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Meet the New Guy: Aramis Ramirez

In a Protected Roster deadline deal, the Atomic RoadRunners acquired Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez from Shoeless Jews, in exchange for Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo. Noting the dearth of quality third-basemen for the upcoming 2011 season, in addition to the loss of Chase Headley back to the player pool, and the ineffectiveness of Casey Blake, the Roadrunners targeted Shoeless Jews in trade talks, as they had three starting third basemen (including the protected Placido Polanco and Chris Johnson).

From today’s Baseball Prospectus:

Aramis entered the 2010 season coming off a run of six strong seasons that combined for a line of .303/.368/.551. This slugging percentage tied him with Lance Berkman for seventh in this span among batters with 3,000 or more plate appearances, and he was also top-17 in all of batting average, HR, and RBI. Yet, the expectations of a collapse continued to be written.

In 2010, the doom-and-gloom crowd was right. Aramis whacked 25 homers and drove in 83 runs in just 124 games, but his batting average cratered to .241, following the sinking of his BABIP to .245. He was pressing at the plate and trying to adjust for injuries during the first half of the season–his late surge accounted for almost all his production, as he was slugging under .300 as of July 5. It’s not clear that he’ll rebound fully to his 2004-2009 levels, but finishing the season with a .294/.338/.583 batting line for the final 68 games he played–including 19 home runs in just 272 PA-–certainly suggests that it’s far too early to write him off. His BABIP is likely to rebound to career levels, and that should be enough to keep his batting average out of the negative impact territory. The injuries are supposedly behind him, but having missed time in two consecutive seasons, it would be wise to temper playing time expectations somewhat. When healthy, though, he’ll again provide very good power for a third baseman.

Sneaky Good in the Senior Circuit – from BP

Baseball Prospectus’ Eric Seidman listed several Roadrunners in this feature, that takes a look back at some players who will not be regaled with hardware but who performed admirably under the radar in 2010.

Starting Pitcher

Ian Kennedy (4.2 WARP): The Diamondbacks turned Max Scherzer into Edwin Jackson and Kennedy and flipped Jackson to the White Sox for Dan Hudson and prospects. All told, they ended up with two very solid starters under team control for six years apiece. Kennedy relies on command and control, and unlike in his brief tenure with the Yankees, both of those attributes were on display last season. In addition to keeping the ball on the ground, he even began striking hitters out at a rate far exceeding expectations.

Relief Pitcher

John Axford: Axford stepped into the closer position when it became evident that Trevor Hoffman had virtually nothing left in the tank. In 50 games, the mustachioed man produced an impressive 3.85 WXRL that ranked eighth in the league. He allowed just one home run, which certainly helped given he was no stranger to the free pass.

Sean Marshall: Carlos Marmol hogged most of the headlines in Chicago last year as far as relievers went, but Marshall, a failed southpaw starter, held the opposition in check and fell just behind Lidge with a 2.78 WXRL. His strikeout rate soared to 29.3 percent and he kept the ball in the yard as well. Still under team control and only 28 years old, he could help stabilize an up-and-down bullpen.

First Base

Prince Fielder (5.0 WARP): This was probably the toughest position to find a sneaky-good player given that it broke down into two distinct groups—the Albert Pujolses and the Adam LaRoche Clones. In one corner we had the stat demons who were publicized all season. In the other corner stood the first basemen whose numbers were not as solid given the context of the position. Fielder sort of fell in between both groups as he topped a .400 OBP for the second straight year, and despite dropping off by .131 with his slugging percentage, he put up a .316 TAv.

Third Base

Chase Headley (4.0 WARP): Headley didn’t get much notoriety last season, in large part because his unadjusted numbers were not terribly impressive, but they translated well given the league average and his park. He also added solid defense. He isn’t going to blossom into the next David Wright or Ryan Zimmerman, but he provides a very cost-effective option for a team hoping to remain a playoff contender on a shoestring budget.

Outfield

Drew Stubbs (5.3 WARP): Jay Bruce gets most of the attention in the Reds outfield, but Stubbs really put together a solid season in his own right. He launched 22 home runs and stole 30 bases en route to a .284 TAv, adding decent defense in center field. His OBP last season does not belie his ability to take a walk, primarily due to the fact that he strikes out so frequently. Figuring out a way to reduce those empty swinging ABs will catapult him from a solid player to a great player. However, as we have seen time and time again, this is not as easy as turning a switch on or off.

Roster Moves – 2010 End-of-Season

Following each WBRL season, all non-protectable players are released back into the player pool, and reserved players not eligible for protection in the minor leagues are promoted to the active roster:

Up:

  • SP Mat Latos
  • SP Wade LeBlanc
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • 1B Adam LaRoche
  • OF Marlon Byrd
  • 3B Casey Blake

Released / WBRL contract expired:

  • 1B Albert Pujols
  • 3B Chase Headley
  • SP Josh Johnson
  • SP Clayton Kershaw
  • SP Johnny Cueto

Released / Signed After Protection Deadline:

  • C A.J. Ellis
  • 2B Jonathan Herrera
  • SS Angel Sanchez
  • OF Cameron Maybin

Released / Non-Protectable Due to AL-NL Trade:

  • SP Dan Hudson

Remaining in Minors:

  • OF Trayvon Robinson

Roster Moves – Week 24 – September 14th, 2010

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SS Angel Sanchez, Astros ($0 bid) – Active at MI

Up:

  • 3B Chase Headley
  • OF Drew Stubbs (to UT)
  • SP Edinson VolquezCMCM
  • SP Yovani Gallardo
  • SP Ian Kennedy

Move:

  • UT Albert Pujols (to CM)

Down:

  • CM Adam LaRoche
  • MI Brooks Conrad
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • SP Josh Johnson

Cut:

  • MI Geoff Blum

Notes:

  • The Marlins have shut down SP Josh Johnson for the 2010 season. He has an inflamed shoulder and a pulled back muscle, and he missed a throwing session over the weekend.  Since Johnson’s WBRL contract expires after this season, I guess it’s goodbye.
  • Hitting roster moves for this week were made purely on a batting average and stolen base basis.  So LaRoche (who contributes only in HR and RBI and is slumping a bit) goes to the bench for the first time in 2010.  Similarly, slumping 3B Chase Headley gets activated over similarly-slumping Casey Blake, due to Blake’s lack of mobility.
  • The only other team to make FAAB pickups, second-place Get Off Kong!, picked up former 2010 Roadrunner Luis Durango of the Padres.
  • Contingent selections for Sanchez were Colorado’s Jonathan Herrera (previously on the 2010 Roadrunners), and Cubs’ MI Darwin Barney.

Roster Moves – Week 22 – August 31st, 2010

Up:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • OF Drew Stubbs
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • RP Aroldis Chapman

Down:

  • 3B Chase Headley
  • OF Lorenzo Cain
  • SP Yovani Gallardo
  • RP Tyler Clippard

Notes:

  • SP Edinson Volquez was sent down to Single-A Dayton for two starts to work on his consistency.  He’ll also be shadowing SP Aaron Harang, who is having issues coming back from injury.
  • This week was the first in 2010 in which no FAAB bids were placed.
  • Only three teams made roster moves – X-Men, Misogynistic Padres, and AaRr.  The Pi Train’s transaction was to adjust the contract of OF Brad Hawpe, who was released by Colorado and signed with the AL’s Tampa Bay Rays.

Roster Moves – Week 14 – July 6th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($0 FAAB) – Add to Actives

Up:

  • 3B Chase Headley
  • RP Drew Storen
  • SP Randy Wells

Down:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • RP Sam Demel
  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely

Cut:

  • SS Danny Espinosa

Notes:

  • No other bidders on Hanrahan, who joins the Roadrunners for the first time in his career, though he was tracked from Los Angeles to Washington and now to Pittsburgh. He’s a hedge for saves, with the expectation that Pirates closer Octavio Dotel will be dealt in the coming weeks.
  • Update (7/7): The Marlins demoted Chris Volstad to AAA New Orleans after Tuesday night’s rough start.
  • All-Star Teams were announced this weekend, and the Roadrunners have six on the roster.
    • SP Josh Johnson
    • 2B Brandon Phillips
    • SS Troy Tulowitzki (injured, will not participate)
    • UT Omar Infante (really? This selection universally panned)
    • OF Marlon Byrd
    • OF Matt Holliday

Roster Moves – Week 12 – June 22nd, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 2B Jonathan Herrera, Rockies ($6 FAAB), Reserve
  • SS Danny Espinosa, Nationals ($0 FAAB), Reserve

Up:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • SS Omar Infante
  • SP Randy Wells

Down:

  • 3B Chase Headley
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki
  • SP Chris Volstad

Cut:

  • C Jason Jaramillo
  • RP Jose Contreras

Notes:

  • On Friday, June 18th, the Rockies placed SS Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-Day Disabled List with a broken hammate bone in his left wrist, courtesy of a plunking by Twins pitcher Alex Burnett.  Surgery won’t be necessary, but Tulo will be out 6-8 weeks, and will likely take another six weeks to regain his power stroke.
  • The Roadrunners bid $5 on young Padres OF Aaron Cunningham, but were out-bid by Get Off Kong!, who got him for $7.

Overnight Dispatches – June 9th, 2010

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates will call up prospect right-hander Brad Lincoln and outfielder Jose Tabata before Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Lincoln was widely expected to make his major league debut on Wednesday, but the promotion of Tabata comes as a minor surprise. The 21-year-old outfielder is batting .308/.373/.424 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 224 at-bats with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. The Pirates will likely give plenty of playing time to Tabata, making the supposed 21 year-old a worthy fantasy pickup right off the bat. We’re still eagerly awaiting Pedro Alvarez’s debut, but the two are a nice infusion of youth for a team that was dominated by Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night. (Rotoworld)

Casey Blake was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to the starting lineup against the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Blake missed the last five games due to back spasms. (Rotoworld)

 

Chris Volstad allowed six runs — five earned — over four innings in a loss to the Phillies on Tuesday. The Phillies offense was on and Volstad just wasn’t up to the task, allowing eight hits, including two homers. He didn’t help his own cause by walking three and striking out just two. Volstad does struggle with consistency, but has big upside. There was a chance that the line might have been much uglier for Volstad, as he left three men on base when he exited, and only one of those runners scored. He allowed two home runs in the contest for his first mulit-home run performance since April 25 when he pitched at Coors Field. He has gone more than a month without a win (May 7). In other words, he’s a matchup starter in mixed leagues. Against Tampa Bay this weekend, you’re going to have to have a strong stomach to use him. (Rotoworld)

Omar Infante went 3-for-5 with a steal in the Braves’ win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday. He got to start at second with Martin Prado nursing a finger injury, but the regular is expected to return Wednesday. Infante might be hard-up for playing time now that Chipper Jones has returned to third base. (Rotowire)

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with a double in the Reds’ loss to the Giants Tuesday. He picked up three hits against a gem-ing Matt Cain, but he was caught stealing for the sixth time this year. (Rotowire)

 

The Padres moved Chase Headley to the No. 2 spot in the lineup Tuesday, the team’s official site reports. Manager Bud Black wanted to move David Eckstein into the leadoff spot, which prompted him to move Headley into the now-vacant two-hole. Headley will now bat ahead of Adrian Gonzalez instead of behind him. (Rotowire)

Aroldis Chapman had his worst outing as a pro on Monday, giving up seven runs on six hits and six walks with one strikeout in just two-plus innings, the Reds’ official site reports. Chapman’s walk-rate was already a concern before this outing, and it should help slow down the cries to call him up. He’s got a 61:34 K:BB in 54.2 innings. (Rotowire)

Roster Moves – Week 7 – May 18th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Jose Contreras, Phillies ($42 bid), Add to Actives
  • SP John Ely, Dodgers ($5 bid), Add to Actives
  • OF Roger Bernadina ($2 bid), Add to Actives

Up:

  • UT Cristian Guzman

Move:

  • 3B Chase Headley

Down:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • OF Jody Gerut

Cut:

  • OF Matt Diaz
  • RP Juan Gutierrez
  • RP LaTroy Hawkins

Notes:

  • Contreras was a possible draft-day target, but slipped of f the charts with Ryan Madson (protected) and Brad Lidge (drafted). Now with both on the DL (Madson until July, Lidge uncertain), Contreras is the man, and I need saves.  Only other bids: Shoeless Jews ($13)
  • Both X-Men and Misogynistic Padres put in $0 bids on Ely
  • Goodfellas bid $0 on Bernadina
  • My contingency bid for Bernadina was for Mets OF Chris Carter.  Since I got Bernadina, he went to X-Men for a $0 bid.
  • Shoeless Jews picked up former Roadrunner Takashi Saito for a $0 bid, whom I released last week
  • OF Matt Diaz was placed on the 15-Day DL on Saturday (May 15th) with an injured and infected thumb.
  • RP LaTroy Hawkins has been on the 15-Day DL for over a week, with no update on his status.
  • The Washington Nationals promoted RP Drew Storen from AAA to the major-league squad.
  • In the process of calling up Storen, former Roadrunner Brian Bruney was designated for assignment Sunday (May 16th)
  • Former Roadrunner Willy Taveras was designated for assignment on Monday (May 17th).

Headley Again Provides the Winning Runs Against D’backs

Padres 3B/LF Chase Headley went 1 for 3 on Sunday with an RBI and a walk in the 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks. In the seventh inning Headley doubled into the left-center gap to bring in Jerry Hairston Jr. and Adrian Gonzalez for a 4-2 lead. Headley took third when shortstop Tony Abreu went to throw home and ended up spiking the ball into the dirt, with it dribbling away for an error. With no one covering home, Headley scored. “Coming around second I thought there might be a play at the plate so I’m going to keep going, and if they cut it and try get me out, at least the run scores,” said Headley, who’s hit safely in 11 of 12 games. “I don’t know if he saw me and kind of didn’t know what to do or if the runner was going to score and he wanted to hold onto it and he just spiked it. Fortunately there was no one there so I kept going.” Headley has been on fire to start the 2010 campaign. He is now batting .375 with seven RBI so far. He looks to be a lot lore comfortable playing his natural position of third base this year. Fantasy owners in NL-only leagues should keep an eye on him if he continues to hit well. (CBS Sports)