Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:26:22 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Arodys Vizcaino will draw the closing responsibilities following the trade of RP Jim Johnson to the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, July 30.
Fantasy Tip: Vizcaino should be acquired immediately in all standard fantasy leagues. He has yielded one run and six hits in nine innings pitched since joining the Braves' bullpen on July 6. Vizcaino, 24, has 8 K's in this time.
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:29:55 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Jim Johnson will serve as the team's closer with RP Jason Grilli (Achilles') out for the rest of the season. However, Johnson has been the subject of persistent trade rumors, and he could be even more valuable as a trade chip now that Grilli is hurt. Johnson had back-to-back 50-save seasons for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 and 2013 and has a 2.09 ERA and five saves in 44 outings this year, with 31 strikeouts and 14 walks in 43 innings. The team also likes RP Arodys Vizcaino and his 100-mph fastball in a late-inning role, too, and he could become a closer candidate soon.
Fantasy Tip: Johnson should immediately be added in all formats if you're looking for saves. With Johnson being a trade candidate, though, it's not a bad idea to stash Vizcaino now, too, in case he falls into the closer role if Johnson is dealt.
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:54:28 -0800
The Chicago Cubs acquired 2B Tommy La Stella and one international bonus pool slot from the Atlanta Braves for P Arodys Vizcaino and three international bonus pool slots.
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:53:43 -0800
The Atlanta Braves acquired P Arodys Vizcaino and three international bonus pool slots from the Chicago Cubs for 2B Tommy La Stella and one international bonus pool slot.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:48:04 -0700
Chicago Cubs P Brian Schlitter, SP Dan Straily, RP Arodys Vizcaino, P Zach Rosscup, OF Junior Lake, SP Eric Jokisch and C Rafael Lopez were recalled from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 2. Also, OF Justin Ruggiano (ankle) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:08:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he's not sure who his closer is right now. RP Pedro Strop won't be available Thursday, April 24, after throwing 31 pitches Wednesday, April 23.
Fantasy Tip: Not surprising -- no one has stepped up. Hector Rondon has been better than Strop, but Chicago seems to favor using him in setup spots. That could change soon, and he's a decent speculation. Maybe later in the season, Arodys Vizcaino and Kyuji Fujikawa (Tommy John surgery) could chime in, but it's looking like Jose Veras has a solid chance to work his way back into favor. Check if he's available.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:59:24 -0800
Chicago Cubs RP Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) threw one inning in an intrasquad game Wednesday, Feb. 26, walking two and allowing a hit. "I'm just hoping his health continues to not be an issue," manager Rick Renteria said. "His arm is live. (The ball) comes out of there pretty easy. It looks like he's using his secondary pitches in live (batting practice) the way he wants to. If he wants to bury a pitch he does it, if he wants to go off the corners he can."
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:57:44 -0800
Chicago Cubs RPs Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) and Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) are both making progress after having Tommy John surgery. Fujikawa is throwing off flat ground, and Vizcaino is reportedly fully healthy.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:11:18 -0800
The Chicago Cubs have mutual interest in free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals) as they look to shore up their closer situation this offseason. Executive Theo Epstein said he won't really know who the team's closer is until the offseason is over. Axford has reportedly heard from 14 teams this winter. The Cubs believe RP Pedro Strop has the stuff to close, and RPs Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) and Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) are recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Tue, 28 May 2013 14:59:52 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) is dealing with a calcium buildup in his elbow and won't pitch again this season. He will undergo a debridement by Dr. James Andrews, and he could begin his rehab in six weeks.