by Mickey Bell
Jon Gray and German Marquez, SPs, COL
The Rockies hilariously stood pat at the trade deadline, declining to move impending free agents Gray, Trevor Story, and CJ Cron. Yes, both of these pitchers have paradoxically performed better at Coors Field this year, a move away from Colorado would have allowed Gray and Marquez to stop needing to change their approaches depending on where they pitch.
JD Davis, 3B/OF, NYM
Since the Mets’ trade for Javier Baez, Davis has not started in four of the seven games despite a 0.913 OPS on the year. Dominic Smith has started every game. Michael Conforto, who has a 0.658 OPS on the year, has sat two games. Jeff McNeil has sat one game. When Francisco Lindor comes back in a month, Conforto and McNeil might lose even more playing time
Luis Urias, 2B/3B/SS, MIL
He has been a favorite of mine dating back to last year. However, the Brewers’ trade for Eduardo Escobar hurts Urias’s playing time. Urias, who has 13 HR and four steals on the year, will still play about half the time and especially against lefties, but he no longer needs to be rostered in standard 10- and 12-team leagues..
Jarren Duran, OF, BOS
Duran will likely lose playing time when newly acquired Kyle Schwarber is activated from the IL by the Red Sox. I have not been quiet about my love for Duran. The rookie, currently on the COVID-19 IL, started his majors career off promisingly with seven hard hit balls (exit velocity >95 MPH) in his first four games. He had just six in the following 14 games.
Currently, he holds a 38.9% K rate and a 0.557 OPS. Duran joins Jarred Kelenic, Vidal Brujan, Andrew Vaughn, and several other highly touted rookies who have struggled in their first chance in the majors. Clearly, the jump from the minors is challenging. Not everyone can be Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuna, Jr., or Fernando Tatis, Jr.
- Craig Kimbrel/Liam Hendriks, RPs, CWS: Kimbrel and Hendriks both lose a little value for the White Sox as they will share the save opportunities.
- Richard Rodriguez, RP, ATL: Traded from Pittsburgh to a setup role in Atlanta.
- Brad Hand, RP, TOR: Traded from Washington to a setup role in Toronto.
- Ranger Suarez, SP/RP, PHI: With the Phillies’ acquisition of Ian Kennedy, Suarez has moved into the starting rotation.
- Hansel Robles, RP, BOS: Traded from Minnesota to a setup role in Boston.
- Joakim Soria, RP, TOR: Traded from Arizona to a setup role in Toronto.
- Yimi Garcia, RP, HOU: Traded from Miami to a setup role in Houston.
- Kendall Graveman, RP, HOU: Traded from Seattle to a setup role in Houston.