Frank is on a well-earned vacation, so this is Dan Schneier handling the newsletter this week. Welcome! The MLB trade deadline came and went, and wow was this a crazy one. This might be the craziest deadline in years from a volume of trades standpoint but also from the standpoint of big names who moved homes. We're going to check in all of the players in new places to see how they did on their debuts for their new teams, and we're also going to tackle the biggest news of the weekend -- Padres SS Fernando Tatis' injury and whether he'll have to ultimately have that surgery.
Tatis injury fallout
Padres SS Fernando Tatis is back on the IL again with shoulder subluxation. This time he will rest and rehab, but surgery is on the table -- and that's scary. Tatis injured his shoulder earlier this season. This occurred on Saturday when he was running the bases and slid awkwardly. He also injured his shoulder in spring training in addition to these two times in the regular season. Surgery doesn't seem likely, but it's on the table.
Players to add if you lost Tatis: Rockies' Brendan Rodgers (47%), Marlins' Jazz Chisholm (75%), Reds' Kyle Farmer ... Rodgers didn't have any homer in his first 12 games, but he's hitting .287 with a 36-HR pace since then. He's our top option right now. If all of those players are already claimed in your league, Padres' Ha-Seong Kim went 2 for 3 with a homer and 3 RBI Sunday. Chris also agrees Rodgers is the most obvious option to pick up and replace Tatis.
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More bad news on the deGrom front
Mets fans who were hoping for the best with more recent optimistic news surrounding the best pitcher in baseball, Jacob deGrom, got the opposite this weekend. DeGrom has now been shut down for two weeks after additional inflammation following a bullpen session Thursday. At this point it seems likely deGrom will miss most or all of August.
One thing we've talked about a lot with deGrom is that there's always something going on with him health wise. Why are we more concerned now? This is a recurring injury. And forearm tightness can be tricky.
DeGrom out for an extended absence leads us to this question: Is Max Scherzer the best pitcher in Fantasy right now as a member of the Dodgers? For now, Scott still has Gerrit Cole higher, but he has fumbled more than a couple starts since the foreign substance crackdown. Some others on the periphery of being the SP1 are Walker Buehler and Brandon Woodruff -- less so the latter.
Alcantara returns to form
Against a Yankees lineup with a lot of swing and miss but even more power, it's never easy to get through this lineup. For Marlins SP Sandy Alcantara, he reversed a bit of a slide he had been on by shutting down this high-upside Yankees lineup. Alcantara delivered 10 strikeouts and brought down his 3.29 ERA. Chris views him as a top-15 SP the rest of the way. Alcantara is not quite at the ace level he flashed in April and May, but he is settling in as a Jose Berrios innings-eater type and you could do a lot worse. Alcantara seems likely to remain an excellent Fantasy option for years to come.
How deadline players are faring in new homes
- Kris Bryant hit second, homered in Giants debut.
- Javier Baez hit cleanup, also homered in Mets debut.
- Anthony Rizzo hit fourth twice, led off Sunday, also homered in his Yankees debut.
- Joey Gallo hit second twice, third once in his Yankees debut. LeMahieu and Voit were out of starting lineup for all three.
- Craig Kimbrel worked the eighth, Liam Hendriks the ninth in tie game for the White Sox. Kyle Ryan got the save vs. Washington Saturday, Manuel Rodriguez worked the bottom of the eighth in a loss Friday (2 K), and then the bottom of the ninth in a tie game and gave up a home run Sunday.
- Starling Marte hit second, had four steals in his first four games with Oakland -- quelling those concerns.
- Josiah Gray will start for the Nationals on Monday.
- Jose Berrios vs. KC in his Blue Jays debut pitched six shutout innings and was dominant.
- Kyle Schwarber (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon and join the Red Sox lineup.
- Jorge Soler -- 4 for 7 with one walk, hitting sixth and second for the Braves.
- Braves OF Eddie Rosario is on the IL and out a few more weeks.
- Kyle Finnegan got the first two saves for Washington after the Brad Hand trade -- 3.21 ERA, 1.452 WHIP (3.70 FIP) with 46 K in 42 IP this season.
- Myles Straw batted eighth for Cleveland and homered Sunday.
- Phillies SP Kyle Gibson in his Philadelphia debut vs. PIT -- 6 2/3, two earned, five strikeouts.
- Spencer Patton got first save chance for Rangers and blew the save on homer.
- Diego Castillo allowed a walk off HR Saturday in first save opportunity with Seattle.
More news and notes
- Rays SP Tyler Glasnow will have Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of 2021 and likely a large chunk of the 2022 season.
- Reds 1B Joey Votto did not homer!
- Astros 3B Alex Bregman (quad) was pulled from Sunday's game with hamstring tightness.
- Athletics SP James Kaprelian (shoulder impingement) was placed on the IL.
- Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw felt some soreness after sim game.
- Dodgers SP Tony Gonsolin placed on IL with shoulder inflammation.
- Red Sox SP Chris Sale had seven strikeouts in five innings Saturday at AAA, will start again Saturday.
- Padres SP Chris Paddack was placed on IL with left oblique strain.
- The Mets did not sign No. 10 overall pick Kumar Rocker.
- Royals SP Brad Keller left Sunday's game with back tightness.
- Yankees Domingo German was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation.
- Braves C Travis d'Arnaud (fractured thumb) has begun a rehab assignment.
- Luis Garcia was called up and is taking over at 2B for Nationals. He's a 21-year-old prospect batting .303 with 13 homers, a .970 OPS, a 16.4% strikeout rate in AAA. This is the type of flier to take a swing on.
- Angels SP Alex Cobb went to the IL with wrist inflammation; Reid Detmers was called up for Sunday.
- Twins OF Byron Buxton has begun hitting off a tee.
- Gabe Kapler says Giants hitters Evan Longoria, Tommy La Stella, and Brandon Belt could all be back within the week.