This has been one of the craziest trade deadlines in MLB history, and the deadline doesn't officially arrive until 4 p.m. July 31. Every trade made has some sort of fantasy impact, so let's review the big ones from the last couple of days.
One note: There are a few players who are switching leagues, which is a brutal blow for fantasy owners if you are in a league-specific format. There's no way you can find production like that on the waiver wire. If you are lucky, and some of these players have entered your league and are on the waiver wire, spend as much money as you can to try and acquire these guys for the stretch run. I know there are many who are in league-specific fantasy leagues, and, unfortunately, this is one of the downfalls you face every season.
Colorado Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Traded To The Toronto Blue Jays For Shortstop Jose Reyes
Two fantasy shortstop studs getting traded for one another was a crazy way to start the week. Tulowitzki leaves one of the best-hitting ballparks in all of baseball in
As for Reyes, he has been inconsistent this season and has dealt with injuries, but I like where he has landed. His offense translates well to the National League, where he spent most of his career, and he should steal more often than he did with the Blue Jays. The
Philadelphia Phillies Starting Pitcher Cole Hamels Traded To The Texas Rangers
Hamels last start as a Phillie just happened to be a no-hitter, and he will now switch leagues and head to the American League West. Hamels has always been one of the best fantasy pitching options, but he has struggled with consistency this season. Right now, he has a 3.64 ERA but is striking out an impressive 9.6 hitters per nine innings. Hamels is a stud; there is no denying that, but he is leaving a division that has the weak-hitting New York Mets and Atlanta Braves and is heading to the American League -- a division that has the big bats of the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hamels should still provide fantasy owners with strikeouts, but it's hard to expect him to pitch to the ERA and WHIP that he has throughout his career, which knocks him down on the fantasy value scale.
Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher David Price Traded To The Toronto Blue Jays
Price returns to the AL East where he spent most of his career prior to landing with the Tigers in 2014. As a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, Price won a Cy Young and went to four All-Star Games. Price is once again pitching great, with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Price stays in the AL, and he goes back to a division where he dominated for much of his career, so that is great news for fantasy owners. But pitching his home games in a hitter's ballpark gives me some concern, but I'm not going crazy with it since he is a great pitcher. If you can get hitters out, it doesn't matter where you pitch, so Price's fantasy value stays the same, which will make him one of the best pitching options in fantasy baseball during the last two months of the season.
Quick Note: One of the prospects the Tigers landed in the trade was left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris. Norris is one of the game's best young pitchers and is scheduled to make his debut for
Philadelphia Phillies Trade Closer Jonathan Papelbon To The Washington Nationals
This will be a quick one, but there are huge fantasy implications. Papelbon is one of the best closers in baseball and stays in the same division he has dominated the last few seasons, so fantasy owners can remain confident moving forward. However, Drew Storen goes from one of the top fantasy closers to having nearly no fantasy value at all, as he will slide into the eighth inning for the Nationals and be used as the setup man. This is frustrating for fantasy owners, as you are now forced to find a new closer, and it has nothing to do with injury or ineffectiveness. Storen will help in the strikeouts and WHIP categories, but his fantasy value takes a gigantic hit by being replaced as the closer for
Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Carlos Gomez Traded To The Houston Astros
This is probably my favorite trade that has occurred during the last few days, and I think it has the biggest fantasy impact. Gomez was nearly traded to the New York Mets before it was nixed because of health reasons, but he finds himself with a team that is fourth in baseball in runs scored, and the Astros have one of the better ballparks for hitters in baseball. Gomez was a consensus top-10 draft pick in Marc but has struggled throughout the season with a .262 batting average, eight home runs, 43 RBIs, 42 runs scored, and a disappointing seven stolen bases. This is a player who finished with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases during each of the last two seasons, which included three straight seasons of 30 or more stolen bases. Gomez will fall short of these totals, but I really believe he rebounds for the remainder of the season by landing in the middle of a pennant race and being surrounded by a better lineup.