And that's basically what they did. Hey Shane Victorino
, you're on the next flight to Hollywood. Make sure you Purell up after shaking Magic Johnson's hand. Hunter Pence
? Yea, you head to San Francisco. Oh, and leave all your fantasy value here, please. You won't be needing it where you're going. Remember how bad it sucked playing in Houston? Well it's pretty close to that but your new team can pitch at least. Victorino looks to be the new leadoff hitter for the Dodgers, while Pence should settle somewhere into the middle third of the Gigantes' batting order. What this means for either of them over the remainder of the season is still uncertain, but if I'm a Hunter Pence owner I'm livid, while if I'm a Victorino owner I'm at least cautiously optimistic. He could really go either direction, and his Home/Road splits this year indicate that leaving Citizens may not hurt his value at all, so he could potentially see a rise in value; especially if Hanley, Kemp, and Ethier do their thing behind him. Pence, though? Good luck convincing me of that. At the end of the day neither of these teams are any good still.
In another fantasy value sapping deal, Jonathan Broxton
was shipped to Cincinnati to become 3rd? 4th? 5th? in line for Saves. That sound you hear are people dropping him left and right and speculatively adding Greg Holland
and Aaron Crow
, hoping they make the right choice for Saves in Kansas City (Editor's Note: Ned Yost named Holland closer)
. In real baseball news, the Reds have a beast bullpen and seem to be primed to make a run at the National League.
In the world of trades nobody gives a rat's ass about, the Blue Jays brought in two more relievers suitable for pitching in the 5th inning for former can't miss left fielders of the future, Travis Snider
and Marcus Thames
. As I mentioned yesterday, it's nice to know at least that you've got a reliable arm to turn to when Ricky Romero
is yanked after pitching four and a third and you're down by a half dozen runs. Go Canada!
For fact sake, the relievers Toronto received in return were Brad Lincoln
, and a guy I've either never heard of or whose name escapes me right now because he isn't relevant enough for me to care. Go Canada!
Reports were yesterday that Denard Span
nixed a deal that would have sent him to the MLB best record holding Cincinnati Reds. Which begs the question: what are players' deals this year? Is it me, or is it ridiculous for a player to turn down a deal sending him from a team receiving the metaphorical MLB bukkake from the rest of the league to one of the teams on the shooting end of it? First Ryan Dempster
refuses Atlanta, and now Denard Span says no to Cinci? What are these schmucks allergic to winning? Afraid of pressure? You don't need to move your entire family and pull your kids from school. It's three months. Get your lives together, and the sand out of your vaginas. What are they giving out free blowies in Minnesota and Chicago so that players are dying to stay there and lose four times a week? Apparently Dempster changed his tune, however, as he was dealt to the Texas Rangers just moments before the deadline transpired. Some fantasy owners may be excited about the Win potential, but the prospect of switching from the NL to the AL, and landing in a God awful ballpark for pitchers would likely have me cringing if I owned this guy, especially knowing what a vagine he is after nixing that Atlanta deal last week.
The new heart of the Astros lineup is a testament to why you never bank on prospects. Still, it's never late to achieve post-hype status, which is exactly what Brett Wallace
and Steve Pearce
are hoping for. In deeper leagues, it's worth taking a look, as just about anybody with potential for RBI opportunities deserves consideration. In limited time, Wallace has bat .300, and with literally not a soul behind him, he should start at 1B every day for the rest of the season. As for Pearce, he's dual eligible at 1B and OF, which doesn't hurt. He's starting in RF, batting in the money third spot, and went 3-for-7 with a Run and 3 RBI in his first 2 starts in that hole. In all likelihood, these guys remain Waiver Wire fodder, but there's a reason they were once highly touted, and now that they've been given afforded promised playing time, and in a good situation, they could surprise owners pleasantly, regardless of how bad their team is. At worst they should be on your Watch List.
And one more thing... remember on April 10th when David Freese
had already hit 3 HR and people were hopping on his johnson like there was free money coming out of it, about how he definitely was going to hit 30 this year after his hot playoff run last year, and blah blah freakin' blah? Dude has 15. He's going to hit 20, just like I postulated in April. I'm not usually a chest beater, but people were getting all over me about not jumping on the Freese bandwagon a week and a half into the season when he was 'clearly' going to jack 30 bombs this year. Yeah. Settle down. Back to your holes. Guy's having a real nice year, but a 30 HR bat he is not. He hit 5 in June and July combined. Sell him if you can to a team desperate for a 3B. He's not even this good. Yeah I said it.
I hate you all.
BAL: Britton (1-0, 5.74 ERA)
NYY: Hughes (10-8, 4.08 ERA)
NYM: Niese (7-5, 3.86 ERA)
SF: Cain (10-3, 2.80 ERA)
CHW: Peavy (8-7, 3.15 ERA)
MIN: Diamond (9-4, 2.88 ERA)
HOU: Lyles (2-7, 5.54 ERA)
MIL: Fiers (4-4, 1.77 ERA)
TB: Cobb (4-8, 4.93 ERA)
OAK: Parker (7-4, 3.38 ERA)
PIT: Karstens (3-2, 3.88 ERA)
CHC: Wood (4-6, 4.98 ERA)
DET: Porcello (7-6, 4.56 ERA)
BOS: Cook (2-4, 4.50 ERA)
ARI: Collmenter (3-2, 4.13 ERA)
LAD: Fife (0-0, 1.46 ERA)
LAA: Richards (3-2, 3.91 ERA)
TEX: Darvish (11-7, 4.05 ERA)
PHI: Worley (5-6, 3.88 ERA)
WSH: Jackson (6-6, 3.52 ERA)
CLE: McAllister (4-2, 3.18 ERA)
KC: Mendoza (4-7, 4.47 ERA)
MIA: LeBlanc (1-1, 1.15 ERA)
ATL: Sheets (3-0, 0.50 ERA)
TOR: Villanueva (6-0, 2.92 ERA)
SEA: Beavan (6-6, 5.20 ERA)
SD: Wells (2-3, 3.82 ERA)
CIN: Arroyo (6-6, 3.76 ERA)
STL: Westbrook (9-8, 3.61 ERA)
COL: Pomeranz (1-6, 4.99 ERA)