Astros-Blue Jays pull off 10-player deal 

July, 20, 2012
At first glance, fantasy owners probably aren't too interested in the 10-player trade announced Friday between the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros. After all, of those 10 players, seven received by the worst team in baseball (the Astros), only half are big leaguers, and for a few of them that term is used loosely. In fact, none of the players in this trade were making a positive impact for fantasy owners.

However, I see two potentially positive results from this trade, and no, one of them isn't that your struggling National League-only fantasy squad is mercifully free of lefty J.A. Happ. For one, Francisco Cordero could find himself getting saves again, and on the Blue Jays' side the trade opened up a roster spot for a minor leaguer we've been discussing for years.

Outfielder Travis Snider is back in the majors yet again after destroying Triple-A pitching. Will he finally hit in the big leagues this time? That could be problematic, but Snider is at least back after producing a 1.021 OPS over 56 games for Las Vegas. Yes, most everyone hits there, but Snider is a lefty-hitting outfielder with pop and has shown bits of plate discipline and speed as well. It would behoove the Jays to either play the guy regularly or deal him.