Fantasy baseball trade deadline tracker: Josh Hader traded with the Brewers; A garden change can benefit Tre Mancini

The trading deadline is fast approaching, and we could see a flurry of activity before it hits 6pm ET on Tuesday, August 2. Here we are going to break down all the most notable moves from a Fantasy Baseball perspective.

Christian Vazquez trader with the Astros

The Astros have gone the defensive path of Musk the past couple of years with Martin Maldonado and won’t lose much in that regard with Vazquez. They’ll get a boost in attack, though. Vasquez rebounded from a downward year to become the eighth best catcher in each of the major scoring formats. Perhaps more interesting than his participation in this deal is the possibility of Enmanuel Valdez returning the other way. The 5-foot-9 utility operator has been surprisingly productive between Double- and Triple-A this year, cutting .327/.410/.606 with 21 homers in 327 at-bats. His small stature and lack of a defensive house keep him low on the traditional rank lists, but he might be surprised at Fantasy if he gets a chance to fill in the injured Trevor Story at second base.

Trade Tommy Fam with Red Sox

While he certainly didn’t live up to the average exit velocity of the 91st percentile or the hard-hit 84th percentile, Pham made strong enough contributions across the board to rank 40th among the defensive players in the head-to-head points leagues and 35th in the Rotisserie. You might assume the location of his home has something to do with him, but Pham has slightly better numbers in Great American Ball Park than those down the road. It might be better in Fenway Park, its quirky configuration known to boost BABIPs for hitters, but most likely, its value stays almost right. Meanwhile, his departure gives players like Nick Senzel and Jake Fraley an easier path to playing the racket, but there aren’t some potential top spots waiting.

This seemingly low-key deal could really make an impact in Fantasy given how much the park change has affected the Mancini swing in particular. He pulls the ball in the air more than the average hitter (about 25 percent of the time, according to FanGraphs), which would normally be a good indicator of strength, but the Orioles of course moved their left-hand fence back this year. Meanwhile, Minute Maid Park is known for its short left field balcony. The pitches couldn’t be farther from that stretch of the outside fence—we’re talking dozens of feet—and fittingly, Statcast suggests that Mancini would have had more than twice as many home runs, 22 overall, if he had played all his games in Houston. This year.

won’t play All It’s worth noting that he’s out in Houston so far, but he’ll play enough to be a top 40 player moving forward.

Stock up on Montas, of course, who goes from the team with the worst record in the AL to the team with the best. And as much as the rest of his base streak may sound, his 4-9 record only made him the 52nd best player in the points league and 46th best in 5×5. The score would be 9-4 if he’s been with the Yankees from the start, and I would expect him to be a Top 25 at the start of moving forward. Of course, there’s also the matter of him going from one of the best park shooters to one of the worst, but that won’t affect him as much as the 5.01 road ERA might believe. For a full explanation of why as well as detailing expectations (specifically Ken Waldichuk) going the other way, click here.

Hader will continue to do his job, just for a new team. Padres are just as much in contention as the Brewers, so they remain as prolific as ever. The bigger question is who now closes for the Brewers. Rogers seemed to be the easy choice, but Padres just removed him from the role after an ugly month in July in which he allowed 10 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. So a better bet might be Devin Williams, who has long been thought to be closer on hold with his Airbender change (h/t Tweet embed) and occupation 14.7 k / 9.

Since Rogers throws left and Williams right, it could become a platoon of sorts, but the Brewers will want to make sure Rogers is right before they go that route. We should all root for Williams to fully claim the role. He has the closest potential among the top three.

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To make up for the talent gap between leftists, the Brewers also acquired Esteury Ruiz, Dinelson Lamet and potential Robert Gasser. The most interesting of these names for the purposes of fiction is Ruiz, who put the monster numbers into the minors before his promotion before the All-Star break, most notably 60 stolen bases in 77 games. He hadn’t done much with the big club, and in fact was promptly picked up by the Brewers. He could eventually claim the field job at the starting position from Tyrone Taylor, though.

Castillo would enjoy a major park upgrade with this move, which you could argue makes less of a difference for a bowler who consistently ranks among the top five in the globe average. But Castillo has faded in recent weeks to get more four-strands – a change that has yielded positive results overall, with his K/9 level rising from 7.8 prior to May 31, when he first boosted use of the four-strands, to 10.1. However, it has made him less globe-oriented and, as such, has a 3.64 ERA at home this year compared to 2.09 on the road. So what does that mean in practice? Chances are we should treat Castillo like a top 20 rookie in Fantasy again. For more complete details of this deal, click here.

Peralta had already lost his grip on a day role with the Diamondbacks, and that certainly wouldn’t change with a team like the Rays. He, after all, hits .268 with .823 OPS against the right compared to .114 with .462 OPS against lefties, which gives him at least some advantage in his five daily leagues. His acquisition means that Josh Lowe is back at the mansion, not that the previous potential client was contributing anything of value. It also helps pave the way for potential Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll, although his chance of making his debut this year is remote.

Perhaps this trade means the Yankees are giving up Joey Gallo as more than an instant start, and things could tighten even more once Giancarlo Stanton returns from his bout with Achilles tendinitis. So far, though, Benintendi looks like a daily part of the squad, having already started against the left-winger since he came on. He’s been serviceable in Fantasy this year because of his high hit rate, but he’s been more hollow than in years past. He could make a bit more effort to pull the ball now, targeting the short porch on the right field, but I’m not going to hold your breath at that.

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