Thursday July 24, 2014: In fantasy baseball the Yankee and Padre trade of Yangervis Solarte and a low-level pitcher who was, at his apex, the #15 prospect in their system would be shot down by an arbiter. But only in real baseball would such a thing be allowed to happen. Just 2 short seasons ago, Headley batted .286 in 604 AB, with 95 runs, 31 HR, 115 RBI (led the NL), 17 SB, 86 walks and an .875 OPS. And that was in SD which has never been known as a hitter's haven. Yankee Stadium only has to help the LH hitting Headley in this more than likely 2 month rental.
From 2004-2007 Jeff Francoeur averaged 157 games played. It seems like a lifetime ago (and it is). He's long been one of my favorites and his arm is among the best in the business. His big bugaboo in the majors has always been his K/BB which is 906/248 over his career. His minor league numbers in '14 are pretty good with those 15 HR, 60 RBI, 10 SB, a .790 OPS and a .294 BA in 391 AB. His K/BB of 82/18 still sucks but Frenchie has added pitching to his resume. He's appeared in 7 games, 6 1/3 IP, a 4/3 K/BB, 5 HA, and a 4.26/1.26 ERA/WHIP. Francoeur is probably wondering himself where it all went wrong. He had a good season for KC in 2011 batting .285 in 601 AB, an .805 OPS, 47 doubles, 77 runs, 20 HR, 87 RBI, 22 SB and his usual 123/37 K/BB. He's at .226 in 806 AB with a .626 OPS since but in the right situation, Francoeur could once again find a little fantasy nirvana. And Francoeur may have found the light with his call-up to the Padres on Wednesday. I think now that we know his address for the next 25 games or so given the Maybin drug suspension, I don't think he's a terrible pick-up in NL-only leagues. Maybin has been a giant disappointment to real and fantasy owners for years now. I invested a "cool" $50 on Maybin in '13 in my $360-NL. I think he went for $11 this spring in that league. I always said that the 16 for 32 run Maybin had as a 21 yr old for the Marlins in 2008 would be the highlight of his career. Like I said, I too had Maybin last year in an expert NL league. But I also had B.J. Upton so what the hell did I know? Maybin's success can now be classified as a lifetime ago! I do also have a feeling that Chris Denorfia's days in SD are numbered. But given the right venue, he makes a pretty decent #4 OF and starter vs LHP's.