Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Scott Linebrink traded to Brewers

Scott Linebrink was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Milwaukee Brewers today for 3 minor league prospects. He'll now join an already solid Brewers bullpen of Francisco Cordero (the closer), Derrick Turnbow, Carlos Villanueva and Matt Wise.

Linebrink has been very inconsistent this season, blowing 6 saves in the process (tied for most in the majors). He's also allowed 9 home runs, which is the same amount he allowed all of last season (even though he's pitched 30 less innings thus far this year). He'll move into a setup role (possibly by committee) with the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact:
Minimal; he'll still be used in the 7th or 8th inning, and the change of scenery probably won't hurt. He hasn't had his best season, and he has a 9.35 ERA for the month; so he likely won't play a factor in anybody winning a fantasy title this season. He'll still be good for holds (in leagues that use this stat), but he probably won't add much more value...he might get the occasional win or save, but given his peripherals, there are better middle reliever options out there.

I'd suggest Pat Neshek (who I looked at in a previous Player Profile), but he didn't make me look wise with his performance last night. I'm going to chalk it up to him just not having his good stuff - he pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowing 2 hits, 2 BB, and 3 ER. Oh well, days like that happen.

Some other middle relievers that might be available on your waiver wire are Ryan Franklin (STL), George Sherrill (SEA), Matt Guerrier (MIN), Santiago Casilla (OAK), and Rafael Betancourt (CLE). I'll probably go into more detail on these guys (along with some others) in a future middle relievers report.

Did you know - Scott was featured on a CD titled Oh Say Can You Sing? along with ten current Major League Baseball Players plus Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

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