Archive for July 31, 2010

Trade Deadline Fallout: Farnsworth & Ankiel to the Braves

Danny Knobler of CBS Sports (via Twitter) is reporting that the Braves have acquired Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel.  According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse (via Twitter), P Jesse Chavez, OF Gregor Blanco and P Tim Collins will be going back to KC.

The Braves Get
Farnsworth provides bullpen depth, but is a middle reliever with a 36 Ks over 44.2 innings.  He only hold. potential value in leagues that value middle relievers.

In Ankiel, it will be interesting to see exactly where he fits in.  The Braves currently have Jason Heyward, Melky Cabrera and Eric Hinske, with Nate McLouth in the minors.  He’s missed time with injury and has hit .261 with 4 HR and 15 RBI over 92 AB.  Chances are he isn’t an everyday player, as the Braves will likely rotate guys around.  Unless you are desperate in five-outfielder formats, it’s likely you can find a better option. Read more

Trade Deadline Fallout: Dotel to the Dodgers

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have acquired Octavio Dotel for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo (Lambo’s presence in the deal comes from Jayson Stark via Twitter).

The Dodgers Get
Dotel helps become the bridge to Jonathan Broxton and could give him a day off from time-to-time.  He brings strikeout ability, with 48 Ks in 40.0 innings, though he does have a 4.28 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.  He’ll hold value for those who play in leagues that value middle relievers, but that’s about it at this point.

The Pirates Get
First of all, they open up there closer’s role.  There has been a lot of speculation as to who will asume the job between Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek.  At this point, I would imagine that both will get a shot at some point, but Hanrahan may get the first opportunity.  He has a track record, albeit a small one, and has been lights out of late.  He’s also just 28-years old, so it is not like he is an “old” relief pitcher as opposed to Meek.  He has struck out 63 batters over 45.2 innings, giving him the characteristics of a potentially dominant closer.  He’s certainly worth taking a flier on in all formats.

McDonald is a pitching prospect that we’ve heard about for some time.  Baseball America ranked him as the team’s second best prospect heading into 2009, at the time saying, “McDonald can add and subtract velocity from all three of his pitches—fastball, curveball and changeup—and has strong command. His best pitch is his 11-to-5 curve, which ranges from 69-77 mph, and his changeup is a plus offering with sink. When he pitched in relief in the majors, his fastball jumped up to 93-96 mph.” Read more

Minor Trade Deadline Deals

Here are some minor deals as the deadline expires:

  • The Giants obtained LHP Javier Lopez from the Pirates for RHP Joe Matinez & John Bowker according to Andrew Baggerly via Twitter.  Not much to this one from a fantasy perspective, though Martinez could join the Pirates rotation.  He made 13 starts (14 appearances) in the Pacific Coast League, pitching to a 3.32 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 65 Ks.  He’d likely be a low-end option, at best, having never been a big strikeout option and not many wins likely.  Bowker’s inclusion is interesting.  He has struggled a bit with strikeouts this season (28.0% in the majors), but has shown some power at Triple-A, albeit in the Pacific Coast League with 14 HR in 196 AB this season.  He’s not likely to hold value, but if he were to gain regular playing time he could be viable in five-outfielder formats.
  • According to ESPNs Jayson Stark via Twitter, the Yankees have acquired Kerry Wood from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash.  Wood will help become the bridge to Mariano Rivera, making him useless in fantasy formats.  Chris Perez, who has been working as the closer while Wood has been hurt, will now assume the job outright.  It’s not likely he’s available in your league, but if he is grab him immediately.
  • Dan Connolly of the Baltimre Sun (via Twitter) is reporting that Will Ohman has been traded to the Marlins in exchange for Rick VandenHurk.  VandenHurk has Major League experience (been up for stints since ’07), but currently has a 4.68 ERA at Triple-A this season.
  • The Boston Red Sox have traded Ramon Ramirez to the Giants for Daniel Turpen, according to Henry Schulman via Twitter.  Ramirez is a middle reliever and has no real fantasy appeal.  Turpen is a Double-A relief pitcher with a 4.09 ERA and 42 K over 50.2 innings.
  • MLB Network is reporting that the Braves have acquired Wilkin Ramirez from the Tigers for a player to be named later or cash.  While Ramirez has potential, he strikes out a ton and is not likely to make an impact.
  • MLB Network is reporting that the Red Sox have acquired Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Rangers for Roman Mendez, Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and cash.  The timing is interesting, as Victor Martinez recently returned from the DL.  Saltalamacchia does offer depth at the position, something Boston has desperately been looking for, though it’s unlikely he gains fantasy appeal in ’10.  Mendez has posted a 6.56 ERA across two lower levels of the minor leagues.  McGuiness is a 1B at Single-A hitting .298 with 12 HR and 46 RBI over 282 AB.

Trade Deadline Fallout: Lilly & Theriot traded to Cubs

According to MLB Network, the Dodgers have acquired Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot from the Cubs for Blake DeWitt and minor league pitchers Brett Wallach & Kyle Smit.

The Dodgers Get
They needed depth in the rotation, behind Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley & Hiroki Kuroda (and Vicenta Padilla).  Lilly has always been a solid pitcher and 2010 is no different, with a 3.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.  He has benefited from some luck with a .261 BABIP, but that mark isn’t far off from his past couple of seasons:

  • 2007 – .272
  • 2008 – .283
  • 2009 – .270

His fantasy vale remains relatively flat due to the move.

Theriot should step into the starting spot at 2B.  His hit near the top of the order for the Cubs, but with Rafael Furcal and the newly acquired Scott Podsednik, he is going to be hitting near the bottom of the order.  That will hurt his ability to score runs and he has little power to speak of.  Plus, he may have fewer opportunities to run.  While he enters a better lineup, his little fantasy appeal takes a small hit. Read more

Trade Deadline Fallout: Ludwick, Westbrook In 3-Team Deal

According to mlb.com (click here for the article), the Padres, Cardinals & Indians have completes a three-team deal.  The Padres get Ryan Ludwick, the Cardinals get Westbrook & Nick Greenwood and the Indians get Corey Kluber.

The Cardinals Get
Westbrook is not an overwhelming option, but one that will certainly be able to eat innings and solidify the back-end of the Cardinals rotation.  He missed all of the 2009 season and made only five starts in 2008, but has made 21 starts (127.2 IP), posting a 4.65 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.

He has never been a big-time strikeout pitcher (career high is 119), but will pitch in the NL for the first time in his career.  He has a career 4.34 ERA, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him pitch in the high-3s in St. Louis, especially with the man with the golden touch, Dave Duncan, working with him.  Still, without the strikeouts, he will remain a lower-end option in deeper formats despite the better opportunity for wins.

Shipping out Ludwick opens full-time ABs for both John Jay and Colby Rasmus.  Rasmus has already proven his abilities (16 HR this season), but has been slumping recently and has found his way on the bench a bit more often.  He remains a safe play in all formats, after this deal. Read more

Trade Deadline Fallout: Chris Snyder to Pittsburgh

Update: The Pirates will receive cash and a minor leaguer.  We’ll have the final information as soon as it is available.

According to Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona, the Diamondbacks will receive Bobby Crosby & Ryan Church from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Chris Snyder.  According to mlb.com’s Steve Gilbert, D.J. Carrasco is also heading to Arizona.

The Diamondbacks Get
It appears that they are getting salary relief, as neither Crosby or Church is likely to see much time at this point, outside of a bench role.  Both are free agents at the end of the season, so fantasy owners can safely ignore them.

As we discussed with the Chad Qualls deal earlier today (click here to view), the Diamondbacks bullpen has been horrific all year long.  Carrasco has a 3.88 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 45 Ks over 55.2 innings.  Who knows, but seeing him get a chance to save games, given the status of the rest of the pen, wouldn’t be surprising.

The Pirates Get
It’s possible that the Pirates want to get Ryan Doumit out from behind the plate, as he consistently has missed time due to injury throughout his career.  He’s seen time at both first base and in the outfield in the past, so this certainly is something that is worth monitoring moving forward, especially for 2011.  If they will move Doumit out from behind the plate, it will increase his value as he will maintain catching eligibility while hopefully staying healthy and playing in more games. Read more