I am a little late in getting to this, but I had a busy Labor Day weekend, so here I am. Over the last few days, we have seen several players change teams, so here are my thoughts on the fantasy impact of these deals. Honestly, there isn't much change in the fantasy impact for the players involved, but does impact other players on the teams they left.
Let's take a look:
Byrd is having his best season ever at the age of 36, as he has hit .288 with 22 HRs and 76 RBI thus far, and he provides more stability and production to the right field position for the Buccos in their drive to make the playoffs for the first time in two decades.
The deal opens up right field to allow the Mets to see what they have in a few young guys on their roster, as they are in a rebuild. I have a feeling the Mets will spend some cash this offseason to fill the right field role on their roster.
Justin Morneau traded to the Pirates
The Twins dealt Morneau to the Pirates on August 31st, in exchange they received outfielder Alex Presley. This is a good deal for the Pirates as they get a veteran left handed hitter in the middle of their lineup. Morneau is all the way back from post concussion syndrome, but hasn't been the same hitter he was before the injury. Morneau is now four years removed from four straight 100 RBI seasons, but is still a serviceable fantasy first baseman in AL only and deeper mixed leagues.
In return, the Twins get an outfielder in Presley who will play center field, at least until Aaron Hicks can figure things our, or when until top prospect Byron Buxton is ready, whichever comes first. Presley will attempt to rekindle the power-speed potential he showed a few years ago in his cup of coffee with the Pirates.
What this deal does for the Twins is open up first base for catcher Joe Mauer. Mauer can extend his career with the move to first base, but once he stops being catcher eligible, he will lose some fantasy value. But that may not happen for a few years. But, it also could allow him to focus on hitting for more power, in exchange for batting average. If not, he will be a .320 hitting James Loney, with a few more RBI and runs scored.
They are currently taking a look at Chris Colabello at first base right now, but Mauer could be their starting first baseman come spring training 2014.
The Phillies finally dealt Michael Young by sending him to the Dodgers late on Saturday night. Young provides the Dodgers with a veteran bat, with playoff and World Series experience, who can play third base everyday (which he won't), and back up Juan Uribe at third base and Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Young's fantasy value takes a bit of a hit, as he will probably play just 2-3 times per week the rest of the season.
The Phillies got a left handed pitching prospect, Rob Rasmussen, in return for Young. They didn't get a lot in return for Young, but it allows them to see Cody Asche play third base every day. Actually, there are indications that Asche could be the Phillies third baseman of the future, as they recently moved their top hitting prospect, third baseman Maikel Franco to first base for the rest of the AA season.
The Orioles were attempting to deal for another power bat for a few weeks, and finally traded for Michael Morse. Morse has been a disappointment this season, hitting just .230-.286-.411 with 13 HRs, 32 runs and 27 RBI in just under 300 at bats. His fantasy value doesn't change much, but he may hit a few more home runs hitting in Camden Yards in the month of September.
In Arizona, Kubel was nothing more than a fourth or fifth outfielder, so this deal allows him to play more, probably DHing and some outfield in Cleveland. He can provide some power for fantasy owners in September.
The deal allows Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock to play every day in Arizona, with Pollock given the chance to show that he can be an every day player next season.