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July 7, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

Trade Deadline Edition, Sellers

by Mike Gianella


Unless you are in a very shallow mixed league, chances are excellent that the major league non-waiver trade deadline will have an impact on your fantasy league. Even if you don’t play fantasy baseball, the deadline is a fun time if you are a baseball fan, but ever since I started playing fantasy baseball, I feel like I pay extra attention to the rumor mill.

What I have compiled for our readers this week is a helpful, at-a-glance, one article look at the potential trade market this month, particularly from the viewpoint of players who might be on the move. Since this is a fantasy article, I will focus on fantasy impact, but if you are a non-fantasy player and a Baseball Prospectus reader, I hope that this article proves useful to you as well.

I am not predicting who will buy or sell at the deadline but rather looking at teams that are 7-8 games back or more in the race for the second wild card in each league and examining what they might do if they do decide to sell. Some of these teams might not pack it in for 2015, but they are worth looking at in case they do.

In some cases, players are not listed below even if they have been the subjects of rumors. For example, Cole Hamels has mentioned as a potential trade target, but the size and length of his contract make him an unlikely target at the deadline.

All contract information in this article comes from the excellent resources at MLB Depth Charts and Cot’s Baseball Contracts. Any errors in contract status or free agent status below are mine. There are a small handful of injured or low level 2015 free agents not included below.


Tampa Bay Rays

2015 Free Agents: Erik Bedard, SP; Juan Carlos Oviedo, RP.
Other Potential Targets: David Price, SP (2015 arbitration, 2016 free agent); Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF (2015 $7.5M club option); Matt Joyce (2015 arbitration, 2016 free agent).

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