MLB trade deadline day is one of the busiest days of the year here at Rotoworld. Even with big names like Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Cole Hamels, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Brad Hand already off the board, the action was still fast and furious throughout the morning and afternoon on Tuesday, leading right up to -- and even a little past -- the 4 p.m. ET deadline.
We’ll take a slightly different approach to this edition of the Daily Dose, analyzing each trade that went down yesterday in the order of their potential fantasy impact …
Archer has been the subject of trade rumors for several years, and the Rays finally found a deal to their liking at this year’s deadline. They got a promising young outfielder in Meadows and a former top-10 pitching prospect in Glasnow, and word is that PTBNL will be more than just a throw-in. But the obvious headline here, in term of fantasy consequence, is the increased upside that should come with Archer’s move from the American League East to the National League Central. The shallower lineups, the bigger ballparks -- it’s easy to see this one paying huge dividends for Archer owners. The 29-year-old right-hander had turned the corner after a rough start to the 2018 season with Tampa Bay, delivering a 2.70 ERA and 50/16 K/BB ratio over his final 43 1/3 innings (eight starts) in a Rays uniform. He averaged 245 strikeouts per season between 2015-2017. Now in a more pitcher-friendly situation, Archer has the opportunity to truly flourish. He is due just $7.7 million in 2019 and carries a couple of inexpensive club options for 2020 and 2021. Also notable here is that Glasnow, a former top-10 prospect, is joining the Rays’ rotation immediately. He posted a 2.95 ERA and 49 strikeouts over his final 39 2/3 innings out of the Pittsburgh bullpen.
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This is an odd one on the surface, as the Brewers just acquired Mike Moustakas from the Royals on Saturday, pushing Travis Shaw over to second base. But after making failed attempts at a number of available starting pitchers in the days and hours leading up to the trade deadline, the Milwaukee front office decided it had to do upgrading of a different kind. And general manager David Stearns might have backed into a very good buy-low. Schoop had batted just .244/.273/.447 in 85 games this season with Baltimore, but he still managed 17 home runs through the stretches of inconstancy and the 26-year-old put up a career-high .841 OPS with 32 homers and 105 RBI over 160 games in 2017. His right-handed power bat should fit well at Miller Park, and he’s now surrounded by a much deeper lineup. Wherever he winds up playing on the field -- there’s talk of starts at shortstop -- Schoop is poised for a strong finish to the 2018 campaign. He is under the Brewers’ control through 2019.
The Cardinals refrained from launching fully into rebuilding mode -- holding on to impending free agent closer Bud Norris and would-be designated hitter Jose Martinez -- but they did flip Pham to the Rays for a package of prospects on Tuesday morning. It’s been a mostly disappointing year for Pham, who talked about going for 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the spring after slashing .306/.411/.520 with 23 homers and 25 steals over 128 games in 2017. But perhaps the change of scenery will stoke the flames for the fiery 30-year-old outfielder, who at times clashed with Cardinals management. He will head to Tampa Bay with a .248/.331/.399 slash line, 14 home runs, and 10 stolen bases in 98 games this season. Pham is under control through the 2021 campaign. Taking over in center field for St. Louis will be a combination of Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill. They’re both talented young players, but it probably won’t be a very fruitful fantasy situation.
Gausman carried considerable fantasy hype into the 2017 campaign after posting a 3.61 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 174/47 K/BB ratio across 179 2/3 innings at age 25 in 2016. But he has a pedestrian 4.58 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 310 2/3 frames since, which is why the Orioles’ return in this trade is more quantity than quality. The hope will be that Gausman can recapture the magic in Atlanta, and there is probably some reason for optimism given the change in leagues. His potential for wins certainly gets a boost, as he leaves behind a 32-75 operation in Baltimore to join a Braves team that is 10 games above .500 at 57-47 and just a half-game back of the Phillies for first place in the Nationals League East. Gausman is under control through 2020. The inclusion of O’Day was essentially a cash dump on the part the rebuilding O’s, as he is out for the season following July 12 surgery to repair a torn hamstring.
The Twins probably could have secured a big package of prospects for Dozier last winter, but they were hoping to compete in 2018 -- an understandable thought given that they reached the American League Wild Card Game in 2017. Dozier has struggled this year and so have the Twins, which brings us to this somewhat underwhelming deadline trade. Dozier joins a logjam at second base in Los Angeles and might only be guaranteed starts against left-handers, though better production could improve his case for an everyday role with the defending National League champs. The 31-year-old impending free agent had batted .224/.305/.402 with 16 home runs and eight stolen bases in 104 games this season with Minnesota. He had a .271/.359/.498 slash line with 34 homers, 93 RBI, and 16 steals in 152 games last year.
Phillies acquired C Wilson Ramos from the Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Ramos landed on the disabled list July 15 with a left hamstring strain and the 30-year-old impending free agent is not expected to return to live major league action until closer to mid-August. That explains why the Rays could only get a PTBNL in return for one of the top offensive catchers in the game. But this could prove to be a solid stretch-run move for the Phillies, as Ramos was batting .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 78 games before the injury. He should hit for easy power at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park and he’ll be surrounded by a much better supporting cast. Look for Ramos to bat fifth in the Phillies’ lineup, behind Cesar Hernandez, Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, and Carlos Santana.
Cleveland finally got some outfield help, though it wasn’t the kind of big splash Indians fans were clamoring for. Martin is a very good defender, but he holds a .248/.303/.367 career batting line and hasn’t been as aggressive on the basepaths in his age-30 season, with just seven steals in 10 attempts. He averaged 26 stolen bases per year between 2013-2016. Martin will probably platoon in center field with Rajai Davis. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility.
Maybin can play all three spots in the outfield, which is of great use to Seattle, but the 31-year-old was batting just .251/.338/.343 with three home runs and 20 RBI through 99 games this season with the Marlins. He can also claim only eight stolen bases in 13 attempts this year, after tallying 33 steals in 41 tries between the Angels and Astros in 2017. Maybin will be a free agent this winter. He’s essentially a utility outfield rental for the Wild Card-hunting Mariners.
Ziegler got off to a dreadful start this season and ultimately lost his closer job to Kyle Barraclough, but the 38-year-old right-hander has been one of the most effective relievers in baseball since early June, boasting a 0.64 ERA over his last 28 appearances. He’s a nice upgrade to the Diamondbacks’ setup corps, but Brad Boxberger remains the closer in Arizona.
It sounds like the Nationals at least explored the idea of selling hard at the deadline, but Kintzler was the only player to go. The veteran right-hander has quite a bit of ninth-inning experience, but Pedro Strop has been serving as the Cubs’ primary closer with Brandon Morrow (biceps) on the shelf and that’s unlikely to change.
Diekman has been an effective high-leverage lefty reliever in the past, but he’s actually had more success against right-handed batters this year. He’ll work in some sort of middle relief role with the Snakes.
Axford owns an ugly 5.00 ERA in 72 innings over the last two years between Oakland and Toronto. The 35-year-old hasn’t earned a save since the final day of the 2016 season.
Philly’s bullpen could have used a bigger upgrade. Loup will work as a lefty specialist.
Among the names of interest not traded on Tuesday: J.T. Realmuto, Adrian Beltre, Andrew McCutchen, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Adam Jones, Justin Bour, Mike Fiers, Derek Dietrich, Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates
National League Quick Hits: Cardinals placed starter Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain … Yu Darvish (elbow) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon … Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Justin Turner (groin) could return this weekend … Daniel Murphy slugged two of the Nationals' five homers and drove in six runs Tuesday versus the Mets … Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) will throw 3-4 innings in a rehab start Thursday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga … Stephen Strasburg (neck) resumed throwing on Monday … Jake Arrieta permitted just one run while fanning seven batters over seven innings in the Phillies' win over the Red Sox on Tuesday … Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) remains a few weeks away from throwing activities … Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced late Tuesday night that Jake Lamb has "fraying" in his left rotator cuff and could need season-ending surgery … Dereck Rodriguez worked seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday in the Giants' extra-innings win over the Padres … Jesse Winker underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday on his right shoulder … Javier Baez cranked a three-run homer and fell a triple shy of the cycle Tuesday in Pittsburgh … Jon Gray had it going again Tuesday, allowing three runs -- two earned -- over 7 1/3 frames in the Rockies' win over the Cardinals … Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) was cleared to begin throwing breaking balls after a checkup with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday … Seranthony Dominguez pitched around a walk and a hit by pitch to record a save Tuesday in Boston … Matt Carpenter hit another home run and drove in a pair of runs in the Cardinals' loss to the Rockies on Tuesday … Ronald Acuna homered for the second consecutive game on Tuesday as the Braves topped the Marlins … Wade Miley struck out five batters and spun seven scoreless innings in the Brewers' victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday … Wilmer Flores was removed from Tuesday's game against the Nationals due to dehydration and dizziness … Padres placed starter Eric Lauer on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm strain … Steven Matz said after his rough start Tuesday against the Nationals that he's working through a dead arm phase … Dominic Leone (arm) has reported to Triple-A Memphis and could soon begin pitching in minor league rehab games … Braves placed reliever Peter Moylan on the 10-day disabled list with a a right forearm strain … Brewers released infielder Brad Miller … Diamondbacks designated reliever Jorge De La Rosa for assignment … Phillies designated third baseman Trevor Plouffe for assignment.
American League Quick Hits: Red Sox placed starter Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation … Xander Bogaerts is day-to-day with a right hand contusion … Carlos Correa (back) is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday at Double-A Corpus Christi … J.A. Happ has been diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth disease, and might not be able to make his next scheduled start Saturday versus the Red Sox … George Springer departed Tuesday night's game against the Mariners with right shoulder soreness … Ken Giles is expected to join the Blue Jays on Thursday in Seattle … Jose Altuve (knee) will not return from the disabled list when first eligible on Sunday … Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that he does not anticipate Dustin Pedroia (knee) returning this season … Lourdes Gurriel is out 2-6 weeks with a Grade 1 left knee sprain and a high ankle sprain … Mike Trout blasted his 30th home run as the Angels fell to the Rays in a slugfest on Tuesday night … Felix Hernandez will make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Blue Jays … Matt Boyd was outstanding in Tuesday's victory over the Reds, racking up seven strikeouts over eight shutout frames … Ryan O'Hearn clubbed a two-run homer in his big league debut on Tuesday, propelling the Royals to a victory over the White Sox … Cody Allen recorded the final four outs against the Twins on Tuesday, picking up his 21st save of the season … Royals placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 30, with a left groin strain … Daniel Gossett will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday … Athletics top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo will be promoted to Triple-A Nashville for his next start … Ian Kinsler singled in one of his four plate appearances in his Red Sox debut Tuesday … Mariners placed reliever Roenis Elias on the 10-day disabled list with a left triceps strain … Tigers pitching prospect Franklin Perez has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to capsular inflammation in his pitching shoulder … White Sox acquired left-hander Hunter Schryver from the Rays for international slot money … Indians acquired outfielder Oscar Mercado from the Cardinals for outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres … White Sox released right-hander Chris Volstad … Indians designated outfielder Johnny Field for assignment.