No. 10-Raul Ibanez owners were sent scrambling Monday as the Yankees traded for Ichiro Suzuki to provide them with a boost down the stretch.
The Yanks say Ichiro will primarily play left field and Ibanez figures to be the odd man out.
While he was nothing more than a part time player or fill in, Ibanez will see that role reduced further now.
The move also speaks to the status of Brett Gardner for the season.
He is likely done for the year and can be dropped if you need the roster slot.
No. 9-With the Marlins trading Omar Infante to the Tigers the second base job is Emilio Bonifacio’s.
The versatile speedster appears to be back from his early season injury and will benefit from a defined role and everyday at bats.
No. 8-Roto league players who find themselves behind in pitching starts and looking to stream starters down the stretch could have seen some good candidates on Monday night.
Justin Masterson, Tommy Hunter, and Mike Minor were among the lesser owned starters who can help you in spot starts.
Watch their matchups and plug them in where you can.
No. 7-Dustin Pedroia has now hit in all five of his games since returning from a thumb injury.
Don’t hesitate to confidently put him back in to you starting lineup.
No. 6-Ryan Dempster appears to be headed to the Braves.
Dempster who leads the majors in earned run average would get a nice boost in his value with the additional run support a team like Atlanta will provide.
The crafty veteran righty will not wilt in the playoff race and could help you down the home stretch.
**UPDATE: Dempster laid the ka-bosh, no trade**
No. 5-Another pitcher could get a nice boost if he lands in a Rangers uniform.
Who will it be?
We don’t know yet, but with Colby Lewis landing on the disabled list with a season ended injury and Roy Oswalt already starting to have back problems, the Rangers will likely be buyers in the trade market as they hope to solidify their starting pitching.
No. 4-Ryan Howard has struggled out of the gate since returning from injury hitting under .200.
Monday night he had a good night collecting three hits including his fourth home run.
He should continue to improve as he adjusts to live pitching, but he is not the same cornerstone of your fantasy squad he once was.
No. 3-After a string of rocky starts Jeff Samardzija found himself scraped on the waiver wire heap in many leagues.
Monday he had his best outing of the year allowing only one hit over eight innings while striking out five.
It marked the fourth straight effective outing for Samardzija, who could certainly be worth adding in most formats.
No. 2-With Ian Desmond landing on the disabled list many teams are scrambling for help.
The options at shortstop are thin in most leagues, so you may find yourself wheeling and dealing prior to the deadline to try and position yourself to make a title run.
Don’t sit idly by and let your team suffer while your opponents are climbing the standings.
No. 1-This time of year is crazy as the trade deadline approaches.
If you are looking to get back in on the saves category this is a very important time.
Keep an eye on the closer situation as many teams who are not contending trade away their closer and fill the role from within.