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Monday, July 06, 2009
I seem to be hearing rumors all over the place about the possibility of the Braves trading young SS Yunel Escobar, although the likelihood of such a move seems to be up for debate. Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Escobar is "legit possibility to be moved" despite his affordable contract, while ESPN's Jayson Stark says that "an Escobar trade seems highly unlikely", citing a couple of non-Brave, MLB team sources.
I don't really get all the hooplah — he's a below-average defender and only a slightly above average offensive player — but teams seem to want him (like the Royals and Red Sox). The Braves will want a lot in return for him, but in the event he is traded, the stock of MI Diory Hernandez would likely skyrocket. The Braves like Martin Prado better, allowing him to play over Kelly Johnson before he hit the DL, so he could see some time at SS, but Prado has never really played much there at the big league level and his -23.8 UZR/150 at second base (including poor range) indicates it wouldn't be a sound move.
That leaves Diory Hernandez with an open path to playing time as he's the only guy on the active roster capable of playing short. He's not a tremendous player, but he would make a great add in NL-only leagues with his solid power/speed combination and respectable enough batting average skills. If he's available in your league and you have an open roster spot, it might not hurt to stash him, depending on whether you believe O'Brien or Stark more.
Posted by Derek Carty at 12:29pm
Sunday, July 05, 2009
The A's have acquired OF Scott Hairston from the Padres for two minor league pitchers. For those in AL-only leagues with midnight deadlines tonight, make sure you bid on Hairston. The news might have been announced too early in the evening for you to squeak a low bid by your leaguemates, but if they're the type to fall asleep at the wheel, maybe you can. Hairston probably won't hit for a great average, but he should hit for good power, could steal a few bases, and should play full-time (or close to it, especially after/if Matt Holliday gets traded). Must own in AL-only leagues — mixed leaguers, there's no need to rush to get him if he's sitting on your waiver wire.
It'll be interesting to see how the A's juggle playing time, but for now, this is definitely bad news for Travis Buck and Rajai Davis owners, and Jack Cust and Ryan Sweeney will probably end up seeing less time as well. Which one loses more is yet to be seen. This could even have a domino effect on Jason Giambi and Nomar Garciaparra if the A's decide to get Cust more ABs in the DH spot to make up for lost OF ABs.
Posted by Derek Carty at 10:11pm
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