With the MLB July trade deadline passing, fantasy owners find themselves and their rosters adjusting to new scenery after July 31. Which players will benefit and suffer the most?
Nicholas Castellanos, OF, Chicago Cubs
After somewhat of a breakout season in 2018 for the Detroit Tigers, Castellanos scuffled most of the 2019 season, as he hit .273/.328/.460 with just 11 home runs. However, even with the mediocre numbers, the outfielder was still an every day player that batted in the middle of the lineup. However, with a move to the Cubs, finding an outfield position is not a sure thing. The Cubs have a plenty of options in the outfield, and with the team primarily playing Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward every day, that leaves Castellanos, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. fighting for the final spot. Castellanos certainly wasn't a spark plug in 2019, and he will likely become even less attractive as the season moves on.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays
After an all-star worthy year in 2018, Aguilar found himself as a platoon player for most of June and July, after hitting just a total of 8 home runs on the season, after a career high of 35 in 2018. The good news for Aguilar is that the Rays really don't have an every day first baseman, and rely on a ton of matchups. Overall, Aguilar figures to find plenty of at-bats at the DH and first base position. Will he hit 35 home runs again? No way, but he could finish the season with a total of 15-20 with the Rays during the second half. Aguilar looks like a cheap waiver wire add for fantasy owners.
Joe Jimenez, RP, Detroit Tigers
With Shane Greene leaving town for Atlanta, Jimenez sees a huge boost in value and ownership for the rest of the season. As mentioned in Grinding Metal waiver wire article this week, Jimenez has put together a solid year and is likely to be the ninth inning closer moving forward. He's worth an add in any league. On the flip side, Luke Jackson, the former closer for the Braves had a rough month in July, posting a 9.00 ERA in 10 games, and is likely to be used in the 8th inning. Pickup Jimenez and drop Jackson.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Although he appeared in only 44 games this season, Dickerson was hitting .315/.373/.551 with the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to being acquired by the Phillies. However, much like the Cubs, the Phillies have a crowded outfield, and with Jay Bruce set to return off the injured list anytime now, Dickerson could become a bat off the bench with the occasional start here and there. Dickerson is only worth owning in deep leagues at this point.
Franmil Reyes & Yasiel Puig, OF Cleveland Indians
Both of new outfielders for the Indians are listed, as both players will likely see an increase in value for the rest of the season. Reyes hit 27 home runs in pitcher friendly San Diego for the Padres, and could produce a ton of power playing in Progressive Field as the team's primary designated hitter. For Puig, he's the Wild horse we love to watch, and maybe a new move to the American League will rejuvenate some of that power and speed that we saw with the Dodgers.
Roenis Elias, RP, Washington Nationals
Elias finds himself from 14 saves and the every day closer's job for the Mariners, to sitting behind Sean Doolittle on the closer's depth chart after the trade deadline. Along with Elias, Hunter Strickland was also acquired by the Nationals, leaving a real toss-up in the Seattle bullpen. You'll need to drop Elias, and if you're looking for cheap saves, take a look at Anthony Bass, who is likely the next relief pitcher for the Mariners to work the ninth inning.