Updated 3:21 PM EST
Why not give Doubront, who has stated his desire to start, a try? Doubront has shown signs in the past, though he owns a 4.47 ERA and 1.43 WHIP as a starting pitcher. He needs to do a better job of throwing strikes (4.00 career BB/9), but already owns a career 8.14 K/9 and could see a little boost with the move to the NL.
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St. Louis Fallout:
The Cardinals have had issues in their rotation, especially with Michael Wacha out likely until September, so it makes sense for them to try and bolster the unit. Masterson, who is expected back this week, does offer potential upside. He has struggled overall this season with a 5.51 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, though those numbers are not indicative of his skill.
Masterson has struggled with poor luck, with a .350 BABIP and 65.0% strand rate despite a manageable 20.8% line drive rate. He also has maintained last year’s strikeout rate, with an 8.54 K/9 based off a 9.4% SwStr%, and could see another bump with the move to the NL.
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The Giants bolstered their rotation with the addition of Peavy, who should benefit greatly from the move back to the NL. He owns a 4.72 ERA and 1.43 WHIP this season, but there has been some bad luck (.301 BABIP, 18.8% line drive rate) and home runs have been a major issue (1.45 HR/9).
Seattle was in desperate need for an offensive boost, so reacquiring Morales makes sense. The team has recently been using Logan Morrison at 1B and Corey Hart at DH, though neither have been productive when actually on the field. Morrison is slashing .211/.267/.349 while Hart is at .212/.295/.332. It’s possible that the team occasionally slides one of them into an OF spot, but we’ll have to wait and see. For now we have to assume both are at risk of losing playing time, not that they were very fantasy relevant anyways.
The Tigers Fallout:
Given the struggles of Joe Nathan, it makes sense that the Tigers wanted to bring in either a replacement or a reinforcement in case he can’t figure it out. In Soria, they get just that. He has been one of the elite closers in the game this season, with a 2.70 ERA and 0.87 WHIP, showing strikeouts (11.34 K/9) and control (1.08 BB/9).
While it’s easy to point to an unsustainable BB/9, he also has been plagued by poor luck (60.0% strand rate). As for the control, while it may not be THIS good he does own a career 2.54 BB/9 and certainly has the stuff to thrive.