Fantasy Baseball Trade Deadline Tracker: Josh Hader Traded to Brewers; park change can Trey Mancini . benefit

The trading deadline is fast approaching and we could see a surge of activity just before the clock strikes 6:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Aug. Here we’ll break down all the most notable moves from a Fantasy Baseball perspective.

Christian Vazquez traded to Astros

The Astros have taken the defensive route at catcher in recent years with Martin Maldonado and won’t lose much in that regard with Vazquez. However, they will get a boost in attack. Vazquez has recovered from a bad year to become the eighth best catcher in both major scoring formats. Perhaps more interesting than his involvement in this deal is the prospect of Enmanuel Valdez going the other way. The 5-foot-9 utility player was surprisingly productive this year between Double- and Triple-A, hitting .327/.410/.606 with 21 homeruns in 327 at bats. His short stature and lack of defensiveness at home keep him low on the traditional rankings, but he could surprise in Fantasy if he gets the chance to fill in for an injured Trevor Story at second base.

Tommy Pham traded to Red Sox

While he certainly hasn’t lived up to his 91st percentile average exit rate or 84th percentile hard-hit rate, Pham has made strong enough contributions across the board to finish 40th among outfielders in Head-to-Head points competitions and 35th in Rotisserie . You might assume his home location has something to do with it, but Pham has only slightly better numbers at Great American Ball Park than on the road. He might do better in Fenway Park, his odd configuration known for boosting hitters’ BABIPs, but most likely his value will stay about the same. Meanwhile, his departure gives players like Nick Senzel and Jake Fraley an easier path to at bats, but no potential shiner waits in the wings.

This seemingly inconspicuous deal could actually have an impact in Fantasy, given the impact of the park change on Mancini’s swing in particular. He pulls the ball in the air more than the average batter (about 25 percent of the time, according to FanGraphs), which would normally be a good indicator of strength, but of course the Orioles have moved their left field fences this year. Minute Maid Park, meanwhile, is most famous for its short left field porch. The locations couldn’t be further apart for that stretch of field fence — we’re talking tens of yards — and fittingly, Statcast suggests that Mancini would have more than twice as many home runs, 22 in all, if he managed all of his Houston games. year.

He won’t play all his Houston games even now is worth noting, but he will play enough to become a top-40 outfielder moving forward.

Of course, stock up for Montas, who moves from the team with the worst record in the AL to the team with the best. As good as the rest of his stat line looks, it’s his 4-9 record that has made him just the 52nd best starting pitcher in points competitions and 46th best in 5×5. It could be 9-4 if he had been with the Yankees from the start, and I would expect him to be a top-25 starting pitcher moving forward. Of course there’s also the matter of going from one of the best pitcher parks to one of the worst, but that won’t affect him as much as his 5.01 road ERA would have you believe. For a full explanation of why and a breakdown of the prospects (namely Ken Waldichuk) heading the other way, click here.

Hader will continue to do his thing, just for a new team. The Padres are just as confused as the Brewers, so he remains as productive as ever. The bigger question is who will close for the Brewers now. Rogers seems like the easy choice, but the Padres just had him removed from the role after an ugly July month in which he conceded 10 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. So the better bet might be Devin Williams, who was long thought to be closer with his Airbender switch (h/t @PitchingNinja) and career 14.7 K/9.

Since Rogers throws lefty and Williams righty, it can turn into a platoon of sorts, but the Brewers will want to make sure Rogers is right before going that route. We should all be arguing for Williams to claim the part outright. He has a top three closer potential.

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To close the talent gap between the two lefties, the Brewers also got Esteury Ruiz, Dinelson Lamet and prospect Robert Gasser. The most interesting of these names for Fantasy purposes is Ruiz, who put up monster numbers in the minors just before the All-Star break before his promotion, culminating in 60 stolen bases in 77 games. He hadn’t done much with the big club and, in fact, was picked right away by the Brewers. However, he could eventually claim the midfield job from Tyrone Taylor.

Castillo will enjoy a significant park upgrade with this move, which you could say makes less of a difference to a pitcher who consistently ranks in the top five for ground-ball rate. But Castillo has faded his sinker for more four-seams in recent weeks β€” a change that has yielded generally positive results, taking his K/9 from 7.8 before May 31, when he first ramped up four-seam use to 10.1 went . Still, it has made him less ball-focused on the ground, and related to that, he has a 3.64 ERA at home this year compared to 2.09 on the road. So what does that mean, practically speaking? Probably we should treat Castillo as a top-20 starting pitcher in Fantasy again. For a more complete overview of this deal, click here.

Peralta had already lost his grip on a run-of-the-mill role with the Diamondbacks, and that certainly won’t change with a team like the Rays. After all, he hits .268 with a .823 OPS against right-handers compared to .114 with a .462 OPS against left-handers, giving him at least some use in daily five-outfielder competitions. His takeover means Josh Lowe is back with the minors, not that the former top prospect has contributed anything of value. It also helps clear the way for Diamondbacks prospect Corbin Carroll, no matter how slim his chance of debuting this year.

This trade likely means the Yankees will give up Joey Gallo as more than a starter, and things could tighten even more once Giancarlo Stanton returns from his battle with Achilles tendonitis. So far, however, Benintendi looks like an everyday part of the line-up, having already made a start against a southpaw since his arrival. It was usable in Fantasy this year because of his high batting average, but it was even more hollow than in years past. He may be making more effort now to pull the ball and aim for the short porch in right field, but I wouldn’t hold your breath on that.

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