Not since the early 90’s, when the Toronto Blue Jays acquired David Cone and Ricky Henderson at the trade deadline, as they made their push towards back to back World Series titles, have the Blue Jays been this active at the non-waiver wire trade deadline.
This year many were puzzled when the Blue Jays acquired Troy Tulowitzki to help bolster their roster, since they already lead the Major Leagues in runs scored.
The same was said when the Jays acquired David Cone in 1992. They already had a formidable pitching staff that included Dave Stieb, Juan Guzman, Jimmy Key, Jack Morris, Pat Hentgen and many more.
What the Blue Jays management understood then, is that you can never have enough depth; pitching or otherwise. The 2015 Blue Jays hope the addition of Tulowitzki, along with the acquisition of front of the rotation pitcher David Price and supporting cast members Ben Revere and Mark Lowe, will add much needed depth as the current Blue Jays squad makes their push towards a playoff spot.
What do the Blue Jays trade deadline moves mean from a Fantasy perspective?
While most standard mixed leagues won’t be hugely affected since both Tuowitzki and Price should be 100% owned in all mixed league formats, AL-only leagues will see a huge ripple effect from the Tulo trade. Fantasy owners who decided to save their FAAB budget for just this sort of cross-conference trade, will get the opportunity to take a run at the Jays shortstop. Furthermore, given how many quality National League players have moved to the American League, it could make for a very difficult decision for Fantasy owners when they are trying to divvy up the rest of their FAAB budget for the next waiver wire auction. Both players should see a rise in their DFS value by joining the Blue Jays high octane lineup.
Right now the Jays have Tulo batting at the top of the order in front of Josh Donaldson. When Devon Travis returns to the lineup, and re-claims the leadoff spot, Tulo will most likely drop down to fifth in the batting order. In this position he will most likely be between Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin.
Through the first 100 games this season, the Toronto Blue Jays have scored nearly 100 more runs than Price’s former club, the Detroit Tigers. This means Price should expect an extra run or two per game of offense for the rest of his starts this season. So while Price may not be quite in the same super elite category as Clayton Kershaw or Chris Sale, this added run support should elevate his DFS value. Especially at DFS sites like Fanduel where pitching success is very win dependent.
And for those of you who don’t think the trade deadline matters to the other players not involved, check out this twitter conversation between Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Stroman and Jose Bautista after they learned about the David Price trade.
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 30, 2015
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