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7/25/2007 06:55:00 PM
Trade analysis: Linebrink to Brewers
Scott Linebrink finally gets traded but makes a lateral move in terms of a bullpen role.
John W. McDonough
The most coveted setup man in the league finally got moved as the Padres shipped Scott Linebrink to the Brewers for three minor league pitchers. Linebrink had offered some fantasy value, especially in NL-only leagues, even though he doesn't record many saves, because of some vulture wins and a solid ERA and WHIP. However, Linebrink has been struggling, relatively speaking, this season, and he was just 1-2 with a 12.71 ERA after the All-Star break.
Still, Linebrink will probably battle Derrick Turnbow for eighth-inning duties behind Francisco Cordero. With the way the Brewers have been playing, both guys will still be in good shape for vulture wins and a stray save. Linebrink won't have the security blanket of Petco behind him, but he'll be hard-pressed to supplant Turnbow as the second in command for saves.
Over in San Diego, it looks like Heath Bell would slide up to Linebrink's eighth-inning role and could be in line for saves should anything happen to Trevor Hoffman. Bell has been a major surprise this year, going 4-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. His ERA has fallen off a bit in July (5.40 mark) but he's also picked up three relief wins in the process.
One other note: -- The Orioles placed closer Chris Ray on the DL with an elbow injury, opening up that role for a number of contenders, including Danys Baez (111 career saves), Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford.