Happy Hump Day from your friends at Fantasy Alarm as we enter the final week of the month of August. It is truly on the strong that still survive, and at this point it is always the smaller moves that make the difference between winning and losing. Tonight we have some news of some potential waiver trades that could be going down, a rehabbing star and what I think about his chances of contributing this year, a potential new closer in the Big Apple, a brand new dad, and returning young star who needs to ease up on the tweeting. It is now or never for your fantasy team so be sure to check out Rounding The Bases.
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We all figured that he wasn't going to get dealt this season after the Padres shipped out Mike Adams at the non-waiver deadline, but now Heath Bell has been claimed by the San Francisco Giants and they now have 48 hours to deal him or pull him back from waivers. Figuring with the injury to Brian Wilson that the Giants and Pads will be able to come to an agreement, expect Luke Gregorson to close games for San Diego, although Chad Qualls could considerably get some chances although I think San Diego would be nuts to do that. Bell would be the closer for the Giants until Wilson is able to return, if he is able to come back this season. If you have Bell it is a waiting game until this weekend to see what kind of fantasy value he will have in the near future.
MIguel Cabrera will go on paternity leave and miss Thursday's game for the Tigers, but the team says that they fully expect him to be back in the lineup in time for Friday's game. Why can't these athletes figure out the timing of pregnancy and not knock up their wives or girlfriends when you are in a fantasy baseball pennant race???? C'mon Miguel, you know it is a nine month process, get busy in February before you leave so she gives birth in November and you miss no games!
Grady Sizemore is taking batting practice for the first time in six weeks and there were encouraging reports after his outing and he is hopeful that he could be taking a minor league rehab assignment in a week to 10 days. I still think that the Tribe will be cautious with him as he has already had setbacks when coming back from injury this season. I still have no faith in Sizemore for the rest of 2011, or really for any other season going forward for that matter. The guy has just shown no ability to stay healthy and the injuries that he has had have been significant enough that I truly believe that his best days are behind him and I don't give him any fantasy value any longer.
Logan Morrison is back with the Florida Marlins after being sent to the minors for a while in what I think was a move partially because of his struggles, but more because of his tweeting. Morrison is one of the more active, and entertaining players to follow on Twitter, but more than that I think it has been some of his disparaging remarks about the franchise that got him in trouble, and his cold streak that got him demoted. Morrison came back in grand fashion on Wednesday as he hit his 18th homer of the year against the Cincinnati Reds. Morrison is a very talented hitter who I think has a very bright future in front of him, and if someone was crazy enough to drop him you need to grab him ASAP.
Bobby Parnell collected his first save of the season for the New York Mets as he broke their five game losing streak by closing out the Phillies. He did walk two guys, but he also struck out two and didn't allow an earned run. The Mets have said that he will share save chances with Jason Isringhausen, but Parnell is the man of the future figuring that they don't resign Francisco Rodriguez which seems all but impossible. Parnell can hit 100 on the radar gun, but it is still to be seen if he can handle the ninth inning duties. He is a guy I would add if I was playing the save game and needed a few extra but if you are in good shape I would only pick him up if you need to block an opponent.
Wandy Rodriguez may have pitched his last game for the Houston Astros, and he didn't make it a very good one. Wandy gave up six runs, four earned, over just six innings, walked four and struck out two. Rodriguez is apparently a target of the Colorado Rockies for who knows what reason and I am sure that the Astros are dying to get rid of him. If he is traded to the Rockies, Rodriguez fantasy value will go up a decent amount. Sure he got bombed today and has a losing record, but his ERA is just 3.41, which on a team like Colorado would give him a much better record. Consider Wandy a decent target down the stretch.
Wily Mo Pena had a decent little power surge for the Washington Nationals before they realized that he wasn't a polished enough major league hitter and he was eventually acquired by the Seattle Mariners. He has been there for less than a week, but he already hit his second home run for them on Wednesday as part of a 3-3 days. Pena is good for a great number of home runs, but an even greater number of strikeouts. I would only suggest picking him up if you are in really deep leagues, 14-16 teams or more, and only if you really need some homers.
Carlos Pena has been claimed by the New York Yankees off of waivers, but it is still yet to be seen if they will indeed be able to complete the deal to get him on the team. Pena has been a bitter disappointment for the Cubs, like most players on their team, and I am sure they would love nothing better than to shed the rest of his contract this year. Pena could help the Yankees at designated hitter and possibly give Mark Teixeira a couple of blows, but overall I don't see this having a major effect on his fantasy value. He can't be any worse than he has been this year, so he would likely pop some homers for the Yankees, but I can't see this making him fantasy relevant.
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