by Tony Mrozik
The trade deadline creates regular playing time for players who may have been in the minors or on the bench and are now given regular playing time. These players can produce higher counting stats for you and increase your probability of success. The following is a list of players who have increased playing time due to the trade deadline:
Matt Chapman 3B Oakland A’s – His defense will keep him in the lineup on a regular basis and he has legitimate power. He can work on his plate discipline through the end of the year. If you can withstand the volatility in average, he can benefit you with Home Runs, RBI’s and runs.
Tim Beckham SS/2B Baltimore Orioles – Change is good! Since his trade to the Orioles, he has been on a HR tear. I believe he will be given regular playing time even when JJ Hardy returns from the DL. He is now in a hitter friendly ballpark and batting in a powerful Orioles lineup. He may be the Orioles SS of the future.
Leury Garcia OF Chicago white Sox – The trade of Melky Cabrera to the Royals has created regular playing time for this speedster. Hitting at the top of the lineup he should produce runs and steals and hit for a positive average.
Robinson Chirinos C Texas – The waiver wire is thin at catcher. The trade of Jonathan Lucroy to Colorado has created regular playing time for Chirinos. Hitting in a hitter friendly ballpark should help him to produce Home Runs and RBI’s. He won’t help you in batting average but if you need Home runs, especially from a weak position, grab him off of the waiver wire if he is available.
Eduardo Nunez 2B SS 3B Boston Red Sox – The trade to Boston has rejuvenated Nunez. He is batting .422 since his trade to Boston. He is being used in a super utility role that should provide regular playing time. He has filled in at 1B, 2B, SS and 3B, allowing manager John Farrell to rest some of his regulars during the final stretch of the season. He has shown some pop and has been producing the most coveted of statistics, the stolen base.
Brandon Woodruff SP Milwaukee Brewers – His minor league numbers do not stand out, but he has a legitimate skill set. He should be able to help in ERA and WHIP and I believe can stick in the rotation for the rest of the season.
Arodys Vizcaino RP Atlanta Braves – He has been given save opportunities on a regular basis over the past two weeks. If he continues to be given save opportunities, he should compile saves and strikeouts and low ratios.