We have moved past the traditional July 31st trading deadline and now must focus on August "waiver" trades. As we see moves that appear likely, we will address players that may have advanced opportunity. We have bullpen changes in Seattle and Houston and Detroit may not be far behind. Of course this week's pending suspensions due to performance enhancing drugs will certainly impact not only the pennant races but fantasy races as well. While I hope nobody has been counting on a return of Alex Rodriguez, potential losses of players like Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta will/would be huge.
Is it time to panic yet? We are still early enough in the campaign where players remain available that can possibly help you in the long term. This week we have a mixture of young, emerging talent mixed with veterans returning from the disabled list and the minors. There are long shots with upside and phenoms, either making their first appearance, or getting a second chance.