MLB Trade Deadline Bargain Bin: Bourgeois, Gordon, Davis
By Tommy Rancel //
As your league and roster recovers from a fast and furious weekend of deadline moves, you may find yourself looking for some new, uncovered waiver wire gems. With every piece sold by a non-contender, a job opening for someone else becomes available. Here are three players who have value, have a new job, and should be available on most wires.
The Astros replace the speedy Michael Bourn with…the speedy Jason Bourgeois. In many ways their new centerfielder may look like their old one, but their true talent levels are not the same. Although Bourgeois is hitting .354 on the season, it is in limited duty and his .383 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) will fall with increased playing time. The one true asset he does possess is speed. In 54 games, he has swiped 22 bags in just 27 opportunies. As long as he gets on-base at a decent clip, he should eclipse 40 steals. Now having hitters behind him to covert those steals into runs is another issue.
Although the Orioles were sellers at the deadline, they did buy low on former Rangers’ prospect Chris Davis. Hours after they did so, they traded away their own first baseman – Derrek Lee – to the Pirates to clear room for Davis in the lineup. At age 25, the slugger has been saddled with the dreaded “Quad-A” label as a player who excels in the minors, but flounders in the majors. In recent seasons this has been true, but Davis did belt 38 big league home runs in part-time work during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He has 24 home runs in 48 games in the minors this year. While putting it altogether is easier said than done, Davis could be a nice power pick-up for the stretch run.
Once the Dodgers traded Rafael Furcal, the Dee Gordon era officially began. The 23-year-old shortstop struggling in his initial callup earlier this summer (.223 batting average in 23 games), but is a top of the lineup prospect with speed to burn. He may not hit many balls over the fence, but can spray them to the gaps, racking up doubles and triples in bunches. After stealing 73 bases in 2009, he swiped another 50 bags last season. Although his first go around with the big league club didn’t last long, he did steal nine bases in 12 chances. Like most prospects, he may struggle at first, but at a position void of stars, he is one to watch.
Although their clubs were sellers, you should consider buying these players.
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