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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
About a week ago, it was reported that the Marlins have now made OF Jeremy Hermida and OF Cody Ross available in trade talks, in addition to 2B Dan Uggla and CI Jorge Cantu (h/t MLBTR).
Should either or both OFs be traded, this could open back up a spot for top prospect Cameron Maybin, should the team decide he's ready. Brett Carroll and Alejandro de Aza could also see a big boost in value, and it's possible they'd each find near-regular playing time if the Fish decide to keep Maybin in Triple-A for the rest of the year. Prospect John Raynor could be yet another possibility. He's not playing particularly well at Triple-A, but he does seem to have the kind of speed fantasy owners drool over. NL-only leaguers, keep an eye on this situation.
Posted by Derek Carty at 9:13pm (0) Comments
Current Mariners reliever Brandon Morrow is going down to the minor leagues for some time to build up arm strength to return to the majors as a starter, says Mariners Insider. According to the article it says the new M's front office wants to slowly build up his stamina, meaning he may not return to the majors until September, and about a month and a half at the earliest.
This news should come as a blow to Morrow owners who should drop him when he gets sent down sometime next week (except in keeper/dynasty leagues of course). The man who displaced Morrow as the Mariners closer, David Aardsma, was hanging onto the closing job by a thread, but this news increases his chances of keeping the job. Despite a 1.91 ERA and converting eight of nine save opportunities, Aardsma has not been pitching well, made most obvious by his 20 walks in 28 innings this season.
If Aardsma does endure reversal of luck and loses the closer role, I could see the M's resorting to a carousel closer committee since none of their other relievers—Roy Corcoran, Miguel Bautista, Mark Lowe, Sean White—stand out.
Posted by Paul Singman at 7:01pm (0) Comments
We're now a third of the way into June, and we're beginning to hear more and more trade rumors. Lately, there have been quite a few rumors surrounding closers that, if traded, would have significant fantasy ramifications.
Huston Street: The fact that GM Dan O'Dowd's contract is up at the end of the season muddy's things a bit, but if there is a firesale, Street will very likely be gone. It was reported last month that O'Dowd's job would probably be safe.
Next-in-line: Manny Corpas. Unlucky so far this year, but surface numbers have been better of late and will improve as the deadline approaches.
Jose Valverde: Astros aren't contending and have had no problem trading their best relievers in the past.
Next-in-line: LaTroy Hawkins, unless...
LaTroy Hawkins: There's also talk of the 'Stros trading Hawkins, perhaps to the Twins.
Next-in-line: Felipe Paulino has a ridiculous 2.17 gmLI and has both the skills and surface numbers to make him a strong bet if both Valverde and Hawkins are traded. Tim Byrdak and Doug Brocail are other possibilities, but neither has been good this year.
Chad Qualls: With how the D'Backs are playing, trading their closer has now become a real possibility.
Next-in-line: Most likely Tony Pena (who may also be a trade candidate). Dark horses might be Jon Rauch or Juan Gutierrez.
Kerry Wood: Less likely than the rest given his big contract and slow start to 2009.
Next-in-line: Jensen Lewis's ERA (5.46) isn't pretty, but he was the choice last year and he's been used in the highest leverage situations. Rafael Betancourt's 2008 bad luck has reversed, but he will be out for several weeks. Consider Tony Sipp a dark horse.
Posted by Derek Carty at 5:19pm (0) Comments
Denard Span left last night's game with dizziness and is being evaluated by doctors. Span will be out at least for the next couple of games, meaning Delmon Young will get regular playing time in his absence. The absence could be two games or two weeks—it is not yet known—but whatever the case, Young needs to perform well if he is ever going to get regular playing time this year.
For those still holding onto him, this should be the end of the straw for Young if he does not improve on his .563 OPS during this opportunity.
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