strop RP ChicagoCubs- Who will take over the closer role when Kevin Gregg is dealt? Strop has outstanding stuff, but needed a change of scenery and came over from Baltimore in the Scott Feldman deal. Strop has yet to allow and earned run this month and has a dozen strikeouts over his last nine innings with only two walks. Worthy of a gamble.
Henry Urrutia DH Baltimore- Urrutia defected from Cuba and signed with the Orioles last summer. He is 26 years old, so Baltimore is ready to cash in on their investment and officially called him up on Friday. Urrutia hit .365 combined in Double-A and Triple-A, with seven home runs and 20 doubles. He figures to work his way to full time DH duties quickly.
Logan Schafer OF Milwaukee- Schafer was a popular choice when it looked like Ryan Braun might be heading for a long suspension. Now that it looks like it may not happen until next season, Schafer's value is tempered a bit. Braun has a bad thumb, so who knows.... Over last two weeks with 53 at bats, Schafer hit .282 with two homers, eight RBI and two steals.
Justtin Smoak 1B Seattle- Another former huge prospect, Smoak is quietly beginning to put it together. Over the past month, Smoak is hitting .333 with five home runs and 14 RBI. Smoak is a switch-hitter with power potential and would be a nice building block for the stellar prospects on their way soon to Seattle. Mike Morse will have to play OF when he returns.
Daniel Descalso INF St.Louis- Descalso has received alot of work at shortstop of late, but also brings second and third base eligibility. Descalso has been making nice contact over the past month, hitting .320 with five RBI. Descalso won't bring you power or speed, but brings position eligibility that is very valuable in deep mixed, or NL only formats.
Pedro Ciriaco 2B Kansas City- No longer needed in Boston due to the wealth of infielders, Ciriaco did a nice job filling in for the injured Everth Cabrera in San Diego. Cabrera is back and the Padres are loaded with second baseman, so Ciriaco has found his way to Kansas City. Was Frank White the last good second baseman for the Royals? Just checking....
Brock Holt 3B Boston- Third base is potentially a very crowded place in Boston, but Holt has done a nice job filling in while Will Middlebrooks tunes up in the minors. Holt hit .300 with eight RBI in just over a week of starts. Jose Iglesias also figures at third once Steven Drew takes back over at short. Could be a nice utility man until he ultimately is sent down.
Luke Scott OF Tampa Bay- Scott is a professionaly hitter and a solid left handed bat. Scott is also very streaky and is currently raking for the Rays. Scott is hitting a blistering .342 over the past month and 76 at bats. Scott has added five home runs and 16 RBI and has been a major part of Tampa Bay's winning streak around the 4th. Get him and ride him while he's hot!
John Mayberry OF Philadelphia- How painful a fantasy loss was the long injury to Ben Revere. Guy was stealing and hitting a ton and those numbers just can't be replaced. For now, the Phillies will go with the world's largest center fielder (6'6" 230) in Mayberry.had some nice streaks earlier this season, but was basically a pinch hitter until the Revere injury.
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