After a flurry of Friday deals, a number of quality fantasy players changed teams. In case you missed it, check Baseball Trades Fantasy Impact 1 for trades that happened prior to noon on Friday.
C/1B Victor Martinez, Red Sox
Every year there seems to be a middle of the order bat on the move and destined to change a team’s October fortunes. Mark Teixeira has filled that role since 2007 and this year V-Mart takes over. The Red Sox add a polished all-star calibre bat to the middle of a very good batting order and shore up the C/1B/DH rotation all at the same time. The change to a better lineup will result in better production from Martinez and you can expect an uptick across the board (AVG, R, RBI, HR). It’s also important to note that Cleveland’s Progressive Field is dead last in Home Runs while Boston is more towards the middle of the pack at 22. Playing at Fenway and the other AL East launch pads should help Martinez significantly.
Washburn joins a hot Tigers team looking to make a playoff run and figures to profit from a few extra win opportunities. Many will note that Washburn is leaving the friendly confines of Seattle’s Safeco Field, but a quick check of the park factors indicates that Seattle is only a notch better than Detroit’s Comerica Park. Washburn’s peripheral stats were a little sneaky to begin with, so you can expect a slide from the 2.7-ish ERA, but he should notch on a few more wins.
Johnson’s injury history and mediocre power stats have made him nearly useless in most fantasy baseball formats. A move to the Marlins will certainly get him more run producing opportunities and a move out of Washington should turn a few fly ball outs into home runs. Even with the help, I don’t recommend buying Johnson unless you are playing in a deep NL only league.
The Twins filled one of the more glaring holes evident among playoff contenders. Cabrera will add an immediate improvement in hitting production from the shortstop position and Twins studs Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer figure to have a few more RBI opportunities as a result. Cabrera should see an improvement in his counting stats (R, RBI, SB) save Home Runs where you can expect the change of scenery to do little.
Rolen got his much sought after trade to move closer to his home in the mid-west and joins a Cincinnati lineup that should offer him an opportunity to at least maintain the pace he set in Toronto. Great American Ballpark is a notoriously good hitting park, but the statistical difference to Rogers Centre is negligible. Expect more of the same from this steady gold-glover.
All of the above players changed teams on the 31st of July and they are grouped together here because none of them figure to have a fantasy impact. Masterson has a bright future in Cleveland but the rest of this group is either not fantasy quality or was traded into a bench role. None of these are rosterable players except in the deepest leagues.