Roto-Wan is back monkey chuckers, and on less sleep than ever! I actually threw up last night out of sheer exhaustion after feeding the little-wan. I did not know that was possible. Thank to B_Don for being an adequate at best fill in for me. Yesterday was the trade deadline and bullpens were heavily reworked for many contenders. Tiers are of course baby themed. Time for some notes!

  • Shane Greene and Mark Melancon became Atlanta Braves. Atlanta has designs on a postseason run and wanted to load up the reliever clip. Greene has been great this season. That should continue on a better team. The biggest indictment of how the Braves felt about their bullpen was shipping Kolby Allard for Chris Martin’s sore back. I don’t get that one.
  • The Mariners bullpen has been so great the Nationals just had to have multiple parts, acquiring Hunter Strickland and Roenis Elias in two separate deals. I don’t really get why Washington was buying at all. Either of those guys could be a cut in 2020 spring training.
  • Nick Anderson will quietly slot into a Rays backend that has been shaky lately. Anderson has amazing stuff. The Rays have worked some wonders with their pitcher acquisitions so I’d buy him on the cheap and stash.
  • The Twins get Sam Dyson from the Giants. Dyson has had effective stretches in his career and Minnesota is still looking for a right-handed complement to Taylor Rogers. They also added Sergio Romo. He’s Sergio Romo, though.
  • The biggest head-scratcher was Milwaukee giving up number three prospect Mauricio Dubon for Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black. This one had twitter on fire. Play a little hardball at the negotiating table, Brewers. Black’s an interesting piece, I guess. Pomeranz has been better in the bullpen… for four games. That’s not a sample size it’s a road trip.
  • The most wide open roles to speculate on are Seattle, Miami, and Texas. I’d prefer a dark horse since all three are wildly unpredictable.

New Baby Smell

One of nature’s miracles. Hold a baby close and the have an amazing unique smell.

Closer Next Then Maybe So You’re Saying 
There’s A Chance?
Felipe Vazquez Kyle Crick  Keone Kela
Josh Hader Adrian Houser  Freddy Peralta
Kirby Yates Andres Munoz  Craig Stammen  Matt Strahm  Trey Wingenter
Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez  Joe Kelly  Julio Urias Adam Kolarek
Brad Hand Nick Goody  Adam Cimber  Oliver Perez  Tyler Clippard

 

He has no real ‘lines’, but how can you go against a bot that helps instead of trolls on the internet. There when you need him, but don’t expect to have much of a conversation without a translator. How did Luke know how to talk droid?

Baby Smiles

Apparently, they’re induced by gas and not emotion. Still, a smiling baby is ridiculously cute.

Closer Next Then Maybe So You’re Saying 
There’s A Chance?
Roberto Osuna Ryan Pressly  Hector Rondon  Will Harris  Collin McHugh
Aroldis Chapman Adam Ottavino  Zach Britton  Chad Green
Sean Doolittle Fernando Rodney  Wander Suero Hunter Strickland Roenis Elias
Craig Kimbrel Steve Cishek  Brandon Kintzler Pedro Strop
Liam Hendriks Yusmeiro Petit  Lou Trivino  Blake Treinen


A Solid Burp

Since babies are so small you can feel the full body relief of a good burp.

Closer Next Then Maybe So You’re Saying 
There’s A Chance?
Edwin Diaz Seth Lugo
Ian Kennedy Jake Diekman  Tim Hill
Will Smith Reyes Moronta  Tony Watson
Shane Greene Luke Jackson Anthony Swarzak Chris Martin  Chad Sobotka
Alex Colome Kelvin Herrera  Jace Fry  Aaron Bummer
Taylor Rogers Sam Dyson Sergio Romo Ryne Harper Trevor May
Ken Giles  David Phelps
Hector Neris Jose Alvarez  IL: David Robertson

 

Middle Of The Night Feedings

They’re necessary to, you know, keep this new thing alive. Man do they suck, though. Your essence is slowly sapped by them.

Closer Next Then Maybe So You’re Saying 
There’s A Chance?
Emilio Pagan Diego Castillo Nick Anderson  Colin Poche  Andrew Kittredge
Hansel Robles Noe Ramirez  Cam Bedrosian  Ty Buttrey
Carlos Martinez John Gant  Andrew Miller  Giovanny Gallegos  John Brebbia
Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen  David Hernandez  Jared Hughes  Amir Garrett
Jose Leclerc Jesse Chavez  IL: Shawn Kelley
Archie Bradley Yoshihisa Hirano Yoan Lopez Greg Holland
Joe Jimenez  Buck Farmer  Jose Cisnero

 

Getting Pooped On

It’s going to happen. It’s going to be gross. You’re going to want to avoid it by passing it off to someone else…

Closer Next Then Maybe
Mychal Givens Miguel Castro  Paul Fry
Wade Davis Scott Oberg  Carlos Estevez
Brandon Workman Matt Barnes  Colten Brewer  Nathan Eovaldi
Jarlin Garcia Jose Quijada  Austin Brice
Anthony Bass Cory Gearrin IL: Austin Adams

 

 
  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Congrats on the baby! You will now gain all that baby weight your wife loses — enjoy!

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Considering I gained about as much as she did, I hope not!

  2. steve stevenson says:
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    AL-only keeper, in 1st place, have a couple open P slots w/ interleague trades and should use at least one of them on spec SV after losing Greene to the NL. My remaining RP are Workman and Pagan. How would you prioritize Shafer, Chavez, N. Anderson, Givens and Dyson?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Chavez is interesting short term. Dyson or Anderson could emerge with a role in time.

  3. What's that fish smell? says:
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    I’ve been reading some stuff that Stanek is a closer in waiting for MIA…thoughts??

    • steve stevenson says:
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      I was wondering that as well. He was a closer in the minors and is probably better suited to that role than the humps they have left in their pen.

      • Roto-Wan

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        Certainly possible. I haven’t seen anything saying Miami is considering using an opener.

  4. knucks says:
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    Congrat on the baby, my dood, welcome back! Here are some edits to consider for next week…

    Treinen should be next up for the A’s, I think.

    Cross of Phelps or move him, he’s a Cub now. And add Mayza and Shafer for Toronto.

    Stanek should be on the chart maybe, he should be back in like a week or so and could take over in Miami.

    Kelvin Herrara is hurt, Bummer is next in line for me.

    Diekman got moved over to Oakland.

    And Strop and Ryan Pressly both went on the IL recently.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Thanks Boss. It was a busy week to jump back in!

  5. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Wade Davis, wtf?! I want to rage drop him for Shafer or even Oberg. Just had to vent, thanks.

    • Roto-Wan

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      This is the Wade Davis experience. Enjoy?

  6. bigbear says:
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    Congrats on the little Wan!

    Greene was more than solid on a really bad team. He’s more than a solid burb!

    • Roto-Wan

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      Thanks. Probably true. I blame B_Don.

  7. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Congrats! Nothin’ like that new baby smell.

    14-team 5×5 roto…(Saves+Holds)

    I own Brad Hand and Liam Hendriks.
    I picked up Joe Jimenez and Archie Bradley after yesterday’s trade day.

    I have an offer out to a guy who is in last and owns Doolittle…offering Max Fried.

    Do I even need Doolittle?

    How would you rank my guys considering we’re looking at ERA-WHIP-Ks and (Saves+Holds)?? Hand-Hendriks-JJ-Archie?

    • Roto-Wan

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      That’s probably accurate. I don’t mind that deal. Three of those guys may not be closing in a month.

  8. Alex says:
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    I think Liam is on his way out of that role. I dropped him for Joe Jimenez.

    • Spencer says:
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      I’m just gonna handcuff them on my roster.

      • Spencer says:
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        Treinen and Liam that is

    • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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      Bailey pitched 6, Diekman got the 7th, Treinen for the Win in the 8th and Hendriks for the Save tonight.

      Maybe Hendriks has the job for a while longer…

  9. Edgar Gonzalez says:
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    Like the creativity in these articles. Especially in the closer rankings

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Thanks!

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