Roto Riteup: August 1, 2013

Welcome to August, baseball fans! The trade deadline was wildly disappointing, but a couple things came of it, so we’ll touch on that in today’s Roto Riteup.

On today’s agenda:
1. Bud Norris and L.J. Hoes
2. Justin Maxwell and the Royals’ outfield
3. Raul Ibanez and the Mariners

Bud Norris and L.J. Hoes
I have it on good authority that the Norris trade will be under further scrutiny on RotoGraphs later today, but I want to say a few things about the deal. First, Norris will not have good times in the AL East. Norris is a solid pitcher and an interesting asset for the O’s, and while he’ll win more ballgames now that he’s not a member of the Astros, he’s still going to be waiver wire fodder in mixed leagues.

Hoes, who goes to Houston in the deal, will receive big league playing time immediately. The Astros dealt away Justin Maxwell to the Royals (more on that later), so at the very least Hoes will be used as a platoon bat, but he’s likely to see everyday action soon. Hoes is only 23 years of age, so while he has time to grow his physical tools, it’s safe to say he won’t be putting up counting stats early in his career. Hoes knows how to work the zone and draw walks without striking out too often, and that’s a valuable skill for a fourth outfielder, but not enough to warrant everyday playing time unless there’s some power or a ridiculous batting average is involved. But, Hoes will get a chance to prove himself in the corner outfield during Houston’s rebuild, and he’s going to be a fun guy to have around in AL OBP leagues.

Justin Maxwell and the Royals’ outfield
The Royals quest to contend in 2014 was boosted slightly with their acquisition of Maxwell, a legitimate centerfielder who provides pop against lefties. Small sample noted, but Maxwell’s bat has been 20% above average against left-handed pitchers in his short career, and he’ll probably play every day a southpaw takes the hill against KC. It’s yet to be seen how the David Lough/Jarrod Dyson/Lorenzo Cain split will play out against righties, but bet on Cain and Maxwell both taking the field against lefties.

Raul Ibanez and the Mariners
The Mariners stood pat over the deadline, opting to let the team play out the season if they can’t sneak guys like Michael Morse through waivers. With Morse back in the lineup, Ibanez, Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales, Dustin Ackley, and Michael Saunders may all see a little less playing time, and this author bets on a brunt of the time coming from Raul.

“But why,” you may ask, noting how Raul is beloved and has been an offensive weapon over the course of the year. Well, because coming into last night’s action, Raul was hitting .135 since the break with nary a homer and 15 strikeouts in 37 ABs. If he continues to flail at pitches like, well, we sort of expected him to coming into the year, the M’s will should hopefully wise up.

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7 Responses to “Roto Riteup: August 1, 2013”

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  1. Brian says:

    Great stuff. Keeper question: I have votto, Goldie, cano, machado as no doubt keepers. Now, I could go profar, Myers, Castro, or pedro A. Am I crazy to go profar or Castro? Help a stupid cub fan?

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    • Lukas says:

      I’d keep Myers personally. Castro has regressed and could never take a walk in the first place. Profar has not been great offensively and has always been an overrated fantasy prospect, plus he still doesn’t have consistent playing time. You already have a 3B in Machado, so Myers seems to make the most sense.

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      • Sky says:

        Agreed, I drafted Castro this year and picked up Profar and a month later had gotten rid of both. I don’t feel confident in either of them but Wil Myers (also drafted) has been quietly good for me since his call up. I’d have the most confidence in his ability to keep up his success even when his batting average regresses to something in the mid-high .200s. The pop is there, the playing time is there, assuming Longoria takes him under his wing a bit, he should develop into something very useful

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      • Giovani says:

        A .900 OPS, .385 wOBA with 7 HRs and 5 steals in 36 games is “quietly good”?

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    • Sky says:

      @Giovanni Hah compared to Hurricane Puig i guess

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  2. Brian says:

    Same league, trade votto and goldschmidt for Harper? Then keep cano, Harper, machado, Myers,mstarlin. Think I’m gutting my team, but I can’t win anyway, so…..

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  3. max says:

    i wish they would give Jarrod Dyson a huge chunk of playing time. Would love to see what he can do. Seems like another Eric Young JR scenario.

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