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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 – September 29th – Final Week 26

Up:

  • CM Mat Gamel
  • MI Rusty Ryal
  • DH Oscar Salazar

Down:

  • CM Steve Pearce
  • MI Ian Desmond
  • DH Josh Thole

Notes:

  • This being the final week, only X-Men made any pickups, acquiring OF Tony Gwynn, Jr. to replace Orlando Hudson on the active roster. He also acquired Diamondbacks P Billy Buckner, as a reserve, which won’t really help him in this final week.
  • Final tally of players on the 2009 Atomic RoadRunners: 92  Yikes!
  • Number of players still on the roster from Draft Day 2009: 7 (Chris Iannetta, John Baker, Mat Gamel, Chase Headley, Josh Johnson, Madison Bumgarner, Mike Gonzalez)

Roster Moves – July 28 – Week 17

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 2B Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks ($0 bid, active at 2B)
  • OF Delwyn Young, Pirates ($0 bid, active at OF)
  • 1B Steve Pearce, Pirates ($5 bid, active at UT)
  • RP Rafael Betancourt ($3 bid, active)

Up:

  • C  John Baker

Down:

  • C Ryan Hanigan
  • OF John Bowker

Cut:

  • 3B Brett Wallace
  • OF Chris Duncan
  • 2B Brooks Conrad
  • SP Ryan Sadowski

Notes:

  • Cardinals OF Chris Duncan was sent down to AAA Memphis on July 22nd.  Later that day, he was traded to Boston for SS Julio Lugo
  • Braves 2B Brooks Conrad was send down to AAA on July 23rd
  • Rafael Betancourt was acquired by the Rockies from the Indians for RHP prospect Connor Graham.
  • Cardinals 3B prospect Brett Wallace was traded to the Oakland A’s on July 24th as the centerpiece of the package for OF Matt Holliday
  • Giants 1B/OF John Bowker was sent down to AAA Fresno after the FAAB deadline to make room for the newly-acquired Ryan Garko
  • I bid maximum $35 for Matt Holliday. Goodfellas won the bidding with a $96 bid, while  Shoeless Jews bid $75, Misogynistic Padres bid $53, X-Men bid $48, and Get Off Kong! bid $43
  • I bid $21 for new Cardinals MI Julio Lugo.  Shoeless Jews won the bidding with a $25 bid, and Get Off Kong bid $14.
  • I won the bidding for Steve Pearce (formerly Steven Pearce) with a $5 bid.  Both X-Men and Get Off Kong! bid $4, while Misogynistic Padres bid $0.
  • Pearce’s salary was adjusted back to $1. He was drafted by The Pi Train in 2009, who released him July 14th.
  • I won the bidding for Delwyn Young with a $0 bid.  Stanimals also bid $0, but due to the standings, he was .5 points ahead of me in the standings, so I win.  Here are his comments:

At 2009-07-28 09:43:26, Stanimals wrote:
So I lose Delwyn Young to Flynn because I’m a half-point ahead of him in the standings on the day the bids go through, even though I’ve been behind him the entire year, and I’m again behind him today and may be the rest of the year.  We have to change this rule.  Absolute crap.

And follow up:

At 2009-07-28 11:24:19, Atomic Roadrunners wrote:
You want Delwyn Frickin’ Young? Bid more than $0, cheap ass!

At 2009-07-28 12:01:13, Goodfellas wrote:
Stan, FYI-Dmitri is still available…I will not be making a bid, so you only have to worry about Mark edging you out with a $O bid.

Roster Moves – July 21 – Week 16

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • OF Angel Pagan, Mets ($0 bid, active at UT)
  • RP Kiko Calero, Marlins ($0 bid, active)
  • RP Nick Masset, Reds ($0 bid, active)

Down:

  • C John Baker (was UT)
  • SP Edinson Volquez

Cut:

  • SP Todd Wellemeyer
  • OF Reed Johnson
  • RP Clay Zavada

Notes:

  • I bid $0 on Nationals MI Alberto Gonzalez, but Goodfellas won (also with a $0 bid)
  • Phillies P Pedro Martinez was a backup $0 bid for both the Calero and Pagan acquisitions.  Pedro went to X-Men for $12
  • Nick Masset re-joins the squad, having been released just five days ago.
  • 3B Mat Gamel was sent down to AAA Nashville on Monday, July 20th

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 23rd – Week 12

Free Agent Acquisitions:

  • Kyle Blanks, OF/1B Padres  ($17 bid) reserve
  • Ryan Hanigan, C Reds ($5 bid) up to C
  • Matt Downs, 2B Giants ($0 bid) 2B, active at UT
  • Drew Stubbs, OF Reds ($0 bid) reserve

Up:

  • CM Mat Gamel
  • SP Kenshin Kawakami
  • RP Matt Lindstrom

Down:

  • RP Nick Masset
  • OF Andres Torres
  • CM Emilio Bonifacio
  • C John Baker

Cut:

  • John Grabow
  • Carlos Ruiz
  • Fernando Tatis
  • Matt Maloney

Notes:

  • Missed out on bidding for Kevin Correia.  I bid $2, and X-Men bid $1 and Misogynistic Padres bid $0, but Get Off Kong! bid $7.
  • Blanks was originally a 3rd round pick by Misogynistic Padres, but was released last week.
  • Blanks’ nickname is apparently the “Pillsbury ‘Fro Boy” – at least online

Baker Extends His Streak – In a Bad Way

John Baker’s struggles at the plate continued Tuesday, as he went 0-for-3. He hasn’t homered since May 24, and is just 5-for-41 (.122) since then with all five hits being singles. He seems to be wearing down as the everyday catcher, so don’t be surprised if Ronnie Paulino gets more work in the short term. (Rotowire)

Baker Gets Six Stitches and Will Sit Following Pujols Attack

John Baker is likely to sit out Wednesday and Thursday’s games after being cut near the left eye by Albert Pujols’ backswing on Tuesday night. Baker should be fine in the long run — he attempted to stay in the game Tuesday night — but look for Ronny Paulino to start at catcher the next couple of days, with Wes Helms going behind the plate in an emergency situation. (Rotoworld)

Baker Clubbed in Skull by Pujols

John Baker left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning with a cut over his left eye. Albert Pujols’ bat clipped Baker on the side of his face on a follow through. Trainers had to attend to the catcher in order to stop the bleeding. His status is likely day-to-day, with Ronny Paulino filling in. (Rotoworld)

Baker Unstoppable: Homers and Reaches Base Four Times

John Baker homered and reached base four times against the Rays on Sunday. Baker hit a solo homer off starter James Shields while also singling twice and walking once. With a .284 average, six homers, and 19 RBI he’s been a solid rotisserie player, but those in sim leagues are loving his 880 OPS. Baker hit about this well in Triple-A and the majors last season, so it may not be too far off his true talent level. (Rotoworld)