Opportunities Arising in the AL From Trade Deadline Deals

Opportunities Arising in the AL From Trade Deadline Deals

This article is part of our Rounding Third series.

The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, but I thought I'd take a quick look at some of the opportunities arising on teams where players have been dealt. Often what occurs in the wake of these trades creates quite a lot of fantasy value. This isn't an exhaustive list, but here's a first guess at some of those chances in the American League.

AL East

As of this writing (roughly 7:00p PT on Thursday night) neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox had made any significant moves this weekend. It's a little surprising that the Red Sox haven't made a move yet, though they were reportedly in on the bidding for Anthony Rizzo before the Yankees traded for him. They were on record, however, that both Jarren Duran and Triston Casas were off the table.

(Late Thursday night, the Red Sox traded for Kyle Schwarber - presumably Schwarber will play first base when he gets off the IL.)

New York Yankees - With the additions of both Rizzo and Joey Gallo, the Yankees added their badly needed left-handed power that's been missing nearly all season (no, Brett Gardner doesn't cut it, nor did Aaron Hicks before he got hurt - though they really miss him). This seems to block Luke Voit, as I don't see the Yankees forcing Giancarlo Stanton to the outfield, and having a Judge-Gallo-Stanton outfield alignment. So I'd expect one more trade before the deadline, using Voit as part of the bait

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Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
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