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Trade Deadline FA Rankings

I'm in two leagues with Thursday night FAAB deadlines, which this year coincides perfectly with the trade deadline concluding on Wednesday. Here's my quick set of free agent rankings for players affected by the deadline deals - not just those players traded, but also the ones that inherited bigger roles or were called up in the wake of those trades.

But first, let's pour one out for the teams that were mostly silent Wednesday:

I probably should have put the Dodgers in the poll in lieu of the Red Sox - their fans, according to my horribly unscientific sample, were mostly numb to their team's inaction. I think that's largely because they either expected that result due to the team's luxury tax constraint, or were satiated with last year's World Series victory. Meanwhile, after losing the last two World Series, the Dodgers have conditioned their fans to expect a title or nothing this year, and their subsequent failure to add bullpen help, namely Felipe Vasquez, had them howling. Honorable mentions go out to the Twins, Tigers, and surprisingly to me, the Blue Jays. I think that they believed the front office didn't maximize Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, and the quotes from their GM Ross Atkins ("... we turned 14 years of control into 42 years ...") were, once again, cringe-worthy.

I'll try to make this as complete as possible - if there's someone I missed, please hit me up on Twitter or e-mail me (

AL Starting Pitchers

  1. Zack Greinke
  2. Tanner Roark
  3. Aaron Sanchez (role on the Astros not yet confirmed)
  4. Danny Salazar
  5. Sean Reid-Foley
  6. Trevor Richards
  7. Adam Plutko
  8. Logan Allen* (might not be eligible for pick up in your league with him getting sent down over the weekend)

AL Relief Pitchers

  1. Nick Anderson
  2. Joe Jimenez
  3. Jesse Chavez
  4. Jose LeClerc
  5. Sam Dyson
  6. Sergio Romo
  7. Justin Shafer
  8. Sam Tuivailala
  9. Chaz Roe - the latest Rays reliever to record a save and encourage us to throw good money after bad.
  10. Austin Adams (currently on IL)
  11. Anthony Bass - the Mariners bullpen is one giant shrug emoji
  12. Joe Biagini
  13. Buck Farmer

AL Hitters

  1. Yasiel Puig
  2. Franmil Reyes
  3. Bo Bichette
  4. Jesus Aguilar
  5. Gio Urshela
  6. Travis Demeritte
  7. Cameron Maybin
  8. Mike Tauchman
  9. Chris Herrmann
  10. Nick Martini
  11. Victor Reyes
  12. Martin Maldonado

NL Starting Pitchers

  1. Trevor Bauer
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Dustin May
  4. Mike Leake
  5. Elieser Hernandez
  6. Jake Faria* (currently in Triple-A)

NL Relief Pitchers

  1. Shane Greene
  2. Chris Martin
  3. Scott Oberg
  4. Jarlin Garcia
  5. Jose Quijada
  6. Hunter Strickland
  7. Juan Nicasio
  8. Roenis Elias
  9. Mark Melancon
  10. Daniel Hudson
  11. Drew Pomeranz
  12. David Phelps

NL Hitters

  1. Nick Castellanos
  2. Wil Myers
  3. Corey Dickerson
  4. J.D. Davis
  5. Josh VanMeter
  6. Jose Peraza
  7. Philip Ervin
  8. Melky Cabrera
  9. Jose Osuna
  10. Trent Grisham
  11. Josh Naylor (assuming he gets the call to replace Reyes on the roster)
  12. Tony Kemp