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With the trickle of deals preceding Friday's pre-waiver trade deadline, Fantasy owners won't have to wait until the weekend to deal with all of the Fantasy-related fallout. If you're in AL- and NL-only leagues, you're probably already scraping up every last dollar to bid on Troy Tulowitzki or Jose Reyes, but don't overlook the mixed league waiver possibilities that are also looming.
Tyler Clippard joined the growing ranks of crossovers, as he moved from the American to the National League, but the deal could make potential ripples in mixed leagues, as well as in AL- and NL-only formats. Whoever succeeds Clippard as the A's closer could have potential mixed and AL-only league impact, but there is no clear heir apparent. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle mentions Edward Mujica, Eric O'Flaherty, Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Rodriguez as potential candidates, though Mujica and O'Flaherty could be on their way out of Oakland themselves. The situation bears watching, but if you were to speculate on one candidate, it should be Pomeranz. Though Rodriguez is having a solid season that features an 11.0 K/9 ratio, Pomeranz has actually been used more consistently in a setup role and has enjoyed success since joining the bullpen.
As for Clippard himself, he has lost virtually all of his value in moving to the Mets, who will use him in a setup role. He could have some appeal in NL-only leagues as someone who could serve as a closer when incumbent Jeurys Familia needs a day off, and he is also a handcuff option for owners looking for insurance should Familia get hurt or lose the role.
There will certainly be more trade deadline intrigue to come. While you're waiting for news of the next trade to arrive, here is a trio of underowned outfield-eligible players to consider for your next visit to the waiver wire.
Preston Tucker, OF, Astros (36 percent owned)
The month of July has been kind to Tucker, who appears to have settled in as the Astros' everyday left fielder. After slumping his way to a .189/.259/.338 slash line in June, Tucker has rebounded with a .297/.325/.554 line this month. He has really come alive in recent days, hitting four home runs over his last six games, but there is reason to think this isn't an isolated power surge. Tucker has hit for home run power at every level of the minors, most recently lighting up the Pacific Coast League for 10 home runs in 25 games early this season. With a 50 percent swing rate (per FanGraphs), Tucker has been aggressive, but in exercising good plate discipline and decent contact skills, he could continue to increase his .262 batting average.
He may be a borderline candidate for mixed three-outfielder leagues, but Tucker has a profile worth owning and starting in five-outfielder formats.
Adam Eaton, OF, White Sox (48 percent owned)
To judge by his .329 on-base percentage and 7 for 11 record on stolen bases, Eaton's season would appear to be a colossal disappointment so far. Yet while Eaton's ownership rate has held fairly steady in recent weeks, his production has been quietly soaring. Though he has picked up only two steals over his last 25 games, Eaton has regained his on-base mojo with a .363 OBP, and home run power has made a surprise appearance. After hitting a total of nine home runs over the first 277 games in his career, Eaton has banged five of them during his recent 25-game stretch. It's not merely coincidence either, as Eaton has dramatically increased his flyball rate over the past month (39 percent in July, as compared to a 24 percent career rate, according to FanGraphs).
It's hard to know whether Eaton can sustain this change, but more mixed league owners -- both in Rotisserie and points formats -- could stand to stash him and find out with him safely tucked away on their rosters.
Adonis Garcia, OF, Braves (0 percent owned)
Garcia holds the distinction of being the least owned player who has homered in each of his last two games. You would figure that with his recent power display, he would have moved the needle a little bit in NL-only leagues, but his ownership rate in CBSSports.com leagues remains stuck at 0 percent. The 30-year-old, who played seven seasons in the Cuban National Series before defecting in 2011, showed only moderate pop as a Yankees farmhand and displayed mostly doubles power (17 in 331 at-bats) with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett. However, Garcia has shown good contact skills, and with three straight starts at third base, the Braves may have found their successor to Juan Uribe. The promise of regular playing time, batting average potential and the possibility of some extra-base power should make Garcia a must-add in NL-only leagues.