Me coming back from vacation only to see Kershaw and Strasburg get hurt today:
On the Agenda:
1. No Fire Sale in Miami?
2. Trade Rumors!
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitcher Options
No Fire Sale in Miami?
According to Michael Hill, the president of team operations for the Miami Marlins, the club has no plans to move many of their big names prior to the trade deadline. This would include players like Justin Bour, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Dan Straily and others. It appears that rather than gut the core of the team, prior to Jeffrey Loria selling the franchise, they will allow the new owner to make a decision on who he wants to keep or move. There may be smaller moves prior to the team being officially sold, however. AJ Ramos has been a hot name on the market and is expected to be moved in the next week.
Most rumors over the next week will look like this:
Source: contending team scouting valuable player, considering prospect price.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 23, 2017
According to Evan Drellich of the Comcast Sports Network New England, the Red Sox are “watching” Zack Cozart. Why wouldn’t you want to watch Cozart? He is hitting .319/.406/.564 with eleven home runs in 74 games this year. He also just earned a donkey. It appears to be an odd fit for the Red Sox , however, considering they have Xander Bogaerts at shortstop. One would think that Bogaerts or Cozart would slide over to third, but they have just promoted top prospect Rafael Devers as well to play the hot corner.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Jaime Garcia is on the Brewers radar. While it appears the hitting market may be a bit soft, this is possibly an example of the pitching market being overpriced right now. Garcia would most likely be a disaster in Milwaukee, but to be fair, he’d most likely be a disaster in Minnesota, L.A., or if the moon had pitching mounds.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network is reporting that the Dodgers are showing strong interest in acquiring free agent to be Yu Darvish. Darvish would be a pretty fantastic fit with the Dodgers who already sport a lefty heavy rotation and may have just lost ace Clayton Kershaw for the time being after he was removed from Sunday’s start with lower back tightness. The Dodgers also have the prospects to in their minor league system to go out and get a player of Darvish’s caliber. Rumor have also linked the almost 31-year-old to the Cubs, Yankees, and Astros.
Various News and Notes
Melky Cabrera left Sunday’s game with a foot injury. Cabrera sustained the injury after he fouled off a ball off of his foot during the contest against the Royals. He is considered day-to-day at this time.
Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg was removed from Sunday’s start. According to manager Dusty Baker, Strasburg had problems getting loose and was removed as a precaution. In spite of the fact that this appears to be a non issue, it is a bit disconcerting for fantasy owners. Strasburg is having a very nice season and has been on pace for his second 200+ inning season, first since 2014. He is considered day-to-day at this time.
Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday’s game with a quad injury. Carpenter has been solid this year hitting .248/.378/.449 with fourteen home runs in 400 plate appearances, with the average beginning to rebound a bit during the month of July. Carpenter has been a steady source of OBP and consistent production with multi-positional eligibility over the last couple of season for fantasy owners, but he will likely lose that flexibility next year in formats that require 20 games played in the previous season to retain eligibility. He only has ten games at second base this season due to being the primary first baseman this season.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: Francisco Liriano vs OAK
Liriano is always a risky play, but Oakland has scored the least amount of runs off of left-handed pitching and is sporting a 26% strikeout rate versus southpaws, which is third highest in the league.
A pitcher for tomorrow: None
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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, 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.