For Major League Baseball teams, the annual trade deadline is a battle between the present and future for executives, managers and players. Every move, regardless of the motive and reasoning, comes with a trickle-down effect on the rest of the organization.
In many cases, the aftermath of blockbusters is felt by young players and prospects. When a losing team moves a veteran, spots often open for less-heralded players to emerge and fill a role for the rest of the season. Similarly, when a contending team sells prospects for veterans, those aforementioned prospects may land in a better situation.
When it comes to fantasy baseball, every real-life decision carries consequences in your leagues. In order to best position your teams for the stretch run of the season, be ready for the value of some players to change dramatically over the next few weeks.
Here are five prospects or current MLB players who could see an increase in fantasy value between now and the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.