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Friday 22nd Sep 2017

The theme of this week’s Diamond Exchange is the retroactive disabled list moves with ten such moves. Granted it is quite understandable as team’s decided to wait to make the move until after the All-Star break just in case these players did not need a more extended rest and recovery period. We also had the Braves/Blue Jays deal which my colleague Todd Zola has analyzed quite well from the MLB perspective in his “Under the Microscope” of the past week. I’ll offer a tidbit or two more on those players, but will focus mainly on the minor leaguers.

The All-Star break is nearly upon so many of the disablements we are seeing are not as dramatic, excluding Shin-Soo Choo’s injury of course, are not as discouraging as they might ordinarily be as many will rest over the break and be eligible to return immediately following its conclusion. There is also your assortment of players being optioned to the minors to get extra work, especially starters whose turn is not coming up soon in the rotation who have been temporarily replaced for relief help. This week also brought us the first blockbuster in-season deal of 2010, but one with little fantasy impact with Cliff Lee not even shifting to the National League, giving NL only leaguers one less reason to save FAAB. The impact has to do more with youth. The Rangers decision to deal one of their two young first basemen, Chris Davis or Justin Smoak, will be an interesting story to follow over time and the Michael Pineda watch has certainly gained momentum too.

Happy Fourth of July! Fireworks have come early, at least some small ones, as the trade market has heated up.Meanwhile, teams expected to be World Series contenders are suffering major set backs as their teams are decimated by injuries.

This week's recurring theme in the world of transactions were disappointment and development as a number of teams sent down struggling  players they would like to see play prominent roles on the MLB roster. Some were sent down simply to get consistent playing time, while others were sent down to re-find their game. Some are more likely to succeed than others.

Baltimore Orioles

6/14: Alfredo Simon (ACT), Brad Bergesen (OPT)

Alfredo Simon was the closer for the Orioles prior to his stay on the disabled list. Over that time the Orioles won just 3 games in 18 opportunities.

Analysis of all the key moves of the week including the call-ups of Strasburg, Santana, Stanton, and Arrieta!

The Diamond Exchange has moved to a weekly format, appearing every Sunday. For organization’s sake, I have moved to a league by league, team by team format, analyzing the transactions of note. For a key of the transaction abbreviations, go to the bottom of the article.

Reviewing the key transactions since Sunday the twenty-third:

The Mets called up a pair of players regarded more for their bats than their defense in the forms of Chris Carter and Josh Thole.

In his latest Diamond Exchange, Rob Leibowitz analyzes the many prominent call-ups of the past week including Starlin Castro.


Fresh Catch of the Day

Trevor Cahill made his first start of the season for the A’s tonight and was clobbered, allowing 3 home runs

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