Sun Aug 30 10:58pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
The big news for this week is who gets moved before the trade deadline on Monday. With 24 of the 30 teams within three games of a playoff spot, there is likely to be a flurry of moves. And with moves, it opens up playing opportunities for other players. Guys that could be good waiver-wire additions.
A number of starting pitchers were rumored to be on the move; Lance Lynn and Mike Minor from the Rangers, bad boy Mike Clevinger from the Indians, Reds Trevor Bauer, Angels Dylan Bundy, Giants Kevin Gausman and Orioles Alex Cobb lead the list. Already traded were Taijuan Walker to the Blue Jays and Tommy Milone to the Braves. Not nearly as big a deal as Zack Greinke was last year, but they’ll be called upon to help get their team to the playoffs.
The Orioles traded Mychal Givens to the Rockies. Givens should get some save opportunities in Mile High, leaving Cole Sulser to close in Baltimore. Kansas City closer Trevor Rosenthal will share save chances in San Diego with Drew Pomeranz. The Royals might turn to former closer Greg Holland to close.
A couple position players on the move were Mitch Moreland to the Padres and Jose Martinez to the Cubs. A couple more to watch for are JD Martinez and Kyle Seager, two last place teams that might want to move their big contracts. And will the Indians move Francisco Lindor in hopes to get something before he becomes a free agent?
The schedule for next week is really a strange one with 14 teams playing double headers. The biggest game changer will be what happens with the Athletics after a positive bat virus test in Houston cancelled their Sunday game. It’s very likely all of the upcoming series with Seattle will be postponed, and perhaps the San Diego series next weekend. At the least, be careful starting A’s players this week and perhaps Mariners. The Giants only have five games this coming week, making their players unattractive, also.
The double header’s have five teams playing eight games in the next seven days. Great players to use for your starting lineups. They are Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Washington and the New York Yankees.
Eight teams will play seven games in six days; Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston and the Chicago Cubs.
Teams playing seven games in seven days are Kansas City, Philadelphia, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Seattle, although it is doubtful the three Mariners games with Oakland will happen.
This will be an interesting week with a good chance for player movement, which could have some impact to your fantasy teams. Pay attention!
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.