Fantasy Baseball Diamond Exchange: Stash and Save

by on July 15, 2013 @ 15:00:35 PDT


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The Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley, though likely rostered in most keeper/dynasty leagues, presents another stash and save opportunity. The lefty hitter was recalled earlier this week when Jacoby Ellsbury was day-to-day. Bradley had won the opening day left field job only to press at the plate and get demoted. Bradley has rediscovered his stroke at Pawtucket, batting .297/.393/.530 while displaying both speed and power in his bat as well as a highly disciplined approach. For now, the Daniel Nava-Jonny Gomes platoon in left is not going anywhere as long as it produces with the Sox in first place. Bradley, instead, is more likely to push for a 2014 starting job, especially if the Red Sox allow Ellsbury to walk as a free agent. Bradley would be a natural fit for the center-field job.

Finally, some quick thoughts on the pitchers the Miami Marlins acquired in exchange for Ricky Nolasco. All three are fairly middling prospects, but this isn't surprising since the Marlins' main concern was unloading cash and getting the Los Angeles Dodgers to take on the rest of Nolasco's remaining contract (nearly $6M). Had the Marlins been willing to shoulder some of the contract, their haul might've been prettier.

Angel Sanchez, 23, had only just made it back to A+ ball after spending most of the season in Class A ball. While Sanchez has a quality arm and multiple pitches with plus potential, he struggles with throwing quality strikes and has been regularly hit hard in the minors, posting a 4.88 ERA in low A ball. At his last three stops, Sanchez has had left-on-base rates hovering around the 60% mark despite showing an ability to miss bats. A conversion to relief may be in order.

Josh Wall was converted to a relief role in 2011 and even served as the Dodgers' Triple-A closer in 2012, accumulating 28 saves. Wall throws fairly hard and mainly utilizes a fastball-slider combo that has him profiling best as a right-handed specialist reliever. He should be up at some point this season with the Marlins but at the moment does not look like a MLB saves threat.

Steven Ames, 25, is more journeyman than prospect and had only just made his Triple-A debut this season. His stuff is decent but nothing special, making him profile best in middle relief. When pitching his best, Ames is a strike-zone pounder who can post a sub-2.0 BB/9.

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