Rickie Weeks had his X-rays come up negative, but that doesn’t mean he will be spending the minimum time on the disabled list. While nobody knows for certain, Eric Karabell reported this injury could take Weeks out for more than a month. The Brewers wisely decided to make a trade for Felipe Lopez today and did not have to give up much since Lopez is currently in the minors. They’ve made their move and it is time for fantasy teams to make theirs.
Given how good second basemen have been relative to other offensive positions this year, the talent that is available on waivers is not worth pursuing. Chances are that there are a handful of teams in your league carrying multiple second basemen, and that as a result of that depth those teams are more willing to make a trade. Chances are your place in the standings – whether it is fighting for a playoff spot or a roto title – can’t afford missing a top notch second basemen for half of what is left this season. One possibility in terms of maximizing production from the position is to trade Weeks and another player (wherever depth happens to be) for a team’s best second basemen rather than their “back up plan.”
As an idea, in my head to head league, I offered Howie Kendrick and Hunter Pence for Joe Mauer and Matt Joyce to the team that just had the Weeks injury happen. It wasn’t an easy one to propose, but with depth in the outfield and at second base and zero production from Jonathan Lucroy it made sense. I thought about offering Chase Utley for Mauer straight up, but really like what Utley’s been doing of late. If this initial trade is countered or rejected and Utley is eventually included, I’m in good position to ask for Weeks back in the negotiations.
- Pence isn’t just being dangled in fantasy deals. According to MLB.com, six teams are interested in Pence including the Phillies. It isn’t known if Domonic Brown would be part of that deal, but Ed Wade probably can’t say yes on Pence to the Phillies without Brown. The Red Sox, Reds, and Braves are also among the interested parties.
- Emilio Bonifacio and Dustin Pedroia both extended their hitting streaks today. Over the past month (essentially since each hitting streak began) they have been the numbers 4 and 2 players in fantasy baseball.
- Johan Santana made his first rehab start for the Mets. He did not allow a run over 3 innings. Terry Collins said the team hopes to have Santana back by the end of August.
- The Cubs did unload Kosuke Fukudome in a move that has little impact in deep leagues, but more noteworthy is that they can’t find a taker for Carlos Zambrano. They have reportedly taken a play from the Mets playbook to pay for some of his salary, but are not yielding to demands for a psychiatrist to be packaged with him.
- Ugly seen in Detroit where Brad Penny and Victor Martinez were blatantly arguing with each other when V-Mart went out to discuss pitch selection with Penny. Penny ended up giving up 7 earned in 3 plus innings.
- Freddi Gonzalez was comparing Freddie Freeman to Derrek Lee today. Freeman has an OPS over 1.000 in his last 58 games.
- Chipper Jones will be out two to three days with hamstring troubles, but said he’d be playing if this were October.
- Brandon Belt was not sent down with Carlos Beltran being added to the 25-man roster.
- The Blue Jays might be moving Jon Rauch and/or Frank Francisco despite the fact that they claim they are done making moves. If either is moved, obviously someone else would be closing in Toronto and I have no clue who that could be after their whole bullpen was moved for Colby Rasmus.
- Buster Olney reported that the Rangers are very interested in Heath Bell and it sounds as if they might be willing to make Neftali Feliz a set up man. Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Angels are interested in Bell. Winning network of the Bell sweepstakes prediction gets their network the coverage for the World Series. Hey, there’s worse ways of deciding what goes where in the World Series.
- Joe Maddon and B.J. Upton don’t anticipate a deal for another team to acquire Upton. Then again, they don’t get to make those decisions.
- Jarrod Parker hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in any of his five starts this month. His velocity has been clocked as high as 100 MPH. His time isn’t very far off from a call to the show.
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