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Posts tagged ‘Marlon Byrd’

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.

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:


  • 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

Final Roster Moves – Week 26 – September 28th, 2010


  • MI Angel Sanchez
  • OF Lorenzo Cain (to UT)
  • SP Randy Wells
  • RP Tyler Clippard


  • MI Jonathan Herrera
  • OF Marlon Byrd
  • SP Johnny Cueto
  • RP Kenley Jansen


  • Cueto is pretty much gassed for the year, having matched Latos in giving up 8 ER in 1-1/3 IP last week.  Meanwhile, Wells has rebounded and is pitching solidly again.
  • Byrd may not play again this season.  He has a swollen eye after a foul-tip hit him in the face – he’s been inactive since Friday. Cain has been hot of late, so we’ll try to hold off the masses in the .AVG category.

Roster Moves – Week 23 – September 7th, 2010


  • OF Marlon Byrd
  • MI Brooks Conrad
  • RP Tyler Clippard


  • OF Drew Stubbs
  • MI Geoff Blum
  • RP Kenley Jansen


  • SP Edinson Volquez was recalled from Single-A Dayton, and may replace Aaron Harang in the rotation.

Roster Moves – Week 14 – July 6th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

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


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


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


  • SS Danny Espinosa


  • 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

Overnight Dispatches – June 10th, 2010

Clayton Kershaw fanned 10 while allowing three runs over seven innings Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals. Kershaw outdueled Adam Wainwright in the 4-3 game. All three runs came in the fourth, when he gave up a single to Aaron Miles, a walk and then a three-run homer to Ryan Ludwick. He allowed just two hits and one walk in the other six frames. After a rough start, Kershaw is now 6-3 with a 3.13 ERA. (Rotoworld)

Ian Kennedy threw seven scoreless innings on Wednesday night, giving up only three hits against the Braves. He walked five and struck out six leaving the game with a no decision. Kennedy has really excelled at home – opponents are hitting just .190 against him there this season. (Rotowire)

Marlon Byrd hit two home runs and tallied three RBI to lift the Cubs over the Brewers 9-4 on Wednesday night. Byrd has been on fire since the start of June and is entering must-own status once again for mixed leaguers. Counting tonight’s impressive performance, he’s hitting .321 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. The Cubs, though, are just 27-32 and buried in the middle of the NL Central. (Rotoworld)

Buster Posey hit his first career MLB home run on Wednesday in the Giants’ loss to the Reds. Posey’s shot traveled an estimated 439 feet, finding a final resting place in the upper deck of Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. He’s been on a tear since his promotion and needs to be owned in all formats. (Rotoworld)

Earlier, Giants general manager Brian Sabean said that he has no intention of sending Buster Posey back to the minor leagues. “There wasn’t any intent when we brought him up that he’d go back,” said Sabean. “It helps he has two positions in his pocket. We knew he’d help the roster. Once he got here, we knew he’d help in more ways than one.” Well, duh. There was some question about where the pieces would fit if Mark DeRosa managed to make his way back from the disabled list, but he could be sidelined for the rest of the season now. Posey should naturally be owned in all formats moving forward. (Rotoworld)

Jose Tabata left Wednesday’s game with a cramp in his right hamstring. Not exactly the debut he was hoping for, we’d guess. He did finish 2-for-4 with a run scored, but may need to sit out of Thursday’s game. Tabata may have to miss a game or two as a precautionary measure, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Past hamstring issues have caused Tabata to miss time. “I feel great to be out there,” Tabata said. “But something happened in my leg.” Manager John Russell envisions Tabata as a spark plug atop Pittsburgh’s lineup. “He’s got a great approach,” Russell said. “Lays off pitches. Uses the whole field. Uses his speed. He’s going to be a big boost for our offense. We scored some runs tonight, and he was a big part of that.” (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Edinson Volquez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Lynchburg on Saturday. Though he threw 30 pitches in extended spring training on Tuesday, Volquez hasn’t pitched in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. His 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs expires on June 13, so provided he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he could return sometime in July. (Rotoworld)

Madison Bumgarner was fined an undisclosed amount by the Giants for his actions during the seventh inning of Monday’s game with Triple-A Fresno. Bumgarner had to be physically restrained from an umpire after a runner was called safe on a pickoff attempt. The young left-hander hurled a baseball into center field on the way back to the dugout. Bumgarner released a statement via a Giants spokesperson on Tuesday that read: “I am a highly competitive person, but I let my emotions get the better of me. I want to apologize to the Giants organization and to the fans of Fresno and throughout baseball.” Still, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the incident will not impact Bumgarner’s standing in the organization and that he is “real close” to earning a promotion the major leagues. (Rotoworld)

Christian Friedrich is having a rough go of it at Tulsa this year. (0-3, 40 IP, 47 H, 14 BB, 5 HR, 37 K, 4.72 ERA, 1.53 WHIP). The whiff rate is fine, but all of the other numbers are off and – unlike Kelly – Friedrich isn’t young enough to simply write all of this off due to age. He’s too much of a talent to simply write off, but if you were hoping for a contribution this year, you’re almost definitely going to be disappointed. Curiously, he’s being pounded by left-handed batters while doing OK if not great against righties. He’s not finished as a prospect, but Friedrich is going to need to turn it around soon (he’ll be 23 next month) or risk falling into the second tier. (RotoThinkTank)

As Piniella Promised, Byrd Leading Off Against Mets

Marlon Byrd will lead off against Jon Niese and the Mets on Monday night. Consistent with Lou Piniella’s plan, Byrd will lead off against left-handers, with Ryan Theriot dropping to the No. 8 spot. Jeff Baker, who also normally starts at second base against left-handers, will bat second on Monday. (Rotoworld)

Byrd Hits Well in 2-Hole, May Bat Leadoff Against Lefties

Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to start batting Marlon Byrd leadoff against left-handed pitching, while dropping Ryan Theriot to the eighth spot against southpaws. Jeff Baker will bat second against left-handers in the proposed switch, while Xavier Nady would bat cleanup and Aramis Ramirez would bat fifth. Piniella, trying to shake up the team after it dropped the last two games to the lowly Astros, announced the moves with three of four left-handers against the Mets coming up. Sunday, Byrd went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the Cubs’ loss to the Astros.Byrd has hit three home runs this season, but he’s only batting .244. Six of his 12 hits have come while hitting second in the order, so expect him to remain in that spot for at least the next couple days. Byrd’s two-run single in the third put the Cubs up 2-0. The game stayed that way until Houston scored a run in each of the last three innings, including the 10th, to win the game 3-2 Byrd is doing what the Cubs brought him in to do, namely, drive in runs. He now has nine through the first 12 games, after driving in a career high 89 RBI with Texas last year. He is only hitting .244 but his value comes from homers and RBI. Fantasy owners in NL-only leagues should definitely have Byrd in their lineups. He remains a low-end flier in mixed leagues. (CBS Sports, Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Byrd Bounces Back with Homer, 2-for-4 Night

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer Thursday against the Cubs. Byrd is batting just .219, but five of his six hits have gone for extra bases. That means he shouldn’t have to worry about losing starts to Tyler Colvin. He’s now 7-for-32 (.219) in his first nine games with the Cubs, but three of those seven hits have been homers. Alfonso Soriano is struggling right now, Tyler Colvin has been getting occasional time in left field, but he could see time in Byrd’s center field spot as well if the Cubs’ free-agent addition struggles to get on base consistently this season. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)

Slumping Byrd Goes 3-for-5 with a Steal against Brewers

Mired in a 2 for 19 slump to begin the season, Cubs OF Marlon Byrd went 3 for 5 with a stolen base Monday in a 9-5 win over the Brewers. Byrd’s batting average is now up to .208. Byrd doesn’t offer enough power to be more than a borderline mixed league outfielder, but he’s a better hitter than he has been up to this point. Chalk his horrid Week 1 up to a routine slump, and make sure you have Byrd active, especially in all NL-only formats. (CBS Sports)