The end of July and the trading deadline is one of the most exciting times of the MLB season for fantasy baseball managers. It’s a time when a major trade can not only change the complexion of the teams involved, but also can change the value of your fantasy baseball players. This year, big names moved teams, including Manny Ramirez, Jason Bay, and Ken Griffey Jr.
FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE WINNERS
Andy LaRoche, Pirates — Andy LaRoche, 24, is now united with his brother, Adam LaRoche, in Pittsburgh. Andy suffered a thumb injury on August 5 that had him out of the lineup for a week, but he did start the first four games following the trade from the Dodgers. Andy has some pop; he hit 19+ homers for four consecutive years in the minors.
Craig Hansen, Pirates — With regular closer Matt Capps sidelined with an injury, Hansen picked up a save on August 8 at Philadelphia.
Brandon Inge, Tigers –Inge has already qualified with 33 games played at the lean catchers’ position, but his value is increased since he now will be playing every day. The Tigers’ backup is Dane Sardinha who is hitting just .136 in limited action thus far.
Kyle Farnsworth, Tigers — Fernando Rodney is the closer with 3 saves on the year, but with a 5.16 ERA, there’s a chance Farnsworth will get a shot soon.
Jay Bruce, Reds — With Griffey gone, Jay Bruce is now in the #3 hole in the lineup where he’ll benefit from having slugger Adam Dunn protect him.
Brandon Moss, Pirates — Moss is the beneficiary of the Bay trade. He’s the starter in left field now with competition coming from Jason Michaels.
Paul Byrd, Indians — I know Byrd wasn’t traded, but he’s very likely to exchange teams in some fashion until year end. And, he’ll surely be moving to a contender.
FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE LOSERS
Paul Konerko, White Sox – Konerko has not been good this season and he is the odd man out of the Pale Hose lineup that includes Jim Thome, Nick Swisher and now Griffey.
Juan Pierre, Dodgers – Adding Manny Ramirez means that Pierre is no longer a starter on the depth chart despite his 37 steals on the year. Outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are clearly the future.
Andruw Jones, Dodgers – You have to feel for Andruw Jones. Jones is still one of the best defensive center fielders in the game, and outfield defense is coveted in cavernous Dodger Stadium, but his .161 average just doesn’t cut it. It’s hard to imagine Jones getting much playing time as even the slap hitting Pierre looks like a better choice now.