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Street stickin' around?
Chicago White Sox closer Addison Reed clearly felt badly about blowing a save opportunity on Thursday afternoon against the Boston Red Sox, as multiple scribes like Daryl Van Schouwen shared after the clubs' evening contest. Chicago's defense failed to come up with a DP, which might've been enough to derail the BoSox's comeback, had it killed their momentum and changed the ChiSox's alignment and sequences.
Southpaw Matt Thornton gave up a pair of hits, both to left-handed batters, and retired only one man. Northpaw Addison Reed came on to face a right-handed batter and served up Cody Ross' walk-off, three-run job hit over the Green Monster.
Reed has converted 16 of his 19 save chances this season and still looks like the future at the position for the organization, despite his 4.24 ERA. This will be another learning experience for him.
Thanks to Baseball Tonight's crew for pointing out that the pitch that Ross hit out missed its mark by quite a bit. A.J. Pierzynski wanted Reed's pitch on the outer half of the plate, but the closer sailed it way inside. Anyone who watched Ross in the 2010 postseason knows that's not a mistake you want to make.
Andy Martino tweeted what he hears from the New York Mets: They don't believe that the San Diego Padres will trade Huston Street before the trade deadline. Word is that the Friars are trying to work out long-term extensions with their closer, as well as Carlos Quentin.
Some observers believe that the Pads won't be able to work out the figures with Street and he'll end up elsewhere by the end of the month. It sounds like SD is willing to take its time in negotiations, though, putting those predictions at high risk.
Luke Gregerson - maybe others, but Gregerson is the only logical target for fantasy owners so far - isn't the worst player to stash. Chances are that if you've tucked him away, the move won't pay off, however.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros made a huge swap on Friday. Huge, in that it involved 10 players, anyway.
The Jays learned a week ago that they wouldn't get Sergio Santos (surgery required to repair right labrum) back in the bullpen this season. Major leaguer Brandon Lyon should serve as a serviceable setup man, at least relative to Francisco Cordero. David Carpenter becomes Toronto's project, too.
Casey Janssen's job status is unaffected. Of course, Brett Myers' is ditto despite the fact that his club acquired Coco Cordero in the massive deal. (You were sooo worried.) The club's GM affirmed that notion, just in case.
Cordero is on a one-year deal, and it's possible that Houston tries to turn around and flip him for something else. But he's pitched so poorly that he looks like just another vet who'll be difficult to trade, like Myers, unless it's after the non-waiver deadline.
Based on the progress he's made, Andrew Bailey (thumb surgery) is nearing a point at which he'll throw to live hitters and begin a rehab assignment. He may be back by mid-August.
Alfredo Aceves, a favorite of Bobby Valentine, has converted 20 of 24 save opportunities this season. The righty's job isn't in imminent danger. A real discussion about a switch seems possibly only in September, and by then, it may not matter much.
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About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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