Good morning fantasy owners. My last day pinch-blogging for John Halpin. He'll be back on Monday. As a Yankees fan, he'll hate today's fantasy news and notes.
- BREAKING TRADE: JP Morosi is reporting a source says Colorado has sent Jeremy Guthrie to Kansas City for Jonathan Sanchez.
- Cody Ross' game-winning home run last night gave him three homers and nine RBI in the last two games. He's widely available in most fantasy leagues - I think he deserves a roster spot.
- With Dustin Pedroia back and David Ortiz on the DL, Bobby Valentine DH'd hot-hitting Pedro Ciriaco. He batted ninth. Not sure the last time I saw a DH bat ninth, but Ciriaco is hitting .395. So, tough for Bobby V to take his bat otu of the lineup.
- If I could I would pick up Jose Quintana. He's earned our trust.
- Casper Wells has earned regular playing time in Seattle. Over the last week, he's hitting over .300 with two homers, eight runs scored and seven RBI.
- The Oakland A's continue to pick up quality starts from their pitchers. Last night A.J. Griffin gave up only two runs in six innings pitched to the Yankees.
- Brett Gardner is scheduled to have elbow surgery next week and is likely out for the season. He hasn't played since mid-April. I think it's safe to drop him.
- Albert Pujols is dealing with a foot injury.
- BREAKING TRADE: J.A. Happ has been sent from Houston to Toronto is a 10-player deal. His ERA was 5.56 in June and is 4.97 in two July starts. I don't like how that looks when knowing he's about to face AL East lineups. I'd probably pass. Ben Francisco and Francisco Cordero are the big names going back to Houston.
- Drew Storen made his first appearance of the season for Washington Thursday. It took nine pitches to get three outs in a non-save/hold situation. Tyler Clippard hasn't looked sharp as of late. So, keep an eye on Storen as a possible replacement and to get his old job back at some point down the stretch.
- Stephen Strasburg starts tonight. He currently sits at 105 innings pitched. Magic Number: 55 IP (?)
- Alfonso Soriano receives a lot of grief because of his ridiculous (thanks Carmelo) contract. However, he's played pretty well this season and hit his 18th home run on Thursday. Soriano is hitting .274 on the season.
- Most people missed Edinson Volquez's first shutout of his career late Thursday night. He allowed one hit, granted against Houston, in nine innings of work. His ERA sits at 3.34 and the opposition is hitting .214 against him.
- Ryan Dempster could be on the move to the Dodgers.
If more trades or fantasy news breaks, you'll find the updates here throughout the day.