Troy Tulowitzki, Jonathan Papelbon and Others Find New Homes

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies broke Twitter late Monday night as news broke that they had agreed to ship the face of their franchise to the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a trade that some had thought may be coming for a while without result. In exchange for Tulowitzki the Blue Jays will send Jose Reyes and 3 prospects.

Thus far this season Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .300 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI. Unfortunately for his owners, he i barely a top 100 player. For the rest of this season he should continue to produce at a similar level. He will be in a lineup that has been incredibly productive. The Blue Jays have scored the most runs, almost 100 more than second place. They also lead the majors in RBI. Hopefully Tulowitzki can get closer to the expected value before the season started. As always, health will continue to be something that owners will have to worry about.

Joe Reyes

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The only player heading the other way in this deal that has a chance to impact fantasy owners this season is Jose Reyes. Thus far Reyes is hitting .285 with 34 RBI, 36 runs, and 16 stolen bases. Trying to figure out what Reyes will be is an interesting proposition. At this point, there is no indication that Rockies are done making moves. Carlos Gonzalez among others could be traded by Friday’s deadline. If the Rockies can find a team willing to take on Reyes salary, they could easily ship him elsewhere. A team to look at for both Reyes and Gonzalez is the New York Mets, who added bit parts recently in Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, but they could try to upgrade more significantly very soon.

For those in AL or NL only leagues you will want to use most or all of your FAAB when trying to acquire these two players. While rumors are flying, there is no guarantee that anything will get done.

The Angles also made news today acquiring two Davids because acquiring one is never enough. David DeJesus and David Murphy will provide left-handed bats for the Angles to use. While these guys are only deep league or AL-Only league targets for me, where they are likely already owned, they will remain good value plays in DFS.

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Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the Washington Nationals. For Papelbon owners this is good news. He has been strong this season with a 1.59 ERA and a .98 WHIP. His 17 saves and 40 strikeouts have also helped fantasy owners. I expect Papelbon to have more save chances for a Nationals team that is getting healthy at the right time. As for those who owned Drew Storen, I’m sorry. He has been great this season tallying 29 saves with a 1.02 WHIP. His 44 strikeouts over 36.1 innings has helped fantasy owners and that strikeout rate should continue. If you need the roster space and aren’t in a holds league Storen is good to let go, at least in redraft leagues.

Last but not least, Ben Zobrist found a new home in Kansas City. The Royals added a player that has the ability to play multiple spots. In the month of July the Royals have the most hits, the second most runs and the second most RBI. His spot in the lineup will be telling but the value is there to be had. He is likely owned in most leagues but should be added if you can do so. He will also be a strong DFS option depending on where he hits, hopefully near the top and Lorenzo Cain.

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