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Updated: 2017-06-28T07:01:00+00:00

 



Alex Giveth A Ray, Alex Taketh Away

2017-06-28T07:01:00+00:00

Uh-oh, the double lede!  This is more spectacular than the double rainbow.  WHOA, DOUBLE LEDE!  Alex Cobb threw a gem yesterday -- 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (2 Hits), 4 Ks, ERA at 3.73, but his brother from another mother and father, Alex Colome blew the game, going 1 IP, 2 ER, and now has given up seven earned -- sevearned? -- in his last three appearances.  Alex Cobb carried a no-hitter into the 7th and was so good yesterday that Robert Wuhl is writing the screenplay to Cobb 2:  More Corn.  However, do the Rays play Blondie "Call Me" when Colome comes in?  If so, stop!  If not, give it a try because we need to shake things up.  I grabbed Danny Farquhar before the game even ended.  Lord Farq could get a few saves if Colome remains dreck.  ...Cause somebody once told me that Farquhar is an 'own me,' and I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed!  Colome was looking kind of dumb with a crooked number on the board and an L shape hanging on his scorecard.  Well, the years start coming-- Okay, I will stop now.  In the end, Tommy Hunter got the save after the blown save, so he could also be in the mix if Colome needs a little rest.  In one league, I grabbed Farquhar; in one league, I grabbed Hunter for ye ol' hedge.  Anyway, here's what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:(image) Uh-oh, the double lede!  This is more spectacular than the double rainbow.  WHOA, DOUBLE LEDE!  Alex Cobb threw a gem yesterday -- 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (2 Hits), 4 Ks, ERA at 3.73, but his brother from another mother and father, Alex Colome blew the game, going 1 IP, 2 ER, and now has given up seven earned -- sevearned? -- in his last three appearances.  Alex Cobb carried a no-hitter into the 7th and was so good yesterday that Robert Wuhl is writing the screenplay to Cobb 2:  More Corn.  However, do the Rays play Blondie "Call Me" when Colome comes in?  If so, stop!  If not, give it a try because we need to shake things up.  I grabbed Danny Farquhar before the game even ended.  Lord Farq could get a few saves if Colome remains dreck.  ...Cause somebody once told me that Farquhar is an 'own me,' and I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed!  Colome was looking kind of dumb with a crooked number on the board and an L shape hanging on his scorecard.  Well, the years start coming-- Okay, I will stop now.  In the end, Tommy Hunter got the save after the blown save, so he could also be in the mix if Colome needs a little rest.  In one league, I grabbed Farquhar; in one league, I grabbed Hunter for ye ol' hedge.  Anyway, here's what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:(image) (image)



Trade Rumblings: Braves, Archer, Quintana, Gray, Red Sox

2017-06-28T01:52:00+00:00

The Braves are once again in the market for controllable starters, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta was linked to names like Chris Archer, Jose Quintana and Sonny Gray last season and throughout the winter, and the Braves still have interest in that group of pitchers, according to O’Brien. While they’ve scouted Gray’s…The Braves are once again in the market for controllable starters, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta was linked to names like Chris Archer, Jose Quintana and Sonny Gray last season and throughout the winter, and the Braves still have interest in that group of pitchers, according to O’Brien. While they’ve scouted Gray’s recent outings for the Athletics, it’s Archer and Quintana that sit atop Atlanta’s wish list, O’Brien continues. The White Sox, of course, are known to be open to moving Quintana, but there’s no guarantee that the Rays would even consider moving Archer. To the contrary, Tampa Bay is two games above .500 and currently sits just one game back of an American League Wild Card spot and three games back in the AL East. Archer currently holds a 3.88 ERA with 10.9 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and a 42.5 percent ground-ball rate through 104 1/3 innings, and he’s controllable through the 2021 season with just $33.7MM remaining on his contract following the 2017 campaign. It would presumably take a staggering package to even get the Rays to consider moving Archer, given the current state of their team. A bit more on the trade market… Atlanta is far from the only team to scout Gray’s most recent starts. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that in addition to the Braves, the Cubs, Blue Jays and Mariners all had multiple scouts/execs on hand for Sunday’s start, and the Red Sox had a scout there as well. Slusser notes that some clubs have been scouting infielder Jed Lowrie as well, adding that it’s “all but certain” that the Athletics trade Lowrie before the non-waiver deadline. Boston is one team that’s likely to have interest in Lowrie, she adds. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan spoke to one source that said the Red Sox are “keen” for Gray, though they’re also considering aiming for a power-hitting third baseman and acquiring another reliever rather than bolstering the rotation. Stacking another arm alongside Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel at the back of the ’pen could give Boston a trio similar to the three-headed monster similar to the 2014 Royals (Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland) or the 2016 Yankees (Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman). That was the idea in acquiring Tyler Thornburg this past offseason, but Thornburg will mis the entire year due to thoracic outlet surgery. The Sox, could, however, get righty Carson Smith back, though it’s difficult to know exactly what to expect from him after losing a season and a half to Tommy John surgery. White Sox GM Rick Hahn spoke to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post about lefty Jose Quintana, acknowledging that he’s been involved in “various conversations” with other clubs and that the ChiSox are “very open-minded” about dealing him. It’s been reported previously that Quintana’s rough start may not have much of an adverse impact on his trade value, and that’s how Hahn is approaching talks. “For the guys with extended track records, I think that’s probably the most important factor in terms of determining their value as well as the contractual control and obligations going forward,” said Hahn. “…He’s the same guy. The same guy in terms of how he goes about his business.” Rough start aside, Quintana entered tonight’s game with a pristine 2.25 ERA and 24-to-8 K/BB ratio through 24 June innings, and he’s held the Yankees scoreless through six innings tonight[...]



Yankees Starlin Castro headed to the DL: Fantasy Fallout

2017-06-28T01:14:00+00:00

Starlin Castro is having a great season for the Yankees but is headed to the DL due to a strained hamstring. What is the fantasy fallout of the news? The Yankees have fallen back to earth some over the last two weeks, yet still are at the top of the AL East. While Aaron Judge […]

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Starlin Castro is having a great season for the Yankees but is headed to the DL due to a strained hamstring. What is the fantasy fallout of the news? The Yankees have fallen back to earth some over the last two weeks, yet still are at the top of the AL East. While Aaron Judge […]

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Knocking Down The Door: Burnes, Granite, Mahle, Moya, Smith

2017-06-28T00:29:00+00:00

“Knocking Down the Door” is a weekly feature that identifies minor leaguers who are making a case for a big league promotion. Corbin Burnes, SP, Milwaukee Brewers (Double-A Biloxi) The Brewers’ starting rotation has been much better than expected and, arguably, the biggest reason why they’re sitting atop the NL Central with a 41-37 record. But while…“Knocking Down the Door” is a weekly feature that identifies minor leaguers who are making a case for a big league promotion. Corbin Burnes, SP, Milwaukee Brewers (Double-A Biloxi) The Brewers’ starting rotation has been much better than expected and, arguably, the biggest reason why they’re sitting atop the NL Central with a 41-37 record. But while their five starters are healthy and performing well at the moment, the team’s rotation depth has taken a hit as of late. Top prospect Josh Hader was moved to a relief role in order to balance out a right-handed heavy bullpen, and Brandon Woodruff landed on the disabled list when he suffered a strained hamstring just before his MLB debut. All of a sudden, Burnes is not only rocketing up the prospect lists with his impressive performance in 2017, he could actually help a playoff-contending Brewers team at some point. A fourth-round pick in last year’s draft, Burnes posted a 1.05 ERA in 10 High-A starts before a June promotion to Double-A. The 22-year-old right-hander hasn’t slowed down one bit, allowing two earned runs and 10 hits over 23 2/3innings in his four Southern League starts. He threw close to 140 innings in 2016 between the NCAA and the Minor Leagues, so it’s realistic that he can exceed 150 innings this year—he’s currently at 83 2/3—and that some of those innings might actually be thrown at the Major League level. Brewers Depth Chart — Zack Granite, OF, Minnesota Twins (Triple-A Rochester) The Twins’ patience with Byron Buxton paid off as he was productive over a 146 plate appearance stretch (.746 OPS from April 21-June 14) after a slow start. But he’s gone ice cold again—he’s 5 for his last 38 with no extra bases and 13 strikeouts—while the Twins have been one of the worst offenses in baseball this month. If they’re looking for a spark, and a player who can at least spell Buxton occasionally in center field, it’s becoming clear that Granite could be a solution. After his third consecutive two-hit game on Monday, the 24-year-old has a Triple-A slash line of .365/.419/513 in 48 games. His 17 walk-to-22 strikeout ratio might be his most enticing stat considering that Buxton and left fielder Eddie Rosario have combined for 34 walks and 127 strikeouts. Twins Depth Chart — Tyler Mahle, SP, Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville) Mahle is the first player to earn “Knocking Down The Door” honors for a second time in 2017, although he was dominating at the Double-A level when I pegged him as a potential call-up in early May. This time around, he’s coming off of an impressive Triple-A debut in which he pitched four-hit ball over six innings with no earned runs allowed and nine strikeouts. A struggling Reds’ rotation was hoping for a shot in the arm with Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan both back from the disabled list. But Bailey’s 2017 debut was disastrous (1 2/3 IP, 8 ER) and Finnegan is headed back to the DL with a shoulder injury. The Reds have already used an NL-leading 12 starting pitchers and are certain to dip into their farm for reinforcements again at some point. Will the 22-year-old Mahle be the 13th? Reds Depth Chart — Gabriel Moya, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Double-A Jackson) Fernando Rodney and Archie Bradley have been the keys to solidifying what appeared to be a very suspect Diamondbacks bullpen heading into the season. But, will it hold up down the [...]



Rockies Place Carlos Gonzalez, Tyler Anderson On 10-Day DL

2017-06-28T00:10:00+00:00

JUNE 27: Anderson’s injury will require arthroscopic surgery and could sideline him for up to four weeks, Saunders further reports (Twitter link). JUNE 26: The Rockies have placed both outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and southpaw Tyler Anderson on the 10-day DL, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports on Twitter. Two relievers will take the open…JUNE 27: Anderson’s injury will require arthroscopic surgery and could sideline him for up to four weeks, Saunders further reports (Twitter link). JUNE 26: The Rockies have placed both outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and southpaw Tyler Anderson on the 10-day DL, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports on Twitter. Two relievers will take the open roster spots, with Chad Qualls returning from the DL and Jairo Diaz receiving a call-up. [RELATED: Updated Rockies Depth Chart] A sore shoulder has bothered Gonzalez of late, and seems to be the cause for the move. But he’ll also surely welcome a chance to clear his head after a brutal start to the season. Over his 277 plate appearances, CarGo owns a .221/.300/.348 slash line with just six home runs — well shy of his typical output and even worse when adjusted for his advantageous home ballpark. Meanwhile, Anderson returns to the DL after re-injuring his left knee. That same joint kept him on the shelf for most of June. Anderson was excellent last year for Colorado as a rookie, but has struggled for the most part in 2017. Notably, he has already allowed more homers (15) this year than he did last, in barely half as many innings. Anderson carries a 6.11 ERA — albeit with a strong 9.0 K/9 against 3.3 BB/9 — through 63 1/3 frames. Though Gonzalez is the bigger name here, of course, Anderson’s situation is probably of greater importance to the Rockies’ deadline plans. While Jon Gray is set to return in short order, adding to the top of the rotation, it’s fair to wonder whether the club will at least explore the trade market for starters. The team’s youthful staff has been much better than expected, though the sustainability remains a question and several hurlers have hit rough stretches. Deepening the relief corps is also a deadline possibility for Colorado, it would seem. Just how much of a priority that will be could depend upon the performances of Qualls and Diaz. The former has not been terribly effective since joining the Rox last year, while the latter has been strong at Triple-A thus far as he works back from Tommy John surgery. Diaz missed all of 2016 after turning in 19 promising innings in the majors in the prior season, when he worked to a 2.37 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 while sitting at 97 mph with his fastball.[...]



Giants To Promote Jae-Gyun Hwang

2017-06-27T22:44:00+00:00

The Giants are promoting infielder Jae-gyun Hwang from Triple-A Sacramento, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News (via Twitter). The former Korea Baseball Organization star signed a minor league deal with San Francisco this offseason and was likely to exercise a July 1 opt-out clause if he was not brought up to the Majors…

The Giants are promoting infielder Jae-gyun Hwang from Triple-A Sacramento, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News (via Twitter). The former Korea Baseball Organization star signed a minor league deal with San Francisco this offseason and was likely to exercise a July 1 opt-out clause if he was not brought up to the Majors in the next few days.

Through 279 Triple-A plate appearances, Hwang was hitting at a strong .287/.333/.476 clip with seven homers, 19 doubles, four triples and five steals (in five attempts). While that’s a fair ways off the eye-popping .335/.394/.570 batting line that Hwang posted in his final season in Korea, the 29-year-old’s very solid Triple-A performance certainly seems to merit a look at the big league level.

Eduardo Nunez has handled the majority of the Giants’ third base responsibilities in 2017, but he’s currently on the DL with a minor hamstring issue. Third base has been Hwang’s primary position, but he’s also played first base in the minors and seen a couple of games in left field. With veteran Aaron Hill recently being cut loose, there’s a bench opportunity for Hwang to claim, at the very least, and it’s possible that he could be entrusted with a larger role if the Giants ultimately trade Nunez.

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Rays To Sign Brendan McKay

2017-06-27T22:35:00+00:00

The Rays have agreed to a $7,007,500 signing bonus with No. 4 overall pick Brendan McKay, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). The bonus is the largest ever given to a player under the current set of draft rules, narrowly topping the flat $7MM signing bonus that Kyle Wright received from the Braves earlier this…

The Rays have agreed to a $7,007,500 signing bonus with No. 4 overall pick Brendan McKay, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). The bonus is the largest ever given to a player under the current set of draft rules, narrowly topping the flat $7MM signing bonus that Kyle Wright received from the Braves earlier this year. McKay is represented by Sosnick, Cobbe and Karon. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was the first to report that McKay was expected to sign with the Rays tonight.

McKay was one of the most famed prospects headed into the draft and was reportedly a strong consideration of the Twins with the No. 1 overall pick. A two-way star at the University of Louisville, McKay was touted as a top five talent for both his abilities on the mound as a left-handed pitcher and for his hitting ability as a first baseman. MLB.com’s Jim Callis calls McKay the best two-way draft prospect since Hall of Famer Dave Winfield (Twitter link).

Entering the draft, McKay was a consensus top four talent, ranking second among draft prospects per Callis and colleague Jonathan Mayo. McKay ranked third on Baseball America’s Top 500 and ESPN’s Keith Law, and fourth in the estimation of Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen. There’s a bit of a split camp when it comes to McKay’s future, as some believe his upside to be greater on the mound while others prefer his bat.

On the mound, McKay is said to have a low-90s fastball that reaches 94 mph and excellent command of the pitch, allowing it to play up late in games as his velocity dips. He also features a plus curveball and is working to improve a changeup that could give him a third above-average offering. This season with Louisville, he posted a 2.56 ERA with 12.1 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 109 innings.

At the plate, McKay has plus power from the left side, which he used to destroy NCAA pitching this season. McKay belted 18 homers and slashed .341/.457/.659 as a hitter, though he does lack speed and is limited to first base on the defensive side of the coin.

Topkin notes in the above-linked story that the Rays will permit McKay to hit and pitch initially, though it’s unclear if Tampa Bay feels that’s a feasible long-term path for McKay. Most likely, he’ll eventually settle into one role or the other, but the notion of a legitimate two-way star is a fun one on upon which to speculate.

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Tipping Pitches: What’s Wrong with Gausman?

2017-06-27T22:03:00+00:00

The 26-year old righty has regressed severely this year, but a look into his season shows there is some light at the end of the tunnel.Kevin Gausman is a total mess right now. His strikeout, walk, swinging strike, hit, groundball, and home run rates are all at career-worst levels. Just four of his 16 starts have been quality starts and he’s only gone 6+ innings in six starts. It’s been a nightmare. His splitter is still solid (though a bit worse than last year), but his fastball and breaking ball (it kinda morphs between a slider and curve, but generally sucks regardless) are both just getting smacked around. Gausman’s fastball was actually a bit better than average from 2014-16. Among the 105 starters who threw at least 3000 fastballs during that time period, Gausman’s .748 OPS was 41st and the average was .770 while his 19% strikeout rate was 32nd, a few ticks north of the 16% average. This year his fastball has a horrible .936 OPS and 13% strikeout rate combo, the OPS being 15th-worst among the 89 pitchers with at least 600 fastballs thrown, but it’s made worse by the fact that his 1029 fastballs are the third-most in the league this year. His poor results are coming in shockingly high volume. The average strikeout rate on fastballs is still 16% and Gausman’s rate slots him 62nd in the league. He had a dead-even platoon split on the fastball from 2014-16, but this year has seen both sides surge against him, especially righties. They are toting a .963 OPS off his fastball, compared to lefties at .884. Among the 61 pitchers with at least 400 fastballs thrown to righties, Gausman’s OPS is 52nd. He’s throwing the fastball in the lower third a lot more this year, but it’s actually the high fastball that has been a problem. Upper third fastballs to both righties and lefties: 2014-16: .151/.206/.233, 39% K, 5% BB, 2% HR 2017: .386/.491/.500, 17% K, 15% BB, 2% HR His lower third fastballs are actually a bit better: 2014-16: .294/.394/.440, 13% K, 15% BB, 2% HR 2017: .277/.429/.337, 16% K, 21% BB, 1% HR But that success could be fleeting. The biggest change has been him finding success in hitter’s counts with the low fastball. In the 2014-16 sample, he has an 1.165 OPS, but this year it’s at .787 thanks in large part to a .217 BABIP. Conversely, he could be due for some improvement on the high heat in pticher’s counts. He allowed a .297 OPS in 2014-16, but it’s up to .785 this year thanks to a silly .474 BABIP. I think Gausman would benefit by getting back to the high heat. He threw it up there 22% of the time in 2014-16, but it’s down to 15% this year. Of course, that is easier said than done because his control of the pitch has been a problem, regardless of the zone. His breaking ball deployment hasn’t changed. He throws it down in the zone 75% of the time, in the middle about 19%, and upper in the zone around 7%, but the results have, particularly in pitcher’s counts: 2014-16: .231/.231/.369, 25% K, 0% BB, 3% HR 2017: .370/.357/.519, 18% K, 0% BB, 4% HR Gausman has struggled to find a reliable breaking ball throughout his career and paired with his fastball issues this year, it’s created a lot of trouble for him. Some of the horrific 6.47 ERA can be explained away by an undue amount of bad luck (though he no doubt contributes to it) manifesting in a .374 BABIP, the league’s worst mark among qualified starters. In short, he’s simply not this bad. If he were, I don’t think the Orioles would be running him out there every fifth day. His stuff is a bit worse across the board and that is being amplified by poor sequencing and deployment (he’s never had great command and this year the control is markedly worse). Three of his best starts this year have come against the Blue Jays (5.3 IP/2 ER, 6 IP/1 ER, 6 IP/2 ER). Th[...]



Yankees Place Starlin Castro On DL, Select Contract Of Tyler Wade

2017-06-27T21:45:00+00:00

4:45pm: An MRI revealed only a Grade 1 strain for Castro, tweets Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News. Castro believes he can return in the minimum 10 days, calling the strain less severe than the more serious hamstring strain that he sustained last September, tweets MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. 4:35pm: The Yankees announced Tuesday that…4:45pm: An MRI revealed only a Grade 1 strain for Castro, tweets Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News. Castro believes he can return in the minimum 10 days, calling the strain less severe than the more serious hamstring strain that he sustained last September, tweets MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. 4:35pm: The Yankees announced Tuesday that they’ve placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day DL due to a strained right hamstring and selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. There’s no word from the team yet on how much time Castro is expected to miss. [Related: Updated New York Yankees Depth Chart] The 27-year-old Castro is in the midst of his finest season at the plate, hitting .313/.348/.486 with a dozen homers, 13 doubles and a triple. With him on the shelf, the Yankees could look to Wade and Rob Refsnyder to assume the bulk of the duties at second base. Wade bats from the left side of the dish, so the Yankees have the makings of a platoon on their hands between the two. Wade, 22, was New York’s fourth-round pick back in 2013 and is in the midst of a strong season in Triple-A, where he’s hitting .313/.390/.444 with five homers and an International League-leading 24 stolen bases (in 28 attempts). Wade entered the season ranked eighth among Yankees prospects, per ESPN’s Keith Law, and he currently ranks 11th among their prospects per Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. He draws praise as an above-average defender at shortstop and has also played quite a bit of second base in the minors (in addition to some time in center field). Wade doesn’t have much power but has walked in 10.4 percent of his Triple-A plate appearances against a reasonably low 17.1 percent strikeout rate. The Yankees also shuffled their bullpen a bit, recalling Tyler Webb from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioning Jonathan Holder back there in his place. Webb’s presence gives the Yankees a third lefty in the ’pen (and a fourth Tyler on the 25-man roster). In 33 1/3 Triple-A innings, Webb has logged a 3.24 ERA with 12.7 K/9, 0.8 BB/9 and a 51.8 percent ground-ball rate.[...]



Rockies: Reassessing the Colorado outfield depth

2017-06-27T21:38:00+00:00

The Rockies placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day DL. How does this impact the Rockies outfield depth and fantasy going forward? The Colorado Rockies have had some issues around their outfield since the offseason. The team signed Ian Desmond but said that he would play first base, considering they already had an abundance of […]

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The Rockies placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day DL. How does this impact the Rockies outfield depth and fantasy going forward? The Colorado Rockies have had some issues around their outfield since the offseason. The team signed Ian Desmond but said that he would play first base, considering they already had an abundance of […]

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Pitching Streamers: June 27 – June 30

2017-06-27T21:34:00+00:00

Hello and welcome. Twice a week this baseball season I will be taking a look at pitchers who are viable…Hello and welcome. Twice a week this baseball season I will be taking a look at pitchers who are viable…(image)



Reds Designate Jake Buchanan

2017-06-27T20:15:00+00:00

The Reds have designated righty Jake Buchanan for assignment, per a club announcement. Two other right-handers are also on the move: Kevin Shackelford has been called up, while Austin Brice, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to open active roster space. Buchanan, 27, appeared in five games with the Reds and totaled 14 1/3 innings, yielding an…

The Reds have designated righty Jake Buchanan for assignment, per a club announcement. Two other right-handers are also on the move: Kevin Shackelford has been called up, while Austin Brice, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to open active roster space.

Buchanan, 27, appeared in five games with the Reds and totaled 14 1/3 innings, yielding an unsightly 13 earned runs on 24 hits and seven walks with just four strikeouts. The former Cubs and Astros reliever also hit three batters, demonstrating an uncharacteristic lack of control. Buchanan has a modestly successful track record in Triple-A, where he’s pitched to a 4.41 ERA with 5.9 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9 through 439 career innings. He’s worked primarily as a starter in the minors, though 26 of his 29 big league appearances have been out of the bullpen.

The 28-year-old Shackelford will be making his MLB debut the first time he steps on the mound for the Reds. Acquired in the 2014 trade that sent Jonathan Broxton to Milwaukee, Shackelford has improved his results with each season in the Reds’ system and was in the midst of a career year down in Triple-A. Through 35 1/3 innings, he’d posted a 1.53 ERA with 11.7 K/9, 3.8 BB/9 and a 46.8 percent ground-ball rate.

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Brad Johnson Baseball Chat – 6/27/2017

2017-06-27T19:30:00+00:00

The results of today’s chat. Very Domingo Santana focused! 3:48 Brad Johnson: I’ll begin with some life advice 3:48 Brad Johnson: If you ever see Sarah Huckabee Sanders trending on twitter, don’t become curious and investigate. 3:49 Brad Johnson: Because you’ll only become angry – that holds true no matter where you fall on the […]The results of today’s chat. Very Domingo Santana focused! 3:48 Brad Johnson: I’ll begin with some life advice 3:48 Brad Johnson: If you ever see Sarah Huckabee Sanders trending on twitter, don’t become curious and investigate. 3:49 Brad Johnson: Because you’ll only become angry – that holds true no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. 3:49 Brad Johnson: So, shall we talk baseball? 3:50 BobFromAccounting: Walk rate down, strikeouts up, hard hit % down. What to do about Carlos Santana in a 6×6 OBP & SLG league. Droppable for Granderson? 3:50 Brad Johnson: I’ll have to take a closer look 3:51 Brad Johnson: Because it’s an OBP league, I think you should stick with Santana. That said, I have to imagine there’s a different alternative. There are many players with low ownership rates who are better than Grandy 3:51 Johnny Cueto: I’ve had a pretty meh season, and Baseball Savant has my xwOBA 20 points higher than my already blah wOBA allowed (.349 vs. .328). You concerned? Paul still put me in the must-start tier and close to the top 10. 3:52 Brad Johnson: Well, there were the reports of blisters. I think he’ll be fine if/when those resolve. We don’t get good information as to when that will happen 3:52 Attila the Hunplugged: Jose Pirela: yay or nay? 3:52 Spreadsheet Scout: Do you see Lonnie chisenhall sustaining his recent improvements to some degree ROS? 3:52 Brad Johnson: These are two guys I’d grab before Granderson 3:52 Brad Johnson: risk they’ll turn pumpkin, but you can churn to the next guy at that point 3:53 Brad Johnson: I’ll say, I’m intrigued by both of them 3:53 Brad Johnson: Odds are, at least one of the pair will regress 3:53 Brad Johnson: but I have shares of both for now 3:53 Frozone: Why does Jimmy Nelson have fantasy trade value, but Zack Godley does not? 3:53 Brad Johnson: Zack Godley is better than Jimmy Nelson 3:53 Brad Johnson: treat him as such 3:54 Al: Whats a fair return for Darvish?  Maybe Stanton?  Manny?  Aim lower/higher?  Somehow acquired a ton of strong SP (with MadBum due back soon) but am average at best pretty much everywhere on offense. 3:54 Brad Johnson: With almost no reliable SP in the league, I’m aiming very very high when swapping out pitchers 3:54 Brad Johnson: That depth can turn into a gaping pit of despair with little warning too 3:55 Brad Johnson: pitchers asplode 3:55 Frozone: Will the humidor really make that much of a difference in Arizona? 3:55 Brad Johnson: Probably 3:55 Brad Johnson: I saw some figures awhile back, I don’t remember the details 3:55 Brad Johnson: the effect was supposed to be larger than at Coors though 3:55 Bryan: Trevor Story for Paxton what do you think? 3:55 Brad Johnson: redraft? That’s an interesting challenge trade 3:55 Brad Johnson: they’re both playing terribly 3:56 Pete: Where do you stand on Bellinger?  Will this guy continue to be a fantasy stud this year and beyond OR will regression hit him like a pre-Buster Douglas Mike Tyson uppercut? 3:56 Brad Johnson: Well, I’d bet on some regression, [...]



Brewers Designate Nick Franklin, Activate Braun & Villar

2017-06-27T19:19:00+00:00

The Brewers have announced that utilityman Nick Franklin has been designated for assignment. Veterans Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar, meanwhile, were both activated from their DL stints. Franklin, 26, has not performed well for Milwaukee after coming over from the Rays in a waiver claim right at the start of the season. Through 89 plate…

The Brewers have announced that utilityman Nick Franklin has been designated for assignment. Veterans Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar, meanwhile, were both activated from their DL stints.

Franklin, 26, has not performed well for Milwaukee after coming over from the Rays in a waiver claim right at the start of the season. Through 89 plate appearances, he carries an ugly .195/.258/.317 batting line.

That said, Franklin has shown more at times in the upper minors and even against major league pitching. Last year, he gave Tampa Bay 191 plate appearances of .270/.328/.443 hitting with a half-dozen homers and as many steals. He’s also capable of playing all over the diamond, though the metrics haven’t always been kind to his glovework.

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Blue Jays Designate Jason Grilli

2017-06-27T19:17:00+00:00

The Blue Jays announced that veteran reliever Jason Grilli has been designated for assignment. Righty Chris Smith has been called up to take his spot in the pen, as Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reported earlier today. While Grilli proved to be an excellent reclamation project for Toronto last year, he fell off badly in 2017. The…

The Blue Jays announced that veteran reliever Jason Grilli has been designated for assignment. Righty Chris Smith has been called up to take his spot in the pen, as Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reported earlier today.

While Grilli proved to be an excellent reclamation project for Toronto last year, he fell off badly in 2017. The 40-year-old veteran has allowed 16 earned runs in his 20 2/3 frames. While he carries a respectable 23:9 K/BB ratio, Grilli has been touched for nine long balls already.

Teams weighing a move on the veteran will likely be deterred from a waiver claim by his $3MM salary. Despite the solid strikeout numbers, Grilli’s swinging-strike rate has dropped to 10.1% — well below his typical figure — though he is still sitting at 93 with his fastball.

Smith, meanwhile, will make his MLB debut as he nears his 29th birthday. He had pitched to a 3.93 ERA over 18 1/3 innings on the year at Tripe-A, where he recorded 7.4 K/9 against just 1.0 BB/9.

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MLBTR Chat Transcript

2017-06-27T19:13:00+00:00

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

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

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Nationals To Sign Francisco Rodriguez

2017-06-27T19:05:00+00:00

TODAY: Rodriguez will have an opt-out opportunity on July 12th, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. That gives the Nats about two weeks to watch the veteran throw at Triple-A before making a decision on adding him to the MLB roster. YESTERDAY, 7:27pm: A deal is now in place, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post (Twitter…TODAY: Rodriguez will have an opt-out opportunity on July 12th, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. That gives the Nats about two weeks to watch the veteran throw at Triple-A before making a decision on adding him to the MLB roster. YESTERDAY, 7:27pm: A deal is now in place, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post (Twitter link). 3:09pm: The Nationals and veteran right-hander Francisco Rodriguez are nearing agreement on a minor league contract, according to reports from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) and Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that Washington was pursuing the Beverly Hills Sports Council client, who was released by the Tigers over the weekend. Editor’s Note: an earlier version of this post mistakenly stated that the contract had been finalized. The 35-year-old Rodriguez was clobbered for a 7.82 ERA through 25 1/3 innings in Detroit thanks largely to a staggering nine home runs allowed in that small sample of work. He’s had success with a diminished fastball in recent seasons, but this year’s average of 88.9 mph is the lowest of his storied career. For all of his 2017 struggles, Rodriguez did post a very solid 3.24 ERA with 8.0 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and a career-high 54.7 percent ground-ball rate as the Tigers’ closer in 2016, totaling 44 saves throughout the year. He’s earning $8MM this year, though the Tigers are on the hook for the remainder of that considerable sum. The Nats will only have to pay K-Rod the pro-rated portion of the league minimum for any time he spends in the Majors. Though the Nationals are running away with the NL East, their bullpen has been an unmitigated disaster in 2017. Washington’s 4.88 bullpen ERA ranks 26th in the Majors, and the Nats also rank 25th in bullpen FIP (4.72) and 21st in bullpen xFIP (4.52). The Nats currently have de facto closer Koda Glover and veteran righty Shawn Kelley on the disabled list along with lefty Sammy Solis. With that group on the shelf, the team is presently relying on Matt Albers, Enny Romero, Blake Treinen, Oliver Perez, Joe Blanton, Matt Grace and Jacob Turner to comprise its relief corps. Obviously, there’s no guarantee that Rodriguez will serve as any type of upgrade over that bunch, but given the state of Dusty Baker’s bullpen, the Nats figure to be at least loosely interested in virtually any veteran reliever that becomes available. Moreover, it’ll be a shock if general manager Mike Rizzo doesn’t make at least one notable bullpen acquisition on the trade market, and it’s possible that he could look to acquire multiple relievers between now and the July 31 non-waiver deadline.[...]



Bear or Bull: Michael Taylor Is…

2017-06-27T19:00:00+00:00

Michael Taylor of the Washington Nationals is:
A) A bad baseball player.
B) An improving baseball player.
C) A good baseball player.
D) A good looking baseball player.
R) All of the above.
If you selected A, then you are correct. Anytime a headline for a story reads, "Nationals' Michael Taylor Might Have Had The Worst Game In Baseball History," you're always in consideration for being labelled a bad baseball player. I mean, the article opens with, "We're not even exaggerating..." So, Taylor went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts and left five men on base in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That's not even the end of the story. In the bottom of the ninth, with the Nationals up by one run, Taylor charged a ball hit by Yasiel Puig but the ball went under his glove, which allowed two runs to score. Okay, one game does not make a player bad. It just means one game was played poorly. You gotta admit, though. That was pretty bad.
(image) Michael Taylor of the Washington Nationals is:
A) A bad baseball player.
B) An improving baseball player.
C) A good baseball player.
D) A good looking baseball player.
R) All of the above.
If you selected A, then you are correct. Anytime a headline for a story reads, "Nationals' Michael Taylor Might Have Had The Worst Game In Baseball History," you're always in consideration for being labelled a bad baseball player. I mean, the article opens with, "We're not even exaggerating..." So, Taylor went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts and left five men on base in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That's not even the end of the story. In the bottom of the ninth, with the Nationals up by one run, Taylor charged a ball hit by Yasiel Puig but the ball went under his glove, which allowed two runs to score. Okay, one game does not make a player bad. It just means one game was played poorly. You gotta admit, though. That was pretty bad.
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Finding The Red Sox A Third Baseman

2017-06-27T18:40:00+00:00

The Red Sox are currently locked in a battle for the AL East with the Yankees, with all three other divisional opponents within five and a half games of first. For a Boston organization that has invested heavily in adding quality veterans, it’s buy time at the deadline. It doesn’t take much analysis to identify the…The Red Sox are currently locked in a battle for the AL East with the Yankees, with all three other divisional opponents within five and a half games of first. For a Boston organization that has invested heavily in adding quality veterans, it’s buy time at the deadline. It doesn’t take much analysis to identify the Sox’ chief need: third base. We needn’t belabor the point; just click on this leaderboard and keep scrolling to the bottom. Simply put, Boston improve more by getting better at the hot corner than by upgrading any other area of the roster. That analysis, in and of itself, doesn’t mandate a trade. There are always internal possibilities — in this case, quite a few — and that’s always the first place to consider. So, we’ll start there and then cycle through the outside solutions. Internal Options Right now, the Red Sox are trotting out light-hitting youngsters Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin. The former carries a sub-.500 OPS at all levels over the past two seasons. And while the latter has had an emergent year at Double-A, slashing .302/.379/.491, he had never played above that level prior to his call-up and has never finished a minor-league campaign with an OPS of over .659 (with that coming in a short sample at Rookie ball). Both of these players are gap fillers, at least for 2017. The disabled list includes some notable names, of course. Brock Holt is a question mark as he deals with vertigo; Josh Rutledge has just gone on the DL with lingering concussion issues. It’s hard to trust either of those two moving forward, though either could provide a boost in a utility role later in the season. Marco Hernandez is shelved for the year after shoulder surgery. That brings us to the panda in the room. The struggling Pablo Sandoval went on the DL with an inner ear infection. A quality regular would surely be right back up once the illness passed, but he’s heading out for rehab work at Triple-A. There, he’ll compete with veteran Jhonny Peralta for a possible chance at going back to the majors and earning a more extended opportunity. The outlook isn’t great for either player, as both have shown poorly in the field and at the plate for extended stretches. Sandoval owns a .237/.286/.360 batting line over his three years in Boston, while Peralta has declined steadily over the past few seasons before falling off a cliff (.204/.259/.204) early in 2017. Even if one of those players shows enough to be trusted with a roster spot beyond the deadline, the Red Sox will surely decide to add a complementary piece. If there’s a conceivable everyday player in the organization, it’s 20-year-old top prospect Rafael Devers. He’s performing quite well at Double-A, with a robust .291/.354/.550 slash and 14 home runs. The organization has not seen fit to move him up to Pawtucket, though other impressive young players have bypassed Triple-A on their way to Boston in the past. Devers is definitely worth keeping an eye on, but even if he’s the man, you’d probably expect some kind of contingency or veteran complement. So, let’s look elsewhere to see what the Red Sox could find via trade: Potential[...]



David Hernandez gets most recent 9th for Angels; K-Rod signs with Nats

2017-06-27T18:35:00+00:00

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June 27, 2017 Washington Nationals – The Nationals made a low-risk and potentially high-reward signing on Sunday, adding Francisco Rodriguez on a minor league contract. No word on whether they used the donations they received from this fan’s obituary. Hierarchy remains: *Albers | Romero | Turner. * = closer-by-committee Los …

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June 27, 2017

Washington Nationals – The Nationals made a low-risk and potentially high-reward signing on Sunday, adding Francisco Rodriguez on a minor league contract. No word on whether they used the donations they received from this fan’s obituary.

Hierarchy remains: *Albers | Romero | Turner.
* = closer-by-committee

Los Angeles Angels – Cam Bedrosian and Keynan Middleton bridged the gap to David Hernandez last night, though by the time the veteran came on for the 9th, the Angels had tacked on an insurance run to make it a 4-run game. Still, the way they lined this up is enough to move Hernandez up to the top of the league’s most unpredictable bullpen.

Updated hierarchy: *Hernandez | Street | Bedrosian.
* = closer-by-committee

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today
1. Dellin Betances – Aroldis Chapman has gone back to back games and three of four. Betances has also gone in back to back games but hasn’t thrown as many pitches.

Tomorrow
1. Joe Kelly – If Craig Kimbrel goes today, it’ll be three straight.

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RCL Update: The Week That Was, Week 12

2017-06-27T18:00:00+00:00

I spent the past week vacationing in the armpit of the United States, New Jersey!  I kid, there are actually a few nice spots in New Jersey.  You'll just have to trust me.  It's Grey’s old stomping ground, so you could say, I spent the week in the birthplace of Razzball.  As I’m sure everyone who is hyper-competitive in the Razzball Commenter Leagues knows, vacation can really put a damper on your ability to grab players right before and after lineup lock.  It’s the cross we bear.  If there’s anything we’ve talked about ad nauseum, it’s the amount of time required in these daily move leagues.  This is magnified for those of us in multiple RCLs.  So, before setting out on vacation, make sure the wifi is suitable and maybe keep your options open around 7:05 PM EST.  Can we all vent for a moment on the travesty that is the ESPN mobile app as well?  3 or 4G is great and all, but when you can’t even sort pitchers between SP or RP on the app, that’s a problem.  Everything, it seems, takes at least 4 times as long on the app as well.  Oh well, we can hope they get the hint someday and improve that shizzshow.  Until then, keep that laptop handy and those vacations flexible.(image) I spent the past week vacationing in the armpit of the United States, New Jersey!  I kid, there are actually a few nice spots in New Jersey.  You'll just have to trust me.  It's Grey’s old stomping ground, so you could say, I spent the week in the birthplace of Razzball.  As I’m sure everyone who is hyper-competitive in the Razzball Commenter Leagues knows, vacation can really put a damper on your ability to grab players right before and after lineup lock.  It’s the cross we bear.  If there’s anything we’ve talked about ad nauseum, it’s the amount of time required in these daily move leagues.  This is magnified for those of us in multiple RCLs.  So, before setting out on vacation, make sure the wifi is suitable and maybe keep your options open around 7:05 PM EST.  Can we all vent for a moment on the travesty that is the ESPN mobile app as well?  3 or 4G is great and all, but when you can’t even sort pitchers between SP or RP on the app, that’s a problem.  Everything, it seems, takes at least 4 times as long on the app as well.  Oh well, we can hope they get the hint someday and improve that shizzshow.  Until then, keep that laptop handy and those vacations flexible.(image) (image)



SAGNOF Report: When The Hick Goes Down…

2017-06-27T17:00:00+00:00

Y'all better be ready.  (Gotta love some fantasy baseball puns that involve some Cypress Hill.)  Well, even if you didn't like it, I did.  So there's that.  So A.A. Ron Hicks hit the DL with an oblique injury... but I have to ask: Why is it so oblique if we actually know what it is?  If anything, it's an un-oblique injury because we know what the injury is.  Regardless, and I am dropping the "ir" because it is not a word, though it should be.  Jacoby Ellsbury has returned like a stallion on a white stallion. Unfortunately for fantasy, Jacoby hasn't been such since dunkaroos were still a cool snack.  As a Yankee rooter, Hicks' injury hurts because he is versatile and Ellsbury is just a DL nightmare.  The rewards that you reaped from the waiver wire add of Hicks aren't lost though, because it is a substitute by substitute principle.  It's like walking through the store and finding a 20 dollar bill.  Only to realize that a month later it was your money to begin with.  So reinvest that sorta found money to the waiver wire and keep digging.  The expectations for Ellsbury should remain limited, but are boosted by where he bats in the Yankee lineup.  Though in his SAGNOF defense, he did have 8 steals in just 149 plate appearances, so he does have some value as it relates to steals and such.  And with the scuppering Yankees in a fall from fantasy grace, minus Judge, he could ease out some OF 4-5 value.  Stay glued to that chair, more goodies after the jump on swipes, thievery and save-dom.Y'all better be ready.  (Gotta love some fantasy baseball puns that involve some Cypress Hill.)  Well, even if you didn't like it, I did.  So there's that.  So A.A. Ron Hicks hit the DL with an oblique injury... but I have to ask: Why is it so oblique if we actually know what it is?  If anything, it's an un-oblique injury because we know what the injury is.  Regardless, and I am dropping the "ir" because it is not a word, though it should be.  Jacoby Ellsbury has returned like a stallion on a white stallion. Unfortunately for fantasy, Jacoby hasn't been such since dunkaroos were still a cool snack.  As a Yankee rooter, Hicks' injury hurts because he is versatile and Ellsbury is just a DL nightmare.  The rewards that you reaped from the waiver wire add of Hicks aren't lost though, because it is a substitute by substitute principle.  It's like walking through the store and finding a 20 dollar bill.  Only to realize that a month later it was your money to begin with.  So reinvest that sorta found money to the waiver wire and keep digging.  The expectations for Ellsbury should remain limited, but are boosted by where he bats in the Yankee lineup.  Though in his SAGNOF defense, he did have 8 steals in just 149 plate appearances, so he does have some value as it relates to steals and such.  And with the scuppering Yankees in a fall from fantasy grace, minus Judge, he could ease out some OF 4-5 value.  Stay glued to that chair, more goodies after the jump on swipes, thievery and save-dom.[...]



Sell High Candidates: Three Hitters To Consider Parting Ways With (Dickerson, Bour & More

2017-06-27T16:45:01+00:00

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Yesterday we looked at three potential sell high pitchers (click here to view), so today let’s change gears and look at three hitters that we may want to sell.  It doesn’t mean that they can’t maintain their early seasonby Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Yesterday we looked at three potential sell high pitchers (click here to view), so today let’s change gears and look at three hitters that we may want to sell.  It doesn’t mean that they can’t maintain their early season production, but there’s a good chance that their value is never higher than it is right now.  That makes for a strong selling opportunity, so let’s take a look:   Corey Dickerson – Tampa Bay Rays – Outfielder2017 Stats – .330, 17 HR, 39 RBI, 56 R, 2 SB He’s continued to prove that he can hit for power outside of Coors Field, and there’s little reason to think that he won’t keep doing it (19.5% HR/FB).  It’s the average that’s a significant red flag, as he’s benefited from luck (.374 BABIP) and displays a poor approach: SwStr% – 14.0% O-Swing% – 47.1% (highest in the league) While the strikeout rate isn’t bad, at 20.2%, it’s hard to imagine him keeping it there.  It doesn’t seem to matter what type of pitch he sees, he can’t seem to make consistent contact (Whiff%): Hard – 15.68% Breaking – 14.94% Offspeed – 14.11% As the strikeouts rise and the luck falls, the overall results will become somewhat ugly (remember he struggled to a .245 average last season).  Now is the time to try and cash in.   Justin Bour – Miami Marlins – First Baseman He’s always had a lot of upside, but the fear was that he would be more of a platoon player.  That hasn’t been the case this season, as he’s actually produced better against LHP: LHP – .340/.421/.740 RHP – .274/.346/.524 Of course he’s also benefited from a lot of luck against southpaws (.379 BABIP) and has maintained an unrealistic HR/FB (50.0%).  It’s not to say that he’s going to disappear (though his overall 32.1% HR/FB is not going to be maintained), it’s just that his performance against right-handed pitchers is far more believable (.293 BABIP and 27.3% HR/FB, leading to .274 with 12 HR over 168 AB).  That makes him a viable corner infielder in all formats, but there’s a chance someone in your league will look at the overall numbers and consider him as more than that. His value may never be higher than it is right now, so kicking the tires and seeing what’s available makes sense.   Keon Broxton – Milwaukee Brewers – Outfielder How much you can get for Broxton is a bit of a question, but he is hitting .250 with 13 HR and 13 SB so there is value.  The problem is that he strikes out far too often (38.1%) and doesn’t walk enough (7.5%).  While his O-Swing% isn’t bad, it’s up dramatically from last season: 2016 – 22.1% 2017 – 27.1% He also swings and misses far too much (16.7% SwStr%), and it’s possible seeing more breaking balls (up from 24.02% to 31.53%) is the reason why.  He owns an 18.32% Whiff% against those pitches, and also has struggled with his production (BAA/SLG): Slider – .125/.125 Curveball – .147/.177 He needs[...]



FantasyDraft: A’s Wont Put Out The Fiers

2017-06-27T16:45:00+00:00

For lack of a better word, Mike Fiers ($15,000) is currently on fire. It was not too long ago that the DFS community was stacking against the Astros RHP and now I am recommending him as a must start tonight vs. the Oakland A's. Over his last 7 starts he is carrying a 2.40 ERA and just beat the As last week and pitched very well (6 IP 1 ER 5 Ks). The A's have been better against Righties than they have against Lefties but they still ranked towards the middle of the pack in AVG and OPS vs RHP (.244/.759). One thing they do offer is strikeout potential as they are 3rd in the league in Ks. He can be a nice compliment to Max Scherzer ($25,200) and still allow you to get some nice bats in your line up. Lets take a look at the picks...right after that editing dillweed tells you about something else...EDITOR'S NOTE:  I'm beginning to feel like I've wronged you, Ignacio...neverthewho!  Gang, the Tuesday Razzball Listener's League is on this week so bring your five bucks to the checkout stand and purchase one of the twenty spots, m'kay?  If not for us, do it for yourself.  NOW on to the picks... New to FantasyDraft? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well be sure to read our content and subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays. Just remember to sign up through us before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!For lack of a better word, Mike Fiers ($15,000) is currently on fire. It was not too long ago that the DFS community was stacking against the Astros RHP and now I am recommending him as a must start tonight vs. the Oakland A's. Over his last 7 starts he is carrying a 2.40 ERA and just beat the As last week and pitched very well (6 IP 1 ER 5 Ks). The A's have been better against Righties than they have against Lefties but they still ranked towards the middle of the pack in AVG and OPS vs RHP (.244/.759). One thing they do offer is strikeout potential as they are 3rd in the league in Ks. He can be a nice compliment to Max Scherzer ($25,200) and still allow you to get some nice bats in your line up. Lets take a look at the picks...right after that editing dillweed tells you about something else...EDITOR'S NOTE:  I'm beginning to feel like I've wronged you, Ignacio...neverthewho!  Gang, the Tuesday Razzball Listener's League is on this week so bring your five bucks to the checkout stand and purchase one of the twenty spots, m'kay?  If not for us, do it for yourself.  NOW on to the picks... New to FantasyDraft? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well be sure to read our content and subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays. Just remember to sign up through us before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care![...]



Draft Signings: 6/27/17

2017-06-27T16:27:00+00:00

Here are the latest draft signings of note: The Astros have landed second-round pick Joe Perez, according to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo (via Twitter). He’ll take home a $1.6MM bonus that exceeds the 53rd overall pick’s slot value of $1.265MM. Perez is coming off of Tommy John surgery, but he has a big arm that led to…

Here are the latest draft signings of note:

  • The Astros have landed second-round pick Joe Perez, according to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo (via Twitter). He’ll take home a $1.6MM bonus that exceeds the 53rd overall pick’s slot value of $1.265MM. Perez is coming off of Tommy John surgery, but he has a big arm that led to top-100 grades from MLB.com and Baseball America. The righty looks like a possible future bullpen piece, but the Astros say they’ll give him a shot at developing first as a hitter. Per BA’s scouting report, he’s a question mark to stay at third but shows promising all-fields power. Perez, who forewent a scholarship at Miami to join the ’Stros, becomes the first of Houston’s top four picks to agree to terms.
  • We previously covered the Brewers’ signing of second-rounder Caden Lemons, but his bonus information wasn’t available at that time. Per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (Twitter link), the prep righty will receive $1.45MM — just shy of the $1,493,500 slot value of the 46th pick. While top selection Keston Hiura is already in agreement, the remainder of Milwaukee’s slate of draftees were held up a bit by the NCAA tournament.
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FanDuel MLB Picks: 6/27

2017-06-27T16:02:00+00:00

Good morning and or afternoon my fellow fake-baseballers. Tuesday’s not gone yet. We have a full slate of baseball on tap with…Good morning and or afternoon my fellow fake-baseballers. Tuesday’s not gone yet. We have a full slate of baseball on tap with…(image)



Jae-gyun Hwang Likely To Opt Out Of Giants Deal If Not Promoted

2017-06-27T15:23:00+00:00

Third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang suggested in an interview with Korean media that he expects to opt out of his contract with the Giants if he is not added to the major league roster in the coming days (via Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News Agency). Hwang’s deal allows him to force the team to promote or release…Third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang suggested in an interview with Korean media that he expects to opt out of his contract with the Giants if he is not added to the major league roster in the coming days (via Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News Agency). Hwang’s deal allows him to force the team to promote or release him on July 1st. There have been indications at times that the Giants would like to see Hwang in the majors, but recent events raise questions about the team’s current intentions. San Francisco promoted prospect Ryder Jones to handle third base, adding him to the 40-man roster in the process. He has struggled in his first three games, but the Giants seem inclined to give Jones and other young players (including, perhaps, previously promoted infielder Christian Arroyo) a chance in the majors with the club buried in the standings. Hwang, 29, inked a split contract over the winter in hopes of reaching the majors after years of starring in his native Korea. He has put up solid overall numbers at Triple-A, thriving in particular since an early-season swoon. Since hitting his first home run in the middle of May, Hwang has produced at a .287/.348/.566 clip and added six more long balls to his ledger. He has also made strides in the plate-discipline department, drawing 14 walks against 31 strikeouts in that span. Defensively, the longtime KBO star has plenty of experience at third base. But there were prior suggestions that he might be afforded a chance to increase his versatility by spending time in the corner outfield. That hasn’t been forthcoming thus far — he lined up in left twice earlier in the year — and Hwang has mostly played first base for Sacramento over the last month or so. Given that Hwang is slated to return to the open market at the end of the season regardless, it’s not clear how much incentive the Giants have at this point to add him to the roster. The organization would need to create 40-man space and also pay Hwang at a $1.5MM annual rate, in addition to any incentives he might trigger. If Hwang does end up returning to the open market, he’d likely find opportunities with other organizations. While the bat is obviously interesting, though, it’s still not clear whether there’ll be a big league opening for him in 2017. Given his status as one of Korea’s top sluggers, Hwang could also presumably end up returning to the KBO at some point.[...]



The Daily Grind: Twitchy?

2017-06-27T14:15:00+00:00

It's Max Scherzer day. But who else is worthy of stealing his spotlight?I have a question for you to answer today. Will you answer my question? AGENDA Twitch Weather Reports Pitchers to Use and Abuse Hitters to Use SaberSim Says… TDG Invitational Returns! 1. Twitch It occurred to me yesterday – mostly because I saw somebody doing it – that I could use twitch to live stream my DFS roster picks. If there is a certain volume of interest, I’ll look into setting it up. Here’s a poll. Would you watch a twitch stream of me setting DFS lineups or hunting for waiver wire fodder? — Brad Johnson (@BaseballATeam) June 27, 2017 2. Weather Reports Boston may be stormy around the start of the game, but it’s supposed to clear out. The rest of the league should be dry or nearly so. 3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse Main Slate: It’s a full 15 game mega-contest. Max Scherzer headlines the fun with an outing against the Cubs. He’s well worth his $13,000 on DraftKings. Scherzer is locked in a battle of aces with Jake Arrieta. The Cubs erstwhile stud is only $7,500 due to the unfavorable pairing and inconsistent results. Carlos Martinez is tempting, but a visit to the desert is worrisome. It’s also worth noting that CMart usually throws 100 or fewer pitches, limiting his ability to pitch deep into a game while racking up strikeouts. He has to be very efficient. Luis Severino will face the White Sox – one of the worst offenses against right-handed pitching. Jeff Hoffman is visiting the Giants – the very worst offense versus righties. And AT&T Park is a tasty bonus for Hoffman. Who else is facing a bad offense? Oh, right. Sean Newcomb will take the bump at Petco Park. He’s had mixed results through a couple starts. James Paxton was god for awhile. Then, he went on the disabled list and returned as mere mortal. The Phillies offer a chance to get back on track. It’s a high volatility play. For steady production, try Dan Straily. He’ll probably receive run support opposite Robert Gsellman. Justin Verlander may avoid the home runs versus a mostly punch-less Royals lineup. There’s a whole slew of other playable arms – Mike Clevinger, Joe Biagini, Aaron Nola, Drew Pomeranz, Sean Manaea, and Mike Fiers to name a few. Stack Targets: Matt Cain, Hector Santiago, Matt Strahm, Trevor Williams, Jesse Chavez, Tyson Ross, Tim Adleman, Gsellman, Kevin Gausman 4. Hitters to Use James McCann is usually quite good against left-handed pitchers. That means McCann will start against the Royals. Look for anybody who might swipe a base. Eric Thames is back in a homer slump which might mean your rivals have forgotten his explosive power. I’d try him against the Reds. I probably wouldn’t do a full Brewers stack, but many of them work great as volatile patches. Cody Bellinger won’t stop hitting bombs. For that reason, he costs $5,600. Even so, a Dodgers stack versus Chavez is advisable. Brian Dozier has been an auto-play against left-handed pitching for a handful of seasons. He’ll see Pomeranz at Fenway. I like that he’ll be swinging at the short porch. Miguel Sano and Robbie Grossman are also of interest. Gimme shares of Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall, and other Indians. Go on, give &r[...]



The Fallout From The Adeiny Hechavarria Trade: Beckham, Duffy & More

2017-06-27T14:00:00+00:00

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The rumors of Adeiny Hechavarria landing in Tampa Bay came to fruition yesterday, as the team dealt a pair of unheralded prospects to Miami for him.  At the end of the day this deal may cause more questions forby Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The rumors of Adeiny Hechavarria landing in Tampa Bay came to fruition yesterday, as the team dealt a pair of unheralded prospects to Miami for him.  At the end of the day this deal may cause more questions for Tampa Bay, long-term in ’17, as opposed to adding clarity for fantasy owners.  Let’s look at the fallout:   Adeiny Hechavarria He’s long been known for his defensive prowess, not his ability at the plate.  A career .255 hitter with little power and speed, he’s never had good plate discipline (36.0% O-Swing% for his career) and doesn’t offer much potential in any category.  The move does nothing for his fantasy potential, which is waiver wire fodder, though it certainly impacts others around him.   Matt Duffy Expected to be the everyday shortstop in 2017, this move means one of two things: There’s a chance he doesn’t return this season If/when he returns, it’s going to be in a utility type role Either way, if you’ve been holding out hope for a ’17 impact it’s not likely to happen.   Tim Beckham It’s easy in the short-term, as Beckham should just slide over to 2B to accommodate Hechavarria’s arrival.  What happens once Brad Miller returns from the DL, though?  While he’s hitting .278 with 10 HR over 273 PA, it’s easy to imagine the numbers fading given his 31.5% strikeout rate and .382 BABIP (as well as a lack of overall extra base hits, with 4 doubles and 3 triples).  The production has been a surprise, and chances are it’s not going to continue.  Beckham should fall into a utility role long-term.  Use him while he’s going well, but don’t become infatuated.   Brad Miller Currently on the DL, you would think when he’s ready to return it’ll be as the team’s regular 2B.  Of course he could also cede playing-time to Beckham if he can’t start hitting, as he was at .194 with 2 HR prior to returning to the DL.  With no timetable for his return, it looks like a completely lost first half but there’s still hope.  Continue to monitor him for now, and look towards him as a potential buy low.   Daniel Robertson Maybe he works as a utility infielder for now, but ultimately he’s going to be the odd man out.  Regardless, he doesn’t hold much appeal.   Wily AdamesThere was hope that the team’s top prospect could play a role in ’17, given the need, but this deal almost solidifies that he’ll be pinned in the minors for much of the season.  Maybe he gets a September call-up, but don’t expect an impact.   Source – Fangraphs Make sure to check out all of our updated rankings: PositionPosted CatcherJune 1 First BaseJune 3 Second BaseJune 5 Third Base-- Shortstop-- Outfield-- Starting Pitcher-- Relief Pitcher-- [...]



Injury Notes: Castro, Werth, Rodon, Finnegan, McCarthy

2017-06-27T13:34:00+00:00

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro left last night’s game with a right hamstring strain, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch writes. The severity of the injury isn’t yet clear — he’ll head for an MRI today — but Castro did say that he hopes he can avoid a DL stint. If a roster move is needed, though,…Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro left last night’s game with a right hamstring strain, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch writes. The severity of the injury isn’t yet clear — he’ll head for an MRI today — but Castro did say that he hopes he can avoid a DL stint. If a roster move is needed, though, it seems that the club may give a shot to young infielder Tyler Wade. The 22-year-old, who’s slashing .313/.390/.444 at Triple-A, was pulled from his own game in case he’s needed in the majors. Here’s the latest on some health issues from around the game: It seems there’s some optimism within the Nationals organization that outfielder Jayson Werth is ready to move towards a return from his bruised left foot. As Byron Kerr of MASNsports.com reports, it’s possible that Werth could make it back by mid-July. In his absence (and that of Chris Heisey), the Nats have relied upon a combination of Brian Goodwin and Ryan Raburn. Both have hit quite well, making it an easier decision for the team to allow Werth to heal fully. Goodwin, a former top prospect, had scuffled at Triple-A but seems to have found his power stroke in the majors; the left-handed hitter could spell Werth and split time with Michael Taylor in center if the Nats don’t add another option up the middle at the deadline. Prized White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon is scheduled to make his first MLB start of the year tomorrow, as Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports. He has been brought along slowly by the rebuilding team, and has struggled in his rehab outings, but will finally return — leaving the Sox with some roster questions. Chicago will need to bump someone from the rotation, which currently features Mike Pelfrey, James Shields, Derek Holland, and the surprisingly effective David Holmberg behind top starter Jose Quintana. Righty Miguel Gonzalez is also still around, though he’s on the DL. Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan left his first start back from the disabled list with what the team is calling a triceps strain. As Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes, the club is waiting to decide whether he’ll need to return to the DL until he’s examined today. While it’s promising that the new problem isn’t related to the teres major muscle strain that recently shelved Finnegan for an extended stretch, the organization will obviously look to exercise caution with the 24-year-old. The Dodgers have announced yet another DL placement for a starter, this time involving righty Brandon McCarthy. As Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times explains, right knee tendinitis is the cause for the move, though it’s also notable that McCarthy struggled with command in his last outing. That raised some comparisons to the veteran’s problems in 2016. Regardless, it seems the hope is that McCarthy won’t miss much action and that he’ll be able to ret[...]



10 Important Stories From 06/26/17 Box Scores: Buy Samardzija’s Resurgence, Andrus’ Big Night & More

2017-06-27T12:19:00+00:00

by Ray Kuhn Sometimes, shorter slates aren’t exactly the worst thing in the world. With just eight games yesterday, and six in the evening, we were able to spend more time concentrating on what was going on in each game. We saw Cole Hamels returnby Ray Kuhn Sometimes, shorter slates aren’t exactly the worst thing in the world. With just eight games yesterday, and six in the evening, we were able to spend more time concentrating on what was going on in each game. We saw Cole Hamels return for Texas, albeit not well with seven runs in 4.1 innings of work, a wild ending in Washington, and Chris Sale take on Jose Berrios in Boston. Let’s take a look at some of the fantasy performances that caught our attention from around the league yesterday: 1) Quality, Not Quantity in Arizona… If you didn’t watch the game, after a quick look, you would think that Zack Greinke cruised to his ninth victory of the season. While he did win his ninth game of 2017 as he gets ready for a likely All-Star berth, but I wouldn’t exactly describe it as cruising. Greinke only lasted five innings and relied on the bullpen for four scoreless innings to preserve the victory. After the fifth inning, Greinke had to leave, as at that point he had already reached 102 pitches. Despite the pitch count, the right-hander allowed just one run on six base runners (three hits and three walks) while striking out five and lowering his ERA to 3.08. With a 3.30 FIP and a 3.17 xFIP, you no longer have to make a choice, as you did last season, about whether to use Greinke or not. 2) Grichuk Steps Up… There are a lot of things that have not gone exactly according to plan for the Cardinals so far this season, and one of those things is Randall Grichuk. With decent size expectations prior to the season, Grichuk has struggled and been shuttled down to Triple-A. With the injury to Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals had no choice but to re-call Grichuk. In his defense though, he was hitting .270 in 14 games and was in the midst of a hot streak at the time of his promotion while going deep six times. Grichuk homered again yesterday, the second time in two games after being re-called as he went 2 for 5 with three RBI to raise his average to .232. In 177 major league at bats this season, Grichuk has six home runs and 23 RBI as he looks to build on these past two games. If you are looking to fill a fifth outfield spot, Grichuk is worth taking a flier on; just don’t expect a home run every night. 3) Contreras Gets Things Started… By this point, we should know that the Cubs are anything but traditional, and seeing Willson Contreras in the lead-off spot shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. In fact that, the catcher lead the game off with his eighth home run of the season. It was Contreras’ 35th RBI as he later added a single to raise his average to .252. While Contreras’ production so far this season isn’t anything special, he is still a solid, young catcher with upside so won’t hurt you even if he continues at his current pace. At some point, the Cubs will likely catch fire, and at that point, we might see a hot streak from their catcher. 4) Moreland Continues a Solid Season… There certainly ar[...]



Starting Pitcher ERA-SIERA Gaps: Potential ERA Regressers

2017-06-27T12:15:00+00:00

Yesterday, I listed the 20 pitchers with the largest gaps between their ERA and SIERA marks, with their ERA marks sitting significantly higher than their SIERA marks, suggesting serious potential for improvement moving forward. Today, I’ll list the pitchers on the other side of the coin, the 20 with ERA marks significantly lower than their […]Yesterday, I listed the 20 pitchers with the largest gaps between their ERA and SIERA marks, with their ERA marks sitting significantly higher than their SIERA marks, suggesting serious potential for improvement moving forward. Today, I’ll list the pitchers on the other side of the coin, the 20 with ERA marks significantly lower than their SIERA marks, suggesting real potential for ERA regression. Potential ERA Regressers Name K% BB% BABIP HR/FB LOB% ERA SIERA ERA – SIERA Andrew Cashner 11.2% 10.5% 0.293 7.1% 77.3% 3.50 5.77 -2.27 Jason Vargas 18.5% 5.3% 0.284 6.6% 85.9% 2.29 4.53 -2.24 Jose Urena 14.7% 9.0% 0.245 10.5% 81.5% 3.33 5.30 -1.97 Ervin Santana 19.1% 8.5% 0.208 12.2% 86.2% 2.80 4.75 -1.95 Gio Gonzalez 22.3% 10.2% 0.268 13.0% 84.5% 2.96 4.56 -1.60 Mike Pelfrey 15.0% 10.0% 0.250 10.8% 73.8% 3.73 5.32 -1.59 Dallas Keuchel 24.4% 6.4% 0.222 17.1% 88.7% 1.67 3.11 -1.44 Ivan Nova 14.4% 2.7% 0.274 12.0% 78.1% 3.06 4.37 -1.31 Danny Duffy 18.8% 8.7% 0.322 5.1% 76.6% 3.54 4.83 -1.29 Dylan Bundy 18.2% 8.2% 0.264 11.3% 79.8% 3.73 5.00 -1.27 Chase Anderson 23.3% 7.5% 0.274 7.9% 78.7% 2.92 4.17 -1.25 Kyle Freeland 13.8% 9.1% 0.299 13.0% 78.4% 3.70 4.93 -1.23 Jeremy Hellickson 11.8% 6.6% 0.249 12.6% 74.5% 4.40 5.57 -1.17 Brandon McCarthy 19.7% 6.9% 0.271 5.9% 72.0% 3.25 4.40 -1.15 Michael Fulmer 18.6% 6.3% 0.287 4.9% 71.4% 3.29 4.29 -1.00 Edinson Volquez 21.4% 13.8% 0.282 9.9% 71.9% 4.15 5.11 -0.96 Mike Leake 17.2% 5.1% 0.264 12.5% 76.0% 3.12 4.06 -0.94 Ariel Miranda 18.4% 8.7% 0.226 13.4% 80.4% 4.11 5.04 -0.93 CC Sabathia 19.7% 7.6% 0.281 13.4% 77.0% 3.46 4.37 -0.91 Robbie Ray 30.9% 11.2% 0.268 12.2% 84.0% 2.87 3.77 -0.90 Amazingly, only two of the 20 have SIERA marks below 4.00. So that means that the majority of these pitchers might go from valuable fantasy starters to absolutely unusable in a hurry. This is unlike someone who just missed the cut like Alex Wood, whose SIERA, while 0.83 higher than his ERA, still sits at an elite 2.69. Sure, we figure his ERA will rise, but daaaaamn he’s been awesome. Who would have guessed that at this point in the season, Andrew Cashner of all pitchers would be leading in ERA-SIERA gap?! Heading into the season, his career ERA stood at 3.89, versus a 3.96 SIERA, suggesting he never owned any sort of ability to outperform his peripherals. This season, he hasn’t relied on any one luck indicator, but rather a bit of all three. It blows my mind that he’s struck out just two more batters than he has walked, and yet his ERA is a tidy 3.50. There’s no doubt that Jason Vargas is getting help from the always sterling Royals defense, but this is actually more about his amazing ability to suppress homers on fly balls and strand baserunners. Over the year, he has shown the skills to keep his fly balls in the park somehow, but that LOB% has no chance of remaining this high. Whi[...]



Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Take Two: Starling Marte, Carlos Rodon, Franklin Barreto, Blake Snell, and Many More

2017-06-27T12:00:00+00:00

Technical difficulties forced us to re-record the final 45 minutes of the podcast, and Grey came out extra punchy for the second take. One second he is threatening to strangle me, and the next he is professing his love for me. Speaking of love, Grey also reveals that he was actually trying to get a job the first time he accidently hit on Cougs at the Chiropractor’s office (he still struggles to get her to read his scripts). On the fantasy baseball side, we cover a lot of ground, starting with Starling Marte, Carlos Rodon, Franklin Barreto, and Blake Snell, before moving on to some players on the rise, including Cody Bellinger, Trey Mancini, Mike Montgomery, and Travis Shaw. Finally, I congratulate MattTruss for absolutely dominating the Razzball Only FantasyDraft Contest last week, and look forward to attempt to take him down in tonight's contest. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast:(image) Technical difficulties forced us to re-record the final 45 minutes of the podcast, and Grey came out extra punchy for the second take. One second he is threatening to strangle me, and the next he is professing his love for me. Speaking of love, Grey also reveals that he was actually trying to get a job the first time he accidently hit on Cougs at the Chiropractor’s office (he still struggles to get her to read his scripts). On the fantasy baseball side, we cover a lot of ground, starting with Starling Marte, Carlos Rodon, Franklin Barreto, and Blake Snell, before moving on to some players on the rise, including Cody Bellinger, Trey Mancini, Mike Montgomery, and Travis Shaw. Finally, I congratulate MattTruss for absolutely dominating the Razzball Only FantasyDraft Contest last week, and look forward to attempt to take him down in tonight's contest. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast:(image) (image)



Roto Riteup: June 27, 2017

2017-06-27T11:15:00+00:00

Today’s Roto Riteup will start with something to make you sad and another thing to make you happy: 1.Tim Tebow has received a promotion after leading his team in strikeouts. 2.Javy Baez is sick: An extended cut of @javy23baez‘s sick grab? Don’t want it … NEED IT. pic.twitter.com/ReVa5SQh72 — MLB (@MLB) June 27, 2017   […]Today’s Roto Riteup will start with something to make you sad and another thing to make you happy: 1.Tim Tebow has received a promotion after leading his team in strikeouts. 2.Javy Baez is sick: An extended cut of @javy23baez‘s sick grab? Don’t want it … NEED IT. pic.twitter.com/ReVa5SQh72 — MLB (@MLB) June 27, 2017   On the Agenda: 1. Trading Season Opens 2. Willson!!! 3. Various News and Notes 4. Streaming Pitcher Options     Trading Season Opens The first “big” trade of the season took place on Monday when the Miami Marlins traded Adieny Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor leaguers Braxton Miller and Ethan Clark. Hechavarria isn’t a very sexy name for fantasy and while Clark has pitched well in A-ball, neither prospects are noteworthy at this time. Braxton Miller doesn’t even have a page on Fangraphs and googling him brings up funny articles about Braxton Miller the football player trolling Kyle Schwarber. Ultimately, this deal tells us two things: 1.The Rays may not sell at the deadline. 2.The Rays have serious doubts that Matt Duffy will return this season.     Willson!!! Willson Contreras led off for the Cubs on Monday and became the first Cubs catcher to hit a leadoff home run in the history of the National League if you believe twitter: Willson Contreras: first leadoff HR by a catcher in #Cubs National League history (1876-present) — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 26, 2017 Though according to twitter, I “should stick to baseball” which I assume most of you would disagree with. This appears to be Joe Maddon playing around a bit with his lineup, but if Contreras were to stick in the leadoff spot for the Cubs, it would definitely increase his value going forward. Most likely it would only be against left-handed pitching which he has hit .269/.355/.448 against this season.     Various News and Notes Michael Brantley was activated from the DL on Monday, but did not play in the Indians blowout of the Texas Rangers. Brantley only spent a minimum stay on the DL with an ankle injury. Brantley started off the season fast and hot hitting five home runs and stealing three bases with a .308/.365/.551 triple slash in the month of April, but has not hit a long ball since. Brantley has been a productive player when healthy, but has struggled to do so the last couple of years. Brandon Finnegan was removed from Monday’s start against the Cardinals with a tricep injury. Finnegan has had trouble staying healthy and has only gone more than four innings once this season because of health. He will likely head back to the DL. Carlos Rodon will make his Major League debut on Wednesday. He draws the Yankees at home. In three AAA starts he has posted a 9.22 ERA with 7.2[...]



One Night OUT

2017-06-27T10:00:00+00:00

Attending Nationals' Night OUT 366 days after the Pulse nightclub shooting.Pride events aren’t perfect, but they still serve an important purpose. (via Mina Dunn) On the 366th day since the Pulse shooting, Nationals Park attendees snaked to various gates. Some wore Nationals hats, some wore Braves hats, and some wore Make America Great Again hats. Any of them would have been able to hear the voices of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington tucked away at the perimeter of Nationals park as they warmed their voices, like they did outside of the Supreme Court after the gay marriage ruling and like they did at Nationals Park days after the world lost 49 people at a gay nightclub. This would be the 13th annual Nats Night OUT put on by Team DC, a charity that works for LGBTQ causes across sports. Hours before first pitch, fenced inside an area of the family picnic tables in right-centerfield, there were 49 (likely) LGBTQ people clad in soft orange shirts, simmering in ardor. The 12th annual Night OUT occurred two days removed from the Pulse nightclub shooting. The urgency of togetherness was deeply understood. The celebration, queer Nats fan Jenn Rubenstein explained, was replaced with sadness and solemnity. It was tinged by the proximity to a jarring reminder of the community’s vulnerability. Yet, a few flowers still grew out of the pain and sodality of queer baseball people, even if you had to look past ashes to see them. On the first anniversary of the shooting, a day earlier, I scavenged for the words I had forced out of me on the second day since so that I would remember. If I hadn’t, I may never have recalled the way the grocery bags I was carrying dug harder into my wrists or feeling pieces of my hair matted to my face the way wet seaweed catches on sand as the words “gay” and “shooting” walked together in a sentence through a house by the beach to stun me. I might not have remembered that if the scene had unfolded that day on mute it might have been unclear as to why I looked like I had hit an invisible pile of bricks. Maybe it was even unclear where so many bricks had come from. Sputtering platitudes at “50 people at a gay nightclub,” couldn’t communicate my shock. I had a key that might unlock friends’ understanding, but it clung like powdered sugar to the back of my throat. What I had been contented to understand only weeks earlier is my own sexual identity. (I, uh, best describe it as porque no los dos.) My thrill turned to shock and a longing for the comfort of a community I had yet to publicly claim. My close queer friends, well, they went to a different school and you wouldn’t have known them. I abandoned my excitement scrolling quietly through my Twitter feed. Tears welled, maybe a blurring attempt to censor the devastating details. Two days removed from the tragedy was Nationals Night OUT. That night the community I’m intertwined with attempted to embrace the one I coveted, the one it had a history of shunning. I wouldn’t tell anyone why I spent hours poring over accounts of the characteristic resilience [...]



Bullpen Notes: June 26, 2017: New Name Emerging In Arizona, Davis Struggles & More

2017-06-27T08:00:00+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): LAA: Nice to see Bedrosian K only 2 batters he faced (in 7th). While not in line for SV, could get back quick #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) June 27, 2017 CHC: Davis (2 R/3 H/1 BB) & Rodon (2 R/2 H) nearly lost game in 9th. No concern but Edwards should be watched #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) June 27, 2017 BOS: After giving up R in non-SV Kimbrel "bounces back" w/perfect IP for SV. Scary how good he's been in '17 #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) June 27, 2017 NYY: Chapman forced into game & gets SV (1 R/2 H/0.2 IP). Obviously no concerns (7 K/4.2 IP since return) #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) June 27, 2017 ARI: Rubby De La Rosa developing into RP weapon (5 K in 2.1 IP since recall, 23 K vs. 4 BB in 15.1 IP @ AAA) #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) June 27, 2017 Make sure to check out all of our updated rankings: PositionPosted CatcherJune 1 First BaseJune 3 Second BaseJune 5 Third Base-- Shortstop-- Outfield-- Starting Pitcher-- Relief Pitcher-- [...]



Elvis Has Left The Building Twice

2017-06-27T07:01:00+00:00

There is no truth to the rumor that Elvis Andrus stole his entire playing career from "Fats" Domingo, "Ivory" Roberto Kelly or Nate King Colbert.  Elvis hits the covers off the ball better than Cam "Carl" Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis Brinson.  It is not Elvis' fault that the way he plays the bat is seen as an appropriation of a top shortstop of yesteryear.  He's got the chops to knock down that axe!  (All guitar knowledge I possess was used in that nine word sentence.)  Yesterday, Elvis Andrus had the best game of an already great season, going 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs with his 8th and 9th homers.  On our Player Rater, he's in the top 20 overall.  Not for shortstops, for all hitters and pitchers.  Love me tender!  Some of the names he's above Giancarlo, Correa, Mookie and Dee Gordon.  Love me sweet!  Never let me go!  Well, not so fast there.  If I thought you could actually get value for Andrus in a trade, I could see it since he's likely at his peak value.  Unfortunately, there's little chance you'd get back in a trade anything resembling Andrus' value, so I'd Bubba hold Tep.  Anyway, here's what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:(image) There is no truth to the rumor that Elvis Andrus stole his entire playing career from "Fats" Domingo, "Ivory" Roberto Kelly or Nate King Colbert.  Elvis hits the covers off the ball better than Cam "Carl" Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis Brinson.  It is not Elvis' fault that the way he plays the bat is seen as an appropriation of a top shortstop of yesteryear.  He's got the chops to knock down that axe!  (All guitar knowledge I possess was used in that nine word sentence.)  Yesterday, Elvis Andrus had the best game of an already great season, going 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs with his 8th and 9th homers.  On our Player Rater, he's in the top 20 overall.  Not for shortstops, for all hitters and pitchers.  Love me tender!  Some of the names he's above Giancarlo, Correa, Mookie and Dee Gordon.  Love me sweet!  Never let me go!  Well, not so fast there.  If I thought you could actually get value for Andrus in a trade, I could see it since he's likely at his peak value.  Unfortunately, there's little chance you'd get back in a trade anything resembling Andrus' value, so I'd Bubba hold Tep.  Anyway, here's what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:(image) (image)



FanDuel MLB Cheat Sheet: Tuesday, June 27th (UPDATED)

2017-06-27T04:57:01+00:00

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DraftKings Cheat Sheet, Tuesday, June 27th (UPDATED)

2017-06-27T04:57:00+00:00

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Brewers Orlando Arcia is the bat starting to catch up to the glove?

2017-06-27T04:03:00+00:00

Orlando Arcia has been on a nice roll at the plate for the Brewers since June began. But, is the slick-fielding youngster now worth a waiver wire add? The Brewers are one of the best storylines of the first half of the season, as the rebuilding club sits atop the NL Central near the end […]

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Orlando Arcia has been on a nice roll at the plate for the Brewers since June began. But, is the slick-fielding youngster now worth a waiver wire add? The Brewers are one of the best storylines of the first half of the season, as the rebuilding club sits atop the NL Central near the end […]

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Bullpen Report: June 26, 2017

2017-06-27T03:30:00+00:00

• Rough night for Craig Kimbrel as he only struck out one in a perfect inning for his 21st save. I’m a bit late to the game but I watched Fastball this weekend on Netflix which featured Craig Kimbrel and his heater quite a bit. While he was on the Braves when the film came […]• Rough night for Craig Kimbrel as he only struck out one in a perfect inning for his 21st save. I’m a bit late to the game but I watched Fastball this weekend on Netflix which featured Craig Kimbrel and his heater quite a bit. While he was on the Braves when the film came out, he’s throwing even harder now (98.2 average mph on his fastball) and maybe even pitching better than ever, which says a lot. In 33.2 innings pitched this year, Kimbrel has 61 strikeouts against only five walks leading to a 1.07/0.43/1.12 ERA/FIP/xFIP pitching line. If you’re wondering if maybe SIERA is picking up something FIP is missing, well that’s at a cool 0.94. Kimbrel has broken advanced pitching metrics this year, again. • No save situation in the desert (does anyone else remember dessert has an extra ‘S’ because an extra ‘SS apparently means it’s better?) but of some interest is Rubby de la Rosa who was called up when J.J. Hoover went to the DL. De la Rosa looks to be a full time reliever now after missing a lot of time last year with an injury to his elbow. Although he only threw 15.1 innings in AAA this year his 23/4 K/BB looks promising, small sample size warnings and all. It’s not uncommon for someone to improve their control when they move to the pen and as we all know it’s common for the velocity to increase. In tonight’s outing Rubby struck out two in a perfect inning and averaged 97.3 mph on his fastball, hitting 98.8 mph. If Rubby is striking out guys while throwing 98 with some new found control, he might jump the other de la Rosa (Jorge) on the Diamondbacks pecking order and join fellow converted reliever Archie Bradley for quite the formidable duo in the pen. I assume de la Rosa will be eased into the pen, not pitching on consecutive days but his stuff can be electric and it wouldn’t shock me to see impressive results. • The Cubs scored three runs in the top half of the ninth to give them a five run lead and handed the ball off to Hector Rondon for an assumed easy ninth. After two hits and a walk, they called on Wade Davis but it was a bit bumpy. Nonetheless, four hits a walk and a wild pitch later Wade Davis was able to hold onto the lead 5-4. Even after a rough-ish outing Davis still has a 2.00/1.88/2.73 pitching line and it’s safe to say he’s still very green. Davis had some health concerns last year which lead to the cost of acquiring him being a Jorge Soler rather than Gleyber Torres + but he’s looked healthy all year and was throwing 97 tonight. Bearing a cranky elbow cracking up, Davis should continue to rack up saves with top tier-ish ratios. • I[...]



Minor MLB Transactions: 6/26/17

2017-06-27T03:23:00+00:00

Here are the day’s minor moves: Righty Keyvius Sampson has signed on with the Marlins on a minors deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). The 26-year-old threw 91 2/3 MLB innings for the Reds in the past two seasons, struggling to a 5.60 ERA while allowing 16 long balls and 53 walks to go…

Here are the day’s minor moves:

  • Righty Keyvius Sampson has signed on with the Marlins on a minors deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). The 26-year-old threw 91 2/3 MLB innings for the Reds in the past two seasons, struggling to a 5.60 ERA while allowing 16 long balls and 53 walks to go with 84 strikeouts. Sampson spent time with the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate earlier this year. He struggled to a 6.75 ERA in his 42 2/3 innings at Reno, however, racking up 9.7 K/9 but also coughing up 6.3 BB/9 in that stint. (Free passes have been an ever-present concern in recent years for the former fourth-round draft pick.) He’ll head to the Marlins organization now in search of a new chance to return to the majors, which may well be achievable if his new organization moves some arms at the deadline.
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Rockies Acquire Zac Rosscup From Cubs For Matt Carasiti

2017-06-27T01:21:00+00:00

The Rockies and Cubs have announced a swap of pitchers, with the Rockies adding the southpaw Zac Rosscup out of DFA limb. Heading to Chicago in return is right-hander Matt Carasiti. The 29-year-old Rosscup will provide Colorado with a potential lefty specialist. Over his career, he has struggled against righties (and with his command) while…

The Rockies and Cubs have announced a swap of pitchers, with the Rockies adding the southpaw Zac Rosscup out of DFA limb. Heading to Chicago in return is right-hander Matt Carasiti.

The 29-year-old Rosscup will provide Colorado with a potential lefty specialist. Over his career, he has struggled against righties (and with his command) while dominating opposing lefties to the tune of a .162/.303/.284 slash. He has spent most of the current season at Triple-A, posting 17 strong appearances there (12.7 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 2.60 ERA).

It’ll be interesting to see if there are any near-term roster moves from Colorado that help explain the move. The club already has two power, late-inning lefties in the pen in Jake McGee and Mike Dunn, though the latter has been hit hard. And converted starter Chris Rusin, another southpaw, continues to post excellent numbers in a relief role.

As for Carasiti, 25, he lost his MLB roster spot after making his debut last year. He hasn’t been called back to the majors in 2017, but has been awfully impressive at Triple-A. Over 30 1/3 innings, he owns a 2.37 ERA with 12.8 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9.

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The Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) – June 27, 2017

2017-06-27T01:15:00+00:00

Check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets! Welcome to the Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) for June 27, 2017.…Check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets! Welcome to the Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) for June 27, 2017.…(image)



Taking Inventory: New York Mets

2017-06-27T00:46:00+00:00

This is the 11th entry in MLBTR’s Taking Inventory Series. Click for entries on the White Sox, Royals, Phillies, Pirates, Giants, Padres, Reds, Braves, Tigers, and Marlins. The Mets never expected to be in a selling position this year, but underperformance and a spate of significant injuries have destroyed any hopes of contention. Were it not for…This is the 11th entry in MLBTR’s Taking Inventory Series. Click for entries on the White Sox, Royals, Phillies, Pirates, Giants, Padres, Reds, Braves, Tigers, and Marlins. The Mets never expected to be in a selling position this year, but underperformance and a spate of significant injuries have destroyed any hopes of contention. Were it not for the runaway NL Wild Card race, New York might still have hope of staying in the hunt, but as things stand it seems quite likely they’ll move a few veterans. Let’s see what’s in the cupboard for the Mets: Rentals Addison Reed, RH Reliever | Salary: $7.75MM Reed has completely turned his career around since landing in New York in 2015. He has given up a few more home runs this season than he did in his dominant 2016 campaign, but otherwise has been much the same pitcher. With 9.2 K/9 (13.9% swinging-strike rate) and just 1.2 BB/9, Reed is thriving even as he has lost half a tick on his average fastball velocity. It probably doesn’t hurt that he’s back to working in the closer’s role, too. All things considered, Reed is quite possibly the club’s biggest trade chip. Jay Bruce, OF | Salary: $13MM Bruce only just turned 30 and is posting a strong .270/.339/.543 slash on the season, with twenty long balls already in the bank through just seventy games. He doesn’t run like he used to, but Bruce has received positive defensive grades this year after several seasons of questionable glovework. Curtis Granderson, OF | Salary: $15MM That’s quite a lot of coin for a 36-year-old corner outfielder who’s only hitting near the league average. But Granderson can also still play some center and has gotten hotter and hotter at the plate as the season has progressed. The respected veteran could be quite a useful piece for the right team. Lucas Duda, 1B | Salary: $7.25MM If there’s enough demand, Duda could potentially bring back something interesting. He has returned to posting strong on-base and slugging numbers after a lost 2016 season, and would represent a middle-of-the-order bat for a contender. Neil Walker, 2B | Salary: $17.2MM If he can make it back from a hamstring tear before the deadline, Walker could draw real interest. The veteran remains a quality hitter and was on a tear when he got hurt. That said, demand doesn’t figure to be strong at second base, and the big salary will present an obstacle. Fernando Salas, RH Reliever | Sala[...]



White Sox Matt Davidson: More power available on the wire

2017-06-27T00:10:00+00:00

The White Sox may not be competing but their players are still trying. Designated hitter Matt Davidson is slugging the ball and should be added all over. The Chicago White Sox have dealt with a lot of injuries and poor performances from their starters all season. However, the top players are hitting and providing a […]

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The White Sox may not be competing but their players are still trying. Designated hitter Matt Davidson is slugging the ball and should be added all over. The Chicago White Sox have dealt with a lot of injuries and poor performances from their starters all season. However, the top players are hitting and providing a […]

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Rays Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria

2017-06-26T22:16:00+00:00

5:16pm: Both clubs have announced the deal, making it official. 2:26pm: The Rays and Marlins have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami to Tampa Bay in exchange for minor league outfielder Braxton Lee and minor league right-hander Ethan Clark. The Rays will take on all of Hechavarria’s remaining salary. Hechavarria, 27,…5:16pm: Both clubs have announced the deal, making it official. 2:26pm: The Rays and Marlins have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami to Tampa Bay in exchange for minor league outfielder Braxton Lee and minor league right-hander Ethan Clark. The Rays will take on all of Hechavarria’s remaining salary. Hechavarria, 27, has been out for more than a month due to a strained oblique muscle but is ready to return to the field. While he doesn’t bring much to the table from an offensive standpoint, he’ll dramatically improve the Rays’ infield defense whenever he’s on the field. The Rays have relied primarily upon Tim Beckham and Daniel Robertson at shortstop in 2017 due to the fact that projected starter Matt Duffy has missed the entire year to date with a heel injury that recently required minor surgery. From 2015-16, Hechavarria posted excellent defensive marks at shortstop, grading out at +18 Defensive Runs Saved and a +24.1 Ultimate Zone Rating. However, while that superlative glovework was paired with a respectable .281/.315/.374 batting line in 2015, Hechavarria has slashed just .241/.283/.319 in 614 trips to the dish since that time. He’s also earning $4.35MM this season, which was reportedly the Marlins’ primary motivation for finding a trading partner. The Rays will control Hechavarria for one more season via the arbitration process, if they’re so inclined. Retaining him would mean giving him a raise on that $4.35MM salary in arbitration, though his injury and lack of production at the plate will likely limit the size of the raise to a fairly nominal amount. Exactly how Hechavarria fits into the mix for the Rays remains to be seen. While he looks like the clear favorite to play shortstop on an everyday basis for the time being, Tampa Bay will need to decide what to do with the combination of Backham, Robertson and, when he returns from the disabled list, Brad Miller — the latter of whom was the primary second baseman prior to getting injured. One of Beckham or Robertson seems likely to be sent out — Beckham is out of options, so Robertson seems likelier — but the eventual returns of Miller and Duffy will further crowd the infield mix. As for the players that Miami will receive in return, neither Lee nor Clark entered the season rated among Tampa Bay’s top 30 prospec[...]



Zach Putnam Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

2017-06-26T21:55:00+00:00

White Sox righty Zach Putnam has undergone Tommy John surgery, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago was among those to tweet. He’s expected to miss at least one year recovering from the procedure. Putnam, who’ll soon turn 30, was off to a very strong start to the current season before his elbow flared off. Through 8…

White Sox righty Zach Putnam has undergone Tommy John surgery, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago was among those to tweet. He’s expected to miss at least one year recovering from the procedure.

Putnam, who’ll soon turn 30, was off to a very strong start to the current season before his elbow flared off. Through 8 2/3 innings, he had allowed just one earned run on two hits while recording nine strikeouts against just one walk.

That showing came on the heels of a strong 2016 — at least when he wasn’t dealing with elbow troubles. In fact, since landing with the White Sox, Putnam carries an excellent 2.71 ERA with 9.6 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 over 139 1/3 frames.

While he doesn’t bring much in the way of velocity, Putnam wields a devastating split-finger fastball. That offering has enabled him to boost his swinging-strike rate in each of his four years with the South Siders, starting at a strong 14.0% rate and climbing all the way to 19.4% in his shortened 2017 campaign.

All told, the White Sox have reason to hope that Putnam can again be an impactful arm in the bullpen, if he can work back to health. But the surgery means that he’ll be on the shelf for one of his final two seasons of arbitration control. He’s earning just $1.175MM this year, though, so the club could decide to pay that rate again for each of the next two campaigns and hope that Putnam returns to health for 2019.

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Mixing & Fantasy: Fister, Barreto, & More

2017-06-26T20:10:00+00:00

A look at Fister in Boston, Vogt in Milwaukee, Bellinger trades, and more!Very Quick Look: Doug Fister I’m skeptical but intrigued by older pitchers making a comeback. An owner could end up with Rich Hill or Jeremy Guthrie. I was extremely skeptical of Fister especially after the Angels, who could use some pitching help, released him. At least Fister ended up with the Red Sox who helped rejuvenate Rich Hill’s career. Fister made his first start last night and here is what can be taken from it. I didn’t watch much of the start, just some highlights. First, his fastball velocity may be up compared to the past few seasons. Here is a yearly velocity chart from BrooksBaseball.net (who adjust velocity to similar scales). His 4-seamer and cutter were at similar velocities but his sinker has added a few ticks. He threw his sinker 2/3 of the time and generated over 50% groundballs off the pitch and over 6% swinging strikes. Here’s one. The sinker comes in at about 90 mph with a groundball generating late dip. Fister also showed off a change, curveball, and slider with good results. Here they are in my order of preference. Curve Slider Change Right now, I believe he is usable in all formats. His future value will depend on his fastball’s (sinker) effectiveness. If he can get ahead in the count, he has the breaking pitches to put hitters away. For those who are still skeptical, why not buy and bench and see how his next few starts go.   Notes • In Tout Wars, I drafted Cody Bellinger in the reserve rounds knowing he was one of the few prospects with enough talent to really make an impact in 2017. I had no idea he would hit this many home runs so far. I would have been happy with 20 for the entire season. Every week I look over my roster and try to find if there is anyone to sell high on and Bellinger has been that player for a while. Going to Yahoo!’s trade tracker, I found just three one-for-one trades with Bellinger. He was able to net Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish, and Mookie Betts. While I’m near the top in Runs, Home Runs, and RBIs, I could easily lose 10 spots with just a few unproductive days, so I would need to bring hitting back a hitter if I move Bellinger. If offered Betts, I would accept that trade in a heartbeat. Move down, I think I would take any of the preseason top 25 hitters depending on my team needs. It’s just tough to move someone hitting as well as he has. Placing a value on Bellinger (and also Judge) will be tough next season. I like his future’s but do I like him more than everyone else at the table. I am guessing, no. It was nice to have him this season so far. • The Athletics have continued their rookie promotions and this time Franklin Barreto[...]



Marlins Close To Trading Adeiny Hechavarria

2017-06-26T19:19:00+00:00

2:19pm: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets that the two sides are reviewing medicals of the players that will be involved. Topkin hears that outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark are among the names being discussed. 11:45am: Crasnick reports that if the Rays are to take on all of Hechavarria’s salary, they’d…2:19pm: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets that the two sides are reviewing medicals of the players that will be involved. Topkin hears that outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark are among the names being discussed. 11:45am: Crasnick reports that if the Rays are to take on all of Hechavarria’s salary, they’d like the Marlins to include a cheaper, controllable power arm to help facilitate the deal (Twitter links). Crasnick notes that Barraclough would fit that bill, though he adds that it’s not clear if the Rays have actually singled Barraclough out as a target. Meanwhile, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Rays and Marlins are optimistic that they can reach an agreement to send Hechavarria to Tampa Bay in exchange for “fringe prospects” at some point today. JUNE 26, 8:40am: The Marlins are close to a trade of Hechavarria, tweets MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Like Frisaro, Morosi hears that the Rays are the likeliest landing spot for Hechavarria. 10:42pm: The Rays seem to be the “frontrunners” in talks, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweets.  Miami is looking for young pitching in return for Hechavarria. JUNE 25, 10:20pm: The Padres have joined the Rays in the Hechavarria sweepstakes, Clark Spencer reports (via Twitter).  The Cardinals are no longer involved in talks. JUNE 24, 12:07pm: The Orioles are no longer involved, per Spencer (Twitter link). But he hears that the Cards (as well as the Rays) are still in talks for Hechavarria. 8:26am: There’s at least one mystery team involved, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro (via Twitter). JUNE 23: The Marlins have informed other clubs that they expect to trade Hechavarria within the next 24 to 48 hours, Spencer reports (on Twitter). It seems the push from the Marlins’ side is driven by an ownership effort to save salary rather than a baseball ops assessment, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick notes on Twitter. It appears that the Rays appear to have “created some traction” in structuring a deal, sources suggest to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). Meanwhile, the Cardinals don’t seem to be pursuing Hechavarria at this point, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. St. Louis had at least spoken to the Marlins about Hechavarria, tweets Spencer. Read more JUNE  22: The Marl[...]