The Major League Trade deadline was more active than I anticipated as teams didn’t have months to scout a player. However, with more teams still in the playoff race due to the playoffs expanding, it appears organizations were willing to improve their rosters in hope to win a championship.

As always, there are fantasy impacts to every move and some of the waiver wire recommendations reflect that.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Colorado Rockies Reliever Daniel Bard — Fantasy owners are hesitant to invest in any pitcher on the Rockies and rightfully so. But when someone appears they have the closer job locked down and is owned in less than 30 percent Yahoo! Sports leagues, we must act. Bard has converted all four of his save opportunities for the Rockies and has racked up 20 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. If you’re hoping to add a few saves, Bard could be a nice target. Colorado did just trade for Mychal Givens; if Bard struggles, Givens could get a chance so he should be on your radar as well.

Seattle Mariners Reliever Yoshihisa Hirano — This is a speculative add as we don’t officially know if Hirano will slide into the closer role. The Mariners just traded their closer, Taylor Williams, to the San Diego Padres so it does open up chances for Hirano. The Mariners haven’t played in a few days due to the Oakland A’s having a positive COVID-19 test, but they will return to action Sept. 4. If fantasy owners can afford a roster spot and are hurting for saves, Hirano is worth the pickup. I completely understand also seeing how the Mariners play this out when they do finally return to play.

Chicago White Sox Starting Pitcher Dane Dunning — The 25-year-old has been impressive through two starts, as he struck out at least seven hitters in both appearances. Dunning has only allowed three earned runs in those starts and has only walked two. Dunning is scheduled to make another start Sept. 4, and if he is successful again, the youngster will be difficult to grab off the waiver wire as he’s still owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues.

Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Ryan Mountcastle — Orioles fans have been clamoring for Mountcastle to be promoted since the summer of 2019, but it took until August 2020 for the prospect to make his debut. Mountcastle hasn’t disappointed, as he has shown he can handle all kinds of pitching and just flat out hits. The Orioles are going to continue to play Mountcastle every day and bat him in a position of the lineup where he could rack up RBIs. The two home runs against the Toronto Blue Jays Aug. 30 showed the power he has, but I think for now, fantasy owners can rely on a strong batting average and the ability to drive in runs. If you need a boost in outfield depth, Mountcastle is a strong target.

Phil Backert

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