The Trade Deadline

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Articles

By David Kerr

The Trade Deadline

It is no doubt the most anticipated day of baseball’s regular season. A lot of phone calls are made. A lot of fans are scouring blogs, web sites, and of course twitter for up to the minute information. Obviously, I’m talking about the trade deadline. July 31 at 4:00 PM EST marks the deadline and it is guaranteed a lot of players will be changing teams. So, what does that mean for your fantasy team? Well, it could mean absolutely nothing. Chances are though, it will mean something to at least one player on your team. Whether a player on your team is traded or a player your guy bats in front of, it could have an impact on the rest of your season.

As of right now (9:00 PM EST), Carlos Beltran is on his way to San Francisco. Will he improve production, decrease production, or stay the same? My guess is he stays about the same. He is a solid average and on base guy. He has decent pop, but isn’t stealing any bases. He goes from one pitcher’s park (Chase Field) to another (AT&T Park), but he’s never hit a home run at the latter. Obviously, that doesn’t mean he won’t hit any home runs there, but it is something to think about. If I were a Beltran owner, I’m not worried. Barring injuries, his production should continue at its current pace.

If I were a Heath Bell owner, I’d be somewhat worried, but for a different reason. Most people would agree, Bell is a top five fantasy closer. Wherever he pitches, he will pitch well. There are rumors flying around about Bell headed to Texas, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and practically every other team that has a shot at the playoffs. The reality is, he could end up anywhere. There is also a realistic possibility that he could close. I wouldn’t count on it, but it would not surprise me. If Bell is traded to someone like the Yankees, forget about it. Unless you’re in a holds league, you need to cut bait and find a new closer ASAP. This is a critical time of year to know exactly what’s going on in baseball at all times. You could be five minutes late on picking up a player and it could cost you big time.

Earlier today Edwin Jackson was sent to St. Louis via Toronto. In the same deal, Colby Rasmus found himself a new home with the Blue Jays. This is the type of deadline deal that I think will benefit both players. Edwin Jackson moving to the National League, along with his new pitching coach (Dave Duncan) should produce good results. You never know what you’re going to get with E-Jax, but I definitely think he’s in a better situation now. As for Rasmus, he needed a change of scenery in the worst way. He is moving to a very good hitter’s park, he’ll be hitting in a good lineup, and he’s away from Tony LaRussa. All three factors bode well for Rasmus. He should be fine.

Over the next few days there will be a lot of movers. Some will impact your team, other’s you may not give a second glance. If I can offer one piece of advice, it is to reiterate what I said before. PAY ATTENTION! If a closer moves, you may need to grab his replacement. If a spot opens up for a part-time player to become a full-time player, it’s something that could impact your team. Just be sure to know what’s going on.

Lastly, I want to let you know, that I will give my full trade deadline analysis on Sunday night. In the mean time, get ready, because it will be a busy couple of days!

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