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Roto Roundup: Zobrist Traded, Melky Cabrera, Noah Syndergaard

Jason Hunt looks briefly at the Ben Zobrist trade, and also the top performers from yesterday's slate of games.

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Zobrist to Kansas City, Manaea Headed to Oakland

It was fairly expected that the A's would trade away Ben Zobrist before the deadline, and with the versatility he offers, knew that the team could likely have a very good offer coming their way. It came out yesterday as finalized that the A's had agreed to send Zobrist to the Royals for pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks. Brooks will be called upon to start on Saturday for the A's, while Zobrist is expected to fill in for the injured Alex Gordon in left field until his return, then move to second base.

Zobrist's value goes up slightly for me, with the move to his new home stadium and new division slightly improving his offensive outlook. I think the A's did well here, as Manaea could still be a potential top of the rotation starter, but one with some significant health risk. He may end up being the biggest name prospect they acquire this deadline, which overall has helped to provide some more depth to their minor league system.

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The Pirates traded for Aramis Ramirez to help fill in while Josh Harrison is out, but it's been Jung-Ho Kang who has emerged as a solid shortstop option. He's been filling in for Jordy Mercer lately, hitting his sixth home run of the year last night while also hitting .289 on the year. It's not an elite profile, but if you're looking for help at either short or third, Kang is a name to target.

Mookie Betts had to leave last night's game due to an injury he sustained while trying to rob Jose Abreu of a home run, and it sounds like he may be placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. It's been a tough year for Boston, and Betts has been one of the few bright spots, having hit 10 home runs and stolen 13 bases so far this year. I would look for Rusney Castillo to get most of the starts there while Betts is out, with the potential for Jackie Bradley to be called back up as well.

Melky Cabrera had a four hit night against the Red Sox last night, including two doubles and a triple. He's been red hot in the month of July, hitting .349/.372/.605 with four homeruns in 22 games entering last night's content. He's up to 64% ownership in Yahoo leagues, which will only keep increasing. I think he can hit .300 the rest of the way, and should be owned in nearly all formats.

It seems unlikely that there's anything to see here (other than the potential that the Tigers actually may sell), but Rays' catcher Curt Casali has hit two homers in back-to-back games now. He's gotten four starts in a row, and is now hitting .300 on the year with seven home runs. He doesn't seem likely to keep up this level of production, but he's clearly hot right now and worth a grab if you're struggling at catcher.

The Mets were busy over the weekend adding role players and relievers, but lost Jenrry Mejia for 162 games due to his second positive test for a banned substance. It hung a bit over the team, but Noah Syndergaard did his best to make everyone forget. He took a perfect game into the seventh, and ended up with 9 strikeouts over 8 shutout innings. I can fairly easily see Syndergaard as a top 20 pitcher the rest of the way, and should end up ranked there to start next year also.

It was a night to forget for the Rangers, who saw Martin Perez and Wandy Rodriguez combine to go two plus innings and give up 15 runs to the Yankees. The team has been mentioned as a suitor for Cole Hamels, who would give them an ace at the top of their rotation this year and one to slot in behind Yu Darvish in 2016.

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