Several veteran players have found new homes the past few days.

Ben Sheets finds himself pitching in Oakland. The deal is for $10 million. It’s a risk for the A’s, but it’s the kind of calculated risk a small market team needs to make to compete with the big boys.

Sheets turned heads in his throwing session, routinely hitting 92 mph with his fastball. If he can stay healthy, he has the tools to be a high-end SP option. He does come with baggage and plenty of risk. Take a chance on him towards the end of the draft. He he busts, it won’t hurt too bad.

Jim Thome has made a career of eating up Twins’ pitching. They followed the Vikings’ footsteps by signing their nemesis. I don’t see Thome having the impact of Brett Favre though. His best days are behind him, and the Twins already have a DH in place. Jason Kubel could spend more time in the OF (especially against righties), but it will come at Delmon Young’s expense. Plus,  the Twins used Joe Mauer at DH 28 games last year. He’s going to need a break from catcher. Surely, Mauer’s bat is preferred over Thome’s. They say he’s going to be a bench bat, but he did not excel in that role with the Dodgers last year. Perhaps the Twins will attempt to move Delmon so Kubel can play LF and Thome can DH. Unless that happens, Thome has minimal fantasy value.

The Yankees signed Randy Winn, which all but signifies the end of Johnny Damon’s run with the Bombers. Winn will be no more than a platoon player with Brett Gardner, rendering both of them mostly useless for fantasy owners.

Jon Garland signed with the Padres. Playing in pitcher-friendly PETCO Park, Garland could be a sneaky late round option to lower your ERA & WHIP.

Miguel Tejada returned to Baltimore. He’s sliding over to third base for the O’s. He still has some life in that bat, but he could struggle as he adjusts to a new position.

The Cubs signed Xavier Nady. He’s going to be their fourth OF so don’t worry about keeping tabs on him at this point.

Tuesday, September 30th
Jim Thome
went 1 for 3 with a Walk and a HR to produce the game’s only run.  Ken Griffey, Jr. went 1 for 3 with a Double and a great throw to nail Michael Cuddyer at the plate.  Jermaine Dye went 2 for 4.  Michael Cuddyer went 1 for 3 with a Double.  Brendan Harris went 1 for 3.  Orlando Cabrera went 1 for 4.  Denard Span and Alexei Ramirez each drew two Walks.  Nick Punto drew one Walk.

John Danks allowed just 2 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 12-9 with a 3.32 ERA.  Bobby Jenks threw a 1-2-3 ninth with 1 K to nail down his 30th Save.  Nick Blackburn gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings with 3 Ks, but lost.  Jose Mijares threw 1-1/3 perfect Innings of relief.  Joe Nathan threw 1/3 scoreless Inning.

Thursday, August 14th
Mark Kotsay
went 5 for 5 as he hit for the Cycle and had 2 RBI.  Cliff Floyd had 4 Walks and scored 4 Runs.  Jim Thome, Big Papi, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Ludwick, and Lance Berkman each had 3 RBI.  Jeff Francoeur (3 RBI), Paul Konerko, Bobby Crosby, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie, Chris Dickerson, Freddy Sanchez, Melvin Mora, Kevin Millar (3 RBI), and Lou Montanez each had 3 Hits.

Todd Wellemeyer gave up 3 Hits in 7-2/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 10-4 with a 3.79 ERA.  Dice-K tossed 7 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 14-2 with a 2.74 ERA.  Hiroki Kuroda gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA.  Jake Peavy gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 9-8 with a 2.61 ERA.  Armando Galarraga gave up 1 Run on 6 Hits in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 11-4 with a 3.10 ERA.  Dan Haren gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA.  Jesse Litsch gave up 4 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings, but got a no-decision.  Ian Snell gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but lost.

Wednesday, July 23rd
Jeff Mathis
went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 6 RBI.  Carlos Quentin went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Adam Dunn went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Grand Slam, and 5 RBI.  Doug Mientkiewicz went 4 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Casey Kotchman went 5 for 5.  Howie Kendrick went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 3 Doubles, and 3 RBI.  Ryan Garko went 3 for 4  with 2 Runs, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Gregor Blanco went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Triple, and 3 RBI.  Ryan Braun went 4 for 5 with a Run, a Triple, a HR, and a RBI.  Reed Johnson went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a Grand Slam, and 4 RBI.  Javier Valentin, Mike Lamb, Placido Polanco, Maglio Ordonez, Mark Loretta, James Loney, Johnny Peralta (3 Runs), Jose Vidro, Damion Easley, Conor Jackson, Chris Young, Ryan Zimmerman, Bengie Molina, Omar Vizquel, and Richie Weeks each had 3 Hits.  Miguel Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yunel Escobar, Luis Gonzalez, Chris Snyder, and Jim Thome each had 3 RBI.  Kazuo Matsui scored 3 Runs.

C.C. Sabathia continued to sparkle for Milwaukee tossing a Complete Game three-hit Shutout.  He struck out 7 as he improved to 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA with the Brew Crew (10-8, 3.15 overall).  Mike Mussina threw 8 scoreless Innings allowing 6 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 13-6 with a 3.26 ERA.  Armando Galarraga gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 8-4 with a 3.27 ERA.  James Shields gave up 3 Runs on 6 Hits in 8-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 9-6 with a 3.66 ERA.  Tim Hudson tossed 6 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits while striking out 6 to improve to 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA.

Tuesday, July 8th
Miguel Cabrera
went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Carlos Beltran went 3 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBI.  Jim Thome went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, and a Walk.  Esteban German went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Double, an RBI, and a SB.  Alexei Ramirez and Mike Aviles also had 4 Hits.  Chase Headley went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI.  Scott Hairston went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, an HR, and 3 RBI.  Brian McCann hit a pair of solo shots.  Kevin Youkilis, Adam LaRoche, Richie Weeks (3 Runs), and Mark Kotsay each had 3 Hits.  Marcus Thames, Alex Rios, Ryan Braun, Geovany Soto, Yunel Escobar, and Nate McLouth each had 3 RBI.  Kelly Johnson scored 3 Runs.

Justin Duchscherer pitched a Complete Game two-hit Shutout to improve to 10-5 with a 1.78 ERA.  He’s got to be the early AL Cy Young favorite.  Andy Pettitte gave up 4 Hits with 5 Ks in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 10-6 with a 3.93 ERA.  Justin Verlander gave up 2 Runs on 2 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 6-9.  Nick Blackburn gave up 2 Runs in a 6-2/3 Inning no-decision.  Scott Kazmir gave up 2 Runs in 5 Innings with 9 Ks, but took a Loss.  Joel Pineiro tossed 6-1/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 3-4.  Cole Hamels gave up 2 Runs on 3 Hits with 8 Ks, but took the Loss.  Brandon Webb delivered a Devil’s line with 6 scoreless Innings, 6 Hits, and 6 Ks to improve to 13-4 with a 3.27 ERA.  Mike Pelfrey threw 7 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 7-6 with a 3.93 ERA.  C.C. Sabathia gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6 Innings to win his Milwaukee debut.  Matt Harrison dominated his Big Leauge debut going 7 Innings and allowing 2 Runs on 5 Hits.  Ryan Dempster gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 10-3 with a 3.13 ERA.  Carlos “Hi Ho” Silva gave up 2 Runs in a Complete Game loss.  Randy Wolf gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 6-8.  Jair Jurrjens gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits with 6 Ks in 6 Innings to improve to 9-4 with a 3.00 ERA.

Tuesday, June 10th
Ryan Ludwick went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Aubrey Huff had 4 Hits.  Nick Markakis, Jim Thome, Placido Polanco, Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, Lance Berkman (5 RBI), Gerald Laird, Jose Guillen, Jose Castillo, Todd Helton, Omar Quintanilla, Russell Martin (3 RBI), and Mark Ellis each had 3 Hits.  Brendan Ryan and Aramis Ramirez each scored 3 Runs.  Greg Norton, Matt Kemp and Geovany Soto each had 3 RBI.

C.C. Sabathia pitched a Complete Game five-hit Shutout with 5 Ks to improve to 4-8.  Scott Baker pitched a gem (7 Innings, 1 Run), but took the loss.  Dustin McGowan pitched a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 5 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 5-4 with a 3.92 ERA.  Roy Oswalt gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 5-6.  Seth McLung gave up 2 Runs on 3 Hits in 6 Innings to take the Loss.  Ricky Nolasco gave up 3 unearned runs in 6 Innings to improve to 6-4.  Gil Meche gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Jered Weaver gave up 1 Run on 4 Hitsin 8 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 6-6.  Chien-Ming Wang allowed 1 Run in 7-1/3 Innings to improve to 7-2.  Dana Eveland gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Greg Maddux gave up 1 Run in a 6 Inning no-decision.


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