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Updated: 2017-07-27T01:08:00+00:00

 



Nationals To Promote Erick Fedde

2017-07-27T01:08:00+00:00

The Nationals are calling up top pitching prospect Erick Fedde, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter). The former first-round pick, who ranked 70th on Baseball America’s midseason list of the game’s top 100 prospects, will likely start in place of Stephen Strasburg, Sherman adds. Fedde, 24, was Washington’s first-round selection in…The Nationals are calling up top pitching prospect Erick Fedde, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter). The former first-round pick, who ranked 70th on Baseball America’s midseason list of the game’s top 100 prospects, will likely start in place of Stephen Strasburg, Sherman adds. Fedde, 24, was Washington’s first-round selection in the 2014 draft. The Nats made him the No. 18 overall pick that season despite the fact that he had Tommy John surgery not long before the draft. He’s spent most of his career in the minors as a starter but was briefly moved to a relief role in part to limit his innings but also given the potential for a midseason promotion to help a struggling Nationals relief corps. The Nationals recently moved Fedde back to a rotation role, and while he was torched for six runs without recording an out in his initial return to the rotation, he’s allowed just three runs on 10 hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in his past 11 2/3 frames. Overall, he’s worked to a 3.72 ERA with 8.0 K/9 against 2.4 BB/9 with well above-average ground-ball tendencies in 77 1/3 innings between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse this season. Fedde dropped out of the top 100 on MLB.com’s midseason rankings, but Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo still rank him third among Washington farmhands. Their report notes that he sits 91-94 mph with his fastball and can run his velocity a bit higher when needed. He pairs that with a plus slider, average changeup and above-average control, giving him a third starter’s ceiling, per Callis and Mayo. While this seems like it could very well be a spot start for Strasburg, whose injury isn’t believed to be serious, there’s an obvious opening at the back of the Washington rotation as well. Joe Ross underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, and the Nats have since relied on veteran Edwin Jackson to make a pair of starts. Jackson has been serviceable in those two outings, but Jackson struggled with the Orioles earlier this season and hasn’t enjoyed big league success as a starting pitcher since 2012 (his last run with the Nationals). Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.[...]



Jeff Samardzija Unlikely To Waive No-Trade Clause

2017-07-27T00:55:00+00:00

Jeff Samardzija’s name has come up frequently in recent trade rumors, but the 32-year-old right-hander’s five-year, $90MM contract allows him to block trades to all but eight teams. Moreover, Samardzija tells Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that if approached by the Giants about a trade to one of the teams over which…Jeff Samardzija’s name has come up frequently in recent trade rumors, but the 32-year-old right-hander’s five-year, $90MM contract allows him to block trades to all but eight teams. Moreover, Samardzija tells Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that if approached by the Giants about a trade to one of the teams over which he has veto power, he wouldn’t be interested in waiving the clause. “I love being here,” said Samardzija shortly after praising the Giants’ core players and suggesting that the team fully believes it can turn the tide next season. Samardzija smiled yesterday when telling Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he “[doesn’t] remember” the eight teams to which he can be traded without his approval (Twitter link), but Baggarly now reports the full list in a separate column. According to Baggarly, Samardzija can be traded to the Red Sox, Cubs, Mets, Yankees, Angels, Dodgers, Athletics and Nationals without his consent. All other teams — including the Astros, who have been the team most frequently connected to Samardzija on the rumor circuit — require Samardzija’s consent, and it doesn’t sound like he’s interested in green-lighting any proposals. Samardzija is owed $18MM annually and has struggled in the estimation of traditional metrics this season. He’s sporting a 5-11 record with a 4.85 ERA, but most other statistical means of evaluation are rather bullish on the righty. He’s averaging 9.7 K/9 against 1.1 BB/9, both of which would be the best marks of his career, and leading the Majors in K/BB ratio. His 43.3 percent ground-ball rate is only a tick below average, and he’s inducing more swings at pitches out of the strike zone than he ever has before. Samardzija’s fastball velocity has also held strong at an average of just over 94 mph, and he’s averaging nearly 6 2/3 innings per start. Metrics like FIP (3.49), xFIP (3.13) and SIERA (3.28 prior to today’s strong outing) all view him much more favorably than earned run average. Samardzija has struggled with men on base, in part due to the fact that he’s one of many pitchers throughout the league that has seen his HR/9 rate and HR/FB ratio spike as balls are leaving the yard at a higher rate than ever before in MLB history. And while his durability and K/BB numbers are impressive, some teams will no doubt express some skepticism that Samardzija would be able to better keep the ball in the yard by vacating the spacious AT&T Park as his home stadium. The remaining money on his contract also figures to be a concern to come clubs, as he represents a fairly sizable commitment to those that are near the luxury tax threshold. All of that sounds to be mostly a moot point anyhow. Among the teams to which Samardzija can be moved, the Red Sox don’t seem likely to pursue a starter, while the Mets and A’s aren’t contending. The Angels are a fringe contender at best and have luxury tax concerns, while the Nationals are said to be more focused on relievers and may shy away from the money remaining on his deal. It’s at least possible that one of the other teams listed shows some interest, but the Yankees are presently focused on Sonny Gray, while the Cubs have already added Jose Quintana and the Dodgers have been most heavily linked to Yu Darvish (to say nothing of the longstanding Dodgers/Giants division rivalry).[...]



MLBTR Chat Transcript

2017-07-26T23:28:00+00:00

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: July 26, 2017

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: July 26, 2017

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Trade Market For Left-Handed Relievers

2017-07-26T23:09:00+00:00

It’s a top-heavy market for left-handed relief help this summer, though there are still a few names of interest beyond the top available relievers. Sean Doolittle and Ryan Buchter are the biggest names to change hands thus far, though fellow lefties Tyler Webb and Travis Wood have also changed teams. Here’s a look at the…It’s a top-heavy market for left-handed relief help this summer, though there are still a few names of interest beyond the top available relievers. Sean Doolittle and Ryan Buchter are the biggest names to change hands thus far, though fellow lefties Tyler Webb and Travis Wood have also changed teams. Here’s a look at the rest of the market… Rentals Tony Watson, Pirates | Salary: $5.6MM ($2.05MM remaining through season’s end) The Pirates have worked their way back into contention, but they showed last year that they’re willing to move rental assets even when in striking distance of a postseason berth by trading Mark Melancon to the Nationals. Watson doesn’t have the same value that Melancon carried, but the Bucs won’t consider making him a qualifying offer, so the alternative is to lose him for nothing at season’s end. Unlike last season, Pittsburgh has a shot at the division and not just a Wild Card spot, so perhaps they’ll be less willing to move a contributing asset this time around. Watson has a 3.63 ERA with 6.6 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 43.8 percent ground-ball rate, though he’s been hit harder than those numbers might indicate (4.78 FIP, 4.62 xFIP). Clayton Richard, Padres | $1.75MM ($641K remaining) Richard got off to a solid start to the year in the Padres’ rotation but has been rocked since mid-June. He’s nonetheless an affordable arm with a recent track record of some bullpen success (2015 Cubs). Richard has struggled against lefties and righties alike, but the asking price here shouldn’t be prohibitive for any team looking to speculate. Francisco Liriano, Blue Jays | $13MM ($4.76MM remaining) Like Richard, Liriano has spent the season as a starter. He’s struggled all year, though, and while he doesn’t have considerable bullpen experience, he’s held left-handed opponents to a dreary .241/.267/.379 batting line with a 16-to-1 K/BB ratio and a 52.5 percent ground-ball rate. He may draw interest as a rotation option, but speculatively speaking, Liriano is an intriguing option as a situational lefty. Controlled Through 2018 Justin Wilson, Tigers | $2.7MM salary in 2017, arbitration-eligible for 2018 One of the most desirable trade commodities in all of baseball, Wilson has turned in 39 1/3 frames with 12.6 K/9 against 3.7 BB/9 with a 36.1 percent grounder rate en route to a 2.75 ERA. His modest salary and success against both lefties and righties gives Wilson widespread appeal and makes him one of the likeliest players to be traded between now and Monday’s non-waiver deadline. The Tigers have reportedly discussed packaging him with larger contracts, though a standalone trade of Wilson would likely net them the best possible return. Zach Britton, Orioles | $11.4MM in 2017, arbitration-eligible for 2018 Britton brings plenty of name value and one of the game’s most impressive track records to the table. However, he’s earning $11.4MM this year and has missed most of the season with a forearm injury. He’s also been somewhat unimpressive when healthy (3.50 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, albeit with a typically brilliant 69.5 percent ground-ball rate). The O’s are said to be reluctant to move him anyhow, and given his 2017 health issues and results, it’s tough to see a team parting with elite prospects to land him. Jerry Blevins, Mets | $5.5MM in 2017, $7MM club option for 2018 (with a $1MM buyout) There hasn’t been much indication that the Mets plan to move Blevins, who has 44 strikeouts and 16 walks (two intentional) in 31 1/3 innings. The Mets seem intent on competing in 2[...]



Yankees: CC Sabathia heating up at the right time

2017-07-26T21:40:00+00:00

Yankees veteran pitcher CC Sabathia has pitched well this summer. With practically every other starter on the DL, he is worth a short-term add. The New York Yankees are finding their stride with additions to the offense and bullpen. They could use another arm in the rotation, but some of the current ones are doing […]

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Yankees veteran pitcher CC Sabathia has pitched well this summer. With practically every other starter on the DL, he is worth a short-term add. The New York Yankees are finding their stride with additions to the offense and bullpen. They could use another arm in the rotation, but some of the current ones are doing […]

Yankees: CC Sabathia heating up at the right time - Just Fantasy Baseball - Just Fantasy Baseball - Practical and useful fantasy baseball advice and analysis.

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Avisail Garcia Placed On DL With Strained Thumb Ligament

2017-07-26T21:22:00+00:00

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been diagnosed with a strained ligament in his thumb and will be placed on the DL, per a team announcement. Garcia will miss approximately two weeks with the injury, tweets MLB.com’s Scott Merkin. CSN Chciago’s Chuck Garfien tweets that Garcia will undergo an MRI for further evaluation. A corresponding move…White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been diagnosed with a strained ligament in his thumb and will be placed on the DL, per a team announcement. Garcia will miss approximately two weeks with the injury, tweets MLB.com’s Scott Merkin. CSN Chciago’s Chuck Garfien tweets that Garcia will undergo an MRI for further evaluation. A corresponding move has not yet been announced. [Related: Updated Chicago White Sox depth chart] While Garcia hasn’t been among the most discussed White Sox trade candidates, it certainly stands to reason that the Chicago front office would’ve listened to offers on the 26-year-old. He’s controlled only through the 2019 season and has enjoyed the most productive season of his career at the plate. Through 363 plate appearances, Garcia is hitting .303/.347/.485 with 13 home runs, 17 doubles and three triples. He’s also turned in slightly above-average marks in right field, per Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating, for the second straight season. The injury makes a move involving Garcia considerably less likely, however. Much of Garcia’s 2017 production looks attributable to a career-high BABIP that has begun to come back to earth in recent weeks, though he’s improved his strikeout rate to a career-best 21.5 percent and has substantially increased his overall contact rate at the plate as well. He’s also sporting a career-best homer-to-flyball ratio (19.7 percent) and has seen a corresponding uptick in isolated power (.182). With both Avisail and Leury Garcia on the shelf, the White Sox could give waiver pickup Alen Hanson more looks in right field. The team also has Willy Garcia as an option in Triple-A. Outfield prospect Ryan Cordell, acquired in the trade that sent Anthony Swarzak to the Brewers, would likely be an option were it not for the fact that he’s been on the minor league disabled list since late June. White Sox GM Rick Hahn elaborated on Cordell’s back injury, telling reporters that it’ll probably take another few weeks to resolve and suggesting that Cordell could be sidelined until the instructional league in September (Twitter link via the Daily Herald’s Scot Gregor).[...]



What’s Up with Lance McCullers?

2017-07-26T21:18:00+00:00

McCullers has a 7.13 ERA in five starts off the DL, Paul deep-dives to see what's going onLance McCullers was highly sought after this draft season. He was the 40th SP on average in NFBC drafts, but went as high as the early-20s among pitchers, making him a top 100 pick in those cases. A couple rough starts in April left him with a 4.34 ERA, but then he reeled off a 1.51 ERA for eight starts before a sore back put him on the DL. It was his third DL stint since the start of 2016 and a continuation of injury issues that have haunted him throughout his pro career (high of 104.7 IP in the minors). It’s been rough since his return. He has a 7.13 ERA in five starts and hasn’t gone six innings in any of them. So what’s going on? Looking at his repertoire and velocity doesn’t show any red flags that would explain such a fall off: Velocity: First 13 starts: 94.3 fastball, 85.6 curveball, 88.8 changeup Last 5 starts: 93.9 fastball, 85.7 curveball, 88.7 changeup Usage: First 13: 41% fastball, 46% curveball, 13% changeup Last 5: 38% fastball, 48% curveball, 14% changeup Those are imperceptible changes that you could easily find in any five-start run out of an 18-start sample, so we’re not getting any answers here. The next place I looked was his plate discipline numbers. I’ll spare you the full comparison, but here we actually see some differences that start to show something. First is that his Zone% has dropped from 45% to 40% taking his already-below average first pitch strike rate down from 57% to 54%. Then, in perhaps the most damning change, we see that his Z-Contact% (contact on pitches in the zone) has jumped from 89% to 94%. To put that into perspective, Bartolo Colon “leads” the league in Z-Contact at 93%. He’s followed by the likes of Andrew Cashner, Sam Gaviglio, Matt Cain, Ivan Nova, and Eddie Butler. Of the top 20, all of whom are at 90% or higher, only Nova, Alex Cobb, and Mike Leake are having anything close to good seasons. Inducing weak contact is their game, though, as none of that trio features overpowering stuff. The surge of contact in the zone off McCullers has pushed his season total to 90%, slotting him 24th on a list where he sticks out like a sore thumb. Of course, the fastball was where I looked next because everything starts and ends with fastball success. Unsurprisingly, it’s been much worse over these last five. First 13: .179/.281/.333, 10% K in 97 PA Last 5: .538/.613/.615, 3% K in 31 PA And the Z-Contact jump has played a role with the fastball yielding a 1.300 OPS in 20 PA in the zone over these last five (.594 in 76 PA in the first 13). It’s mostly singles with a .100 ISO and .600 BABIP and while some of it may be a rash of bad luck, he also lacks command of the pitch right now so he’s contributing to the issues, too. He’s throwing the fastball down in the zone 49% of the time over these last five, up from 39% in the first 13, and that’s part of where the flurry of singles is coming from. He’s allowed a .692 AVG and .077 ISO in 16 PA on fastballs in the lower third over these last five. He’s getting singled to death. In his July 6th start at Toronto, he allowed one unearned run on four hits in four innings before a five-hit fifth that included four singles and a double, leading to five runs (one of which was allowed by Michael Feliz and charged to McCullers). He hosted Seattle out of the All-Star break in his next start and allowed an unearned run on a hit through three innings before the floodgates opened up. He allowed five hits and three walks in his final two innings, leading to four runs. Four of his six hits in that outing were singles. He opened his last start at Baltimore with a single and a walk only to be bailed out by a double play, but he wasn’t so lucky the rest of the way. The second opened single, HBP, walk, and HBP (2 HB[...]



Cubs Designate Brett Anderson

2017-07-26T19:33:00+00:00

The Cubs have designated lefty Brett Anderson for assignment after activating him from the 60-day DL, per a club announcement (via Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, on Twitter). Over the winter, the Cubs added the 29-year-old on a $3.5MM deal, wagering that he might return to something like the form he showed in 2015, when he…

The Cubs have designated lefty Brett Anderson for assignment after activating him from the 60-day DL, per a club announcement (via Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, on Twitter).

Over the winter, the Cubs added the 29-year-old on a $3.5MM deal, wagering that he might return to something like the form he showed in 2015, when he gave the Dodgers 180 1/3 innings of 3.69 ERA pitching. Though Anderson had missed much of the 2016 campaign after back surgery, he was able to return to the mound late in the year.

But Anderson has again been limited by back issues, and the Cubs have received little for their investment. He has thrown only 22 frames on the year, coughing up twenty earned runs on 34 hits while managing only a 16:12 K/BB ratio. Anderson hadn’t generated much more promising results through his rehab stint at Double-A, though he was at least able to make it through 27 1/3 innings.

While he might’ve commanded another shot at the majors with other organizations, the Cubs swung a major deal to get Jose Quintana while Anderson was down. With the rotation full and Mike Montgomery functioning as a long man in the pen, there just wasn’t much room for Anderson at this point.

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Alex Bregman’s Quiet Month of Success

2017-07-26T19:15:00+00:00

In the midst of the wild success that the Houston Astros have experienced this season, the success of Alex Bregman has sort of fallen by the wayside. The bulk of that lack of attention is probably due to the slow start that he experienced to kick off the 2017 campaign, followed by an extremely lackluster […]In the midst of the wild success that the Houston Astros have experienced this season, the success of Alex Bregman has sort of fallen by the wayside. The bulk of that lack of attention is probably due to the slow start that he experienced to kick off the 2017 campaign, followed by an extremely lackluster month of June. But as the month of July nears its end, Bregman has experienced a rise in productivity and has emerged as an essential contributor as the likely favorites for the American League pennant. Bregman’s overall numbers on the season aren’t exactly among the league’s elite third sackers. He ranks 17th out of 25 qualifying players at the position in WAR (1.5) and 13th among the same group in Off rating (5.1). But it’s certainly hard to frown on an output that features an on-base percentage of .350, a walk rate over 10%, and a wRC+ that paints him as a relatively well-above average offensive performer, with a 115 mark. At the same time, while his numbers wouldn’t be deemed poor in really any regard, there isn’t a whole of of spectacular to go around in his overall production for the year. His slash features that .350 OBP, as well as a .267 batting average and .795 OPS. His ISO for the year comes in at .178, about 35 points lower than he turned in across 217 plate appearances in 2016. In relation to the average, the luck hasn’t quite been there, with a BABIP of only .298 for the year, but the fact that Bregman has been overlooked has more to do with the fact that the third base position is absolutely loaded with elite talent more than any shortcomings of his own. Despite being overshadowed, Bregman has spent the last month excelling almost more so than almost all of his counterparts at the position. With the calendar about set to close for July, Bregman has been on a hot streak that has really driven up production and has those overall statistics looking quite a bit more favorable than they would’ve been otherwise. This month was especially essential for him coming off of a month of June where he hit just .215 with a wRC+ of 93. In rebounding from that brutal month, Bregman has spent the last month tearing the cover off the ball. His Off rating (6.8) trails only Anthony Rendon and Travis Shaw over the last 30 days. His .329 average and .420 OBP over that span both rank fifth among the 30 players that qualified during that time. He struck out at a rate of only 13.6%, 21st lowest, while ranking at the 12th highest rate, at 12.5%. He’s upped the ISO, at .237 over the 30-day period, while making hard contact 34.4% of the time, which has certainly aided him in posting a BABIP over .370. Despite being in such dire need of a rebound after that month of June, a lot of what Bregman’s done this year has been right in line with what was expected from him. He’s making contact at a rate of 84.7%, while whiffing only 6.6% of the time. Those each fall right in line with his production from the last 30 days, as he posted a Contact% of 84.8% and a whiff rate of 6.1%. Those both represent vast improvements from his time in the big leagues last year, and are each far more indicative of the skill set that he possesses, as a guy with high contact ability and high upside in the power game. He’s maintained a quality approach, with a 43.4% swing rate and 3.76 pitches per plate appearances. That’s a lot to like, even if he hasn’t quite broken out at the level that was expected. Any disappointment really stems from a lack of producti[...]



Phillies Place Daniel Nava On 10-Day DL

2017-07-26T19:00:00+00:00

The Phillies have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury, per a club announcement. His roster spot will go to Aaron Altherr, who was activated from his own time on the disabled list. The move likely eliminates Nava as a possible trade piece. He had seemed to be a possible…

The Phillies have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury, per a club announcement. His roster spot will go to Aaron Altherr, who was activated from his own time on the disabled list.

The move likely eliminates Nava as a possible trade piece. He had seemed to be a possible bench bat target for some organizations, but now teams looking for an option against right-handed pitching will need to look elsewhere.

Of course, it’s still possible Nava could be moved in August, if he’s able to makeit back to health. Though he isn’t earning much money (just $1.35MM), Nava is not a long-term asset, so he could clear waivers or be dealt to a claiming team. The trade return likely wouldn’t be significant, though that was always the case.

The 34-year-old switch-hitter has knocked around opposing righties to the tune of a .358/.445/.495 slash in 128 plate appearances on the year, with 16 walks against 19 strikeouts. As usual, he has been far less effective (.475 OPS) against left-handed pitching, but it’s also worth noting that Nava has drawn strong grades for his glovework — albeit in a limited sample.

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NL Deadline Chatter: Nats, Hand, Cards, Cozart, Cubs, Mets

2017-07-26T18:49:00+00:00

The Nationals are “scouring [the] market” for a starter, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). We have heard varying suggestions on this front, as the Nats deal with the loss of Joe Ross and newfound uncertainty regarding Stephen Strasburg. While the latest signs on Stras are positive, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post…The Nationals are “scouring [the] market” for a starter, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). We have heard varying suggestions on this front, as the Nats deal with the loss of Joe Ross and newfound uncertainty regarding Stephen Strasburg. While the latest signs on Stras are positive, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post argues that the club ought to going after a front-line starter regardless. Beyond the possibility of augmenting the club’s staff for an anticipated postseason appearance this year, the possibility of adding an arm for 2018 and perhaps beyond would seem to hold appeal, perhaps adding to the justification for making a move. Here’s more deadline chatter from the National League: Padres chairman Ron Fowler suggested today in a radio appearance on The Mighty 1090 that he doesn’t really expect the team to end up dealing lefty Brad Hand (h/t Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune). “Other things being equal right now, I don’t see us moving him, because we value him more than what’s being offered and we think he could be part of the team for the foreseeable future,” Fowler stated. That said, he acknowledged the team remains open to working out a deal, calling it “a very fluid situation.” Though it’s still unclear just what course the Cardinals will take at the deadline, the club is now “expected to listen to offers” on outfielders Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. While the Cards do now have quite a few options in the corner outfield, both of these players seem to fall in a curious spot in the potential market. There just isn’t much deadline demand in the corner outfield to drive up prices, and the Cards would surely be valuing their lengthy control rights in exploring potential deals. While there’d surely be interest, neither really looks to be a likely deadline mover from the outside. Of course, St. Louis also has some shorter-term assets that might be of interest — Lance Lynn, Seung-hwan Oh, and Trevor Rosenthal chief among them — and Morosi does note that the Dodgers and Nationals had scouts at the club’s latest game last night. Whether the Cardinals will really punt on the present season when the division is still in reach, though, is hardly clear at this point. The Reds held shortstop Zack Cozart out of the lineup today as he continues to deal with quad issues, as MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon writes. It seems the hope is that this is more a rest day than the precursor to a DL stint, but it’s not the best news regardless. Cozart has been great this year, but the quad problem further dents his value in a market that doesn’t seem to have much appetite for shortstops. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says there’s nothing close to completion at this point for his team, as Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio of Sirius XM tweets. The team is unsurprisingly still looking at pitching, with the rotation and relief corps both being susceptible of improvement. The Cubs are among the teams to have asked the Mets about righty Seth Lugo, per ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). But there’s simply no indication at present that New York will seriously entertain offers on Lugo, as Crasnick and Newsday&r[...]



Dilson Herrera To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

2017-07-26T17:17:00+00:00

Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder, as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. The procedure is expected to bring Herrera’s season to an end, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon (via Twitter). Herrera has tasted the majors previously, during his time with the Mets,…

Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder, as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. The procedure is expected to bring Herrera’s season to an end, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon (via Twitter).

Herrera has tasted the majors previously, during his time with the Mets, but has spent his entire tenure in the Reds organization at Triple-A since coming over in last year’s Jay Bruce swap. Shoulder troubles had increasingly become a concern for the 23-year-old over the course of the year.

The news brings an unhappy end to what has been a challenging season for Herrera. Expected to push for MLB time, he has managed only a .264/.312/.397 batting line with seven home runs over 264 plate appearances. If he’s able to return to health in time, a fall or winter ball stint may be in the cards.

It had been hoped that Herrera would play a significant role on the Reds’ 2018 roster. While that may still occur, he has surely fallen behind the surprising Scooter Gennett in the pecking order at second base.

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The Ditch List: Identifying Three Players That It’s Time To Cut Ties With

2017-07-26T16:15:01+00:00

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) When is enough really enough?  When is the right time to cut bait on a struggling player, despite having previously seen significant potential?  There’s no universal answer, so let’s take a look at a few of the players whoby Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) When is enough really enough?  When is the right time to cut bait on a struggling player, despite having previously seen significant potential?  There’s no universal answer, so let’s take a look at a few of the players who are disappointing and try to determine if cutting bait would be a prudent decision:   Marco Estrada – Toronto Blue Jays – Starting Pitcher It would appear that his good luck over the past few seasons has finally caught up with him.  All you have to do is look at the BABIP to reach that conclusion: 2014 – .257 2015 – .216 2016 – .234 2017 – .330 He’s also struggled with a 69.9% strand rate, but the real key is the BABIP coupled with consistent home run problems (1.48 HR/9 ‘17, compared to a career 1.34 mark) and less than impressive control (3.79 BB/9).  If he can’t improve in either of those areas, and you can argue that he needs to improve both to be useful, the numbers are going to continue to underwhelm. With a 31.9% groundball rate and given his history it’s impossible to expect significantly fewer home runs.  He has shown better control throughout his career, and he was showing better command early in the season (3.00 BB/9 in April, 1.63 in May).  That gives a little bit of hope, but it simply isn’t enough. Maybe he improves a little bit, but in 12-team mixed leagues (or shallower) feel free to cut bait and move on.   Sean Newcomb – Atlanta Braves – Starting Pitcher There has always been high hopes for Newcomb, with the caveat that he needs to find his control if he wants to excel.  It appeared like he had done that upon reaching the Majors, though things have quickly regressed.  After posting a 2.96 BB/9 over 24.1 IP in June he has watched the number balloon to 6.75 in 18.2 IP in July (14 BB over 18.2 IP).  The problem is more than one bad start, as he’s now walked 3 or more in his past three outings (including 5 BB his last time out). It would be easy to chalk things up to a small sample size, but then you look at his minor league marks the past two seasons: Double-A (2016, 140.0 IP) – 4.56 Triple-A (2017, 57.2 IP) – 5.15 It’s an obvious issue, and one that could continue to plague him.  The upside is unquestioned, especially with the strikeout stuff, but if you are in a redraft league (or a very short-term keeper) feel free to move on.   Logan Forsythe – Second/Third Baseman – Los Angeles Dodgers We keep waiting for him to wake up, but it just hasn’t happened as of yet.  He’s hitting .244, despite a .336 BABIP and 25.2% line drive rate, as the problems have been his strikeout rate and lack of power. In regards to strikeouts it’s a bit surprising, as he owns a 26.0% strikeout rate despite a good command of the strike zone (7.2% SwStr%, 18.2% O-Swing%).  That does give some hope for improvement, though his 46.2% groundball rate and 7.3% HR/FB don’t give hope in terms of his power.  Sure he exploded last season, but his career 9.2% HR/FB leads us to believe the upside isn’t quite there.  Without much speed and facing the loss of playing time, it’s getting hard to believe. In deeper formats he isn’t a must drop, because there’s still a glimmer of hope, but in most leagues his time has run out.  [...]



Ottoneu Most Wanted: July 25, 2017

2017-07-26T16:15:00+00:00

Are you looking for pitching help in your ottoneu league? Of course you are, and so is everyone else. See who ottoneu owners have been targeting in the latest edition of the most added report.Another month gone by in the ottoneu season, another edition of this article highlighting how desperate teams are for pitching. Seven out of the ten most added players in the last week are pitchers, though things are more even when looking at the most added players over the past month. Let’s start by looking at the most added players over the past seven days: Ottoneu Most Added 7 Days Player Name Owned % Add % Change (7 Days) Anthony Swarzak 80.6% 23.2% Alexander Claudio 27.0% 21.5% Paul Dejong 70.5% 18.6% Mike Clevinger 77.6% 16.5% Michael Fiers 56.5% 14.8% Alex Meyer 43.0% 13.1% Gerardo Parra 56.5% 12.7% Chad Green 35.4% 12.2% Tyler Clippard 37.1% 11.8% Nick Williams 58.2% 11.4% The beneficiary of the White Sox dealing both David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees is Anthony Swarzak, and he’s the most added player over the past week. Swarzak isn’t just a product of circumstance, as he’s been pitching well in his own right this season with a 2.23 ERA and 2.34 FIP (though he’s outperformed his mediocre 3.68 xFIP). The role change boosts his value more than enough to offset the regression monster that might be looming. Alex Claudio has been getting good results in the Rangers bullpen (2.42 ERA/3.51 FIP/ 3.23 xFIP), but his low strikeouts (5.71 K/9) really limit his usefulness in the ottoneu FanGraphs points format, and I expect his save chances to go away in favor of Keone Kela and Jose Leclerc. Paul DeJong has taken advantage of the opportunity the Cardinals afforded him when they demoted the struggling Aledmys Diaz, with a fantastic .282 ISO and .358 wOBA, but there is a lot to be concerned about going forward. First, DeJong has a terrible plate discipline profile (2.2% walk rate, 31.8% strikeout rate) that foreshadows rough times ahead. In addition, DeJong’s current .358 BABIP is probably unsustainable (.312 xBABIP according to Andrew Perpetua’s xstats.org). That being said, it’s hard to find adequate shortstops on the waiver wire, so he’s worth speculating on if you have a need at the position (Correa owner, perhaps?). Up next we have a trio of starting pitchers in Mike Clevinger, Michael Fiers, and Alex Meyer. Clevinger is probably the most interesting name here, as he’s younger than both Fiers and Meyer, and is currently healthy (unlike Alex Meyer‘s shoulder). The young Indians hurler may not be as good as his results have shown (2.73 ERA/ 3.90 FIP/ 4.17 xFIP), but even a 4.17 ERA/FIP is worth owning in this pitching starved market. Fiers has been lit over his last ten starts (2.36 ERA/ 2.80 FIP/ 3.60 xFIP), but he’s a veteran pitcher who is probably what we expect him to be at this point, though like Clevinger that still equates to a rosterable player. Chad Green is a very interesting player to watch right now. He may be no better than fifth or sixth in the Yankee bullpen pecking order, but he’s been brilliant in 40.1 innings spread over 21 relief appearances and one start (1.56 ERA/ 2.40 FIP/ 3.12 xFIP). He’s unlikely to offer much in the way of holds or saves, which dings his value in ottoneu points and 5×5 leagues, but there’s a chance he sees time in the rotation again depending on how the Yankees approach the trade deadline. Even if he remains in the bullpen, there’s value in having a quality multi inning reliever in ottoneu leagues given the 1,500 IP cap. It’s only been 80 plate appearances, but so far so good for the Phillies young outfielder Nick Willi[...]



Fanduel Stacks of the Day – July 26th

2017-07-26T15:39:00+00:00

Today’s main slate involves 10 games and gives us more pitching options than last night.  Darvish faces off against Miami…Today’s main slate involves 10 games and gives us more pitching options than last night.  Darvish faces off against Miami…(image)



Mets Rumors: Bruce, Rivera, Rosario, Familia

2017-07-26T15:11:00+00:00

With less than a week until the non-waiver deadline, Mets right fielder Jay Bruce has yet to attract any serious attention on the trade market, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig. The $4.83MM remaining on Bruce’s contract this season might be enough to allow Bruce to clear waivers in August, Carig notes (that sum would be…With less than a week until the non-waiver deadline, Mets right fielder Jay Bruce has yet to attract any serious attention on the trade market, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig. The $4.83MM remaining on Bruce’s contract this season might be enough to allow Bruce to clear waivers in August, Carig notes (that sum would be down to about $4.4MM on Aug. 1), but at present all reports seemingly indicate that interest in Bruce is tepid. Most of the Mets’ trade conversations to date have focused on closer Addison Reed, Carig adds. A few more notes on the Mets… There’s somewhat of a market for backup catcher Rene Rivera, tweets Mike Puma of the New York Post, and the Cubs are among the clubs with interest. Chicago has been linked to multiple catchers, most prominently Alex Avila, as the team looks to find a more experienced backup to Willson Contreras. Rivera fits the bill, and while he’s not a great hitter, the 33-year-old’s .245/.291/.395 batting line and six homers in 158 plate appearances are passable for a backup option. Plus, Rivera is regarded as an excellent defender and has halted 38 percent of stolen base attempts this season while maintaining his characteristically strong framing numbers. A free agent at season’s end, Rivera is earning a reasonable $1.75MM salary, with about $650K remaining on that deal. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News writes that most within the Mets organization expect top prospect Amed Rosario to be recalled shortly after the non-waiver trade deadline. FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets the same. The 21-year-old entered play today hitting .329/.367/.473 with seven homers, 18 doubles, seven triples and 17 steals through 398 plate appearances in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Meanwhile, closer Jeurys Familia is readying to begin throwing from a mound as he continues to work back from surgery to address a blood clot in his shoulder, Carig was among those to report. While a timeline remains uncertain, manager Terry Collins did indicate that the hope is Familia will return at some point in the current season. That won’t likely change the fate of the club for the current season, but perhaps will allow them to get a read on his status entering the offseason. [...]



Brewers Acquire Anthony Swarzak

2017-07-26T15:01:00+00:00

TODAY: Milwaukee has announced the swap, making it official. YESTERDAY: The Brewers and White Sox have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak from Chicago to Milwaukee in exchange for 25-year-old infield/outfield prospect Ryan Cordell. After signing a minor league deal with a $900K base salary this offseason, the 31-year-old Swarzak…TODAY: Milwaukee has announced the swap, making it official. YESTERDAY: The Brewers and White Sox have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak from Chicago to Milwaukee in exchange for 25-year-old infield/outfield prospect Ryan Cordell. After signing a minor league deal with a $900K base salary this offseason, the 31-year-old Swarzak has broken out with the best season of his career. In 48 1/3 innings with the South Siders, he’s averaged 9.7 K/9 against 2.4 BB/9 with a 40.5 percent ground-ball rate en route to a 2.23 ERA. The former second-round pick is averaging 94.5 mph on his heater this year and has posted a 14 percent swinging-strike rate that dwarfs his previous career-high of 10.6 percent. Swarzak’s 71.9 percent contact rate sits nearly six percentage points below the league average of 77.5 percent. [Related: Updated White Sox depth chart and Brewers depth chart] Swarzak figures to serve as a setup man to breakout closer Corey Knebel. He’ll be joined in the relief corps by the likes of Jacob Barnes, Jared Hughes and Josh Hader. Veteran Carlos Torres and midseason acquisition Oliver Drake have both logged significant innings out of the Milwaukee ’pen, though each righty has struggled recently. Cordell, 25, has spent the season with Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate, hitting .284/.349/.506 with 10 homers and nine steals in the hitter-friendly environment of Colorado Springs. He’ll ultimately spend less than a full season in the Brewers’ system, as he’d previously been acquired as the player to be named later in last summer’s Jonathan Lucroy/Jeremy Jeffress trade with the Rangers. The versatile Cordell ranked 17th among Milwaukee farmhands on the updated top 30 list published by MLB.com today. A former 11th-round pick, Cordell has appeared at shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions in his career and could project as a super-utility option with some pop and speed in the Majors. While some scouts may project him as a fourth outfielder (as MLB.com’s report indicates and as Yahoo’s Jeff Passan suggests on Twitter), Cordell is essentially a very near-MLB-ready piece and should have a chance to convince the ChiSox that he’s capable of more in the very near future. Swarzak becomes the latest domino to fall in the White Sox’ aggressive, ongoing rebuilding effort. Chicago GM Rick Hahn has moved Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle this summer, in addition to shipping out center fielder Adam Eaton and ace Chris Sale this past offseason. There could still be more pieces on the move in Chicago as well, with Melky Cabrera, Miguel Gonzalez and Derek Holland all set to hit free agency at season’s end. Outfielder Avisail Garcia, too, could see his name bandied about the rumor circuit over the next five to six days, as he’s only controlled through the 2019 campaign. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the two sides were in talks. FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported that an agreement was in place (via Twitter). Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reported that Cordell was going to the White Sox in return for Swarzak  (via Twitter). Ph[...]



Royals Discussing Francisco Liriano With Blue Jays

2017-07-26T14:20:00+00:00

The Royals are “in talks” with the Blue Jays on starter Francisco Liriano, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Kansas City has been rumored to be looking at starters even after striking a deal to add Trevor Cahill from the Padres. The club may also have some interest in Jays righty Marco…

The Royals are “in talks” with the Blue Jays on starter Francisco Liriano, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Kansas City has been rumored to be looking at starters even after striking a deal to add Trevor Cahill from the Padres. The club may also have some interest in Jays righty Marco Estrada, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation notes on Twitter.

Liriano, a 33-year-old southpaw, has had a rocky season thus far, posting a 5.99 ERA over 76 2/3 innings over 17 starts. After providing good results late in 2016 upon arriving in Toronto, his longstanding walk problems have resurfaced as his swinging-strike rate has fallen to a career-low 9.7%. On the year, he has managed only 8.2 K/9 to go with 4.9 BB/9.

The Jays are surely interested in finding a taker for Liriano with the club sputtering in the standings. Doing so will undoubtedly require eating a significant portion of the remainder of his $13MM salary. As K.C. looks to find improvements without giving up much in the way of prospects or taking on huge additional payroll obligations, the pending free agent could represent something of a buy-low candidate; he might also conceivably pair well with Cahill if the team sees merit in the idea of piggybacking the two pitchers rather than dedicating a single rotation spot to either.

That said, it is unclear as yet whether the Royals will ultimately choose to go after Liriano. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan hears (Twitter link) that Kansas City has watched his last two outings. But the southpaw’s “inconsistency has been concerning” to the Royals’ talent evaluators.

Inconsistency has indeed marked Liriano’s career. He was one of the game’s most productive hurlers from 2013 through 2015, when he turned in 510 innings of 3.26 ERA ball. But he has managed only a 5.11 mark in his 239 innings since. And this year, Liriano has made it through more than six innings only twice; he also spent time on the DL with shoulder inflammation.

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Rays Place Jake Odorizzi On 10-Day DL

2017-07-26T14:02:00+00:00

The Rays have placed righty Jake Odorizzi on the 10-day DL, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). A lower-back issue is the cause for the placement. Odorizzi says he has dealt with lower back troubles since the spring, as Mooney further reports (Twitter links). The hope is he’ll only miss a pair…The Rays have placed righty Jake Odorizzi on the 10-day DL, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). A lower-back issue is the cause for the placement. Odorizzi says he has dealt with lower back troubles since the spring, as Mooney further reports (Twitter links). The hope is he’ll only miss a pair of outings. While the move would likely remove him from trade consideration, and he has previously been tabbed a trade candidate, that seemed unlikely anyway with the Rays firmly in contention. Hopefully, the respite will give Odorizzi a chance to get his season back on track. While his 4.47 ERA is hardly disastrous, it’s also not what we’ve come to expect from the 27-year-old righty. While he’s maintaining a fairly typical blend of 7.8 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9, Odorizzi has surrendered 23 long balls in just 94 2/3 innings on the year. That said, the injury — along with Odorizzi’s struggles — does serve to highlight the ever-present need to maintain adequate pitching depth. Tampa Bay has that in spades, so much so that it has long been speculated the organization would consider dealing from a surplus. But with Matt Andriese already out and Odorizzi now ailing, perhaps it’s less likely than ever that pending free agent Alex Cobb will be on the move. On the other hand, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes, the Rays’ front office is still looking closely at the club’s postseason odds as it charts a course forward. Even with less than a week to go before the deadline, it seems, movement in the standings will impact the extent to which the team looks to add — or even push it toward considering a deal for Cobb. The Rays are seemingly focused at this point on adding relief pitching as the deadline draws near. Perhaps hanging onto Cobb and the rest of the starting options will also help deepen the pen, though all indications are the Rays will look to make at least one outside addition. To fill the roster spot created by Odorizzi’s injury, the club has recalled righty Andrew Kittredge, who has put up some intriguing numbers this year at Triple-A (in addition to making his first three MLB appearances). To fill the rotation spot, though, it seems the club could turn to Austin Pruitt; Mooney notes (via Twitter) that Pruitt was scratched from his scheduled outing last night.[...]



Red Sox To Designate Luis Ysla

2017-07-26T12:43:00+00:00

The Red Sox will designate lefty Luis Ysla for assignment, Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com tweets. His 40-man spot will go to just-acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez. Boston will also make two other adjoining moves. Righty Ben Taylor is headed to the disabled list, while fellow reliever Blaine Boyer will return from his own time on the…

The Red Sox will designate lefty Luis Ysla for assignment, Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com tweets. His 40-man spot will go to just-acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez.

Boston will also make two other adjoining moves. Righty Ben Taylor is headed to the disabled list, while fellow reliever Blaine Boyer will return from his own time on the DL.

Ysla had been added to the 40-man roster last fall, in advance of the Rule 5 draft. But the 25-year-old has yet to advance to the majors. Instead, Ysla has stalled out this year at Double-A, working to a 5.05 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 6.2 BB/9 over 46 1/3 innings.

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Jabari Blash & Mikie Mahtook: Deep League Wire

2017-07-26T12:15:00+00:00

A flurry of trades as we inch closer to the non-waiver trade deadline are going to boost the values of many players not currently on a deep league roster. But for now, I got two outfielders for you. Jabari Blash | OF SD | CBS 3% Owned As usual, the Padres are in sell mode, […]A flurry of trades as we inch closer to the non-waiver trade deadline are going to boost the values of many players not currently on a deep league roster. But for now, I got two outfielders for you. Jabari Blash | OF SD | CBS 3% Owned As usual, the Padres are in sell mode, so it’s time to test their young players, throw them all against the wall, and find out who sticks. Blash is no longer a youngster at 27, but he’s back with the Padres and stealing playing time in left field. If you peek at his minor league track record, you have to wonder why he has only received 162 plate appearances in his entire Major League career. He has posted big walk rates at every single stop for the most part and while he has struck out often, it has never been high enough to truly question his ability to hit at the big league level. And of course, the strikeouts are acceptable because they have come along with immense power. He has posted HR/FB rates in the 20% range during four different minor league stints, and even three stops of 30%+, including during his time at Triple-A this year. I think most question his ability to make enough contact, but there are enough big leaguers now striking out 30% of the time or more that still deliver above average offense thanks to their power and high walk rates. This is Blash’s profile. Of course, a 40.5% strikeout rate during his first taste of big league action last season over 71 at-bats was problematic and didn’t do anything to alleviate those contact questions. But in a still small sample so far in 2017, he has cut that strikeout rate down to just 30.8%. When paired with a .206 ISO and monstrous 17.6% walk rate, you have more than enough ingredients for strong offense. Playing time is no lock at the moment with Jose Pirela still getting left field starts, but the Padres should give him a longer look given his intriguing profile. Mikie Mahtook | OF DET | 3% Owned Here’s one beneficiary of a recent trade. When the Tigers shipped of J.D. Martinez, it left a gaping hole in right field. Alex Presley, who had taken over the strong side of a platoon in center field, moved over to fill that void, while Mahtook has essentially become the team’s every day center fielder. We know the Tigers aren’t going to acquire any guys to replace Mahtook given that they are in sell mode too, so his only playing time risk would come from the team’s farm system. As long as you don’t glance at Mahtook’s ugly walk and strikeout rates, he looks pretty respectable. His HR/FB rate has rebounded to settle in around league average and he has moved up to the fifth spot in the Tigers batting order. He has shown speed in the past, but has seemingly lost any interest in stealing bases, having attempted just two over his last 375 plate appearances in the Majors. But who knows, maybe he rediscovers the joys of swiping bags and starts a run. He still has the speed. Clearly, this is no long-term play. The Tigers are going to trade whatever they can and get by with whatever’s left. So far, Mahtook is one that’s left. He should continue to see mostly every day at-bats for the next couple of weeks and could deliver some in the counting stats, while not [...]



Anthony Swarzak traded to Milwaukee; Tyler Clippard gets another shot for White Sox

2017-07-26T11:56:00+00:00

Closer Monkey - Instant emails for every closer change. Closer depth charts to keep you ahead. July 26, 2017 Chicago White Sox — Hey White Sox fans, did you like that clean, drama-free save from Anthony Swarzak the other night? Too bad! With Swarzak headed up I-94 to Milwaukee, it’s Tyler Clippard time again — or whatever gallimaufry of negative-WAR relievers Rick Renteria has left to … Continue reading The post Anthony Swarzak traded to Milwaukee; Tyler Clippard gets another shot for White Sox appeared first on Closer Monkey.Closer Monkey - Instant emails for every closer change. Closer depth charts to keep you ahead. July 26, 2017 Chicago White Sox — Hey White Sox fans, did you like that clean, drama-free save from Anthony Swarzak the other night? Too bad! With Swarzak headed up I-94 to Milwaukee, it’s Tyler Clippard time again — or whatever gallimaufry of negative-WAR relievers Rick Renteria has left to compose a committee. For second in line behind Clippard and Dan Jennings right now, we’ll put our marker on Juan Minaya, who’s had some bad luck (.333 BABIP, 13% HR/FB), but boasts the best K-rate of anyone on the current roster of mismatched Sox. Recently signed Danny Farquhar could be in the hierarchy very soon. Updated hierarchy: *Clippard | Jennings | Minaya.* = closer-by-committee Milwaukee Brewers — Last season, Anthony Swarzak gave up 10 home runs in 26 appearances for the Yankees, winding up as a nonroster invitee for Chicago in spring training. This season, easily Swarzak’s career-best, the White Sox flipped him to Milwaukee for a 25-year-old outfield prospect. The Brewers will use Swarzak alongside Jacob Barnes to set up Corey Knebel down the stretch, hoping this Cinderella story can keep rolling into the fall. Updated hierarchy: Knebel | Barnes | Swarzak. Los Angeles Dodgers — Three scoreless innings from Josh Ravin earned the 29-year-old righty his first save in a tumultuous career. If you can prove he was in your starting lineup for that save, we’ll sign you up for free Closer Monkey Premium! Hierarchy remains: Jansen | Baez | Morrow. San Francisco Giants — Chris Stratton was called up from AAA Sacramento on Monday and threw 69 pitches in a four-inning save on Tuesday. Chances are he’ll be headed back down on Wednesday. Hierarchy remains: Dyson | Strickland | Kontos. VULTURE SAVE WATCHToday: 1. Brandon Maurer — Kelvin Herrera has gone in three straight and four of five. Joakim Soria has gone in two straight and four of five. Maurer’s first appearance as a Royal could be with a ninth-inning lead. 2. Brett Cecil/Seung Hwan Oh — Trevor Rosenthal threw 34 pitches on Tuesday. 3. Cam Bedrosian — Bud Norris has gone in three of four, including a loss on a walk-off grand slam last night. 4. Bryan Shaw — Both Cody Allen and Andrew Miller have pitched in three of four. Thursday: 1. Ryan Tepera/Joe Smith — Roberto Osuna has appeared in two straight games. It’s not totally clear whether Tepera or Smith is the best save handcuff and, as a pending free agent, Smith could be pitching for someone else by Thursday anyway. 2. Andrew Miller — If the Indians do use Allen again, he’ll get Thursday afternoon off. 3. Jerry Blevins — Addison Reed has pitched in two straight. The post Anthony Swarzak traded to Milwaukee; Tyler Clippard gets anot[...]



10 Important Stories From 07/25/17 Box Scores: Encarnacion Has a Grand Night, Bumgarner Gets a Win, & More

2017-07-26T11:49:00+00:00

by Ray Kuhn All things considered, it was a relatively quiet day across baseball yesterday. We did have one late night trade, as Eduardo Nunez traveled across leagues to Boston. I would chalk it up more as a coincidence than anything else that Rafael Deversby Ray Kuhn All things considered, it was a relatively quiet day across baseball yesterday. We did have one late night trade, as Eduardo Nunez traveled across leagues to Boston. I would chalk it up more as a coincidence than anything else that Rafael Devers went hitless in his debut, as Nunez will be used in more of an overall utility role than anything else. That deal did come after the Brewers were active in bolstering their bullpen as they acquired Anthony Swarzek from the White Sox, which leads fantasy owners back to Tyler Clippard in Chicago. Milwaukee was also busy as Lewis Brinson makes his way to the major leagues once again. Let’s now shift gears, and take a look at some of the performances on the field that stood out on Tuesday: 1) Contreras Shows off the Power… As far as catchers go this season, despite the fact that he didn’t make the All-Star team, Willson Contreras has been one of the best. That continued on Tuesday as he went 3 for 4 with four RBI against the White Sox. Contreras got things started for the Cubs with a three run shot in the first inning, his 16th of the season to go along with 56 RBI, as he raised his average to .273 on the season. It certainly helps that Contreras occupies a prime spot in the middle of the order, and especially now after the trade of Miguel Montero, playing time isn’t an issue for the Cubs’ young catcher. He has really turned things on in July, as he is batting .347 with seven home runs and 18 RBI so far this month which is helping to make up for his middling start to the season. 2) Morton Dominates the Phillies… When the Astros signed Charlie Morton last winter, the transaction didn’t receive much attention. Morton had recently had some health issues that kept him off the mound, and when he was on the mound, his results were mediocre at best. However, we should learn not to doubt Houston’s front office as Morton continued his winning ways last night picking up his eighth victory of the season. Although he did hit two batters, Morton was never really in trouble during his seven innings of work as he allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out nine. Morton is striking out 9.92 batters per nine innings, gets plenty of run support, and his 3.74 xFIP leaves a little room for improvement based on his 4.18 ERA. 3) Davies Pulls it Off… Entering the night, the Washington Nationals, especially Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, appeared to be nice DFS targets against Zach Davies. Instead, Davies continued his strong season with 7.2 innings of shutout baseball and picked up his 12th victory of the season. He limited Washington to just three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. Despite his high win total, Davies’ ERA comes in at 4.45, so you are allowed to be somewhat skeptical of him. Davies is one of those pitchers who is better in real life than fantasy, as overall he is striking out just 5.99 batters per nine innings. Yes, he has found himself in the win column pretty often this season, but that is also a category you don’t want to spend too much time chasing. Plus, entering last night, he had a FIP of 4.89 and a 4.65 xFIP, so what you see from[...]



Roto Riteup: July 25, 2017

2017-07-26T11:15:00+00:00

The Red Sox make a deal, rumors are rampant, news, notes and more on the Wednesday edition of the Roto Riteup!I’ve been a big Alex Verdugo fan for a while, but now I think I am in love: No Jose Cansecos were harmed in the hitting of this home run by #Dodgers No. 2 prospect Alex Verdugo of @okc_dodgers. pic.twitter.com/9jXVPkevKO — MiLB.com (@MiLB) July 26, 2017   On the Agenda: 1. Nunez to the Red Sox 2. Trade Rumors! 3. Various News and Notes 4. Streaming Pitcher Options   Nunez to the Red Sox (and more) Late Tuesday night, the Giants traded Eduardo Nunez to the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. Neither prospect are guys that are worth entertaining in fantasy at the moment except in the deepest of dynasty leagues. Nunez is expected to slot in the Red Sox lineup as their third baseman now that Boston trimmed some of their fat off by releasing Pablo Sandoval. Complicating this a bit is the fact Boston recently promoted their top prospect in Rafael Devers. Devers went 0-for-4 in his debut for the Red Sox Tuesday night, but walked twice in a marathon 12-inning game against the Mariners and looked surprisingly good defensively at times. What could be telling for Nunez’s role with the team is the fact that they called him a “utility player” in the press release announcing the trade. Nunez could take a hit in terms of fantasy value if he is not playing every day and moves into a super utility role instead of playing the hot corner in Boston. If he can get full time at bats, he could get a nice boost considering the change in park and lineup around him. We will have a better idea of the Red Sox’s plans after he is added to the roster Friday. Ken Rosenthal speculated on his Facebook page last night that in spite of the Red Sox acquiring Nunez, they could look to add a DH or 1B-type player via trade. With Mitch Moreland struggling as of late and the Yankees making multiple moves, Rosenthal opined that Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski could be tempted into making a larger move for a bat. He speculated that Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce might fit the bill, but Tommy Joseph or Lucas Duda might make more sense considering how close the Red Sox are to the luxury tax threshold.   Trade Rumors! Ken Rosenthal also reported that the Nationals are “adamant that they will not move any of their top three prospects – outfielders Victor Robles and Juan Soto and right-hander Erick Fedde.” This would ostensibly eliminate them from any other major moves considering the depletion of their farm system that has occurred over the last year in trading for Major League talent. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com the Yankees are working on a deal to acquire Sonny Gray and Yonder Alonso from the Oakland A’s. After losing Pineda to Tommy John Surgery (and free agency in 2018), the Yankees have been looking on the market for a starter and could definitely use Alonso to replace the revolving door of first baseman they have had this season. According to Jon Morosi, the Athletics have strong interest in CF prospect Estevan Floral who could be the centerpiece of the return. Jon Morosi also reported that the Brewers and Tigers are discussing a trade that would send Ian Kinsler and Justin Wilson to Milwaukee. Kinsler is hitting .246/.330/.395 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases, but would certainly benefit from a move to [...]



More Than a Movie

2017-07-26T10:00:00+00:00

Why A League of Their Own’s message of female empowerment is more relevant 25 years after its debut.Twenty-five years later, A League Of Their Own still resonates. (via Chris Gigley)It’s an interesting time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the best baseball movies of all time, A League of Their Own. Social media is magnifying the gender gap and unleashing a mean-spiritedness that threatens the can-do spirit of women the film captured so well. The 1992 classic, based on a professional all-female baseball league in the Midwest during World War II, highlighted characteristics we prize in ballplayers today–grit, determination, perseverance, etc. That the story applied these qualities to female ballplayers didn’t matter at the box office. According to iMDB, A League of Their Own grossed more than $107 million in the U.S. and more than $132 million worldwide. It also made more than $53 million in rental sales at dearly departed Blockbuster Video stores across the country (Although one stays alive on Twitter). But just as the movie depicted a different world from 1992, the ’90s seem distant now. Sexism existed 25 years ago, but the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle has made it impossible to ignore today. The nation still isn’t completely over the undercurrent of sexism that ran through the 2016 presidential election. Oh, and the winning candidate said this. Never forget, because he keeps behaving badly, even with the whole world watching. Reminders that sexism, like racism, is enduring pop up all the time. It’s in the media. (Look at what happened at Fox News.) It’s in Silicon Valley. It’s in Hollywood. The sports world has plenty of it, too. The world was atwitter after tennis star Andy Murray corrected a reporter at his final Wimbledon press conference over a question that ignored women’s tennis. Speaking of sports journalism, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism released a study showing that microaggressions against female athletes in the media increased by almost 40 percent from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. It’s not just the way sports are covered, either. Jessica Luther recently wrote an excellent article for Bleacher Report about Girls Travel Baseball, a Florida-based national travel baseball team for girls that competes against boys’ teams in tournaments all over the country. If you want the sour taste of sexism in this day and age, just sit in the stands at one of their games. Here’s a sample from Luther’s story: The girls of GTB are always on the lookout for the hate. They never know if what they are getting is simply bad sportsmanship or if it’s intentional because they are girls. Either way, they are always on alert. They once played a tournament in which three teams dropped out when they found out they’d have to play an all-girls team. For a while, GTB submitted rosters with only the girls’ first initials and their last names. The girls describe how often they get hit by pitches while at the plate or hit by balls while running the bases (they can’t prove they get hit more than the boys, but they all believe it to be true). The hate doesn’t just happen on the field. After the first game the Prime Team played in Miami, Julie Clines, whose daughter Olivia plays on the team, saw a grown man s[...]



Bullpen Notes: July 25, 2017: Trying to Find Clarity In Philadelphia + Texas & More

2017-07-26T08:00:00+00:00

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morningAre you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing): PHI: Neris unimpressive w/team down 5-0 (1 H/1 BB/1 K). Garcia in for 2.0 IP so consider 9th inning up in air #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 LAA: Non-SV but Norris (4 R/1 H/3 BB/0.0 IP) bad. Not going to cost him job but not locked in if struggles #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 TEX: Bush in 7th/Kela 8th despite 6 R lead. Shows you Claudio getting opp to run w/role (w/Leclerc in mix) #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 STL: Bowman faced 2 batters (1 H/1 HBP) & 1 would score (BSV). Rosenthal went 2.0 IP for W & mat still be man #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 NYM: Another poor outing, despite SV, for Reed (1 R/2 H). Could be hurting trade value but should be dealt #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 CWS: Clippard allows 1 R/1 H/1 BB in non-SV. w/Swarzak dealt to MIL don’t assume he reclaims closing duties #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 TB: Colome allows 2 H but gets SV. Locked in but 1.31 WHIP alone tells us not dominant option this season #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 KC: Pitching for 3rd straight Herrera perfect (1 K) for SV. Remember when some thought he could lose role… #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 NYY: Betances struggles (1 R/1 H/2 BB) & Chapman doesn’t seem like self (SV, but 0 K). Keep Robertson stashed #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 TOR: Another ho hum SV for Osuna (only 1 K?!?!). It’s amazing to think that Toronto almost didn’t move to pen #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 26, 2017 Rotoprofessor recently debuted our Reliever Reliability Quotient (RRQ), in an effort to determine whose skills translate best for late inning roles.  Make sure to check out our introduction of the stat by clicking here.[...]



Should I Be Supremely Courting Harrison Bader Ginsburg?

2017-07-26T07:01:00+00:00

Between trade deadline deals and prospect call-ups, I am so super jacked right now, I could jackhammer a road with my excitement!  Is it weird that I'm picturing a mural of Giancarlo on the ground while I jackhammer said road with my excitement?  "Hey, move that traffic cone!  Giancarlo's birthmark is further down and to the right!"  That's me directing city workers as they put my Giancarlo mural on my block.  So, with Dexter Fowler hitting the DL with a forearm strain, the Card called up Harrison Bader.  I'm kicking myself for going Willie Calhoun over Harrison Bader two weeks ago in NL-Only FAAB.  Real bad call by me.  Now, I got Willie Calhoun, who sounds like someone in Alcatraz, and I'm kicking rocks.  Why do we care?  Bader has 19 HRs, 9 SBs and a .297 average in Triple-A, and Prospector Ralph put him 36th overall on his top 100 fantasy baseball prospect list.  I attempted to add him everywhere, even in ESPN leagues where he's not in their system yet.  Oops, guess they didn't see him coming.  Apparently, they don't put the ESP in ESPN.  Bader's overall profile looks to be a 20-ish homers, 12ish steals, .275-ish average.  His -ish looks Fowler-ish, and I'm chicken-lickin'.  Anyway, here's what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Between trade deadline deals and prospect call-ups, I am so super jacked right now, I could jackhammer a road with my excitement!  Is it weird that I'm picturing a mural of Giancarlo on the ground while I jackhammer said road with my excitement?  "Hey, move that traffic cone!  Giancarlo's birthmark is further down and to the right!"  That's me directing city workers as they put my Giancarlo mural on my block.  So, with Dexter Fowler hitting the DL with a forearm strain, the Card called up Harrison Bader.  I'm kicking myself for going Willie Calhoun over Harrison Bader two weeks ago in NL-Only FAAB.  Real bad call by me.  Now, I got Willie Calhoun, who sounds like someone in Alcatraz, and I'm kicking rocks.  Why do we care?  Bader has 19 HRs, 9 SBs and a .297 average in Triple-A, and Prospector Ralph put him 36th overall on his top 100 fantasy baseball prospect list.  I attempted to add him everywhere, even in ESPN leagues where he's not in their system yet.  Oops, guess they didn't see him coming.  Apparently, they don't put the ESP in ESPN.  Bader's overall profile looks to be a 20-ish homers, 12ish steals, .275-ish average.  His -ish looks Fowler-ish, and I'm chicken-lickin'.  Anyway, here's what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:[...]



FanDuel MLB Cheat Sheet: Wednesday, July 26th (UPDATED)

2017-07-26T06:42:01+00:00

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DraftKings Cheat Sheet, Wednesday, July 26th (UPDATED)

2017-07-26T06:42:00+00:00

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Red Sox Acquire Eduardo Nunez

2017-07-26T05:31:00+00:00

The Red Sox made their first addition of the summer on Tuesday night, acquiring infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Giants in exchange for minor league right-handers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. Both teams have announced the deal. Word of the swap first leaked out after Nunez was shown leaving the Giants’ dugout to a series of hugs from…The Red Sox made their first addition of the summer on Tuesday night, acquiring infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Giants in exchange for minor league right-handers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. Both teams have announced the deal. Word of the swap first leaked out after Nunez was shown leaving the Giants’ dugout to a series of hugs from his teammates on tonight’s broadcast (video link via Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area). Third base has been a clear area of need for the Red Sox this season, as Pablo Sandoval was finally released midway through the third season of his five-year contract and Brock Holt has been plagued by injuries throughout the year. Boston dealt Travis Shaw to the Brewers this offseason and has been relying on a platoon of light-hitting Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin at the hot corner in recent weeks, and Boston third basemen entered play tonight hitting a collective .226/.278/.317. Of course, the third base outlook in Boston changed radically just this week when the team decided to call upon top prospect Rafael Devers to get his first taste of the Majors. Devers ranks as one of the game’s five or six best prospects and has torn through minor league pitching at a .311/.377/.578 pace thus far in 2017. However, Devers is also just 20 years old and has scarcely played in Triple-A, so the Sox may yet feel that he needs more development in the minors before he can be relied upon to man the hot corner in a pennant race. If Devers does ultimately prove to be capable of handling the spot, Nunez’s defensive versatility will still carry plenty of value for the Red Sox down the stretch. Nunez can provide depth both at shortstop and second base, and he has a bit of experience in the corner outfield as well. That flexibility would help to keep a number of Boston regulars fresh in the season’s final months, though the team’s exact plans with respect to Nunez and Devers aren’t yet clear. Anything from a platoon arrangement to a return trip to Triple-A Pawtucket could reasonably be on the table, though it’s certainly worth noting that the Red Sox’ press release announcing the move labeled Nunez as a “utility player” rather than strictly referencing him as a third baseman. The 30-year-old Nunez hasn’t shown the power he displayed when he smacked a career-high 16 home runs last season — the extra time in the pitcher-friendly AT&T Park certainly can’t help his cause in that regard — but he’s been a generally solid offensive player. He’s hitting .307/.331/.413 through 315 plate appearances with San Francisco and has knocked four homers and 20 doubles to go along with a 17-for-22 mark in stolen base attempts. He’s also an extremely tough strikeout (9.1 percent) and, as Tim Britton of the Providence Journal points out (via Twitter), Nunez&rs[...]



The Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) – July 26, 2017

2017-07-26T05:05:00+00:00

Check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets! Welcome to the Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) for July 26, 2017.…Check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets! Welcome to the Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) for July 26, 2017.…(image)



Yankees, Athletics Reportedly Discussing Sonny Gray, Yonder Alonso

2017-07-26T03:41:00+00:00

10:41pm: Slusser writes that the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, Brewers, Indians, Pirates and Royals all had scouts on hand to watch Gray’s start tonight. She adds that the Yankees “are making a strong push” for Gray but also calls the Astros “one of the frontrunners” for Gray despite their lack of a scouting presence at tonight’s…10:41pm: Slusser writes that the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, Brewers, Indians, Pirates and Royals all had scouts on hand to watch Gray’s start tonight. She adds that the Yankees “are making a strong push” for Gray but also calls the Astros “one of the frontrunners” for Gray despite their lack of a scouting presence at tonight’s game. Jon Heyman of Fan Rag, meanwhile, hears that the Brewers have “backed off” of talks after finding the asking price to be too steep. Likewise, the Braves are said to be “behind” the Yankees in their pursuit. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has further detail on some of the contenders for Gray’s services. The Brewers are amenable to considering prospects Corey Ray and Luis Ortiz in a package, though it hardly seems sure that both could be dangled for Gray. As for the Yankees, beyond the previously mentioned Florial and Mateo, it seems that youngsters such as Domingo Acevedo, Freicer Perez, and Albert Abreu could conceivably be in play. 5:55pm: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that the Yankees are “one of at least seven teams” that has scouts in attendance for Gray’s start tonight. 5:42pm: Morosi tweets that Gray has begun his warmups and adds that “all signs point toward” Gray making his scheduled start tonight. Feinsand tweets that the same sources who indicated progress was being made also suggested that a deal is not likely to be completed tonight. 5:30pm: The Yankees have been oft-connected to both Sonny Gray and Yonder Alonso, and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand now cites multiple sources in reporting that the Yankees are “making progress” toward a deal that could send both players to the Bronx. It’s worth noting that Gray is slated to start tonight’s game in Toronto and has yet to be scratched from that outing, so there’s no immediate indication that anything is imminent. New York’s need both in the rotation and at first base is readily apparent. The Yankees have already lost Michael Pineda to Tommy John surgery and will see CC Sabathia’s contract expire at season’s end. It’s also possible, depending on how he finishes out that year, that Masahiro Tanaka could opt out and land elsewhere. That’d leave the Yankees with Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery and trio of vacant spots in the rotation, but adding Gray would fill one such void. The 27-year-old right-hander, who looks to be healthy after a triceps injury in 2016 and a lat strain earlier this year, is earning $3.575MM in 2017 and can be controlled via arbitration through the 2019 campaign. As for the team’s first base void, that’s been a noted flaw all season. Greg Bird hasn’t been able to get healthy and recently underwent ankle surgery, while Tyl[...]



Astros Outright Ashur Tolliver

2017-07-26T03:23:00+00:00

The Astros outrighted left-handed reliever Ashur Tolliver off the 40-man roster earlier today, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros have yet to formally announce the move and have not announced a corresponding move. An offseason waiver claim from the Angels organization, the 29-year-old Tolliver appeared in just three big league games and…

The Astros outrighted left-handed reliever Ashur Tolliver off the 40-man roster earlier today, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros have yet to formally announce the move and have not announced a corresponding move.

An offseason waiver claim from the Angels organization, the 29-year-old Tolliver appeared in just three big league games and totaled five innings with the Astros in 2017. Tolliver has had a rough go of it in Triple-A Fresno this season, allowing 25 earned runs on 32 hits and 29 walks with 22 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. That’s a notable departure from a 2016 campaign in which Tolliver logged a 2.23 ERA with 10.2 K/9 against 3.2 BB/9 through 44 1/3 frames across three minor league levels.

Tolliver was originally drafted by the Orioles in the fifth round 2009, one pick before the Giants took Brandon Belt.

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Tigers Exploring Package Trade Scenarios

2017-07-26T02:31:00+00:00

The Tigers have several players known to be available, and ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter) that the team is currently exploring trade scenarios involving multiple players as a means of clearing some salary off the books. That would mesh with a recent report from Olney’s colleague, Jerry Crasnick, in which Crasnick reported that Detroit…The Tigers have several players known to be available, and ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter) that the team is currently exploring trade scenarios involving multiple players as a means of clearing some salary off the books. That would mesh with a recent report from Olney’s colleague, Jerry Crasnick, in which Crasnick reported that Detroit has tried to attach second baseman Ian Kinsler to Justin Wilson in trade talks with the Brewers. (Not to say that Kinsler is a pure salary dump, of course, as he too carries value to other clubs.) [Related: Taking Inventory — Detroit Tigers | Detroit Tigers depth chart | Detroit Tigers payroll outlook] In addition to Wilson and Kinsler, the Tigers are expected to move catcher Alex Avila and are reported to have shopped Justin Verlander around the league. Detroit could also conceivably move right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has been much improved in six starts since returning from the minors. The team’s enormous commitment to righty Jordan Zimmermann looks largely immovable right now thanks to Zimmermann’s struggles and full no-trade clause, and while Justin Upton has absolutely raked over the past calendar year, he’s owed $88.5MM from 2018-21 and has the right to opt out of his contract at season’s end as well. Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press adds some more context to the Tigers’ stance on Verlander, reporting that Detroit has shown a willingness to pay off the remainder of Verlander’s $28MM salary in 2017 — a sum of about $10.4MM — but they’re not interested in picking up any of the $56MM he’s owed from 2018-19. That hasn’t been enough to generate any serious talks surrounding Verlander to date. Michael Fulmer is the most intriguing name to pop up in trade talks this summer, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s been difficult to gauge exactly what the Tigers’ plans are for the reigning Rookie of the Year. Sherman writes that some execs have been told that Fulmer is firmly off limits, while others say the Tigers have briefly floated his name before turning talks to Justin Verlander. Perhaps most interestingly, Sherman writes that one exec said the Tigers pitched a scenario in which Fulmer would be packaged with the remaining money on the contracts of Zimmermann ($80.7MM through 2020) or Upton ($96.7MM through 2021). MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweets that the Brewers and Tigers remain engaged in ongoing talks pertaining to Kinsler and Wilson, though he also cautions that no deal is close. Earlier tonight, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reported that the Rockies are interested in both Avila and Wilson, which would create another package scenario, though not one that would give the Rox much of an opportunity to shed sal[...]



Royals Jorge Bonifacio on a power surge: Waiver wire add?

2017-07-26T01:42:00+00:00

Jorge Bonifacio has homered in three consecutive games for the resurgent Royals. Is the slugger now worth a waiver wire add? The Royals are in playing their best baseball of the season and have rebounded to be smack dab in the middle of the WIld Card chase. They already showed baseball that they will be […]

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Jorge Bonifacio has homered in three consecutive games for the resurgent Royals. Is the slugger now worth a waiver wire add? The Royals are in playing their best baseball of the season and have rebounded to be smack dab in the middle of the WIld Card chase. They already showed baseball that they will be […]

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Rockies Seeking Catching Upgrades, Bullpen Arms

2017-07-26T01:08:00+00:00

The Rockies are looking to upgrade behind the dish and are interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Sullivan’s colleague, Thomas Harding, reports that the Rox also have some interest in Braves backstop Kurt Suzuki and Tigers catcher Alex Avila. All three of the options listed are set to hit free…The Rockies are looking to upgrade behind the dish and are interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Sullivan’s colleague, Thomas Harding, reports that the Rox also have some interest in Braves backstop Kurt Suzuki and Tigers catcher Alex Avila. All three of the options listed are set to hit free agency upon completion of the 2017 campaign, and none of the bunch is earning at a substantial rate. Lucroy’s $5.75MM salary is the heftiest of the bunch, while Avila is earning $2MM in 2017 and Suzuki is owed only the balance of a $1.5MM base salary (plus some modest incentives). The 31-year-old entered the season as one of the consensus top free agents on the 2017-18 market, but he’s seen both his bat and his glove take steps backward in his first full season with Texas. After being acquired just prior to last year’s non-waiver deadline, Lucroy raked at an exceptional .276/.345/.539 pace with 11 homers in 168 plate appearances down the stretch. However, he’s batting just .240/.293/.339 through 294 plate appearances this season and has begun to cede some playing time to Robinson Chirinos. Lucroy has caught 30 percent of those that have attempted to steal against him, but he’s also seen his once-vaunted framing numbers deteriorate to the point that Baseball Prospectus ranks him as one of the league’s worst pitch framers. It’s the opposite story for the 30-year-old Avila, who has broken out in a substantial way in 2017. A well-above-average catcher with the Tigers in 2011-12, Avila’s career was mired in a downward spiral before a return to the Motor City sparked a renaissance. He’s hitting .280/.402/.488 with 11 homers through just 256 plate appearances and has slashed his strikeout rate from 37.3 percent in 2016 to a more passable (but still too high) 29.7 percent this year. While many have questioned Avila’s ability to sustain this pace, there isn’t a player in baseball (min. 250 PAs) that has a higher hard-contact rate than Avila’s 50 percent. His 92 mph average exit velocity is also among the top 10 in the league, trailing only Aaron Judge, Miguel Sano, Khris Davis, Joey Gallo, Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz. He’s sporting a 31 percent caught-stealing rate but, like Lucroy, has received below-average marks in framing this year (albeit to a lesser extent than Lucroy). Suzuki, meanwhile, is hitting .255/.340/.468 through 163 plate appearances in his first season with Atlanta. While SunTrust Park has a homer-friendly reputation, six of Suzuki’s eight big flies have come on the road this season. He’s caught a much-improved 26 percent of potential base thieves with the Braves and has demonstrated some improved but stil[...]



The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 481 – Gearing Up for the Stretch Run

2017-07-25T23:33:01+00:00

Paul identifies several hitters and pitchers poised for a big second half and worth acquiring.

7/25/17

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 481 – Gearing Up for the Stretch Run

2017-07-25T23:33:00+00:00

Paul identifies several hitters and pitchers poised for a big second half and worth acquiring.

7/25/17

The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is brought to you by Out of the Park Baseball 18, the best baseball strategy game ever made – available NOW on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms! Go to ootpdevelopments.com to order now and save 10% with the code SLEEPER18!

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Justin Ruggiano Opts Out Of Giants Contract

2017-07-25T23:09:00+00:00

Veteran outfielder Justin Ruggiano has opted out of his minor league deal with the Giants, tweets Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. The 35-year-old had been playing with the team’s Triple-A affiliate. San Francisco also bumped reliever Reyes Moronta from Double-A to Triple-A, and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that the righty,…

Veteran outfielder Justin Ruggiano has opted out of his minor league deal with the Giants, tweets Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. The 35-year-old had been playing with the team’s Triple-A affiliate. San Francisco also bumped reliever Reyes Moronta from Double-A to Triple-A, and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that the righty, who is already on the 40-man roster, could get a look later this season.

Ruggiano appeared in 19 games and made 63 plate appearances with the Giants earlier this season, hitting .217/.238/.333 with a couple of home runs. He was outrighted earlier this year and accepted the assignment, but he’s yet to return to the Majors despite a solid .280/.325/.478 slash through 169 plate appearances with Triple-A Sacramento. He’ll now presumably look to latch on elsewhere — likely on another minor league pact.

Ruggiano is a career .256/.318/.434 hitter through 1478 plate appearances across parts of nine Major League seasons. A right-handed bat, Ruggiano is most valuable as a weapon against lefties, as evidenced by his lifetime .273/.336/.515 slash when holding the platoon advantage. He spent most of his time in Triple-A playing center field, but he hasn’t posted positive marks there in the Majors since his 2012 campaign with Miami.

 

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Brewers, White Sox Discussing Anthony Swarzak Trade

2017-07-25T22:11:00+00:00

The Brewers and White Sox are in talks about a trade that would send right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Chicago to Milwaukee, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). After signing a minor league deal with a $900K base salary this offseason, the 31-year-old Swarzak has broken out with the best season of his career.…

The Brewers and White Sox are in talks about a trade that would send right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Chicago to Milwaukee, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).

After signing a minor league deal with a $900K base salary this offseason, the 31-year-old Swarzak has broken out with the best season of his career. In 48 1/3 innings with the South Siders, he’s averaged 9.7 K/9 against 2.4 BB/9 with a 40.5 percent ground-ball rate en route to a 2.23 ERA. The former second-round pick is averaging 94.5 mph on his heater this year and has posted a 14 percent swinging-strike rate that dwarfs his previous career-high of 10.6 percent. Swarzak’s 71.9 percent contact rate sits nearly six percentage points below the league average of 77.5 percent.

Swarzak picked up the first save of his career in yesterday’s win over the Cubs, though his stint as the de facto closer in Chicago may not last all that long, as he’s a free agent at season’s end and is widely expected to be traded. The Brewers are known to be on the lookout for bullpen help, and Swarzak’s status as a rental and lack of a dominant track record should make him a reasonably affordable piece to acquire via trade, even with this year’s exceptional results.

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Injury News: Strasburg, Kershaw, Bour, Yankees, Kipnis

2017-07-25T21:55:00+00:00

The Nationals announced today that right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who exited with a potential injury in his most recent start, had “some nerve impingement that has been alleviated,” as Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post tweets. Earlier in the day, skipper Dusty Baker had told MASNsports.com’s Dan Kolko that Strasburg is feeling better and may actually…The Nationals announced today that right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who exited with a potential injury in his most recent start, had “some nerve impingement that has been alleviated,” as Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post tweets. Earlier in the day, skipper Dusty Baker had told MASNsports.com’s Dan Kolko that Strasburg is feeling better and may actually take the hill for his next scheduled start (Twitter link). Chelsea Janes of the Post, meanwhile, tweets that Strasburg kept in line with typical between-starts routine by playing catch today as well. Janes further adds that Strasburg did not undergo an MRI but did have an ultrasound procedure, which compared favorably to previous exams. It’s been reported that a more serious Strasburg injury may well have impacted the Nats’ deadline plans, but it seems that they’ve avoided that scenario. Janes reported yesterday that in such a case, the bullpen would continue to be a larger priority. Some more relevant injury news with the deadline less than a week away… While Clayton Kershaw’s injury is obviously a blow to the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times offers a bit more encouraging detail on the situation. While the team was initially fearful that Kershaw had again injured the disk that he herniated last season, manager Dave Roberts told reporters that a scan confirmed that this injury does not involve last year’s herniated disk. That was the Dodgers’ greatest concern, according to Roberts, who called it a “safe bet” that Kershaw would make it back to the team later during the regular season. Shaikin notes that even the back end of the projected four to six week timeline would have Kershaw back in the rotation in early September. Regarding the potential that Kershaw’s injury pushes the Dodgers to make a run at Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, Roberts simply stated that every team in baseball would love to have Darvish, but stressed that he has no plans to try to persuade the front office into action: “I can’t put the pressure on. I’m not going to put the pressure on.” The Marlins announced today that first baseman Justin Bour and shortstop JT Riddle have been placed on the 10-day DL due to a right oblique strain and left biceps tendinitis, respectively. There was no timetable given for the return of either player, but oblique strains typically cost a player at least a month. Bour didn’t seem especially likely to be moved anyhow, but the fact that he looks to be facing an absence of a few weeks furt[...]



Royals Acquire Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer: Fantasy impact

2017-07-25T21:33:00+00:00

The Royals quietly added a starting and relief pitcher Monday night by trading for Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer. What is the fantasy baseball impact? The Kansas City Royals traded for a nice group of San Diego Padres pitchers Monday night as they make a run for the American League Central lead and postseason appearance. […]

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The Royals quietly added a starting and relief pitcher Monday night by trading for Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer. What is the fantasy baseball impact? The Kansas City Royals traded for a nice group of San Diego Padres pitchers Monday night as they make a run for the American League Central lead and postseason appearance. […]

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Cardinals Place Dexter Fowler On DL, Promote Harrison Bader

2017-07-25T19:42:00+00:00

The Cardinals have announced that center fielder Dexter Fowler will go on the 10-day DL with a wrist strain. His spot on the active roster will be taken by outfield prospect Harrison Bader, who earns his first MLB promotion, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggested was in the works. It’s not known…The Cardinals have announced that center fielder Dexter Fowler will go on the 10-day DL with a wrist strain. His spot on the active roster will be taken by outfield prospect Harrison Bader, who earns his first MLB promotion, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggested was in the works. It’s not known at present how serious an injury it is for Fowler, who as Goold notes has dealt with a few maladies of late. The veteran is obviously a key cog for St. Louis; his loss comes as the club weighs its trade deadline options with a four-game deficit in the NL Central. Prior indications were that Bader would only be recalled if he would be presented with a relatively extended opportunity for playing time. Just how long of a run he’ll receive will surely depend upon Fowler’s progress and Bader’s play. The new addition could conceivably claim playing time even once Fowler returns, though the Cards will surely continue to allow Tommy Pham to receive regular time and also have other options including Randal Grichuk, Jose Martinez, and Stephen Piscotty (who’s working back from the DL at present). Entering the year, Bader was seen as a consensus top-ten organizational prospect. He stands at sixth among Cards’ youngsters in MLB.com’s most recent ranking. A former third-round draft pick, Bader has turned in a quality effort at Triple-A thus far, slashing.297/.354/.517 with 19 home runs. To open a 40-man spot, the Cards have released outfielder Chad Huffman. The 32-year-old had received a brief MLB call-up earlier this year but spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a .247/.386/.437 batting line in 215 trips to the plate.[...]



MLBTR Chat Transcript

2017-07-25T19:05:00+00:00

Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s live chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s live chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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Bear or Bull: David “I’m Not Related To Jhonny” Peralta

2017-07-25T19:00:00+00:00

(image) Did you know that David Peralta's name is actually Senger Guerreiro? So it's Senger David Peralta Guerreiro Maria Conchita Alonso. Whew. Ok, without the Maria Conschita Alonso, but it made me think of this. That's better than Sum Ting Wong and Yu Stin Ki Pu. Anyways, his father is also named David Peralta, so I respect that he decided to go with that. I also love his back story...(image) (image) Did you know that David Peralta's name is actually Senger Guerreiro? So it's Senger David Peralta Guerreiro Maria Conchita Alonso. Whew. Ok, without the Maria Conschita Alonso, but it made me think of this. That's better than Sum Ting Wong and Yu Stin Ki Pu. Anyways, his father is also named David Peralta, so I respect that he decided to go with that. I also love his back story...(image) (image)



Starlin Castro, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Hire Magnus Sports

2017-07-25T18:30:00+00:00

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has changed agents, moving his representation to Barry Praver of Magnus Sports, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Also making the switch is top Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. In Castro’s case, he likely won’t be up for any contract negotiations for a few more years — unless…

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has changed agents, moving his representation to Barry Praver of Magnus Sports, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Also making the switch is top Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

In Castro’s case, he likely won’t be up for any contract negotiations for a few more years — unless the Yankees were to entertain thoughts of an extension. Though Castro is still just 27 and has been quite productive (.307/.344/.472) this year, that’d be a surprise. After all, his current deal takes him through 2019 and includes a club option for the following season.

As for Guerrero, who’s still just 18, his star is clearly on the rise as he mashes in the lower minors. He isn’t on the MLB radar yet, but has already gained top-twenty leaguewide prospect billing and could move quickly through the Toronto system.

It’s important to bear in mind that players change representation for many possible reasons. And even if contract talks aren’t a near-term concern, marketing deals are always a consideration.

If you’re interested in seeing more agent-player relationships, MLBTR maintains a sortable database of the latest representation information as an industry resource.

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Minor MLB Transactions: 7/25/17

2017-07-25T18:04:00+00:00

Let’s catch up on a few recent minor transactions: Blue Jays lefty Jeff Beliveau has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, per a club announcement. He had been designated for assignment recently after posting rough results over 19 MLB innings. The 30-year-old did manage 9.8 K/9 during his time in the majors, and was striking out…Let’s catch up on a few recent minor transactions: Blue Jays lefty Jeff Beliveau has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, per a club announcement. He had been designated for assignment recently after posting rough results over 19 MLB innings. The 30-year-old did manage 9.8 K/9 during his time in the majors, and was striking out over a dozen per nine at Triple-A this year. But he allowed four long balls in just 15 2/3 innings and had not generated much soft contact. The announcement seemingly suggests that Beliveau will take the assignment at Buffalo, though he’s not yet listed on the roster and would have the right to choose free agency. Earlier Updates Righty Lucas Harrell has accepted an assignment with the Blue Jays’ top affiliate, per a club announcement. Depending upon the team’s deadline moves, perhaps it won’t be a lengthy detour. Harrell, 32, was knocked around in 6 1/3 big league innings this year after making nine useful starts last year at the game’s highest level. The Mets added righty Jonathan Albaladejo on a minors deal, the team announced (h/t Marc Carig of Newsday, on Twitter). The former big leaguer had been pitching for the indy ball Bridgeport Bluefish. Now 34, Albaladejo hasn’t tasted the majors since a brief showing in 2012. Over 66 total appearances in the big leagues, he owns a 4.34 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9. The Rockies have acquired lefty Will Lamb from the White Sox, with an announcement confirming a tweet from Robert Murray of Fan Rag (via Twitter). It’s not known what Chicago will receive in return, but it’s surely reflective of Lamb’s struggles. While the former second-rounder has produced good results in brief stops at Double-A in recent years, he has been knocked around at the highest level of the minors. Over 120 1/3 total Triple-A frames, Lamb carries a 6.06 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9. [...]



SAGNOF Report: Blacklight Special, Marcus Semien

2017-07-25T18:00:00+00:00

It's all fun and games when the lights go off and the special things in life glow under different color light.  Laundry detergent, player names, and the puns that are associated with them... and believe it or not a good ole bottle of Hennessy.  So now that we have concocted that cocktail and images in your head, let's move onto the Fantasy Baseball portion of this relationship.  That being Marcus Semien.  I am going to be the first to admit that I really like the idea of this guy on my team after last season's output, as he produced 27 HR's and 10 steals.  Not the elite of foot by any stretch of the SAGNOF imagination, but the 27 taters from a middle infield spot takes a lot of gleam off the cube.  So why now?  Well, his season was derailed by injury and he only still has 86 at-bats on the year.  Ignore all the other facets, he is not going to hit for average and not going to score a ton of runs in the A's lineup, but he has 7 steals in those 86 at-bats.  (He only had 10 last year in 586 at bats, remember I just said that.)  So he has gone from a once every 60 plate appearances per steal guy to one every 10.  I am by far no mathematical genius, but that looks like a gigantic difference.  Since he returned from the DL, he is hitting 30 points above his career average, which is only .230, but still, .265 is better then .230.  The steals are what we want and that's why we here.  So with the expectations of him not slipping out of the lineup now that he is returned he could easily be a cheap source (8.6% owned in ESPN leagues).  With the way that the middle infield spots turn over and the trade deadline around the bend stats at any chance are better then none. Be sure to check out Razzball Soccer for all of your Fantasy Premier Leagues!It's all fun and games when the lights go off and the special things in life glow under different color light.  Laundry detergent, player names, and the puns that are associated with them... and believe it or not a good ole bottle of Hennessy.  So now that we have concocted that cocktail and images in your head, let's move onto the Fantasy Baseball portion of this relationship.  That being Marcus Semien.  I am going to be the first to admit that I really like the idea of this guy on my team after last season's output, as he produced 27 HR's and 10 steals.  Not the elite of foot by any stretch of the SAGNOF imagination, but the 27 taters from a middle infield spot takes a lot of gleam off the cube.  So why now?  Well, his season was derailed by injury and he only still has 86 at-bats on the year.  Ignore all the other facets, he is not going to hit for average and not going to score a ton of runs in the A's lineup, but he[...]



Quick Looks: Faria & Castillo

2017-07-25T17:25:00+00:00

Jacob Faria • For Faria, I watched his July 6th game against the Red Sox. The game was the most recent with a decent camera angle. • The nearly 24-year-old righty used a 3/4 release with decent command and control of his pitches. • Fastball: 91-93 mph. Straight with some sneaky rise with its groundball rate at only 29%. […]Jacob Faria • For Faria, I watched his July 6th game against the Red Sox. The game was the most recent with a decent camera angle. • The nearly 24-year-old righty used a 3/4 release with decent command and control of his pitches. • Fastball: 91-93 mph. Straight with some sneaky rise with its groundball rate at only 29%. He seems to have decent control of it. It’s suprisingly, at least to me, getting an above average number of swings-and-misses (8%). • Change (81): 81-83 mph. This pitch is nasty. Hard late drop with even some release side movement. A couple times it didn’t break and the pitch got hit around. • Slider (84): 83-85 mph, Nice sweeping action with some downward break (2-10 break). Useful but not devastating. Inconsistent. This pitch could get hit hard when it doesn’t break as much as desired. Since it doesn’t break a much to start with, by taking away some movement, the pitch can get crushed. Also, it could be inconsistent at time. It could get hit hard when it didn’t break as much as desired. Since it doesn’t break a much to start with, by taking away even some of the movement made the pitch extremely hittable. Good Bad • Curveball: At 74-mph with a 12-6 drop. He rarely threw it but it could become useful for him in the future Overall: He has a Rick Porcello feel going on with a high flyball-inducing four-seamer and acceptable breaking pitches. He’s a match/home start pitcher in shallow leagues based on his stuff. It’s good, not great. One biggest issue with Faria is a change of production in July. In June, his K:BB was 7:1. For July, it’s 1:1. The biggest issue I have found is his fastball velocity dropping from 93.2 mph to 91.5 mph. The fastball’s June swinging-strike rate was 11% and now it is down to 5%. He may be hiding an injury or just can’t keep the velocity up over a full season. His owners should look for some improvement or they may need to change their expectations of him. — Luis Castillo • The 24-year-old righty is a max effort thrower. He falls off to the first base side on every pitch out of the windup (fastball video). • Fastball: 95-100 mph and straight as a bullet with no deception. If a hitter can catch up to it, they would have no issues hitting it hard. And they are this season by p[...]



RCL Update, Week 16: The Week That Was

2017-07-25T17:00:00+00:00

The prospects are coming, the prospects are coming!  At least that’s what every Sawx fan was screaming this Sunday.  What fun the end of week 16 brought with Rafael Devers getting the call for the Sawx.  I’ll be curious to see how he fares right off the bat and where they decide to hit him.  I was lucky enough to catch Devers in Portland earlier this year and he mollywhopped one almost out of the building.  So yes, the power is legit.  To begin the week, we lost a Razzball Commenter Leagues first rounder in Carlos Correa.  What a tough go the first round middle infielders have had with Trea going down and now Correa.  Raise your hand if own both of them in an RCL.  I feel your pain.  Colin Moran was quickly stashed and almost as quickly dropped when face met ball.  I’m on the fence about what to do with Correa myself.  Obviously, if you have a DL spot, you stash him, but if you’re all full up, it’s a bit of a pickle.  Lucky me, I own Correa in 3 of my 4 most competitive RCLs.  Lower case yay.  Let’s see how these injuries and call-ups affected the Master Standings and what else transpired in the week that was, week 16:The prospects are coming, the prospects are coming!  At least that’s what every Sawx fan was screaming this Sunday.  What fun the end of week 16 brought with Rafael Devers getting the call for the Sawx.  I’ll be curious to see how he fares right off the bat and where they decide to hit him.  I was lucky enough to catch Devers in Portland earlier this year and he mollywhopped one almost out of the building.  So yes, the power is legit.  To begin the week, we lost a Razzball Commenter Leagues first rounder in Carlos Correa.  What a tough go the first round middle infielders have had with Trea going down and now Correa.  Raise your hand if own both of them in an RCL.  I feel your pain.  Colin Moran was quickly stashed and almost as quickly dropped when face met ball.  I’m on the fence about what to do with Correa myself.  Obviously, if you have a DL spot, you stash him, but if you’re all full up, it’s a bit of a pickle.  Lucky me, I own Correa in 3 of my 4 most competitive RCLs.  Lower case yay.  Let’s see how these injuries and call-ups affected the Master Standings and what else transpired in the week that was, week 16:[...]