Roto Riteup: July 1, 2020

Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!

On the Agenda:
1. No Disclosure
2. Quick Hits
3. Various News and Notes

No Disclosure
Major League Baseball said on Tuesday that teams will not release information on players who test positive for coronavirus. Players will be placed on a separate IL, but it will not be public knowledge which one they are on. This will leave it up to the media and fans of the sport to speculate wildly.


Quick Hits
MLB announced on Tuesday that the Minor League Baseball season will be cancelled. This news is not surprising news as there are no fans to make minor league clubs money. It will be interesting to see what the Minor Leagues will look like moving forward.

The Colorado Rockies signed Matt Kemp to a minor league deal. With Ian Desmond opting out this year, the Rockies needed to bring in a veteran bat to take well deserved time away from more interesting players because that’s how the Rockies do.

General Manager Brian Cashman stated that the organization is optimistic that Aaron Judge will be ready for Opening Day. I think there still are reasons to be concerned, but this is better than them saying that he won’t be ready.

Shohei Ohtani has officially been designated as a two-way player this season. No surprise here, but something to keep in mind as the Angels will move to a six man rotation which likely means that none of their pitchers will see much in the way of two-start weeks.


Various News and Notes
Jorge Mateo was traded to the Padres for a player to be named later. Mateo is a former top prospect that is out of minor league options. He will likely start as a utility player for the Padres, but he could find his way to playing time if Jurickson Profar struggles. If he is able to become a regular player, he has the speed to be a huge difference maker in fantasy.

According to multiple sources, Giancarlo Stanton is expected to be the opening day DH. Stanton injured his calf in spring training and has yet to do any outfield drills. This is a bit concerning considering how long he has had to recover from the injury. Stanton is a first round talent with a 15th round body. The upside means he will go in the top 50, but he is definitely a gamble this year.

According to manager Gabe Kapler, Tyler Rogers may be an option to close games this year. In fact, during a Giants run OOTP simulation, Kapler used Rogers in the closer role in the first two save opportunities. This is obviously a video game, but it is clear that Rogers could be in the mix for saves and if Tony Watson struggles, Rogers could run away with the job.

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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Mike Dmember
1 year ago

Everyone jokes about the Bonilla contract but if you won the lottery would you take the lump sum or the annuity payments?

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike D

The answer is always the lump sum.

1 year ago
Reply to  docgooden85

Bobby Bo’s annuity is based on 8% growth. That’s not bad at all, and probably far better than most state lotteries. If he took the lump sum and invested it, it wouldn’t be hard for those investments to return less than 8%