We’ll finish up this series with the NL West, a division where four teams are nominally still alive, though only three teams behaved as if they are still contending. The Dodgers made the biggest splash of the trade season by acquiring Manny Machado, and then followed that up by getting Brian Dozier, who only homered in his first two games with the team. But the Diamondbacks didn’t fade away after the Dodgers caught (and for a while, passed) them, and they’ve also reloaded for the stretch run.
I did the “Beat Jeff Erickson” draft last night, part of the RotoWire Online Championship hosted by the NFFC. For those of you unfamiliar with the format, it’s a 12-team league, but part of an overall contest, with the grand prize winner earning $100,000. Entry fee is $350, and winning your league earns you $1,500. The scoring format is PPR, six points for a passing touchdown, and we start 3 WRs and a flex.
We’ll continue our tour today with the NL Central, a division that has four teams still alive in the playoffs race, though only three teams behaved as contenders. It was weird to see the Cardinals trading off some veteran talent while the Pirates were making big go-for-it trades. Then again, this came on the heels of the Cardinals firing their manager, so maybe the only weird part was seeing the Pirates pay in the price of precious (albeit flawed) prospects.
Let’s move on to the NL East, where I had the privilege of watching two of these teams clash directly at Nats Park the night of the trade deadline. That was the 25-4 game where my kids can tell their kids someday that they got to see the great Jose Reyes pitch, and pitch badly. The Nats teased everyone about potentially trading Bryce Harper, but instead held onto him and every other hitter on their roster, instead just trading away Brandon Kintzler pre-deadline and Shawn Kelley post-deadline following his temper tantrum on the 31st. This division as a whole surprised me – the Nats by their relative inactivity, the Phillies by not adding more pitching, and the Mets & Marlins by not selling off more parts, though in the case of the latter they did much of that in the offseason. Only the Braves really went for it, and even they seemed to fall short of the top starting pitching targets out there.
We covered the AL East and the AL Central already, let’s hit up the AL West. With three contending teams in this division, there’s not much free loot to pick up. Still, let’s jump in to see where the opportunities are arising for the Rangers and Angels, and who misses out for the Astros, A’s and Mariners.
Last night we discussed the AL East shakeups after the trade deadline, today let’s cover the AL Central. Again, I’m looking for what’s been shaken up as a result of these trades, and less focused on the big names coming across to the contending teams. Fortunately the AL Central has plenty of non-contending teams.
Yesterday we talked about all the big league players going over in the pre-waiver deadline deals, and how they rate. Today, let’s talk about those left behind – who benefits, and where will it matter to you? We’ll also talk about a few players that gained in value after being traded within their league.