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MLB trade deadline shakes up fantasy baseball landscape after flurry of deals

With the acquisition of Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. getting closer to returning, the Padres should have one of baseball’s most productive lineups. (Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

The 2022 MLB Trade Deadline certainly didn’t disappoint fans and fantasy managers alike, providing a big trade last weekend (Luis Castillo to Seattle), a major swap on Monday (Josh Hader to San Diego) and a series of impactful deals over the past 24 hours. Let’s break it all down.

San Diego goes all-in, acquires Juan Soto and Josh Bell

The Padres stole the headlines on deadline day, trading away some of their best prospects in order to acquire Soto and Bell. San Diego should have one of baseball’s most productive lineups down the stretch, which bodes well for the fantasy value of their new acquisitions. Both newly acquired players should slot into the top-4 spots in the lineup, with Fernando Tatis Jr. likely occupying the leadoff spot when he returns later this month. And of course, the offensive additions could help Padres starters pick up an extra win down the stretch and enable new closer Josh Hader receive additional save chances.

There is no sugarcoating the fact that the Nationals lineup is now among the worst in baseball. This is a team that should be at the top of the list for streaming opposing starters down the stretch. That being said, there are opportunities available for players such as Yadiel Hernandez and Luis Garcia to hit higher in the lineup and get small bumps in fantasy value. Newly acquired prospect CJ Abrams was immediately optioned by the Nats and is unlikely to spend much time in the Majors down the stretch. One other acquisition — Luke Voit — gets a boost in value, as he should play regularly and hit out of the cleanup spot. I could see Voit being a streamer option in 12-team leagues.

With the acquisition of Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. getting closer to returning, the Padres should have one of baseball’s most productive lineups. (Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

Raisel Iglesias slides to setup role in Atlanta

Although the Soto trade was undoubtedly the biggest deal of the deadline in terms of real baseball implications, the trade of Iglesias to the Braves will have the most fantasy impact. Atlanta will stick with Kenley Jansen as their closer for the remainder of the season before putting Iglesias in that role when Jansen moves on as a free agent next winter. But for the rest of 2022, Iglesias is likely to earn just a few saves. He should fall to waivers in some 10-team leagues and is a marginal asset in 12-team formats. The guess here is that the Angels will likely use a committee to replace…

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