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Thursday, July 30, 2009
RP George Sherrill has been traded to the LA Dodgers. If Jim Johnson is still available, scoop him up quickly. He should be expected to close in Baltimore now. Sherrill loses most of his mixed league value.
Posted by Derek Carty at 2:07pm
OF Josh Anderson seems to have been traded to the Royals for cash considerations (h/t Rotoworld). With Willie Bloomquist the primary centerfield for KC and RF Mark Teahen rumored to be traded, Anderson may have just seen his value spike. He won't do a whole lot more than steal bases and post an average (or slightly below average) BA, but I'm sure some AL-only teams could stand to add 15 or so steals. If he was dropped recently, he's worth considering. OF Jose Guillen is on the DL, but it's unclear how long he'll be out for.
Posted by Derek Carty at 11:48am
The Marlins appear to be closing in on Heath Bell, likely for a top pitching prospect or two. If you didn't grab Mike Adams this morning, go get him now. If you have the room, grabbing Luke Gregerson or Greg Burke couldn't hurt (probably in that order).
And if you own Matt Lindstrom or Leo Nunez, you might want to see if you can trade either one for any closer you can get your hands on... like now.
It also looks like the Yankees might be working on a trade for a Blue Jays reliever like Scott Downs or Jason Frasor. There are rumors that Colorado could be in on Downs as well. The Jays have said in the past that Downs probably wouldn't be traded, but with his struggles recently and the dreaded vote of confidence he was given, they might be more willing. Frasor should be stashed, and Downs could be shopped. He'd lose most of his mixed league value if traded to the Yanks.
Posted by Derek Carty at 11:26am
Analysts everywhere have been treating the Padres bullpen situation as pretty clear-cut; if Heath Bell is traded, Edward Mujica would be next in line to close. As Eriq Gardner mentioned on Tuesday, though, this situation bears closer scrutiny. Last night, however, the team announced that Mujica would be moving to the rotation. So much for all that talk. It really didn't make much sense anyway, for several reasons:
1) The Pads have several quality relievers, including Mujica, Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson, and Greg Burke.
2) Gregerson leads the gmLI game at 1.35 while the other three all come in around 1.10.
3) Mujica's surface numbers and peripherals are worse than Adams's and Gregerson's.
4) Mujica has been used most recently in earlier innings than the other three.
5) Recently, Adams has pitched the eighth on days when Heath Bell pitches (though Burke has pitched later innings as well)
Now that he's officially out of the picture and the Padres may be too tempted to hold onto closer Heath Bell, it's looking more and more like stashing Mike Adams for the next 30 hours or so is a smart move. Not only does he appear to be next in line, but he has terrific skills and would make an excellent closer.
As far as Mujica goes, he only posted a league average-ish strikeout rate in the bullpen and is an extreme flyball pitcher, so he won't be dominant in the rotation. In an NL-only league, though, he does deserve to be owned. It's kind of a shame since he'll be taking the place of Josh Geer, who has shown real improvement this year and has simply been a victim of bad luck.
Posted by Derek Carty at 9:30am
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