Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another Trade

July 20, 2011: The Tigers have acquired Wilson Betemit from the Royals for prospects Antonio Cruz and Julio Rodriguez.
(Impacts-Brandon Inge gets sent down if/when he clears waivers. The Tigers stated they were looking for a little offensive help. Well “little” is the key word. Betemit is hitting .281 in just over 200 ABs this season with a horrible K-rate nearing 30%. The career journeyman/platoon/bench player is not worth owning in any league due to his lack of power, speed and contact rate.)
July 19, 2011: The Giants acquired Jeff Keppinger from the Astros for right-handed pitchers Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel.
(Impacts-Keppinger can play anywhere in the infield but has been a mainstay at 2B for the ‘Stros since returning from a foot injury in May. Hitting over .300 on the year he is a good contact man with little power and no speed.  He has a K-rate of less than 6% and an above average OBP. For SF he will hit lower in the order so actually losing a little value.)
July 13, 2011: The New York Mets traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers for 2 players to be named later from a group of 5 candidates. These players will be moved sometime in September to the Mets.
(Impacts – Francisco Rodriguez loses significant value, he will not close games therefore losing saves. If you are in a Holds league he still has great value. John Axford may occasionally lose a Save but his value remains high. Jason Isringhausen and Bobby Parnell will battle for the Saves in NY, personally I feel Izzy will get the first cal but both are worth owning if you have the space on your roster.)
July 12, 2011: The Toronto Blue Jays traded Juan Rivera to the Los Angeles Dodgers.     (Impacts – Juan Rivera will gain in LF for LA and maybe a look at 1B if he hits and Loney continues to struggle. James Loney will lose a few Abs every week with the arrival of Rivera, and Tony Gwynn Jr become useless. Personally, I would not roster a single one f these players except for in very deep leagues.)

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