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Roster Moves – Week 20 – August 9, 2011


Acquired from Cover Zero:

  • OF Ryan Braun (2/$42), Brewers
  • RP Chad Qualls (2/$7), Padres

Traded to Cover Zero:

  • RP Joel Hanrahan (1/$5), Pirates
  • SP Shelby Miller (3/$8), Cardinals (minors)

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP David Hernandez, Diamondbacks ($2 bid), Add to actives
  • RP Wilton Lopez, Astros ($0 bid), Add to actives
  • RP Jose Veras, Pirates ($0 bid), Add to actives


  • SP Charlie Morton
  • SP Dillon Gee


  • SP Kyle Lohse
  • UT Jeff Baker
  • OF Nate McLouth


  • Trade: OF Braun was selected for $42 in the 2011 WBRL auction. RP Qualls was selected in the 2nd Round of the minor league draft, thus the $7 salary.  Both are protectable for 2012 and 2013.  Hanrahan is protectable for only 2012, but Miller is protectable as a minor-leaguer.  Miller was the first-overall minor league selection by Misogynistic Padres ($8 price), who released him April 19th.  The RoadRunners picked him up for $1 FAAB bid on June 14th.
  • Additional FAAB bids were placed on new Padres 1B/UT Jesus Guzman for $1, and for Braves OF Jose Constanza ($1).  They were acquired by Get Off Kong! (Guzman – $15), and by Cover Zero (Constanza – $94).
  • RP Hernandez had previously been acquired by Get Off Kong! on April 12th (released June 28th) and July 5th (released August 2nd).  His salary is $5 from that first pickup.
  • OF Chris Heisey was placed on the 15-Day DL on August 6th with an oblique injury.  He is expected to be out 3-4 weeks.

Hanrahan Gives Up Homer Against Twins

Joel Hanrahan allowed a run and three hits in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Twins. He gave up a homer to Luke Hughes, plus two singles and a walk before Tom Boleska bailed him out of a jam. The Pirates have named Hanrahan their closer, even though Evan Meek was the better pitcher last season. Time will tell how that works out for them. (Rotoworld)

Hanrahan Officially Named Closer for Pirates

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Wednesday that Joel Hanrahan will open the season as the team’s closer. As expected. Evan Meek had the lower ERA than Hanrahan last season, but unlike Hanrahan, he doesn’t have closing experience or the ability to miss bats with regularity. Hanrahan struck out 100 batters over 69 2/3 innings last season. This could be a fluid situation during the season, but fantasy owners should feel safe picking Hanrahan on draft day. (Rotoworld / Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Pirates Have Decided on Closer for 2011

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated Monday that a decision has been made about who will be the team’s closer this season. The Pirates want to go into spring training with a closer in place, but they won’t make an official announcement until the players are informed. Many have speculated that Joel Hanrahan will get the nod over Evan Meek. It’s probably the right move. In addition to Hanrahan’s ability to miss bats — he fanned 100 batters in 69 2/3 innings last season — the 29-year-old right-hander has past closing experience. (Rotoworld / Jenifer Langosch on Twitter)

Report: “Most Signs” Point to Hanrahan as Closer

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel writes that “most signs” point to Joel Hanrahan getting the Pirates’ closer job over Evan Meek. Hanrahan has more experience in a ninth inning role, and although he blew four of 10 save chances last season, he also was one of only three relievers to post 100+ strikeouts, as he put together an impressive 12.9 K/9 rate. He possesses more of a closer-type repertoire than Meek even though the latter made the All-Star team last season and posted better overall numbers. (Rotoworld / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Roster Moves – Protection Deadline

February 1st is the deadline for submitting Protected Rosters for the upcoming season.  Players not being protected will then be released back into the player pool:


  • Atomic Roadrunners receive:
    • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25, 2 years)
  • Shoeless Jews receive:
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers ($27, 2 years)

Protect for 2011:

  • C Buster Posey, Giants ($1)
  • 1B Prince Fielder, Brewers ($29)
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies ($31)
  • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25)
  • OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals ($35)
  • OF Hunter Pence, Astros ($26)
  • OF Drew Stubbs, Reds ($5)
  • OF Jose Tabata, Pirates ($5)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($5)
  • SP Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks ($2)
  • SP Edinson Volquez, Reds ($2)
  • RP Kenley Jansen, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($5)
  • RP John Axford, Brewers ($12)


  • 1B Adam LaRoche, $25 (Nationals)
  • 2B Brandon Phillips, $32 (Reds)
  • 3B Casey Blake, $5 (Dodgers)
  • OF Marlon Byrd, $9 (Cubs)
  • OF Roger Bernadina, $5 (Nationals)
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, $5 Minors (Dodgers)
  • RP Aroldis Chapman, $11 (Reds)
  • SP Randy Wells, $7 (Cubs)
  • SP Wade LeBlanc, $5 (Padres)
  • RP Tyler Clippard, $5 (Nationals)


  • Brewers OF Lorenzo Cain ($13) was traded to the Royals on December 19th, 2010 as a part of a multi-player trade that netted the Brewers SP Zach Greinke.
  • The protected list leaves the Roadrunners with $193 in protected salary, with $67 available for 9 players, for an average of $7.44 per player.

Pirates: Spring Training Won’t Impact Closer Decision

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said a decision on who the team’s closer will be will not be based on spring training results. “To put a closer role up for grabs in Spring Training is just not something we’re going to do,” Huntington said. “It’s impossible to evenly match Spring Training competition among pitchers.” Huntington added that the front office “hasn’t spent a ton of time” trying to identify whether Joel Hanrahan or Evan Meek will be their ninth inning man. “In talking with [manager] Clint [Hurdle] and with [pitching coach] Ray [Searage], in a perfect role, we’d probably identify one,” Huntington said. “That’s still not 100 percent.” (Rotoworld /

Hanrahan and Pirates Avoid Arbitration

Pirates and RHP Joel Hanrahan avoided arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract. Hanrahan, 29, posted a 3.62 ERA, 18 saves and 100 strikeouts over 69 2/3 innings last season and is expected to battle Evan Meek this spring for the right to the Pirates’ ninth inning gig in 2011. May the best man win. (Rotoworld / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pirates Could Trade One of their Two Closer Options

One source tells Jon Paul Morosi of that the Pirates could trade Joel Hanrahan or Evan Meek and sign a replacement. The Pirates are happy with their internal options at closer, according to Morosi, but would listen if the price is right. Hanrahan is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so it could make some sense to unload him before he gets expensive. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 3.62 ERA, 18 saves and 100 strikeouts over 69 2/3 innings this past season. (Rotoworld / Source:

Pirates to Name Closer Before Spring Training

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that the club plans to decide between Joel Hanrahan or Evan Meek as closer before spring training begins. “That is one of about 104 questions for us to answer internally this offseason,” said Huntington. “I’m not a big fan of Spring Training competitions, because it’s so difficult to make an even playing field. So to make it a Spring Training competition, in our minds, is probably not the best way to go about it.” Hanrahan seemed to be John Russell’s preferred ninth-inning option down the stretch — and misses more bats than Meek — but the new manager will have some input on who has the job going into spring training. Fantasy owners should track this situation carefully this winter, though either could be replaced if they prove ineffective. (Rotoworld /