As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, MLB teams are reworking their rosters as some teams prepare for the playoff push and other teams prepare for 2009. This is a great time for fantasy-league owners because several top prospects will be given starting jobs as early auditions for next year, while new roles will be created for other top prospects. Below is a list of the latest call-ups and their roles for the last two months of the season:
When Crede came to camp healthy Fields was demoted to the minors. In 59 games at Charlotte, he hit only .248 with nine homers, 30 RBIs and five stolen bases. He's definitely a worthy pickup for the stretch run, but with the White Sox in a pennant race Fields will have to perform right away to have any shot at playing time throughout September.
Other call-ups of note include veteran pitchers
Washington and Pittsburgh both have new closers after trading their current closers in the past week. The Nationals sent
The same could be true in Pittsburgh where
In Oakland, if the A's decide to trade
It's hard to believe, but
The Tampa Bay Rays are also in a fight for a divisional title -- their first in franchise history -- and may reach into the minors for help, too. SP
Good luck the rest of the way and get ready for a few more top prospects to arrive once the trading deadline is finished. They will help MLB teams, and your fantasy teams, too.
Greg Ambrosius is the director of the National Fantasy Baseball Championship -- the industry's only multi-city high-stakes fantasy baseball event. Send questions to Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org.