Weekend trades recap, Bits 

September, 3, 2013
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Several veterans that used to be varying levels of proficient in fantasy baseball were traded this weekend (just before the deadline to make them eligible for their new teams in postseason play). Among them are Justin Morneau (Pittsburgh Pirates), Michael Morse (Baltimore Orioles), Jason Kubel (Cleveland Indians), Michael Young (Los Angeles Dodgers) and John Axford (St. Louis Cardinals). Let's take a look at whether these guys are interesting pickups in fantasy for the final month:

• Morneau was hitless in three at-bats Monday. It's debatable whether he's much of an upgrade over his former Minnesota Twins teammate Garrett Jones at first base, but he'll play regularly against right-handers. Morneau hit only .250 in August, but added nine home runs. He's a must-add in NL-only formats for his run-producing potential, but I don't think his value rises in mixed formats. One could make a better case for his new teammate Marlon Byrd, who hit one lineup spot ahead of him on Monday.
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Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images Mike Morse was gangbusters for the Mariners early this season, but has slowed considerably since then.

• Morse hit a pair of singles in Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium, then sat Monday in Cleveland against right-hander Justin Masterson. Morse has had a miserable, injury-filled season, but he certainly possesses legit power, smacking six home runs in the first nine games of the season. He has seven in four-plus months since. Look for him to play mainly against lefty pitchers. I'd take Byrd and Morneau over Morse.

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