Early in the fantasy season, patience is key. It's a little like when a pot roast comes out of the oven. Sure, it smells great, but you have to wait for those savory juices to settle, allowing the meat to reach its full potential. However, when you are deciding between having leftovers and shoving another forkful or three into your mouth, it's go time. Don't wait thinking the roast will make for a good lunch the next day.
The same goes in fantasy baseball. It's go time, now. Players are who they will be this season. Teams don't round into shape in August; they are either competing for a playoff spot, on the fringe or out. Moving day is here, and even if it means making a mistake, better to try than wonder if you're missing out on that last bite of pot roast.
On to the trade tips:
• Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers: Nelson Cruz's loss is Profar's gain, as he'll get more playing time, at-bats and, hopefully, production. Texas manager Ron Washington has said that Profar won't be filling in for Cruz, but will sub in at designated hitter and in the infield as Washington rotates his roster to accommodate Cruz's absence. Profar has been a bit of a disappointment as a rookie phenom, but that doesn't mean he lost any of the power or speed that made him the top prospect in the game. Now, with steady playing time, Profar could be a nice late-season, multi-category boost. Don't expect MVP-type numbers, but he could fill the open holes on a fantasy roster.
• Jake Peavy, Boston Red Sox: The move to Boston should help with his win totals, but staying in the American League likely won't help his somewhat pedestrian 4.14 ERA or hide his ho-hum 83 strikeouts in 87 innings. Those aren't team-sinking numbers, but the buzz around Peavy's move to a playoff-contending team has upped his stock beyond his actual performance. That makes for some intriguing bait if an owner can find a less-heralded talent with more dominating stats. Throw him in the water and see what bites; you may be surprised.
• Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres: The move to San Diego will hurt the win opportunities, but it should refresh Kennedy's other stats. Petco Park is forgiving to flyball hurlers like Kennedy, who has a 4-1 record with a sub-3.00 ERA there. His forgettable start to the season with the Diamondbacks makes him a safer option for matchup play to use only in San Diego, but if he gains some confidence, it may spill over on the road. This isn't Cy Young material we're talking about here, but many pitching staffs could benefit from someone like Kennedy who won't cause the ERA or WHIP to blow up.