Fantasy Baseball Trade Chart (Week 19)

by Dan Harris | @danharris80 | Featured Writer
Aug 9, 2018

This is it. For many of you, this week represents your last opportunity to improve your team for the stretch run. You’ve done the legwork. Now it’s just time to put yourself over the top.

Because there’s such little time left, there’s no more waiting around for the course correction that comes with playing over a full season. Every injury and every slump is magnified and needs to be taken into account at this point.

With that in mind, you’ll see a lot of movement this week in the trade chart. So when you’re thinking about your final move, always remember that fortune favors the bold.

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Name Current Value Previous Value +/-
Mookie Betts 68 63 +5
Jose Ramirez 68 68
Francisco Lindor 67 62 +5
Mike Trout 62 71 -9
Nolan Arenado 62 62
J.D. Martinez 62 60 +2
Manny Machado 59 59
Jose Altuve 57 57
Trea Turner 57 54 +3
Charlie Blackmon 57 57
Bryce Harper 57 55 +2
Max Scherzer 56 57 -1
Giancarlo Stanton 54 52 +2
Paul Goldschmidt 54 57 -3
Freddie Freeman 54 57 -3
Chris Sale 54 50 +4
Jacob deGrom 53 52 +1
Corey Kluber 51 51
Justin Verlander 51 50 +1
Trevor Bauer 51 34 +17
Zack Greinke 46 46
Andrew Benintendi 40 38 +2
Alex Bregman 40 40
Nelson Cruz 39 39
Starling Marte 39 38 +1
Gerrit Cole 39 39
Aaron Nola 39 39
Christian Yelich 37 37
Anthony Rizzo 37 39 -2
Joey Votto 36 46 -10
Rhys Hoskins 36 36
Lorenzo Cain 35 31 +4
Clayton Kershaw 35 35
Luis Severino 35 46 -11
James Paxton 35 35
Carlos Correa 35 35
Edwin Encarnacion 34 34
Carlos Carrasco 34 34
Madison Bumgarner 33 28 +5
Khris Davis 31 31
Ozzie Albies 31 31
Javier Baez 31 27 +4
Anthony Rendon 30 30
Matt Carpenter 30 25 +5
Jean Segura 30 30
Xander Bogaerts 30 30
Trevor Story 30 25 +5
Aaron Judge 29 34 -5
Jose Berrios 28 28
George Springer 28 35 -7
Dee Gordon 28 31 -3
Justin Upton 27 27
Brian Dozier 26 20 +6
A.J. Pollock 26 26
Noah Syndergaard 25 16 +9
Charlie Morton 25 20 +5
Cody Bellinger 24 22 +2
Jack Flaherty 23 22 +1
Juan Soto 23 15 +8
J.T. Realmuto 23 27 -4
Blake Snell 23 23
Eugenio Suarez 22 21 +1
Jose Abreu 22 18 +4
Travis Shaw 21 21
Chris Archer 21 26 -5
Patrick Corbin 20 16 +4
Didi Gregorius 19 19
Scooter Gennett 19 19
Kris Bryant 18 21 -3
Wil Myers 18 22 -4
David Price 18 16 +2
Kenley Jansen 18 17 +1
Edwin Diaz 18 17 +1
Ronald Acuna 18 14 +4
Eduardo Escobar 18 18
Craig Kimbrel 17 17
Eddie Rosario 17 14 +3
Marcell Ozuna 17 18 -1
Whit Merrifield 16 15 +1
Stephen Strasburg 16 16
Jameson Taillon 16 15 +1
Jonathan Schoop 15 17 -2
Dallas Keuchel 15 11 +4
Aroldis Chapman 15 16 -1
Mike Moustakas 15 14 +1
Jesus Aguilar 15 12 +3
Miles Mikolas 14 11 +3
Max Muncy 14 25 -11
Gleyber Torres 14 14
Nicholas Castellanos 13 15 -2
Ian Desmond 12 12
Michael Brantley 12 12
Odubel Herrera 12 12
Tim Anderson 12 12
Jake Bauers 11 6 +5
Matt Kemp 11 11
Rougned Odor 11 5 +6
Gregory Polanco 11 11
Kyle Hendricks 10 9 +1
Carlos Santana 10 11 -1
Mitch Haniger 10 16 -6
Ryon Healy 10 10
Andrew McCutchen 10 10
Elvis Andrus 10 9 +1
Willson Contreras 9 16 -7
Buster Posey 9 14 -5
Evan Gattis 9 8 +1
Wade Davis 9 8 +1
Kyle Schwarber 9 9
Joey Gallo 9 6 +3
Kyle Gibson 8 8
Nick Pivetta 8 7 +1
David Peralta 8 7 +1
Mike Clevinger 8 8
Blake Treinen 8 8
Raisel Iglesias 8 8
Yadier Molina 8 8
Yasmani Grandal 8 5 +3
Jon Lester 8 9 -1
Felipe Vazquez 8 6 +2
Carlos Rodon 8 6 +2
Matt Chapman 8 N/A +8
Mike Foltynewicz 7 7
Sean Newcomb 7 6 +1
Josh Donaldson 7 8 -1
Aaron Hicks 7 7
Matt Olson 7 6 +1
Jonathan Gray 7 4 +3
Jake Arrieta 7 6 +1
Chris Taylor 7 10 -3
Avisail Garcia 6 5 +1
Adam Eaton 6 8 -2
Tyler Skaggs 6 5 +1
Salvador Perez 6 6
Rafael Devers 6 3 +3
Yu Darvish 6 5 +1
Shin-Soo Choo 6 7 -1
Eric Hosmer 6 10 -4
Bud Norris 6 2 +4
Kirby Yates 6 6
Zach Eflin 5 5
C.J. Cron 5 5
Nick Markakis 5 5
A.J. Minter 5 4 +1
Daniel Murphy 5 10 -5
Bradley Boxberger 5 3 +2
Sean Manaea 5 6 -1
Marcus Stroman 5 5
Miguel Andujar 5 3 +2
Ender Inciarte 5 5
Rich Hill 5 3 +2
Gary Sanchez 5 8 -3
Carlos Martinez 5 5
Stephen Piscotty 5 5
Cole Hamels 5 5
Zack Godley 5 2 +3
Adrian Beltre 4 5 -1
Justin Bour 4 3 +1
Billy Hamilton 4 4
Cesar Hernandez 4 4
Robbie Ray 4 6 -2
Alex Wood 4 14 -10
Asdrubal Cabrera 4 3 +1
Tommy Pham 4 18 -14
Danny Duffy 4 5 -1
Chase Anderson 4 3 +1
Masahiro Tanaka 4 4
Miguel Sano 4 2 +2
Luis Castillo 4 4
Yangervis Solarte 3 3
Cody Allen 3 6 -3
Brandon Nimmo 3 4 -1
Ian Happ 3 3
Yasiel Puig 3 3
J.A. Happ 3 3
Michael Conforto 3 3
Corey Dickerson 3 2 +1
Nomar Mazara 3 3
Justin Smoak 3 3
Jose Quintana 3 2 +1
Brad Hand 3 N/A +3
Yoan Moncada 2 N/A +2
Greg Bird 2 6 -4
Josh Hader 2 N/A +2
Marco Gonzales 2 2
Corey Knebel 2 5 -3
Tyson Ross 2 3 -1
Kenta Maeda 2 2
Hector Rondon 2 N/A +2
Brandon Morrow 2 2
Blake Parker 2 N/A +2
Brandon Belt 2 N/A +2
Rick Porcello 2 N/A +2
Gio Gonzalez 2 2
Vince Velasquez 2 2
Eric Thames 2 2
Dylan Bundy 2 2
Kevin Gausman 2 2
Kyle Seager 2 N/A +2
Fernando Rodney 2 N/A +2

 
The Injury Movers

There are a lot of big names seeing their values fall as a result of troubling injury news. Mike Trout received a cortisone shot in his ailing right wrist and is hopeful to return this weekend. Trout may be back on Friday and be dominant the rest of the way. But with Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez, and Francisco Lindor all putting up outrageous numbers, there’s just no way you can value Trout at their level.

The news also isn’t promising for Aaron Judge and George Springer. We had already taken into account Judge’s injury in last week’s trade chart, but his recovery appears to be going slower than expected. He admitted he still has lingering soreness in his wrist, and it seems likely that we’re looking past the initial three-week timetable. As for Springer, he hit the disabled list this week with an injured thumb. The Astros are saying all the right things in terms of his recovery, but Springer had only recently come out of a pretty lengthy slump, and the last thing he needs is to miss any time. Plus, a thumb injury is simply never good for a hitter.

Alex Wood and Tommy Pham also see their values fall because of injury. Wood strained his hamstring or his abductor muscle (I’m assuming there’s a difference but I slept through that class in medical school). Wood came through a simulated game on Wednesday with no issues but, as mentioned above, fantasy owners need to be careful with injuries this late in the game. As for Pham, a fractured foot ruined his debut with the Rays, but the good news is that the injury does not appear season-ending. In fact, Pham’s recovery is reportedly going better than expected, and he should be back before the end of August. Still, I mean, you fracture your foot, you lose some trade value. That’s like trade chart 101 right there.

As always, there’s at least a little injury news to brighten our day. Chris Sale is penciled to return this weekend after missing just a bit of time with shoulder inflammation. Sale insisted all along that the injury was not serious and low and behold, we have one of the few instances where the downplaying of an injury turns out to be accurate! And Noah Syndergaard looks to be fully recovered from both his injury and illness and pitched extremely well against the Reds in his most recent start until running out of gas in the seventh inning. Syndergaard seems unlikely to regain his status as a top-10 pitcher this year, but he’s more than good enough to meaningfully contribute to your fantasy team.

The Performance Movers

Trevor Bauer may be a weird dude, but he’s a legitimate fantasy ace at this point. His 2.25 ERA ranks fourth in the league and he’s third in strikeouts with 206. Perhaps most importantly, he’s thrown 159 2/3 innings this season, second behind only Max Scherzer. To be elite is one thing. To maximize the value of your performance by averaging nearly seven innings per start is an entirely different story. Buy Bauer for your stretch run.

What Juan Soto is doing is simply ridiculous. As a 19-year-old, his .999 OPS ranks fifth in the league behind Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Jose Ramirez. He has a 17.1% walk rate and a .432 OBP. AS A 19-YEAR-OLD! Truth be told, Soto isn’t quite an elite fantasy option. He doesn’t run and he doesn’t have quite the power of an Aaron Judge or a Giancarlo Stanton. But he is an outstanding asset nonetheless.

But the news isn’t all that rosy for some others, however. Joey Votto has nine home runs this season. It’s the second week of August. Votto has looked like absolute toast before in his career and followed that up with a massive stretch, and he may very well have one left in him. And with a nearly 40% hard contact rate and both a walk rate and strikeout rate that are in line with his career marks, I’d still be willing to buy. But I wouldn’t blame you if you’re afraid.

Luis Severino had an adequate start on Wednesday night, but three runs allowed and eight strikeouts in seven innings against the hapless White Sox is not exactly a sign that he’s back. Severino has struggled for several starts now and does not quite look like he’s found whatever he’s been missing. But with plenty of wins likely still left in the tank (he is tied for the league lead with 15 already) and elite strikeouts, he’s certainly still worth acquiring. But the bloom is off the rose a bit for now.

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Dan Harris is a featured writer for FantasyPros. For more from Dan, check out his archive or follow him on Twitter @danharris80.

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