PT TODAY: ARI lands big trade-deadline bat in Martinez

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National League | American League
 
Diamondbacks | Arizona acquires J.D. Martinez
Detroit Tigers OF J.D. Martinez was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, July 18, in exchange for INFs Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.  Source: Tigers.com
 
BHQ take: The Diamondbacks, on the losing end in 11 of their last 14 games, reeled in the biggest trading-deadline bat available in Martinez, who had a .912 OPS during his four seasons in Detroit. A right-field only OF for the past several years, he’s likely to move David Peralta to LF, where the Diamondbacks have been running out the likes of Daniel Descalso, Gregor Blanco and Chris Herrmann—who will all take a playing-time hit with Martinez’s arrival. (The team will have further OF decisions to make when Yasmani Tomas returns from his groin injury, ETA mid-August.) Martinez missed the first six weeks of 2017 with a sprained ligament in his foot but is in full throttle in July, slashing .340/.407/.617 for the month, and the move from largely neutral Comerica Park to Chase Field could enhance his already remarkable 28% hr/f. Also noteworthy is Martinez’s abuse of LHP (1.661 OPS in 38 AB), and for all of ARI’s offensive prowess, their collective .660 OPS vL is third-lowest in MLB. Clearly, landing Martinez is a win for the Diamondbacks and his fantasy owners for the balance of 2017, and if the free-agent-to-be takes a liking to his new environs, it could put the team in a favorable light if they decide to negotiate for his services for 2018 and beyond.   —Rob Carroll
 
Impact: High
Blanco, Gregor PT Loss: -20%      
Tomas, Yasmany PT Loss: -20%      
Peralta, David PT Loss: -5%      
Martinez, J.D.        
Descalso, Daniel W PT Loss: -5%      
Herrmann, Chris PT Loss: -5%      
 

 
Pirates | Starling Marte officially activated
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte was activated from the restricted list Tuesday, July 18. He had served an 80-game suspension for violating the MLB's performance-enhancing drugs policy.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Marte returned from his 80-game suspension and hit leadoff for the Pirates on Tuesday, July 18, going 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He struggled out of the gate before his suspension, hitting .241 with two homers and seven RBI in 13 games. Hitting leadoff could be in his future. Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that he would prefer to put Marte in one spot and leave him there. If that plays out, runs and stolen bases could increase, but the RBI opportunities would slip.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: High
Marte, Starling PT Gain: 40%      
 

 
Phillies | Vincent Velasquez may start Tuesday
Philadelphia Phillies RHP Vincent Velasquez (elbow) may be a candidate to start Tuesday, July 18.  Source: MLB.com - Todd Zolecki
 
BHQ take: Velasquez missed more than two months with his elbow issue. Before then, he had disappointed with a 5.58 ERA over 50 innings in 2017. It's noteworthy, however, that his underlying skills painted a much more optimistic picture. His xERA was 4.22, his Dom was 9.5 and his Cmd was 2.5. Those numbers were only slightly off his 2016 campaign when he had a very good 117 BPV. If Velasquez is truly healthy, he is worth using in most fantasy leagues. To make room for Velasquez, the Phillies sent Mark Leiter back to Triple-A. Over the last month, Leiter made four appearances, including three starts, throwing a total of 17 innings. He yielded 18 hits and seven runs, walked five and struck out 16. During that small sample, he managed a 96 BPV. If he were able to maintain that level over an extended period, he could help some teams in deep leagues. That, of course, also requires that he return in time to throw a significant amount of innings down the stretch. Something that is far from certain at this point in 2017.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Velasquez, Vincent    PT Gain: 3%   
Leiter, Mark    PT Loss: -1%   
 

 
Brewers | Stephen Vogt placed on the DL
Milwaukee Brewers C Stephen Vogt (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, July 18, with a sprained left knee. RHP Junior Guerra (shin) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: MIL recalled C Jett Bandy from Triple-A as Vogt's roster replacement. Bandy had split time with MIL C Manny Pina before his demotion when MIL acquired Vogt in a June waiver transaction. Bandy's extended slump following a hot April start resulted in declining PT, even before his demotion. He likely will serve as a backup with Pina doing the the bulk of the catching in Vogt's absence. Pina's solid contact skill, a line-drive stroke and ample hard contact, as reflected in his 107 HctX, have resulted in solid production. His 34% h% could prove inflated, so his BA could dip toward his xBA. Vogt was showing increased power after his move to the NL, with four HR among his seven hits with MIL, going 7-for-28 in 12 games. Guerra avoided missing a scheduled start due to the All-Star break. He has struggled in his 10 starts, with 39 K/31 BB in 49 IP. His negative BPV and 5.89 xERA suggest avoidance in all formats.  —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Vogt, Stephen PT Loss: -15%      
Pina, Manny PT Gain: 5%      
Guerra, Junior PT Gain: 1%   
Bandy, Jett PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
Marlins | Martin Prado returns to disabled list
Miami Marlins 3B Martin Prado (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, July 17, after suffering a right knee strain.  Source: The Miami Herald
 
BHQ take: Prado hits the DL for the third time this season. This time it's a knee, rather than a hamstring issue. At this time, it's not clear how much time the third baseman will miss, so his playing time projection has only been slightly reduced. Miguel Rojas was activated off the DL to replace Prado. Before breaking his thumb, Rojas had a .270 xBA, but only a 44 PX over 65 at-bats. He did have two stolen bases on the strength of a 127 Spd. Rojas is expected to share time with J.T. Riddle at short and will also see time at third along with Derek Dietrich while Prado is out. Dietrich has a .244 xBA and an 83 PX over 212 at-bats in 2017.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Rojas, Miguel PT Gain: 5%      
Dietrich, Derek PT Gain: 10%      
Prado, Martin M PT Loss: -15%      
 

 
Nationals | More roster moves for Washington
Washington Nationals RHPs Austin Adams and Trevor Gott were optioned to Class AAA Syracuse Tuesday, July 18.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: In addition to Gott and Adams being demoted, Washington again designated Jacob Turner for assignment. The moves were needed to make room for Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson and Edwin Jackson. Both Gott and Adams were up for a couple days, appeared briefly and fared poorly. Indeed, Adams failed to retire a batter in his outing. Turner was up for a day and did not make an appearance. Fantasy owners can safely ignore all three.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Gott, Trevor    PT Loss: -2%   
Adams, Austin        
Turner, Jacob    PT Loss: -1%   
 

 
Marlins | Adam Conley called up
Miami Marlins LHP Adam Conley was recalled from Class AAA New Orleans on Tuesday, July 18. In a corresponding move, RHP Drew Steckenrider was optioned to New Orleans.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Conley returns after 2+ months with New Orleans. He did not pitch well with the Marlins in April and early May, compiling an xERA of 5.74 and an untenable Ctl of 5.0 over 28.2 innings. He hasn't pitched much better with New Orleans. In 62.1 innings there, he had a 5.49 ERA with 25 walks and 41 strikeouts. Steckenrider gets demoted one day after getting credited with his first MLB win. He threw 7.2 innings with the Marlins, yielding 11 hits, four walks, three earned runs and striking out nine. His BPV was a decent 89. With the Marlins expected to shed pitching at the trading deadline, it's likely that Steckenrider will be back with Miami in the near future.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Steckenrider, Drew    PT Loss: -2%   
Conley, Adam    PT Gain: 2%   
 

 
Reds | Scott Feldman lands on DL
Cincinnati Reds RHP Scott Feldman (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, July 18, with right knee inflammation. The Reds also optioned OF Jesse Winker to Class AAA Louisville. In corresponding moves, RHPs Lisalverto Bonilla and Sal Romano were recalled from Louisville.  Source: Cincinnati.Reds.MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Updating previous reports, Romano likely will see an extended opportunity in the CIN rotation after a solid pre-All-Star break start at ARI. Right-handed starter Jackson Stephens, who won his July 1 MLB debut in a spot start, seems the most likely candidate as Feldman's rotation replacement, though other possibilities remain. Stephens recorded 8 K/1 BB in 5 IP in the aforementioned outing. Bonilla provides a fresh relief arm for an overworked CIN bullpen. He has made eight appearances, including four starts, with 25 K/17 BB in 32 IP while shuttling between CIN and Triple-A, with his problematic Ctl/Cmd limiting his opportunities. Winker's demotion expands the CIN pitching staff to 13 pitchers after carrying only 12 pitchers recently.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Romano, Sal    PT Gain: 2%   
Winker, Jesse        
Bonilla, Lisalverto    PT Gain: 1%   
Feldman, Scott    PT Loss: -2%   
 

 
Mets | Hansel Robles recalled
The New York Mets recalled RHP Hansel Robles from Class AAA Las Vegas on Monday, July 17.  Source: MLB.com
 
BHQ take: Robles is back after six weeks at Triple-A Las Vegas, and lo and behold the first batter he faced on July 17, hit a three-run homer. He did retire the other two batters he faced, but until there's some consistent success, fantasy owners can ignore the Met righthander. To make room for Robles, the Mets sent Chase Bradford back to Vegas. In six innings with the Mets, he yielded nine hits, a walk and five runs. He may be back at some point in 2017, but he too can be left off owners' radar screens.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Low
Bradford, Chase    PT Loss: -1%   
Robles, Hansel    PT Gain: 2%   
 

 
Cubs | John Lackey returns from the DL
Chicago Cubs RHP John Lackey (foot) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, July 18. RHP Eddie Butler was optioned to Class AAA Iowa in a corresponding move.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Lackey has disappointed in 2017, with a 12%/47% PQS-DOM/DIS. His 4.39 xERA is his worst since 2011, though considerably better than his 5.20 ERA, likely inflated by his inability to keep the ball in the park. His 2.2 HR/9 and 21% hr/f are career worsts, considerably higher than his career norms. If Lackey improves his ability to limit home runs, his ERA should begin dipping toward his xERA. Butler made 11 starts among his 12 appearances after his May promotion from Triple-A, averaging fewer than five innings per start. His negative BPV and 5.56 xERA suggest his sub-4.00 ERA is a mirage. Butler's poor Ctl and sub-marginal Dom have yielded 30 K/27 BB in 53 IP. He will provide organizational rotation depth for CHC, and could return in case of further rotation injuries, otherwise possibly in September.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Butler, Eddie    PT Loss: -1%   
Lackey, John    PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
Padres | Austin Hedges placed on disabled list
San Diego Padres C Austin Hedges (concussion) was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday, July 18. RHP Jose Valdez was recalled from Class AAA El Paso in a corresponding move.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Hedges had been unable to answer the bell for three consecutive games, so it was time. No PT% adjustment at least for now, as Hector Sanchez and Rule 5 pick Luis Torrens will handled the catching AB in Hedges' absence. Valdez—nine runs allowed over 10 IP, three HR allowed, 14/5 K/BB—will continue his bullpen shuttle until he can figure out a way to keep runs off the board.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Med
Hedges, Austin        
 

 
 
 
American League | National League
 
Astros | Carlos Correa will have surgery
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa (thumb) will undergo surgery to repair the torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to be out for at least eight weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.  Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal
 
BHQ take: Big loss for the Astros, though they have enough of a lead and enough depth to only need Correa back for the last weeks in September and a post-season tune-up. His injury ups the immediate PT% projection for Marwin Gonzalez, who was in the lineup at SS on Tuesday vs. SEA—as well as perhaps Norichika Aoki and Jake Marisnick to lesser degrees. But Colin Moran takes over Correa’s roster spot, and he’s likely to get an opportunity to play some 3B in Correa’s absence. A former first-round pick from 2013, Moran’s plate skills and average power had offered some potential prior to 2016, before everything fell apart at AAA-Fresno. But he’s rebounded across-the-board with a vengeance in 2017, posting a .916 OPS through 302 AB (31/55 BB/K) with a career-high 18 HR. He’ll get an opportunity to earn some playing time, and the Astros have enough cushion to see if Moran’s step-up is for real. With Gonzalez and Alex Bregman likely taking over the SS AB over the near-term, the HOU 3B AB look fluid over the near-term.  —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Bregman, Alex        
Moran, Colin PT Gain: 25%      
Correa, Carlos PT Loss: -60%      
Marisnick, Jake PT Gain: 5%      
Gonzalez, Marwin PT Gain: 20%      
Aoki, Norichika PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
Tigers | Detroit trades J.D. Martinez to Arizona
Detroit Tigers OF J.D. Martinez was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, July 18, in exchange for INFs Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.  Source: Tigers.com
 
BHQ take: Martinez's departure leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the DET lineup, with no proven source of production to replace him in RF. The trade likely means added PT for OFs Mike Mahtook and Alex Presley, with Presley perhaps getting the bulk of RF PT, while Mahtook could get an extended trial as a virtual everyday CF after playing part time to date. OF prospects JaCoby Jones, who opened the season in CF for DET, and Christin Stewart, currently having a productive Double-A season, could see late-season opportunities. Journeyman OF Jim Adduci, who was 14-for-44 as an early season injury replacement, could be a call-up candidate. Adduci has been playing in Triple-A. Mahtook is showing an intriguing speed/power combination and making ample hard contact, though his subpar plate skills likely will eventually narrow the gap between his .270+ BA and his .244 xBA. More PT updates likely will follow as the situation clears.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Lugo, Dawel        
Mahtook, Mikie PT Gain: 30%      
Adduci, James PT Gain: 5%      
Presley, Alex PT Gain: 25%      
Stewart, Christin PT Gain: 15%      
Jones, JaCoby PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
Twins | Two more moves made by Twins
Minnesota Twins RHP Phil Hughes (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, July 18, with thoracic outlet syndrome. In addition, 1B Kennys Vargas was optioned to Class AAA Rochester.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Hughes is likely done for the season. At this point, we'll wait to zero him out until it becomes official. If he is done, he finishes the season 4-3 with a 5.87 ERA in only 53.1 innings. Vargas was optioned to Triple-A Rochester as the Twins called up Craig Breslow to help the bullpen, giving Mgr Paul Molitor eight relievers.   —Rick Green
 
Impact: Low
Vargas, Kennys PT Loss: -25%      
Hughes, Phil PT Loss: -2%   
Breslow, Craig        

 

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