PT TODAY: Marte brings top-of-order skills to OAK

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American League | National League
 
Athletics | Starling Marte dealt to Oakland
Oakland Athletics LHP Jesus Luzardo was traded to the Miami Marlins in exchange for OF Starling Marte and cash considerations on Wednesday, July 28.  Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
 
BHQ take: A huge pickup for OAK to fill what had become a hole in their OF lineup, even at the expense of Luzardo, still a top prospect despite his 2021 struggles. Marte is having an outstanding season, with an interesting shift toward less-but-harder contact and a much improved walk rate. Marte's hit rate is probably a bit over expected, so his current .300-plus BA is not on firm ground, but the walks and his speed (22 SB, 3 CS) still make him an ideal top-of-the-order threat.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: High
Bassitt, Chris PT Gain: 1%   
Piscotty, Stephen PT Loss: -30%      
Marte, Starling        
Kaprielian, James PT Gain: 2%   
Brown, Seth PT Loss: -20%      
Irvin, Cole PT Gain: 1%   
Kemp, Anthony PT Loss: -20%      
Manaea, Sean PT Gain: 1%   
Pinder, Chad PT Loss: -10%      
Montas, Frankie PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
Mariners | Abraham Toro, Joe Smith to Seattle
Houston Astros INF Abraham Toro and RHP Joe Smith were acquired by the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, July 27, in exchange for RHP Kendall Graveman and RHP Rafael Montero.   Source: MLB.com - Andrew Simon
 
BHQ take: The big news here isn't who SEA is getting, although youngster Toro figures to get at least a small PT bump playing around the infield. It's the departure of closer Graveman—and the arrival in the ninth of 2021 sensation Paul Sewald. Truly out of nowhere, the 31-year-old Sewald has posted elite skills, most notably a fabulous 16.4% SwK rate that fully supports his 15.5 K/9 rate despite a fastball that tops in the low-90s. Early signs are that Sewald figures to haul in most of the SEA save chances down the stretch, and given his vintage Eck-level skills in 2021, he's suddenly a great investment.  —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: High
Santiago, Hector PT Gain: 1%   
Toro, Abraham PT Gain: 30%      
Moore, Dylan PT Loss: -25%      
Long, Shed PT Loss: -15%      
Misiewicz, Anthony SV Gain: 5%
Steckenrider, Drew SV Gain: 5%
Sewald, Paul PT Gain: 1%  SV Gain: 75%
Bauers, Jake PT Loss: -5%     
 

 
Astros | Houston trades Austin Pruitt
Houston Astros RHP Austin Pruitt was traded to the Miami Marlins Wednesday, July 28, in the trade that sent RHP Yimi Garcia to the Astros. The Marlins also received OF Bryan De La Cruz in the trade.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: The Astros took care of business by bringing in another good bullpen arm to shore up their biggest weakness. Beyond a 13.7 SwK, Garcia's peripherals aren't elite, as suggested by a 3.47/4.30 ERA/xERA through 36 IP. But he owns 15 saves and is no stranger to high-leverage work. He'll work with Kendall Graveman in a setup role to closer Ryan Pressly. Garcia's save opps have pretty much vanished for now.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Garcia, Yimi       SV Loss: -70%
 

 
Mariners | Seattle lands Tyler Anderson for two prospects
Seattle Mariners C Carter Bins and RHP Joaquin Tejada were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for LHP Tyler Anderson on Tuesday, July 27.  Source: Mariners.MLB.com
 
BHQ take: The lefty Anderson slides into the beleaguered SEA rotation with ... well, mid-rotation stuff at best. Anderson has at least improved his Cmd from a very shaky 2020, and with it has brought his xERA in line with actual ... though neither are exactly dominant (4.35 ERA, 4.56 xERA entering play in 7/28). He helps SEA by pushing weaker options down the list and making them less dependent on getting significant help from injured/rehabbing starters. But with his just-okay skills, he's not a game-changer for AL fantasy managers looking for a big deadline FA pickup.   —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Med
Dugger, Robert    PT Loss: -1%   
Sheffield, Justus    PT Loss: -3%   
Dunn, Justin    PT Loss: -4%   
Anderson, Tyler        
 

 
Angels | Jared Walsh dealing with oblique issue
Los Angeles Angels 1B Jared Walsh (oblique) was not in the lineup Tuesday, July 27, and was set to undergo tests on his right oblique to determine if he'd need to be placed on the injured list.  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: Later Walsh ended up being put on the IL retroactive to July 27 with a right intercoastal (oblique) strain. Matt Thaiss takes over his roster spot and will make his 2021 debut after posting a .287/.395/.537 line (13 HR, 39/63 BB/K) through 244 AB at Triple-A. Thaiss has always been a little interesting, but he's struggled with contact in previous MLB tries, posting a .202 BA with 9 HR (131/128 PX/xPX) through 168 MLB AB. He'll get some reps, but Phil Gosselin (.288/.351/.410 through 139 AB) took over at 1B on Wednesday night vs. COL. Too early to tell how long Walsh will be shelved, but with two months remaining, LAA injuries are creating playing time opportunities for whomever can take advantage.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Thaiss, Matt PT Gain: 5%      
Gosselin, Phil PT Gain: 10%      
Walsh, Jared PT Loss: -15%      
 

 

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National League | American League
 
Marlins | Yimi Garcia shipped to Houston
Miami Marlins RHP Yimi Garcia was reportedly traded to the Houston Astros in exchange for minor-league OF Bryan De La Cruz on Wednesday, July 28.  Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
 
BHQ take: The trade of Garcia leaves a gaping hole at the back end of the Marlin bullpen. Two candidates to close are Anthony Bass and Anthony Bender, but the Marlins could go in other directions. Bass saved 12 games during 2019 and 2020 and had been a candidate to close early in 2021; however, he’s been inconsistent so far this season. Of late, he’s had considerable surface success, compiling a 2.38 ERA over the last 31 days, but his xERA for that period is more than two runs higher and his BPV is a meh 61. Bender has had considerable success in 2021, compiling a 2.27 ERA, a 2.81 xERA, a 176 BPV, and a K-BB% of 27%. Stay tuned to see how things shake out in the Miami pen.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Bender, Anthony       SV Gain: 40%
Bass, Anthony       SV Gain: 10%
 

 
Pirates | Max Kranick called back up
Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Max Kranick was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 28.  Source: The Athletic - Rob Biertempfel
 
BHQ take: Kranick started against MIL on Wednesday, giving up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. He filled in for injured Chase De Jong, who is likely out for the season. We're not sure if Kranick will stick with the rotation after his latest outing, but the Pirates have limited options, or for fantasy purposes, not appealing options. For now, we're leaving some open innings in the playing time projections until the dust settles after they're done dealing at the deadline.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: Low
De Jong, Chase PT Loss: -3%  
Kranick, Max        
 

 
Marlins | Miami lands Jesus Luzardo
Miami Marlins OF Starling Marte was traded along with cash considerations to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for LHP Jesus Luzardo on Wednesday, July 28.  Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman
 
BHQ take: Luzardo has been a top prospect—he’s been rated as high as 9C—but was sent to Triple-A a month ago after struggling in a relief role. It’s not clear at this writing whether Miami will call him up, and if they do, what role Luzardo will be given. Stay turned. Two candidates who may get additional playing time with Marte gone are Magneuris Sierra and Lewis Brinson. Sierra does not seem to be a candidate for many fantasy teams with a .235 xBA and a -12 xPX over 135 2021 at-bats. Brinson has had a number of opportunities, but all have come to naught. That said, he’s still got that potential, and he’s 5-for-14 this month with three extra-base hits. We’ll likely be revisiting the Marlin outfield situation once the dust of the trading deadline settles.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: High
Luzardo, Jesus        
Sierra, Magneuris PT Gain: 10%      
Brinson, Lewis PT Gain: 20%      
 

 
Reds | Cincinnati acquires Mychal Givens
Colorado Rockies RHP Mychal Givens was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor-league RHPs Noah Davis and Case Williams on Wednesday, July 28. The Reds also designated LHP Josh Osich for assignment.  Source: Cincinnati.Reds.MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Givens provides a likely high-leverage setup arm to the CIN late-inning mix. He could even be a secondary closing option, at least until RHP Lucas Sims, currently on a minor league rehab assignment, returns from the IL. Givens has been HR-prone. He also currently is showing his worst Ctl since 2016. His xERA suggests his sub-3.00 ERA could rise. Givens' value is likely greater to CIN, a team lacking bullpen depth, than to fantasy owners.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Osich, Josh    PT Loss: -2%   
Givens, Mychal    PT Gain: 2%  SV Loss: -10%
Sims, Lucas    SV Loss: -5%
 

 
Mets | Akeem Bostick called up
New York Mets RHP Akeem Bostick was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse Wednesday, July 28. The team also designated RHP Jerad Eickhoff for assignment.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Bostick was a second-round pick back in 2013. He’s been in the minors for eight seasons, including time in 2019 and 2020 in independent leagues. He has a 6.21 ERA at Triple-A in 2021 and has walked 23 batters while striking out 29 over 37.2 innings. Nothing in that resume suggests Bostick is a candidate for fantasy league rosters, and it won’t be a surprise if he’s back in Triple-A before long. Eickhoff is also not a candidate for fantasy league rosters, even if he winds up back in the majors. Over 19.2 innings covering multiple stints with the Mets, he has a 7.09 xERA and a -10 BPV.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: High
Bostick, Akeem    PT Gain: 1%   
Eickhoff, Jerad    PT Loss: -1%   
 

 
Nationals | Trea Turner tests COVID positive
Washington Nationals SS Trea Turner (illness) was removed from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning after he learned he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 27.  Source: The Athletic - Maria Torres
 
BHQ take: We’ve made a minor downward adjustment in Turner’s projected playing time, but reports are that he is asymptomatic. The question is whether he will need to be out for 10 days pursuant to MLB protocols.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Turner, Trea PT Loss: -5%      
 

 
Brewers | Milwaukee acquires Eduardo Escobar
Arizona Diamondbacks INF Eduardo Escobar was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, July 28, in exchange for OF Cooper Hummel and INF Alberto Ciprian.   Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Escobar likely becomes MIL's regular 3B, a position of weakness for MIL throughout 2021. Switch-hitting Escobar provides a substantial upgrade with his power bat. He is making as much hard contact as ever, though his ct% is near a career-low. The acquisition of Escobar also frees infielder Luis Urias to be used as a utility infielder, backing up starters at 3B, 2B and SS.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Escobar, Eduardo        
Urias, Luis        

 

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