Transaction Analysis

by Ryan Dodson on March 29, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT


Welcome to the first installment of Transaction Analysis. In this feature we will cover all of the transactions around baseball that impact your fantasy league. This will cover players changing teams, going on the disabled list and being called up or sent down to the minors.

Keeping on top of this type of information is vital for fantasy managers as roster management is something that has to be accounted for throughout the season. For example, when a player is placed on the disabled list fantasy managers need to get the player out of their active lineup, (if roster space permits) place them on your league's disabled list and pick up another player. A significant number of transactions will be made each week by MLB clubs; by understanding the ramifications of these moves you'll be better prepared to dominate your league.

Reliever Jorge Julio traded to Florida for starter Yusmeiro Petit

Status: Traded

Analysis: Julio arrives in South Florida to serve as a young team's closer. This is a great move for the Marlins, who had to part ways with prospect starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, to acquire Julio from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Julio moves to a great pitchers' park and has the chance to save 30 games. He struck out a career-high 12 batters per nine innings and improved his WHIP drastically. His 4.23 ERA was less than desirable, but that should change when he's not allowing 10 homers per season due to his big ballpark. If Julio is on waivers, what are you waiting for?

Texas Rangers closer Eric Gagne (elbow) to DL

Status: Placed on 15-day DL

Analysis: The Rangers put Gagne on the 15-day disabled list to give him more time to face hitters before becoming the closer. He'll go to extended spring training and likely be activated around April 13. In the meantime, Akinori Otsuka will replace him as the closer. It's unlikely he's available on many waivers, but if he is - pick him up! Place Gagne on your disabled list or bench until he returns.

Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson (leg) to DL

Status: Placed on 15-day DL

Analysis: This move was no surprise. Dmitri Young will serve as the starting first baseman until Johnson returns, which could be June or longer. Johnson, however, is a good player to pick up and stash on your disabled list. Johnson had a career year hitting .290 with 23 homers, 77 RBI, 100 runs and 10 steals before breaking his leg. He can be a decent source of power later in the season.

Chicago Cubs starter Mark Prior sent down to Triple-A

Status: Sent to minors

Analysis: Every season you wait for Mark Prior to return, and every season you're still waiting. Prior was sent to Triple-A to begin the season after Wade Miller beat him for the fifth spot in the rotation. Prior had a 9.82 ERA in three spring outings, and his velocity was way down as he topped out around 88 mph. If you have Prior, you can release him unless you're in a deep league. We don't expect him to resurface for a few months.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Matt Garza sent to Triple-A

Status: Sent to minors

Analysis: For some reason, the Twins felt Sidney Ponson and Carlos Silva would be better for their rotation than Garza's electric arm. If you own Garza, release him except in deeper AL-Only leagues. However, if you feel he may come up in a month or so, grab him to stash.

Detroit Tigers starter Kenny Rogers (arm) to DL

Status: Placed on 15-day DL

Analysis: Rogers will miss the first couple weeks of the season with what the team is calling a tired arm. This is a concern because he has always been a durable player, and he is at an advanced age of 42. If you have him, you can put him on your bench or disabled list and wait it out. You could probably release him and pick him back up later as well.

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