7 Players to Trade Now (Fantasy Baseball)

May 12, 2017
Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez plays in Coors and has a long enough history to show he should positively regress at some point

Trade season has been upon us for a short while now. The seemingly popular 10-day DL tag has led to more injury time off for players and the 2017 season has gotten off to an usual start for many players around the league. In most cases, the studs are performing as expected, but there are no shortage of surprises (see Aaron Judge, Eric Thames, Mark Reynolds, Edwin Encarnacion, or Anthony Rizzo).

In life, it’s always nice to get a deal and in fantasy, that can come in the form of trading pieces that have been performing beyond and below expectations. With all the trade advice floating out there, we wanted to make sure we also gave examples of who you can expect to get back in return. Our featured pundits are providing names below that you should consider making moves on.

Q1. Which player is your favorite buy-low candidate and what kind of player are you willing to give up (please provide names) to get him?

Carlos Gonzalez (RF – COL)
“Gonzalez is a favorite buy-low candidate of mine. His BABIP of .224 is more than 100 points lower than his career average. Sitting at just two home runs, I’m buying on the power returning, and soon. I would easily be willing to give up players who are off to good starts, but I don’t believe will continue their pace or even if they do Cargo will still be better. Players such as Chris Owings and Brett Gardner come to mind.”
Joe Bond (Fantasy Six Pack)

Jonathan Lucroy (C – TEX)
“My favorite buy-low candidate has to be Jonathan Lucroy. He has posted a 7/2/6/0/.230 batting line thus far this season that has been good enough to make him the 690th best player in the fake game in standard 5×5 leagues. That was before he went 3/4 at the plate on Thursday night anyway. Also before Thursday, Lucroy had posted a BABIP of just .228 or 96 points lower than his BABIP last season. I expect his BABIP to rise along with his average and that he’ll be a top 100 player and top 3-5 catcher the rest of the season. I’d be willing to package a hot catcher that isn’t Posey or Sanchez with any fringe type of player to get Lucroy in a trade.”
Justin Klein (The Fake Baseball)

Jake Arrieta (SP – CHC)
“I am targeting Jake Arrieta in every league I’m in. Arrieta is not this bad, not even close. A telling stat is Arrieta’s SOBB. It’s actually higher than it was last year at 18.8 (14.3 in 2016) thanks to an improved strikeout rate and decreased walk rate. Digging deeper, Arrieta has a BABIP of .364 compared to .246 and .241 the last two years and a career mark of .270. All of these metrics will normalize, and as they do, Arrieta will be more like the pitcher we saw last year, which is a top 15 starter – sell high on pitchers like Luis Severino, Julio Urias, and even a Gerrit Cole before Arrieta turns the corner.”
Jake Ciely (RotoExperts)

Rougned Odor (2B – TEX)
“A week ago it would have been Carlos Correa, but he is surging now so that opportunity passed us up. This week, I am trying to buy-low on Rougned Odor. I’ve had so many questions asking if people should sell Odor which tells me it is a perfect buyer’s market. He is batting .203 with mediocre power but we all know he is a much better player than that. Seeing that he hit .271 with 33 homers and 14 stolen bases as a 22-year-old middle infielder last season, I’d be thrilled to give up Aaron Judge, Dallas Keuchel or Zack Greinke to land him.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Q2. Which player is your favorite sell-high candidate and who (please provide names) would you be trying to get in return?

Ryan Zimmerman (1B – WSH)
“Zimmerman is my favorite sell-high player by far. He has already hit 13 home runs on the season after hitting no more than 16 in the last three seasons. His BABIP among other numbers is sky high, at .422. He is also very injury prone. Needless to say, this pace is unsustainable. Some guys I would be trying to get in return are underachieving right now such as Carlos Santana or even Anthony Rizzo if the owner is frustrated enough.”
Joe Bond (Fantasy Six Pack)

Ryan Zimmerman isn’t Barry Bonds. Shocking news, I know. It’s not just that Zimmerman isn’t going to hit near .400 or mash 40 homers, he hasn’t been able to stay on the field for years. At first base alone, I’d try to buy low on Edwin Encarnacion or Miguel Cabrera. While you might laugh, someone somewhere is always willing to bite. I’d even trade for Wil Myers because you can probably get an extra piece back with him with how hot Zimmerman’s been.”
Jake Ciely (RotoExperts)

Aaron Altherr (OF – PHI)
“My favorite sell-high candidate is probably Aaron Altherr of the Phillies. He’s been on fire for the past couple of weeks and now there are a few articles out there suggesting that he’s breaking out. I don’t buy it in large part because of his insanely high .413 BABIP after he posted a BABIP of only .288 last season. If you can sell Altherr in redraft or in a keeper, you should be looking to land a mid-tier closer or any top 120 player.”
Justin Klein (The Fake Baseball)

Carlos Carrasco (SP – CLE)
“Typically when an immensely talented starting pitcher begins the season with a 1.86 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and a strikeout per inning, it doesn’t make sense to sell him. In the case of Carlos Carrasco, it is a different story. Plenty of people would hesitate to offer much for a Jason Vargas or even Ryan Zimmerman, but you can bet your bottom dollar they will pay big to land a true ace. My issue with Carrasco has nothing to do with performance. Rather, I’m worried his elbow will flare up again so I’m maximizing his value via the trade market before that happens. Some pieces I would trade him for include Ryan Braun, Xander Bogaerts, and Jonathan Villar.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Thank you to the experts for naming their buy-low/sell-high players. Be sure to give them a follow on Twitter and for more advice, listen to our latest podcast below.

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