August 1, 2006
Trade Deadline Review, Fantasy Style
The trade deadline has come and gone, and now it's time to figure out what it means for your fantasy teams. Here's a quick rundown of all the trades since Tuesday and the players for whom you need to put in quick or large free-agent bids.
Players who may not have been owned in every league who saw their value jump due to a trade:
2. B.J. Upton (3B) TB & Joel Guzman (??) TB: Both may finally get regular playing time with Julio Lugo traded. It will be interesting to see where the Rays, loaded with outfielders, slot Guzman, who has been moved around quite a bit this year.
5. Wilson Betemit (3B) LAD: Finally gets an everyday job with the Dodgers.
7. Xavier Nady (1B) PIT: Likely your everyday starter at first base for the Pirates.
8. Nelson Cruz (OF) TEX: Cruz's initial role with Texas will be the right fielder against left-handed starters.
9. Cory Lidle (P) NYY: He'll get wins in the Yankees rotation.
10. Todd Walker (3B) SD: Who cares about his defense at a position he hasn't played in years if he gets regular at-bats? His increased playing time could help those in NL-only leagues.
Don't forget to put a free-agent bid on these commonly-owned players if your league doesn't keep players traded across leagues:
1. Carlos Lee (OF) TEX: Bid the max as the All-Star moves to a better hitting environment.
2. Bobby Abreu (OF) NYY: May not steal as much with the Yankees, but should hit more home runs in Yankee Stadium.
3. Kevin Mench (OF) MIL: Gets regular duty in left field for the Brewers.
4. Ron Belliard (2B) STL: Takes over the everyday second-base job for the Cardinals.
Here's the full breakdown:
Trade: Los Angeles Dodgers get Julio Lugo; Tampa Bay Devil Rays get 3B Joel Guzman and OF Sergio Pedroza
Quick Judgment: The Devil Rays get a decent return for a player who wasn't in their long-term plans.
Quick Judgment: Is Maddux really going to make a difference over two months? Fantasy Implications: Maddux improves slightly pitching in Dodger Stadium. Izturis gets more playing time, but that may not add enough pop for all but the deepest NL-only leagues.
Quick Judgment: Hernandez is a reasonable stop-gap after Duaner Sanchez went out for the year with a shoulder injury.
Quick Judgment: Any living prospect or a player to be named later would make more sense for the ever-rebuilding Pirates.
Trade: Padres get 2B Todd Walker and cash; Cubs get minor-league RHP Jose Ceda.
Quick Judgment: Walker may be an upgrade at third base, but can he really field the position?
Trade: St. Louis Cardinals get RHP Jorge Sosa; Atlanta Braves get minor-league RHP Rich Scalamandre.
Quick Judgment: That the Braves got anything for Sosa is a major coup.
Trade: Texas Rangers get RHP Kip Wells; Pirates get minor-league pitcher Jesse Chavez.
Quick Judgment: Sad that this represents an upgrade in the rotation for Texas, but at least they didn't give up much.
Trade: Rangers get DH Matt Stairs; Kansas City Royals get minor-league RHP Joselo Diaz.
Quick Judgment: Not a big boost for Texas, nice move to get an upside arm for the Royals.
Quick Judgment: Both teams traded players that were not in their plans and get some upside in return. A fairly even deal.
Trade: Detroit Tigers get 1B Sean Casey; Pirates get minor-league P Brian Rogers.
Quick Judgment: A lateral move at best, as Casey isn't much of an improvement over Shelton.
Quick Judgment: This is the kind of cheap relief help Reds GM Wayne Krivsky should have been looking for all along.
Trade: Reds get RHP Kyle Lohse; Minnesota Twins get minor-league RHP Zach Ward.
Quick Judgment: Reds overpaid for a player with two consecutive losing seasons before this year's 7.07 ERA and a $4 million salary. Twins get a former third-round draft pick pitching well (95/37 K/BB ratio in 114 innings and 2.29 ERA at Low-A.)
Trade: St. Louis Cardinals get 2B Ron Belliard; Cleveland Indians get INF Hector Luna.
Quick Judgment: Belliard is older, more expensive and maybe not even as good as Luna.
Quick Judgment: Pure salary dump. Love it or hate it, this is the Yankees' advantage in the current system of baseball: getting star players mid-season for lesser prospects and taking on big contracts.
Quick Judgment: Perhaps the most debated deal without a clear-cut consensus. The Brewers probably missed an opportunity to trade Lee for more of what they needed in the future (pitching, a center fielder, a catcher), but didn't totally whiff with Cordero probably returning to form as a closer (Texas may have overreacted to one bad month) and Mench replacing Lee. If only the Brewers didn't include a top prospect in Cruz in the deal, it would look better from the Milwaukee perspective. Meanwhile, the Rangers get the biggest impact bat at the deadline.
Trade: San Francisco Giants get LHP Mike Stanton; Washington Nationals get minor-league pitcher Shairon Martis.
Quick Judgment: Obligatory Mike Stanton trade deadline deal.
Trade: Atlanta Braves get RHP Danys Baez and 3B Willy Aybar; Los Angeles Dodgers get third baseman Wilson Betemit.
Quick Judgment: Maybe the most even trade of the week. The Dodgers get the better player, but the Braves still get a player with upside to help their infield and an arm to help their woeful bullpen.
Trade: Milwaukee Brewers get 3B David Bell; Philadelphia Phillies get minor league RHP
Quick Judgment: Short-term fill-in for the Brewers for a fringe prospect.
Quick Judgment: At least the Royals get some arms, but no one will remember this deal next season.