Ah, trading deadline time.
Jake Diekman- RP- PHI- Trade- The Rangers' bullpen ranks 29th in the Rangers in OPS allowed. Diekman will probably become a key part of the attempt to correct those shortcomings. Although he has an ERA of 5.15, his FIP of 3.59 shows he has experienced some bad luck. Diekman has pitched at least a full inning in 25 of his 41 appearances this season so he is no LOOGY. With a 12.03 K/9 he could add some value in very deep leagues with this move.
Carlos Gomez- OF- MIL- Trade- With his trade to Houston, Gomez is going from a home park that has been one of the more hitter-friendly venues to one that is more balanced. However since his home/road splits are actually better on the road side (slash of .239/315/.448 at Miller Park and .283/.339/.401 on the road) he shouldn't suffer that much. Of the 5 AL West home parks, 4 of them are in the bottom half of hitter-friendly stadia (in terms of runs scored.) Except for 3 games with the Twins at home, the Astros play the AL West exclusively in the month of September. If Gomez has a burst of good production immediately following this trade it would be wise to keep that in mind as the season winds down. He could hit a park-induced slump.
David Price- P- DET- Trade- Price heads north of the border as Toronto's latest acquisition. Comerica Park has become more hitter friendly since some adjustments were made. Price's ERA at home was 3.00 while on the road it was 2.10. However, his FIP differential was flipped, with a 2.71 at home and 3.26 away from Detroit. Moving to a more pitcher friendly park may have the effect of seeing the numbers come together from both sides as luck evens out. Moving from a team that was a seller to one that was a buyer will also probably have a positive impact on Prices chances of picking up wins. His record of 9-4 is excellent from a percentage standpoint. However having 8 no decisions in 21 starts despite pitching at least 5 IP in all but one of them gives Price a chance of picking up more wins on a regular basis in his new home.
Ketel Marte- SS- SEA- Rookie- Marte is likely to be called up and get some playing time while Robinson Cano is unlikely to be able to take the field for the near future. Marte is only 21 but has hit above .300 at AA and AAA the past two seasons. He has 20 steals in 65 games for AAA Tacoma this year and this could be a main weapon for him. The main problem for Marte has been that his road to the majors has been blocked. He can play SS but projects more at 2B long term. If he produces in the majors like he has in the upper minors at such a young age Seattle will find a place for him. He is one to grab in keeper leagues.
Jonathan Schoop- 2B- BAL- Idea- Schoop has some extreme reverse splits this season, albeit in limited playing time. He owns a slash line of .321/.357/.717 with 6 homers in 56 PAs against RH pitching. Buck Farmer has a slash line of .296/.367/.630 with 2 homers in 6.1 IP against RH hitting this season after having a .235/.409/.471 line in a miniscule 4.2 IP in 2014. Still, Farmer hasn't established himself and Schoop seems to have been able to exploit matchups when he has been able since he came back from injury. Value play- DraftKings salary $3600
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