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Roster Moves – Week 17 – July 19, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 1B Brandon Allen, Diamondbacks ($6 bid, add to actives at CM)

Up:

  • OF Nate McLouth
  • SP Charlie Morton

Down:

  • OF Jon Jay
  • CM Jeff Baker
  • RP Kenley Jansen

Cut:

  • SP Edinson Volquez

Notes:

  • The Diamondbacks called up 1B Brandon Allen from Triple-A Reno to start following the All-Star break.  1B Juan Miranda (originally owned by AaRr in 2011) was sent outright to Triple-A Reno. Allen will share some time with 1B/LF Xavier Nady.
  • The only other bids for Brandon Allen was from Shoeless Jews, who is the current owner of Juan Miranda.
  • Allen had previously been on the 2011 Roadrunners, having been picked up as a half-ass alternate bid on May 24th, and subsequently released on May 31st.
  • Cover Zero had originally acquired Allen in the 2011 auction for $1, and was released April 26th.
  • Speaking of former 2011 RoadRunners, Cover Zero acquired Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt with a $0 bid.

 

Roster Moves – Week 9 – May 24, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Charlie Morton, Pirates ($6 bid) – add to actives
  • OF Jon Jay, Cardinals ($5 bid) – add to actives at UT
  • 1B/OF Brandon Allen, Diamondbacks ($0 bid) – reserve

Down:

  • OF Nate McLouth
  • SP Tim Stauffer

Cut:

  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo
  • SP Chris Capuano
  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Notes:

  • RP Vicente Padilla (active roster) was placed on the 15-Day DL on May 19th with a forearm strain, the same injury that had him on the DL to open the season.
  • SP Edinson Volquez (already reserved) was optioned to Triple-A Louisville following another implosion, and then comments that the Reds’ offense had let the team down.
  • OF Nate McLouth was placed on the 15-Day DL yesterday with a strained oblique. McLouth injured himself in his first at-bat on Sunday.
  • New SP Charlie Morton re-joins the RoadRunners. Morton was on the 2008 squad from June 17th to August 26th as a young fifth starter just called up from the Braves.  Morton’s 2008 AaRr player card can be found here.
  • 1B/OF Brandon Allen was the contingency bid for 1B Juan Miranda.  Miranda is now the de-facto starting first basemen for the Diamondbacks, as 1B Russell Branyan was designated for assignment last weekend.  Unfortunately, the RoadRunners released him on May 3rd, after an extended slump and only occasional at-bats.  Shoeless Jews bid $8 (we bid $6). Allen was original selected for $1 in the 2011 WBRL auction by Cover Zero (Steve Sharik), but was released April 26th, 2011. Allen is currently the starting 1B at Triple-A Reno for the Diamondbacks.
  • Other contingency bids:
    • For Charlie Morton – Mets SP Dillon Gee ($3), Pirates SP Jeff Karstens ($0).  X-Men FAAB’d Karstens for $2 FAAB
    • For Jon Jay – Braves CM/OF Eric Hinske ($0 bid), Giants OF Nat Schierholtz ($0 bid).  Shoeless Jews FAAB’d Schierholtz for $0.

 

Roster Moves – Week 7 – May 10, 2011

FAAB Acquisition:

  • RP Vicente Padilla, Dodgers ($8 bid), add to actives

Up:

  • SP Ryan Dempster

Down:

  • SP Edinson Volquez
  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Cut:

  • SP Esmil Rogers

Notes:

  • On Saturday (May 7th) Rogers was placed on the 15-Day DL with a strained lat muscle.
  • Backup FAAB bid was $5 for Pirates SP Charlie Morton
  • Only other bidding this week was by Cover Zero, who replaced SS Angel Sanchez with SS Edgar Renteria
  • Former RoadRunner RP/SP Todd Wellemeyer announced his retirement.

Roster Moves – Week 6 – May 3, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Fernando Salas, Cardinals ($5 bid), add to actives
  • UT Mike Fontenot, Giants ($0 bid), add to actives at CM

Up:

  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Down:

  • SP Ryan Dempster
  • SP Chris Capuano
  • CM Jose Lopez

Cut:

  • 1B Juan Miranda
  • SP Trey McNutt

Notes:

  • Fontenot was the contingent bid for Jason Bourgeois, who was claimed by Get Off Kong! for $5.  Fontenot should see time at SS and 3B, as Pablo Sandoval is out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist.
  • This is Fontenot’s second stint with the RoadRunners.  Previously he was on the 2007 squad, acquired in trade with The Pi Train on July 3rd, along with 3B Chipper Jones and OF Corey Hart for SP Roy Oswalt, SP Derek Lowe, and OF Carlos Quentin. Fontenot was active at 2B for the remainder of the 2007 season.
  • RP Kenley Jansen was optioned to AAA Albuquerque on Sunday, May 1st. He has struck out 22 batters in 13 1/3 innings — good for a 14.9 K/9 mark — but he’s also walked eight and allowed 11 runs (9 of which were in two bad outings).

Roster Moves – Week 5 – April 26, 2011

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SP Kyle Lohse, Cardinals ($12 bid, activate)

Up:

  • SP Chris Capuano

Down:

  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Cut:

  • RP Bobby Parnell

Notes:

  • Parnell was still on the 15-Day DL due to a blood clot in his middle finger.
  • Former RoadRunner Jorge Cantu was picked up by Goodfellas ($0 bid) and he released Marlins SP Chris Volstad.
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo (back strain) is on-track to come off the DL late this week.

Roster Moves – Week 4 – April 19, 2011

Up:

  • SP Tim Stauffer
  • RP Rafael Betancourt

Down:

  • SP Esmil Rogers
  • SP Chris Capuano

Notes:

  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo was placed on the 15-Day DL on Saturday, April 16th, with a lower back strain.
  • Since Get Off Kong! and Stanimals had not submitted their league fee, GOK! FAAB bid of $6 for Kyle Lohse (release Adam Wainwright) was reversed.

Roster Moves – Week 3 – April 12, 2011

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Esmil Rogers, Rockies ($5 FAAB bid), add to actives

Up:

  • OF Matt Holliday
  • SP Mat Latos
  • SP Chris Narveson
  • RP Kenley Jansen

Move:

  • 2B Jeff Baker (from UT)
  • CM Jose Lopez (from 2B)
  • UT Chris Heisey (from OF)

Down:

  • CM Juan Miranda
  • SP Tim Stauffer
  • RP Rafael Betancourt
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo

Cut:

  • CM Jorge Cantu

Notes:

  • SP Mat Latos was activated from the 15-Day DL (shoulder bursitis) and pitched well against the Reds Monday night.
  • OF Matt Holliday started Sunday, having been sidelined due to an emergency appendectomy for nine days.

Jaffe Breaks Down Relief Pitching Market

Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe did a run-down on the relief pitching market, and here are the relevant comments on 2009 RoadRunners:

Rafael Betancourt: Splitting his 2009 season between Cleveland and Colorado, Betancourt put in a performance that was almost exactly halfway between his incredible 2007 (1.47 ERA, 8.9 K/BB ratio, and 6.9 WXRL, the AL’s second-highest total) and his lousy 2008 (5.07 ERA, 2.6 K/BB, and 0.6 WXRL). He was particularly strong in the heat of the NL Wild Card race, surviving his time at altitude without allowing a single home run at Coors Field. Betancourt misses plenty of bats, keeps the walks to a bare minimum, and generates a ton of popups (11.7 percent over the last three years, about 50 percent above the MLB average) to offset his extremely low ground-ball rate. The Rockies declined a $5.4 million option on him, but his marketability could be hamstrung if they offer arbitration, as he’s a Type A free agent.

Mike Gonzalez: Gonzalez teamed with Soriano to form an effective lefty/righty late-inning combo in Atlanta this past season, and while the latter assumed most of the closer duties midway through the year, Gonzalez did crack the league’s top 20 in WXRL while ranking third in appearances and fifth in strikeouts among relievers. Though he’s left-handed, platoon splits aren’t really an issue for Gonzalez; his career splits are separated by just 32 points of OPS. In 2009, he held lefties to a .194/.255/.327 line, while limiting righties to .218/.340/.359, with that latter OBP inflated via eight intentional walks. To an even greater degree than his tandem-mate, health is an issue for Gonzalez; this was the first time since 2004 that he avoided the disabled list. He’s drawing interest as a set-up man from the beasts of the AL East; viewed as a closer, he’s likely limited to the teams whose first-round picks are protected.

BP Reviews RoadRunner Bullpen Free Agents

Baseball Prospectus’ Joe Sheehan reviewed the relief pitcher free agent market, and had the following to say about these 2009 Roadrunners:

Rafael Betancourt: It was mildly surprising that the Rockies passed on his option, because he was a key part of their late-season run and has been that good or better most of his career. Betancourt throws his fastball 75 percent of the time, which is down from where he peaked a few years ago. It’s a decent trick that warrants a guaranteed deal, even one with a vesting option. Betancourt will be one of the few values in a weak market.

Mike Gonzalez: Just twice all year was he asked to pitch in two separate innings, and he handled both assignments, pitching well in those outings and the ones that followed. So, while his history screams “handle with care,” it’s at least possible that he’s finally healthy. Just based on skills, he’s the best reliever available, and likely to get closer money in a Kerry Wood (two years, $20 million) package. The Tigers, Marlins, and Astros could need bullpen help badly enough to spend, though it’s not clear if any of them will. The Braves could do worse than to talk him into staying.

Kiko Calero: Calero now has a 3.24 ERA and nearly a 3:1 K/BB with more than a strikeout an inning in 302 2/3 career frames. He also throws his slider 97.4 percent of the time, and because of that is a pretty big health risk. The skills are worth a two-year deal light on guaranteed money and heavy on appearance incentives; he’ll either be good or unavailable. Calero is one of the good bargains in this market.

Roster Moves – September 1st – Week 22

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Juan Gutierrez, Diamondbacks ($12, active)

Up:

  • 1B/DH Jeff Clement (to DH)
  • SP Johnny Cueto

Move:

  • CM Steve Pearce (from DH)

Down:

  • CM Casey Kotchman
  • RP Rafael Betancourt
  • RP Jon Rauch

Notes:

  • RP Jon Rauch was traded on August 28th from Arizona to the Minnesota Twins for SP Kevin Mulvey.
  • RP Juan Gutierrez had been on the Roadrunners in April and May of 2009, but was named the de-facto closer, following the trade of Rauch, and the season-ending knee injury of D’Backs closer Chad Qualls.
  • Other bidding for Gutierrez: $12 Misogynistic Padres (1st place), $10 Get Off Kong!
  • I also bid $5 on new Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla, but was outbid.  He went for $10 to Misogynistic Padres
  • Also, there was a last-minute trade: X-Men gets former RoadRunner Ryan Theriot, Shoeless Jews gets Matt Holliday.  This trade was within the rules, as players traded between the protection deadline and the cutoff cannot be protected. Neither could be protected in this case.