Wandy Ahoy!Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The trade winds are already blowing strong.
On Monday, it was the Tigers acquiring right-handed starter Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante from the Marlins for a package of prospects, and the Yankees snatching outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners. On Tuesday, it was Wandy Rodriguez playing the starring role.
The 33-year-old left-hander was dealt from the Astros to the Pirates in exchange for outfield prospect Robbie Grossman and young pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain. That’s quite a bit of talent for the Bucs to surrender, but they’re 12 games over .500 and charging hard for their first playoff appearance in 20 years. Wandy will improve the odds, and he should maintain his fantasy value given that he’s staying in the ever-comfortable National League Central. He might even get a slight bump in value if the Pirates don’t fade down the stretch like they did in 2011.
Greinke Looks Recharged, Reignites Trade Value
Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke surrendered nine earned runs in eight innings between July 7 and July 13. Not wanting to spoil his trade value any further, Milwaukee management decided to give him a week off. And it really couldn’t have worked out better.
Greinke roared back on Tuesday night against the Phillies, hurling seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball while fanning five batters and walking none. He needed only 87 pitches and also hit a no-doubt solo home run off opposing starter Cliff Lee.
There are still a number of high quality arms on the trade block as the July 31 deadline approaches, but Greinke is probably the best of them all and should attract a wild amount of interest over the next six days. The Rangers, White Sox and Cardinals are known to be intrigued.
Greinke, a 28-year-old impending free agent, has a 3.44 ERA and 122/28 K/BB ratio in 123 innings this season.
Astros Get First Bitter Taste of Coco Cordero
When the Astros traded both Brett Myers and Brandon Lyon last week in the span of two days, most thought they would ask in-house option Wilton Lopez to handle ninth-inning duties down the stretch. Newcomer Francisco Cordero got the nod instead, but it sure doesn’t seem like it’s meant to last.
Cordero coughed up a 2-1 lead on Tuesday against the Reds, allowing three earned runs on three hits and two walks in his first save opportunity with Houston. He now has a 6.25 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 36 total innings this season, and he’s just 2-for-6 in save chances.
Lopez, meanwhile, has a sparkling 2.61 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 30/5 K/BB ratio in 38 frames. Grab the 29-year-old right-hander in all fantasy leagues. His time is coming, and he should be much more effective than the guys who have come before him this season.
National League Quick Hits: The Phillies are nearing a six-year extension with Cole Hamels that will top $137.5 million in total value … Matt Garza was excused from the Cubs for the birth of his child and isn’t expected to pitch again before Monday … Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright has a 71/15 K/BB ratio over his last 72 1/3 innings and earned his eighth win of the season Tuesday against the Dodgers … Pablo Sandoval suffered a strained left hamstring Tuesday while stretching for a ball at first base … Stephen Strasburg could throw up to 180 innings this year … Ryan Dempster told reporters Tuesday that he will use “much of the next week” to decide whether he wants to accept a trade … Drew Stubbs is up to 10 home runs and 19 stolen bases … Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said Tuesday that Justin Upton is unlikely to be moved this summer … Lance Berkman left Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers with a bad knee bruise after getting hit with a Clayton Kershaw slider … Cliff Lee surrendered four home runs Tuesday in a no-decision against Milwaukee … The Phillies have indicated to teams that they are eager to trade Hunter Pence … Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 on Tuesday and is now hitting .313 with a .996 OPS on the year … Mets closer Frank Francisco (oblique, knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Binghamton … Jason Giambi was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a virus … The Diamondbacks are struggling to attract decent trade offers for shortstop Stephen Drew … Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez is day-to-day with a sore shoulder.
American League Quick Hits: White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko went 4-for-4 on Tuesday and is now batting .336/.410/.533 on the year … Alex Rodriguez was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand late Tuesday night and is headed to the 15-day disabled list … Anibal Sanchez will make his debut for the Tigers on Saturday … The Angels are working on trade packages for Rays right-hander James Shields … Adrian Beltre was drilled in the helmet Tuesday by Red Sox pitcher Vicente Padilla but has passed his initial concussion tests … Brandon Morrow (oblique) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Sunday … The Rays acquired third baseman Ryan Roberts after he was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks … Carlos Santana is batting .353 with two home runs and seven RBI in 12 games since the All-Star break … Roy Oswalt (back) is on track to make his next scheduled start … Rangers youngster Martin Perez held the Red Sox to one run in six innings Tuesday … Evan Longoria (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment within the next several days … Josh Willingham is up to 25 home runs and 72 RBI … Jeremy Hellickson dominated the Orioles on Tuesday and has now turned in four straight quality starts … White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is day-to-day with a minor right oblique strain … Miguel Cabrera launched his 24th home run of the season and carried his RBI total to 81 on Tuesday night against the Indians … Sergio Santos underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday … The Blue Jays are hopeful that Jose Bautista (wrist) can begin swinging a bat by the end of this week … Brett Gardner had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his right elbow … The Red Sox traded utilityman Brent Lillibridge to the Indians.