When Logan White left the Dodgers front office to join A.J. Preller and the Padres, it resulted in an “ah-ha” moment. In seven years at the ballpark, many looks at the Hickory Crawdads (Single-A Rangers) and Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A Dodgers) provided insight into similarities between organizations run by Preller and White. And from what’s known about the player development preferences of Andrew Friedman, the new President of Baseball Operations for Los Angeles, ceiling and tools took a back seat to players with high floors. And from seeing many a Double-A Dodgers team, this doesn’t fit White’s style.
Jon Lester is in the midst of a career season. With 4.6 WAR, the left-hander is a top target at the MLB trade deadline for a handful of teams. David Price has been worth 3.7 WAR, good for eighth best in baseball to date. If asked who’s the better pitcher, my answer would have been David Price up until last week when Baseball Prospectus’ Harry Pavlidis (HarryPav) suggested the opposite. Turns out the Brooks Baseball maven was right and ROTOscouting’s piece idea of Price to the Cubs for a bounty of young positional talent made little sense given the ability for Chicago to sign Lester as a free agent and keep its young talent.
The Boston Red Sox are on the periphery of a David Price trade, but have the good to enter the running. Marred in last place six games below .500, the Red Sox do not appear to be a logical destination for the Tampa Bay Rays’ ace hurler. Throw in the ongoing feud between the left hander and David Ortiz and a match seems ridiculous. However, the 2013 World Champions are in retool mode. Feuds diminish when championships are at stake. It’s exciting to envision a Jon Lester-Price one-two punch in the Sox’ rotation if able to retain Lester’s services. If not, the Red Sox system is a strong example of what the Rays need to acquire.
Will a David Price trade happen? It’s the million dollar question right now in MLB with no rumor greater than a deal to the Mariners for a package including Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson. On the surface, Seattle has the pieces to empty the cupboard and make a deal happen. However, does it make sense for the Rays to pursue a David Price trade with a team whose best trade chip is a pitcher considering their ability to develop and acquire young pitching?
Rays ace David Price is having a career year. A 6-7 record masks how dominant the left-hander has been, but a 2.55 xFIP and 10.29 K/BB ratio tells the story. With his value peaking and free agency looming after the 2015 season, it’s time for Tampa Bay to explore a David Price trade. St. Louis is rumored as a frontrunner for the soon-to-be All-Star and pairing him with Adam Wainwright would form a knock out pairing capable of carrying a terrible hitting Cardinals team through to the World Series. But can a trade happen without including top-3 prospect Oscar Taveras [SCOUTING REPORT]?
In the MLB Futures Game 2014, Kris Bryant headlines the US Team.The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Rangers Joey Gallo to Cubs Javier Baez, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Cubs Kris Bryant to Yankees Luis Severino, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
The biggest FAAB fantasy baseball target last week was Andrew Heaney [FULL SCOUTING REPORT] profiled in this space twice during May. Earlier this month, proactive owners still had a chance to beat the hype and secure his services for a single-digit bid. After a stellar major league debut, Heaney is on his way to being universally owned. Owners who missed out still need to spend those resources somewhere else to reinforce their rotation. This week’s FAAB targets include a pitching prospect whose debut is on the horizon and four, post-hype sleepers having under the radar success. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across the three major fantasy platforms.
Last week, FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets focused on prospects waiting to receive the call. Eddie Butler did receive the call, but hit the disabled list after his first MLB start. It’s an example of why striking cheap and early is important. When a worst case scenario occurs, money saved from being the early bird can be re-allocated elsewhere. This week’s column will examine under-owned and under appreciated arms already on major league rosters. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across the three major fantasy platforms.
Santana is another player with eligibility at both infield and outfield positions. The 23-year-old is hitting a remarkable .370/.407/.506 with two home runs and four stolen bases in 24 games with the Twins. Minnesota will sacrifice some defense in center field in order to keep his hot bat in the lineup over Aaron Hicks, and he may see reps at shortstop to spell Eduardo Escobar. Santana’s best tool is his speed. He stole as many as 30 bags in the minor leagues. When the hot start begins to fade, it will be his speed that will continue to provide value. That speed will also help him maintain an elevated BABIP, leading to more opportunites for runs scored at the top of the Twins’ lineup. He should be in fantasy lineups right now, but will remain valuable as a reserve in formats of 12 teams or deeper all year.
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