Well, we’ve surely had a Trade Deadline to tell the kids and grandkids about! Padres general manager AJ Preller has cleared out his farm system in a way we’ve never seen before. Talk about seizing the day and making a push for job security! We also have a clearer idea of the teams that are contenders or pretenders, and the values of many players have changed for better or worse corresponding with the change of scenery and additional playing time granted by various player arrival and departures.
Brandon Drury: Padres – Someone must be happy to get out of Cincinnati, as Drury’s batted 2/2/7/.278/.391 entering play Saturday, and his line would look even better if Sam Hilliard hadn’t robbed him of a homer earlier this week. The Padres may opt to give their hitters an extra rest day off when Tatis finally comes back. Nothing to worry about here, as Drury should see a boost in his counting stats in a loaded Slam Diego lineup to compensate for an extra day off here or there.
Luis Rengifo: Angels – Rengifo wasn’t part of a trade but has been sneaky good this past month, with a 7/0/10/.356/.396/3 line. The subtraction of Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Joe Maddon has locked him into a full-time role, and wouldn’t you be surprised to know that he’s batting third in the depleted Angels lineup? Rengifo qualifies at 2B/3B/SS/OF if you’re looking for a swiss-army knife to give your lineup a boost if you’re looking for runs and OBP. Rengifo is more of a short-term add.
Brandon Lowe: Rays – Lowe’s off the IL and back to hitting homers and driving runs in. When healthy, he’s a productive bat, especially at middle infield (39 HR’s last year). Although a small sample size, Lowe owners should breathe a sigh of relief as his barrel rates and EV numbers are in line with last year’s breakout campaign.
Jean Segura: Phillies – The Didi Gregorius Era is over in Philly and Segura has returned from the IL. If you can hold him on your bench for a week or two, that would likely be ideal as he shakes the rust off and gets back to being an important part of the Phillies lineup that is sorely missing Bryce Harper (reports have him back “September-ish”). The Phils have a tough upcoming week against tough Marlins and Mets pitching.
Nick Gordon: Twins – Oft-injured Alex Kirilloff is out for the season, leading to Nick Gordon sneaking his way into some more playing time. He’s been hot this past month 9/1/8/.321/.394/2 and I’d be watching him for further development to see if he’s more than just a hot bat.
Whit Merrifield: Blue Jays – The Jays at the deadline have acted like the guy in your league that makes trades on a whim, usually with no reasoning whatsoever. While the Jays did fortify their pen, they could have done better than adding Mitch White at the back of their rotation which is lacking depth into games. Whit Merrifield (unvaccinated at the time) was acquired by the Jays and they were faced with the prospect that Merrifield would not be able to play in home games due to his vaccination status. What do you have interns for?! Update: Merrifield has received his COVID vaccination and will be able to play in the Jay’s upcoming homestand. Merrifield hasn’t been great in a full-time role with the Royals this season and looks to be relegated to a timeshare with Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio.
Jake Cronenworth: Padres – I was a big Cronenworth fan entering the season but he has regressed from last season despite being an All-Star. Now that the Padres have pushed all their chips in for this season, as mentioned in the Drury blurb above, the Padres look to give their regulars some extra rest. Cronenworth has already been starting to sit against lefties this week. Cronenworth has been pushed down the lineup at times as well.
Max Muncy: Dodgers – Another preseason favorite of mine, Muncy’s season line sits at a putrid 43/0/34/.168/.313/2 line entering play Saturday. The Dodgers have over the past week: called up top prospect Miguel Vargas, gave outfielder James Outman a couple days worth of at-bats, and have traded for Yankees-reject Joey Gallo. Also, Chris Taylor is healthy again, so it’s looking like Muncy will be pressed for playing time as if he played for the Padres.
Isaac Paredes: Rays – Isaac has cooled off from his torrid pace earlier this season (9/1/3/.132/.250 last month). Unfortunately, Paredes has gotten a little too pull-happy of late and will have to readjust as teams have the scouting report on him this time around the league.
That’s it for now, have a great week.