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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
As I suspected earlier this evening following the Nate McLouth trade, Pirates top prospect OF Andrew McCutchen has been called up. He'll start tomorrow night. Go get him NL-only leaguers. Mixed leaguers, show some restraint unless you're going to try and spin him off immediately.
Posted by Derek Carty at 8:09pm (0) Comments
First big trade of the year. Pirates OF Nate McLouth has supposedly been traded to the Atlanta Braves for prospects P Charlie Morton, P Jeff Locke, and OF Gorkys Hernandez (h/t Rotoworld). This is great news for Brandon Moss owners (like me in LABR NL!) as he no longer has to worry about being replaced when the team decides Andrew McCutchen is ready. Nyjer Morgan's playing time is also secure now, and this improves the short-term value of OF Craig Monroe and OF Eric Hinske.
It also could mean that a McCutchen promotion is upcoming. I'd grab him in all NL-only leagues but only in the deepest of mixed leagues where you're desperate for steals. With the emergence of Morgan, he almost certainly will not lead off and may only provide real value in one category.
As for the Braves situation, Gregor Blanco looked like he would be starting with Jordan Schafer demoted, but now he'll have to settle for a fourth outfielder/platoon role.
Posted by Derek Carty at 6:31pm (0) Comments
The Braves have released SP Tom Glavine and will promote top prospect Tommy Hanson to start on Saturday (h/t Rotoworld). All NL-only leagues in which he's not owned, get him now! He should also be stashed in all but the most shallow mixed leagues. This will likely wreck the short-term value of SP Kris Medlen, who is moving to the bullpen. He could put up good numbers in relief for NL-only leaguers, so don't drop him yet. He could move back into the rotation if Javier Vazquez or someone gets traded.
Posted by Derek Carty at 6:28pm (0) Comments
The Angels are apparently seriously contemplating sending Howie Kendrick to the minors. If they were to do this, they'd have a few options:
1) Replace him with Sean Rodriguez
2) Move Chone Figgins to 2B and let Brandon Wood play at 3B
3) Let Maicer Izturis start at 2B
My money would be on Sean Rodriguez, who has nice power for a 2B and also has a little speed. AL-only leaguers need to stash him now, and deep-ish mixed leaguers should keep tabs.
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