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August 6, 2014

Dynasty Dynamics

Post-Deadline Prospect Value

by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein


With one of the busiest trade deadlines in recent memory, we’ve all had a chance to opine on who won what trade, ask what the Rays were thinking, ogle the Oakland pitching staff and come to grips with Yoenis in Red Sox colors.

“WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN, THOUGH?”

Good point, capslock query. No, this is not going to be about steroids, even if that pesky issue is popping up again. Instead, we thought we’d provide you a twelve-pack of prospects who were either helped or hurt by their team’s trade deadline machinations (or lack thereof).

We were going to call it The B1G 10-pack but alas, we were two prospects short.

HELPED

Craig: Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals
I don’t like to repeat myself but sometimes analysis is so good that it just can’t be rendered any other way. To that end “playing time is important when it comes to fantasy value.” Sending Allen Craig to Boston (Ben’s note: shuddered at “Craig to Boston”) doesn’t change Taveras’ long-term trajectory, but it does drastically change the timetable. The trade un-muddies the waters in the St. Louis outfield, and does so with long-term repercussions, handing right field to the talent Taveras for years to come. The steady playing time should help Taveras’ development both in quality and speed, which will help him reach his peak value sooner than he otherwise would have.

Ben: Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
I’m usually the TINO member preaching caution when it comes to Lindor, but there’s no denying that he’s in a better spot moving forward now that Asdrubal Cabrera is a member of the Nationals. One of the best prospects in the game and a fine fantasy prospect in his own right, Lindor hit .278/.352/.389 in Double-A this season before a recent promotion to Columbus. It would not at all be surprising to see him reach Cleveland in short order, but even if the Indians play it conservatively with Lindor right now, I’d be downright shocked to see him still in the minors by June 2015, with April 2015 a more realistic ETA. He won’t be an elite option right away, but he’ll be fantasy-relevant in most leagues immediately.

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