Fantasy beat: Making sense of the deadline deals

   July 30, 2011 9:04 pm

 

It’s been a crazy couple of days before the trade deadline. Here’s a look at some of the most recent moves and how they could affect your fantasy baseball league team:

— If Ubaldo Jimenez can excel in the thin air of Colorado, then he should be just fine in Cleveland. Put in a claim for him, spend all your FAAB money, or whatever else you need to do to get him.

— Doug Fister is a smart pickup by the Tigers and fantasy owners. With a little run support in Seattle, he could have had 12 wins by now. If you miss on Jimenez, try to get Fister.

— The Buccos made a move, which surprised me a bit, by getting Derek Lee from the Orioles. Pittsburgh gave up minor-league first baseman Aaron Baker to get a much-needed bat in its lineup. Expect a good average from Lee and a slight upgrade in power from Lyle Overbay.

— It looked like Rich Harden was going to Boston on Saturday. The trade, however, fell through. Maybe he will still find a winning team before Sunday’s deadline.

— The Phillies might have locked up a trip to the World Series by getting Hunter Pence. It was a bold move.

— If Kevin Gregg stays in Baltimore, he won’t have to look over his shoulder at Koji Uehara. Uehara went to the Rangers, who included Chris Davis in the deal. I like Davis’ power potential with the O’s, but he strikes out a lot. Davis is worth a flier in keeper leagues.

— I like Toronto getting Colby Rasmus. He struggled in St. Louis, where he had fallen out of favor by getting hitting instructions from his father, but he still has a nice skills set. I’d grab him in any format.

— I really like Edwin Jackson pitching for the Cards.

— Carlos Beltran should like things in San Francisco. He escapes the pitcher’s paradise of Citi Field.

— I’m not seeing Koskue Fukudome as a worthwhile pickup by the Indians or fantasy leaguers. Sorry, Indians fans.

— Someone I do see as a worth a risk is Tyler Colvin. He could be a nice add in NL-only leagues. He should see extra playing time for the Cubbies.

— Pitching line of the month: Zach Britton, Orioles. One-third of an inning pitched, seven hits, six earned runs (nine allowed), one walk, one strikeout in Saturday’s 17-3 loss to the Yankees.

– Rick Green

 

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