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Framber Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Valdez struggled mightily in his last four outings, and the Astros decided to replace him the rotation. He owned a 5.58 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 50 innings for the Astros this season. Rogelio Armenteros will take his place on the major league roster.

Calhoun was sent to the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Nashville prior to Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Source: John Blake on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Calhoun was demoted to make room for the returning Hunter Pence, but should be back up immediately if the Rangers' outfield corps suffers another injury. Calhoun is batting .277 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 99 plate appearances in the majors.

The Rockies optioned Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A Albuquerque. (Source: Rockies PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez started Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader and allowed just two runs in five innings. We'll probably see the 27-year-old at some point again this year but he isn't very fantasy relevant.

Zach Plesac will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start Tuesday's game against the Tigers. (Source: Daily Lineups)

Fantasy Impact: Cleveland sent Plesac to the minors on July 6 to free up some roster space, and to use a condensed rotation briefly. He will now serve as the Indians' fifth starter to open up the second half. Plesac has pitched well in his first stint in the majors, registering a 4.00 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 45 innings.

Ray Black has been optioned back to the Sacramento River Cats. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The right-handed reliever has been sent back down from the big club. Black has appeared twice this season and carries a 4.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP rendering him not relevant for fantasy owners.

Martin Maldonado traded to Cubs

Mon, Jul 15th 11:42pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports Martin Maldonado has been traded to the Chicago Cubs. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Maldonado was pulled from Monday's game against the White Sox and now we know why. There is no word yet on what the Cubs are sending the Royals in return but we should find out shortly. Maldonado likely won't have much fantasy value in Chicago as long as Willson Contreras is healthy.

The Red Sox designated Eduardo Nunez for assignment. (Source: Guerin Austin on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Nunez has struggled immensely this season so it was time for Boston to move on. He’ll always be remembered fondly by fans for his contributions to the 2018 World Series title. We expect him to pass through waivers unclaimed and then hit free agency.