Let’s tour the Senior Circuit, stopping in each city to see what they may be looking to do at the trading deadline and how that may impact the fantasy landscape.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: There are probably some teams that could use an experienced middle of the rotation innings eater, someone like Joe Saunders, he says tongue firmly implanted in his cheek. Adam LaRoche could be on the move at the deadline much like he was last season. This may pave the way for some at bats for Brandon Allen who has been stroking the ball quite well in Triple-A. While unlikely, you know the Snakes would jump at the chance to dump Chad Qualls. Chris Snyder is also a candidate to be moved, giving Miguel Montero even more value. There are whispers that Kelly Johnson and Steven Drew are available as well.
ATLANTA BRAVES: The division leading Braves could be buyers, but are not expected to make a big splash. They could use another outfielder especially since this continues to be a lost season for the recently demoted Nate McLouth. And with the fragile Troy Glaus and Chipper Jones manning the corners, an experienced infielder with some pop could be useful.
CHICAGO CUBS: Derrek Lee reportedly invoked his 10/5 trade veto rights and rejected a deal to the Angels. He indicates that he intends to finish the season in the Windy City, but perhaps a chance to win with a team a bit closer than the Angels may help him change his mind. If he does get dealt, Micah Hoffpauir could be summoned to play first or Xavier Nady could be given more time. Nady himself is a candidate to be moved. The development of Sterlin Castro could lead to a trade of Ryan Theriot, who would fetch more than Jeff Baker or Mike Fontenot, though all three are possibly on the move. Ted Lilly could be available and would be a significant fantasy boost if he crosses into the American League. Carlos Zambrano could also move, but at this point, his name far exceeds his production.
CINCINATTI REDS: The Reds continue to hang in the race in the NL Central thus will not be sellers. It is a little hard to tell if they will be buyers as they could use another starting pitcher, especially with Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey sidelined. They have some attractive trade chips to dangle in Juan Francisco and Yonder Alonso.
COLORADO ROCKIES: The Rockies could be in the market for an infield corner stick such as Jorge Cantu or Ty Wigginton. They could also use some starting pitching reinforcement. There is an outside chance they could move Chris Iannetta, which would further amplify Miguel OIivo’s value.
FLORIDA MARLINS: The Marlins should be sellers and have a bevy of candidates, though the recent injury to Chris Coghlan sapped them of some of their flexibility. Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla are both prime targets along with Cody Ross. Logan Morrison has already been recalled and has some pop. Cameron Maybin may be given another chance to show he is a viable big-leaguer. There are some mumblings Leo Nunez may be on the block, making Jose Veras a speculative closer option.
HOUSTON ASTROS: Rumor has it Roy Oswalt is on the block. Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee should be as well, but their contracts will be hard to move for what Houston will no doubt ask in return.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: The Dodgers could really use another starting pitcher and have been mentioned as having interest in all the usual suspects. But since most teams are asking for Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier in return, a deal for a top-line hurler is not likely.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: It appears the Brewers will be sellers with Corey Hart front and center. They could also move Jim Edmonds but the return would be minimal. Someone to keep on your radar is the rejuvenated Mat Gamel, who has picked up the pace at Triple-A Nashville. The problem is he is still playing third which will not be opened up via a deal. Unless, of course, the Brewers decide to move Prince Fielder, which is not completely out of the realm of possibilities.
NEW YORK METS: Jeff Franceour maybe available now that Carlos Beltran is back and Angel Pagan has earned continued playing time. The Mets could choose to fortify either their rotation or attack. They do have some attractive trade bait in Jonathan Niese, Robert Parnell and Jenrry Mejia.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: The Phillies maybe both buyers and sellers. If they can move Jayson Werth, they could follow with a move to help their rotation. Domonic Brown has been called up following the injury to Shane Victorino, and if he impresses, Werth may be shipped out of town. Ben Francisco also is in line for some additional playing time.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: The Pirates should be sellers, if they only had something to deal away not named Octavio Dotel. As of late, Joel Hanrahan is stating his case for closing duties as it is not a foregone conclusion Evan Meek inherits the role.
SAN DIEGO PADRES: The NL West division leading Padres have been rumored to be looking at a few back-of-the-rotation starting pitchers along with a middle infielder. Names like Jeremy Guthrie and Jake Westbrook have been bandied about for the staff with Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada suggested to help fortify second base.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: Warning – if you hear one of your player’s is a target of the Giants, look for a replacement. Just ask David Dejesus and Corey Hart owners, though Hart is due back by the end of the week. San Francisco is looking for some outfield reinforcement and supposedly has Scott Podsednik in their crosshairs so beware.
EDIT: Podsednik owners can rest easy as he has been dealt to the Dodgers. He will play while Manny Ramirez is disabled and then spell all the outfielders periodically, as well as pinch running. Big picture, he will lose some playing time but his steals should not suffer as most reserve outfielders might.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: The Redbirds are looking to bolster their rotation and Roy Oswalt is a perfect fit but apparently, the Astros do not want to deal him within the division, obviously fearful he may help St. Louis beat them in future seasons.
[BEGIN RANT] This mindset drives me bonkers. I just do not get it. Will facing Oswalt a few times really keep Houston from the playoffs next season? Why not try to pick up a few prospects to help your squad beat their former squad for the next ten years? AAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH [/END RANT]
WASHINGTON NATIONALS: The Nationals hold a couple of interesting names with Adam Dunn heading the list. There is also a chance Matt Capps is moved.