Two monster trades went down at the trading deadline. Ken Griffey is a now a member of the White Sox. Manny Ramirez is a now a member of the Dodgers. Jason Bay is a member of the Red Sox.
In the biggest trade deadline deal, Red Sox Outfielder Manny Ramirez is off to the Dodgers as part of a monster three-team trade between the Dodgers, Red Sox, and… the Pittsburgh Pirates? He was batting .299 with 20 home runs, 68 RBI, 66 runs, and 1 steal for the Sox. Manny’s fantasy value and performance shouldn’t be affected by the trade. While he inherits a supporting cast that isn’t as amazing as the Red Sox lineup, his level of play probably won’t change. Mixed leaguers – keep him. NL-only players – get him.
Three-team deals are always strange in sports, because there always seems to a side that got jipped. The Dodgers get Manny, the Red Sox get Jason Bay, and the Pirates get… a bunch of prospects. I’m not sure why some teams get involved in three-team deals. On the bright side of that, the Buccos did get third baseman Andy LaRoche, who was one of our National League prospects to watch in 2008.
While the Pittsburgh Pirates got the shortest end of the stick in this three team deal, the fantasy baseball value of Jason Bay stands to increase the most from being dealt to the Red Sox. On the year, Bay is batting .282 with 22 home runs, 64 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 7 steals. We like Bay to make a nice run down the stretch with the Red Sox. He may not be as “clutch” as Manny, but no one can be really sure – Bay has never played for a competitive team. Bay’s performance will be interesting to watch over the next few weeks. Mixed leaguers – keep him. AL-only players – get him.
In other trade news, Ken Griffey, Jr. was sent to the Chicago White Sox for a minor league prospect, reliever Nick Masset, and cash. Griff was hitting .245 with 15 home runs, 53 RBI, and 51 runs. Similar to Manny and Jason Bay, Griff’s fantasy baseball value doesn’t drastically change with this trade. He goes to a better lineup, so there could be potential for more runs and RBI.
To most mixed leaguers, he is still a third-tier outfielder, low level utility/DH, and quality reserve outfielder. Mixed leaguers should keep Griff, or keep a watch on Griff if he’s sitting on their waiver wire.