There’s nothing as exciting as the Roy Oswalt thing from yesterday, but there have been trades. More trades have been rumored and there are a few other things of note.
Let’s not dawdle with more lame intro. You want to read about Stephen Strasburg, Matt Capps, Adam Dunn and Mitch Moreland. OK, those of you outside of Arlington probably don’t know who Mitch Moreland is, but you might want to take note.
Jamie Moyer — Will miss the rest of the 2010 because of a knee injury. Moyer expects to pitch again next season despite turning 48 in November. He was a spot starter in deep leagues and NL-onlys this season.
Jayson Nix — Will get majority of at-bats at 3B in Cleveland. Nix also qualifies at 2B and SS and hasn’t been impressive this season. Nix hit 12 homers and stole 10 bases in just 255 at-bats in 2008, but also hit .224 and has a career .212 mark.
Mitch Moreland — Made his major league debut Thursday and went 2-for-4. The Rangers 1B was a 17th-round selection in 2007, but his power potential has blossomed. In 353 AAA at-bats this season, Moreland has 12 homers, 65 RBI and 52 runs with a .289 average. If he can keep that pace in the majors, he’ll be ownable in deep and AL-only leagues. But he may not get a chance to show his potential until next season.
Stephen Strasburg — An update to our note from yesterday, Strasburg will be limited to 160 innings, a 20% increase from last season, according to a report from KFFL. There will be another 20% increase next season. The report also said that if Strasburg spent significant DL time next season that he could be shut down by midseason.
Lucas Harrell — Rumored as a callup to replace Dan Hudson in the White Sox rotation. Hudson was dealt with Evan Reed for Edwin Jackson. As for Harrell, don’t get too excited. He was decent last season, but he’s not a huge strikeout pitcher and his career minor league WHIP is 1.428. He’ll be a spot starter at best.
Edwin Jackson — Rumor has it that the White Sox dealt for Jackson, who has a no-hitter and little else to be proud of in 2010, to ship him to Washington for slugger Adam Dunn, but. …
Adam Dunn — Thinks it’s 50-50 that he stays in Washington. A little surprising considering Dunn has been one of the most discussed players in trade talks.
Jason Vargas — A surprising fantasy option this season, Vargas is already at 126.2 innings pitched and could be limited the rest of the way. Opponents have hit .245 against him this season, he has a 3.20 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
Brad Hawpe — Homered Thursday, but more interestingly, has drawn interest from the White Sox, Padres and Tigers. He hasn’t been good enough to draw serious interest this year.
Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett — Trio of pitchers will be closers by committee in Washington with the departure of Matt Capps to Minnesota. Storen is the closer of the future, but Clippard’s got some stellar stuff, too.
Matt Capps — Will be the closer in Minnesota and this season’s regular closer, Jon Rauch, will be the setup man. Obvious statement coming: This is bad news for Rauch owners but good news for Capps owners. … Except for those of you in NL-only leagues. It’s a lose-lose for you.
Jorge Cantu — Marlins traded him to the Rangers where he’ll likely play 1B, thus the speculation that Mitch Moreland won’t stay on the big league club for long. Cantu was dealt for pitchers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda. Reports put Wes Helms at 3B in Cantu’s absence and the Marlins will take a long look at 1B prospect Logan Morrison.
Ben Sheets — His current elbow injury is “a lot worse” than his previous one according to a KFFL report. He likely won’t be pitching utnil the back end of next year. He, however, will never be on another one of my fantasy teams. He should never be on one of your teams either.