In what figures to be one of the biggest blockbuster trades of the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline, the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres pulled off a three-team trade late last night, with arguably the biggest piece being Trevor Bauer heading to Cincinnati.
This is a trade that changes the landscape of three MLB teams, but also affects the fantasy value of the players involved (and some that weren't traded).
Yasiel Puig is the other big name in this trade, but the move to Cleveland shouldn't impact his fantasy value much, if at all. He should continue along at his current pace and end the season with somewhere around 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases to go along with 80-plus runs and RBI.
It's the other outfielder in this deal, Franmil Reyes, that should see a rise in his fantasy value. Reyes will be an everyday player in Cleveland and he's proven to be a big-time home run hitter (27 this season) that should be slotted into the meat of the Indians' lineup. The addition of Reyes and Puig should improve the Indians' offense as a whole.
The outfielders he's leaving in San Diego, Manuel Margot and Wil Myers, should see a bump in their respective fantasy values, solely due to an increase in playing time with Reyes now in Cleveland.
Acquiring two starting outfielders also means players like Jake Bauers and Greg Allen will become bench players, essentially killing any fantasy value they did have.
And Bauer, the biggest piece of the trade, should remain a top-50 pitcher since his electric stuff can translate anywhere in the MLB. Make your fantasy pickups and drops accordingly.
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