Well, that’s a new one. Thanks trade deadline.
For the first time ever, the notebook page full of fantasy headlines is an intimidating mess. Trade notes, injury notes, lineup notes, callup notes…
Obviously, some of the notes will get clipped, but many of them will make it on the site. Unfortunately, it’s not all making it on today. This will be a two-parter, with tomorrow’s news piggy-backed on.
A better system there is. Expect to reap the rewards from it soon. For now, let’s get to some of this stuff:
Ryan Doumit — Will begin his rehab assignment (concussion) on Monday. He’ll play a lot of OF and 1B now that Chris Snyder was acquired via trade. Doumit is one of the better hitting catchers, but could lose a lot of value at OF or 1B. That is, unless the easier defensive work allows him to concentrate more on his hitting. It’ll be worth watching.
Ryan Howard — Injured his ankle during a game Sunday. He was to undergo x-rays, but the initial prognosis was a sprain. We’ll know more when we know the severity, but it’s safe to say you should get him out of your lineup for Tuesday’s series opener at Florida.
Phil Hughes — In the postseason, the Yankees will move Hughes to the bullpen. Hughes was fantastic as a starter early in the season but has since worn down and been less effective. The bullpen might refresh him and he might get a lot of publicity in the playoffs. As it is, fantasy owners should expect big things from Hughes in 2011.
Ryan Kalish — One of the top prospects in the Red Sox system, Kalish had an impressive major league debut on Saturday. He went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. More on Kalish soon, but he’ll be a potential 20-30 threat.
Jake Westbrook — In a three-team deal, the Cardinals acquired SP Jake Westbrook from the Indians. Facing NL lineups and with better run support, Westbrook will be owned in a lot more than 5% of Yahoo leagues in the next couple of weeks.
Ryan Ludwick — As part of the Westbrook deal, the Padres acquired Ludwick from the Cardinals. Ludwick’s value should see a decline. He’s playing in a pitcher’s park in a lesser lineup.
Lance Berkman — OK’d a deal to the Yankees. So, there’s the AL- and NL-only ramifications to deal with. Also, Berkman won’t start every game because he’ll be sharing DH duties with Jorge Posada. Still, in that lineup and stadium Berkman could thrive.
Jeremy Hellickson — Will make his major league debut against the Twins on Monday. This is what I said about Hellickson in a rookie report June 12: “The Rays have plenty of arms, but Hellickson is one of the best prospects in baseball. He’s got 79 Ks to 19 walks in 75.2 innings with a 2.50 ERA. Hellickson is ready, but the Rays haven’t peeped about calling him up yet.”
Kerry Wood — Acquired by the Yankees for a player to be named later, Wood had just been given back the Indians’ closer job after returning from the DL. He won’t take Mariano Rivera’s job, but could score some good setup innings.
J.A. Happ — Allowed two hits over six innings to win his Astros debut. Happ impressed in his 2009 rookie season and could develop into a decent pitcher. He’s spent a lot of time on the DL in 2010, but in 21.2 innings he’s got a pair of wins and a 1.27 ERA. He does however have 16 walks to 15Ks and a scary 1.45 WHIP.
Justin Morneau — Took batting practice Sunday in recovery from his concussion, but did not travel with the Twins to Tampa. He’s not quite ready.
Octavio Dotel — The Dodgers went out and got Dotel for Andrew Lambo and James McDonald. Dotel’s ERA has been diving since his early season struggles. He’ll be a nice setup man for the Dodgers. Lambo is an outfielder with power potential who hasn’t played above AA. McDonald was mediocre as a reliever for the Dodgers last season and was shelled in his only start (8.22 ERA) in 2010.
Joel Hanrahan / Evan Meek — RPs Hanrahan and Meek are expect to share closer duties in Pittsburgh. They’re both a speculative add. Hanrahan has more exciting K potential, and was a closer for Washington in the past, but struggled in that position. While Meek has less Ks he might have better closer skills. They are both speculative adds at this point.
Chris Perez — Taking over as closer for the recently traded Kerry Wood, Perez got out of a bases loaded jam on Saturday to earn his 11th save of the season. Perez was the closer of the future going into the season, filled in for the injured Wood and now is the official closer.
Johnny Peralta — Available in 73% of Yahoo leagues, Peralta could be an interesting addition. He hit two homers in a 2-for-4 game in his Tigers debut. He followed that up with an 0-for-3 Saturday, but it’ll be interesting to see if the change of scenery is enough to turn Peralta back into the budding slugger we remember from 2008.
Matt Joyce — Hit a go-ahead three-run homer to end a Yankees shutout on Friday then hit a solo shot Saturday. As long as Ben Zobrist (back) is out, Joyce will get at-bats, and he’s done a lot with at-bats in his last 14 games. According to the Yahoo news ticker, Joyce is hitting. .293 with 3 homers and 12 RBI over that stretch.
Aramis Ramirez — Soreness has returned to Ramirez’s left thumb. Anyone who had him in the beginning of the season knows that he was a much different hitter. He had a great July, but he’s struggled mightily in the last week and is currently day-to-day.
Mat Gamel — A former uber prospect for the Brewers, Gamel hasn’t been able to oust Casey McGehee from 3B. The club is going to get Gamel time at first and in the outfield while he’s playing at AAA. The club is denying the move as an endorsement of McGehee over Gamel, but that’s what it is.
Carlos Pena — Since his early season struggles, Pena has turned things around. He has 23 homers and 68 RBI, but will not be adding to those numbers regularly for a bit. He’s day-to-day with a sore foot.
Stephen Strasburg — What’s a Chinstrap Ninjas update without some Stephen Strasburg? He played catch Sunday — two sets of 25 tosses from 50 feet — and it appears as though the shoulder scare was just a scare.