Some of the trades that have come down still do not represent the big names we would have come to expect. What we did see was some decline in value for some, a status quo for others, and finally some that had no real fantasy value outside of leagues with Holds.
Geovany Soto goes to the Rangers with his Mendoza batting average. The park alone should give him a chance to collect a few HR but Fantasy owners just cannot swallow his batting average any longer. For Fantasy purposes he is a bench player in the deepest leagues at best. This also leaves Yorvit Torrealba without a team and no Fantasy value.
Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to Atlanta in basically the same roles they shared in Chicago. Maholm has pitched better this year than in any year in his career. I have owned him early in the year in a very deep league when he was getting blasted, 6.20 ERA in April. Dropped him and then started streaming him. His ERA has been all over the place since that bad April, 3.56 May, 5.18 June, and a 1.23 in July. Is he a sub 3.00 SP? No, but a worthy pick up 33% owned if you are in search or Wins. His K rate is less than spectacular as always. Johnson is a fun player to watch and root for. His balls out approach is a fan favorite but as far as Fantasy Managers go, he is no more than bench player in the deepest leagues who will get ABs against lefties down the stretch. Remember, he can hit lefties, well over .300 for his career.
The Cubs get one time highly touted prospect Vizciano who is only months away from his TJ surgery. He is someone who will not be on the opening day roster next year but is worth a stash in deep Dynasty Leagues.
Travis Snider to the Pirates for Brad Lincoln. I see Snider as a power hitter who is an insurance policy if the Bucs cannot find an even better power bat later today. Not sure if the Bucs swing and miss by the deadline on a better bat than Snider's. Not even sure he will get everyday ABs in Pittsburgh. If I had to value his Fantasy worth it would…leave him on the wire.
Lincoln may get a look in the starting rotation for a couple of starts but pitching in the AL East is doom for most back end of the rotation SP as far as Fantasy goes. Decent K/9 but brutal conditions against great opponents.
The winner in this trade may be Rajai Davis. If the newly called up Gose does not show he is ready for the bigs, Davis slides in with some power and speed. He is the one I would target and stash for the next couple of weeks.
Brandon league to the Dodger. No, he will not assume the Closer role here. He is a set up man and no more. Holds will come his way so pick him up if your league counts Holds.
Thames to Seattle. Does he get the ABs left behind by the Suzuki trade? He may not even be on the roster. I could see him being sent to Triple A to finish the season. He does have power and looks like he has his stroke back. He was ripping Triple A pitching this year. It’s a wait a see on Thames for playing time and ABs.