The Major League Baseball trade deadline has passed and fantasy owners are feeling the impact. There were more than 30 relievers traded throughout this process which changes the fantasy value of many.
The Atlanta Braves acquired former Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene, which crushes current Braves closer Luke Jackson's value. Jackson was on thin ice as he has struggled lately, but now he won't be used in the ninth inning and has no fantasy value moving forward. The Braves also traded for Texas Rangers reliever Chris Martin, which is frustrating as Martin was going to be holding down the ninth inning for Texas. Like Jackson, Martin's value is diminished.
This opens up opportunities for other pitchers and fantasy owners need to take advantage. Jose Leclerc will take over the closer role for the Rangers and is currently under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues. He is a prime candidate to add off the waiver wire.
The Tigers are not a good baseball team, but Greene was one of the best closers in baseball this season so there should be an opportunity for his replacement to make an impact. I would give the edge to Joe Jimenez as of now, and he can be a fallback option if fantasy owners are unable to acquire Leclerc.
Other fallback options that can be added, but I'm less confident in due to a potential of a committee being used in the ninth inning are Seattle Mariners reliever Anthony Bass and Miami Marlins reliever Jarlin Garcia.
Other Waiver-Wire Targets:
Atlanta Braves Outfielder Adam Duvall -- The outfielder was just promoted due to an injury to Nick Markakis and all he has done is hit. In roughly a week of action, Duvall has hit four home runs and is batting .500. This hot streak won't continue, but if we can get a boost the next couple of weeks, it will be huge as we head down the stretch run.
Toronto Blue Jays Infielder Bo Bichette -- The Blue Jays have a lot of young talented hitters, and Bichette is the latest to be promoted. The 21-year-old is settling in as the leadoff hitter and is already making an impact, as he is hitting .444 with a home run. The infielder was a stolen-base threat in the minors, so I expect that to continue in the big leagues which increases his fantasy value.
Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Dustin May -- There are mixed signals involving the prospect, as he may only make one start and then get demoted back to the minors. However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated May could remain with the big-league club for more than one start. If May is not one-and-done then he is a strong candidate to be added off the waiver wire. The 21-year-old has shown he can strike out hitters at a strong rate, so the hope is that will translate with the Dodgers.