The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and past and we have the news and analysis on all of the major deals right here on Fantasy Alarm. Someone in a New York state of mind took a pitch in the hand, the Orioles do more dealing to clear a starting spot for their newest acquisition, and the biggest pitching name on the market is finally moved. A middle infield prospect goes yard, a former first round pick pitches well but could be shut down, and one of the fastest guys in the majors has a new address. We now officially have just two months left as we head into August so maintain your lead by reading Rounding The Bases.
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Derek Jeter left Sunday's game with a bruised middle finger after being hit on the hand with a pitch from Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta. Jeter left the game in the third inning, and thankfully the x-rays came back negative and he has been considered day to day. This isn't the first time that Jeter has been hit in the hand and he generally has come back pretty quickly, so I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see him in the lineup on Monday. I might take him out for one day if you have a suitable back up just in case he is out of the lineup for one day.
Ubaldo Jimenez has been traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Cleveland Indians for a package of prospects. This time the prospects in the deal don't seem that they will have any immediate impact in the world of fantasy baseball, so let's just focus on Jimenez. To be honest I think this was a stretch for the Indians and I am not sure that he is going to give them what they expect. Since the middle of last season, Ubaldo has been nothing but average, and now he is going to a new team, and a new league in the middle of the season. Moving from the National League to the American League is also usually a tough transition, so I am thinking if anything this might take down Jimenez value even further. I'm not saying drop him or trade him (although if that is possible, deal him), but just keep your expectations in check every fifth day for him.
Michael Bourn was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Jordan Schafer and a few minor league pitchers, none of which are highly ranked in the Braves' system. Bourn gets out of Atlanta and will sit at the top of a lineup with a lot more firepower than the one in Houston and this could only increase his runs scored and stolen bases. He is already one of the preeminent leadoff hitters in fantasy baseball, and if anything this might make him a little more valuable. Schafer coudl find a role in Houston as that team is just a disaster. He has yet to prove anything in the majors but is a nice speed and power combination, and if he ever gets his act together could be a 15/30 guy for the Astros.
One day after the team traded for Chris Davis, the Orioles cleared a spot for his playing time by dealing Derrek Lee away to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lee will be who Lee is wherever he plays, and perhaps going back to the National League will rejuvenate him some for the rest of the season, but this story is more about Chris Davis and how you need to get your hands on him and hope that this is the time that he finally figures out how to hit major league pitching consistently.
The Arizona Diamondbacks apparently have given up hope that Brandon Allen could one day be a starter for them in the outfield or at first base as they traded him on Sunday for Athletics middle reliever Brad Ziegler. Allen has never showed any consistency at the major league level yet, but he has power potential like few others, and at some point you have to figure that he will get it right. He doesn't go to the best hitters park in Oakland, but he has power that will translate to any ballpark, so if he is given the chance (and he should be), Allen is worth a look in all fantasy leagues.
Jordan Zimmerman didn't get the win tonight for the Washington Nationals (Thanks Drew Storen), but he pitched incredibly well again as he threw six shutout innings, walked just one, and struck out six. There is rising concern that Zimmerman might be shut down soon for the rest of the year because he threw just 31 innings last season and 91.1 in 2009, and yet he has already logged 126.2 innings in 2011 and the Nats aren't in a pennant race. They obviously don't want anything to happen to him, considering he has already had Tommy John Surgery once, and there is a chance they might tell him thanks, but it is time to rest before too long. It might not be a bad idea to shop him around a little to your league mates to see if you can get someone to possibly bite on him, but don't just hand him away for nothing.
Jason Kipnis will see regular playing time for the rest of the season now that the Indians have traded away Orlando Cabrera, and he showed what a good idea that was on Sunday as he hit his first home run of the season. Kipnis is a good second base prospect who has a nice bit of pop for a second baseman as he had ten homers in just 79 games at AA last season. If you are looking for any kind of help at middle infield, give Kipnis a look as he could certainly give you a little at every category coming down the stretch.
When Colby Rasmus was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays I figured his season would go in one of two directions. Either he would sulk about getting traded to Toronto and basically main it in mentally for the season, or he would be motivated by the Cardinals basically giving up on him and hit the hell out of the ball for two months. Well after a rough first couple of days, the Jays have put Rasmus second in the batting order right in front of Jose Bautista and he has responded well. He had two hits for the second straight day and also drove in his first two runs as a member of Toronto. I'm not ready to say he is going to mash the rest of the year just yet, but this is a nice start for Rasmus and if he gets hot he can carry your fantasy team for a while.
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