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Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics
Glove > stick
Oakland moved Kurt Suzuki via a waivers deal with the Washington Nationals. They'll recall Norris, who'll split backstop duties with the recently acquired George Kottaras.
The A's wanted to rid themselves of Suzuki's contract, but they also probably wanted to be able to offer Norris more PT if he was going to be on the 25-man roster of the parent club. He has an opportunity to seize; Kottaras is strictly a backup.
In his first MLB go-round, Norris batted only .195 with three round-trippers and three stolen bases in 84 plate appearances. The 23-year-old doesn't have the BA profile to hit better than around .250, but the right-handed hitter has 20-homer power and a distinct chance to get plenty of ABs.
10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed: Acquire
15-tm mixed: Acquire
Kurt Suzuki, C, Washington Nationals
Suzuki seems likely to supplant Jesus Flores as the Nats' regular backstop, although it may not be a strict starter-backup relationship. Suzuki (.218/.250/.286 this season) isn't an upgrade over Flores (.225/.262/.324) offensively. Although Wilson Ramos' replacement, Flores, has acquitted himself in the field, Suzuki is one of the best defensive catchers in the league.
Perhaps the move will spark Suzuki's bat to some degree. He's on track for a career-low .069 ISO. Don't hold your breath. At least PT will probably be less at risk for the 28-year-old veteran.
10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed: Consider
15-tm mixed: Consider
Alex White, SP, Colorado Rockies
The Rockies had to push back Christian Friedrich from a Thursday start against the St. Louis Cardinals to a Sunday outing versus the San Francisco Giants because of soreness in his back and abdomen. The club promoted White to face the Cards on Thursday.
White, 23, pitched well in limiting St. Louis to two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 frames at Coors Field. The right-hander struck out three and generated 14 ground-ball outs from the 20 balls put in play against him. His numbers have room for improvement, with a little maturity and improved fortune.
Jim Tracy's four-man rotation experiment hasn't exactly put him on track to win the Nobel Prize in baseball. It was a doubtable approach even before considering Friedrich's injury history and the organization's desire to get him over the hump. The club has the bodies to go back to a conventional rotation for the rest of the campaign.
Friedrich doesn't have any major health problems at this point. Colorado will probably get Jhoulys Chacin (nerve entrapment in pectoral muscle) back within the next couple of weeks. But Jonathan Sanchez remains a seven-run deficit before he takes the hill, and it wouldn't be shocking to see Jeff Francis' wheels continue to fall off.
White has an opportunity to stick around and the ground-ball stuff to be a decent pitcher for Colorado. He may be a better candidate for fantasy production in future seasons, but don't dismiss him in 2012 because of his poor MLB results to date.
10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed: Pass
15-tm mixed: Watch
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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