My barely noticeable beard has begun shedding, so please consider my plight as you read today’s Roto Riteup.
Stephen Drew signs with Boston
After sitting out the beginning of the 2014 season, Drew will be ready to join the Red Sox in a little more than a week. Xander Bogaerts will be shifting to third base upon Drew’s arrival, which will keep him eligible at both positions in 2015. Drew is a much better player in real-life than fantasy, but he did hit the crap out of right-handers last year to the tune of a .284/.377/.498 slash line. Getting reinforcements is good news for the value of every player in Boston not named Will Middlebrooks.
Corey Hart out 4-6 weeks
The Mariners DH will miss the next month or two after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, which doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun when you’re not that far removed from knee surgery. Nick Franklin is being called up to fill Hart’s roster spot, and he’ll play all over as manager Lloyd McLendon rotates players through the DH hole. Don’t be surprised if the Mariners make a run at Kendrys Morales now that the roster has a fairly obvious hole to fill.
Andrew Heaney gets promoted
The Marlins have taken a step in developing their best pitching prospect, promoting the left-handed Heaney to Triple-A. Heaney, featuring a solid but not spectacular three-pitch-mix, performed great in Double-A, so now he’ll get the chance to work on his game against slightly superior competition. If things go fine at his new level, Heaney could see the big leagues as soon as July 1.
Trevor Bauer replaces Danny Salazar
In echoing every other headline wrote on the subject, the Indians have decided to replace one volatile start for another, calling up Bauer to take Salazar’s spot in the rotation. Salazar already pitched a game in the minors and let’s just say it didn’t go too well, but I still have faith that he’ll somehow get it all together, dang it. Bauer has looked like the top prospect he used to be, and hopefully he’ll find some sustained success in the majors.
The Fickle Five
SP: Nathan Eovaldi, $8,800
Can we get Eovaldi’s page to be Nate Eovaldi, please. I like to call him Nate. Nate’s going against the Phillies in Miami.
SP: Brandon McCarthy, $8,000
McCarthy’s numbers are actually a tad encouraging, and getting him outset of Arizona is worth a shot.
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