Fantasy baseball — Tracking all the biggest moves at the MLB trade deadline

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The MLB trade deadline is right around the corner Tuesday and teams across the league will be looking to add or part with star players this week. As trade rumors and discussions continue to progress among teams, Eric Karabell has everything you need to know about each major move from a fantasy perspective.

Here’s a look at how some of the biggest trades of the weekend impact your fantasy team.

This file will be updated throughout the day as news of trades are reported.


Reds trade Luis Castillo to the Mariners

One of the main reasons new Seattle Mariners right-hander Luis Castillo is not among the top 20 starting pitchers on ESPN’s Player Rater is due to volume and lack of wins. Castillo’s season with the Cincinnati Reds started a month after everyone else because of a sore shoulder and then it took him a few starts to thrive. Castillo, whom Seattle acquired for prospects this past weekend, boasts a 1.59 ERA over his past five starts, and a 2.86 ERA for the season.

Since Castillo is rostered in more than 95% of ESPN standard leagues, which are mixed between AL and NL, there is little change to his inherent value. Leaving one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks for one that favors pitching should only help, along with improved defense and perhaps more run support, but don’t overthink it. Castillo is a top-20 fantasy starting pitcher, perhaps boosted a bit by the trade, an innings eater (in a good way) who goes deep into games and strikes hitters out.

The real value change is in AL-only formats, where he should be coveted as an addition, and in NL formats in which the manager loses the player. The Mariners already had a set five-man rotation, with Robbie Ray and Logan Gilbert nearly universally rostered, Chris Flexen and Marco Gonzales hovering around 50% rostered and rookie George Kirby showing promise (25% rostered). Kirby is on an innings limit this season and will likely be pushed from the rotation. It never hurts to have depth, though. Castillo could start Game 1 of a playoff series — and here’s to hoping the Mariners, after 21 long seasons, get there. Fantasy managers in dynasty formats know about the prize prospects returning to Cincinnati, but neither Noelvi Marte nor Edwin Arroyo will debut in the majors anytime soon. Marte is 20 years old and Arroyo is 18. Each is a shortstop today, but who knows about three years from now. Regardless, this trade is a very big deal for the Mariners and Reds but for fantasy purposes, not much changes.

Diamondbacks trade David Peralta to the Rays

David Peralta is the No. 79 outfielder on the ESPN Player Rater and his middling fantasy value doesn’t change after his acquisition from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Peralta, now 34, can still hit right-handed pitching and will likely be platooned in Tampa Bay. He has 12 home runs this season, though half of them came in May. He is rostered in 15% of ESPN standard leagues, and that shouldn’t change much either, but those in AL-only formats looking for a fourth or fifth outfielder should invest.

Jake McCarthy, Buddy Kennedy and Yonny Hernandez are among those who should handle the Peralta plate appearances in Arizona, though none of them appears to be a great fantasy option. Hernandez is a big base stealer, but doesn’t hit well. Seth Beer could be intriguing, though, should he get another chance. The slugging 1B/DH did not hit much earlier this season with the Diamondbacks over 93 PA, but he has shown power and plate discipline at Triple-A.



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