Selling Jason Bay:
With the Mets in rebuilding mode, they really needed a hot start from Jason Bay to take the pressure off the veteran and highly paid left-fielder. Though he did sock three home runs through the first 15 games, Bay still lacked consistency as his average was .240 and he is fanning more than once per game. Alas, another tough break for Bay will take him off the field. A fractured left rib suffered on a diving play in left field lands him on the DL. Zach Lutz, a nice power prospect was called up, but I see Kirk Nieuwenhuis likely taking over in left-field once Andres Torres returns and Lucas Duda stays in right field. Bay may return to a platoon situation.
Selling Josh Collmenter:
From hero to goat! Josh Collmenter was being celebrated last season, as he managed 10 wins with a 3.38 ERA and an even more impressive 1.07 WHIP thanks to his incredible control combined with a .237 opposing batting average. This year he has been slammed by the opposition, surrendering six home runs in four starts. On top of that, Collmenter is likely standing in the way of Diamondbacks phenom Trevor Bauer. The DBacks made the tough call of pulling Collmenter from the starting rotation.
Buying Francisco Cordero:
Talk about a heck of an insurance policy, the Blue Jays happened to buy exactly that when they signed Francisco Cordero as a back up to Sergio Santos as the team’s closer. Cordero got off to a rough start this season, but now that he is the final line for the Blue Jays he is back in a comfortable spot. He nailed his first two save opporutnities, but has struggled since, allowing runs in four of his last five outings. At 37 years old, Cordero is getting up there in years and the strikeouts have declined, but he still gets the job done with 34 or more saves in each of the last five seasons. He’ll hold down the fort until Santos return in at best a month.
Buying Henry Rodriguez:
The Nationals have been known for their bullpen for a few years now, but when Drew Storen went down with an injury, it was thought that the newly acquired Brad Lidge would fill the role in the interim. It turns out that Nats have a better option in the 25-year-old Henry Rodriguez who has surrendered a earned runs in just one appearance all season while nailing down five saves. A certain flame-thrower, Rodriguez does have his control issues, but he also has allowed just five hits so far this season. We’ll see if he can continue to overcome his control issues, as he is 5-6 in saves.