Well, Tuesday’s trade deadline brought on a flurry of activity in the baseball world which obviously sends ripples through the fantasy community as well. There were a number of expected movers and shakers in there along with a few surprising non-participants as well. Some of the deals have serious fantasy ramifications while others were more pertinent to the real baseball world, so let’s just go through them and see what’s affecting your fantasy teams here.
Boston Red Sox RHP Matt Albers and OF Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Craig Breslow
In truth, there’s really not much of an impact, fantasy wise. Breslow adds some stability to the pen in Boston, Albers gets some relief work in Arizona and Podsednik becomes the second coming of Willie Bloomquist but without as much playing time. He’ll have some stolen base impact, but probably in just the deeper NL-only leagues.
Boston Red Sox 1B/OF Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Steven Wright
A minor league deal here that puts Anderson in a better spot to break through as a first baseman…unless of course he goes the route of, say, Matt LaPorta?
Chicago Cubs trade C Geovany Soto and cash to the Texas Rangers for RHP Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash
This one’s a stinker for NL-only people hoping for a turnaround for Soto. He becomes the new Yorvit Torealba in Texas and will likely only see worthwhile playing time if someone on the Rangers gets hurt and Michael Young is needed in the field somewhere on a regular basis.
Chicago Cubs trade RHP Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for INF Christian Vilanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks
The minor leaguers headed to Chicago don’t have any fantasy impact right now, so we don’t even need to worry about them. The big news is Dempster heading to Texas. NL –only league owners lose a solid starter and get nothing in return while AL-only folk are lining up with their FAAB dollars as we speak. Over two months’ time, Dempster should fare about the same in Texas as he would Chicago, but with much better run support.
Kansas City Royals trade RHP Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds for LHP Donnie Joseph and RHP J.C. Sulbaran.
The Royals get back a pair of prospects with no fantasy impact in the immediate, AL-only leaguers lose a closer and Broxton heads to Cincinnati to act as a set-up man for Aroldis Chapman. Fantasy-wise, this one’s just a bummer of a deal.
New York Yankees trade RHP Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates for INF Casey McGehee and cash considerations.
Qualls heads into the Pirates pen as a set-up man while McGehee gains some short-term fantasy value in New York. With Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira injured, McGehee will see time at both corners, but once they’re back, it’s rid-the-pine city for him.
Philadelphia Phillies trade OF Shane Victorino to the L.A. Dodgers for RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Ethan Martin and player to be named or cash considerations
Victorino’s value probably stays the same with the move to L.A. Maybe he gets a bump in runs scored and perhaps it’s more difficult for him to knock one over the fence. The Dodgers could bat him leadoff right now while Dee Gordon is out, so perhaps we see a slight bump in steals, but the Flyin’ Hawaiian doesn’t fly as much as he used to. Heading back to the Phillies, maybe Lindblom styas in the Phils’ pen, but the impact for fantasy is pretty minimal.
Philadelphia Phillies trade OF Hunter Pence and cash considerations to the San Francisco Giants for OF Nate Schierholtz, C Tommy Joseph and RHP Seth Rosin.
Pence basically makes a lateral move here to the Giants. He’s a right-handed pull hitter so the ballpark change shouldn’t hurt his power at all, especially since he’s stronger on the road, according to his splits. He’ll fit in nicely into the middle of the lineup and once Pablo Sandoval returns, the two of them and Buster Posey should be a formidable 3-4-5 group in the lineup. Heading back to Philly, Schierholtz gets a bump in fantasy value as he goes from part-time outfielder to full-time guy in right field. The move, coupled with their last one also allows them to bring up Domonic Brown who should be an interesting waiver pick-up.
And then from the day before….
Chicago Cubs trade LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman
Personally, I don’t see Maholm being a good back-up plan/alternative to Dempster, but the Braves do it anyway. Maholm should fare maybe a little better with home starts given the ballpark, but not much else. Johnson becomes a fourth outfielder/defensive replacement.
Seattle Mariners trade RHP Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers for OF Leon Landry and RHP Logan Bawcom
Fantasy-wise, maybe this works if your NL-only league counts holds and League doesn’t stink it up like he’s done in Seattle recently.
Seattle Mariners trade RHP Steve Delabar to the Toronto Blue Jays for OF Eric Thames
Delabar is nothing but bullpen filler while Thames becomes yet another middling outfielder to join the stockpile in Seattle.
And now for the highlights from Tuesday’s games…
|James Shields, TB||9.0||3||0||0||0||11||0||0.00||0.33|
Not only did James Shields take the A’s apart piece by piece, but he made it look so ridiculously easy too. He needed just 98 pitches, threw 66 of them for strikes, induced half a dozen ground ball outs and never once did he look like he wasn’t in complete control of this game. As if the complete-game shutout wasn’t good enough, but the three hits and no walks makes for a killer WHIP and who doesn’t love 11 strikeouts? Shields now has triple digit Ks in his last three starts and gets Toronto, a team he’s already beaten once with a 2.45 ERA and 10 strikeouts, next.
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B MIL||3-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI|
|Albert Pujols, 1B LAA||2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B ARI||3-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB|
|A.J. Burnett, SP PIT||W, CG, 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, 8 K|
|Wade Miley, SP ARI||W, 1.13 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 7 K|
A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter in to the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game and I was just on the verge of giving him the top honors today until Shields trumped him with the strikeouts. But talk about a turnaround….oh baby! He’s been absolutely fantastic for the Pirates this season. Sure, he’s hit a couple of nasty bumps in the road during the year, but name one pitcher who hasn’t. The trick is to just be really, really good most of the time and then the bad outings won’t sting as much in the long run. He’s thrown five quality starts in his last seven outings and is sitting on a 3.27 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 124 innings. He’ll get the Diamondbacks next, so look for more of the same from him.
Another big day and a great way to cap off the month for Aramis Ramirez who finishes July with a .373 average, four homers, 12 doubles, 15 runs and 21 RBI in 26 games. Not too shabby, is it? I’d like to see the home run trend continue, but I don’t want him to lose the rest by swinging for the fences. He’s become much more of a well-rounded player lately and it’s reflecting in fantasy lineups everywhere.
OK, I’m just going to come out and say it – as great as Albert Pujols has been over the years, he owes this entire season to Mike Trout. Remember what kind of dog crap Pujols was pulling before Trout’s call-up? Then suddenly, once the rookie was up here raking and showing everyone how to play the game, Pujols stepped back into the real world with us and started to hit again. Perhaps, if you’re a Pujols owner, you’d like to send Trout a gift basket or something….you know…to show your appreciation.
Things were seeming a little quiet from Paul Goldschmidt recently , but with four multi-hit games in his last five and back-to-back games with a home run, all seems right with the big, lumbering youngster. What seems most impressive right now is the .298 average. Most of the projections and expert opinions had him batting .250 at best this year, so remember, you that drafted him expecting that, as he approaches 20 home runs on the season, remember that every BA point you’re getting is gravy.
And finally, another gem from Wade Miley. Man, I hate it when I’m wrong about a guy, but I’m always big enough to admit it. Really regretting not pulling the trigger on that Miley for Bryan LaHair deal I was offered back in late May.
|Mark DeRosa, 3B WAS||0-4, 4 K|
|Brandon Hicks, 3B OAK||0-3, 3 K|
|Yoenis Cespedes, OF OAK||0-3, 3 K|
|Derek Lowe, SP CLE||L, 27.00 ERA, 4.29 WHIP, K|
|Ivan Nova, SP NYY||L, 16.20 ERA, 2.20 WHIP, 5 K|
Nothing here really surprises me too much. A shame that Ivan Nova’s meltdown came so quickly on the heels of an earlier one just three starts ago. Gotta space ‘em out a little better there, Ivan. Can’t damage the ratios too fast, too soon, buddy.
Not really a surprise if you know Derek Lowe, but a little fun fact here: Did you know that after last night’s disastrous outing Lowe still saw an increase in his K/9? Ferrgh!
Willie Bloomquist, SS ARI – back (questionable)
Mike Aviles, SS BOS – toe (questionable)
Josh Beckett, SP BOS – back (questionable)
Darwin Barney, 2B CHC – head (out)
Matt Garza, SP CHC -- triceps (out until at least August 7)
Devin Mesoraco, C CIN – head (questionable)
Brandon Phillips, 2B CIN – calf (questionable)
Dexter Fowler, OF COL – illness (questionable)
Dan Haren, SP LAA – back (out)
Andres Torres, OF NYM – thumb (questionable)
Jason Bay, OF NYM – calf (questionable)
Mark Teixeira, 1B NYY – wrist (out until at least August 3)
Coco Crisp, OF OAK – hamstring (questionable)
Angel Pagan, OF SF – hand (questionable)
Rafael Furcal, SS STL – back (questionable)
Adam LaRoche, 1B WAS – back (questionable)
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B WAS – back (questionable)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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