A lot has happened since Wednesday afternoon when yours truly decided to hit the road for an impromptu beach trip. I think every big league star was traded since I left. I’ve got a lot to sort through. Thanks to this tracker at MLB.com, I can get organized. Below are my own thoughts on fantasy baseball ramifications. But if you see something I don’t, feel free to chime in with a comment!
July 28: Starling Marte to the Oakland Athletics, Jesus Luzardo to Miami Marlins
The Athletics add arguably the best all-around player on the market, excepting Trea Turner of course. This move relegates Seth Brown and Tony Kemp to complete obscurity, in case you were using either in super-deep formats. It also would appear to push Ramon Laureano down to the middle of the order...I don’t think there’s anything awful happening here. In Miami, the outfield movement is underway. Guys like Lewis Brinson and Magneuris Sierra should get some extended run alongside veteran bopper Adam Duvall.
Luzardo has to be a guy to buy in dynasty formats. He’s a year removed from top prospect status, and despite the rough 2021, that arrow is pointing firmly upward given Miami’s ability to develop pitching.
July 28: Brewers acquire Eduardo Escobar
His spot in Milwaukee’s lineup appears to be safe, so if you were reliant on Escobar for pop I think you still can. However, guys like Luis Urias and Keston Hiura look to be squeezed out of the everyday lineup currently. This one is interesting to me, as Urias’ bat has been potent enough lately to play at third base. The Brewers have to figure out first base...stay turned on that front.
July 29: Cesar Hernandez to CWS, Zimmer leading off in Cleveland?
Hernandez retains his job as one of the pacesetters for the White Sox, but he gets an obvious park and lineup upgrade. So enjoy that where you have shares. As for Cleveland, there’s now a hole atop the order, and it’s worth a shot at Bradley Zimmer getting the lion’s share of leadoff work if you’re in a deep league. Zimmer’s .365 OBP in 156 PA this year is in line with last year’s small sample, when he posted a .360 OBP in just 50 PA. The strikeout rate is a concern, but Cleveland isn’t drowning with options for that role. On the bright side, Cleveland looks like a three-man show for your MLB DFS lineups...that’s a narrow trio of Amed Rosario, Jose Ramirez, and Franmil Reyes. Other than those three, this lineup is pretty vanilla.
July 29: Yankees acquire Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo
That’s one way to revive your offense in Yankee Stadium, add a pair of powerful left-handed bats. D.J. LeMahieu should be ticketed for second base work with Rizzo in town, which means the Rougned Odor experience should now be relegated to the bench, thankfully. The Yanks adding Rizzo also means that division rival Red Sox don’t get to do so.
As for Gallo, he’ll get a boost in Yankee Stadium:
Joey Gallo has hit 10 balls over the last 3 seasons that were *not* home runs but would have been home runs at Yankee Stadium, per Statcast— David Adler (@_dadler) July 29, 2021
These are the 10 pic.twitter.com/loJFkXSWcL
July 29: Mariners add Diego Castillo, stash Nick Anderson for Tampa
Seattle’s clubhouse was reportedly unhappy with the trading of closer Kendall Graveman, but Seattle appears to have filled that hole with Castillo. This has to be a boost for his save chances. Castillo could be the MAN in Seattle. Meanwhile in Tampa, Nick Anderson is nearing health and looks like the guy to stash—unless Tampa brings in another arm today to compete for late-inning work.
July 29: The Dodgers go for broke, add Max Scherzer and Trea Turner
Holy moly. That’s one way to shore up your pitching rotation, L.A. The Nationals should be happy with their prospect return in this one, snagging the top two prospects for L.A. in RHP Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz. As for the Dodgers, once healthy they’ll have possibly the nastiest playoff rotation every, spearheaded by Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw. When Julio Urias is your No. 4 starter...hot dang.
There’s also the lineup...when healthy I’d imagine Chris Taylor runs back to the outfield while Corey Seager and Trea Turner handle the middle of the infield? Max Muncy back to first base, and an outfield of Taylor, Mookie Betts, and Cody Bellinger relegates the likes of AJ Pollock, Matt Beaty, and Billy McKinney to the bench? The Dodgers just need to get healthy. And then wow at what we’ll get to witness come playoff time.
July 29: Red Sox acquire Kyle Schwarber
They didn’t land Rizzo, but they added a stud left-handed power bat. The Nationals really did trade everyone except Juan Soto. Anyway, Schwarber might get a chance to add 1B-eligibility in Boston. It’s the least demanding position physically, and that’s the spot Boston needs to cover after missing out on Rizzo. We shall see.
The Yankees would be the bell of the proverbial ball right now were it not for the Dodgers...but what say you all? What other moves are we going to see today? Who is winning and losing at the deadline?