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Monday, June 01, 2009
There's been talk lately of the Brewers looking for a front-line starter (like they did last year with C.C. Sabathia). Jake Peavy has been mentioned, and apparently Javier Vazquez (whom I discussed in my article today) is a guy that the Braves could consider dealing as the deadline approaches (h/t MLBTR). This would open up a spot for super-prospect Tommy Hanson even if Tom Glavine comes back healthy and effective (a big IF for sure).
If the Brewers were to acquire a pitcher like this, they'd likely need to trade a top prospect or two (Mat Gamel, Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress, etc) and maybe a younger major league player, and the move would push someone out of their rotation. Jeff Suppan would be the smartest move, though Braden Looper and Dave Bush wouldn't necessarily be 100% safe, depending on how they're pitching at that time.
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Rays OF Matt Joyce was recalled from Triple-A this weekend, and he's a must add in AL-only leagues. Mixed leaguers should keep an eye on him as he isn't guaranteed of playing time starting off. Gabe Gross and Gabe Kapler, however, aren't tremendous and certainly aren't long-term options, so there will definitely be an opportunity for Joyce to take some regular playing time if he plays well.
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There was a rumor yesterday that Brewers OF Corey Hart could be traded in the coming month or two. Apparently, "the Tigers, Giants, and Red Sox either have scouted Hart or discussed him." If Hart were to get traded, recently-acquired Jody Gerut might benefit the most with more playing time, though Frank Catalanatto could also be an option. There would be at least an outside chance of Mat Gamel getting regular playing time if the team decided to move him to the outfield.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
As you know, Clint Hurdle was fired a couple days ago and was replaced by bench coach Jim Tracy. So far, the fallout has seemed to impact Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ian Stewart the most. Tracy had very nice things to say about Atkins recently, who he has since promoted to the cleanup spot in the order (h/t Yahoo!'s RotoArcade):
"I sat over on the other side of the field in this ballpark for a number of years and I watched Garrett Atkins drive in over 200 and some odd runs over the course of a couple of different seasons. If we're going to turn some things around, he needs to be in the middle of our order...He just needs to find some green grass."
This spells bad news for Stewart, who will likely loose a little play time to Atkins. It also pushes Brad Hawpe to 5th in the order. Tracy's emergence also has had a positive impact on Clint Barmes, who has now batted 2nd in both games managed by Tracy. This pushes the struggling Tulowitzki down to 6th.
And if you're wondering — I don't imagine you are, but I'll continue anyway — these moves help me out in my leagues . I've got Barmes in LABR NL and Atkins in FSIC NL.
Posted by Derek Carty at 10:41pm (0) Comments
Alexi Casilla will take over as the Twins starting second baseman while Nick Punto is on the DL with a strained groin. Casilla is worth a flier in AL-Leagues only as most likely he will be sent down to Triple-A upon Punto's return in the minimum 15 days. If Casilla does play well, however, he could steal the job from Punto, who was hitting just .187 with zero home runs before getting hurt.
Casilla was not any better in the majors earlier this season, batting a laughable .167/.231/.202 before getting sent down. His defense and hustle are also concerns, the Twins say.
Posted by Paul Singman at 11:45am
Friday, May 29, 2009
NL-only leaguers take note: Emil Brown has been traded to the Mets. He'll be sent to Triple-A, but given the uncertain (read: pathetic) state of the Mets' outfield, he's a guy worth keeping tabs on or grabbing depending on your league's depth. He has some pop and speed that could be useful and would bat in a good lineup, although CitiField isn't the friendliest place for power hitters.
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It's looking like Brett Myers will be out for quite some time, if not for the rest of the season. GM Ruben Amaro said that "the Phillies immediately would look internally to fill the void in the rotation. He said Carlos Carrasco, Kyle Kendrick, Andrew Carpenter and Antonio Bastardo are candidates. It appears Chan Ho Park is not a candidate and will remain in the bullpen."
None make great options for mixed leaguers, but those in NL-only leagues could consider jumping on Bastardo and Carrasco, who mixed leaguers might want to keep an eye on. His trouble has always been control, but it has been pretty good (2.8 BB/9) in 85 Triple-A innings since mid-2008. Kendrick would only qualify for pickup in the deepest of NL-only leagues, and Carpenter really should be avoided in all leagues.
This also solidifies J.A. Happ's rotation spot for a while, and he could prove valuable in deeper mixed leagues.
Trade RumorsFrom MLB Trade Rumors
Dodgers Nearing Agreement With Brian Wilson
Central Notes: Tigers, Castellanos, Beltran, Konerko, Twins
Cubs Sign Wesley Wright
Mariners Could Make Move To Acquire David Price
AL Notes: Fister, Blue Jays, Orioles, Rays
Red Sox Notes: Bradley, Drew, Napoli, Pierzynski
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