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Posts tagged ‘Sam Demel’

Say Goodbye To: Demel, Herrera, Infante

RP – Sam Demel
Acquired: June 29th, 2010 ($2 FAAB)
Released: July 27th, 2010
A closer for the A’s AAA squad in Sacramento, Demel was acquired by the Diamondbacks in a trade for Conor Jackson in June. Viewed as a possible solution for the ailing Arizona bullpen, Demel did not win the favor of then-manager A.J. Hinch, and was relegated to 7th-inning duties – but at least he didn’t completely implode like his bullpen cohorts Chad Qualls and Juan Gutierrez

AaRr Stats IP W ERA WHIP K S
Active – Week 13 3 0 9.00 2.333 3 0
Reserve – Weeks 14-16 9 0 5.00 1.222 9 0

 

2B – Jonathan Herrera
Acquired: June 22nd, 2010 ($6 FAAB)
Released: July 27th, 2010
Acquired due to the injury to SS Troy Tulowitzki, Herrera was a pleasant suprise with decent batting average. Better though, at least for AaRr, was that he was plugged into the lineup almost daily, so Herrera helped bring some consitency to the Roadrunners while our star shortstop was out with injury. However, Tulo returned, and Herrera went to being a late-inning bat off the bench and defensive replacement.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 13-15 60 .333 9 1 10 1
Reserved Weeks 12,16 59 .271 8 0 3 0

 

MI – Omar Infante
Acquired: 2010 WBRL Auction ($1)
Released: July 27th, 2010
Originally acquired in the end-game of the auction, after having been shut out of other MI players such as Brendan Ryan, Ian Desmond, etc. With no starting job, Infante is a good MI backup, which on a team like the Atlanta Braves, is necessary given the fragility of 3B Chipper Jones and 1B Troy Glaus (which would then see 2B Martin Prado move to cover, and Infante come in at 2B). Infante to this point in the season has not really found consistency in hitting or playing time, even though he was voted to the 2010 All-Star team. Clearly, I had him activated during his “slumps”.

AaRr Stats – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
Active Weeks 0,1,5-7,12,15-16 87 .264 12 1 9 1
Reserved Weeks 2-4,8-11,13-14 114 .377 16 1 17 2

Roster Moves – Week 17 – July 27th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 2B Luis Castillo, Mets ($2 bid) – Activate at MI
  • RP Kenley Jansen, Dodgers ($2 bid) – Reserve
  • OF Matt Diaz, Braves ($1 bid) – Activate at UT

Up:

  • SS Troy Tulowitzki
  • RP Joel Hanrahan

Down:

  • RP Drew Storen
  • OF Roger Bernadina (from UT)
  • SS Cristian Guzman (from MI)

Cut:

  • SS Jonathan Herrera
  • RP Sam Demel
  • SS Omar Infante

Notes:

  • Tulowitzki will be activated from the DL (broken wrist) later today.
  • Matt Diaz re-joins the 2010 Roadrunners.  He had been released back on May 18th due to a terrible slump and subsequent thumb injury.  He’s been raking (as usual) against lefties since his return at the All-Star Break.  He’s the first player to re-join the 2010 squad that had previously been cut.
  • Bidding on Diaz was light.  I bid $2, and out-bid X-Men ($1).  Get Off Kong! had a $3 conditional bid on Diaz, but he received his primary target of Pirates OF Delwyn Young.
  • X-Men also bid $1 on Kenley Jansen, but I again out-bid him with my superior $2 bid.
  • Luis Castillo has not been a favorite of the Roadrunner front office, but he was released by Cover Zero last week (when he picked up new Braves SS Alex Gonzalez).  Castillo was drafted for $3, so his salary is assigned.
  • It’s just a coincidence that all three players sent down this week were Nationals. No, really.
  • The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is Saturday.  Thus far, there hasn’t been much talk of major players coming to the NL.  Cliff Lee was already traded (from Seattle to Texas), and Dan Haren was dumped on the Angels.  Thus far the big movers to the NL have been the aforementioned Gonzalez (who went for $100), and former Angels’ SP Joe Saunders ($25 to Get Off Kong!) now on the Diamondbacks.  Which is okay, since I only have $16 left.

Roster Moves – Week 14 – July 6th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

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

Up:

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

Down:

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

Cut:

  • SS Danny Espinosa

Notes:

  • 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

Meet the New Guys: Sam Demel, Hong-Chih Kuo

Acquired by the Diamondbacks in the Conor Jackson trade, reliever Sam Demel was picked up as a possible source for saves in the volatile Dbacks bullpen. The 24-year-old reliever has been fantastic this season as a part-time closer at Triple-A Sacramento and will try to bring some semblance of stability to the Diamondbacks’ wretched bullpen. In 22 games this season, Demel has rattled off a 2-0 record, a 1.26 ERA and six saves. (Rotoworld)

Hong-Chih Kuo rejoins the RoadRunners for the first time since 2007, when as a starter he helped the RoadRunners squad to a surprise 2nd Place finish. In 2010, Kuo was originally drafted by Get Off Kong! in the 11th Round of the minor league draft, but was subsequently released on May 4th. Kuo has a 1.11 ERA, a 0.74 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings this season. It’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll be healthy when the Dodgers need him down the stretch, but he’s looking like one of baseball’s best relievers at the moment. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – Week 13 – June 29th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Sam Demel, Diamondbacks ($2 bid), Add to actives
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($1 bid), Add to actives

Up:

  • SS Jonathan Herrera
  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely

Down:

  • SS Omar Infante
  • RP Drew Storen
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • SP Randy Wells
  • SP Ian Kennedy

Cut:

  • SP Christian Friedrich (AA – Minors)
  • SP Jordan Lyles (AA – Minors)

Notes:

  • SP Madison Bumgarner was called up from AAA Fresno Saturday, June 26th, for his 2010 debut against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo rejoins the Roadrunners for the first time since 2007, when he helped the pitching staff as a starter in the second half.
  • Kuo was originally drafted this season by Get Off Kong! (11th Round, 2010 Minor League Draft), but he was released on May 4th.
  • Kuo was a second contingency FAAB selection by Cover Zero.
  • The Pi Train bid $1 on Sam Demel, but was outbid by yours truly.
  • Cover Zero selected former 2o1o Roadrunner Jose Contreras for $0 FAAB bid.
  • Demel’s contract is for 1 year, as he came over from the Oakland A’s AAA Sacramento affiliate to the Diamondbacks in the Conor Jackson trade two weeks ago.