Hopefully you can ignore this week’s edition since it will focus on rebuilding your squad in a keeper league. The usual practice is to accumulate prospects that have made their debut such as Christian Yelich and Wil Myers along with being ready to pounce on the likes of Xander Bogaerts and Oscar Taveras in the event they are promoted before season’s end.
It’s tough to say whether a quiet non-waiver trade deadline is an indication of a busy waiver trade deadline, but Thursday gave us our first taste of the potential for big names on the move as the Rangers put a waiver claim in for Alex Rios. That’s not to say that Rios is definitely going to be dealt, but right now the Ranger shave about two days of exclusive negotiating rights to see if they can work out a deal with the White Sox for the veteran outfielder. The two teams were apparently talking before the non-waiver trade deadline, but nothing came to fruition. Perhaps now that Nelson Cruz has been suspended, the Rangers will be willing to up their offer and make it a little more worthwhile.
Three soft tossers who are struggling on the mound, a couple of soft tossers that are having success, and three hitters who have had a lot of success. Sooner or later the regression monster rears it's ugly head. Sometimes it takes a few weeks, sometimes a few months, and sometimes it might even take a year or two. Eventually though, the monster usually gets its target. Three hurlers for the Phillies, Cubs and Pirates might have been caught. The Athletics and Cardinals have good pitching staffs, and we'll highlight two names today that aren't exactly of the household variety. Offensively the Red and White Sox have two hitters that are performing fairly well while the Indians made a commitment to a hitter that has been excellent in limited work this season.
So here we are now in the wake of the Biogenesis suspensions and, truth be told, it doesn’t look like anyone missed a beat. Sure, owners of Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta and Alex Rodriguez are bummed, but there was no one else who had significant enough fantasy value to make any sort of impact. It might be tough to find reasonable replacement value on the wire for Peralta and Cruz, given their numbers, but both Cabrera and A-Rod have been banged up enough for you to have someone in the hopper waiting to take over anyway. But those who own Bartolo Colon and Gio Gonzalez certainly dodged a bullet as neither received a suspension and can continue business as usual. So while the news of Ryan Braun was pretty shocking, the rest of the Biogenesis annoyance has come and gone and most of us are no worse for the wear.
The Astros have two young arms that are strong plays in AL-only leagues, and they might even have some mixed league value. There are two 9th inning arms that are surging after rough starts to the year. The Indians have two outfielders who may be ready to remind folks why they are both solid plays in mixed leagues. The Padres second baseman is struggling (another two). Finally, a power hitter in Anaheim, an all-around force in Tampa, and two veteran arms on the hill – one going up, one certainly on the way down, will be discussed.
Chance are, by now you’ve done the majority of your trading work and major roster adjustments, getting ready for your stretch run. Your team is set, all the pieces of the puzzle are together and now it’s time to watch your guys surge to the finish line. But obviously it’s never that smooth a run at the end and as you can see with what’s going on in the news, depth sometimes plays as much a part in winning your league title as having the right starters in your lineup. The season is long and your studs are likely to need a breather or two as their teams gear up for the playoffs, especially when the dings and dents start becoming a little more prevalent. It doesn’t matter if it’s a finger or a toe, a sprain or a strain, teams aren’t going to risk losing their best producers for longer than they have to so better to miss a week now than a month in September. Who you use to replace them could mean all the difference.
Sometimes it’s ok to take solace in a little bit of quiet. Not every day needs drama and there’s nothing wrong with the status quo. As you get older in life, you end up appreciating these days more and more. So a day after one of the quietest trade deadlines in a very long time, Thursday ended up being just as tame, if not more so, and we just had a nice, relaxing day of baseball. Sure, there may have been a few moments here and there, but certainly nothing earth-shattering. So with that, let’s just hit the fantasy highs and lows of the day as we gear up for the final two months of the season.
Well that was a drag. On the other hand, all indications were this would be a quiet July 31 trading deadline. As a result the advent of the second wild card, and the general bunching of the standings, a whopping 16 of the 30 team are within seven games of a playoff spot. Still though, that’s 14 teams that should have been sellers. Of course there will still be some deals (Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, Kevin Gregg and Josh Willingham are all likely to clear waivers and are candidates to be moved). There will be others.
Talk about not living up to the hype. Here we are making all sorts of preparations for impending trades at the deadline and we got the squeak of a mouse instead of the roar of a lion. BOOOOOOORIIIIIIING! What a disappointment. With all the names bandied about in discussions and all the possibilities we could have seen from contenders looking to add a few missing pieces to the puzzle, we got bupkus. Diddley-squat. Sure, there were a couple of things which I’ll discuss right now, but all in all, I’d say this was a very disappointing season for deals. The only hope we can have now is that a ton of big named, high-priced guys clear waivers over the next month and we get just a little bit more action. In the meantime, here’s the fantasy recap of those ho-hum deals we did witness.
Today is major league baseball's trade deadline day. There are going to plenty of moves made, some minor some potentially major, and I'll tell you a little about all of that in this piece. I'll also break down how two players that fantasy leaguers want to build around have done this season (one is the Cubs' first baseman, the other a Phillies' outfielder). I'll also talk about a potential change in the Angels bullpen and how an old man with the Tigers is continuing to get it done. Finally, what happened to the power hitting first baseman of the Twins that used to be an MVP caliber hitter?