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6/26/2007 01:28:00 PM
On the move again, sorta
Whether at first or third, Nomar Garciaparra's lack of power hurts his fantasy value.
While the Mark Buehrle trade watch seems to be in full force, there was at least one notable baseball relocation on Monday as the Dodgers said they would move Nomar Garciaparra over to third base in the next week or so. Nomar spent some time at the hot corner with the Cubs, playing 34 games there in 2005 when Aramis Ramirez was hurt.
However, it's not an injury that's causing the switch. Instead, the Dodgers need to find a place for top prospect James Loney, who's hitting .448 since coming up from the minors earlier this month. Loney spent some time in the outfield, but he's definitely a first baseman and needed a regular place to play. With the struggles the Dodgers have had at third base this season, moving Nomar over there isn't a terrible idea.
The move really cuts into the value of Wilson Betemit, who has eight homers but is hitting just .198 and has lost starting time to rookie Tony Abreu, who has a .271 average this season. Top prospect Andy LaRoche didn't fare much better is his short stint with the team, hitting just .211 in 38 at-bats, and at least for now, it looks like he won't back anytime soon. As for Nomar himself, he's been a major fantasy disappointment, hitting only .275 with one homer. While he's no slugger by any means, it also doesn't seem like he'll get close to the 20 homers he had last year.
Other notes: -- Cristian Guzman's season is over thanks to a torn ligament in his thumb. While Guzman was probably avoided in most drafts to begin the season, he surprised many by hitting .329. The struggling Felipe Lopez likely takes over at short with Ronnie Belliard at second.
-- Maybe Jeff Weaver is finally finding himself after he picked up his second straight win Monday night, beating the Red Sox, no less. In his last three starts, Weaver is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA.
-- After two straight awful starts, Tim Lincecum rebounded by striking out eight over seven scoreless innings but was saddled with a no-decision and hasn't had a win since May 22, a stretch of six starts.
Free agent-to-be Mark Buehrle has a no-hitter under his belt this season.
The Cubs already made a trade by shipping off Michael Barrett to the Padres. And there have been some intriguing deals like Mike Maroth going to the Cardinals.
But after getting swept by the Cubs, the sliding White Sox are ready to deal off some big names like Jermaine Dye, Mark Buehrle, and even the rest of their veteran starters like Jon Garland, Jose Contreras and Javier Vazquez potentially up for trade.
My colleague Jon Heyman goes over the potential White Sox fire sale, and there are lots of rumors of where these players could land. And if you've got any of these players, you'll have to prepare yourself for the fantasy consequences.
In mixed leagues, you'll just have to concern yourself with any major stats changes that may occur. For the most part, some of these bigger name White Sox will still have major roles on their new teams, so playing time isn't the issue. These guys could change uniforms for real, but not in your league.
In AL-only leagues, you may have to start scouting the waiver wire for potential replacements should they head over to the NL and you lose their rights completely. Keeper leaguers could be happy if a highly touted prospect comes over, and others with FAAB may want to play it safe because other teams on the NL side could be selling soon too.
In NL-only leagues, this could be the time for the FAAB to come in handy to spend on guys like Buehrle or Dye. You know they can help out any team. Those in keeper leagues who get first dibs on players if their guys get sent over could cash in if their prospects become trade fodder. (For instance, guys like the Mets' Philip Humber or Mike Pelfrey, whom the White Sox covet.)
Of course, while there's a lot of talk, you don't have to go out and make a bunch of moves just yet, like trading for another guy's top prospects who might get dealt. Just keep those things in the back of your mind and be ready to act once trades do go down.
Other notes for Monday: -- While Brad Lidge probably could be up for trade as well, Astros fans may really want him back in the closer's role when he comes off the DL after seeing Dan Wheeler give up four runs (including three homers) in two innings on Sunday against the Rangers, blowing two leads in the process. Yet he got the victory as the Astros scored three in the 10th and Chad Qualls got the save Wheeler couldn't.
-- The Twins hope to have Justin Morneau by the end of the week after he bruised a lung in a collision at home plate against the Marlins on Friday.
-- Hold off on Jon Lester's return to the Red Sox. Kason Gabbard will get the start in place of the injured Curt Schilling on Tuesday.
-- First there was Jeff Weaver picking up his first win (a complete-game shutout no less), now the Devil Rays' Edwin Jackson earned his first victory since September 2005 (and was 0-8 coming into the game). Despite the win, you don't have to get Jackson.
-- After getting roughed up for six runs in just 1 2/3 innings last Tuesday, who knew that Dustin McGowan could take a no-hitter into the ninth inning and finish with a complete game one-hitter Sunday? Before that one bad start, McGowan had won three of his four previous outings with a decent 3.58 ERA. Of course, this start will have everyone rushing to the waiver wire, but it's not a bad idea either.
-- It was fun to see Roger Clemens take on Barry Bonds on Sunday in a relief appearance, although a walk isn't necessarily the result people wanted.
-- Add another position to Mark Teahen's eligibility as he started at first base for the Royals on Sunday. It's very possible he could take that job on a regular basis given Ryan Shealy's struggles at the plate and Kansas City full of outfielders.
-- Andruw Jones ended an 0-for-24 slump with a single on Sunday, but his average is still below .200.
-- It's very possible we could see Frank Thomas hit his 500th homer (he's at 499) and Craig Biggio get his 3,000th hit this week (2,996, including three on Sunday).