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Seeing Double at the Deadline

Friday, July 27, 2012

Last week, I called out a number of two-start pitchers who were candidates to switch teams with July 31st rapidly approaching. Among the names mentioned – Francisco Liriano, Zack Greinke, Wandy Rodriguez and Clayton Richard – only Rodriguez has been dealt thus far.

The remaining names continue to buzz as we inch toward Tuesday's deadline, but none of them repeat as two-start pitchers.

The big name on this week's list is Ryan Dempster. He seems very likely to be traded, although talks between the Cubs and Dodgers have apparently stalled. Among other guys set to go twice, only Cliff Lee and maybe Edinson Volquez look like feasible candidates to move and both are long-shots. The flurry of trades that will undoubtedly take place in the coming days is sure to shake up the fantasy world, but aside from Dempster, most of the pitchers listed below should be locked in. (And of course, even if he's moved, there's a good chance Dempster could stay on schedule.)

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

David Price: @OAK (Griffin), BAL (Gonzalez)
Tommy Milone: TB (Shields), TOR (Laffey)
A.J. Griffin: TB (Price), TOR (Romero)
Jered Weaver: @TEX (Feldman), @CWS (Floyd)
Max Scherzer: @BOS (Buchholz), CLE (Lowe)

Decent Plays

Aaron Laffey: @SEA (Vargas), @OAK (Milone)
Derek Holland: LAA (Santana), @KC (Hochevar)
Scott Feldman: LAA (Weaver), @KC (Smith)
Freddy Garcia: BAL (Gonzalez), SEA (Iwakuma)
Jose Quintana: @MIN (De Vries), LAA (Santana)
Josh Beckett: DET (Verlander), MIN (Blackburn)
Clay Buchholz: DET (Scherzer), MIN (De Vries)
Miguel Gonzalez: @NYY (Garcia), @TB (Price)

At Your Own Risk

Ricky Romero: @SEA (Iwakuma), @OAK (Griffin)
Hisashi Iwakuma: TOR (Romero), @NYY (Garcia)
Cole De Vries: CWS (Quintana), @BOS (Buchholz)
Nick Blackburn: CWS (Peavy), @BOS (Beckett)
Ervin Santana: @TEX (Holland), @CWS (Quintana)
Luke Hochevar: CLE (Lowe), TEX (Holland)
Derek Lowe: @KC (Hochevar), @DET (Scherzer)

National League

Strong Plays

Kyle Lohse: @COL (Francis), MIL (Estrada)
Stephen Strasburg: PHI (Lee), MIA (Nolasco)
Madison Bumgarner: NYM (Hefner), @COL (Francis)
Edinson Volquez: @CIN (Leake), NYM (Hefner)
Erik Bedard: @CHC (Dempster), @CIN (Bailey)
Cliff Lee: @WAS (Strasburg), ARI (Cahill)
Mark Buehrle: @ATL (Hanson), WAS (Lannan)
Aaron Harang: ARI (Cahill), CHC (Garza)
Homer Bailey: SD (Marquis), PIT (Bedard)
Ryan Dempster: PIT (Bedard), @LAD (Kershaw)

Decent Plays

Tim Lincecum: NYM (Harvey), @COL (Friedrich)
Jason Marquis: @CIN (Bailey), NYM (Harvey)
Matt Harvey: @SF (Lincecum), @SD (Marquis)
Marco Estrada: HOU (Norris), @STL (Lohse)
Bud Norris: @MIL (Estrada), @ATL (Jurrjens)
Jeff Francis: STL (Lohse), SF (Bumgarner)
Mike Leake: SD (Volquez), PIT (Bedard)
Tommy Hanson: MIA (Buehrle), HOU (Harrell)
Trevor Cahill: @LAD (Harang), @PHI (Lee)

At Your Own Risk

Jeremy Hefner: @SF (Bumgarner), @SD (Volquez)
Ricky Nolasco: @ATL (Jurrjens), @WAS (Strasburg)
Christian Friedrich: STL (Westbrook), SF (Lincecum)
Jair Jurrjens: MIA (Nolasco), HOU (Norris)

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Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter @NickNelsonMN.
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