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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

“Big Penny” Says West Got in Two Fights Saturday

Sean West was reportedly involved in a fight and nearly got into another fight on Saturday night. This info comes courtesy of a limo driver by the name of Big Penny, who provided details of West’s alleged scuffles outside a club and adventures in a limousine with five women. It’s doubtful that the incident was serious enough for the Marlins to consider discipline, but if nothing else it’s an entertaining non-playoff story on the first day of the postseason. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – August 18th – Week 20

Trades:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receives: Dodgers 3B Casey Blake
  • The Pi Train receives: Rockies OF Brad Hawpe, Marlins 3B Emilio Bonifacio, Marlins RP Matt Lindstrom

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C/1B Jeff Clement, Pirates ($5 bid, reserve)
  • 2B Rusty Ryal, Diamondbacks ($5 bid, active at MI)

Up:

  • SP Sean West
  • 1B Steve Pearce (to DH)
  • OF Matt Diaz (replaces Hawpe)
  • RP Nick Masset (replaces Lindstrom)

Moves:

  • 3B Casey Blake replaces Bonifacio

Down:

  • SP Johnny Cueto

Cut:

  • SP Brandon Webb
  • OF John Bowker
  • SS Alex Cora

Notes:

  • Mets SS Alex Cora is out for the year to have surgery on both wrists
  • Reds SP Johnny Cueto on the 15-Day DL for a hip pointer

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).

West Nabs First Win with Eight Shutout Innings

Sean West earned his first major-league victory on Monday night, hurling eight scoreless innings to lead the Marlins past the Giants 4-0. West bounces back from a shaky outing in his last turn with his best start as a big-leaguer. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and ultimately allowed only two singles and a walk while striking out six. The sizable 22-year-old has held opponents to a measly .159 batting average over his first four major-league starts. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – June 2nd – Week 9

Trade:

  • OF Conor Jackson (along with AaRr 12th-Round Minor League Draft) to The Pi Train, for his 4th-Round Minor League Draft in 2010.

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • DH Jake Fox, Cubs ($3, add to actives)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($0, reserve)

Up:

  • P Matt Lindstrom
  • P Sean West
  • OF Matt Diaz

Down:

  • DH Brian Barden
  • P Kyle McClellan
  • P Kenshin Kawakami
  • OF Austin Kearns

Cut:

  • OF Jonny Gomes

Notes:

  • San Diego RP Edward Mujica was a backup pickup if Fox wasn’t acquired.  He was picked up by Get Off Kong!
  • Conor Jackson may not return this season, due to his contraction of Valley Fever.  He’s currently on the 15-Day DL, and based on his $16 price tag and .190 batting average, he probably isn’t a candidate to be protected.

Roster Moves – May 26th – Week 8

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Sean West, Marlins ($3 bid, reserve)
  • OF Jonny Gomes ($0 bid, reserve)

Up:

  • C Robinzon Diaz
  • P Kenshin Kawakami
  • P John Grabow
  • P Todd Wellemeyer

Down:

  • C Chris Iannetta (15-Day DL – hamstring)
  • P Shairon Martis
  • P Matt Lindstrom

Cut:

  • P Jose Ceda
  • P Dan Meyer

Notes:

  • OF Jody Gerut was traded on May 21st to Milwaukee for OF Tony Gwynn, Jr.
  • Stanimals picked up former Roadrunner Tim Hudson for a $0 FAAB bid.  Hudson was our contingent bid if AaRr didn’t get Sean West.