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Posts tagged ‘Goodbye’

Say Goodbye To: Yovani Gallardo

SP – Yovani Gallardo
Acquired: August 17th, 2010 (trade with The Pi Train)
Traded: January 29th, 2011 (to Shoeless Jews)
In a Protected Roster deadline deal, the Atomic RoadRunners traded Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo to the Shoeless Jews, in exchange for Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez. Gallardo, who was acquired at the 2010 trade deadline from The Pi Train, was looking at a certain release once protected rosters were submitted tomorrow. Now, he’s the highest-priced pitcher for the Shoeless Jews, who still have two cheaper starting third basemen on the roster, making Ramirez a luxury. In 2010, in the seven weeks on the AaRr roster, Gallardo added some nice counting stats (wins, strikeouts), but his ERA and WHIP were hurting the cause. I don’t think he can be trusted, and he’s very inconsistent. Good luck, Hersh.

Active – Weeks 20,21,24-26 27.1 4 7.53 1.756 30 0
Reserve – Weeks 22-23 19 1 4.74 1.316 16 0

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

Say Goodbye to: Brooks Conrad, Geovany Soto

MI – Brooks Conrad
Acquired: August 17th, 2010 ($2 FAAB)
Released: September 21st, 2010
Braves utility player Brooks Conrad was signed late in the season for the second-straight campaign, hoping to provide some pop at the middle-infield position. Having previously dumped much-better Omar Infante, Conrad was recruited as yet another stop-gap in the middle infield for the RoadRunners. When his at-bats started to diminish again, he became less useful, obviously.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 20, 23 9 .333 2 0 2 0
Reserved Weeks 21-22, 24 11 .091 1 0 0 0


C – Geovany Soto
Acquired: In Trade, August 17th, 2010 (from The Pi Train)
Released: September 21st, 2010
Geovany Soto was a throw-in to the August deadline deal that brought Albert Pujols and Dan Hudson (along with Yovani Gallardo) to the RoadRunners in our quest for the title. Soto was acquired on the DL, though he started the following week after coming back from a strained shoulder. That same shoulder is the reason for Soto’s release, as with the Cubs officially eliminated from the NL Central and Wild Card races, Soto underwent season-ending surgery yesterday to correct the injury, and he should be ready for Spring Training.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 20-24 58 .241 6 2 8 0

Say Goodbye to: Geoff Blum

IF – Geoff Blum
Acquired: August 24th, 2010 ($0 FAAB)
Released: September 14th, 2010
Geoff Blum was a late pickup to help fill the MI hole for the RoadRunners, following the idiotic release of Omar Infante. Prior to acquisition, Blum had had a pretty hot August (for him, anyway, and the thinking was at least he’d provide a little average and some pop. As you can see, nothing of the sort made it into the official scorebooks. Maybe he’s a good clubhouse guy. Later.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 21-22 16 .125 0 0 0 0
Reserved Week 23 5 .400 0 0 1 0

Say Goodbye to: Cristian Guzman, Ronny Paulino

MI – Cristian Guzman
Acquired: 2010 5th-round Minor Leage selection
Released: August 24th, 2010
Guzman was yet another selection to try to shore up the MI position for the RoadRunners. Historically an empty hitter, with only a high batting average, Guzman wasn’t half bad. Originally slated to be the opening-day shortstop, Guzman entered a job-sharing arrangement with young SS Ian Desmond and 2B Adam Kennedy. Guzman was traded to the Texas Rangers as infield insurance on July 30th, and his time in Texas has been limited to pinch-hitting and defensive replacement, and he hasn’t played in two weeks, so he’s no longer contributing.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Week 17 257 .261 31 2 16 3
Reserved Weeks 18-19 82 .293 12 0 7 1


C – Ronny Paulino
Acquired: 2010 4th-round Minor Leage selection
Released: August 24th, 2010
Marlins C Ronny Paulino did a good job for the majority of the season. Normally a platoon hitter who hits for average, he was selected to assist the RoadRunners until Buster Posey was called up. However, with Chris Iannetta going south, Paulino played more than expected, which is similar to his station in reality. Called upon to be the everyday catcher due to the injury of John Baker, Paulino was dragging by July. In fact, since July 1st, he was only batting .053. Earlier this week, he tested positive for PED use, and was issued a 50-game suspension. Since there are only 42 games left for the Marlins, he won’t be playing again in 2010, and with a $10 salary, he’s not worth protecting. Oh, and we picked up Geovany Soto in trade last week.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 0-14,18-19 244 .266 25 3 28 1
Reserved Weeks 15-17,19 52 .288 6 1 7 0

Say Goodbye to: Luis Castillo, Matt Diaz (again)

2B – Luis Castillo
Acquired: July 27th, 2010 ($2 FAAB)
Released: August 17th, 2010
Originally drafted by Cover Zero for $3 in the 2010 auction, Castillo had been plagued by injuries all season, but was activated from the DL when picked up last month. Unfortnately, he still stinks, and it’s not just the injuries. Oh, and by the way, in the three weeks since Castillo was picked up and Omar Infante dropped, Infante has batted .378 with 12 runs, and 2 steals – and was promptly picked up by Goodfellas. Ugh. That may have been a mistake.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 17,19 30 .167 4 0 0 0
Reserved Weeks 12,16 9 .444 1 0 1 0


OF – Matt Diaz
Acquired: Re-acquired July 27th, 2010 ($1 FAAB)
Released: August 17th, 2010
Diaz, the first RoadRunner to be re-acquired three weeks ago, becomes the first RoadRunner to be released twice in the 2010 season. At the time, it seemed like a good idea, but there were better performers on the AaRr bench, and we needed different stats, specifically steals (thus Bernadina and Cain were activated in his place).

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Week 17 14 .214 3 1 3 0
Reserved Weeks 18-19 23 .130 1 0 1 1

Say Goodbye To: Belt, Bumgarner, and Storen

Trade Deadline Edition – Traded to The Pi Train

1B – Brandon Belt
Acquired: July 20th, 2010 ($3 FAAB)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Belt, a 2009 5th-round selection from the University of Texas, exploded in 2010, jumping from High-A, dominating at AA, and then holding his own at AAA Fresno. He’s now likely considered the future 1B for the San Francisco Giants, although he has enough athleticism to play left field, depending on how the Giants manage their free agents. Will participate in the Arizona Fall League in 2010, and likely will be called up sometime in 2011.

Minor League – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
San Jose (Hi-A) 269 .383 62 10 62 18
Richmond (AA) 175 .337 26 9 40 2
Fresno (AAA) 48 .229 11 4 10 2


SP – Madison Bumgarner
Acquired: Protected from 2009 ($2 at 2009 auction)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Called up in late June and plugged directly into the rotation, Bumgarner has done well, having won four games in ten starts thus far in his career. Earlier in 2010 at AAA Fresno, Bumgarner overcame velocity issues that plagued him towards the end of last season (2009), and he featured a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in April, May, and early June. Only 1 year remaining on his WBRL contract.

Active – Weeks 15-19 35.1 2 3.82 1.557 23 0
Reserve – Weeks 0-14 28 2 2.57 1.036 21 0


RP – Drew Storen
Acquired: 2010 Auction ($8)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Storen, the other Nationals first-round draft pick in 2009, was a closer at Stanford, and was designated “Closer of the Future” as soon as he signed. While he was scheduled to open the 2010 season in the minors, he was promoted in mid-May to get experience in the 7th inning and lower-leverage situations. With the trade of Matt Capps to Minnesota at the deadline, Storen ascended to sharing the closer role with Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett, and will likely be the closer later in 2010 and beyond.

Active – Weeks 11,12,14-16,18,19 0 19 4.26 1.789 14 2
Reserve – Weeks 0-10,13,17 3 19 0.95 0.789 16 0

Say Goodbye to: Chris Iannetta

C – Chris Iannetta
Acquired: Protected from 2009 ($1)
Released: August 10th, 2010
A long-time RoadRunner, Iannetta’s future looked cloudy even before the season began, when the Rox brought in former Royals starter Miguel Olivo. Olivo roared out to a hot start, and continued to win the favor of manager Grady Little even when his June swoon started. Iannetta, for his part, didn’t help matters. While showing his typical power, he continued to bat below .200 for the majority of the season, and he even was sent down to AAA Colorado Springs for a stretch. With the RoadRunners in a tight race in batting average, he’s just not rosterable.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 0-4,8,15-17 59 .169 5 3 7 0
Reserved Weeks 5-7,9-14,18 61 .246 8 4 10 1

Say Goodbye To: Demel, Herrera, Infante

RP – Sam Demel
Acquired: June 29th, 2010 ($2 FAAB)
Released: July 27th, 2010
A closer for the A’s AAA squad in Sacramento, Demel was acquired by the Diamondbacks in a trade for Conor Jackson in June. Viewed as a possible solution for the ailing Arizona bullpen, Demel did not win the favor of then-manager A.J. Hinch, and was relegated to 7th-inning duties – but at least he didn’t completely implode like his bullpen cohorts Chad Qualls and Juan Gutierrez

Active – Week 13 3 0 9.00 2.333 3 0
Reserve – Weeks 14-16 9 0 5.00 1.222 9 0


2B – Jonathan Herrera
Acquired: June 22nd, 2010 ($6 FAAB)
Released: July 27th, 2010
Acquired due to the injury to SS Troy Tulowitzki, Herrera was a pleasant suprise with decent batting average. Better though, at least for AaRr, was that he was plugged into the lineup almost daily, so Herrera helped bring some consitency to the Roadrunners while our star shortstop was out with injury. However, Tulo returned, and Herrera went to being a late-inning bat off the bench and defensive replacement.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 13-15 60 .333 9 1 10 1
Reserved Weeks 12,16 59 .271 8 0 3 0


MI – Omar Infante
Acquired: 2010 WBRL Auction ($1)
Released: July 27th, 2010
Originally acquired in the end-game of the auction, after having been shut out of other MI players such as Brendan Ryan, Ian Desmond, etc. With no starting job, Infante is a good MI backup, which on a team like the Atlanta Braves, is necessary given the fragility of 3B Chipper Jones and 1B Troy Glaus (which would then see 2B Martin Prado move to cover, and Infante come in at 2B). Infante to this point in the season has not really found consistency in hitting or playing time, even though he was voted to the 2010 All-Star team. Clearly, I had him activated during his “slumps”.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 0,1,5-7,12,15-16 87 .264 12 1 9 1
Reserved Weeks 2-4,8-11,13-14 114 .377 16 1 17 2

Say Goodbye To: John Ely, Chris Volstad

SP – John Ely
Acquired: May 18th, 2010 ($5 FAAB)
Released: July 20th, 2010
John Ely was a surprise callup from the minors when Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla went on the DL. Ely didn’t have spectacular stuff, but was a smart pitcher who battled his way out of jams. Unfortunately, during his second trip through the NL things started to get rocky, and his low strikeout rate didn’t offer any peripheral gains. Moved to the bullpen just before the All-Star break, Ely was demoted to AAA Albuquerque last week.

Active – Weeks 7-10,13 40 2 3.83 1.425 24 0
Reserve – Wks 11,12,14,15 14 0 4.50 1.357 4 0


SP – Chris Volstad
Acquired: Second-Round selection, 2010 Minor League Draft
Released: July 20th, 2010
Chris Volstad has become a solid innings-eater for the Florida Marlins. The problem is that with his $10 salary, he’s not really protectable, and of late, his statistics are actually hurting the team, especially in ERA and WHIP, while he does’t strike out enough players. With Edinson Volquez activated and Drew Storen and Madison Bumgarner promoted, there’s not enough roster space for a fungible starter.

Active – Wks 1-8,10,11,13 82.1 4 4.70 1.360 54 0
Reserve – Weeks 9,14,15 8.2 0 8.31 2.423 12 0