Trade Deadline Fantasy Wrapup
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The trade deadline passed as of 4:00 PM Friday. There was a flurry of activity in the hours leading up to the deadline, as several more teams completed deals. The links below will take to all of the other available articles that interpret the Fantasy impact of the trades for the players involved and their new and old teammates.
[caption id="attachment_95893" align="alignright" width="333"] Ben Revere will slot in nicely atop the Blue Jays' lineup. Photo Credit: Bryan Green[/caption]
The Brewers’ fire sale continued following the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade, as they negotiated a deal to send Gerardo Parra to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies. Parra, a left-handed hitting outfielder, fills a drastic need for the Orioles, who’ve been using a combination of Travis Snider, Nolan Reimold and several other players in left field. Overall, the Orioles have gotten a .210/.283/.330 line with just eight home runs from their cast of characters in left. Three of those homers came from Alejandro de Aza, who is no longer with the organization.
Parra was traded for the second time in the last 12 months. Last season, the Diamondbacks dealt him to the Brewers. Parra has a career .279/.330/.407 line and he’s primarily been a platoon player during his seven-year in the major leagues since he’s struggled with left-handed pitching. However, during a stretch when Khris Davis was on the DL, Parra played full time and held his own against southpaws, batting .292 with a pair of home runs over 53 PA. So, the Orioles may feel that Parra, who has a total of nine HRs and nine stolen bases is an everyday outfielder. At the very least, he’ll get the better half of a platoon, so the move to Baltimore should give a slight boost to his Fantasy value. Of course, if the O’s play him every day, his value would be that much higher.
The big loser for Baltimore will be Snider, whose disappointing production will likely lead to either an assignment off the bench or perhaps a trip to the minors if he has any options left. Reimold will face left-handers in all likelihood, as he’s hit them at a .300 clip this season.
The Brewers outfield alignment underwent two drastic changes with the trade of Parra and Carlos Gomez. Khris Davis, who struggles against left-handed pitching, will likely continue to platoon with Logan Schafer. Shane Peterson will be in the mix as well and the Brewers could decide to bring one of the prospects received in the trade that sent Carlos Gomez to Houston up to play in centerfield. Fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the Brewers in the coming days to see how things will shake out.
When the Blue Jays traded Jose Reyes to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki, they lost their top of the order hitter and best stolen base threat. So the acquisition of Ben Revere from the Phillies for a couple of pitching prospects makes a ton of sense. Revere can slot in at the top of the Blue Jays batting order and hold down left field on an everyday basis.
Revere is having an excellent season despite playing for a terrible Phillies team until now. He’s put up a .298/.334/.374 slash line with 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts. The move to Toronto bolster’s Revere’s Fantasy value about as high as it can be since the team represents the most productive lineup in the game today. He should score plenty of runs with the murderer’s row of hitters in the heart of the order. However, don’t expect him to run as often because it doesn’t make much sense to get thrown out stealing when you have Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion following you in the order.
The Phillies netted a couple of arms in the deal. Alberto Tirado is a 20-year-old right-hander, who’s appeared in 31 games in High-A ball this season, pitching to a 3.23 ERA despite an astronomical walk rate of 5.14 BB/9. Jimmy Cordero is 23 years old and looks suspiciously like Tirado when it comes to stats. Cordero has a 2.82 ERA in 24.2 innings with a walk rate of 5.11 BB/9. Neither pitcher will make a Fantasy impact this season.
The Mets were unable to pull off a deal to land Carlos Gomez but they may have done ever better in netting Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers for right-handed pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. Cespedes joins his fourth team in two seasons; in 2014, he began the year with the A’s and was traded to the Boston Red Sox at last year’s trade deadline. Over the winter, the Red Sox sent him to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Rick Porcello.
The Cuban outfielder is in the midst of his best season as a major leaguer with a .293/.323/.506 triple slash and 18 HRs to date. Cespedes will very likely bat somewhere in the heart of the Mets’ batting order, quite possibly third in front of cleanup hitter Lucas Duda. The Mets have struggled to produce runs this season. Their outfield has been especially unproductive with the exception of Curtis Granderson. Cespedes will likely play left field, though he is capable of playing either corner outfield position.
The Mets are very excited to get Cespedes. In fact, hitting coach Kevin Long had this to say to RotoExperts Managing Director Scott Engel at Citi Field after the trade was announced: “It’s hard not to get excited about a guy who I’ve watched from afar who can flat out hit. He’s got a lot of power, puts the ball in play a lot, and he’s just what the doctor ordered.”
Overall, the outfielder’s Fantasy value remains roughly the same or just a tad lower. Citi Field is considered a pitcher’s park, though Cespedes hits the ball hard enough to hit it out of just about any ball field. It remains to be seen whether the Mets have added enough punch to the lineup to increase the team’s run production. If the team can get on base at a decent clip, Cespedes will retain his current Fantasy value.
Michael Fulmer is the Mets’ seventh-ranked prospect and Luis Cessa is ranked 16th. Fulmer has a record of 6-2 with a 1.82 ERA at Double-A this season. Cessa has split his time between Double- and Triple-A this year. He dominated Double-A hitters with a 2.56 ERA but has struggled at Triple-A with an 8.51 ERA.
There were a number of other trades, most with little or no major Fantasy implications. We’ll hit these quickly here and discuss them more in future articles.
Starting pitcher Dan Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs with right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro and infielder Elliot Soto going to the Miami Marlins.
The Brewers traded reliever Jonathan Broxton to the St. Louis Cardinals for 2B/OF Malik Collimore.
The Orioles traded pitcher Tommy Hunter to the Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake.
The Tampa Bay Rays traded relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen to the Minnesota Twins for minor league starting pitchers Chi-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia.
The Mariners traded starting pitcher J.A. Happ to the Pirates for right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson. They also traded relief pitcher Mark Lowe to the Toronto Blue Jays for left-handed pitchers Jake Brentz, Rob Rasmussen and Nick Wells. And lastly, Seattle moved OF Dustin Ackley to the Yankees for left fielder Ramon Flores and right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez.
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