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Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Several high-profile players are rumored likely to be traded by the deadline, and these trades always open up roster spots for players stuck on the bench or the minors.
Matt Holliday is a candidate to be traded by the deadline, and if traded that will open up an outfield starting job. Aaron Cunningham and Travis Buck would be the two players most likely to see an increase in playing time and both have been solid minor league players but have never put it together in the majors.
Buck flashed his potential in his rookie season in 2007 when he played half the season and batted .290 with 7 home runs and 4 steals. He has since bounced between the majors and Triple-A, playing well in Sacramento but poorly in Oakland. Cunningham is known as a polished, overall solid player whose game should translate well to the majors. Both players should only be considered in AL-Only leagues (or 16+ mixed) if Holliday leaves town.
Alex Rios of the Blue Jays is another player likely to be dealt, and the obvious replacement for him in right is someone fantasy players are familiar with from the beginning of the season: Travis Snider. Snider played well at times in his major league audition, but ended up a bit over matched and left for Triple-A with just a .242 batting average and 3 home runs. At just 21 years old there is still time for him to mature, but he should be looked at more for next year.
Posted by Paul Singman at 2:15pm
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