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9 Players to Trade Now (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

9 Players to Trade Now (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

Fantasy baseball enthusiasts are always looking for an edge in their leagues, and one strategy that can pay off is buying low on struggling players and selling high on those who have exceeded expectations. Below, our featured experts take a closer look at some players that they’re targeting for these types of trades. Our experts have been closely monitoring the latest player trends and performance metrics to identify key players you should consider buying low and selling high in order to maximize your roster’s potential.

By leveraging our exclusive trade analyzer and relying on advanced metrics and our comprehensive player rankings and player projections, our experts have determined which players you should be targeting in trades, and which ones you should be looking to move. So, whether you’re in need of a roster shake-up or simply looking to capitalize on a player’s hot streak, this article is here to guide you through the process.

Let’s dive into these trade recommendations, analyzing the rationale behind each move and providing you with actionable advice to help you dominate your league. And don’t forget to check out our other fantasy baseball resources to help you stay ahead of the competition all season long. Happy trading!

Players to Buy Low and Sell High

Which one MLB player are you trying to buy low and why? Also, who are you willing to give up for him?

Tanner Houck (SP,RP – BOS)
“I am intrigued by Tanner Houck as a possible buy-low candidate. His ERA is an ugly 5.30, but his xERA is 3.80. His FIP (4.14) and xFIP (3.69) fall into the category of “Good for 2023,” and he strikes out right around a batter per inning. He has been inconsistent in his 10 starts, and someone in your league might have gotten tired of riding out the roller coaster with unimpressive results. TJ Friedl and Isaac Paredes are wildly outperforming their expected stats, so I would first try someone like them in a trade offer.”
Kelly Kirby (FantasyPros)

Chris Sale (SP – BOS)
“If you can still take advantage of the bloated 4.72 ERA, Sale remains a terrific trade target. After a rough start to this season, the 34-year-old Southpaw has really started to figure things out over the past month. Sale has 65 K’s in 55 1/3 innings on the year, along with a sparkling 1.16 WHIP. Sale had registered four consecutive quality starts heading into his last outing (5 IP, 1 ER) and has a favorable upcoming matchup against Cincinnati.”
Lucas Spence (Pitcher List)

Andres Munoz (RP – SEA)
“One player I would be looking to buy low is Andres Munoz. He has been sidelined since the first week of April but began his rehab assignment on Tuesday and remains on track to return at some point in the first couple weeks of June. Munoz is one of the most electrifying closers in the league when fully healthy. The risk with him is that Paul Sewald has been shut down in his absence, but the Mariners bullpen has struggled at times the past month and a half behind Sewald. If your league provides points/has a category for holds, Munoz is the perfect trade target, as he is going to find himself in high-leverage situations on a consistent basis, whether that be in the eighth inning for a hold or the ninth inning for a save. I’d be looking to trade a bat at a position your team is deep in if you can make that happen.”
Ari Koslow (FantasyPros)

Gerrit Cole (SP – NYY)
“It seems silly to call Gerrit Cole a buy-low option, but he’s been struggling over the past month, so you might be able to actually buy low here. He’s allowed five runs in three of his last five starts and has a 5.18 ERA during the month of May. Why buy low? We’re talking about a guy with the potential (likelihood?) to be one of the best pitchers in baseball over the next four months. See if you can get him in a 2-for-1 where you package a hot hitter (Jorge Soler, Josh Jung, J.D. Martinez) with another starting pitcher or closer.”
Nick Raducanu (Dr. Roto)

Trea Turner (SS – PHI)
“Trea Turner is doing the classic “first year of a mega deal downturn,” and now is the perfect time to buy. Over his last 45 ABs, he’s hitting just ..240, and everyone who paid top 3 overall ADP cost is super frustrated and losing patience. Inevitably, he will bounce back and have a normal second half, so try and put a package together surrounding a player like Xander Bogaerts. ”
Joe Pisapia (FantasyPros)

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What one MLB player are you trying to sell high right now and why? Also, who would you try to get in return?

Bryce Elder (SP – ATL)
“There are a few SPs that I would consider selling high before the bottom drops out, but I keep coming back to Bryce Elder as a candidate who might get me the most significant return. (He also might continue getting lucky and make me look dumb, but I’m willing to take the chance.) His ERA of 2.01 seems unsustainable, considering his xERA is 4.46. He is stranding runners at an absurd 87.3% clip, which is worlds above his previous numbers. Even with that lineup around him, he still only has three wins on the season, the last of which came on May 2. I don’t see him as the asset that others might, and if I could snag Sean Murphy or Nolan Arenado for him, I’d be happy.”
Kelly Kirby (FantasyPros)

Anthony Rizzo (1B – NYY)
“Currently ranked inside the Top 50 in Yahoo! rankings, the veteran first baseman is hitting a robust .304 this season with an .881 OPS and 11 long balls. The short porch in Yankee Stadium is nice and all, and Rizzo very well may eclipse 30 home runs this year for the sixth time in his career. But that batting average is sure to take a tumble at some point, as the 33-year-old hit just .224 last year and hasn’t hit higher than .250 since 2019. I doubt you can get Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. or Anthony Riley for Rizzo, but even a player like Matt Chapman or Byron Buxton for him.”
Lucas Spence (Pitcher List)

Josiah Gray (SP – WSH)
“One player I would be looking to sell high is Josiah Gray. His numbers on paper look really solid, with a 2.77 ERA and 51 strikeouts across 61.2 innings pitched. However, his expected ERA is 4.19, which suggests he has been on the luckier side of things so far on the mound. His command has also been a little unreliable, walking at least three hitters in four straight starts. Gray can still be solid moving forward for fantasy managers, but chances are his value might be at the highest point it will be at this season. I’d be likely to try to do a cross-position trade for Gray to try and acquire a hitter unless your team would need a starter in return.”
Ari Koslow (FantasyPros)

Jorge Soler (OF – MIA)
“There is no hotter player than Jorge Soler right now. At 31 years old, he’s on track to have his best season ever. Can he keep that up? Maybe. Will he? Not likely. Outside of an EXTREME outlier in 2019 where he hit 41 home runs, Soler has never hit more than 20 dingers in a season. He’s currently at 17 through the first two months of the season. While it’s tempting to let it ride on Soler, it’s worth trying to see if you can flip him along with another piece for a top-tier pitcher like Spencer Strider, Zac Gallen, or Framber Valdez if one of those managers is desperate for an offensive boost.”
Nick Raducanu (Dr. Roto)

Jorge Soler has been on fire the last few weeks and his 17 HRs are impressive to say the least. He did reach an astounding 48 bombs a few years ago, but he’s always been an incredibly streaky player who strikes out too often and is a career .240 hitter with a .792 OPS. Soler is at his peak, so cash in before the bottom inevitably drops out. If I could get Starling Marte and a quality pitcher, I’d do that deal.”
Joe Pisapia (FantasyPros)

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