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Posts tagged ‘Goodbye’

Say Goodbye To: Danny Espinosa

SS – Danny Espinosa
Acquired: June 22nd, 2010 ($0 FAAB)
Released: July 6th, 2010
Danny Espinosa was another acquisition made due to the injury to RoadRunners starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Espinosa was hitting the cover off the ball in AA, and he was a noted prospect that we targeted after seeing him in the Arizona Fall League. He would be a great protection for 2011 (although his batting average needs work), but the RoadRunners also require some saves, and so Espinosa is released as we acquire Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan.

Say Goodbye To: Christian Friedrich, Jordan Lyles

SP – Christian Friedrich
Acquired: First-Round Selection, 2010 Minor League Draft
Released: June 29th, 2010
Christian Friedrich is the Rockies’ No. 2 pitching prospect, but the one that had a chance for a September call-up in 2010. But the young left-hander has had a difficult season at Double-A, with an ERA over 5.00. As the RoadRunners are in the title hunt, we need reinforcements for this season, and Friedrich will be monitored for 2011.


SP – Jordan Lyles
Acquired: April 27th, 2010 ($0 FAAB)
Released: June 29th, 2010
Astros and prospects rarely belong in the same sentence, but Lyles is the Astros’ top pitching prospect, and he’s been mowing them down in Double-A. Promoted after a strong April out of Single-A, he stands a chance to make an impact in 2011. Alas, as mentioned above, the RoadRunners need players for 2010, as we only have a 4.5 point lead in the standings. We’ll re-visit Lyles next month, but with Tulowitzki on the DL, we need infielders.

Say Goodbye To: Jose Contreras, Jason Jaramillo

RP – Jose Contreras
Acquired: May 18th, 2010 ($42 FAAB)
Released: June 22nd, 2010
Jose Contreras was a disasterous FAAB selection, at a time when Ryan Madson had kicked a laundry cart and gone on the 60-Day DL with a broken toe, and closer Brad Lidge was battling more elbow injuries and ineffectiveness. We had been tracking him even in Spring Training, but for all that effort, we got a whopping 2 saves from him. BUT, those two saves were enough to catapult the RoadRunners out of a three-way tie for 8th, into sole possession of 8th. Woo!

Active – Weeks 7-9 4.3 0 2.077 1.615 7 2
Reserve – Weeks 10-11 4.6 1 7.714 1.714 6 0


C – Jason Jaramillo
Acquired: May 4th, 2010 ($0 FAAB)
Released: June 22nd, 2010
Pirates catcher Jason Jaramillo was recommended as a pickup by none other than Peter Gammons, who has descended into another level of senility with the suggestion. Gammons had it on good authority that starting catcher Ryan Doumit would be traded, and that Jaramillo would be the starter. So the RoadRunners wasted a whole $0 bid on him as a backup, who ended up being active with the demotion of starting C Chris Iannetta. Jaramillo continued to play poorly, and was sent down to AAA Indianapolis. So there.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 5-7 13 .307 0 0 1 0
Reserved Week 8-11 28 .107 1 0 1 0

Say Goodbye To: Luis Durango

Padres OF Luis Durango was called up from AAA Portland when both OF Kyle Blanks and OF Scott Hairston went on the DL. A speed-merchant with a problem getting on base, Durango had 17 steals thus far in AAA – in 27 attempts. He was never activated for the Roadrunners, and was sent back down Tuesday, when Hairston was activated from the DL. Durango netted only 13 at-bats in his six days on the Padres roster.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AVG R HR RBI SB
Reserve Week 8 .385 3 0 2 0

Say Goodbye To: Jody Gerut

Brewers OF Jody Gerut is currently in his third season with the Atomic Roadrunners. Basically the fifth outfielder for the Brewers, Gerut saw added playing time with the earlier ineffectiveness of RF Corey Hart, followed by injuries to both CF Carlos Gomez and the elderly CF Jim Edmonds. With both on the DL, Gerut had to leave the team to be with is wife during the birth of their child. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just poor timing on the part of Mrs. Gerut, as Jody was primed to play every day for up to two weeks. Gerut is batting .197 on the season with two homers and eight RBI over 71 at-bats. He entered Sunday’s game just 3 for 19 (.158) over his last five games. His Fantasy value is low in even NL-only leagues.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Week 6 .211 2 0 0 0
Reserve Week 7 .167 1 0 0 0

Say Goodbye To: Diaz, Gutierrez, Hawkins

Braves OF Matt Diaz was protected by the Roadrunners for 2010 based on his ability to hit .300, and register 10+ homers and steals in a platoon arrangement. Well, like the rest of the Braves this season, he has faltered. Diaz hasn’t cracked the Mendoza line, and only rookie Jason Heyward has provided any punch in the outfield. Making matters worse, utility man Eric Hinske has been playing left field, and Diaz went and injured his thumb, to the point where it became infected, required surgery, and had to be placed on the 15-Day DL.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 0-5 .178 4 0 5 2
Reserved Week 6 .333 1 0 0 0


Juan Gutierrez was a 9th-round minor league selection in 2010 by the Roadrunners. He saved 8 games in September of 2009 when Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls was out with a knee injury, but he hasn’t been himself this season. He has 1 save (in minors) and multiple blown saves. Manager A.J. Hinch finally lost his patience with his struggling bullpen. Hinch said over the weekend “all bets are off” regarding relief roles after both right-handers Juan Gutierrez and Chad Qualls were charged with blown saves in a 6-5 loss in Atlanta on Friday. “I want everybody to be ready all the time,” Hinch said. “I don’t think there should be any expectations down there at this point. I think they should be ready to go after the starter and we’ll do our best to patch it together.” Gutierrez has one save and two blown saves with a 9.20 ERA so far this season, and has 4 losses and two blown saves.

Active – Weeks 0, 1, 6 0 13.50 1.800 3 0
Reserve – Weeks 2-5 0 7.94 1.418 9 1


LaTroy Hawkins was a 11th-round minor league selection in 2010 by the Roadrunners. He saved 1 games in 2009 when Astros closer Jose Valverde was out with a knee injury, but he hasn’t been himself this season. He was unable to take advantage of closer Trevor Hoffman’s woes, and is now on the 15-Day DL with a bum shoulder. He will be limiting the stress on his shoulder until he undergoes a strength test on Monday, restricting his activity to conditioning work and shoulder strengthening exercises. This makes it likely that Hawkins will not be ready to rejoin the Brewers on May 22, the day he is eligible to be activated. Hawkins has been battling this shoulder issue since spring training, which would explain his ineffectiveness this season. Looking at the active/reserve splits below, you can see why I like him, but am tired of him as well – bad timing.

Active – Weeks 0, 2, 5 0 29.70 4.200 4 0
Reserve – Weeks 1, 3-4, 6 0 1.08 0.720 11 0

Say Goodbye To: Takashi Saito

Takashi Saito was a 3rd-round minor league selection by the Atomic Roadrunners in 2010. Originally grabbed as a backup to fragile closer Billy Wagner, the 40-year-old Saito has only pitched 12 innings so far this season; Wagner’s been solid; and the Braves haven’t won many games, so the save opportunities aren’t really around. He’s kind of like an Arthur Rhodes – solid, dependable, but just not worth rostering in fantasy.

Active – Weeks 0, 1, 3 0 4.50 1.500 7 0
Reserve – Weeks 2, 4, 5 0 1.50 0.500 8 0

Say Goodbye To: Burke Badenhop, Nick Masset

After getting a decent amount of work in the Marlins bullpen earlier in the season, Burke Badenhop only appeared in four games over the past two weeks. In those games, he was far less dominant than his earlier matchups, where he gave up only one run over 9-2/3 innings, with a save as well.

AaRr Stats – 2010 W ERA WHIP K S
Active Weeks 3-4 0 10.38 2.077 5 0


Reds reliever Nick Masset has been a disappointment thus far in 2010. Originally drafted by the Roadrunners in the 7th round of the 2010 minor league draft, Masset’s season got off to a rocky start, giving up 5 earned runs on opening day, including a grand slam to Yadier Molina. Masset has been shaky ever since, although he has secured the random vulture win.

AaRr Stats – 2010 W ERA WHIP K S
Active Weeks 0, 2 0 23.62 3.375 4 0
Reserve Weeks 1,3,4 3 6.10 1.936 18 0

Say Goodbye To: Sean Marshall, Willy Taveras

After appearing as the possible go-to-guy for the eighth inning, and possible backup to closer Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall has been ineffective and has been bumped back in the depth chart. Now behind fellow-lefty John Grabow, and the surprising move of Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen, Marshall is now an afterthought.

AaRr Stats – 2010 W ERA WHIP K S
Reserved 0 10.80 3.60 2 0


Nationals OF Willy Taveras was drafted when the OF situation was less well-defined. At the time, Taveras and Willie Harris were to platoon, but utility guy Mike Morse saw some action, and then AAA’s Justin Maxwell was called up, and there are still talks with free-agent Jermaine Dye. Subsequently, Taveras hasn’t gotten many games, and the few steals he gets would be offset by destroying my batting average. Taveras got one of his rare starts Monday against the Cubs. Taveras and his quick legs play only sparingly for the Nationals, so continue to ignore him in all but the deepest of NL-only formats for the time being. (CBS Sports)

AaRr Stats – 2010 AVG R HR RBI SB
Reserved .154 4 0 4 1

Say Goodbye To: Brian Bruney, Mike Jacobs

Nationals RP Brian Bruney allowed an unearned run in the top of the eighth on Friday, but was helped by three runs in the bottom of the inning to earn his first win as a National. Brewers Casey McGehee singled off Bruney to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a Alberto Gonzalez error. He later scored on a Gregg Zaun sac fly to give the Brewers the lead. Bruney would have been on the hook for the loss but the Nationals rallied in the bottom half of the inning to give Bruney the victory. Nice to see Bruney get his first win with his new team. He went 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA last year with the Yankees. However, as a middle man with the Nationals, he does not pose much value in Fantasy except in the deepest of NL-only leagues. (CBS Sports)

AaRr Stats – 2010 W ERA WHIP K S
Active Weeks 0-1 0 6.75 3.00 1 0
Reserved 1 5.14 1.57 7 0


Due to the injury to Daniel Murphy, Spring Training NRI Mike Jacobs got the Opening Day start at 1B for the Mets. Initially batting cleanup, he was moved down in the lineup as he became more and more ineffective. Jacobs was designated for assignment last weekend after batting .208/.296/.375 in 24 at-bats. Finally, on April 18th, Jacobs was designated for assignment by the Mets, as they brought up 2008 first-round draft pick Ike Davis to start. Jacobs later accepted his assignment to AAA Buffalo, where he will likely spend the entire season.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AVG R HR RBI SB
Reserved .208 1 1 2 0