TheRotofeed http://feed.informer.com/digests/5OVEQCRACH/feeder TheRotofeed Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:53:44 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Yankees Designate Colby White For Assignment https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/yankees-designate-colby-white-for-assignment.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:5e1ceef3-15f5-e49b-89db-22603a96f8be Mon, 20 May 2024 17:36:20 +0000 The Yankees announced Monday that they&#8217;ve designated right-hander Colby White for assignment. His spot on the roster will go to lefty Clayton Andrews, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees placed righty Ian Hamilton on the Covid-related injured list in a corresponding move. White, 25, was claimed off waivers out of the&#8230; <p>The Yankees announced Monday that they&#8217;ve designated right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=white-005col&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Colby White</a></strong> for assignment. His spot on the roster will go to lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/andrecl02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Clayton Andrews</a></strong>, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees placed righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hamilia01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ian Hamilton</a></strong> on the Covid-related injured list in a corresponding move.</p> <p>White, 25, was claimed off waivers out of the Rays organization back on May 9. He appeared in a pair of games for the Yankees&#8217; Double-A affiliate but only recorded two outs. He faced six hitters, surrendered a pair of hits (including a homer) and a pair of walks with one strikeout. He yielded two earned runs in that very brief tenure in the organization.</p> <p>The Rays selected White with their sixth-round pick back in 2019 and watched him develop into one of the system&#8217;s more promising arms. His 2021 campaign featured 62 1/3 innings of utter dominance across four levels; White posted a 1.44 ERA and struck out a ridiculous 45% of his opponents against a sharp 6.4% walk rate. Tommy John surgery wiped out his entire 2022 season and much of his 2023 campaign, however. He returned with 22 innings of 1.64 ERA ball last season in the minors but also a bloated 19.5% walk rate that pointed to surefire regression. He&#8217;s walked 23.1% of his opponents between the Rays and Yankees organization this season.</p> <p>The 27-year-old Andrews came to the Yankees in a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/02/brewers-trade-clayton-andrews-yankees.html">minor February trade with the Brewers</a>. He was designated for assignment earlier this season and cleared outright waivers but remained in the organization. He&#8217;ll now be called up for what would be his team debut if he gets into a game.</p> <p>A former 17th-round pick by Milwaukee, Andrews made his MLB debut with the Brew Crew last year, appearing in four games but yielding 10 runs in just 3 1/3 innings of work. Rough as that first look was, the southpaw also turned in a 2.53 ERA in 57 Triple-A frames, punching out 31.1% of his opponents. Command is an issue, evidenced by last year&#8217;s 13% walk rate, but Andrews has shown the ability to miss bats at a high level.</p> <p>In 15 innings with Scranton so far this season, Andrews has been tagged for 11 runs &#8212; a 6.60 ERA. A massive 18.5% walk rate has played a role in those struggles, but he&#8217;s still whiffed 27.7% of the batters he&#8217;s faced and kept the ball on the ground at a big 54.5% clip.</p> <p><em>More to come.</em></p> New York Yankees Transactions Clayton Andrews Colby White Ian Hamilton Steve Adams A First Look at Bat Tracking https://pitcherlist.com/a-first-look-at-bat-tracking/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:2b51d1cc-ec91-fadc-ba01-1b8540bf25c7 Mon, 20 May 2024 17:00:22 +0000 <p>What do we make of the new bat tracking data?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/a-first-look-at-bat-tracking/">A First Look at Bat Tracking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Keep or Kut Podcast Pete Ball Justin Mason’s Baseball Chat – May 20th, 2024 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/justin-masons-baseball-chat-may-20th-2024/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:7f34c1e6-112a-5e53-d1fa-a30cc6702b84 Mon, 20 May 2024 16:50:06 +0000 Justin Mason takes your questions! <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/justin-masons-baseball-chat-may-20th-2024/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Chat Featured Justin Mason Mets Trade Yohan Ramirez To Dodgers https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/mets-trade-yohan-ramirez-dodgers.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:0bc69486-5fa1-2649-2dc2-5b5b3e85ef92 Mon, 20 May 2024 16:33:40 +0000 The Mets traded right-hander Yohan Ramirez to the Dodgers in exchange for cash, per announcements from both teams. New York designated Ramirez for assignment five days ago. He&#8217;s out of minor league options, so he&#8217;ll go directly into L.A.&#8217;s big league bullpen. The Dodgers have not yet announced the corresponding transactions that&#8217;ll be necessary to&#8230; <p>The Mets traded right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ramiryo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yohan Ramirez</a></strong> to the Dodgers in exchange for cash, per announcements from both teams. New York designated Ramirez for assignment five days ago. He&#8217;s out of minor league options, so he&#8217;ll go directly into L.A.&#8217;s big league bullpen. The Dodgers have not yet announced the corresponding transactions that&#8217;ll be necessary to add Ramirez to the roster. They&#8217;ll need to open both a 40-man spot and a 26-man spot.</p> <p>Ramirez, 29, has split the 2024 season between the Mets and Orioles thus far, pitching a combined 14 1/3 innings with 11 runs allowed (6.91 ERA) on 14 hits and six walks. Those struggles notwithstanding, he&#8217;s set down 26.2% of his opponents on strikes against a 9.2% walk rate that&#8217;s less than a percentage point north of the 8.5% league average. He&#8217;s also averaged 95.3 mph on his four-seamer and 94.8 mph on his sinker while inducing grounders at a roughly average clip (42.1%).</p> <p>The 2024 season is Ramirez&#8217;s fifth straight in the big leagues, though his status as an up-and-down arm in Seattle before he began to bounce around the league in journeyman fashion resulted in him only accruing two-plus years of big league service before he exhausted his slate of options. In 138 1/3 innings at the big league level, Ramirez has a 4.29 ERA, 23.5% strikeout rate, 12.2% walk rate and 44.6% grounder rate. The strikeout and ground-ball numbers are both a tick above average, but command has been an obvious issue for the right-hander throughout his time in the majors. This year&#8217;s 9.2% walk rate would be a career-low in a full season.</p> <p><em>More to come.</em></p> Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets Transactions Yohan Ramirez Steve Adams Dynasty Performance Report: Major League Middle Infielders 2.0 https://pitcherlist.com/dynasty-performance-report-major-league-middle-infielders-2-0/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:04ef3119-5f29-583a-d05c-c6b1d2dc60b9 Mon, 20 May 2024 16:30:26 +0000 <p>Middle Infielders seeing their dynasty value rise.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/dynasty-performance-report-major-league-middle-infielders-2-0/">Dynasty Performance Report: Major League Middle Infielders 2.0</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Dynasty Dynasty Performance Reports Vincent Ginardi PPP 495 – Yesterday’s Starters & Today’s SP Streamers 5-20-24 https://pitcherlist.com/ppp-495-yesterdays-starters-todays-sp-streamers-5-20-24/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:d9cfbbdb-4550-e392-aac7-2852d2f972e5 Mon, 20 May 2024 16:28:50 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack's latest episode of his SP focused Plus Pitch Podcast.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/ppp-495-yesterdays-starters-todays-sp-streamers-5-20-24/">PPP 495 &#8211; Yesterday&#8217;s Starters &#038; Today&#8217;s SP Streamers 5-20-24</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Podcast The Plus Pitch Podcast Nick Pollack Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Week 8 https://pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-waiver-wire-week-8-2/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:9833bc99-fd0e-f434-f567-ad0556db95c5 Mon, 20 May 2024 16:00:06 +0000 <p>Add these players from waivers for your Week 8 fantasy matchup.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-waiver-wire-week-8-2/">Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Week 8</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Fantasy Dave Swan Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/20 & 5/21 https://pitcherlist.com/starting-pitcher-streamer-rankings-fantasy-baseball-5-20-5-21-2/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:e7d4ef3b-89c9-01d9-cde6-c799c3d09d41 Mon, 20 May 2024 15:59:13 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers for today &#038; tomorrow.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/starting-pitcher-streamer-rankings-fantasy-baseball-5-20-5-21-2/">Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/20 &#038; 5/21</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> SP Streamers Nick Pollack Submit Your Question For This Week’s Episode Of The MLB Trade Rumors Podcast! https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/submit-your-question-for-this-weeks-episode-of-the-mlb-trade-rumors-podcast.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:170edf2e-13b4-e227-92e8-141e314011d7 Mon, 20 May 2024 15:58:10 +0000 On the MLB Trade Rumors podcast, we regularly answer questions from our readers and listeners. With the next episode set for Wednesday, we’re looking for MLBTR’s audience to submit their questions and we’ll pick a few to answer. We&#8217;re now more than a quarter of the way through the 2024 season, with the trade deadline&#8230; <p>On the MLB Trade Rumors podcast, we regularly answer questions from our readers and listeners. With the next episode set for Wednesday, we’re looking for MLBTR’s audience to submit their questions and we’ll pick a few to answer.</p> <p>We&#8217;re now more than a quarter of the way through the 2024 season, with the trade deadline just over two months away. If you have a question about the ongoing 2024 season, a future transaction, a look ahead to the offseason, or anything else baseball related, we’d love to hear from you! You can email your questions to <a href="mailto:mlbtrpod@gmail.com">mlbtrpod@gmail.com</a> or send them our way on X: <a target="_blank" href="https://x.com/mlbtraderumors">@mlbtraderumors</a>.</p> <p>Also, if you want to hear your voice on the podcast, send us your question in audio form and we might play it. iPhone users can find instructions on how to do so <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/09/send-in-a-voice-memo-for-the-mlb-trade-rumors-podcast.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p>In the meantime, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/4ArrDyU8Ebq6cEi2k5GKu1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Spotify</a> and <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mlb-trade-rumors-podcast/id1679170946" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Apple Podcasts</a>.</p> Uncategorized Steve Adams White Sox Designate Brad Keller For Assignment https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/white-sox-designate-brad-keller.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:99a68508-db04-c0b7-d674-426ced0915d3 Mon, 20 May 2024 15:37:06 +0000 May 20: The team has now formally announced both moves. Keller&#8217;s weeklong DFA window will begin today. May 19: The White Sox are designating right-hander Brad Keller for assignment, James Fegan of Sox Machine reports (links to X).  Dominic Leone is being activated from the 15-day injured list to take Keller&#8217;s spot on the active&#8230; <p><strong>May 20:</strong> The team has now formally announced both moves. Keller&#8217;s weeklong DFA window will begin today.</p> <p><strong>May 19:</strong> The White Sox are designating right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kellebr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brad Keller</a></strong> for assignment, James Fegan of Sox Machine reports (<a href="https://x.com/JRFegan/status/1792347397395546520" target="_blank" rel="noopener">links</a> <a href="https://x.com/JRFegan/status/1792346674368840000" target="_blank" rel="noopener">to X</a>).  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leonedo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dominic Leone</a></strong> is being activated from the 15-day injured list to take Keller&#8217;s spot on the active roster.</p> <p>After three increasingly rough seasons with the Royals, Keller caught on with Chicago on a minor league deal over the offseason and that contract was selected to the big league roster at the end of April.  Keller&#8217;s five games in a Sox uniform have consisted of two starts and three relief appearances, and his most recent outing saw him allow five earned runs to the Yankees over four innings of work in yesterday&#8217;s 6-1 Chicago loss.</p> <p>That boosted Keller&#8217;s ERA to 4.86 over 16 2/3 total frames, with an underwhelming 17.7% strikeout rate and an okay 7.9% walk rate.  Keller&#8217;s 56.1% grounder rate is impressive but he has also benefited from a .231 BABIP and been hit hard when he hasn&#8217;t been able to keep the ball on the ground.  Over his small sample size of work, Keller has allowed five home runs, including four from the Yankees yesterday.</p> <p>To be fair, Keller had a 2.84 ERA in his 12 2/3 innings before facing New York, and he is hardly the first pitcher to have problems with the dangerous Yankees lineup.  While this move might seem like something of a quick trigger from the White Sox, it could be that the team is looking to open a rotation spot for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/shustja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jared Shuster</a></strong>, who has looked very sharp in multi-inning relief outings this season.  Since the Sox are obviously looking ahead to 2025 and beyond, they could simply see more value in letting Shuster pitch more meaningful innings now, and parting ways with a veteran like Keller who isn&#8217;t in their long-term plans.</p> <p>It should be noted that Keller&#8217;s 2023 season was cut short by thoracic outlet syndrome, and he underwent TOS surgery last October.  While the procedure has led to diminished results for many pitchers in their returns to the mound, Keller&#8217;s work to date has been somewhat promising, and his numbers could improve once he gets more fully comfortable in the aftermath of such a notable surgery.</p> <p>This means that Keller could certainly draw some attention on the waiver wire from any team looking for a quick influx of innings in the rotation or the bullpen.  The White Sox could work out a trade or might let Keller go on waivers entirely without any return.  If he clears waivers, Keller has enough MLB service time to reject an outright assignment and elect free agency.</p> <p>Leone will return after just the minimum 15 days after dealing with some back tightness.  The veteran right-hander has struggled to a 6.75 ERA in 14 2/3 innings out of Chicago&#8217;s bullpen this season, and has already allowed 11 walks and four home runs.</p> Chicago White Sox Newsstand Transactions Brad Keller Dominic Leone Mark Polishuk Hitters Advanced Metrics Leaders for Brls/PA % - Fantasy Baseball Studs and Duds (Week 8) https://www.rotoballer.com/hitters-advanced-metrics-leaders-for-brls-pa-fantasy-baseball-studs-and-duds-week-8/1369010 MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:2443905a-5106-c441-d5a6-834882575899 Mon, 20 May 2024 15:18:10 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2022/05/aaron-judge-fantasy-baseball-rankings-outfield-draft-sleepers-mlb-injury-news-icon-rotoballer-135x90.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Aaron Judge - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, MLB Injury News" decoding="async" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" />Hello, RotoBallers! As another week of baseball wraps up, I will recap which hitters had the most impactful plate appearances in the past few days. Using Statcast's Barrels per Plate Appearance stat, or Brls/PA %, we can narrow our view to the hitters who are the most locked in through the season's first two months.... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/hitters-advanced-metrics-leaders-for-brls-pa-fantasy-baseball-studs-and-duds-week-8/1369010">Read More</a> 2024 Fantasy Baseball Advice Editor Note MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles 1B 2B 3B C DH FSWA MLB newsletter MLB Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball MLB Statcast Analysis for Fantasy Baseball MLB Weekly Lineup Prep OF SS Joshua Costello Mets Sign Matt Festa To Minor League Deal https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/mets-sign-matt-festa-reliever.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:9a7063da-d178-9b20-8363-21b8dadf6ba2 Mon, 20 May 2024 14:44:34 +0000 The Mets signed right-hander Matt Festa to a minor league contract, per the transaction log at MiLB.com. He&#8217;s been assigned to Triple-A Syracuse and actually made his team debut yesterday, tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief while picking up a pair of strikeouts. Festa was granted his release from a minor league deal with&#8230; <p>The Mets signed right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/festama01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Festa</a></strong> to a minor league contract, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.milb.com/transactions/2024-05-19">per the transaction log at MiLB.com</a>. He&#8217;s been assigned to Triple-A Syracuse and actually made his team debut yesterday, tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief while picking up a pair of strikeouts. Festa was <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/padres-release-matt-festa.html">granted his release</a> from a minor league deal with the Padres last week and had a rather brief stay on the free-agent market.</p> <p>The 31-year-old Festa has pitched in parts of four big league seasons, all coming with the Mariners. He&#8217;d spent his entire career in the Seattle organization prior to signing with San Diego in the offseason. Festa is a former seventh-round pick whose career has been slowed by injuries, most notably including 2020 Tommy John surgery. That wiped out his entire 2020 campaign and the bulk of his 2021 season as well.</p> <p>Festa saw big league time in the two years prior to that surgery (2018-19) and the two years following the completion of his rehab (2022-23). In 93 2/3 innings, he has a career 4.32 earned run average with an above-average 25.3% strikeout rate and plus swinging-strike rates despite fairly pedestrian velocity. His 10.9% walk rate is also a couple percentage points above the league average, however.</p> <p>Festa pitched fairly well with the Padres&#8217; top affiliate in El Paso. He logged 16 innings and yielded eight runs, though a .360 average on balls in play didn&#8217;t do him any favors in that small sample. He fanned 21.6% of his opponents during that brief stay in the Padres organization and turned in a 9.5% walk rate. Yesterday&#8217;s outing with Syracuse brought Festa to a total of 110 Triple-A frames in his career. He&#8217;s been excellent at the top minor league level, notching a 2.13 ERA, 27.2% strikeout rate and 9.4% walk rate across parts of five seasons.</p> <p>Even with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=diazed04,diaz--005edw&amp;search=Edwin+Díaz&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Edwin Diaz</a></strong> struggling to a 5.50 ERA in his return from last year&#8217;s knee injury, the Mets still have one of the top bullpens in baseball. No team&#8217;s relievers have combined to post a higher strikeout rate than their 28.5% mark, and the Mets also sit sixth in reliever ERA (3.27), fourth in FIP (3.45) and fifth in SIERA (3.39). Command has been the bullpen&#8217;s primary flaw, as manager Carlos Mendoza&#8217;s relief corps has the third-highest walk rate in baseball at 11.8%.</p> <p>The Mets have already used a whopping 17 relievers this season, showing no reluctance to shuffle up the few flexible spots in a veteran-laden bullpen. None of Diaz, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ottavad01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adam Ottavino</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopezjo02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jorge Lopez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/diekmja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jake Diekman</a></strong> or <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reidfse01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Reid-Foley</a></strong> can be optioned, and the same was true of southpaw <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/raleybr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brooks Raley</a></strong>, who&#8217;s now facing a lengthy absence <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/brooks-raley-facing-potential-long-term-absence-due-to-elbow-injury.html">due to an elbow injury</a>. Righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garrere01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Reed Garrett</a></strong> has a minor league option left but has made himself indispensable and won&#8217;t be sent down anytime soon after posting a 0.72 ERA and 41% strikeout rate through a team-high 25 innings out of the &#8217;pen.</p> <p>The Mets have cycled <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=walker014jos,walkejo03&amp;search=Josh+Walker&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Josh Walker</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hartwgr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Grant Hartwig</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tonkimi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Tonkin</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ramiryo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yohan Ramirez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jayty01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Jay</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/youngda02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Danny Young</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sulseco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cole Sulser</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nunezde01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dedniel Nunez</a></strong> and others through the final couple spots in the bullpen in an effort to keep a stable of fresh arms available for Mendoza. It&#8217;s possible Festa could join that growing line of arms riding the Mets&#8217; bullpen carousel at some point, although he&#8217;s also out of minor league options, so if he&#8217;s added to the roster he&#8217;ll have to stick in the big leagues or else be designated for assignment.</p> New York Mets Transactions Matt Festa Steve Adams Ottoneu Cold Right Now: May 20, 2024 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/ottoneu-cold-right-now-may-20-2024/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:ea9908fc-ed49-56cb-08a2-8e9653828a37 Mon, 20 May 2024 14:15:08 +0000 Embrace the cool with every icy inning. <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/ottoneu-cold-right-now-may-20-2024/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Ottoneu Lucas Kelly Nick Mariano's Week 9 Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content) https://www.rotoballer.com/premium/nick-marianos-week-9-waiver-picks-get-em-while-theyre-hot-premium-content/1368462/ MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:b391e135-ed4c-ccf3-a73b-9c190a8faf5b Mon, 20 May 2024 14:00:32 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/06/Luis-Matos-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-Injury-News-icon-rotoballer-2-135x90.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Luis Matos - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, MLB Injury News" decoding="async" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" srcset="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/06/Luis-Matos-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-Injury-News-icon-rotoballer-2-135x90.jpg 135w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/06/Luis-Matos-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-Injury-News-icon-rotoballer-2-170x113.jpg 170w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/06/Luis-Matos-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-Injury-News-icon-rotoballer-2-284x189.jpg 284w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/06/Luis-Matos-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-Injury-News-icon-rotoballer-2.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 135px) 100vw, 135px" />All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. After a fantastic European vacation, it's so nice to be home and back with you all. I've missed the weekly tradition of running through the glorious game of baseball to find waiver options high and low. We're almost through two months of the season,... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/premium/nick-marianos-week-9-waiver-picks-get-em-while-theyre-hot-premium-content/1368462/">Read More</a> 2024 Fantasy Baseball Advice Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles RotoBaller MLB Premium RotoBaller Premium 1B 2B 3B C MLB newsletter MLB Premium Waiver Wire MLB Weekly Lineup Prep OF RP SP SS Nick Mariano The 10 Nastiest Pitches From Sunday https://pitcherlist.com/the-10-nastiest-pitches-from-sunday-38/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:9eca23a2-2590-0240-c9f4-e96f831aaf5a Mon, 20 May 2024 14:00:31 +0000 <p>The Nastiest Pitches from Sunday's games</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/the-10-nastiest-pitches-from-sunday-38/">The 10 Nastiest Pitches From Sunday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Nastiest Pitches Andrew Krutz A Way-Too-Early Look at the Importance of Bat Speed https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/a-way-too-early-look-at-the-importance-of-bat-speed/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:fb8315e5-bec5-c243-6feb-97baa8571871 Mon, 20 May 2024 14:00:19 +0000 This article takes a look at some new bat tracking metrics to help readers incorporate them into their analysis toolkit. <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/a-way-too-early-look-at-the-importance-of-bat-speed/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Head to Head Roto Stat Breakdown Statcast Jordan Rosenblum Expected SP Schedules Weeks 8-9: Luis Gil Had A Great Day https://pitcherlist.com/expected-sp-schedules-weeks-8-9-luis-gil-had-a-great-day/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:1e3803e1-c191-7364-1fd1-5c4bf5321dbc Mon, 20 May 2024 13:45:13 +0000 <p>EVERY starter on EVERY team broken down! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/expected-sp-schedules-weeks-8-9-luis-gil-had-a-great-day/">Expected SP Schedules Weeks 8-9: Luis Gil Had A Great Day</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Expected SP Schedules Trevor Hooth Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/20/24 Depth Chart https://pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-relief-pitcher-rankings-5-20-24-depth-chart/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:bbb1698a-6af4-9673-8ebf-33cfcef5adee Mon, 20 May 2024 13:30:07 +0000 <p>Breakdowns of key bullpen usage from yesterday's slate of games.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-relief-pitcher-rankings-5-20-24-depth-chart/">Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings &#8211; 5/20/24 Depth Chart</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Fantasy Reliever Ranks Jake Crumpler The Opener: Doubleheader, Cardinals, White Sox https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/the-opener-doubleheader-cardinals-white-sox.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:cc1e4811-1da4-01ef-7944-7b3b6ec53261 Mon, 20 May 2024 13:22:46 +0000 As the 2024 regular season continues, here are three things we&#8217;ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today: 1. Doubleheader in Atlanta: A game between the Padres and Braves was rained out on Saturday, and the lost contest will be made up for today in the form of a&#8230; <p>As the 2024 regular season continues, here are three things we&#8217;ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:</p> <p><strong>1. Doubleheader in Atlanta:</strong></p> <p>A game between the Padres and Braves was rained out on Saturday, and the lost contest will be made up for today in the form of a split doubleheader. Game 1 is scheduled for 12:20pm local time while Game 2 is scheduled for 6:20pm local time, with fans who had tickets to Saturday night&#8217;s postponed game eligible to use them during today&#8217;s second contest this evening <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/news/padres-braves-game-postponed-saturday-20240518">per MLB.com</a>.</p> <p>Game 1 will feature a pitchers&#8217; duel between right-handers <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/ceasedy01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dylan Cease</a></strong> (2.45 ERA) and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopezre01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Reynaldo Lopez</a></strong> (1.34 ERA). while Game 2 will see young righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vasqura02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Randy Vasquez</a></strong> (6.32 ERA) face off against veteran southpaw <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/salech01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Sale</a></strong> (2.54 ERA). Braves catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/darnatr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Travis d&#8217;Arnaud</a></strong> was <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/braves-notes-riley-darnaud-murphy.html">sidelined this weekend</a> due to dizziness after a foul ball struck his mask, and while he&#8217;s expected to be back in action today, Atlanta would likely need to add another catcher to the roster if he&#8217;s suffered any sort of setback.</p> <p><strong>2. Cardinals roster move incoming:</strong></p> <p>The Cardinals are poised to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/cardinals-to-promote-ryan-loutos.html">promote</a> right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=loutos000rya&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Loutos</a></strong> today for what would be his major league debut if he makes it into a game. The Cardinals will need to clear space on both their 40-man and active rosters to accommodate the addition of Loutos, who signed with St. Louis as an undrafted free agent back in 2021 but has impressed with a 1.72 ERA and 3.06 FIP in 13 appearances at the Triple-A level for the club this year.</p> <p>The 40-man roster move could be a relatively simple one, as catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/contrwi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Willson Contreras</a></strong> is a candidate for the 60-day injured list after suffering a fractured arm that will reportedly sideline him for around <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/willson-contreras-surgery-10-weeks-cardinals.html">ten weeks</a>. The player who Loutos will replace on the active roster is less clear, although speculatively speaking it could make some sense for the Cardinals to swap out optionable right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=roberni01,robert007nic&amp;search=Nick+Robertson&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Robertson</a></strong> for a fresher arm on the heels of Robertson throwing 58 pitches across three innings of work during last night&#8217;s game.</p> <p><strong>3. Who&#8217;s joining the White Sox rotation?</strong></p> <p>The White Sox are <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/white-sox-designate-brad-keller.html">reportedly</a> planning to designate veteran right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kellebr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brad Keller</a></strong> for assignment today following a tough start in the Bronx over the weekend where he allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits, including four home runs, and a walk over four inning. Keller, 28, will have the opportunity to elect free agency in search of another opportunity should he not be traded or claimed before clearing waivers.</p> <p>What remains unclear is how the White Sox plan to replace the veteran righty in their rotation. Right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sorokmi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Soroka</a></strong> is stretched out to start but was only just <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/white-sox-move-michael-soroka-to-bullpen.html">moved to the bullpen</a> last week to accommodate Keller. Lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/shustja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jared Shuster</a></strong> has starting experience and has looked good in seven multi-inning relief appearances, but he&#8217;s thrown in the vicinity of just 25 pitches per outing in recent weeks and would likely need to be stretched out further to be a realistic starting option. That could leave the club to turn to a hurler not currently on the active roster such as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nastrni01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Nastrini</a></strong> or <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cannojo02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jonathan Cannon</a></strong>, both of whom made their MLB debuts earlier this season but have since been optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte.</p> The Opener Nick Deeds Live Chat With Fantasy Baseball Expert Nicklaus Gaut https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/live-chat-with-fantasy-baseball-expert-nicklaus-gaut.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:4f14339a-5d3a-782c-b7b4-739c60fd1331 Mon, 20 May 2024 13:17:21 +0000 Fantasy baseball expert Nicklaus Gaut will be holding a live chat today at 11am central time, exclusively with Trade Rumors Front Office subscribers.  Use the link below to ask a question in advance, participate in the live event, and read the transcript afterward. Unlock Subscriber-Exclusive Articles Like This One With a Trade Rumors Front Office&#8230; <p>Fantasy baseball expert Nicklaus Gaut will be holding a live chat today at 11am central time, exclusively with Trade Rumors Front Office subscribers.  Use the link below to ask a question in advance, participate in the live event, and read the transcript afterward.</p> <div class="front-office-originals"> <img class="landing-logo" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/wp-content/plugins/fv-traderumors-membership-landing/images/mlb/landing-logo.png" /> <h4>Unlock Subscriber-Exclusive Articles Like This One With a Trade Rumors Front Office Subscription</h4> <div class="benefit-badge"> <div class="landing-divider"></div> <div class="the-badge">BENEFITS</div> </div> <ul> <li>Access weekly subscriber-only articles by Tim Dierkes, Steve Adams, and Anthony Franco.</li> <li>Join exclusive weekly live chats with Anthony.</li> <li>Remove ads and support our writers.</li> <li>Access GM-caliber tools like our MLB Contract Tracker</li> </ul> <a href="/membership?ref=5-20-24"></a> </div> Front Office Fantasy Membership Tim Dierkes MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 5/20/2024 https://pitcherlist.com/mlb-news-moments-you-should-know-5-20-2024/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:16364304-ea1f-b2fa-57b4-17e4ac68ce2e Mon, 20 May 2024 13:15:21 +0000 <p>Ohtani wins it. 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A Sunday full of Ws. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/mlb-news-moments-you-should-know-5-20-2024/">MLB News &#038; Moments You Should Know: 5/20/2024</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> MLB Morning News Pablo Figueroa Fantasy Baseball Daily Hitting Recap: 5/19/2024 https://pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-daily-hitting-recap-5-19-2024/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:aa8647fc-ed8e-48a2-d99d-2c255b4f9107 Mon, 20 May 2024 13:05:12 +0000 <p>Breaking down notable hitting performances from yesterday’s games.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/fantasy-baseball-daily-hitting-recap-5-19-2024/">Fantasy Baseball Daily Hitting Recap: 5/19/2024</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Hitter Recap Kyle Stanzel Correlation Fun With Statcast’s New Bat Tracking Data https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/correlation-fun-with-statcasts-new-bat-tracking-data/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:131a7590-0bdc-cbb3-1298-11e831bb59a8 Mon, 20 May 2024 12:15:16 +0000 Can the new metrics help predict HR/FB? <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/correlation-fun-with-statcasts-new-bat-tracking-data/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Meta Analysis Mike Podhorzer Starts and Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups for Fantasy Baseball (May 20 - May 26) https://www.rotoballer.com/starts-and-sits-all-starting-pitcher-matchups-for-fantasy-baseball-may-20-may-26/1367728 MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:e03a53b9-1e68-e391-980f-ec4dbbd3f99e Mon, 20 May 2024 11:30:57 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2024/05/Chris-Sale-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-Waiver-Wire-Pickups-icon-rotoballer-135x90.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Chris Sale - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups" decoding="async" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" srcset="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2024/05/Chris-Sale-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-Waiver-Wire-Pickups-icon-rotoballer-135x90.jpg 135w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2024/05/Chris-Sale-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-Waiver-Wire-Pickups-icon-rotoballer-170x113.jpg 170w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2024/05/Chris-Sale-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-Waiver-Wire-Pickups-icon-rotoballer-284x189.jpg 284w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2024/05/Chris-Sale-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-Waiver-Wire-Pickups-icon-rotoballer.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 135px) 100vw, 135px" />The 2024 MLB season is over a quarter of the way done as warmer weather gets more consistent for our matchups. Welcome to our starting pitcher starts/sits for fantasy baseball Week 9 - Monday, May 20 through Sunday, May 26. Do you know how to handle your roster decisions for the week? For 12 years... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/starts-and-sits-all-starting-pitcher-matchups-for-fantasy-baseball-may-20-may-26/1367728">Read More</a> 2024 Fantasy Baseball Advice Editor Note Featured Baseball Featured Homepage MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers MLB Articles Fantasy Baseball Streamers - Waiver Wire Streaming Picks Fantasy Baseball Streaming - MLB Pitcher Streamers MLB Points Leagues for H2H Fantasy Baseball MLB Start Sit Series for Fantasy Baseball MLB Weekly Lineup Prep SP Nick Mariano Roto Riteup: May 20, 2024 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/roto-riteup-may-20-2024/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:ebf4ff0a-7126-c5e8-7316-46c70456c192 Mon, 20 May 2024 11:15:03 +0000 Start your week off Rite with the Roto Riteup! <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/roto-riteup-may-20-2024/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Roto Riteup Justin Mason The Cut List - Time to Let Go? Week 9 https://www.rotoballer.com/the-cut-list-time-to-let-go-week-9-3/1367292 MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:48e3bd69-e784-d75d-3d4a-bb2cd85eaf73 Mon, 20 May 2024 11:00:21 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2022/05/bo-bichette-fantasy-baseball-rankings-draft-sleepers-shortstops-MLB-injury-news-dfs-picks-icon-rotoballer-135x90.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Bo Bichette - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, MLB DFS Picks, Betting Picks" decoding="async" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" srcset="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2022/05/bo-bichette-fantasy-baseball-rankings-draft-sleepers-shortstops-MLB-injury-news-dfs-picks-icon-rotoballer-135x90.jpeg 135w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2022/05/bo-bichette-fantasy-baseball-rankings-draft-sleepers-shortstops-MLB-injury-news-dfs-picks-icon-rotoballer-170x113.jpeg 170w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2022/05/bo-bichette-fantasy-baseball-rankings-draft-sleepers-shortstops-MLB-injury-news-dfs-picks-icon-rotoballer-284x189.jpeg 284w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2022/05/bo-bichette-fantasy-baseball-rankings-draft-sleepers-shortstops-MLB-injury-news-dfs-picks-icon-rotoballer.jpeg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 135px) 100vw, 135px" />Welcome back to The Cut List for Week 9 of the 2024 fantasy baseball season -- May 20 through May 26. This is our weekly article looking at players whom fantasy managers might be considering cutting from their teams and struggling players who need a closer look. We'll look at players who are worthy of... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/the-cut-list-time-to-let-go-week-9-3/1367292">Read More</a> 2024 Fantasy Baseball Advice 2024 Fantasy Baseball Busts & Overvalued Players Editor Note MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles 1B 2B 3B MLB Cuts Drops Busts List MLB newsletter MLB Weekly Lineup Prep reddit RP SP SS Jamie Steed Points League Hitters: Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball for Week 9 (2024) https://www.rotoballer.com/points-league-hitters-waiver-wire-pickups-for-fantasy-baseball-for-week-9-2024/1368572 MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:d4d7b824-0e5c-854e-16ad-abbd4aac8f0b Mon, 20 May 2024 10:46:41 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/04/Tyler-Freeman-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-News-icon-rotoballer-2-135x90.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Tyler Freeman - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, MLB Prospects, Draft Sleepers" decoding="async" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" srcset="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/04/Tyler-Freeman-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-News-icon-rotoballer-2-135x90.jpg 135w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/04/Tyler-Freeman-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-News-icon-rotoballer-2-170x113.jpg 170w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/04/Tyler-Freeman-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-News-icon-rotoballer-2-284x189.jpg 284w, https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2023/04/Tyler-Freeman-Fantasy-Baseball-Rankings-Draft-Sleepers-MLB-News-icon-rotoballer-2.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 135px) 100vw, 135px" />Welcome RotoBallers to the Week 9 edition of our fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for hitters. These fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups are for the week of May 20 - May 26, looking at players below ~50% rostered on ESPN or Yahoo. We'll be doing this points league roundup every week here at RotoBaller because... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/points-league-hitters-waiver-wire-pickups-for-fantasy-baseball-for-week-9-2024/1368572">Read More</a> 2024 Fantasy Baseball Advice Editor Note Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles 1B 2B 3B C Fantasy Baseball Streamers - Waiver Wire Streaming Picks MLB newsletter MLB Points Leagues for H2H Fantasy Baseball MLB Weekly Lineup Prep OF SS Nicklaus Gaut Fantasy Baseball: Errant Civale https://pitcherlist.com/sp-roundup-5-19-24/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:f6f60ad4-c194-cc01-6e56-bb134699f57e Mon, 20 May 2024 07:03:46 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack reviews every starting pitcher performance from Sunday.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/sp-roundup-5-19-24/">Fantasy Baseball: Errant Civale</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> SP Roundup Nick Pollack First Pitch – 5/20/24 https://pitcherlist.com/first-pitch-5-20-24/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:fe3b4892-c435-903f-ba32-c47cccec4cc9 Mon, 20 May 2024 07:00:09 +0000 <p>Everything you need to know to win your fantasy baseball league, daily</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/first-pitch-5-20-24/">First Pitch &#8211; 5/20/24</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> First Pitch Podcast Podcast Brian Entrekin Starting Pitcher Chart – May 20th, 2024 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/starting-pitcher-chart-may-20th-2024/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:f7d313cf-e511-5166-7efd-57ca0083c506 Mon, 20 May 2024 04:38:36 +0000 Star studded cast headlines a deep Monday slate <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/starting-pitcher-chart-may-20th-2024/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured SP Chart Paul Sporer The Journeyman Outfielder Flourishing With The Cubs https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/the-journeyman-outfielder-flourishing-with-the-cubs.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:450a8cc7-92bd-b916-50ae-58d0b459f7ee Mon, 20 May 2024 04:27:54 +0000 When the Cubs signed veteran outfielder Mike Tauchman to a minor league deal back in January of last year, the deal was barely a footnote in an offseason that saw Chicago splurge on stars such as Dansby Swanson and Cody Bellinger as they attempted to work their way back into the playoff conversation. Even the&#8230; <p>When the Cubs signed veteran outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tauchmi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mike Tauchman</a></strong> to a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/01/cubs-sign-mike-tauchman.html">minor league deal</a> back in January of last year, the deal was barely a footnote in an offseason that saw Chicago splurge on stars such as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/swansda01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dansby Swanson</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bellico01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cody Bellinger</a></strong> as they attempted to work their way back into the playoff conversation. Even the signings of veteran role players such as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mancitr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Trey Mancini</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hosmeer01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Eric Hosmer</a></strong> appeared to be more relevant to the Cubs&#8217; chances as the season got underway, although injuries eventually forced the club to select Tauchman&#8217;s contract on May 19, 2023.</p> <p>One year to the day later, the 33-year-old journeyman has emerged as one of the most important pieces in Chicago&#8217;s lineup as they renew their efforts to return to the postseason for the first time in a full season since 2018.</p> <p>Tauchman is perhaps best known for his 2019 campaign, when he enjoyed a breakout season with the Yankees. The then-28-year-old had struggled through 69 plate appearances with the Rockies since making his big league debut back in 2017, hitting just .153/.265/.203 during that time, and was flipped to the Yankees in a minor trade during Spring Training 2019. Despite his lack of success at the big league level, Tauchman received an opportunity with the Yankees midseason when injuries to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hicksaa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aaron Hicks</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stantmi03.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Giancarlo Stanton</a></strong> left a hole in the Yankees outfield alongside <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gardnbr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brett Gardner</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/judgeaa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aaron Judge</a></strong>. He made the most of the opportunity and posted 3.1 fWAR in just 87 games as he slashed a whopping .277/.361/.504 with 13 home runs in just 296 trips to the plate.</p> <p>While his incredible performance in 2019 offered some hope that he was emerging as a big league regular, Tauchman would fall back to Earth over the next two seasons. In 118 games with the Yankees and Giants across the 2020-21 seasons, his power production completely evaporated, leaving him with a paltry .203/.306/.291 slash line despite a still-strong 12.3% walk rate. Tauchman&#8217;s struggles ultimately led him to head overseas to play out the 2022 season with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.</p> <p>His 144-game stint in Korea went quite well, as he slashed a strong .289/.366/.430 in 648 trips to the plate as the club&#8217;s starting center fielder. On the heels of his strong performance, Tauchman tried his luck at returning to stateside ball in free agency during the 2022-23 offseason, although he ultimately was unable to find anything more than a minor league pact with Chicago. He held his own in 21 games with the Cubs during Spring Training, hitting a respectable .225/.354/.400 in 48 trips to the plate, but was ultimately unable to crack the club&#8217;s Opening Day roster even amid an injury to outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suzukse01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Seiya Suzuki</a></strong> as the Cubs instead opted to utilize Mancini and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mastrmi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Miles Mastrobuoni</a></strong> in right field to open the season.</p> <p>Tauchman&#8217;s chance would come later in the season, when an injury to Bellinger and the deep struggles of Hosmer led the club to place the former on the injured list and designate the latter for assignment. With a gaping hole in center field and only <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/happia01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ian Happ</a></strong> batting from the left side in the starting lineup, the Cubs selected Tauchman to the roster and installed him as a stopgap option in center field while Bellinger was on the shelf. Tauchman made the most of the opportunity, however, and by the time Bellinger was ready to return to the lineup in June, Tauchman was reaching base at a .415 clip and playing strong enough defense in center that the Cubs opted to temporarily move Bellinger to first base in order to keep Tauchman&#8217;s bat in the lineup.</p> <p>Tauchman remained one of the club&#8217;s top on-base threats throughout the remainder of the season, and ended the 2023 campaign having eclipsed 100 games played and 400 trips to the plate in the majors for the first time in his career. His final slash line of .252/.363/.377 showed little power compared to his .227 ISO during his 2019 campaign with the Yankees, but his excellent 14% walk rate was second only to Ian Happ among Cubs hitters and he managed to reduce his strikeout rate to just 21.4%, a far cry from the 27% clip he had punched out at in the majors to that point in his career.</p> <p>The showing was enough for Tauchman to not only be tendered an arbitration-level contract for the first time in his career but also enter Spring Training <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/03/cubs-notes-tauchman-imanaga-taillon.html">assured of a spot on the Opening Day roster</a>. While the returning outfield trio of Happ, Bellinger, and Suzuki combined with the addition of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/buschmi02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Busch</a></strong> at first base appeared likely to push Tauchman out of the Cubs&#8217;s starting lineup as the 2023 season began, a combination of early-season injuries to Suzuki and Bellinger and manager <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/counscr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Craig Counsell</a></strong>&#8217;s willingness to play <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morelch01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Christopher Morel</a></strong> at third base on a regular basis has opened up plenty of opportunities for Tauchman to continue to act as a regular in the club&#8217;s lineup this season.</p> <p>Once again, Tauchman has made the most of his opportunities by delivering an even stronger start than he did in 2023. In 43 games with the Cubs this season, the 33-year-old is slashing an excellent .257/.375/.407 in 168 trips to the plate. He&#8217;s seen his walk rate tick up to a whopping 14.9% that&#8217;s good for seventh among all qualified regulars in MLB this year, while his strikeout rate has held steady at 21.4%. Most excitingly, Tauchman has even managed to show a bit more power than he did in his first season with Chicago; he&#8217;s already clubbed four homers and nine doubles after managing just eight homers and 18 doubles throughout the entire 2023 campaign.</p> <p>All that adds up to an excellent 130 wRC+ that leaves Tauchman tied with Bellinger for 40th place among all MLB regulars and first among all Cubs hitters this season. It&#8217;s been a truly remarkable pair of seasons for Tauchman in Chicago, and if he can continue to produce at this sort of level the Cubs will have plenty of tough decisions on their hands with top outfield prospects such as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/crowape01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pete Crow-Armstrong</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=caissi000owe&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Owen Caissie</a></strong> knocking on the door of the majors. Regardless of the outcome of those decisions, Tauchman has done enough over the past calendar year to assure himself continued opportunities at the big league level even as he enters his mid-thirties in a remarkable turnaround for a player many had written off as a one-season wonder half a decade ago.</p> Chicago Cubs MLBTR Originals Mike Tauchman Nick Deeds Injury Notes: Garcia, Bradford, Pagan, Chandler https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/injury-notes-garcia-bradford-pagan-chandler.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:bd7e4b0e-7196-e713-d447-5428802b4078 Mon, 20 May 2024 04:03:49 +0000 Adolis Garcia and Marcus Semien collided in pursuit of a fly ball in shallow right field in Saturday&#8217;s game, leaving Garcia with a sore forearm that kept him out of Sunday&#8217;s game.  The issue was serious enough that Garcia underwent an MRI, but manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com&#8217;s Kennedi Landry (X link) and other reporters&#8230; <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garciad02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adolis Garcia</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/semiema01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marcus Semien</a></strong> collided in pursuit of a fly ball in shallow right field in Saturday&#8217;s game, leaving Garcia with a sore forearm that kept him out of Sunday&#8217;s game.  The issue was serious enough that Garcia underwent an MRI, but manager Bruce Bochy told <a href="https://x.com/kennlandry/status/1792304138983780417" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MLB.com&#8217;s Kennedi Landry</a> (X link) and other reporters that the outfielder received &#8220;pretty good&#8221; results from the tests.  Since the <strong>Rangers</strong> don&#8217;t play on Monday, the team is hopeful that another day of rest will have Garcia ready for the start of their series Tuesday against the Phillies.</p> <p>Garcia has a solid 117 wRC+ over 192 plate appearances this season, though his .251/.297/.491 slash line is obviously power-heavy.  While Garcia has 11 homers and is making lots of hard contact, his strikeout and walk rates are both far below the league average, and his 5.7% walk rate is in particular a sharp drop from his 10.3% number in 2023.  Despite these concerns, Garcia has still been one of the better hitters in a Texas lineup that has struggled to follow up on its huge numbers from its championship season.</p> <p>More injury updates from around baseball&#8230;</p> <ul> <li>Sticking with the <strong>Rangers</strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradfco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cody Bradford</a></strong> <a href="https://x.com/kennlandry/status/1792229676393390567" target="_blank" rel="noopener">told Landry</a> and other reporters that the stress fracture in his rib isn&#8217;t improving, even if the injury is no longer causing him pain.  Bradford has been shut down from throwing for the time being, and it isn&#8217;t yet known how long this shutdown might extend his recovery timeline.  Bradford hasn&#8217;t pitched since April 10 due to a lower back strain that led to his initial placement on the 10-day injured list, but the rib fracture was discovered near the end of April, and it was expected that Bradford would likely miss the rest of May.  The left-hander had a sterling 1.40 ERA in his first 19 1/3 innings of the season, but his injuries have made him one of an incredible six starting pitchers on the Rangers&#8217; IL.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paganem01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Emilio Pagan</a></strong> had to be removed from the Reds&#8217; 3-2 loss to the Dodgers today after the reliever felt some pain in his triceps area.  &#8220;<em>It felt like my triceps overstretched right in the middle</em>,” Pagan said told <a href="https://www.mlb.com/reds/news/reds-injuries-and-roster-moves" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MLB.com</a> and other media, though &#8220;<em>it wasn’t sharp pain. It wasn’t a grab</em>.&#8221;  Pagan will be examined by team doctors during the Monday off-day, but an initial round of tests created some hope that the issue isn&#8217;t serious.  Pagan&#8217;s 54.2% hard-hit ball rate is among the highest in baseball and he is having his usual trouble keeping the ball in the park, but the right-hander has limited the damage to a 4.19 ERA over 19 1/3 innings thanks to an outstanding strikeout rate.</li> <li><strong>Pirates</strong> pitching prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=chandl002roy&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-20_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bubba Chandler</a></strong> has been placed on the seven-day IL at Double-A due to forearm tightness, as assistant GM Steve Sanders relayed in an interview on 93.7 radio (hat tip to <a href="https://triblive.com/sports/pirates-assistant-general-manager-steve-sanders-offers-updates-on-henry-davis-several-minor-leaguers/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Justin Guerriero of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</a>).  Chandler was a third-round pick for the Bucs in the 2021 draft, and he is ranked 57th by Baseball America and 66th by MLB Pipeline in their current lists of the sport&#8217;s top prospects.  The righty had 3.10 ERA over his first 20 1/3 innings of the Double-A season but was hit hard in his last two outings, perhaps in relation to the forearm issue.</li> </ul> Cincinnati Reds Notes Pittsburgh Pirates Texas Rangers Adolis Garcia Bubba Chandler Cody Bradford Emilio Pagan Mark Polishuk Cardinals To Promote Ryan Loutos https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/cardinals-to-promote-ryan-loutos.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:018ae500-5e3d-68ad-f018-93a05351b440 Mon, 20 May 2024 02:50:05 +0000 The Cardinals are calling up right-hander Ryan Loutos, according to the WashU Baseball Updates X feed.  The team will need to make adjustments to both its 26-man and 40-man rosters, as Loutos isn&#8217;t on the Cards&#8217; 40-man. This will be the first MLB exposure for Loutos, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis who&#8230; <p>The Cardinals are calling up right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=loutos000rya&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Loutos</a></strong>, according to the <a href="https://x.com/WashUBsblFan/status/1792360836276928772" target="_blank" rel="noopener">WashU Baseball Updates X feed</a>.  The team will need to make adjustments to both its 26-man and 40-man rosters, as Loutos isn&#8217;t on the Cards&#8217; 40-man.</p> <p>This will be the first MLB exposure for Loutos, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis who signed with the Cards as an undrafted free agent in 2021.  It means that the 25-year-old has now beaten the vast majority of players from that draft class to the majors, marking another step in Loutos&#8217; unusual baseball career.  As Geoff Pontes of Baseball America wrote in a 2022 interview with the right-hander, &#8220;the Cardinals coveted Loutos as much for his potential fit as a front office candidate as they did for his skill as a baseball player.&#8221;  Loutos is a computer science major who has already been working with the Cardinals&#8217; analytics department.</p> <p>In terms of on-field contributions, Loutos pitched pretty well in 2022 before struggling to a 6.40 ERA over 71 2/3 relief innings at Triple-A Memphis in 2023.  Loutos had a solid 24.1% strikeout rate but also a 11.3% walk rate, and that latter number has actually gotten worse to the tune of a 13.6BB% this season.  However, Loutos also hasn&#8217;t allowed any homers, has generated a 50% grounder rate, and upped his K% to 27.3% in posting a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 frames for Memphis in 2024.</p> <p>It was enough to merit Loutos a ticket to the Show, even if it might be just a short-term stint to provide a fresh arm to the St. Louis bullpen.  The Cardinals have leaned pretty hard on their pen over the last few games, so some extra help could be required when the Cards begin a series Monday with the hot-hitting Orioles.</p> St. Louis Cardinals Transactions Ryan Loutos Mark Polishuk Braves Reinstate Pierce Johnson, Jackson Stephens Elects Free Agency https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/braves-reinstate-pierce-johnson-outright-jackson-stephens.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:0771f727-91dc-b21f-ac21-930dd07078ef Mon, 20 May 2024 02:42:33 +0000 TODAY: Stephens has again rejected the outright assignment and opted for free agency, the Braves announced. MAY 18: The Braves announced that right-hander Pierce Johnson has been reinstated from the 15-day injured list.  Now recovered from some elbow inflammation, Johnson will take the roster spot of Jackson Stephens, who has been outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett.&#8230; <p><strong>TODAY</strong>: Stephens has again rejected the outright assignment and opted for free agency, the Braves announced.</p> <p><strong>MAY 18</strong>: The Braves announced that right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnspi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-18_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Pierce Johnson</a></strong> has been reinstated from the 15-day injured list.  Now recovered from some elbow inflammation, Johnson will take the roster spot of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stephja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-18_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jackson Stephens</a></strong>, who has been outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett.</p> <p>Johnson&#8217;s initial IL placement was backdated to May 1, so the reliever will end up missing only slightly beyond the 15-day minimum stint.  As noted by MLB.com&#8217;s Mark Bowman (<a href="https://x.com/mlbbowman/status/1791831722067116226" target="_blank" rel="noopener">X link</a>), Stephens&#8217; status seems to have played a role in Johnson not being immediately reinstated when first eligible, as it gave a bit of extra time for Stephens to pass through waivers.  There hadn&#8217;t been any public indication that Stephens had been designated for assignment before today&#8217;s outright announcement.</p> <p>Over his first 12 innings of the 2024 season, Johnson had a 3.00 ERA, 32% strikeout rate, 10 percent walk rate, and a 58.6% grounder rate.  Control has long been Johnson&#8217;s chief issue as a big league pitcher, as he carried an 11.5% walk rate across his 137 2/3 innings with three different teams from 2017-22.  That number spiked to a 13.3% in 39 innings with the Rockies last season, and a 6.00 ERA before Johnson&#8217;s career was turned around in a deadline trade to Atlanta.  Johnson delivered an exceptional 0.76 ERA as well as a 5.6% walk rate and 36% strikeout rate in 23 2/3 innings for the Braves, immediately cementing his place as a key member of the bullpen mix.  The Braves were impressed enough to offer Johnson <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/10/braves-sign-pierce-johnson-to-two-year-extension.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a two-year, $14.25MM contract extension</a> to keep him from testing free agency.</p> <p>Since Stephens is out of minor league options, the Braves have repeatedly cycled him through the DFA/outright process in order to send him to Triple-A.  Stephens has usually elected for free agency in this scenario (as is his right as a player who has previously been outrighted off a 40-man roster) only to re-sign with Atlanta on a new minors contract.  It seems quite likely that history could repeat itself here, if Stephens wants to first test the market out of due diligence if nothing else, before returning to his role as a depth arm in the Braves&#8217; system.</p> <p>Amidst the constant transactions, Stephens has pitched pretty well since initially joining the Braves in the 2021-22 offseason.  He has a 3.52 ERA across 69 total innings, with 53 2/3 of those frames coming in 2022 since he missed a good chunk of last season due to injuries.</p> Atlanta Braves Transactions Jackson Stephens Pierce Johnson Mark Polishuk MLBTR Chat Transcript https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/mlbtr-live-chat-877.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:fe7b0721-633a-3598-b728-12f76c509194 Mon, 20 May 2024 02:10:00 +0000 Click here to read the transcript of tonight&#8217;s live baseball chat <p><a href="https://live.jotcast.com/chat/mlbtr-live-chat-18444.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Click here</a> to read the transcript of tonight&#8217;s live baseball chat</p> MLBTR Chats Mark Polishuk White Sox To Designate Brad Keller For Assignment https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/white-sox-designate-brad-keller.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:16f0b36e-40e1-be5b-da30-4a2f4bbfe9d4 Mon, 20 May 2024 00:16:06 +0000 The White Sox are designating right-hander Brad Keller for assignment, James Fegan of Sox Machine reports (links to X).  Dominic Leone is being activated from the 15-day injured list to take Keller&#8217;s spot on the active roster. After three increasingly rough seasons with the Royals, Keller caught on with Chicago on a minor league deal&#8230; <p>The White Sox are designating right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kellebr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brad Keller</a></strong> for assignment, James Fegan of Sox Machine reports (<a href="https://x.com/JRFegan/status/1792347397395546520" target="_blank" rel="noopener">links</a> <a href="https://x.com/JRFegan/status/1792346674368840000" target="_blank" rel="noopener">to X</a>).  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leonedo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dominic Leone</a></strong> is being activated from the 15-day injured list to take Keller&#8217;s spot on the active roster.</p> <p>After three increasingly rough seasons with the Royals, Keller caught on with Chicago on a minor league deal over the offseason and that contract was selected to the big league roster at the end of April.  Keller&#8217;s five games in a Sox uniform have consisted of two starts and three relief appearances, and his most recent outing saw him allow five earned runs to the Yankees over four innings of work in yesterday&#8217;s 6-1 Chicago loss.</p> <p>That boosted Keller&#8217;s ERA to 4.86 over 16 2/3 total frames, with an underwhelming 17.7% strikeout rate and an okay 7.9% walk rate.  Keller&#8217;s 56.1% grounder rate is impressive but he has also benefited from a .231 BABIP and been hit hard when he hasn&#8217;t been able to keep the ball on the ground.  Over his small sample size of work, Keller has allowed five home runs, including four from the Yankees yesterday.</p> <p>More to come&#8230;.</p> Chicago White Sox Transactions Brad Keller Dominic Leone Mark Polishuk MLBTR Live Chat https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/mlbtr-live-chat-877.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:52b860fd-20b8-f823-cab9-67421e5e65fa Sun, 19 May 2024 23:47:00 +0000 Click here to submit questions and follow along with tonight&#8217;s live baseball chat <p><a href="https://live.jotcast.com/chat/mlbtr-live-chat-18444.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Click here</a> to submit questions and follow along with tonight&#8217;s live baseball chat</p> MLBTR Chats Mark Polishuk Cubs To Promote Luis Vazquez https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/cubs-to-promote-luis-vazquez.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:1d693065-67c3-aebb-6690-7ba6d24fd490 Sun, 19 May 2024 22:46:39 +0000 The Cubs are promoting infield prospect Luis Vazquez to the majors, according to ESPN&#8217;s Jorge Castillo (who also happens to be Vazquez&#8217;s cousin).  The 24-year-old Vazquez will be making his MLB debut whenever he appears in his first game. Since the Cubs&#8217; next game isn&#8217;t until Tuesday, Vazquez&#8217;s call-up seems tied to Nico Hoerner&#8217;s health&#8230; <p>The Cubs are promoting infield prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=vazque002lui&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Luis Vazquez</a></strong> to the majors, according to ESPN&#8217;s Jorge Castillo (who also happens to be Vazquez&#8217;s cousin).  The 24-year-old Vazquez will be making his MLB debut whenever he appears in his first game.</p> <p>Since the Cubs&#8217; next game isn&#8217;t until Tuesday, Vazquez&#8217;s call-up seems tied to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hoernni01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nico Hoerner</a></strong>&#8217;s health status.  Hoerner hasn&#8217;t played since last Monday due to a balky hamstring, and while the Cubs <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/cubs-notes-swanson-hoerner-smyly-wicks-hendricks.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">were hopeful</a> Hoerner would be able to play Tuesday, it could be that the team decided that an official injured list stint was necessary to get Hoerner fully recovered.  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/swansda01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dansby Swanson</a></strong> is also already on the IL recovering from a knee sprain and was expected to be activated on Tuesday, so it is possible Vazquez could be joining the Cubs if there has been some unknown setback in Swanson&#8217;s recovery.</p> <p>Whatever the case, the door has been opened for Vazquez to get his first shot at the big leagues.  A 14th-round pick for the Cubs in the 2017 draft, Vazquez didn&#8217;t do much at the plate until last season, when he batted a combined .271/.361/.456 with 20 home runs over 528 plate appearances almost evenly split between Double-A and Triple-A.  The hot hitting has continued into this season, as Vazquez has slashed .270/.369/.409 with three homers across his 164 PA with Triple-A Iowa.</p> <p>This breakout year led the Cubs to put Vazquez on their 40-man roster last November in advance of the Rule 5 Draft, and for some extra attention from the pundits &#8212; MLB Pipeline has Vazquez ranked as the 13th-best prospect in Chicago&#8217;s farm system, while Baseball America has him 14th.  As per Pipeline&#8217;s scouting report, Vazquez was able to straighten out his swing and make better contact after learning to lower his hands at the plate, thus unlocking some extra power potential.  Between these improvements and Vazquez&#8217;s highly-touted defense, both Pipeline and BA think Vazquez now has a path to a Major League role as a versatile bench player.</p> <p>Vazquez&#8217;s glovework and throwing arm each merit 60s on the 20-80 scouting scale, and as Pipeline puts it, &#8220;he&#8217;s so good at short that Chicago rarely has deployed him at other positions.&#8221;  Vazquez does have some experience at second and third base and shouldn&#8217;t have much trouble at either position given his shortstop capability, making him an interesting utility option for the Cubs on at least a temporary basis.  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mastrmi01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Miles Mastrobuoni</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/madrini01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Madrigal</a></strong> have been filling the middle infield roles with Swanson and Hoerner out, and if both players are indeed back on Tuesday, Mastrobuoni could find himself relegated back to Triple-A to create room for Vazquez&#8217;s promotion.</p> Chicago Cubs Transactions Luis Vazquez Mark Polishuk Braves Interested In Zach Eflin https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/braves-interested-in-zach-eflin.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:77680c99-f923-ff76-d975-ceb95d36f149 Sun, 19 May 2024 22:25:13 +0000 The Braves are &#8220;keeping a close eye on&#8221; Zach Eflin as a potential trade target prior to the deadline, USA Today&#8217;s Bob Nightengale writes.  Rotation help has been circled as a likely need for Atlanta ever since Spencer Strider was lost for the season to an internal brace surgery, and Eflin stands out as a&#8230; <p>The Braves are &#8220;keeping a close eye on&#8221; <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/eflinza01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Zach Eflin</a></strong> as a potential trade target prior to the deadline, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2024/05/19/paul-skenes-pittsburgh-pirates-mlb-draft-air-force-lsu/73755894007/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">USA Today&#8217;s Bob Nightengale</a> writes.  Rotation help has been circled as a likely need for Atlanta ever since <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stridsp01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spencer Strider</a></strong> was lost for the season to an internal brace surgery, and Eflin stands out as a potentially intriguing choice for several reasons.</p> <p>First and foremost, Eflin is again pitching well in terms of bottom-line results, with a 4.12 ERA over 10 starts and 59 innings.  The right-hander continues to be among the best control specialists in the game with a sterling 1.6% walk rate, though there are some red flags in other notable categories.  Eflin is again among the league leaders in barrels even if his barrel rate is only slightly below average, but his hard-hit ball rate (41.6%) and strikeout rate (17.9%) are also both subpar.  He was well above average in both categories in 2023, when Eflin&#8217;s first season in Tampa Bay resulted in a sixth-place finish in AL Cy Young Award voting.</p> <p>A contender like the Braves won&#8217;t necessarily be scared off by Eflin&#8217;s 2024 numbers, as they are very familiar with Eflin&#8217;s work after dealing with him as a division rival during Eflin&#8217;s years with the Phillies.  Durability might also be a concern given Eflin&#8217;s long history of knee problems, but he tossed 182 2/3 innings last year between the regular season and playoffs, and had only a brief IL stint due to a bad back.</p> <p>These are all good reasons why the Rays themselves might naturally want to keep Eflin in their own rotation as they continue to vie for another postseason berth.  Tampa Bay is 11-6 in its last 17 games, a hot streak that has gotten the club back up to a 25-23 record after a mediocre April.  Eflin has also been a stabilizing force in a rotation beset by injuries, even if some reinforcements are on the way.  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pepiory01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Pepiot</a></strong> could return from the 15-day IL this week in his recovery from a leg contusion, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bazsh01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Shane Baz</a></strong> (currently on a rehab assignment) and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sprinje01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jeffrey Springs</a></strong> are tentatively expected to return from Tommy John surgery rehab in July or August, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rasmudr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Drew Rasmussen</a></strong> is on roughly the same timeline after he went an internal brace procedure last July.</p> <p>If at least one of Springs, Baz, or Rasmussen is already back by the deadline and the Rays are comfortable with the recovery status of the others, it is possible Tampa Bay might feel comfortable counting on these internal arms to help fill the gap created by trading Eflin.  It is a risk that most teams might not take, and yet as always with the Rays, payroll could be a factor in their decision-making.  Eflin is in the second season of a three-year, $40MM contract that was paid out as $11MM in both 2023 and 2024, and then $18MM in 2025.  (He also receives a $1MM bonus in the event of a trade.)</p> <p>Moving Eflin would allow the Rays to avoid the backloaded final portion of that contract, and get the remainder of Eflin&#8217;s 2024 salary also off the books.  Even if Eflin isn&#8217;t dealt at the deadline, it stands to reason that the Rays might explore moving him this offseason, similar to how the club dealt <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/glasnty01.shtml" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Tyler Glasnow</strong></a> to the Dodgers last winter before Glasnow was owed $25MM in 2024 under the terms of his previous contract.</p> <p>Acquiring Eflin would also have some interesting payroll implications for a Braves team whose projected luxury tax number (as per <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/braves" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RosterResource</a>) sits at approximately $272.5MM.  This is already well into the second tax tier and not far off the third tier that begins at $277MM.  Atlanta hasn&#8217;t been shy in spending big in pursuit of another World Series title, but crossing the $277MM threshold carries the secondary penalty of a 10-slot drop for the Braves&#8217; first selection in the 2025 draft.  Eflin being controlled through 2025 might carry some particular for the Braves, however, as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/friedma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Max Fried</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mortoch02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Charlie Morton</a></strong> will both be free agents this winter.</p> <p>Alex Anthopoulos and Erik Neander are two of the most creative executives in baseball, so any number of interesting Atlanta/Tampa trades could be devised that would perhaps allow Eflin to change teams while also allowing the Braves to stay under that third luxury tax tier.  The Rays could eat a larger portion of Eflin&#8217;s contract in order to obtain a better prospect return from the Braves, or perhaps a third team could be brought into the talks to balance things out.</p> <p>Atlanta&#8217;s rotation has still been pretty solid even without Strider, as Braves starters entered Sunday with a combined 3.44 ERA (tenth-best in baseball).  Fried, Morton, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/salech01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Sale</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopezre01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Reynaldo Lopez</a></strong> have all been good to great, though Sale&#8217;s durability is always a question mark and Lopez (who has a sparkling 1.34 ERA) is in his first season as a full-time starter since 2020, and he hasn&#8217;t tossed more than 66 innings in a season since 2019.  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/elderbr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bryce Elder</a></strong> is the fifth starter and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vinesda01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darius Vines</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/winanal01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Allan Winans</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/ynoahu01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Huascar Ynoa</a></strong>, and top prospects <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithaj01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">AJ Smith-Shawver</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=waldre000hur&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Hurston Waldrep</a></strong> provide additional depth, though a pitcher like Eflin could be more of a proven commodity for a team with championship aspirations.</p> Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Rays Zach Eflin Mark Polishuk AL East Notes: Houck, Kahnle, Santander https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/al-east-houck-kahnle-santander.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:9c38ac4e-007c-82ce-cf9d-cc90aeb00182 Sun, 19 May 2024 21:28:03 +0000 The Red Sox locked up Brayan Bello and Ceddanne Rafaela to contract extensions this past spring, but no deal developed between the team and Tanner Houck, even though the two sides had some negotiations.  Houck confirmed to MassLive.com&#8217;s Chris Cotillo that some &#8220;discussions&#8221; took place, &#8220;but we’re at where we are now.  I put that&#8230; <p>The <strong>Red Sox</strong> locked up <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bellobr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brayan Bello</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rafaece01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ceddanne Rafaela</a></strong> to contract extensions this past spring, but no deal developed between the team and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/houckta01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tanner Houck</a></strong>, even though the two sides <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/03/tanner-houck-red-sox-have-discussed-extension.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">had some negotiations</a>.  Houck confirmed to <a href="https://x.com/ChrisCotillo/status/1792263554545950808" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MassLive.com&#8217;s Chris Cotillo</a> that some &#8220;<em>discussions</em>&#8221; took place, &#8220;<span class="css-1jxf684 r-bcqeeo r-1ttztb7 r-qvutc0 r-poiln3"><em>but we’re at where we are now.  I put that behind me whenever we shook hands and said, &#8217;Let’s go out and win as many games as we can</em>.&#8217; &#8221;  </span>There&#8217;s nothing preventing Houck and the Sox from restarting talks, though it would seem that Houck (like most players) prefers to save contractual matters for the offseason to cut down on potential distractions.</p> <p>The right-hander also doesn&#8217;t even reach arbitration eligibility until this coming winter, so since he is already under team control through 2027, Boston might not feel too much urgency to lock Houck up on an extension.  Of course, given how Houck has pitched this season, the Sox might&#8217;ve missed their window for landing Houck at a relative bargain price.  Houck has broken out with a 2.17 ERA over 58 innings and nine starts, and his secondary metrics are highlighted by impressive grounder (55.2%), walk (4.7%) and barrel (3.7%) rates.  Even in a season marked by impressive pitching around baseball, Houck has stood out, as his 1.9 fWAR is behind only <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/skubata01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tarik Skubal</a></strong> as the highest in the league.</p> <p>More from the AL East&#8230;</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kahnlto01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tommy Kahnle</a></strong> is on pace to be activated from the 15-day injured list prior to the <strong>Yankees</strong>&#8217; game on Wednesday, manager <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/booneaa01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aaron Boone</a></strong> told reporters (including <a href="https://x.com/GJoyce9/status/1792212850758336524" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Greg Joyce of the New York Post</a>).  Kahnle threw ten pitches in a scoreless inning for Double-A Somerset today, which marks his fifth and likely final rehab outing.  The reliever hasn&#8217;t pitched in a big league game since September 20, as a bout of shoulder inflammation prematurely ended his 2023 campaign, and then more inflammation this spring led to a season-opening stint on the 15-day IL.  Getting Kahnle back in good health will add another yet quality arm to a New York relief corps that led the majors in bullpen ERA entering today&#8217;s action.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/santaan02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Anthony Santander</a></strong> has been battling a bruised left knee since Wednesday, when he collided with the outfield wall in pursuit of a <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bichebo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bo Bichette</a></strong> fly ball.  After the <strong>Orioles</strong> had an off-day Thursday, Santander felt well enough to serve as the DH in Baltimore&#8217;s last two games, but didn&#8217;t play at all in today&#8217;s 6-3 win over the Mariners.  Santander told <a href="https://www.mlb.com/orioles/news/orioles-injuries-and-roster-moves" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MLB.com</a> and other media that he is hoping one more day of rest will help calm the still-lingering soreness in his knee, and he described his knee as feeling &#8220;<em>about 75 percent</em>&#8221; when running, so some more DH duty might be in order.  Santander is hitting .210/.290/.427 with seven homers over 176 plate appearances this season, still good for a respectable 106 wRC+ but also a comparative weak link in the powerful Orioles lineup.</li> <li>For most on the Red Sox, Orioles, and Blue Jays, check out another set of <a href="https://x.com/ChrisCotillo/status/1792263554545950808" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AL East Notes</a> published earlier today on MLBTR.</li> </ul> Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Notes Anthony Santander Tanner Houck Tommy Kahnle Mark Polishuk Rockies Select Matt Koch https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/rockies-select-matt-koch-2.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:81b34055-0031-e72b-a033-c79eeb7dd93b Sun, 19 May 2024 19:50:12 +0000 The Rockies announced this afternoon that they&#8217;ve selected the contract of right-hander Matt Koch. Right-hander Jake Bird was placed on the 15-day IL with elbow inflammation to clear a spot on the club&#8217;s active roster, while infielder Julio Carreras was designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Koch, 33, was&#8230; <p>The Rockies announced this afternoon that they&#8217;ve selected the contract of right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kochma01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Koch</a></strong>. Right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/birdja01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jake Bird</a></strong> was placed on the 15-day IL with elbow inflammation to clear a spot on the club&#8217;s active roster, while infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=carrer001jul&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Julio Carreras</a></strong> was designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.</p> <p>Koch, 33, was a third-round pick by the Mets in the 2012 draft but made his debut with the Diamondbacks in 2016. In parts of four seasons with Arizona, Koch swung between the rotation and bullpen but generally struggled badly throughout his time in the majors with a 4.88 ERA and 6.00 FIP in 125 1/3 innings. Koch departed the Dbacks organization following the 2019 season and did not pitch in the big leagues over the next two seasons before eventually resurfacing with the Mariners for four appearances in 2022, though he struggled badly with an 8.31 ERA and 8.42 FIP in 4 1/3 frames.</p> <p>That eventually led Koch to sign with the Rockies on a minor league deal prior to the 2023 season. He was a serviceable member of the club&#8217;s bullpen last year, pitching to a 5.12 ERA (good for a roughly league average 97 ERA+ due to the inflated offensive environment of Coors Field) with a roughly matching 5.07 FIP in 39 appearances for Colorado last year. While he struck out just 16.6% of batters faced, he limited walks to a 5.5% clip while generating groundballs and a strong 49% clip. Looking ahead, the Rockies are surely hoping that Koch will offer the club adequate middle relief from the left-hand side once again this year, as he&#8217;ll enter the club&#8217;s bullpen as the only lefty relief option besides closer <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/beeksja02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jalen Beeks</a></strong>.</p> <p>Making room for Koch on the active roster is Bird, who is headed to the injured list with elbow inflammation. The 28-year-old righty was a fifth-round pick by the Rockies in the 2018 draft and has pitched for the club in each of the last three seasons, including a solid 2023 campaign where he posted a 4.33 ERA and 3.55 FIP in 89 1/3 innings of work. While that seemingly set Bird up to handle key leverage innings for Colorado out of the bullpen this year, things haven&#8217;t gone according to plan as he&#8217;s struggled badly to the tune of a 6.10 ERA and nearly matching 6.34 FIP in 20 2/3 innings of work prior to his placement on the injured list today. Bird&#8217;s timetable for return is not currently clear, though the Rockies are surely hoping he&#8217;ll look more like his 2023 self upon his return.</p> <p>As for Carreras, the 24-year-old first appeared in pro ball with the Rockies back in 2018 and entered the season as a fairly well-regarded prospect in the club&#8217;s farm system thanks to his strong infield defense, power potential, and proximity to the big leagues. That was enough for the club to decide to add Carreras to the 40-man roster this winter, and a strong .304/.388/.461 performance in the Dominican Winter League this past offseason seemingly further set up Carreras as a potential infield depth option for the big league club this year.</p> <p>Unfortunately. Carreras&#8217;s prospects have taken a turn for the worse since the season began. In 38 games at the Triple-A level this season, Carreras has slashed just .181/.247/.269. That&#8217;s a tough slash line to swallow at any level of pro ball, though it&#8217;s especially weak given the heightened offensive environment of the Pacific Coast League, where the Rockies&#8217; Triple-A affiliate plays its games. Colorado will have one week to either trade Carreras or attempt to pass him through waivers. If he successfully clears waivers, the Rockies will have the opportunity to assign Carreras outright to the minor leagues and maintain him as non-roster depth.</p> Colorado Rockies Transactions Jake Bird Julio Carreras Matt Koch Nick Deeds Astros Notes: Abreu, McCormick, Urquidy https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/astros-notes-abreu-mccormick-urquidy.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:f97c8365-a22d-5f0b-6928-8f77e66b3b1d Sun, 19 May 2024 19:26:56 +0000 The Astros are likely to return a couple of regulars to the big league roster in the coming days according to GM Dana Brown, who told club radio broadcaster Robert Ford (as relayed by Chandler Rome of The Athletic and Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle) that both first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Chas&#8230; <p>The Astros are likely to return a couple of regulars to the big league roster in the coming days according to GM Dana Brown, who told club radio broadcaster Robert Ford (as relayed by <a target="_blank" href="https://x.com/Chandler_Rome/status/1792255107645464682">Chandler Rome of The Athletic</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://x.com/matthewkawahara/status/1792251864089518495">Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle</a>) that both first baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/abreujo02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jose Abreu</a></strong> and outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccorch01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chas McCormick</a></strong> are nearing returns to action.</p> <p>Per Kawahara, Brown indicated to Ford that McCormick, who has been out of action since late April due to a hamstring strain, could return to the Astros lineup as soon as tomorrow. The 29-year-old scuffled a bit to open the season prior to his injury, slashing a lackluster .236/.325/.278 in 21 games prior to the injury. Even so, the return of McCormick could provide a noticeable boost to the club&#8217;s offense assuming he&#8217;s healthy. After all, he was one of the club&#8217;s top offensive contributors last year when he posted a strong .273/.353/.489 slash line in 115 games. That strong showing appeared to earn him the opportunity to take a larger role with the club going forward, although given the strong performance of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/meyerja02.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jake Meyers</a></strong> as the club&#8217;s regular center fielder in McCormick&#8217;s absence it&#8217;s certainly possible that those circumstances have changed.</p> <p>As for Abreu, Rome indicates that the veteran could join the club in Oakland on Friday for their series opener against the A&#8217;s. Abreu <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/04/astros-to-option-jose-abreu.html">agreed to be optioned</a> to the minor leagues at the end of last month after scuffling to a brutal .099/.156/.113 slash line in 77 trips to the plate this season. The 37-year-old got into his first game action in a pair of Florida Complex League games the past two days, going 2-for-10 with a double and a walk in those appearances. Brown added that Abreu is expected to get into &#8220;a few&#8221; more games before he returns to the Astros, although it&#8217;s not yet clear if those will be additional FCL games or if he&#8217;ll instead advance to the Triple-A level as he prepares to face big league pitching for the first time in nearly a month.</p> <p>Abreu is in the second season of a three-year, $58.5MM deal he signed with the Astros prior to the 2023 season. So far, that deal has not gone how either side was surely hoping. In addition to Abreu&#8217;s brutal start to the 2024 campaign, the veteran is coming off a down season in 2023 where he slashed just .237/.296/.383 in 141 games with Houston. That performance resulted in a wRC+ of just 86, making 2023 the first below average offensive season of the first baseman&#8217;s career. While Abreu has been away from the club, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=singljo02,single002jon&amp;search=Jon+Singleton&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jon Singleton</a></strong> has primarily handled first base duties and has held his own in the role with a .222/.322/.364 slash line that&#8217;s 1% better than league average by measure of wRC+.</p> <p>In other Astros news, right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/urquijo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jose Urquidy</a></strong> threw 59 pitches in a rehab start at the Double-A level last night. According to <a target="_blank" href="https://x.com/brianmctaggart/status/1792226063801557297">MLB.com&#8217;s Brian McTaggart</a>, the right-hander is set to make one more rehab start before being activated from the injured list. That Urquidy is nearing a return is surely a major relief for Houston, as the club&#8217;s starting rotation has been fraught with difficulties throughout the season. Rotation stalwarts <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/verlaju01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Justin Verlander</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/javiecr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cristian Javier</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/valdefr01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Framber Valdez</a></strong> have each spent time on the injured list already this year, while <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/francjp01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">J.P. France</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=brownhu01,brown-006hun,brown-008hun&amp;search=Hunter+Brown&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Hunter Brown</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arrigsp01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spencer Arrighetti</a></strong> have all struggled badly with ERAs north of 7.00. Right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blancro01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ronel Blanco</a></strong> emerged early in the season as a surprising anchor for the club&#8217;s rotation, but the righty is in the midst of a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/ronel-blanco-ejected-after-foreign-substance-check.html">10-game suspension</a> for violating the league&#8217;s foreign substance policy that has put a further strain on Houston&#8217;s pitching apparatus.</p> <p>Given those major struggles, it would be a huge help for the Astros if Urquidy can even deliver roughly average results out of the rotation. That was hardly an issue for the 29-year-old earlier in his career, as he pitched to a solid 3.74 ERA with a 4.35 FIP in 63 career appearances through the end of the 2022 season. Unfortunately, the right-hander struggled significantly last season and posted a 5.29 ERA (79 ERA+) with a 5.38 FIP in 63 innings between the rotation and bullpen as his strikeout rate dipped to a measly 16.4% while his walk rate crept up to 9.1%. Despite those struggles, the right-hander figures to slot into the rotation in place of Arrighetti or Brown and allow the club to either move the youngsters to the bullpen or allow them to work things out in the minors.</p> Houston Astros Notes Chas McCormick Jose Abreu Jose Urquidy Nick Deeds 2024 In-Season Starting Pitcher Rankings – May https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/2024-in-season-starting-pitcher-rankings-may/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:1998decb-9d6c-ff46-9acd-35f629548f53 Sun, 19 May 2024 19:24:53 +0000 An updated look at the pitching landscape after several weeks of the season <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/2024-in-season-starting-pitcher-rankings-may/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Rankings Starting Pitchers Paul Sporer Guardians Notes: Kwan, DeLauter, Williams https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/guardians-notes-kwan-delauter-williams.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:eece7a6f-4204-d617-42d4-91991d33e8c6 Sun, 19 May 2024 18:20:15 +0000 Guardians fans received a positive update today regarding the status of injured outfielder Steven Kwan. President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told reporters (including Mandy Bell of MLB.com) this morning that the club is hoping that Kwan can begin a rehab assignment within the next seven to ten days. The 26-year-old was placed on the&#8230; <p>Guardians fans received a positive update today regarding the status of injured outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kwanst01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Steven Kwan</a></strong>. President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told reporters (including <a target="_blank" href="https://x.com/MandyBell02/status/1792216468970508645">Mandy Bell of MLB.com</a>) this morning that the club is hoping that Kwan can begin a rehab assignment within the next seven to ten days. The 26-year-old was placed on the 10-day IL earlier this month due to what was described as an <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/steven-kwan-expected-to-miss-around-four-weeks.html">&#8220;acute&#8221; hamstring strain</a> and was initially expected to miss around a month of action.</p> <p>Now two weeks out from his initial diagnosis, it appears that Kwan remains on pace to meet that timeline. It&#8217;s an encouraging update, particularly given the fact that manager Steven Vogt indicated to reporters (<a target="_blank" href="https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/40167000/guardians-steven-kwan-takes-batting-practice-recovery">per the Associated Press</a>) on Friday that while Kwan had resumed baseball activities and was running &#8220;relatively pain-free,&#8221; there was still no clear timetable for his return to the majors. Today&#8217;s addendum provides a bit more clarity regarding the status of the third-year outfielder.</p> <p>Cleveland figures to be particularly antsy for Kwan to return to action given the incredible start he was off to at the time of his injury. In 145 trips to the plate with the Guardians this season, Kwan has slashed an incredible .353/.407/.496 with three home runs, six doubles, and two triples. That home run total is particularly impressive given the fact that Kwan&#8217;s career high homer total is just six, a figure he achieved over the course of 638 plate appearances during his rookie season. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/flories01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Estevan Florial</a></strong> has handled left field in Kwan&#8217;s absence but is hitting a mediocre .189/.263/.400 in 32 games this season.</p> <p>Kwan isn&#8217;t the only outfielder making progress in his recovery from injury, as <a target="_blank" href="https://x.com/MandyBell02/status/1792217163840807153">Bell also notes</a> that top outfield prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=delaut000cha&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chase DeLauter</a></strong> has resumed baseball activities. The club&#8217;s first-round pick in the 2022 draft, DeLauter entered the 2024 season as a consensus top-30 prospect in the game but suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot earlier this month. There was some initial concern at the time of the injury that surgery would be required, as it was when DeLauter previously suffered a fractured foot during the 2022-23 offseason.</p> <p>Fortunately, that did not come to pass and it appears that DeLauter is already making excellent progress towards a return to action as Bell notes that he&#8217;s currently hitting on the field, though he hasn&#8217;t yet begun a running progression. DeLauter was off to a tough start at Double-A this year prior to this injury, having slashed just .197/.296/.295 in 16 games. Even so, it&#8217;s not hard to imagine the youngster taking off and reaching Triple-A before the end of the year in the event that he hits the ground running upon his return to action, a timeline that could potentially put him on the big league radar for 2025 or perhaps even a September call-up.</p> <p>Also making progress towards a return is right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=williga01,willia002gav&amp;search=Gavin+Williams&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gavin Williams</a></strong>, who according to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/news/guardians-injuries-and-roster-moves">MLB.com&#8217;s Injury Tracker</a> threw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and was scheduled to throw again on Friday. The 24-year-old has not yet pitched in the majors this season after opening the season on the 60-day IL due to discomfort in his right elbow, but appears to be making good progress in his rehab and could be an option for Cleveland sometime next month. Williams&#8217;s return would provide a major boost to the Guardians, who have seen both <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=allenlo02,allenlo01&amp;search=Logan+Allen&amp;utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Logan Allen</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carraca01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carlos Carrasco</a></strong> struggle during their time in the rotation this year. Williams, meanwhile, pitched to a sterling 3.29 ERA with a 4.09 FIP in sixteen starts for the club during his rookie season last year.</p> Cleveland Guardians Notes Chase DeLauter Gavin Williams Steven Kwan Nick Deeds Sit/Start Week 8: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 5/20 – 5/26 https://pitcherlist.com/sit-start-week-8-reviewing-all-starting-pitcher-matchups-from-5-20-5-26-2/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:80969ea8-b2d1-4210-03ee-0882eafe6c7d Sun, 19 May 2024 17:30:09 +0000 <p>Lucas Zenobi scores every starting pitcher matchup for the week ahead.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/sit-start-week-8-reviewing-all-starting-pitcher-matchups-from-5-20-5-26-2/">Sit/Start Week 8: Reviewing All Starting Pitcher Matchups From 5/20 &#8211; 5/26</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Sit or Start Lucas Zenobi Dodgers Add Anthony Banda To Active Roster https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/dodgers-add-anthony-banda-to-active-roster.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:778fd4cd-ad65-769f-4835-ce6d0201a1e3 Sun, 19 May 2024 17:16:19 +0000 The Dodgers announced a series of roster moves today, highlighted by the club adding left-hander Anthony Banda to the active roster. Right-hander Landon Knack was recalled from Triple-A alongside Banda, while righties J.P. Feyereisen and Ricky Vanasco were both optioned to Triple-A. Right-hander Connor Brogdon was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room&#8230; <p>The Dodgers announced a series of roster moves today, highlighted by the club adding left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bandaan01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Anthony Banda</a></strong> to the active roster. Right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/knackla01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Landon Knack</a></strong> was recalled from Triple-A alongside Banda, while righties <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/feyerjo01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">J.P. Feyereisen</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vanasri01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ricky Vanasco</a></strong> were both optioned to Triple-A. Right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brogdco01.shtml?utm_medium=linker&amp;utm_source=www.mlbtraderumors.com&amp;utm_campaign=2024-05-19_br" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Connor Brogdon</a></strong> was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room for Banda on the 40-man roster.</p> <p>L.A. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/dodgers-acquire-anthony-banda-from-guardians.html">acquired</a> Banda, 30, from the Guardians on Friday, but the lefty had not been on Cleveland&#8217;s 40-man roster and therefore did not require a corresponding 40-man move until he was formally added to the roster today. The lefty signed a minor league deal with Cleveland back in January and impressed over 17 innings of work at the Triple-A level, where he struck out a whopping 37.9% of batters faced en route to a 2.12 ERA in 12 appearances prior to the trade.</p> <p>A tenth-round pick by the Brewers in the 2012 draft, Banda has appeared in parts of seven big league seasons since he made his debut with the Diamondbacks in 2017. In all, the lefty has collected 90 big league appearances with seven different clubs but struggled at virtually every stop along the way. His career ERA sits at 5.69 in the big leagues despite a decent 4.35 FIP, although Banda&#8217;s big strikeout numbers in the minors could change his fortunes if they manage to translate to the big league level. After all, Banda has posted a career strikeout rate of just 19.9% to this point in his career, and his minor league strikeout rate over a full season peaked at just 26.9% at Triple-A with the Rays back in 2018. Clearly, the Dodgers are intrigued enough by the possibilities of Banda&#8217;s newfound swing-and-miss to give him a shot in their bullpen.</p> <p>Joining the club&#8217;s roster alongside Banda is Knack, 26. The rookie right-hander is set to make his fourth spot start at the big league level of the season today and has generally gotten strong results despite weak peripherals to this point in his big league career. In 16 innings of work in the majors this season, Knack has posted a 2.81 ERA despite a meager 16.9% strikeout rate and three home runs allowed during that time. Those shaky underlying numbers have left Knack with a 5.52 FIP, although he&#8217;s posted a decent 4.15 ERA across five starts at the Triple-A level to this point in the season.</p> <p>Making room for Banda and Knack on the roster are Feyereisen and Vanasco, both of whom are headed to Triple-A after brief stints in the Dodgers bullpen. Vanasco ultimately appeared in just one game for L.A. before being optioned, though he impressed with two perfect frames and recorded a strikeout in his big league debut. As for Feyereisen, the 31-year-old&#8217;s return from shoulder surgery has been an uneven one, as he&#8217;s allowed a 6.00 ERA and 4.81 FIP across nine appearances thanks in part to an elevated 13.2% walk rate. He&#8217;ll head to Triple-A in hopes of sorting things out and returning to the big league bullpen later this year. As for Brogdon, the righty has been out since mid-April after being placed on the injured list due to plantar fasciitis shortly after being acquired from the Phillies and has no clear timetable for return.</p> Los Angeles Dodgers Transactions Anthony Banda Connor Brogdon J.P. Feyereisen Landon Knack Ricky Vanasco Nick Deeds The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 1298 – FAAB, Mailbag & More! https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-sleeper-and-the-bust-episode-1298-faab-mailbag-more/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:09fb7e0d-501b-4618-cb9e-a6177bd28912 Sun, 19 May 2024 17:13:07 +0000 Justin Mason and Jason Collette discuss FAAB, the Rays, answer mailbag questions and more! <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-sleeper-and-the-bust-episode-1298-faab-mailbag-more/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured Podcast - The Sleeper and the Bust Justin Mason Hitters to Start and Avoid in Week 8 (5/20-5/26) https://pitcherlist.com/hitters-to-start-and-avoid-in-week-8-5-20-5-26-2/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:32dcd55f-32ee-8922-991d-00a7cad1df49 Sun, 19 May 2024 16:30:20 +0000 <p>The hitters you should start and avoid this week in fantasy.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/hitters-to-start-and-avoid-in-week-8-5-20-5-26-2/">Hitters to Start and Avoid in Week 8 (5/20-5/26)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Hitter Matchups Ben Palmer Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/19 & 5/20 https://pitcherlist.com/starting-pitcher-streamer-rankings-fantasy-baseball-5-19-5-20-2/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:0fef252a-5268-489a-8f0c-90efbb6ccab5 Sun, 19 May 2024 16:12:21 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers for today &#038; tomorrow.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/starting-pitcher-streamer-rankings-fantasy-baseball-5-19-5-20-2/">Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/19 &#038; 5/20</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> SP Streamers Nick Pollack The Stash List Week 8: Top 10 Hitting Prospects to Stash in 2024 https://pitcherlist.com/the-stash-list-week-8-top-10-hitting-prospects-to-stash-in-2024/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:b57bdb85-2220-61b5-4d51-eb230a03db4a Sun, 19 May 2024 16:00:47 +0000 <p>The top 10 hitting prospects to stash in redraft leagues.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com/the-stash-list-week-8-top-10-hitting-prospects-to-stash-in-2024/">The Stash List Week 8: Top 10 Hitting Prospects to Stash in 2024</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Dynasty Hitters To Stash Prospect Rankings Jack Mueller