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The trade action on Wednesday was most notable for what didn't happen. Had Carlos Gomez moved from the Brewers to the Mets, it would have meant a boost for Wilmer Flores, who would have found steadier playing time in Milwaukee. Had the Dodgers, Braves and Marlins consummated their three-way deal, the Fantasy fallout would have been immense. Of course, it could still happen, but for now, the 2015 fortunes of players like Mat Latos, Alex Wood, Hector Olivera, Arodys Vizcaino and Justin Nicolino are in a state of limbo.
One deal that has actually gone down is the Indians' swap of Brandon Moss for Cardinals' minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. Having come over from Oakland in the offseason, Moss has had a mildly disappointing season, especially considering that he left one of the American League's worst home run parks for lefty batters for a better-than-average one. With 15 home runs in 337 at-bats, Moss is actually behind last season' pace, and recall that his 2014 season numbers were weighed down by a miserable final two months.
There is reason to be hopeful for Moss, even though he will now play his home games at pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium. Last season, Moss actually flashed a little more power at O.co Coliseum than on the road, and this year, he has shown far more thump in away games (.270 Isolated Power) than at Progressive Field (.104). These splits suggest that Moss is capable of hitting for power in just about any environment, though he may be equally prone to slumping in all environments as well. Even with his move to St. Louis, what you've seen from Moss is most likely what you'll get: a strikeout- and flyball-prone hitter who can go on a power binge, but with a limited ceiling and low floor for batting average.
That doesn't necessarily make him a good pickup in standard mixed leagues, but he's not a stronger candidate to drop now if you already own him. If you need power in an NL-only Rotisserie league, it should pay to go after him aggressively.
It's not easy to make an impression during the week of the trade deadline if you're not being dealt, but the following three players are worth your attention based on their recent exploits on the field.
Jake Peavy, SP, Giants (25 percent owned)
Remember when the Red Sox dealt Peavy to the Giants last season, and he rediscovered his pinpoint control and overall effectiveness? Ever since coming off his disabled list stint for a back injury, Peavy has looked like that version of himself again. Over five post-DL starts, Peavy has posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with each outing lasting at least six innings. He has shined the brightest in his three starts at AT&T Park, and given his typically modest ground ball rate (43 percent), that's not too surprising. Peavy has had one sub-quality start out of his last five, and not surprisingly, that came at Arizona, which was his only visit to a hitter's park.
It's been awhile since Peavy was a strikeout pitcher, and with slightly diminished velocity, he has been even less of one so far this year. However, Peavy can still be an asset for wins, ERA and WHIP in Rotisserie leagues, and he should also have mixed league value in points leagues when he has two-start weeks in favorable environments.
Curt Casali, C, Rays (7 percent owned)
What little momentum Casali had built up in his 2013 season in the Rays' organization, putting up a .316/.404/.488 slash line between Advanced Class A and Double-A, he frittered away in disappointing tours at Triple-A Durham over the last two seasons. At least in 21 games with the Rays, Casali is making a bigger impression than he ever did in the minors. He clouted a pair of home runs in each of the first two games of this week's series against the Tigers, but even before that power surge, Casali had slugged .500 over the course of 42 at-bats and was taking an increasing portion of the playing time behind the plate away from Rene Rivera.
Though it seems unlikely that Casali will continue to be a reliable power source, he shouldn't be completely devoid of extra-base power either. Though he hasn't displayed it so far in the majors, Casali showed excellent plate discipline in the minors, so he could be an on-base threat. That makes him worth considering in mixed leagues as a second catcher, especially if you have been filling that spot with the likes of Jason Castro or Brayan Pena.
Zack Godley, SP, Diamondbacks (19 percent owned)
If you were taken by surprise by Godley's performance in each of his first two major league starts, you're not alone. He is a 25-year-old who started the year at the Advanced Class A level, and prior to this season, he was a reliever in the lower levels of the Cubs' system. Godley blew away the California League, and after three less-than-impressive starts at Double-A Mobile, the Diamondbacks added him to their rotation. What has followed are back-to-back quality starts, including a six-inning, seven-strikeout debut against the Brewers.
With such a limited track record outside of the lower minors, it's hard to know what to expect from Godley, but it seems improbable that he will have more outings like his debut. Godley has been a consistent inducer of ground balls, and he's has shown good control at each stop this season. That makes him worth picking up in deeper mixed leagues, but it is still far too early to rely on him in any format shallower than 15 teams.