Wow! Quite the turn of events from a relatively slow trade deadline period to a flurry of action coming right at the end of the deadline and several potential impact moves being made. The biggest trade of course of Juan Soto to the Padres in what can only be described as a trade you only will see once in a generation. This trade will most likely have an impact for years to come for both teams. We will see how it shakes out over the next several years. As far as corner infielders go we saw several of them being swapped over the last couple of days and I’ll go over the potential impact of those trades for those players that were involved. Let’s get to it..
Josh Bell 1B Padres The big 1B takes over for Eric Hosmer which is a substantial upgrade for the Padres. Bell is having a career year batting .301 with an OPS of .877 and that should continue batting 4th in a lineup with Tatis Jr, Soto and Machado batting in front of him. The Padres offense was ranked 17th in runs scored and 20th in OPS before the additions of Tatis (Soon) Soto and Bell. The Padres offense will no doubt improve on those rankings and Bell will have plenty of opportunties to drive in runs. Bell fits in perfectly in this lineup with his ability to get on base and his plate discipline is top notch as well 49/61 (BB/K). He was looking like a steal for drafters who took him this season before the trade and now with the trade there could be another level we haven’t seen before from Bell.
Brandon Drury 3B Padres Drury is having his best season to date as well hitting 20 HR and driving in 59 runs as the Reds primary 3B this season. Drury certainly won’t play at the hot corner a whole lot with Machado entrenched there but he has played plenty of 2B and OF and will fill a super utility role when Tatis Jr returns in a week or so. Unless there is an injury that will allow Drury to receive additional playing time I can’t see this trade benefitting Drury substantially from a fantasy perspective. Petco Park leans heavily to it being pitcher friendly and Drury is leaving a bandbox in Cincinnati. I think the uneven playing time will affect Drury as well, as time goes on. Adam Frazier who last season came over to the Padres was in a similar situation and didn’t come close to his production after the trade and although I do think Drury is a better hitter than Frazier it’s not by much. Hopefully, Drury settles in and gets comfortable in his new surroundings as I do think he his a good MLB player but fantasy owners will likely be disappointed.
Luke Voit 1B Nationals How mad is Voit right now at Hosmer right? Sitting in sunny San Diego getting excited about his new teammates and all of a sudden you’re being told to pack your bags your heading across the country to D.C. to play for a non-contender because Hosmer exercised his no-trade clause. Ouch.. Voit will be an everyday starter for the Nationals as a 1B/DH but his fantasy value which was precarious at best before the trade will no doubt take another hit playing for a depleted National team. Voit will run into the occasional HR but he strikes out way too much and doesn’t have the plate discipline to be useful for you at this point.
Trey Mancini 1B Astros This under-the-radar deal could be a boon for Mancini owners and I would get him in the lineup if he isn’t already there ASAP. Mancini pulls the ball in the air more than 25% of the time which could prove very fruitful in the short porch in left at Minute Maid Field. Looking at statcast, Mancini would have twice as many HR (22) if he played all his games in Houston. Obviously, he will play road games as well the rest of the season but it still looks like a significant upgrade here for Mancini whose having a good season that looks to get even better.
Eric Hosmer 1B Red Sox Tough deal for Hosmer as he could never justify the big contract he got from San Diego in the 4 seasons he was there. The former 1st rd pick has never quite lived up to expectations and he now moves on to Boston to try and resurrect his career there. The good news is for Boston it actually looks to be an upgrade from Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero so that’s a plus and Hosmer does have success at Fenway hitting .354 with an .889 OPS at his new home. I do think he will put the ball in play more which will lead to opportunities but I worry his swing just isn’t cut out for power and will be another ho-hum 2nd half for him.
Spencer Steer 3B Reds Here is a name to keep your eye on as one of the prospects the Reds received for Tyler Mahle. Steer can play multiple positions and there is power in his bat hitting 20 HR in 388 PA between AA and AAA this season. Steer was blocked at his best IF positions in Minnesota so this is a good opportunity for him in Cincinnati where they are overhauling their minor league system and he should get the 1st shot to play 3B for the ML club soon. Steer was one of 2 representatives for the Twins just last month in the Futures game so the Twins thought highly of him and he should be able to be a Major league ready player for the Reds by next season at the latest.
That’s it for today and I can’t end without saying goodbye to the legend Vin Scully. I don’t think there will ever be a more iconic broadcaster that weaved a story into a broadcast like Vin could do. I remember falling to sleep listening to Dodger broadcasts as a kid and just marveling at the way he could keep an audience entertained. RIP Vin what a legend.