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Posts tagged ‘Yovani Gallardo’

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.

Say Goodbye To: Yovani Gallardo

SP – Yovani Gallardo
Acquired: August 17th, 2010 (trade with The Pi Train)
Traded: January 29th, 2011 (to Shoeless Jews)
In a Protected Roster deadline deal, the Atomic RoadRunners traded Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo to the Shoeless Jews, in exchange for Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez. Gallardo, who was acquired at the 2010 trade deadline from The Pi Train, was looking at a certain release once protected rosters were submitted tomorrow. Now, he’s the highest-priced pitcher for the Shoeless Jews, who still have two cheaper starting third basemen on the roster, making Ramirez a luxury. In 2010, in the seven weeks on the AaRr roster, Gallardo added some nice counting stats (wins, strikeouts), but his ERA and WHIP were hurting the cause. I don’t think he can be trusted, and he’s very inconsistent. Good luck, Hersh.

Active – Weeks 20,21,24-26 27.1 4 7.53 1.756 30 0
Reserve – Weeks 22-23 19 1 4.74 1.316 16 0

Meet the New Guy: Aramis Ramirez

In a Protected Roster deadline deal, the Atomic RoadRunners acquired Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez from Shoeless Jews, in exchange for Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo. Noting the dearth of quality third-basemen for the upcoming 2011 season, in addition to the loss of Chase Headley back to the player pool, and the ineffectiveness of Casey Blake, the Roadrunners targeted Shoeless Jews in trade talks, as they had three starting third basemen (including the protected Placido Polanco and Chris Johnson).

From today’s Baseball Prospectus:

Aramis entered the 2010 season coming off a run of six strong seasons that combined for a line of .303/.368/.551. This slugging percentage tied him with Lance Berkman for seventh in this span among batters with 3,000 or more plate appearances, and he was also top-17 in all of batting average, HR, and RBI. Yet, the expectations of a collapse continued to be written.

In 2010, the doom-and-gloom crowd was right. Aramis whacked 25 homers and drove in 83 runs in just 124 games, but his batting average cratered to .241, following the sinking of his BABIP to .245. He was pressing at the plate and trying to adjust for injuries during the first half of the season–his late surge accounted for almost all his production, as he was slugging under .300 as of July 5. It’s not clear that he’ll rebound fully to his 2004-2009 levels, but finishing the season with a .294/.338/.583 batting line for the final 68 games he played–including 19 home runs in just 272 PA-–certainly suggests that it’s far too early to write him off. His BABIP is likely to rebound to career levels, and that should be enough to keep his batting average out of the negative impact territory. The injuries are supposedly behind him, but having missed time in two consecutive seasons, it would be wise to temper playing time expectations somewhat. When healthy, though, he’ll again provide very good power for a third baseman.

Roster Moves – Week 24 – September 14th, 2010

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SS Angel Sanchez, Astros ($0 bid) – Active at MI


  • 3B Chase Headley
  • OF Drew Stubbs (to UT)
  • SP Edinson VolquezCMCM
  • SP Yovani Gallardo
  • SP Ian Kennedy


  • UT Albert Pujols (to CM)


  • CM Adam LaRoche
  • MI Brooks Conrad
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • SP Josh Johnson


  • MI Geoff Blum


  • The Marlins have shut down SP Josh Johnson for the 2010 season. He has an inflamed shoulder and a pulled back muscle, and he missed a throwing session over the weekend.  Since Johnson’s WBRL contract expires after this season, I guess it’s goodbye.
  • Hitting roster moves for this week were made purely on a batting average and stolen base basis.  So LaRoche (who contributes only in HR and RBI and is slumping a bit) goes to the bench for the first time in 2010.  Similarly, slumping 3B Chase Headley gets activated over similarly-slumping Casey Blake, due to Blake’s lack of mobility.
  • The only other team to make FAAB pickups, second-place Get Off Kong!, picked up former 2010 Roadrunner Luis Durango of the Padres.
  • Contingent selections for Sanchez were Colorado’s Jonathan Herrera (previously on the 2010 Roadrunners), and Cubs’ MI Darwin Barney.

Roster Moves – Week 22 – August 31st, 2010


  • 3B Casey Blake
  • OF Drew Stubbs
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • RP Aroldis Chapman


  • 3B Chase Headley
  • OF Lorenzo Cain
  • SP Yovani Gallardo
  • RP Tyler Clippard


  • SP Edinson Volquez was sent down to Single-A Dayton for two starts to work on his consistency.  He’ll also be shadowing SP Aaron Harang, who is having issues coming back from injury.
  • This week was the first in 2010 in which no FAAB bids were placed.
  • Only three teams made roster moves – X-Men, Misogynistic Padres, and AaRr.  The Pi Train’s transaction was to adjust the contract of OF Brad Hawpe, who was released by Colorado and signed with the AL’s Tampa Bay Rays.

Meet the New Guys: Gallardo, Hudson, Pujols, Soto

Trade Deadline Edition – Acquired from The Pi Train

Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo was deemed un-protectable due to his $27 salary, but the RoadRunners can use some good starting pitching, especially in ERA and WHIP. He’s currently on pace to surpass 200 strikeouts for the second straight season. Control issues have plagued him in the past, but with just one walk Monday, Gallardo has walked two batters or less in each of his last seven starts. He has arrived as a legit fantasy ace. (Rotoworld)

New Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson was acquired last month from the White Sox in the Edwin Jackson trade last month, and as such, is not protectable. Hudson threw seven innings of two-run ball in the Diamondbacks’ 8-2 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday. Hudson racked up nine strikeouts against one walk, improving to 3-0 as a member of the Diamondbacks. He was an intriguing prospect as part of the White Sox organization, and now he’s a full-fledged must-own in fantasy leagues. Grab him in time for next week’s outing against the Reds. (Rotoworld)

Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols joins the RoadRunners for the second time in his career (he was also acquired in trade as a 3B in 2002). His WBRL contract (1/$37) expires after this sesaon. Yesterday, Pujols became the first player in major league history Sunday to begin a career with 10 straight 30-plus homer seasons. We’ve expended all of the world’s greatest adjectives in describing Pujols over these past 10 seasons and he’s deserving off all the praise. The three-time MVP is a living baseball legend and is putting together yet another stellar fantasy campaign. He’s likely to land one of the most lucrative contracts in sports history after the 2011 season — or perhaps before it. (Rotoworld)

Cubs C Geovany Soto will shore up the second catcher position behind Buster Posey, after previous protections (Chris Iannetta) and minor league picks (Ronny Paulino) didn’t pan out. Currently on the DL for a bum shoulder, he is expected back Sunday. Soto has been a real bounce-back story this year, and a revelation in fantasy – especially in leagues that count OBP. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – Week 20 – August 17th, 2010


  • Atomic Roadrunners receives:
    • 1B Albert Pujols, Cardinals (active at UT)
    • C Geovani Soto, Cubs (active at C)
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers (active)
    • SP Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks (active)
  • The Pi Train receives:
    • RP Drew Storen, Nationals
    • SP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
    • 1B Brandon Belt, Giants (minors)

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 2B Brooks Conrad, Braves ($2 bid), Add to actives


  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo


  • C Ronny Paulino
  • OF Lorenzo Cain
  • SP Randy Wells


  • 2B Luis Castillo
  • OF Matt Diaz


  • Cubs C Geovany Soto is currently on the 15-Day disabled list (retroactive to August 7th) with an injured throwing shoulder.  There are chances that he will not return this season, but the latest news is that he’s scheduled to take batting practice later today, and may return on Sunday, August 22nd.
  • The Pi Train had coveted Storen all summer, and Bumgarner only has one season remaining on his contract.
  • Goodfellas picked up former Roadrunner Danny Espinosa of the Nationals.  There’s a chance he might get a September audition, but he can no longer be protected in the minor leagues (this season).
  • Of the new acquisitions, only Gallardo is protectable (2/$27). Both Soto ($10) and Pujols ($37) have expiring contracts, and Hudson was traded in-season from the White Sox (AL) in the Edwin Jackson deal.
  • In a stunning move, Pirate Smokers made transactions today.  Having only previously made a move on April 27th (Jason Heyward up, Carlos Beltran down), Mark made two pickups (Octavio Dotel and Sergio Casilla), activated Beltran finally (he came off the DL in July) and finally sent down Brandon Webb (60-Day DL, likely to miss all of 2010).