After two quiet days on the trade front, we got another little taste of action on Friday when the Angels suddenly appeared and announced to the world that they had acquired the most coveted pitcher on the market, Zack Greinke, from the Brewers in exchange for a trio of prospects. Shocking? Maybe a little as most believed that he would land in Texas, a playoff-bound team in desperate need of an ace. But that wasn’t the only action for the night. As the games continued in the night, word broke that the Giants did a little patchwork and traded away a second base prospect to the Rockies for veteran Marco Scutaro. Though obviously not with the same magnitude as the Greinke deal, for the Halos, this one helps the Giants in their own quest for a playoff run. But enough of this reality stuff. What do these deals do for fantasy owners now?
Milwaukee Brewers trade RHP Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels for INF Jean Segura, RHP Ariel Pena and RHP Johnny Hellweg.
Well, right off the bat, if you’re in an NL-only league and you’re a Greinke owner, you just got hosed. It’s hard to believe that there is an American League ace of Greinke’s caliber coming to the National League at any point this season, so regardless of what kind of compensation your league doles out, your pitching staff has just taken a beating. For those in AL-only leagues, you should probably get that waiver claim in or those FAAB dollars ready. He’s gonna cost you, but he should be worth it.
Now if you’re in a mixed league, you obviously get to hold onto Greinke who now ends up heading west and pitching for a strong contender. The Angels are red-hot right now and run support should not be an issue at all. You also get the benefit of moving to Angel Stadium, a delicious pitcher’s park, for half your remaining starts. Miller Park, where you came from, had the fourth most runs scored per game along with the second highest home run per game total. Angel Stadium ranks 24th and 26th respectively.
Overall, all things being equal, this move should be a positive one for him. He’s only a year and a half removed from pitching full-time in the AL and with the length of interleague play, even that is almost negligible. He’s a ground ball pitcher getting a stronger defense behind him, he keeps the ball in the yard and has a decent SwStrk% for a guy who allows so much contact. Maybe the Angels aren’t getting the 2009 CY Young award winning Grienke, but they’re getting something close.
Coming back to the Brewers, the only player that should have a fantasy impact this season is Segura. He’s a speed guy who can hit for a decent average and has some gap power and should easily be an upgrade over Cody Ransom or Cesar Izturis. He’ll have some growing pains, but should be abkle to provide you with some decent middle infield assistance. Hellweg and Ariel are talents in their own right, but both are still at the Double–A level and neither is on the fast track to the majors.
Colorado Rockies trade INF Marco Scutaro and cash to the San Francisco Giants for 2B Charlie Culberson
Whether the Giants are planning to use Scutaro at second or short, he’s probably considered an upgrade to either Brandon Crawford or Ryan Theriot. Regardless of position, he’ll be in the lineup regularly and although he doesn’t get the benefits of Coors Field, not that he ever took advantage of them, he’s got a solid lineup around him still and he should atleast provide similar numbers to what he’s been doing. Not much of a change in fantasy value actually for him. His presence does affect other Giants’ playing time, but neither Theriot nor Crawford was giving your fantasy team anything substantial.
Culberson coming back to the Rockies doesn’t really do anything for this season. He’ll likely head down to Triple-A to work on his game. But what this does do is open the door a little further for infielder Josh Rutledge who is playing extremely well right now while filling in foro the injured Troy Tulowitzki. But once Tulo comes back, instead of heading to the bench, Rutledge will likely just move over to the keystone and should remain a regular in the lineup. Those that picked him up off the waiver wire last week should get to use him for most of the remaining season.
And now the highlights…
|Scott Diamond, MIN||9.0||3||0||0||0||6||0||0.00||0.33|
What a night for Scott Diamond who pitched his first career complete game shutout on Friday, holding the Indians to just three hits all night. Hell, what a year this kid is having a from relatively out of nowhere. He was a waiver pick-up for nearly anyone who owns him and he’s turned in some outstanding numbers – nine wins, a 2.88 RERA with a 1.18 WHIP. The 59 strikeouts in 100 innings is a bit of a weak spot, but as your fourth or fifth starter, he’s been a dream. He’s thrown 10 qaulity starts out of 15 outings and should continue to provide you with solid pitching numbers the rest of the way. Maybe not as beast-like as he did on Friday, but we won’t rule out the possibility.
|Curtis Granderson, OF NYY||3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI|
|Jeff Keppinger, 2B TB||3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B MIL||3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI|
|Michael McKenry, C PIT||3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI|
|Michael Fiers, RP/SP MIL||W, 0.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 9 K|
Curtis Granderson and Aramis Ramirez are doing exactly as they are supposed to be doing right now, so nothing but praise here for both. Jeff Keppinger gets a quick nod as he’ll throw you another game or two like this down the road, but he just doesn’t play enough to make any sort of real fantasy impact. And Mike McKenry is like just a step or two above Kepp. He backs up Rod Barajas on most days, but sometimes he’ll throw you a bone like this.
I do like Michael Fiers a lot though. Brought up in May, he’s got four wins to his credit, but even better is the 1.77 ERA and the 67 strikeouts in 66 innings. Eight quality starts in 10 outings boosts his credibility up as well, and now with Grienke gone, he’ll have a rotation spot locked down. Not thatthey were going to bump him,but you know….better safe than sorry.
|Jhonny Peralta, SS DET||0-4, 3 K|
|Alex Gordon, OF KC||0-4, 3 K|
|John Buck, C MIA||0-4, 3 K|
|Jim Johnson, RP BAL||L, BS, 162.00 ERA, 18.00 WHIP|
|Ryan Cook, RP OAK||BS, ND, 27.00 ERA, 9.00 WHIP|
Just a bad day for some…..especially if you’re a closer.
Matt Wieters, C BAL – biceps (questionable)
Matt Garza, SP CHC – triceps (out indefinitely)
A.J. Pierzynski, C CHW – oblique (doubtful)
Alejandro De Aza, OF CHW – wrist (questionable)
Francisco Cordero, RP HOU – toe (questionable)
Josh Johnson, SP MIA – finger (questionable)
Alexi Casilla, 2B MIN – head (questionable)
Nick Swisher, OF NYY – hip (questionable)
Eric Chavez, 3B NYY – leg (questionable)
Josh Reddick, OF OAK – back (doubtful)
Kurt Suzuki, C OAK – hand (questionable)
Alexi Amarista, 2B SD – thumb (questionable)
Pablo Sandoval, 3B SF – hamstring (questionable)
David Freese, 3B STL – calf (doubtful)
Adam Lind, 1B TOR – back (doubtful)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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