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The needed an offensive upgrade, but is Headley the answer? He is currently hitting .229 with 7 HR and 32 RBI over 279 AB this season. Yankees third basemen are currently hitting .260 with 8 HR and 41 RBI, though a lot of that has come courtesy of Yangervis Solarte (who has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks). Read more
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Matthew DeFranks of mlb.com the Los Angeles Angels have acquired Huston Street and RHP Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres in exchange for 2B Taylor Lindsey, RHP R.J. Alvarez, SS Jose Rondon and RHP Elliot Morris.
The Angels Fallout
For as good as Joe Smith has been in the closers role, he’s undoubtedly going to be moved back into a setup role thanks to the presence of Street. There was always concern about Smith’s split and he fits well in the eighth inning. Jason Grilli, meanwhile, is now completely out of the closer picture and should settle into an eighth inning role.
Street, meanwhile, has been fantastic this season with a 1.09 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. He’s seen his strikeout rate rebound, with a 9.27 K/9, courtesy of a 13.0% SwStr% (13.4% for his career), and has continue to show impressive control, with a 1.91 BB/9. Of course there’s going to be concern with any pitcher leaving Petco Park and he also has benefited from unbelievable luck over the past two seasons (strand rates of 99.5% and 100.0%), but he’s long been one of the better closers in the game. There’s no reason to think that he’s suddenly going to fail, though the overall numbers could take a step back.
McCarthy is a pitcher whose peripherals have made him appear to be a stronger option than the numbers actually have been thus far. He has demonstrated impeccable control over the past few seasons and 2014 has been no different, with a 1.64 BB/9. It’s the strikeouts and groundballs, which haven’t always been his strong suit, that have improved dramatically.
Overall he owns a 7.63 K/9, a significant jump from his 6.17 career mark. Part of it has been a jump in velocity, currently averaging 92.9 mph, and his increased usage of the pitch (62.2%). His strikeout rate has been fairly consistent on a monthly basis as well, with his low mark being 6.89 in June (still higher than his career mark).
Quickly after the reports that the A’s and Cubs were discussing a deal came word that it had actually come to fruition. Keith Law of ESPN tweeted last night:
To say that it’s a game changer is an understatement, so let’s take a look at the fallout from this deal:
The A’s Rotation
Oakland clearly is in a win now mode, giving their already talented rotation a major boost. Both Brad Mills and Tommy Milone will likely be the odd men out, either going to Triple-A or the bullpen to add depth in case of an injury (Scott Kazmir has a history) or someone running out of steam (Jesse Chavez pitched just 87.1 IP in ’13). However neither are tremendous options and can be cut in most formats.
by Ray Kuhn
Anything but Stephen Drew. That appears to be the message the Detroit Tigers are sending when it comes to replacing Jose Iglesias at shortstop. On Monday they traded valuable utility man Steve Lombardozzi (who was part of the Doug Fister package this winter) to the Baltimore Orioles for Alex Gonzalez. Yes, it is not an exciting transaction and you are forgiven if it didn’t even register on your radar, but there could be some fantasy relevance.
Of all the players involved in or effected by the trade, the biggest fantasy impact likely goes to Gonzalez. The last two seasons were just dreadful for the 37-year old shortstop and he took a minor league deal with the Orioles simply to try and recapture some his value and extend his career. This Spring Training, it worked.
In 28 at bats Gonzalez hit .429 for the Orioles. That is quite a rebound from the .177 he hit last year with the Brewers in 113 at bats, with just one home run and 8 RBI. The 2012 season was also a lost one and a far cry from 2011 when hit .241 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI (a year after he hit .250 with 23 home runs and 88 RBI). There is a trend here, Gonzalez used to be able to hit for power, but hitting for average was never a strong suit. Of course after the last two seasons, given his age and injury problems, it is quite alright if you wrote the shortstop off for good.
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Nelson Cruz has never been the pillar of health, with more than 475 AB just once in his Major League career (585 AB in 2012). No matter where he signed, that was always going to be a concern. However, his career home/road split made things that much more worrisome:
- Home – .294/.356/.556
- Road – .242/.299/.435
While that split wasn’t there last season (13 HR at home, 14 HR on the road), an entire career doesn’t lie. You pull him out of Arlington and what exactly could we expect?
Lucky for us, Cruz may have found the perfect landing spot to keep his value high. Last season Oriole Park at Camden Yards yielded the most home runs per game (2.86), something that has consistently been the case over the years:
- 2011 – 2.64 HR/game (second most)
- 2012 – 2.79 HR/game (fourth most)