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Roto Roundup: Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Brett Anderson

Jason looks back at Wednesday's games, with notes on Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, and others.

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With today's trade deadline, it's possible we can still have a big name player moved, but it sounds less and less likely that David Price or Cole Hamels will be that big name.

Justin Masterson Headed To St. Louis

The Cardinals had been rumored to have interest in a starting pitcher for a while now, and were able to get Justin Masterson from the Indians in exchange for prospect James Ramsey. Masterson has been on the disabled list, but will be able to be activated this weekend. It's not clear whether the Cardinals are done acquiring players before the deadline, but it's possible that Masterson could still end up bumped from the rotation. In terms of fantasy value, I'm not sure it honestly changes his potential very much as of right now.

Corey Kluber With A Dominant Start Against Seattle

Kluber needed just 84 pitches as a part of a shutout victory over the Mariners, striking out eight and allowing just three hits. He's turned into a top starting pitcher at this point, with a 2.61 ERA and over a strikeout per inning over 158 innings. If he can continue the performance through the rest of the year, it may be hard to argue with having him in the top 15 for starting pitchers for next year.

Brett Anderson Pitches Well, Not Likely to Be Traded

Anderson struck out nine over seven innings against the Cubs last night, but did allow 11 hits in a no-decision. There had been rumblings that Anderson might get traded before Thursday's deadline, but those rumors were squashed fairly clearly during the day on Wednesday. Anderson had been viewed as an interesting trade candidate, as getting him out of Colorado could have been the ticket needed to return to the form that made him a top fantasy starting pitcher.

Brett Gardner Keeps Hitting Bombs?

After finishing Tuesday's game with two home runs off of Yu Darvish, the Yankees' Brett Gardner wasted no time putting his team on the board yesterday, hitting his 14th home run of the season off of Colby Lewis. I don't know yet really if this power surge is real, but he could get to 20 home runs for the year at this rate. Whether he can get back to the 30 stolen base plateau remains to be seen, but it's possible we get a 20-20 season from Gardner also.

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