July 15, 2014
I would be the Yoenis Cespedes of the Lazy Intro Derby.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
Thankfully, Cahill appears to have figured something out in the minor leagues. After struggling to the tune of a 5.66 ERA and being demoted to the bullpen earlier this year, Cahill notched a 3.49 ERA in 28 1/3 Triple-A innings. We can’t ignore the fact that his command didn’t really improve in the minors, but he was at least good enough to warrant another shot in Arizona. I’m not super optimistic, but I’m hopeful that Cahill can at least throw up something close to a 4.00 ERA with a tolerable WHIP, which would make him of some interest in deeper leagues. Don’t spend a lot for him, but feel free to take a flier on the 26-year-old if you can get him cheap.
Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR
Johnson was hitting .248/.402/.471 in 403 Triple-A appearances this year, so while it’s unreasonable to expect him to hit for any sort of a decent average in the majors, he still has a little pop left. He probably won’t start every day, as the Jays have let Jose Bautista play some first base, but Johnson could be useful in 20-team mixed leagues or AL-only leagues in the coming weeks as his teammates recover. If you’re desperate for cheap power and can set your lineups daily, go for it—it’s not like he’ll cost you anything to acquire.
Ken Giles, RP, PHI
Giles’ overall professional track record isn’t terribly inspiring, but relievers don’t need hundreds of innings of dominance before we can believe they’ve made a change for the better. Scouts like what they see from Giles and the numbers agree, and with Jonathan Papelbon frequently linked to as a trade candidate in the coming days, Giles could find himself closing for the Phillies before the year is over. He’s a nice add in all 18-plus-team leagues right now, as he’ll help you out in strikeouts and ERA even if he doesn’t net you saves.
Deep League Streamer of the Week: David Phelps, Yankees
Twitter Question of the Week:
Personal note: I hate AL-/NL-only leagues and generally stay away from questions that pertain to them, because I don’t really get the appeal. That being said, this query really caught my attention. As I began to type “no, that’s not enough” into the Twitter.com, I started thinking and, well, yes, I think Meyer is enough, but it’s really, really close. I brought the question to the rest of the TINO boys, and the consensus was similarly split.
The most well-received suggestion (from Craig Goldstein, I am loathe to admit) would see Jared trade Pujols for a Meyer-level prospect, but one who’s a hitter. If that can’t be achieved, I think I’d still pull the trigger here, thanks to Meyer’s unique combination of upside, high floor as a closer, and proximity to the majors. Pujols is probably going to be a worthy starter in a 10-team AL-only league for another two-or-so seasons, but if you’re not planning on competing this or next year, getting a top-20 prospect like Meyer for him is acceptable.