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2010 Protected List – The Fringe

Today we have the fourth installment in the my series of 2010 Protected List columns – The Fringe. These guys could go either way, with a lot of factors ultimately determining whether they make the cut. Of last year’s Fringe (Blake DeWitt, Jody Gerut, Chris Dickerson), two were protected, while hindsight said that I was 0-for-3 on that score. So, lesson learned, here goes this year’s attempt, in which I try to be more discerning:

John Baker
2 Years – $5
.271 Average, 59 Runs, 9 HR, 50 RBI, and 0 steals
Baker was selected in the 2009 auction, and didn’t seem to have that great a season. In fact, it often seemed that he was slumping and losing playing time to platoon partner Ronny Paulino, but his totals actually made his $5 salary worthwhile. Due to the Roadrunner roster crunch, it’s between Baker and Buster Posey, who is cheaper and has more upside.

Verdict: Release

Matt Diaz
2 Years – $5
.313 Average, 56 Runs, 13 HR, 58 RBI, and 12 steals
Seemingly as usual, Diaz was an early-season pickup and produced some decent numbers in a platoon in the Braves outfield, shared with Garrett Anderson. Normally a .280 hitter, the 2009 average was a surprise, as were the 12 steals. Most projection systems have him earning between $9-14 for 2010, so likely to be protected this year, unless the Braves sign Johnny Damon or Jermaine Dye in the next few days before the deadline.

Verdict: Probable Protection – Game Day Decision

[Update: Protected]

Mat Gamel
2 Years – $5
.242 Average, 11 Runs, 5 HR, 20 RBI, and 1 steal
Gamel was protected as a minor leaguer and was one of Milwaukee’s top prospects coming into 2010. He was called up in May, but languished on the bench, as the hot hand of Casey McGehee manned third base. A defensive liability, he has lost most of his luster as a hitter, his strong 2008 may now be an outlier.

Verdict: Release

Ryan Hanigan
2 Years – $5
.263 Average, 22 Runs, 3 HR, 11 RBI, and 0 steals
Hanigan took over from Ramon Hernandez in July, and at a glance, seemed to do a good job, especially when it came to batting average. However, reviewing his stats, there’s just nothing there. The re-signing of Hernandez by the Reds relegated Hanigan to backup duty again, and most agree that will be his role for the next decade.

Verdict: Release

Chase Headley
1 Year – $5
.262 Average, 62 Runs, 12 HR, 64 RBI, and 10 steals
Headley has been on the RoadRunners since midway through the 2007 season, when he was gunning for the Texas League MVP. Stuck in left field due to the arrival of Kevin Kouzmanoff the past two seasons, Headley should be the starter at the hot corner in 2010 with the Crushin’ Russian’s departure to Oakland. Headley’s numbers should look better at 3B, and those steals are a bit of a surprise.

Verdict: Protect

Angel Pagan
2 Years – $5
.306 Average, 54 Runs, 6 HR, 32 RBI, and 14 steals
Pagan was a great pickup mid-season, as he became a starter due to the injuries to Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church, who was later traded to Atlanta. .300 average and 14 steals should play everyday, but this is the Mets, who brought in Jason Bay this offseason. But then Carlos Beltran underwent knee surgery a few weeks ago, and may miss the first month or two of the season. To counter, the Mets took Lil’ Sarge, Gary Mathews, Jr. off the Angels’ hands, so now Pagan has to compete for the CF job, and eventual 4th OF slot. Too much risk for what would be my 4th OF slot. No thanks.

Verdict: Release

Brendan Ryan
2 Years – $5
.292 Average, 55 Runs, 3 HR, 37 RBI, and 14 steals
Another sneaky fast performer that was picked up mid-season, this time to replace the injured Jose Reyes on the roster. As a starting shortstop, Ryan will have to fend off prospect Travis Greene, as well as middle infield re-tread Julio Lugo, and may find himself batting ninth behind the pitcher due to manager Tony LaRussa’s whims. That said, you pretty much know what you get with him, though the average and steals are probably high-water marks. We’ll look for him as a pick-up or even minor league pick, but the roster spot is too valuable.

Verdict: Release

Edinson Volquez
1 Year – $2
4 Wins, 4.35 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 47 K’s (in 49 innings)
Volquez was the injury-challenge player acquired from Get Off Kong! in June (Jose Reyes went the other way, neither played again in 2009 – a wash). After several false-starts in rehab, Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery in August, and will likely miss most of the 2010 season, though he is targeting a mid-season return. The protected list isn’t a good place for rehab.

Verdict: Release

Sean West
2 Years – $5
8 Wins, 4.79 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 70 K’s (in 103 MLB innings)
West was called up from AA to fill in for the injured Andrew Miller in May, and he did alright the first time through the league. He had some great outings, and some rather pedestrian ones as well. He could likely use more seasoning, but would be a decent 5th starter type. But not worth a protected slot.

Verdict: Release

Roster Moves – July 16 – Week 15

Trades:

Trade 1:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receives: Reds SP Edinson Volquez (active), Brewers 1B Prince Fielder (active at 1B)
  • Get Off Kong! receives: Giants SP Tim Lincecum, Mets SS Jose Reyes

Trade 2:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receives: Giants AAA C Buster Posey
  • Shoeless Jews receives: Cubs SS Ryan Theriot

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • John Bowker, 1B/OF Giants ($5 bid, active at OF)
  • Mat Latos, SP Padres ($5 bid, reserve)
  • Brooks Conrad, 2B Braves ($0 bid, active at 2B)

Up:

  • OF Chris Duncan

Down:

  • 3B Mat Gamel

Move:

  • CM Emilio Bonifacio (to 3B)
  • 2B Brendan Ryan (to SS)
  • SS Alex Cora (to MI)
  • 1B Casey Kotchman (to CM)

Cut:

  • RP Nick Masset
  • OF Andres Torres
  • OF Alex Romero

Notes:

  • Lost on bidding for Pirates 1B/OFGarrett Jones.  I bid $5, The Pi Train bid $16
  • Minor league starter Mat Latos re-joins the Roadrunners, as he was cut June 30th
  • Giants OF John Bowker re-joins the Roadrunners.  He was on the squad for several months in 2008.

Roster Moves – July 7th – Week 14

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SS Alex Cora, Mets ($0 bid, active at MI)
  • SP Ryan Sadowski, Giants ($0 bid, active)
  • OF Reed Johnson, Cubs ($0 bid, reserve)

Up:

  • C John Baker (to DH)
  • RP Jon Rauch

Move:

  • 2B Brendan Ryan (from MI)
  • OF Alex Romero (from DH)

Down:

  • RP Nick Masset
  • SP Sean West
  • OF Chris Duncan

Cut:

  • 2B Matt Downs
  • SP Shairon Martis
  • SP Antonio Bastardo

Notes:

  • Misogynistic Padres also bid $0 for Sadowski, but he was awarded to AaRr due to tie-break rules
  • Reed Johnson was originally a 9th-round Minor League selection by X-Men, who then released him May 12th
  • With the release of Shairon Martis, 10 of the 11 AaRr Minor League selections in 2009 have been released.  Only second-round selection Emilio Bonifacio remains (along with protected minor leaguer Mat Gamel).

Roster Moves – June 9th – Week 10

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Carlos Ruiz, Phillies ($2 bid, add to actives at DH)
  • MI Brendan Ryan, Cardinals ($0 bid, add to actives at MI)
  • 1B Fernando Tatis, Mets ($1 bid, add to actives at 1B)
  • SP Antonio Bastardo, Phillies ($3 bid, add to actives)
  • SP Matt Maloney, Reds ($2 bid, add to actives)
  • RP Clay Zavada, Diamondbacks ($0 bid, add to actives)

Up:

  • C Chris Iannetta

Down:

  • 1B Casey Kotchman (15-Day DL – shin contusion)
  • SS Jose Reyes (15-Day DL – hamstring and calf)
  • DH Jake Fox
  • RP Matt Lindstrom
  • RP John Grabow

Cut:

  • C Robinzon Diaz
  • RP Kyle McClellan
  • RP Clay Condrey
  • OF Jody Gerut
  • 3B Brian Barden
  • OF Austin Kearns

Notes:

  • Bastardo was also bid on by The Pi Train ($1) and Misogynistic Padres ($0)
  • Ruiz was also bid on by Misogynistic Padres ($0)
  • Iannetta is scheduled to be activated from the 15-Day DL today
  • Both Ruiz and Ryan have been on the Roadrunners previously
  • Tatis was originally drafted by The Pi Train in the 6th Round of the 2009 WBRL Minor League draft, thus his salary is $10
  • Zavada’s middle name is “Pflibson”

Protected List – Not So Much

In the final installment of our tour through the 2007 Atomic Roadrunners roster on the lookout for protectables, we encounter the fifth group of player – “The Not-so-Much’s”.  Self-explanatory:

The Not-So-Much’s

  • Chris Iannetta – Destined to be next in the line of Ben Petrick, J.D. Closser, of hyped Rockies rookie catchers?
  • Mike Fontenot -Can’t believe he’d cost $11 to protect.
  • Ruben Gotay – Once Luis Castillo was signed, he was doomed
  • Brendan Ryan – May be a good reserve pick for 2008, given the crap St. Louis will roll out at the keystone.
  • Alfredo Amezaga – Good player to have on a real baseball team – very versatile, but doesn’t run anymore.
  • Morgan Ensberg – 2007 wasn’t the bounceback I had hoped for.  Currently a free agent.
  • Ryan Ludwick – Decent mashing OF for St. Louis, may be worth a minor league pick
  • Ryan Spilborghs – Very good #4 OF that has some power and a .300 avg.  Will re-visit, and might go in the auction
  • Chris Sampson – Wasn’t that much stuff there to begin with, maybe better than Woody Williams – not a compliment
  • Saul Rivera – Seemed decent in stretches, led the league in appearances, may have been used up