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The last 2 weeks in Major League Baseball have been extremely busy. As the trade deadline passed, many deals were made that are going to impact the outcome of playoff races from the American League East, to the National League West. Not only do these moves affect your favorite, or even your least favorite, teams, but they also will have a dramatic effect on the performance of your fantasy baseball teams. Let’s look at some of the trades that took place and how they can either improve, or devalue, your fantasy baseball team.

The Boston Red Sox send OF Manny Ramirez to the Los Angelos Dodgers and OF Brandon Moss and RP Craig Hansen to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates send OF Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox. The Lost Angelos Dodgers send 3B Andy Laroche and P Bryan Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Obviously, the biggest two players in this deal are Ramirez and Bay. Since both players have been dealt, their production has increased immensely to the 2 weeks before the trade was made. In 10 games with the Dodgers, Ramirez is hitting a whopping .475 with 4 HR, 13 RBI, and 9 runs scored. Except Ramirez to continue to hit with his new found motivation in the form of an NL West title. (Oh, and a 25 mil a year contract after the season from the Yankees) On the other hand, Jason Bay most likely won’t continue his tear as the new left fielder in Boston. In his 10 games, he is hitting .326 with 1 HR, 8 RBI, and 12 runs  scored. In his last couple of contests however, Bay has slowed down. Don’t expect comparable numbers to Manny from Bay, and look for his average to plateau at around the .280 mark, but he should continue to score runs with the amount of depth that red sox lineup.

On the Pittsburgh side of the trade, none of these players are going to have an immense fantasy impact right away. In a keeper league, try and keep Andy Laroche, who could have a breakout season next year. Brandon Moss has struggled so far in Pittsburgh hitting .196, but expect that to go up, just not that much. Keep an eye on Hansen, because if John Grabow or Tyler Yates struggle within the next couple weeks in that closer role, Hasen, who has pitched decently, could take some saves away from them.

Los Angelos Angels of Anaheim trade 1B Casey Kotchman and SP Steven Marek to the Atlanta Braves for 1B Mark Teixeira.

For the 2nd year in a row, one of the best 2nd half fantasy baseball players moves to a contending playoff team. Teixeira was put in a great situation in LA, hitting next to the likes of Vladamir Guerrero and Garret Anderson. So far in the month of August, Tex is hitting .344 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, and 9 runs scored. His power numbers should go up as he gets used to the same old pitchers he used to face in Texas. Guerrero’s numbers have also went up in August, hitting .406, 3 HR, and 9 RBI. Anderson is following a hot July with a good August and Torii Hunter is also benefitting from Tex prescense in the lineup. With a hitter friendly schedule the rest of the way, look for these guys, along with Howie Kendrick, to have a great last 6 weeks of the year.

New York Yankees trade RP Kyle Farnsworth to the Detroit Tigers for C Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

Even though is a small trade involving only 2 players, it has had an affect on many others. Farnsworth had about zero fantasy value on the Yankees and lets say on a scale from 1-10, he has about a 4 value now on the Tigers. Fernando Rodney has taken the closer role, but has been  very shaky in doing so. Manager Jimmy Leyland has also said that Joel Zumaya could  get a shot at closing some games if Rodney continues to be inconsistent. Both have been given chances and have struggled and if these problems continue, Farnsworth would be the closer by default. Also, Brandon Inge is now the everyday catcher for the Tigers. Inge, however, has not taken to the role, hitting .161 and failing to drive in runs.

In New York, Ivan Rodriguez is getting perhaps his last chance to win a World Series, though he is not taking advantage of it. In August, pudge is hitting a measly .222 in a stacked lineup that should supply him with plenty of fastballs to dump into the gaps. With only 1 RBI, Pudge isn’t doing any better than incumbent catcher Jose Molina. While the Yanks may be on their last gasp in terms of a playoff berth, look for Pudge’s numbers to improve as he adjusts to playing in New York, which if you ask A-Rod, is no easy task. Though if he continues to struggle, Molina could wind up getting more playing time.

Cincinnati Reds trade OF Adam Dunn to the Arizona Diamondbacks for SP Dallas Buck and 2 prospects to be named later

And this is the reponse to the Manny Ramirez trade by the D’backs. Dunn brings a world of power to the limited D’backs offense, and will try and fend off the Dodgers out west with his sweet stroke. Dunn brings 32 HR and 74 RBI to the desert, along with his .233 average and .373 OBP. Dunn will either be rounding the bases, walking to first, or walking back to the dugout in about 65% of his AB’s. Even though he has played in a very hitter friendly park, Dunn’s homers are tape measure shots and his power should not be affected by the new ballpark he is going to call home. Though with more important at bats coming his way, Dunn could see more walks, because teams will want to be beat by the rest of that D’backs lineup. Look for more RBI chances from the likes of Conner Jackson, Chad Tracy, and Mark Reynolds.

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