August 2, 2012
Resident Fantasy Genius
Rating the Fantasy Impact of the Trade Deadline
Ryan Dempster | Cubs to Rangers | SP
It’s hard for a pitcher to move from the NL to the AL and not lose value, but it’s not all bad news for Dempster. He’s entering a more difficult league and will now be calling an extreme hitter’s park home, but he’ll receive tons of extra offensive and bullpen support (and probably a superior defense too). It’s a net loss in value, but he’ll still be quite good.
Roy Oswalt | Rangers | P
The Dempster acquisition pushes Roy Oswalt to the bullpen, destroying his fantasy value. He’d posted very good peripherals despite an awful 6.49 ERA in the Rangers’ rotation, so it’s a shame to see him ousted before he’d started seeing regression. Scott Feldman appears to be the fifth starter for now, so it’s certainly possible that Oswalt finds himself starting again before long.
Alexi Ogando | Rangers | P
Ogando is another casualty of the Dempster deal. The initial plan was to stretch him out and put him into the rotation, but the team has now said that he’ll remain in the bullpen. It seems unlikely he notches another start this season.