Waiver Wired: Oscar Freed

Waiver Wired: Oscar Freed
In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short sees opportunity for Oscar Taveras and looks at some quick post-trade deadline fallout.
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Kevin Kouzmanoff will miss the rest of the season after requiring a second surgery on his back following a setback.

He wasn't a great back to return this year, anyway, but a second back surgery makes his long-term future pretty cloudy. Kouzmanoff will likely be non-tendered this winter.
Jul 31 - 5:16 PM

Braves acquired INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell from the Cubs for C Victor Caratini.

Bonifacio has boosted his trade value since returning from the disabled list and owns a .279/.318/.373 batting line over 69 games this season to go along with 19 extra-base hits, 14 stolen bases, and 35 runs scored. It's not immediately clear how the Braves plan to use him, but he could push B.J. Upton to the bench at least some of the time.
Jul 31 - 5:16 PM

Jurickson Profar (shoulder) won't play this season, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson.

Profar is 10-14 days away from a throwing program, and he could play in the Arizona Fall League or winter ball. Fantasy owners should obviously continue to stash away the former No. 1 overall prospect in keeper formats.
Jul 31 - 5:11 PM

Cubs placed LHP Felix Doubront on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain.

We'd never -- ever! -- accuse a big league club of shenanigans, but... it's possible this is a phantom injury. Doubront, acquired from the Red Sox on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash considerations, is out of options, and Chicago is happy enough with back-end-of-the-rotation options Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada at the moment. They can now delay Doubront's Chicago debut for a few weeks.
Jul 31 - 5:07 PM

Astros acquired RHP Francis Martes from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal.

Martes, 18, is a lottery ticket for the Astros. The righty holds a 3.74 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 79 1/3 innings in rookie ball and is obviously a long ways away from the majors.
Jul 31 - 5:03 PM

Astros acquired 3B Colin Moran from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal.

The Astros nearly took Moran with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and now they end up getting him barely over a year later. Moran has hit .295/.346/.408 with just nine homers over his first 131 professional games, but Houston obviously thinks he could become a productive regular at third base in time.
Jul 31 - 4:59 PM

Astros acquired OF Jake Marisnick, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Frances Martes and a 2015 compensation pick from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Jarred Cosart, INF Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates.

Marisnick had been at Triple-A but will report to the Astros' big league club. The 23-year-old has hit just .178/.226/.223 over his first 54 big league games, but he has power and speed upside and should be a fixture in the Astros' outfield for years.
Jul 31 - 4:56 PM

Diamondbacks C Peter O’Brien and either a player to be named later or cash from the Yankees for 3B Martin Prado.

O'Brien, recently named New York's No. 9 prospect by MLB.com, has blasted an impressive 33 home runs this season on the farm. So why isn't he ranked higher? Firstly, O'Brien's pitch recognition must improve -- he has a ridiculous .555 slugging percentage at Double-A, and a sickly .296 OPS. Will he be able to make consistent contact against the world's best pitchers? He's also is a poor defensive catcher who doesn't have the speed to project into the outfield, meaning first base is his only realistic option if the receiving doesn't improve ASAP.
Jul 31 - 4:56 PM
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