There has been plenty of action over the past few weeks and it definitely has a long lasting effect on fantasy owners. Let’s take a look at a few of the winners and losers from all of the deadline deals:
- Nate Schierholtz – Philadelphia Phillies – Outfielder – Getting out of San Francisco could be the best thing to ever happen to Schierholtz. This season he has 5 HR, all of which have come on the road. While the power was evenly split in 2011, in 2010 he hit 11 of his 17 HR on the road. Throw in the fact that he will likely share the outfield with Dominic Brown (who can also be considered a winner as he will get another chance to play), John Mayberry Jr. and Juan Pierre and he is worth stashing in all five-outfielder formats.
- Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals – Relief Pitcher – Many thought he could get a chance to close at the outset of the season when Joakim Soria was lost due to injury. While Jonathan Broxton ultimately held down the job over the first four months, Holland will finally get his opportunity. He struggled earlier in the year and ultimately landed on the DL, but has really thrived recently. In July he has posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP as he has finally figured out his control issues (17 K vs. 5 BB after posting 39 K vs. 18 BB over the first three months). He is well worth grabbing in all formats.
- Josh Rutledge – Colorado Rockies – Shortstop – It initially looked like he could lose playing time when (or should we say if) Troy Tulowitzki returns from the disabled list. With Marco Scutaro now in San Francisco, not only does he have a clear path to playing time but he also has escaped his banishment of the eighth spot in the order (where he flourished anyways). We don’t have much of a track record yet, but he certainly appears to be a potential source of power and speed moving forward.
- Gaby Sanchez – Pittsburgh Pirates – First Baseman – The Florida Marlins had left him at Triple-A, but now he suddenly will find himself back with a chance to earn regular playing time. He’ll probably platoon with Garrett Jones at first, but he has the potential to emerge as the sole starter before long. Considering his .234 BABIP during his time with the Marlins and having something to prove, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him excel.
- Eric Thames – Seattle Mariners – Outfielder – The Blue Jays outfield is crowded, with Anthony Gose and Moises Sierra now with the Major League team. Thames had basically been banished to Triple-A, though now he will immediately get a chance to play in Seattle. He was hitting .330 with 6 HR in 197 AB at Triple-A, though he did hit 12 HR in 362 AB for the Blue Jays last year. He’s not going to be a top option and may not play every day, but at least he will finally get an opportunity to shine.
- Jonathan Broxton – Cincinnati Reds – Relief Pitcher – He goes from being a closer to joining the league’s best bullpen and a setup role for Aroldis Chapman. Could he see an occasional save chance? Possibly, but they will likely be few and far between.
- Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers – Shortstop – He has struggled this season and, even when the Dodgers had few options for the top of the order, they demoted him to the eighth spot in the order (11 games and 39 AB). Now that they have Shane Victorino, what reason do they have to carry his .229 average in the leadoff spot? Could he come back hot and form a dynamic 1-2 punch? Of course, but he could easily start off at the bottom of the order and have to fight his way back up as well. If that happens and he’s hitting towards the bottom, how many stolen bases and runs can we really expect? Suddenly, his fantasy value becomes potentially nil. I’d keep him stashed and see what happened, but just be prepared.
- Ryan Dempster – Texas Rangers – Starting Pitcher – There was a lot of luck at play to begin with (.242 BABIP, 84.0% strand rate), has seen his strikeouts regress (7.18 K/9) in part due to a drop in velocity (89.4 mph on his fastball compared to 90.3 mph in ’11) and has been hit incredibly hard (24.4% line drive rate). None of that would have been promising had he stayed in Chicago. Now, moving to the American League where the lineups are generally tougher and things could really implode.
- Geovany Soto – Texas Rangers – Catcher – He had been starting most days for the Cubs, now we’ll have to wait and see how the Rangers opt to use him. However, it would appear like he’s more of a reserve option, playing behind Mike Napoli and only getting a handful of starts per week. It’s not like he was playing well, but he still was an everyday catcher hitting in the middle of the Cubs’ lineup. No longer.
- Derek Norris – Oakland Athletics – Catcher – The addition of George Kottaras led to Norris being sent back to Triple-A. He is the future for the team at the position, however, and I would expect him back before year’s end.
What are your thoughts from the trade deadline? Who do you consider a winner? Who do you consider a loser?