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Archive for December, 2010

Nationals Offer LaRoche Two-Year Contract

The Nationals have offered free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche a two-year deal, according to William Ladson of MLB.com. LaRoche is running out of options quickly and would be wise to take this one. He reportedly left a three-year, $21 million offer from the Orioles on the table and Baltimore filled its vacancy at first by signing Derek Lee on Friday. The Cubs and Padres also reportedly had interest earlier this offseason, but both have signed veteran first baseman this offseason. The 31-year-old LaRoche registered a pedestrian .261/.320/.468 line this past year in Arizona’s power-friendly Chase Field, but he did smack 25 home runs and posted a career-high 100 RBI. (Rotoworld / William Ladson on Twitter)

Say Goodbye To: Lorenzo Cain

OF – Lorenzo Cain
Acquired: August 10th, 2010 ($13 FAAB)
Released: December 20th, 2010 (Traded to Kansas City)
Royals acquired OF Lorenzo Cain, SS Alcides Escobar and RHPs Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers for RHP Zack Greinke, SS Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations. Cain should take over in center field for the Royals and push Melky Cabrera into a fourth-outfielder role. The 24-year-old finished with a respectable .306/.348/.415 batting line in 2010 and swiped seven stolen bases in eight chances. (Rotoworld)

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 19, 21, 26 59 .305 4 0 8 3
Reserved Weeks 20,22-25 72 .264 8 1 2 3

Baltimore Orioles Offer LaRoche Three-Year Deal

According to Jen Royle of MASN, the Orioles’ offer to Adam LaRoche may be in the three-year, $21 million range. This is an update to a previous report where Royle said the proposal was worth $16-$18 million. That first number seemed too big, and this second one seems crazy. LaRoche slugged 25 home runs in Arizona this year while collecting a career-high 100 RBI, but he still had a 788 OPS. If his career is indeed trending downward, he will not be worth the sizable investment. (Rotoworld / Jen Royle on Twitter)

Lorenzo Cain Dealt to Royals in Zack Greinke Blockbuster

Royals acquired OF Lorenzo Cain, SS Alcides Escobar and RHPs Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers for RHP Zack Greinke, SS Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations. Cain should take over in center field for the Royals and push Melky Cabrera into a fourth-outfielder role. The 24-year-old finished with a respectable .306/.348/.415 batting line in 2010 and swiped seven stolen bases in eight chances, but Milwaukee is wise to sell high on him. Shedding Cain ensures that Carlos Gomez, coming off a disappointing 2010 campaign, will be the Brewers’ starting center fielder next season. Cain is athletic and speedy and has gap power. He’ll be on all AL-only radars heading into next year’s fantasy drafts. (Rotoworld)

Roenicke Expects Fielder to be a Brewer in 2011

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expects Prince Fielder to be with the Brewers in 2011. “I expect him to, yes,” said Roenicke. “With somebody as high quality a player as he is, I don’t think those guys move as often as you think they will.” The Brewers are reportedly resigned to the fact that they will be unable to re-sign Fielder after this season. The 26-year-old batted .261/.401/.471 with 32 homers and 83 RBI this past season. He figures to make somewhere around $14 million through the arbitration process this winter and will be a free agent after the 2011 campaign. (RotoWorld)

Brewers: Cain Not Being Shopped

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Brewers “don’t want to trade” outfielder Lorenzo Cain. O’Brien would know, too, because his Braves asked about Cain when it was reported that the youngster was being shopped. The Brewers are instead hoping to move Carlos Gomez, who had a disappointing 2010 campaign and lost playing time by the end of the year to Cain. One of the two should be moved this winter, otherwise Milwaukee will head into 2011 with a surplus of quality young outfielders and a serious need for quality starting pitching. (Rotoworld / David O’Brien on Twitter)

Fielder to Dodgers Rumor Shot Down Quickly

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has shot down rumors of a trade for Prince Fielder. That one sure died fast. Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reported that the Dodgers were talking about a deal that would send Jonathan Broxton and James Loney to the Brewers for the slugging first baseman, but it appears that those rumors didn’t have legs. It doesn’t strike us as a solid return for the Brewers, anyway, so it’s probably better that this one is dismissed as fiction. (RotoWorld)

Dusty: Chapman Will Likely Stay in Bullpen for 2011

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Aroldis Chapman is likely to remain in the bullpen for the 2011 season. The Reds are paying him a starter’s salary and he certainly has the goods to handle starting duties, but Baker and Co. seem to think that he will benefit from one more year of relief. Chapman posted a 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings this year with 19 strikeouts against five walks. (Rotoworld / Steve Henson on Twitter)

Werth Signing Bumps Bernadina to 4th OF

With Jayson Werth set to start in right field, Roger Bernadina will get a chance to compete with Nyjer Morgan for playing time in center, GM Mike Rizzo said. Bernadina had some success last season, but he’s a fourth outfielder at best and he was never truly a legitimate candidate to enter 2011 as the Nationals’ right fielder. He’ll likely make the team as a backup to Morgan and Josh Willingham in left. (Rotoworld / Jon Paul Morosi on Twitter)

White Sox Inquired on Fielder Before Signing Adam Dunn

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, before they signed Adam Dunn the White Sox put in one last call to the Brewers to “exchange thoughts” about Prince Fielder. Brewers GM Doug Melvin said they “weren’t close” to a deal with the Sox because “teams aren’t really looking to trade pitchers at this point.” Fielder will be a free agent following the 2011 season and is a good bet to be traded, though Melvin said the team hasn’t made up their mind about what they want to do with them. The first baseman is coming off a disappointing season where he batted .261/.401/.471 with 32 homers.(RotoWorld)