The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away and the deals, or rumors of deals, are starting to fly in. We have a number of them here tonight, and the fantasy ramifications of the guys being dealt on both sides, and sometimes the ones left behind from the teams making the deal. There is also talk of a rookie in the Pacific Northwest who is kicking butt, and a Yankee pitcher just recalled who is showcasing his skills to potentially be traded. There are going to be a bunch of moves over the next day so you have to keep tabs on them all so you know how they all will impact your team. Keep it here going forward so we can all win championships together on Rounding The Bases.
Pedro Alvarez has been back in the majors for about a week now, and while he hasn't been overly impressive, he has looked better than he did in his first round with Pittsburgh this season. Alvarez got back on the home run rodeo tonight as he connected on his third of the year and drove in two runs. I like Alvarez to have a nice last two months of the season and if he is still on your free agent wire, I would make the move to grab him.
The Texas Rangers have traded for Baltimore reliever Koji Uehara. That in itself doesn't have fantasy implications as Uehara will not go to Texas and be the closer, but what you need to know about this trade are the players that the Orioles got back. Texas traded two 25 year old players in Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. We all know Davis as the power hitting prospect who has yet to put it together in the majors, but he has a ton of talent and will one day be a major power bat in the major leagues. Perhaps a change of scenery is just what he needs, and he is another guy that I would consider adding. Hunter has been injury prone, but he won 13 games in 2010, and with a subpar rotation in Baltimore, Hunter could step right into a rotation spot for the O's.
The St. Louis Cardinals are on the verge of trading for Dodgers' shortstop Rafael Furcal. The players that the Dodgers would get back haven't been reported, but I do think that this could have a positive affect on Furcal's fantasy value. Getting out of the mess that is the Dodgers on top of going into a pennant race in St. Louis could reinvigorate Furcal and could help him hit for a good batting average and steal some bases. Furcal could be on your waiver wire, and if you need a shortstop, he could help you down the stretch.This will also clear the way for Dee Gordon to be called back to the majors and he could really do some damage with stolen bases in the last two months of the year.
The Detroit Tigers have traded for Doug Fister from Seattle, but again the story here is the players that went the other way. Charlie Furbush has a chance to go to Seattle and earn a starting spot in their rotation after spending the year in Detroit's bullpen. Furbush hasn't been overly impressive in the bullpen or his past couple of seasons in the minors, but he has good stuff and is worth watching to see how he does in the Mariner's rotation to start out. Casper Wells was a guy that I liked coming into the season to get it done for Detroit after multiple seasons of good power in the minors. The kid can definitely hit and I think should get a look in the Mariners' outfield. He is another guy to keep on your radar right away.
The only other good news in Seattle is rookie Dustin Ackley. The kid has been hitting up a storm since being called up from the minors and with his effort on Saturday, he now has 15 hits in the last ten games, and has driven in ten runs over that span. He will go into 2012 as a very highly sought after middle infielder and the ceiling on him is very high. If you could possibly make a trade for him in a keeper league without giving up too much, I think that might be a good idea.
The Red Sox have traded for Mike Aviles and I think he should be their starter right away. Aviles wasn't hitting for a good average for the Royals this year, but the kid can hit for a decent average, has a little bit of pop, and can steal some bases too. He will likely hit eighth or ninth for the Red Sox so there won't be many RBI opportunities for Aviles, but he should help you with batting average and a few homers and steals in the mix too.
Ivan Nova was called back to the majors, and I guess we can say that he had an easy night. The Yankees scored 12 runs in the first inning and Nova cruised for the rest of the night. He allowed just two earned runs over seven innings, walked one, and struck out six. There have been rumors surrouding him and possibly being dealt for Ubaldo Jimenez, but I think the Yankees should just keep him. If Phil Hughes doesn't get his head out of his ass, Nova could be claiming his rotation spot. Keep your eyes peeled on Nova, he could have increased fantasy value down the stretch.
Jason Marquis has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday in return for a minor leaguer, and the Diamondbacks get another arm for their rotation. To me, Marquis is an innings eater to me, and not much else. He doesn't excel at striking batters out, he doesn't have an overly good ERA or WHIP, and he never really wins more than 10-12 games. I really don't see this adding much fantasy value to Marquis, and at best right now I would use him as a streamer as he could pick up a few more wins for Arizona than he would for Washington.
There are rumors surrounding a possible trade between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics in which the Sox would get Rich Harden and the A's would get Lars Anderson, a minor league first baseman. Anderson becomes expendable with the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez, but I always envisioned them getting more for him than Harden. Anderson has some really good power potential and is ready for the Major Leagues right now. So far in AAA he is hitting .261 with 10 homers and 57 RBI, and although I would like to see a higher average, he could be in the majors quickly if he lands by the Bay. I am not sure why the Red Sox want Harden. He has a ton of potential, but has dealt with so many injury issues that I don't think he is the same pitcher any longer. This obviously helps his fantasy value with the run support he would get from Boston, but the injury issues have soured me on having Harden on my fantasy team. I would only pick him up if you are desperate for pitching help and looking to catch lightning in a bottle.
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