The trade deadline has passed, the deals are done, and those of us who spent the better part of Wednesday glued to social media can now move on with our lives. Hopefully the deadline brought some deals that pleased you from a fantasy standpoint, because we’ve still got eight weeks of baseball left — time to press on and put your nose to the fantasy baseball grindstone. Which brings us to why we’re here: to look at a handful of names that might be of interest to those of us in NL-only, AL-only, and other deep leagues.
Josh VanMeter. VanMeter’s ownership has skyrocketed so quickly since my last post that he may not even qualify as a true deep-leaguer any more, but given what he’s been doing lately and the playing time that has opened up for him, he may be worth a look-see in slightly shallower leagues as well. VanMeter qualifies at 2B, SS, 3B, and OF in many leagues, and he should continue to see at bats after the trades of Yasiel Puig and Scooter Gennett. He’s hitting .312 in 77 at bats, with 4 homers and 2 steals. While this production might be a bit over the head of a guy with a career minor league batting average of .266, it’s worth watching to see how he fares during the rest of 2019.
Kristopher Negron. After stops in Cincinnati, Arizona, and Seattle, Negron currently find himself as a utility man with the Dodgers. He’s a 0 – 1% owned type, but could plug a lineup hole in a deep NL-only league (he currently qualifies only at outfield, but has also played second and third this year). He already has a couple of homers and a steal in 12 games (31 at bats), and should continue to get a handful of at bats at different positions as the Dodgers get deeper into the season. If you’re scouring for counting stats wherever you can get them, he might be able to throw a few your way.
Adam Haseley. The playing time Haseley’s been getting in the Phillies outfield will be drastically cut into by the arrival of Corey Dickerson (not to mention the return of Jay Bruce, should he ever recover from his latest injury). But in a season with no more trades, Haseley could still see a bit of deep-league value even as a back-up, given how fragile some the of guys he’s backing up or occasionally filling in for tend to be, and how good the Phillies lineup can be when it’s running on even most of its cylinders. He’s held his own in his first 18 games, hitting .262 with 3 homers and 10 RBI.
Matt Thaiss. Thaiss has been up with the Angeles since the beginning of July, but all that his first few weeks as a major leaguer brought was sporadic play and light hitting (he was hitting .111 as recently as July 25th). He’s gotten into a groove more recently, though, upping his average to .244 and hitting 4 homers in a 6-day span. He’s now played 6 games at first and 10 at third, so if you’re in need of a corner infielder, you might want him on your deep-league radar.
Buck Farmer/Trevor Rosenthal. As I’m writing this, it’s unclear exactly how the Tigers’ bullpen will shake out after losing Shane Greene. While it’s likely Joe Jimenez gets first crack at closing, he’s been, in two words, pretty horrible over the last year and a half or so. Farmer hasn’t exactly been flawless either, with a 3.48 ERA/1.34 WHIP on the season, but it’s worth noting that he hasn’t given up a run since July 6th. Then there’s Rosenthal, who had one of the most nightmarish beginnings to a season imaginable for the Nationals, but has actually been pretty decent since joining Detroit — and of course has the ever-important-to-some closing experience, with 121 career saves. Now that I’m looking over the options, I don’t blame you if you avoid this bullpen at all costs… though sometimes in the deepest of leagues, we simply don’t have that luxury.
Mike Tauchman. It surprised me that anyone who’s been piling up at bats for the Yankees lately — and hitting well — is still only 6% owned in CBS leagues, but that is indeed the case with Tauchman. He’s started 9 of their last 10 games, and has raised his average, which was .220 on July 18th, to .278. He now has 7 homers and 27 RBI on the year (158 at bats), and has even chipped in two steals. If he’s hitting well enough to serve as an injury replacement on one of the better teams in baseball, he’s probably hitting well enough to help the offensively-challenged in very deep leagues.