This article is part of our The Long Game series.
MLB's new unified trade deadline mostly just produced irate fan bases, but the actual deals did create some interesting opportunities, both for players and for fantasy GMs. In keeper and dynasty leagues in particular, the long-term value of some intriguing names got significant bumps, which is going to make the upcoming FAAB periods arguably the best shopping period of the year for teams in rebuild mode, aside from the actual auction.
Below I'm going to take a look at those names, and their potential long-term value, to help you narrow down which ones you want to target.
Derek Fisher, Blue Jays
While the big-name bats who got dealt such as Yasiel Puig or Nicholas Castellanos don't see their value change much in their new surroundings – maybe Franmil Reyes is worth a bit more in a more neutral home park – there were a few guys who now have much clearer paths to playing time.
While Jays fans are groaning over the front office's gutting of the roster and the lack of high-profile prospects that came back, I actually think GM Ross Atkins did a pretty decent job. The only player he dealt away that the team will miss in any real way is Marcus Stroman, and he got back a potential ace (if one a few years away from the majors) for him in Simeon Woods Richardson, as well as a possibly useful mid-rotation arm in Anthony Kay. The guy who might really