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The Miami Marlins traded relief pitcher David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for four prospects.

Fantasy Impact: None of the prospects involved made any top-100 lists in baseball, although there's some high-risk, high-reward potential in 19-year-old Brayan Hernandez. Phelps will keep his role as a setup man and should be a good bet in holds leagues going forward.

Dee Gordon went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: After hitting .295 with 32 stolen bases in the first half, Gordon is hitting just .217 with no stolen bases through the first six games of the second half. While that is a very small sample size, it appears Gordon is getting off to a bit of a slow start in the second half. He does have a three-hit contest mixed in there, so it is not as though he has been completely lost at the plate. Look for Gordon to turn things around quickly.

Christian Yelich went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and two runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The home run was his ninth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Yelich has quietly had a productive season, though the power numbers are down after hitting 20 home runs last season. He is now slashing .282 / .359 / .411 with nine home runs and eight stolen bases on the year.

Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a home run on Wednesday. He has homered in three straight games with four total home runs in that span to give him 30 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Stanton appears to be in one of his hot streaks coming out of the All-Star break, which is great news for fantasy owners who were already enjoying the best offensive season of Stanton's career. He is now tied for the major league lead in home runs with 30 and appears to be well on his way to hitting 40 for the first time in his career.

Daniel Straily is reportedly fine and expected to make his scheduled start on Wednesday despite concerns over a jammed thumb which he suffered at the plate in his most recent appearance. (Source: Sun-Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Straily jammed the thumb during an at-bat, but he's expected to be fine moving forward. He's been fantastic for owners this season with a 3.32 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. While he could remain a serviceable fantasy starter through the remainder of the season, he's a prime sell-high candidate as his peripherals point to regression.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Adam Conley was solid in his return to the starting rotation, picking up a quality start with six innings of two-run ball. He allowed eight hits and two walks, striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: Conley lowered his ERA to 6.75. He didn't look great, and he was facing the certainly-not-great Phillies offense, but it was still encouraging to see Conley do well. Considered a preseason sleeper, Conley was shelled repeatedly at the beginning of the season and ended up in Triple-A for a while.

Justin Bour went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and a walk during Monday's win over the Phillies. The home run was his 21st of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bour's breakout season continues, and he is now just two home runs shy of his career best of 23 for a season. He should continue to produce solid numbers hitting in the middle of a talented lineup in Miami, though there is no guarantee that lineup stays together through the trade deadline.

The Marlins have placed Martin Prado on the DL with a sprained right knee.

Fantasy Impact: Prado was sent straight to the DL after suffering the injury on Monday, so he could miss more than the required 10 days. He was mentioned in trade rumors earlier this month, but he could now have to wait until August to be dealt based on how his recovery goes. He's been a decent source of batting average over his career, but it's largely empty BA and he's struggled to a .636 OPS on the season.

Miami Marlins reliever Drew Steckenrider earned his first major league win on Monday, tossing a perfect 10th inning.

Fantasy Impact: The Marlins would walk off the Phillies in the bottom of the inning. Steckenrider has been solid with the limited work he's been given, but he has no fantasy value just yet. That may change based on how much the Marlins roster changes before the trade deadline.

Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a tie game on Monday. The Marlins eventually won the game in the tenth inning, but Ramos did not factor into the decision. He struck out two and allowed one hit.

Fantasy Impact: It was nice to see Ramos have a good outing after he blew a save in his previous appearance. He's a solid fantasy closer for now, but there's a chance he gets traded and becomes a setup man somewhere else before the month is done. He's a sell-now asset in fantasy.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler was able to bring his ERA under eight on Monday, tossing five innings while allowing four runs on four hits and three walks.

Fantasy Impact: Koehler was bad, again, but was given time by manager Don Mattingly to settle into a mini-groove and make things decent. He threw only 89 pitches before being removed before the sixth inning started. Koehler was a decent innings eater in the past, but he has no business on any fantasy team until he can go back to his previous form.

J.T. Realmuto was not in the lineup for the Marlins on Sunday after starting both of the team's first two games after the All-Star break. A.J. Ellis started in his place.

Fantasy Impact: Realmuto has been having a fine season, and Sunday was just a scheduled day off. Through 291 at-bats, he is hitting .306 with eight home runs and five stolen bases, making him one of the more valuable catchers in most formats.

Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers. The double was his 17th of the season, and he is now slashing .317 / .375 / .563 through 90 games.

Fantasy Impact: Heading into the All-Star break, Ozuna was having easily the best season of his career, and it looks like he did not cool off during the downtime. He has already matched his career high in home runs of 23, and he is on pace to post career bests in nearly every offensive category, as long as he can stay healthy.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena was awful on Saturday, recording only nine outs while allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three and allowed two home runs.

Fantasy Impact: I miss the old Jose, straight from the go Jose...In reality, Urena has been outperforming his peripherals for a while now. Owners should be aware that this may not be an isolated bad start, it may be everything finally catching up to him. Sell high while he still has a spot on a major league team.

Edinson Volquez was placed on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis by the Marlins on Friday. (Source: Tim Healey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the All-Star break coming up, this move was likely made just so the Marlins could call up an extra arm to be available over the weekend. The move is being made retroactive to July 6, meaning Volquez could return as early as July 16 against the Dodgers in the first series after the break.

Jeff Locke was designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, a day after what was a historically poor performance in which he allowed 11 runs in less than three innings to the St. Louis Cardinals. He had an 8.16 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in seven starts. (Source: Tim Healey, Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Locke had one good start when he was activated off the disabled list in June, but he got steadily worse and did not throw a quality start in any of his seven chances. He was not relevant for fantasy purposes and will likely remain that way going forward.

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough picked up his ninth hold of the season on Sunday, allowing a walk and a hit, but striking out two in a scoreless seventh inning.

Fantasy Impact: Barraclough's overall numbers are way down from last year, but he's still been a mostly effective reliever. He's not the must-own in holds leagues that he was last season however.

Adeiny Hechavarria has been traded from the Miami Marlins to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor leaguers Braxton Lee and Ethan Clark, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. (Source: Clark Spencer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was rumored that Hechavarria could be traded within the next 24 hours and that the Rays were the favorite to land him, and now that deal is apparently done. It is unclear what playing time will look like for Hechavarria with his new team, but even if he has an everyday role he is not likely to be much of a fantasy contributor outside of very deep AL-only formats.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Justin Nicolino struggled on Saturday against the Cubs, pitching only four innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Nicolino was okay the first time through the order, but got hit hard the second time through. Manager Don Mattingly surprisingly made a good move and pulled the lefty before he could face the Cubs batting order for the third time. Nicolino would make a passable relief pitcher, but he'll be allowed to continue to struggle as a starter because the Marlins don't have any better options.

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Brad Ziegler was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with a back injury.

Fantasy Impact: Ziegler has struggled this season, but he's reportedly been dealing with this back issue for a while now. The hope is that he can rest then recover and come back to the mound as the Brad Ziegler the Marlins were expecting when they signed him. He can be safely dropped in any leagues where he was still being rostered.

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with an "injury" which could be best described as "being bad at baseball."

Fantasy Impact: Tazawa has a pathetic 6.60 ERA despite a .195 BABIP against. He's been worth -0.4 fWAR and by simply being on the disabled list, he has made the Marlins a better team. He is statistically the worst relief pitcher in baseball and tied for the second overall worst pitcher in all of baseball (thanks, Jered Weaver!)