Welcome to the post-deadline edition of the rankings. It would have been nice to have a full day to ruminate on Wednesday’s trades and see some of the initial lineup ramifications, but today is August first and I dared not delay any longer. As always, players are ranked based on rest-of-season value in 5x5 leagues and are listed at their most valuable positions.
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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings
|1 DH||Shohei Ohtani||Angels||3 DH||1 DH|
|2 DH||Nelson Cruz||Twins||2 DH||2 DH|
|8||Jose Abreu||White Sox||5||6|
|3 DH||Khris Davis||Athletics||1 DH||3 DH|
|20||Justin Smoak||Blue Jays||20||18|
|26||Mitch Moreland||Red Sox||40||30|
|27||Rowdy Tellez||Blue Jays||30||20|
|29||A.J. Reed||White Sox||48||NR|
|4 DH||Mark Trumbo||Orioles||5 DH||4 DH|
|40||Ji-Man Choi||Rays||6 DH||31|
|41||Steve Pearce||Red Sox||28||40|
- It’s hard to rank Luke Voit right now while awaiting word if he’s going to aim to play again in 10 days or undergo surgery for his sports hernia. I am wondering if the Yankees might give Mike Ford a shot if Voit undergoes surgery. Ford is hitting .306/.400/.616 in Triple-A, and he didn’t embarrass himself in his 30 major league at-bats earlier this season (.200/.400/.333). The Yankees aren’t lacking lineup options, so it’s not necessarily likely that Ford would get the call. Still, he could surprise if given the chance.
- New Rays first baseman Jesus Aguilar got off to a brutal start and never got much of a chance to resume playing against righties after falling into a platoon role in Milwaukee, but he actually hit .275/.369/.483 in his 177 plate appearances since April 29. It will be interesting to see if he gets a chance to start regularly in Tampa Bay or if he continues to be utilized mostly against lefties. If I’m the Rays, I’d give him a real shot and move on from Ji-Man Choi. If it looks like they’ll go that route, Aguilar should be picked up in mixed leagues.