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Fantasy Baseball: Thursday's Roto Roundup

Not a ton of games yesterday but a ton of trades with a lot of fantasy impact that did get done. Not a whole lot of impact in my opinion from the Roy Oswalt trade, but some others definitely had a lot.

Washington closer Matt Capps recorded his 26th save, and was pretty much immediately traded after that occurred. He was sent to the Twins in exchange for prospect Wilson Ramos and another prospect. Capps has already been named the closer for the Twins, which pretty much means you can drop Jon Rauch. I also actually like Wilson Ramos if he is added to the Major League roster as well, especially for NL-only leagues. As for who you pick up if you're speculating on saves, I went and got Tyler Clippard, but I think that at some point before the end of the season Drew Storen will have the job.

Two other smaller trades that got done yesterday were Jorge Cantu to the Rangers and Miguel Tejada to the Padres. The Tejada trade is really interesting to me, as it was announced that he would not be playing 3B exclusively for the Padres, so he could see some time at SS as well. No loss of playing time for Chase Headley. This also opens up a starting spot for Orioles' prospect Josh Bell, who now becomes a must own in AL only leagues, as he's going to get the bulk of the playing time there. Cantu to the Rangers leads me to believe that Chris Davis will probably be riding the bench a lot more again.

 

Jon Jay continues to heat up, and is now hitting .443/.514/.705 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in the month of July. He's pretty much assumed the starting CF job in the Cardinals outfield, and he could be a play in mixed leagues if he continues to get that playing time.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched a lot better yesterday than he has in a few starts, going 7 innings of 1 run ball while striking out 6. The opportunity to buy low may be passing soon, but there are probably still a lot of owners out there who are nervous enough to make a deal.

Gordon Beckham continued his hot hitting yesterday, going 2 for 3 in the White Sox victory. For the month of July, he's now hitting .352/.370/.592 with 3 HR and 11 RBI. Not ridiculously amazing stats, but a definite improvement over his previous 3 months.