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2019 MLB Trade Deadline Recap: Immediate Fantasy Baseball Impact


The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline was coming to a lackluster end before a flurry of trades were announced right around 4 pm EST. There were plenty of moves that have an immediate impact on the current Fantasy Baseball season, so let’s recap the day’s events!

We left all prospect talk to Tyler who will have his Week 18 Prospect Report.

A.J. will have the Closer Chart updated once he organizes the mess that was thrown onto his plate!

Our 2019 MLB Trade Deadline Recap features the one and only Joe Bond breaking down the Astros SP additions and the three-team trade between the Indians, Reds and Padres.

2019 MLB Trade Deadline

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Zack Greinke/Aaron Sanchez to the Houston Astros

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I’m sure the deep-league players want to hear about Aaron Sanchez, but let’s be honest we’re all here to read about Zack Greinke.

Greinke’s value going forward couldn’t be any higher than it is right now. I honestly think he will be great with the Astros for a few reasons.

  1. They seem to turn even the average pitcher into gold. Wade Miley anyone?
  2. He no longer has to pitcher semi-regularly in Colorado.
  3. He is on a fantastic team, so those in leagues that count wins will benefit.

I’m also on the train that thinks you could get the moon for Greinke right now, so if somebody wants to overpay you for him, go for it. The facts are that he is still striking out less than nine per nine. He is arguably facing better offenses overall in the AL too, even in his own division without having to face the Astros. He is good and I’m fine holding, but throw the line out there, see what bites.

Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds / Yasiel Puig & Franmil Reyes to the Cleveland Indians

Well, this one was a doozie. On a personal note, I wasn’t quite sure how to react after seeing four players that I own between two leagues (Reyes in both), swapped in the same trade. Pretty crazy stuff.

Back to what you came here for the trade breakdown.

Bauer moving to Cincy is probably a bit of an even move. The ballparks lineup to be about the same, he is still a really good pitcher. The one positive here is he goes from the AL to the NL and I almost always prefer the NL pitcher over the AL pitcher if the skills are close. This is thanks to facing the pitcher one out of every nine.

As for the hitters. Puig does take a bit of a hit according to ballpark rankings. Cincinnati played very favorable to right-handed hitters, where Cleveland does not. I’m not selling him in leagues but I don’t see a major improvement here.

Reyes, on the other hand, is a big winner here. Getting away from the dreadful Petco Park is a huge boost to his value. The power is for real with him and now we get to see it on full display for half his games in a park that plays at least neutral to power and offense in general.

Nick Castellanos to the Chicago Cubs

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Castellanos destroys left-handed pitching and now gets to hit in a Chicago lineup ahead of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. This is a match made in Fantasy heaven!

Detroit’s offense ranks second-worst in wOBA while the Cubs are top 10.

Despite a lack of protection in the lineup, Castellanos leads the MLB in doubles with 37, tied with Rafael Devers. Playing in this vastly improved lineup will help Castellanos see a huge uptick in runs and RBI moving forward.

With the Tigers, Nick had a .358 wOBA away from Comerica Park vs a .302 wOBA at home. Eight of his 11 home runs have come on the road this season.

Poor Miguel Cabrera is the only player most people have even heard of in the Tigers lineup now.

With Castellanos in the Cubs outfield now, it looks like Ian Happ‘s 2019 opportunity just took a hit.

Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler are here to stay…for now. The Mets are just five games out of the National League Wildcard, but trail four teams and three more teams are tied for the two spots. Adding Stroman to Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler and Steven Matz give the Mets one of, if not the best starting FIVE, in the MLB.

Stroman gets to leave the American League East and is no longer pitching at Rogers Centre, which leads the MLB in HR Park Factor. Citi Field is in the bottom half.

He has pitched to a 2.60 ERA on the road vs a 3.25 ERA at home in Toronto. All 10 of his home runs allowed have come in home starts.

Stroman had control issues to start the season but has walked just nine batters in his last 55.2 innings.

This is a positive trade for Stroman owners in Fantasy.

I have no idea what the Toronto Blue Jays are planning on doing with their starting rotation with Stroman and Sanchez gone. I imagine Jonathan’s hitting planner will feature the teams playing the Blue Jays in Week 18!

Miami Marlins Trade Zac Gallen and Trevor Richards

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In two separate moves, the Miami Marlins gutted their starting pitching staff.

In a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Zac Gallen joins a pretty deep Arizona pitching staff – despite losing Greinke today. Robbie Ray was not traded, they acquired Mike Leake and also have Merrill Kelly, Alex Young and Taylor Clarke. Oh, and they are ahead of the Mets in the Wild Card race by a game and a half.

Gallen has made just seven starts in his debut season and over 36 innings owns a 2.72 ERA with a 43:18 K:BB ratio. He dominated 91 AAA innings earlier this season before being called-up.

Gallen should continue to pitch well, despite a much tougher division. I would have guessed the opposite, but he has pitched to a 3.71 ERA at home vs 1.86 on the road.

The only thing to worry about with him is a potential innings limit. Combined with his MiLB starts, he has thrown 127.2 innings already.

Trevor Richards joins a Tampa Bay Rays staff that is without Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. They were desperate as they too are fighting for a Wild Card spot and are currently just half a game out.

Despite a 3-12 record, Richards stuff is much better than his 4.50 ERA / 5.09 SIERA / 5.31 xFIP. Hopefully teaming up with this Rays coaching staff will help him put it all together as they did for Glasnow!

Richards will continue to be a streaming starter, when not facing the more powerful American League offenses.

Tanner Roark to the Oakland Athletics

Tanner Roark was going to be forced out of the Reds rotation, with Alex Wood making his season debut and the addition of Bauer. The Reds starting five is actually pretty good on paper with Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Anthony DeSclafani and now Bauer and Wood!

He joins Homer Bailey as new additions to an A’s rotation that owns the 4th highest xFIP in the MLB.

Roark has been a steady MLB contributor for the last six seasons and is a guy who can provide you with a low four ERA and can strike out seven to eight batters per nine innings, right around a 20% K rate.

This season, he was pitching to a 4.40 ERA at Great American Ballpark, vs a 4.06 ERA on the road.

He has had two poor outings in July which have inflated his season totals quite a bit.

He is worth streaming, but hasn’t done a great job racking up quality starts with just four in 23 games started.

There were some other moves made today, including Corey Dickerson to the Phillies, the Rays and Brewers swapping Jacob Faria for Jesus Aguilar and Scooter Gennett to the Giants. However, we wanted our 2019 MLB Trade Deadline Recap to focus on immediate Fantasy Baseball impact players. Be sure to check out the Closer Chart this weekend after a complete overhaul of the bullpens and check out Tyler’s Prospect Report!

2019 MLB Trade Deadline Losers

The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers did very little to help improve their roster in their quest for a World Series Championship.

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