August 6, 2012
Resident Fantasy Genius
Winners, Losers of Trades That Didn't Happen
I’ve spent the last week and a half breaking down the fantasy ramifications of every deal that was made at this year’s non-waiver trade deadline, but lost in this shuffle were the players who figured to benefit from (or be hurt by) a trade that never happened. Today, I’m going to shine some light on a few of these guys.
Hernandez began the year as the starting catcher for the Rockies, but upon his return from the disabled list, he found himself the new backup to rising star Wilin Rosario. There were rumors of a trade, but they never came to fruition. I was really hoping for him to land in Tampa Bay, but the Rays surprisingly declined to acquire a catcher at the deadline. It seems likely Hernandez will pass through waivers, so a trade this month is still possible; he’s been linked to Oakland already. Until a trade happens, however, he takes a value hit.
There were rumblings of a trade of either Kelly Shoppach or Lavarnway himself, but neither happened. Lavarnway was called up this week anyway and got a start behind the plate, but he figures to go back down once Jarrod Saltalamacchia can catch again or when David Ortiz is activated from the DL. He would have been a decent enough AL-only option if Shoppach was shipped out and potentially mixed-league worthy if he found himself starting for a club outside of Boston, but for now, he’s just another talented Triple-A bat waiting for an opportunity.