Things have been slow of late, but there are a few transactions that took place over the past week.
Rick Ankiel signs with Kansas City – Ankeil seemed like he would be a fixture in St. Louis’ outfield after a .264, 25 home run season back in 2008. Unfortunately, 2009 wasn’t so kind; Ankeil started slowly and then hit the DL after crashing into the outfield wall on May fourth. Certainly, a healthy Ankiel will hit for power, but his plate approach is hacktastick at best. He swings at a ton of bad pitches and has a career 27 percent whiff rate, not good. He’ll need a lot of help in BABIP to ever hit for AVG, but he could provide deep value in AL-only leagues for power.
Miguel Tejada signs with Baltimore - While Tejada heads back to the team with which he produced some of his best seasons, he is definitely not the player of old. Though Tejada hit .313 last season, he would be hard pressed to do it again. Part of that AVG came way of a .323 BABIP, his highest since 2006. 36-years-old on May 25th (or so we think), there is big risk in a decline happening and happening fast. With all of the risk involved, procede with caution when looking at Tejada on draft day.
Octavio Dotel Signs in Pittsburgh – This is bad news for Joel Hanrahan, who was likely the guy to get the first chance at closing with Matt Capps now gone. Instead, we get Octavio Dotel and his mediocre 2.1 K/BB rate. He’ll be a low end closer on draft day. Hanrahan, by the way, also posted a 2.1 K/BB rate in 2009.
Matt Stairs signs with San Diego - This move impacts my heart, because I love Matt Stairs. He is indeed baseball’s working class man.