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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Betancourt to RockiesPosted by Paul Singman at 11:46pm
In a relatively small transaction, the Indians have agreed to ship reliever Rafael Betancourt to the Rockies for a Single-A pitcher. As the fantasy player the question is, "Should I care?" To give a short answer: no, not really. Betancourt moves from one setup role to another and with the Rockies recent success, Huston Street is no longer a trade candidate, meaning Betancourt will not be closing games anytime soon unless injury strikes.
If anything Betancourt is hurt by the trade—as you would suspect for any pitcher moving to Coors—and the park could affect him more than it might other pitchers because he is primarily a flyball pitcher (career FB% rate of about 50 percent).
Paul has been managing fantasy baseball teams for many seasons and writing for THT Fantasy over the past three years. He is currently a student at UPenn welcomes readers' thoughts at his email here or in the comments below.
I am the (un)proud of Kerry Wood. Who do you think is next in line in Cleveland now? Chris Perez?
Posted 07/24 at 01:48 AM
Paul Singman said...
I would say the job could go to either Chris Perez or Tony Sipp. Both would be poor closers, but I would expect Perez to get the first chance.
Even though Sipp has been the better pitcher of late, he still walks a batter an inning, and cannot get away with doing that for much longer.
Posted 07/25 at 01:30 AM
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