As we near the All-Star break, it's time to look at some potential trades that can help turn your fantasy baseball season around, or give you that playoff push in hopes to make a run at the championship. There are several players who you should be targeting as they are currently struggling and their owners might just be about ready to deal them. Lets take a look at the list.
- Brian McCann
- There is a lot to like about Yankees catcher Brian McCann. His 10 home runs are tied for third most among catchers in baseball this year, and ranks fifth in runs and sixth in RBI. He might be hitting just .223 but his good eye at the plate is the reason he has a .323 OBP. Also there are only three every day catchers who are hitting .300 or better - Wilson Ramos, Jonathan Lucroy and J.T. Realmuto.
- As the weather heats up in the summer months, you can expect the balls to fly out of Yankee Stadium and McCann will take advantage of that short porch in right field.
- Joey Votto
- Joey Votto was dreadful to start the season. Over the first two months he hit just .213. Pretty alarming for a guy who has hit .300 in nearly every season during his career. Votto has turned things around in June, hitting .302 with a .444 OBP.
- If Votto continues to hit and draw walks he will be a dangerous weapon in the second half. Things could get better too if the 29-49 Reds decide to trade him.
- Brian Dozier
- It's rare nowadays to find a power hitting second baseman, but that is what Brian Dozier has turned into - a real all or nothing type of player. Dozier was awful to start the year, hitting .191 in April and .215 in May with a total of five home runs and 17 RBI. Yikes. He is starting to figure it out in June though, as he is hitting .361 in the month with seven home runs and 19 RBI. Go get him before he's off limits!
- Todd Frazier
- There probably is no better player in the league with a lower price tag in baseball right now than Todd Fraizer. We are just a few days away from July and this guy is hitting under .198.
- His 21 home runs are tied for the second best in the league, so the average is there and is striking out 28% of his at-bats so the ball is being hit into play, just cant find the gaps. Expect Frazier to heat up in the summer and get his average up towards his .250 career mark.
- Troy Tulowitzki
- Tulo was supposed to thrive in this powerful Blue Jays lineup and has done nothing but disappoint so far. In 55 games this year, he is hitting just .214 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI. His OBP is .292. Tulo is a career .293 hitter, so clearly this is something he is going to work himself out of - we hope.
- After hitting just .204 through May, Tulo went on the DL and missed the majority of June (20 games). Since coming back he is hitting .265 with four home runs in just nine games.
- Justin Upton
- The Detroit Tigers can not be happy with the production that Justin Upton has given them after signing him to a $132 million contract, and fantasy owners can not be happy with him either at this point.
- After hitting just .217 with three home runs and 11 RBI through May, Upton has had himself a nice June, hitting .247 with five home runs and 21 RBI. He'll never be a high average guy but it's nice to see his power coming back.
- Giancarlo Stanton
- Stanton has had a really rough year, at one point going through the worst stretch in MLB history, striking out 17 times in 21 at-bats. On the season Stanton has struck out nearly 40% of his at-bats which is why he's hitting just .228
- There are no real signs that Stanton is turning his season around, but we know what this guy is capable of and if you can go get him on the cheap, then go do it.
- Andrew McCutchen
- Over the last six seasons, McCutchen has been one of the most consistent players in the Major Leagues. 2016 has been a different story as we've seen him really struggle at the dish. McCutchen is hitting just .243 with a .317 OBP. His 12 home runs are nice, but he's only driven in 32 runs and has just two stolen bases in seven attempts. Not good.
- This is a former MVP and the Pirates are in striking distance of the NL Wild Card. McCutchen knows that for this team to succeed, he needs to turn his season around.