With the 2012 major league baseball trade deadline now officially over, here is a look at some of the players who will see a shift in value for the rest of the season thanks to trades that happened to them or to their teammates.
OF – Domonic Brown (PHI) – with the trade of Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, Brown should once again have a chance to prove himself as an everyday player in the outfield. His numbers were not very impressive in Triple-A with a .286 batting average in 220 at bats with five home runs and four stolen bases. While the shine of his long-term prospects has faded a little bit, he can still provide some value the remainder of the season in NL-only leagues if you need counting stats.
RP – Greg Holland (KC) – the trade sending Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds moves Holland into the closer role, making him a worthy waiver wire addition, even in mixed-league formats. Holland has posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in July with 17 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings with a .213 batting average against.
OF – Travis Snider (PIT) – never quite lived up to his potential in Toronto and now gets a fresh start now in a trade to Pittsburgh. Snider should see time in the outfield against right-handed pitching giving him value in NL-only formats. He is hitting second in the lineup tonight and playing right field against the Chicago Cubs.
3B – Zack Cox (MIA) – picked up by the Marlins in a deal for Edward Mujica, Cox should have a shot at the third base job in 2013, so he is a possible target for NL dynasty owners. A first round pick in the 2010 draft, Cox goes from being stuck behind David Freese in St. Louis to having a much clearer path to the hot corner in Miami if he can hit. He has struggled somewhat at Triple-A this season with a .254 batting average and nine home runs in 299 at bats. He is going to need to improve his plate discipline as well with just 12 walks and 63 strikeouts.
OF – Eric Thames (SEA) – stuck behind a logjam in the outfield in Toronto, he now has a chance for at bats in Seattle for a team that needs help on offense. Thames was hitting .330 in Triple-A with six home runs and 32 RBI in 197 at bats.
RP – Arodys Vizcaino (CHC) – shipped from Atlanta where once he came back from Tommy John surgery he was relegated to the bullpen behind the Braves pitching depth, he should eventually get a chance to join the Cubs rotation when healthy or possibly have a chance to close if he is kept in relief for another season. Either way, his prospects for fantasy value look a lot better than they did in Atlanta.
RP – Alexi Ogando (TEX) – for a while it looked like Ogando was headed back to the rotation in Texas where he would have had much more value than in his current relief role. Unfortunately for his owners, the Rangers traded for Ryam Dempster from the Chicago Cubs right before the deadline which keeps Ogando in the bullpen for now.
RP – Jonathan Broxton (CIN) – traded to the Reds where he will serve now serve as a set up man, he can be dropped in mixed-league formats and holds little value in NL-only leagues as well as he is third in line for saves now.