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RotoAuthority League - Best Pickups Last Week

This feature is written by Jeff, owner of the Volvo Stationwagons.  Jeff will be off next week, but will do a double feature after that.

7/22 – RotoAuthority picks up Joel Hanrahan
Tim was the quickest on the draw after the Jon Rauch trade, and his speculation of Hanrahan proved to be accurate (though he initially thought Saul Rivera was the man).  While the Nats are fairly awful and probably won’t generate too many save chances over the rest of the season, Hanrahan has been a pretty solid pitcher, posting average ratios and a K/9 of nearly 10.

7/24 – Volvo Stationwagons trade Jimmy Rollins to Dizzy Llamas for Brandon Webb
The Stationwagons finished the month of May atop the ERA and WHIP categories, but has struggled mightily ever since, falling all the way to 9th in each in tightly-bunched races.  Additionally, the Wagons had fallen all the way to 10th in W, and desperately needed another impact starting pitcher, having ridden their weaknesses all the way down to 3rd place overall after spending most of June atop the standings.  Enter the 2nd-place-overall Llamas, who led the league in W and had ratios in the top half, but needed an impact bat at a MI position.  The Wagons lead the league in R, HR, and SB, so losing Rollins hopefully shouldn’t hurt too badly with Alexi Casilla slotting into the MI position.  As one of the participants in the trade, here is my opinion: Rollins was underperforming slightly based on his inflated draft position, so getting a highly durable, quality SP in return when selling a bit low on my first round draft pick makes this particular owner feel pretty good.  This one could be one of those trades that benefits both teams, allowing each team to become a bit more balanced in their pursuit of Tim at the top of the standings.

7/24 – Los Genius picks up John Grabow
Grabow was picked up immediately after the trade that sent Damaso Marte to the Yankees.  Incumbent closer Matt Capps should return from the DL before the end of the season, and there is no clear favorite for saves at the moment, but Grabow should most likely figure into the mix.  However, he is a career lefty specialist and the Pirates could choose to go with the right-hander Tyler Yates to close games.

7/24 – Los Genius picks up Jim Johnson
Continuing with the save speculation theme, Johnson gets the call off the waiver wire in the hopes that a George Sherrill trade will open a closer position in Baltimore.  Johnson has been very hard to hit this year, allowing only 34 hits in 56.1 IP, despite only a 29/23 K/BB ratio.  If Sherrill is traded, Johnson could be first in line as he has seen a lot of eighth-inning setup duty lately, with veterans Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford seeing more specialized roles.

7/25 – Men With Wood picks up Tyler Yates
As mentioned above, the Pirates’ save mix could end up being pretty ugly until Matt Capps returns.  The journeyman Yates could be the last man standing if the Pirates choose not to use their best lefty specialist (Grabow) in the closer’s role.  Yates is a risky play even in the closer’s role, having walked 121 batters in 215 career major-league innings.  A save is a save, though, and if Yates gets the opportunities he’ll be worth the pickup.

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