As the trade deadline approaches this evening, Fantasy Baseball Dugout wanted to take a minute and review the moves of the most active team – the New York Yankees.
Trying to stay in contention with the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox, the Yanks have acquired two bats and a reliever to try and plug holes on their roster that has been left decimated by injuries. Wednesday, New York acquired catcher Ivan Rodriguez in exchange for reliever Kyle Farnsworth.
On the season, Pudge is batting .295 with 5 home runs, 32 runs, 33 RBI, and 6 steals. He’s only played 82 games, but his power has basically disappeared. The guy can hit, however, and is a much better option behind the plate than Jose Molina. Jorge Posada, who is normally behind the plate for the Yanks, has opted for season-ending shoulder surgery.
Kyle Farnsworth is 1-2 with 1 save, a 3.63 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and a 1.35 WHIP this season. The Tigers desperately need some help in the bullpen if they are going to catch the White Sox, and Farnsworth might be the Tigers answer at closer for the rest of the season, being a better option than Todd Jones or Francisco Rodney. Save-mongers will want to keep an eye on their closer situation over the next few days, and add Farnsworth if he takes over that role.
Last weekend, the Yankees added outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Damaso Marte for four minor leaguers, including outfielder Jose Tabata and right handed pitcher Jeff Karstens. Nady, our Week 1 Player of the Week, is batting .322 with 14 home runs, 58 runs scored, 52 RBI, and a steal. He should benefit the most from this change of scenery due to the awesome lineup protection the Yankees provide.
Nady is owned in several leagues, and he might be worth a reserve spot on your roster if he is available in your league. The potential is there for him to continue to hit for a high average, drive in more runs, and score more runs while playing for the Yankees.