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Fantasy Baseball: In The Batter’s Box – Trade Options


By: Joe Bond

The trade deadline is quickly approaching in most leagues (August 10th in standard ESPN leagues) and is the best way to improve your team at this point in the season.  One of the ways to improve your team is to trade for players currently on the DL.  You can also spot players who have not been performing quite up to par and take them off disgruntled owners hands.  By doing this you can get these players on the cheap and when they do return from injury or turn things around you reap the benefits and hopefully lead you to a championship.  Below are some players I would sell high and buy low on right now if you get the chance.

Players on the DL
Joey Votto(1B – Cin), Jose Bautista(3B/OF – Tor), David Ortiz(DH – Bos), Giancarlo Stanton(OF – Mia), Troy Tulowitzki(SS – Col), Evan Longoria(3B – TB), Ian Desmond(SS – Was) – All of these guys are currently on the DL and all of them should be back sometime in August, that is just in time for the playoff time.  If you are out of contention for playoffs and in a keeper league or if you are safe to make the playoffs then I would consider looking at these players.  Most likely there is one or more of them on a roster that is in a tough battle just to get into a playoff spot and they could use a healthy player or two in return for their injured star.

Buy Low
Matt Wieters (C – Bal) – After a torrid start to the year Wieters has cooled off a bit so owners might be getting frustrated with him.  Not only that but the months that Matt Wieters has had the most success in his career are approaching.  If you look at the last three years he has excelled in the months of August and September.  His batting average is 30 points higher during those months and he has his 21 home runs and 80 RBI compared to 21 and 82 in the other four months over the last three years.  The Orioles are actually in the race this year so I expect him to pick it up even more so this season.

Hanley Ramirez (3B/SS – LAD) – I have not been a big fan of Ramirez for the last two years and honestly avoided him in drafts, but you can not deny the talent level.  The problem with him seems to be he has been unhappy in Miami for a few years now, and the move to third base did not help.  With the move to the Dodgers I think we will see a rejuvenated HanRam and have him hit like he did three years ago when he hit for over 100 RBI.  It will definitely help to have players like Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier surrounding him in the lineup, you probably don’t have much to lose unless you own  

Sell High
Jason Kipnis (2B – Cle) – He has had a fantastic year and has been a pleasant surprise for those fantasy owners who drafted him late in your drafts.  With that being said I think its time to try and get rid of him while he still holds high value.  The reason I say this is because for one the Indians are not playing very good baseball right now, second is you can see it in his numbers he is declining.  He has not hit a homerun since June 17th along with only 13 RBI, 9 runs and only 4 stolen bases.  Second base is a shallow position in fantasy so don’t trade him unless there are players to pick up on your waiver wire list or maybe you can include other players in your trade to get a good second baseman in return.  

Mark Teixeira (1B – NYY) – Tex has had a bad year in terms of his normal self but has really picked it up this past month hitting .338 for 6 home runs and 23 RBI.  The reason I say to get rid of him now is September is his second worst month statistically over the last three years(April to no surprise is his worst).  I don’t know if it is weather related or if he just starts to get tired as October are equally as bad, but I’d trade him now while he is hot before it’s too late and I’m stuck with him for the playoffs.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including,, and Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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