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Grey Matter


The trade deadline isn't always about the primary transactions. It's also about the ancillary moves that need to be made as a result of the deals. So while it seemed that many of the biggest names that moved went from the A.L. to the N.L. and not vice versa, it doesn't mean that there weren't some notable shakeups in the player pool of the Junior Circuit.

With that in mind, here are the 10 key developments that happened as the result of some deadline moves, in no particular order:

There had been speculation that Wilson might be in line for some save chances when Eric Gagne was dealt, with Akinori Otsuka on the shelf. Even though many thought it was going to be Joaquin Benoit, Wilson worked 1 2/3 for the save on Tuesday. He wasn't supposed to get it, necessarily. He was up against a switch-hitter and a lefty to start the ninth, and then Benoit was going to come in to get the last batter, righty Ryan Garko. However, Wilson was cruising through his outing, so Ron Washington let him out there. Does Wilson get the majority of saves until Otsuka returns later this month? Perhaps. At the very least, expect Washington to maybe play matchups with the southpaw, depending on who is due up in the ninth.

Outside of an empty batting average, Luis Castillo doesn't really bring much to the fantasy table anymore. His trade to the Mets opened the door for young speedster Casilla to get another opportunity in the majors. He can flat out fly, and he is not just an empty bat. The Twins may be rushing him a bit, but the bottom line is he's going to play every day and he has great stolen base potential. Like I said, sometimes the bigger move for fantasy players is the one that has to be made as the result of a transaction.

Richar was one of the hottest bats at the upper levels of the minors when he was recalled. The D-Backs really had no room for him as a middle infielder at the major league level, so he was traded to Chicago earlier this season. He put up a .305/.365/.505 line at Triple-A this season with 13 homers and eight steals. He could have more of an impact than you might think if he's playing every day. Especially in single-league formats, sometimes just playing every day is half the battle.

He has put up the numbers all season long, despite a short stint on the disabled list. With Octavio Dotel traded, he will assume the stopper role again. I don't expect him to lose the job to Zack Greinke, as he is plenty good enough to keep it. The other fallout of the Dotel deal is in Atlanta, where Dotel will likely assume primary setup duties from Rafael Soriano. Dotel will also be first in line should injury or ineffectiveness befall Bob Wickman down the stretch.

With the inexplicable Matt Morris trade, McLouth's hold on the center field job in Pittsburgh is certain. (Rajai Davis gives the Giants a more youthful option in the outfield, given the advancing age of their regulars.) Chris Duffy isn't close to returning for the Bucs, so McLouth and his modest steals potential are assured of continued playing time.

With Kyle Lohse out of town and Homer Bailey injured, Dumatrait will be called up to join the Reds rotation. Dumatrait was once a high-profile pitching prospect, but he has had to battle through some injuries. He's a command lefty and his home park isn't going to do him any favors, but in the last couple of days I've talked to a couple of scouts who think he has the chance to do a decent job, even though I'm not convinced. In NL-only leagues, if you need a starter, he might be worth a look depending on your other options. The Lohse deal also bumps J.D. Durbin out of the starting rotation.

The previous primary option when Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable, Okajima will not be able to scrap any saves over the last couple of months with Gagne in town.

The additions of Rob Mackowiak and Morgan Ensberg and the signing of Shea Hillenrbrand to a minor league deal with an assurance of a callup all indicate that the "Kooz" has to step up his game, pronto.

Philip Hughes returns to the majors on Saturday, and the team's other top pitching prospect may be on the way, as well. It may not happen right away, but it's going to be hard to keep Chamberlain out of the bullpen the last couple of months. He stuck out the side in his last relief outing, and he seems to be the prime candidate to slide into Scott Proctor's role in the Bronx bullpen. It may not occur immediately, but it's hard not to see it happening eventually. Keeper leagues will especially need to take note and roster him immediately, as his role down the road will be as a starter or eventual closer.

Not only is Jason Giambi on the verge of coming back, but the Yanks are going to ask Wilson Betemit to play some first base in addition to the other three infield spots he has manned in the past. Duncan, the three-homer hero of a couple of weekends ago, will continue to be out of luck when it comes to major league playing time, and Phillips, despite hitting .293 since becoming the starter at first base, may find his playing time curtailed as well.