Fantasy Q + A for May 22, 2009 + Blue Jays / Rays Breaking News



ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays have placed left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a right quadriceps strain.  The Rays also placed right-handed relief pitcher Troy Percival on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis.  To replace them on the roster, infielder Reid Brignac and right-handed relief pitcher Dale Thayer have been recalled from Durham (AAA) and will be active for tonight’s game at Florida.

Brignac, 23, was hitting .291 (41-141) for Durham with three home runs, 15 RBI, 13 doubles, 24 runs scored and two stolen bases.  He played in 36 games, 32 at shortstop and four at second base.  Brignac made his major league debut last season and played in four games at shortstop, including two starts.  Entering this season he was named the Best Defensive Shortstop in the International League and the No. 4 prospect in the Rays organization by Baseball America.

Thayer, 28, is added to the active major league roster for the first time of his seven-year career.  He leads the Bulls bullpen with six saves and a 0.93 ERA (19.1-IP, 2-ER) over 16 appearances.  In 341 career minor league appearances, he is 26-16 with 138 saves, a 2.27 ERA (393.1-IP, 99-ER) and 403 strikeouts.  Thayer was originally added to the Rays 40-man roster on November 20, and was acquired in 2006 as the player to be named in the trade that sent Russell Branyan to the San Diego Padres.  The Padres signed him as a non-drafted free agent out of Chico State in California.

Kazmir, 25, is 4-4 with a 7.69 ERA (45.2-IP, 39-ER) in nine starts this season.  After beginning the year by going 3-1 with a 3.97 ERA over his first four starts, he has compiled a 1-3 record with an 11.35 ERA in the five starts since.  His 19.2 pitches per inning pitched are the most in the majors.  Although he is the youngest member of the starting rotation, he is the longest tenured Rays pitcher and is the club’s all-time leader with 51 victories, 764.1 innings pitched, 815 strikeouts, 132 starts and a 3.79 ERA.

Percival, 39, is 0-1 this year with a team-high six saves and a 6.35 ERA over 14 appearances.  His 358 career saves rank eighth on the all-time list and fourth among active pitchers.  He led the Rays with 28 saves last season despite three separate stints on the disabled list.  The four-time All-Star is one of four pitchers to record seven straight 30-save seasons (1998-2004).  He has held opponents to a lifetime .188 batting avg., lowest of any pitcher in major league history with 400 or more appearances.  

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have recalled RHP CASEY JANSSEN & INF JOE INGLETT effective today May 22. LHP RICKY ROMERO will be recalled in time to make his scheduled start on Tuesday May 26 in Baltimore. OF TRAVIS SNIDER, LHP BRETT CECIL & RHP BOBBY RAY have all been optioned to Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League (AAA).

JANSSEN, 27, has made five minor league starts between Dunedin (A) and New Hampshire (AA) this season, posting a 0.76 ERA, with five walks and 17 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. The Huntington Beach, California resident last pitched in the majors in 2007, spending 2008 rehabbing a torn labrum. In 89 career games (17 starts), he has recorded an 8-13 record with a 3.89 ERA. The 6’4, 210 pound right-hander will start at Atlanta tomorrow.

ROMERO, 24, is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA after three starts this season, his first in the major leagues, prior to suffering an oblique strain. The 6-0, 210 lb, left-hander, has since made three minor league starts, going 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA at three levels. Romero won his major league debut on April 9th over the Detroit Tigers (6.0IP, 7H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K).   Ricky was the Blue Jays first round selection, sixth overall in the 2005 first year player draft.

INGLETT, 30, has been limited to seven games at Las Vegas (AAA) due to a hamstring pull. In his 29 at-bats, is hitting .310 with one double. The Copley, Ohio resident appeared in 109 games last season with the Blue Jays, posting a .297 average with 3 homeruns and 39 RBI.


I guess home is where the heart is for Jake Peavy. This helps keep his value strong. Not that he would stink in Chicago but him not wanting to be there, going from cozy Petco to The Cell and the cushy NL West lineups to some decent hitters in the Central added up to not wanting to take the chance for Peavy owners. He still will get dealt but at least you bought some time. May 22nd and July 22nd are two different worlds for a player, the closer you get to the end of the season the better it is for your family. Peavy has some time left on that deal he signed so if he wants to go somewhere it might as well be somewhere he can stay a few more years, I can’t blame him on this one, it’s not like he is going to a first place team………Siano

***NOTE  I’m putting a bunch of the blog questions from the last few days on the list of questions for tonight’s Sirius/XM show.  Even though some have already been answered by one of us, it’ll be interesting to hear the different (or similar) opinions.





In a vanilla league, would you trade Volquez for Hanrahan today? I need saves…

Hey guys,
General strategy question – how much do you consider batter/pitcher matchups in a daily moves league? I play in a 5×5 standard roto, and every time I use the matchups it seems the guy I sit gets a HR or SB. Some hints on how to monitor and manage daily lineups in a roto league would be highly appreciated.
Thanks guys – love the show and the blog.

Hey Guys,
In a 14 team deep mixed league, would you trade D. Lee + Uehara for Oswalt. I would slide Pedro Feliz into D. Lee CI spot.

Siano my brother!
Who gets cab fare in my 10-team mixed H2H? No time to make a trade – F. Francisco comes off DL today.
Furcal? I have Drew and the amazing Bartlett.
R. Madson? Francisco is my best CP then it’s a bunch of jive turkey firemen. I really think Lidge goes down to the bad knee.
Shoppach? Barajas, Baker, I-Rod and V-Tek are on the wire but it’s weekly roster moves so if starter Sandoval goes down I have no backup until Sunday waivers. TY!

Oscar Gamble

I also, I took out a rental car with satellite radio on it today. What station are you guys?

SianoMan or Zach,
10 team 6×6 keeper (OPS and Holds)
Is tommy hanson worth holding onto until the dreaded Super-2 expires on him? I have Reyes at SS and nothing on my bench to slot in for him until he is back/DLed. I am also holding Gamel (Lowell at 3rd right now) and Wieters (McCann at C). would you drop any of these guys for Peralta, Escobar, or Callaspo to fill my zeros at SS?
Thanks as always
Chris in Columbus

Hey Siano, how’s Cory doing? What do I do with Aramis? I’m near the bottom of my keeper league and need my hitting to stay afloat. Would you try and sell him for way less now or hold out that he can come back and give me value while I’m still in it?


Rob in GR


No way. Volquez’s injury isn’t believed to be too serious and Hanrahan is by no means a lock to get all the save chances for the Nats. He’s been flat out awful for most of the year and I think you’ll be able to get a better source of saves via the waiver wire at some point. Don’t let desperation make you do something you’ll regret later.

Siano and Schwartz probably do things differently, but I personally don’t pay attention to matchups when dealing with decisions on hitters unless it’s a really close call and say one of my lefties is facing Johan. For the most part, leave your best guys in there. You want to avoid as much as possible situations like the one you mentioned.

Yeah, I’d do that. I think now is a great time to buy low on Oswalt. He hasn’t been bad at all…just a little unlucky with the Wins. Let’s remember he had an incredible second half last year.


Hey guys – thanks for the help with my trade Q yesterday! Got another one for you. Shallow NL only, 5×5: Who do you favor the rest of the year — John Maine or Jorge De La Rosa? I have John as my team’s 5th pitcher but Jorge is sitting on the wire. Thanks!
– Chris

Greetings from Grenoble,France
I’m in a deep 12 team NL only keeper league with a minor league roster. I’m wondering what your take is on the future (2010,2011) value of some of these guys that I am thinking getting through trades. I’ll split them into 2 groups
group A:
Soriano (what are his chances of taking the closer role in the next year)
Nyjer Morgan (can he keep it up)
Group B (less known)
Coghlan (is he going to be never heard of again in a couple months or is it just growing pains?)
Detwiler (any value there at all with the nats?)
Posey (a great prospect, but then again hasn’t proved anything yet)

So which of these guys would you target when trying to get a few nice keepers in a trade?


I sent an email, but figured posting here may be better.

I was offered the following challenge trade in a 12 team standard H2H and I’m not quite sure what to make of it:

I would get
Derek Jeter and Vernon Wells

I would give
Jhonny Peralta and Torii Hunter

What do you guys think I should do?

H2H vanilla non-keeper……..
I’m thinking about trading G. Sizemore (not because I think he’s “done for” or anything crazy like that) for Verlander.
It seems in a way like a fair value trade, but then I look at where they were both drafted and it seems weird that I would even propose it (1st round vs. 11th round). What do you think?

Hey Guys,

A guy in one of my leagues offered me Lincecum and Pujols for Greinke and Longoria.

I’m not sure, given Lincecum’s high mileage early in his career, and the fact that Greinke seems like he’s the Cy Young candidate for the AL this year.

So, appreciate your thoughts!


Steve in the UK

I think you could do better, im not super concerned about Volquez. knock it down a level for Hanrahan.

The more matchups you have to manage the bigger the alarm for me. I prefer to have my a-team and let them play except for Monday’s and Thursday’s. The only difference is effective lefties who happen to be platooned more often then not. Guys like Cust, Branyan, Kubel but they even have been getting looks at LHP. If you have so many valuable guys you should package for the upgrade and lose the headache.

Don’t love that deal. Lee is still better then Feliz and Oswalt isn’t exactly lighting it up.

10 teamer you can cut Furcal loose and try to get him back later, you have nice depth at SS.

sirius 210 or xm 175.

It looks like reyes will avoid DL, Gamel can help you with Interleague upon us and hanson should be close as should Wieters. This is the problem with loading up on prospects. luckily for you reyes doesnt seem destined for the DL by all accounts but you can’t just have someone not playing starting either. Cut a pitcher who you know you can replace POD or get a comparable player off the wire. You killed yourself this long with these guys you might as well hang in there. So not a fan of this strategy and you prove why I’m sorry to say, then again if they help you win I will tip my cap but I’ll take my chances my hat stays on my head.

depends what you get back. You have to get a player you believe can give same stats from here on out that Aramis would do when he returns out. Shop him and see what you get offered and get back to us.

Maine is in the better park, team and talent. De La Rosa has the ceiling but in a non keeper I go safe route and hang on to Maine over him.

Hey Guys,

Sorry, forgot to add the details of my League, and I think that will change your reply, so here you go. It’s a 20 team elimination league, so having players that produce at a consistently-high level is key (I’m currently 2nd by a hair). Londoria and Greinke have been stunning so far (so I’ve been loving life), but Pujols and Lincecum have the track record of full season production (though as i mentioned earlier, I’m concerned about the number of Innings on Lincecum’s arm so early in his career).

Appreciate your thoughts guys!


Steve in the UK

P.S. Did you take your friends to Foleys for dinner last friday? Cass and I had the best steak dinner of all time in that place, 2 nights running!

Nolasco, Dettweiler and Posey are my top 3.

definitely a challenge trade. I’d rather have Hunter and hope Peralta comes alive like he did last year. Jeter is having a good year but Hunter is having a great year as he shoots for 30-30.

I would never do that trade. grady can be great 6-7days a week. verlander only once every 5 days. Grady for verlander and a tier below bat maybe but no way straight up and I love Verlander. I traded him for Torii Hunter that’s about right for 1 for 1.

Steve in the UK,
Do that deal. You get the best player in the deal and you go from greinke to Lincecum that’s a dream deal.

Gald you loved Foley’s , dont care what your league is you do that deal.

who do i run to pick up from the Tampa pen to steal a few saves? Izzy? Howell? Wheeler?

Where do i place my bet?

Hey Siano,

Still as high on Nolasco after last night? Who is the better bet for 2010 Nolasco or Pelfrey?
Also I have an open slot for a pitcher and am high on the claim list for callups (keep in mind that each team has a ML roster so big name callups are almost always already owned).
Sean West and Kris Medlin will be available when the week turns over. I’m leaning towards putting in a claim for West. Even if he gets sent down I can stash him on my ML roster.
This is a deep 12 team NL 5×5 auction league with a ML draft.

Thanks for you cementing my interest in Posey, just got him in a trade along with Detwiller.

Larry in Grenoble France

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