Brewers acquired second baseman Felipe Lopez from the Diamondbacks for outfielder Cole Gillespie and RHP Roque Mercedes. Lopez was hitting .305/.368/.416 with six homers and six steals for the Diamondbacks. The Brewers figure to install him as their primary second baseman and leadoff hitter, leaving his fantasy value largely unchanged. This figures to end Mat Gamel's stint in Milwaukee, as Craig Counsell can now share time at third with Casey McGehee. The Diamondbacks could call up Rusty Ryal for a trial at second base. He shouldn't be a long-term option, but when the alternatives are Augie Ojeda and Ryan Roberts, he's worth a shot.http://www.rotoworld.com/content/Headlines.aspx?sport=MLB&hl=270005 So, while I'm not advocating us having been in a Felipe Lopez pursuit, there were some who had mentioned him as a potential target. It does seem like it cost a lot; Gillespie has been a top-nine Brewers prospect for three seasons running and Mercedes is pitching very well as a middle reliever in high A at 22.
So, I headed down to Myrtle tonight for the Pelicans game and Tim Hudson's first rehab start. I took some photos, but, given that the combination of my seat location (way down the 1B line right...
He walked in here with a rep for having conditioning and work ethic issues, but showed noticeable improvement in that area during summer practices. While you can't tell much about linemen until they wear pads, he was clearly in better shape when he left in June than when he arrived in late April.http://www.heraldonline.com/665?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&insiteUserId=ded44479-eff0-4fb5-98bf-9edb9d130913&plckPostId=Blog%3aded44479-eff0-4fb5-98bf-9edb9d130913Post%3a07e2deae-79a5-4cdd-8548-0e3f4ea0aef4&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest --Darin Gantt, on Duke Robinson Sounds like nothing but good news to me.
"[He's] like that uncle that sits on the porch when you're out playing football in the front yard. He's going to tell you every little move. I love it. It's good. We all love it."http://www.panthers.com/news/article-1/wilson-leaps-at-opportunity/a8f5d4b0-cd40-436f-968e-0a2bee125326 --CJ Wilson, another Panther commenting on new Defensive Coordinator Ron Meeks' hands-on, high energy, high involvement style.
I'm headed to Coastal Fed on Sunday to watch Timmeh throw a couple innings. Anybody else planning on going?
When Larry Brown talked before the draft about trying to place the rookies on other summer-league teams, he anticipated that issue: That he didn't want to interfere with another team getting the most out of summer league. Brown and Minnesota GM David Kahn are friends, which is how Henderson ended up with that summer team.http://blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba/2009/07/may-auditioning-for-four-teams-in-vegas.html --Rick Bonnell, on Gerald Henderson's current PT situation with the T'wolves.
So CBSSports has now begun to publish their annual NFL player rankings. Below the jump, we'll take a look at where some of the Panthers ranked.
With the trade, Church gained the opportunity to play with Chipper Jones, whom he'd adopted as his favorite player while growing up in Santa Barbara, Calif., as a Braves fan.http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090711&content_id=5826038&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl Cool tidbit about Church. Sad that we'll see fewer of these kinds of guys who've dreamed of playing for us given how much our TV audience has shrunk.
NFL Network's Steve Wyche passes along "rumblings" that Falcons RE John Abraham might want a new contract. Wyche says Abraham won't target Albert Haynesworth money, but likely wants to be paid like Jared Allen (6 years/$73.26M). Abraham is coming off his best year (16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles), making second-team All Pro.http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&hl=145763&id=849, via NFL Network. So: discontent in the ATL certainly doesn't seem like a bad thing to me. Anybody else disagree?
Coordinator Mike Mularkey indicated that Tony Gonzalez will be asked to do more blocking in the Falcons' run-first offense. "He's a productive blocker and that's important in our offense," the OC said. "As successful as he's been as a receiver, he's a good blocker too." Gonzo was essentially a rocked-up wideout for years in K.C., but Mularkey made it clear that Atlanta's offense will continue to revolve around Michael Turner. Don't expect Gonzalez to repeat his top fantasy TE finish from 2008.http://www.atlantafalcons.com/News/Articles/2009/07/1-10/Gonzalez_adds_new_dimension_to_Falcons_offense.aspx, via rotoworld So, yes, Gonzalez could be something to fear, but he probably won't be the threat he was in KC.
The Carolina Panthers have claimed rookie tight end Andrew Davie off waivers from the New York Jets, the team announced Thursday. Davie, 6-foot-4 and 256 pounds, was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from Arkansas by the Jets on May 1. He played in 39 games with 15 starts for the Razorbacks and posted 24 receptions for 199 yards and six touchdowns. An effective blocker, Davie opened holes for running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones while at Arkansas. Following high school, he played four seasons of minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals before joining the Razorbacks.http://www.panthers.com/news/article-1/panthers-make-roster-moves/cf6bd6cb-ea8b-4d0f-aa7a-712f242956cb Davie would seem to have good run blocking potential with his size and the production of the backs who ran behind him in college, although if they're trying to cover their bases for a longer-term injury to Rosario (as Darin Gantt suggests), he'd seem to be a strange fit, since he was never much of a pass-catching threat. Still, it will allow them to spread some TE reps in camp if Dante comes back slower than they anticipate.
Rosenthal made an appearance on a local radio show this afternoon: Among the (relevant) highlights: * He thinks that Atlanta has "one of the best staffs from 1-12 out there," and that Jair Jurrjens,...