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April 25, 2013 posted by Matthew Dewoskin

Singles Only: Week Four Edition

Singles Only: Week Four Edition
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David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox

David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox

It’s time yet again to get the kids out of the pool for an hour. It’s Singles Only. This is the place that like-minded individuals come to, you know, hang out, shoot the breeze and see what’s up while the kids have an ice cream.

If you’re looking for someone who’s interested in 17-year old Dominicans, you’ve come to the wrong place. We discuss major league baseball here. We’re not interested in looking at a guy’s face, knowing if he has an ugly girlfriend or trying to judge his swing on a grainy videotape while sitting on a couch. We might sit on couches, but only when it’s time to watch professionals.

Now, let’s get adult-themed in this week’s edition of Singles Only…

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is going to need some time on the DL to heal after his appendectomy. Heyward was also nursing a couple other nagging injuries, so this is his chance to get healthy and come back sometime in May. It means more playing time for Reed Johnson and Jordan Schaefer. Fantasy GMs should hang a big “not interested” sign until Heyward gets back.

Daniel Bard has made his return to the Boston pitching staff. This move is a bit of a head scratcher for the Red Sox. Bard hasn’t been very good at Double-A (four walks and eight hits in nine innings), so why would there be a need to add him to the major league staff? The Red Sox probably just needed a fresh arm. This could be a short term add to the big league roster because Boston will need Bard’s roster spot once John Lackey or Craig Breslow are ready to return. Either way, this is another move that deserves little, if any, attention from fantasy GMs. Bard won’t get any save chances and isn’t in line to start ever again. The Red Sox even had a special schedule made up with the start times pushed back a couple hours so Bard won’t show up early and try to sneak in a start. No one wants to see Bard in the rotation again.

Speaking of pointless transactions in Boston, Alfredo Aceves is now in Pawtucket and the Red Sox are looking to deal him…somewhere. Aceves could have some value if he lands in one of the more pitcher-friendly NL stadiums, but he’s waiver wire material for now.

Jose Valverde is back in the Detroit bullpen and already has a save. It begs the question as to why Detroit didn’t go with Valverde in the first place. His, erm, physique doesn’t exactly inspire confidence and he looks like he’s a light jog away from a pulled hamstring, but he converted the save without any drama on Wednesday night. Poor, poor Joaquin Benoit. All he does is put up zeroes, but no one seems to think he can put up zeroes in the ninth inning. Valverde is a worthy add in all formats especially leagues that include “trips to the buffet.”

Nationals uber-prospect Anthony Rendon got the call with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the DL. Zimmerman is out with a hamstring strain. He’ll likely be back after the 15 days, but the Nationals have been fairly tight-lipped about his status. This is probably just a cup of coffee for Rendon unless he lights the world on fire (he hasn’t…yet). Rendon will one day be a useful player to have in fantasy baseball, but it’s probably not time yet. It’s safe to leave him on the waiver wire unless you’re desperate.

The Padres called up Robbie Erlin and plan to use him out of the bullpen in the Andrew Cashner role now that actual Cashner is in the rotation. Erlin owns a 378:57 K:BB ratio in 340 career minor league innings. He’s waiver wire material unless he gets a rotation spot or a shot at the closer gig. That’s a nice way of saying you can ignore Erlin…for now.

Cashner, however, should be added in almost all formats. He pitches in Petco and owns an 8.95 K/9 in 124 2/3 innings. He could provide excellent numbers, especially in his home starts, if he gets an extended look in the rotation.

The decade of throwing 220+ innings per season appears to be catching up to C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia is posting a sub-90 MPH average fastball velocity. His 89.7 MPH average fastball is down from 92.3 MPH last year, but the drop in velocity hasn’t shown up in his K numbers. Sabathia’s K/9 is still at 8.23 (7.78 for his career). The problem is that Sabathia is getting tagged for more homers than usual. His HR/9 is over 1.00. He’s never finished a season with HR/9 over 1.00.

C.C. turns 33 in a few months and it’s clear that his days as a workhorse in fantasy baseball and real baseball appear to be coming to an end. It’s not “Halladay Time” (trade him as soon as he puts together two competent starts) or, god forbid, “Haren Time” (just cut him) for C.C. yet, but fantasy GMs should be looking to deal him if they can find fair value.

Speaking of guys getting by on veteran guile (re: Old Man Powers), David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup and appears to be capable of hitting baseballs. Ortiz only has 17 PAs so far in 2013, but he doesn’t appear overmatched at all and actually looks like he won’t be a drag on batting average. The power remains to be seen, but he’s passed the first test. He does not look washed up right now.

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