The Major League Baseball trade deadline has passed, and now we can focus on the final two months of the season and win a championship. We’re never done tinkering with our rosters as we strive to find players that can give us a boost, even if it’s a short amount of time.
Baltimore Orioles reliever Felix Bautista — The Orioles decided to sell high on closer Jorge Lopez and traded him to the Minnesota Twins. Baltimore is in the playoff hunt, so we need to be invested. The next man up is Bautista, and the rookie is having an amazing season. He is pitching to a 1.81 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and a strong 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Bautista is right around the 50 percent threshold and in leagues that count, he may already be gone. However, he’s still widely available on Yahoo! Sports leagues so he gets mentioned. Bautista is a must-add in all formats.
Chicago Cubs reliever Rowan Wick — Tread carefully and only take a chance if you’re in huge need of savings. The Cubs punted on the season and traded four bullpen arms, opening up an opportunity in the ninth inning. Wick appears to be the first pitcher who will get a chance to earn saves. The issue is the Cubs aren’t very good and neither is Wick. The right-hander is pitching to a 4.36 ERA, 1.73 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. We’re chasing savings with this. Fantasy baseball is a wild game when Wick is relevant in August.
Baltimore Orioles Shortstop Jorge Mateo — The 27-year-old has amazing speed and ranks second in baseball in stolen bases with 26. The issue has been the bat and whether the trade-off of steals is worth a bad batting average. However, Mateo is finally hitting the baseball and still swiping bases, putting him firmly on the fantasy radar. In his last 21 games, Mateo is batting .300 with four home runs, 10 RBIs, 13 runs scored and six stolen bases. If the shortstop can just be adequate the next two months, fantasy owners have a player who could give them a huge boost down the stretch.
Los Angeles Angels Infielder Luis Rengifo — Another infielder on a hot streak is Rengifo, as he is batting .348 in his last 22 games with 10 RBIs, six runs scored and three stolen bases. The home run power has not been there during this stretch, but he does have five on the season. Rengifo is eligible at second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield, which is huge. He’s a player who can be plugged in all over your lineup and provide a lift.
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