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MLB Trade Rumors: Fantasy Impact of the Deadline Deals

July 31, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider (23) hits a single during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
July 31, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider (23) hits a single during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Here are some quick takes on the fantasy impact of all the MLB Trade Deadline deals over the last two days. I will focus more on the major league players with a line or two on a few of the minor league prospects. Craig Goldstein is working on a piece with more details on the prospects traded over the last few days, and it is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Pirates deal Brad Lincoln to Blue Jays for Travis Snider

Snider is the big winner here as Pirates GM Neil Huntington has had his eye on Snider for quite awhile. Snider will play right field everyday. He is batting second behind Starling Marte tonight, and is 1-3 with a run scored. A change of scenery may be just what Snider needs to reach his potential.

Lincoln will slot into middle relief for the Blue Jays, with an outside shot at the closer role should Casey Jansen falter. Lincoln's K/9 has jumped from 5.48 per nine innings to 9.10 this season and he is walking just over two batters per nine.

Blue Jays deal Eric Thames to Mariners for Stephen Delabar

The Blue Jays worked to rebuild their decimated bullpen by adding Delabar, who will work in middle relief. Thames will be a 4th outfielder type in Seattle.

Cubs deal Geovany Soto to the Rangers for Jake Brigham and a PTBNL

Soto will back up Mike Napoli this season, and could see the majority of starts in 2013 as Napoli will more than likely leave via free agency. Bid accordingly in keeper leagues.

Briigham is a AA starter who may be a 5th starter type at the most.

Check out the rest of my quick thoughts on the deadline deals after the jump:

Braves deal Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson

Vizcaino has the most value in this deal for fantasy owners. He is out for the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery and I think Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer stole him from the Braves. Prior to this season, ESPN's Keith Law ranked him as his 14th ranked prospect in his top 100.

Maholm doesn't strike out many batters and is hittable. His fantasy value is lower than his real life value, and he is at best a #4 starter. Reed Johnson is a 4th outfielder who will play once or twice a week in Atlanta.

Mariners deal Brandon League to the Dodgers for Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom

The acquisition of League made the loss of Josh Lindblom bearable. League will pitch in middle relief, probably in the 7th inning ahead of Ronald Belisario and Kenley Jansen.

Landry is hitting well in High A this season, hitting .328-.358-.559 with 8 HRs, 15 triples, 63 runs, 51 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 29 attempts. Bawcom, who I have never heard of, is a reliever who can strike out a bunch of hitters, but also walks a bunch.

Dodgers deal Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin to the Phillies for Shane Victorino

Victorino loses a little bit of value moving out of Philadelphia and back to LA. But one thing to remember is that Davey Lopes is the Dodgers first base coach, so Victorino could be running a bit more in the last two months of the season.

Josh Lindblom will more than likely move to the set up role in Philadelphia in front of Jonathan Papelbon. Ethan Martin has actually had his best year as a minor leaguer, as he is repeating AA. Craig Goldstein wrote up a Waiting in the Wings piece on him a few weeks ago here.

Phillies deal Hunter Pence to the Giants for Tommy Joseph, Nate Shierholtz and Seth Rosin

The Giants had to respond to the Dodgers acquisition of Victorino this week and Hanley Ramirez last week, and traded for Pence to bolster their lineup. Pence loses some value going from Citizen's Bank Park to AT & T Park in San Francisco. Not good for a hitter's value.

Tommy Joseph is the most valuable piece heading to Phiadelphia as he is a power hitting catcher who came into the season with 38 career home runs in his two year minor league career.

Reds deal Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran to the Royals for closer Jonathan Broxton

Broxton's fantasy value takes a huge hit as he goes from closing to setting up Aroldis Chapman at best, or pitching the 7th inning at worst. He may steal a few save opportunities in the last few months of the season when Red manager wants to give Chapman a break.

Cubs deal Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for Christian Villaneuva and Kyle Hendricks

Dempster is having a career year, going 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA, 3.41 FIP and 3.71 xFIP, but his K rate has dropped from 8.50/9 to 7.18/9, but has reduced his walk rate from 3.65/9 to 2.34/9. He has benefitted from a .242 BABIP, which I see regressing some moving to the American League.

Christian Villaneuva is a power hitting third base prospect hitting well in High A this season. He stole 32 bases last season in Low A, but has stolen just 9 bases thus far in 2012.