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August 28, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 8/28/12

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Michael Street

The Value Picks list continues to hit well, but Michael finds room for a newly healthy Luke Scott as well as a host of marginal talent in Playing Pepper.

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A thin bench led Toronto to put David Cooper (Yahoo! 1%, ESPN 0%, CBS 3%) on the disabled list instead of waiting for his back problems to clear up. Depending on how Adam Lind plays (and feels), Cooper could return to the Jays when he’s eligible, but he’s still just an AL-only player if he does.


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July 17, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/17/12

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Michael Street

Michael doesn’t add anyone to this week’s VP list but makes up for it with a heaping helping o’ Playing Pepper and an in-depth look at BP’s PITCHf/x card for Luke Scott.

One of the reasons players linger longer on the waiver wire at this point in the season can be traced to their season line. A weak start can sandbag a player’s stats, and less-than-careful owners can overlook improvements by only looking at the bottom line. That’s the best explanation for the lower ownership rates for some of my VPs this week, who are all performing well of late despite weak overall lines.

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While you're cooing over Brandon Beachy, Scott Diamond is doing more with less. Is it time to take the prototypical Twin seriously?

It all sounds like the typical underdog story. Scott Diamond, a lefty, went undrafted out of college. He signed with the Braves and pitched in their system through the 2010 season, at which point Atlanta had to make a choice. Either the Braves could make a commitment to Diamond and place him on the 40-man roster, or they could leave him exposed to the Rule 5 draft and risk losing him for $50,000. The Braves took the risk and, in a way, it paid off. Not only did Atlanta receive the money from Minnesota, but when the Twins later wanted to demote the pitcher, the Braves negotiated for a strong-armed right-handed minor-league reliever in exchange for Diamond’s rights.

Items to check off the cliché list so far: “ignored by all teams in the draft”, “underappreciated by the organization that gave him a chance”, and “potential redemption with a new team that believes in him.” Diamond made his big-league debut for the Twins and struggled. He spent a lot of time in Triple-A, struggling there, too. Minnesota did not give up on Diamond and had few reservations about bringing him up this season. Diamond has since established a foothold on a rotation spot thanks to performances good enough and an alma mater small enough to make Brandon Beachy look overrated. No, really:

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May 17, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 5/17/12

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Paul Sporer

Friedrich and Milone headline this week's VP list

Pitchers are starting to drop to like flies, making Value Picks even more important as they move from luxuries to necessities as replacements.  Cory Luebke has a partially torn UCL, Jeff Niemann suffered a broken leg and hit the 60-day disabled list, Danny Duffy is likely set for Tommy John surgery, Vance Worley joined the DL ranks with elbow inflammation, and Joe Wieland (hardly a mixed league stalwart five minutes into his career), went down earlier this month with an elbow injury of his own. 

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The Braves receive an intriguing arm in exchange for one they left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft.

Whenever a team decides to trade for the rights to a Rule 5 selection, the cost is often reasonable: an organizational soldier, cash, or a live arm on the farm. The trade between the Braves and Twins brings a better return than usual.

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June 23, 2010 9:00 am

Transaction Action: Shuffling Seniors

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Christina Kahrl

The atrocity of arbitration avoidance, Giant roster expansion, Fishy futility, and more.

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Activated RHP Takashi Saito from the 15-day DL; optioned RHP Craig Kimbrel to Gwinnett (Triple-A). [6/21]

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September 6, 2009 5:17 pm

Transaction Action: Assorted Central Moves

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Christina Kahrl

Call-ups, activations, and role changes for players in the Central Divisions now that rosters have expanded.

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Recalled RHP Jhonny Nuez from Charlotte (Triple-A); purchased the contract of RHP Daniel Hudson from Charlotte. [9/3]

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February 17, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Camp-Opening Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Sorting through the last-minute contracts and non-roster invitations handed out at the beginning of spring training.

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December 23, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: AL East

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Christina Kahrl

The moves made in baseball's drama division get a dose of review.

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July 31, 2006 12:00 am

Will's Mill: The Mill Closes -- 5:00 P.M.

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Will Carroll

A postscript to a busy day on which the biggest names stayed put.

The Mill closes up with a flurry of deadline deals, but no "big" deals. Alfonso Soriano is still a National, Miguel Tejada is still an Oriole, Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt are still Astros, and the Angels...well, they'll be praying, I guess.

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June 20, 2006 12:00 am

Fantasy Focus: The RotoWire ROI 100

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Erik Siegrist

Erik begins a look at what prospects expect to produce for fantasy owners in both the short- and long-term.

Part one will cover American League prospects, including their overall rank. Part two will cover the National League. An update, discussing the largest movers and new entries, will follow in about a month, in time for late July-early August trade deadlines.

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Teams continue to clean house, scattering Quad-A players in all directions in preparation for the stretch run of Spring Training.

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