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Marlins | Acquire Jarred Cosart

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:53:17 -0700

The Miami Marlins acquired SP Jarred Cosart, INF/OF Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates from the Houston Astros. Houston received OF Jake Marisnick, INF Colin Moran, P Francis Martes and a compensatory pick for the 2015 MLB Draft.

FANTASY TIP: Moving to the National League helps Cosart's fantasy value. He is a must-add in NL-only leagues. Cosart is worth a speculative add in deep mixed leagues and could pitch his way into being a viable option in the majority of formats. Marisnick is worth an add in AL-only formats, if he sticks with the Astros.

Yankees | Brian Roberts designated for assignment

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:52:02 -0700

The New York Yankees have designated Brian Roberts for assignment.

FANTASY TIP: The deals for Stephen Drew and Martin Prado rendered him as extraneous. He may catch on somewhere else but probably won't have much value if so.

Rays | Also net Willy Adames in Price deal

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:51:19 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Tampa Bay Rays also acquired SS Willy Adames from the Detroit Tigers in the deal that sent away SP David Price.

Braves | Acquire Emilio Bonafacio and James Russell

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:29:54 -0700

The Atlanta Braves have acquired INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and RP James Russell from the Chicago Cubs.

FANTASY TIP: Bonifacio will fill a utility role for the Braves. He is unlikely to see everyday at-bats, if the Braves remain healthy. With semi-regular at-bats, Bonifacio retains NL-only and deep mixed league value, due to his base stealing ability. Bonifacio could also push Tommy La Stella for playing time at the keystone position. Russell fills the left-handed-pitching void in the Braves' bullpen, but he has no fantasy value.

Rays | Acquire Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:25:14 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired SP Drew Smyly and SS Nick Franklin from the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners, respectively, as part of a three-way deal involving SP David Price and OF Austin Jackson.

FANTASY TIP: Smyly remains a low-end starter in mixed league. The Rays' offense lacks the punch of Detroit's, but Tampa Bay has been rolling of late. His value takes a minor hit. Franklin is of interest in deep AL-only formats, if he gets recalled, otherwise he should be considered in keeper/dynasty formats only.

Yankees | Acquire Martin Prado

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:20:37 -0700

The New York Yankees acquired 3B/OF Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks for C Peter O'Brien.

FANTASY TIP: Prado instantly gains fantasy value and will be a popular AL-only crossover FAAB piece. O'Brien is a fine power prospect who's in the midst of a breakout year in the minors. Watch for him in the next season or two to arrive in the majors, depending on Miguel Montero's future.

Mariners | Acquire Austin Jackson

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:09:36 -0700

The Seattle Mariners acquired OF Austin Jackson from the Detroit Tigers, as part of a three-way deal involving SP David Price and SP Drew Smyly. The Mariners are sending SS Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays in the deal.

FANTASY TIP: Jackson's fantasy stock takes a bit of a hit, but he has been scorching hot in July. Hopefully, the relocation won't interfere with his recent surge. Rajai Davis will take over the center field job in Detroit, which increases his fantasy value significantly. The already crowded Mariners outfield adds another body. James Jones' playing time and fantasy value will take the biggest hit.

Yankees | Stephen Drew acquired

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:45:27 -0700

The New York Yankees acquired SS Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox Thursday, July 31, in exchange for 2B Kelly Johnson.

FANTASY TIP: Drew is an interesting acquisition. He can spell Derek Jeter down the stretch and could presumably play some second base with Brian Roberts tiring in the second half. His playing time will likely be frustrating for owners, however. Drew is primarily an AL-only asset at this point.

Tigers | Acquire David Price

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:44:59 -0700

The Detroit Tigers have acquired SP David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays for SP Drew Smyly, as part of a three-way deal involving the Seattle Mariners.

FANTASY TIP: Price's relocation to one of baseball's top offensive teams is an upgrade to his already elite fantasy stock. The opposite applies to Smyly, although the Rays have been on a tear lately. Smyly remains a low-end pitcher in mixed formats.

Indians | Austin Adams coming up

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:37:54 -0700

Cleveland Indians RP Austin Adams will be recalled from the minors Thursday, July 31.

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Orioles | Preston Guilmet going down

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:36:21 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Preston Guilmet will be sent to the minors to make room for SP T.J. McFarland.

Rays | David Price trade imminent?

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:35:59 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price could be involved in a three-team trade as the deadline approaches, according to sources.

Red Sox | Anthony Ranaudo starting Friday

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:33:44 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Anthony Ranaudo will start Friday, August 1, against the New York Yankees.

FANTASY TIP: Ranaudo has been lights out for Triple-A Pawtucket and enters the mixed league conversation, especially if he pitches well tomorrow. AL-only owners should rush to the waiver wire to add Ranaudo.

Nationals | Receive cash in Asdrubal Cabrera deal

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:30:40 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Washington Nationals will receive cash along with SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians.

Yankees | Scott Sizemore released

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:28:36 -0700

New York Yankees 2B Scott Sizemore was released Thursday, July 31.

Rays | Ben Zobrist unlikely to be traded

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:27:18 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist is unlikely to be traded before the deadline.

Braves | Not counting on Jonny Venters

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:27:00 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) is not being counted on to return to the team's bullpen in 2014, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzalez noted he is hopeful Venters will return this season, but that Venters' health is the No. 1 priority.

Phillies | Marlon Byrd starting, Ryan Howard sitting

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:20:30 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd is in the starting lineup Thursday, July 31, against the Washington Nationals. 1B Darin Ruf is starting at first base against the Nationals left-handed SP Gio Gonzalez, instead of 1B Ryan Howard.

FANTASY TIP: With Byrd in the lineup, it is unlikely he is traded before the non-waiver deadline today. Ryne Sandberg appears to be sticking to his platoon at first base. Howard's dwindling fantasy stock will continue to fade, if he continues to sit against left-handed pitchers. Ruf is worth owning in NL-only leagues, as long as he is getting semi-regular at-bats.

Orioles | Chris Davis out

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:07 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (illness) remains out of the lineup Thursday, July 31, due to illness.

FANTASY TIP: Make sure you continue to leave Davis on your bench until he's feeling better.

Tigers | Front-runners for David Price

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:15:55 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price could land with the Detroit Tigers, as sources say they are the front-runners to trade for him.

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