It was a busy week for MLB transactions with the Padres getting a new starting middle infield, the Blue Jays a new first baseman, the Orioles a new left fielder and a plethora of players hitting the disabled list. Let's check it out.
Xavier Avery - Called up on the 13th, Avery has been starting games in left field for the Orioles. He's been a decent prospect for a while (not top 100 material) and has added power to his game this season. It hasn't shown up at the majors yet though, and he's only worthwhile in deep leagues. I added him in my 20-teamer last week.
Lance Berkman - The big man is back in action, and should be plugged into all lineups.
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Everth Cabrera - Cabrera brings speed to the starting lineup as he replaces Jason Bartlett who went to the DL. Bud Black said that Bartlett understands he might not have his job back when he's eligible to come off the DL, so Cabrera is worth a look for the speed starved.
Alexi Amarista - Amarista was part of the return from Anaheim in the Ernesto Frieri deal. He replaces Orlando Hudson who has been released. Amarista is a decent player, but playing in PETCO isn't going to do him any favors. The real person to keep an eye out for is Jed Gyorko who was recently promoted to Triple-A and has a swing well suited for PETCO.
Chris Young - Chris Young is finally back from his stint on the disabled list and fourth outfield AJ Pollock will head back to Triple-A. This move has wide-ranging effects, as it will force Gerardo Parra and Jason Kubel to share time in left field.
Matt Kemp - Kemp toughed out his hamstring strain for a while and it affected his stats accordingly. All indications are that he will return the day he is eligible, May 24. Jerry Sands was called up in his place and will likely play LF or 1B when the Dodgers face a lefty.
Adam Lind - Lind was optioned to Triple-A after struggling yet again this season. His replacement is Yan Gomes who has shown decent power in Las Vegas, but then again most do. I would look elsewhere for a replacement. Lind is safe to let go if you've held on this long.
Jon Jay - Jay lands on the DL with a sprained right shoulder. His replacement is Shane Robinson who had been sent down earlier in the week. Robinson has been average-to-below in limited time this season and should be left alone.
Mark Reynolds - Reynolds hit the DL retroactive to 5/11, and that's likely a relief for his owners at this rate. Wilson Betemit is a decent add in his place for those left scrambling. Betemit has solid power but won't be much help in the average department, not that Reynolds did that in the first place.
Allen Craig - Craig was placed on the disabled list yesterday due to a hamstring strain that wasn't supposed to be more than a day to day issue. The Cards have opted for the safer route and given Craig more time to heal. It's a blow to those of us who were relying on Craig's hot hitting ways to continue, but it's probably for the best long-term.
Wilson Ramos - It's been a rough week for Nationals catchers as Ramos tore a ligament in his knee, and the guy replacing him on the roster, Sandy Leon was sent to the DL after his first game action in the majors. It's also been a tough year to be Wilson Ramos given that he was kidnapped in the offseason.
Desmond Jennings - Jennings had been sitting out a few days in hopes that his knee would feel better, so that he went to the DL is likely a boon to fantasy owners in that it opened up a roster spot.
Juan Uribe - Uribe hit the DL on 5/14. God help you if this affected your team.
Greg Holland - Everybody's favorite darkhorse closer candidate is activated off the DL. Holland has seen Broxton throw 14.2 innings of 2.45 ERA baseball and will slide nicely in front of him for the time being. He also has competition for the second-in-line spot from Aaron Crow. A decent grab for holds leagues and nothing else.
Andy Pettitte - Pettitte had a decent first outing, and was likely comfortable facing Seattle as he'd been facing Triple-A lineups in the recent past. I think Pettitte is at least 85% of what he was before he retired and wouldn't be surprised if he was the same guy we're used to seeing.
Jeremy Guthrie - Guthrie was activated on Tuesday and made a serviceable start. He's worth spot starting in favorable matchups and is likely Colorado's best pitcher right now.
Danny Duffy - This was rough as Duffy was likely to end up as the Royals best pitcher this season, and had shown flashes of brilliance. He will undergo Tommy John surgery and will likely resurface around July of next year.
Carlos Marmol - Marmol officially hit the DL on the 12th. By now we know Dolis is the guy, and I wouldn't expect Marmol to get the job back immediately if Dolis is even adequate in the roll.
Tim Stauffer - Stauffer was both activated and then placed on the DL this week as they thought he was healthy, and he subsequently came down with a sprained elbow. Teammate and rookie James Darnell joined him on the DL.
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