Jose Altuve has already has 5 steals which is halfway to what Weeks has averaged for the full season in each of the past two seasons. Jason Kipnis is in the midst of making the jump from potential to player. Veterans Kelly Johnson and Omar Infante are not the most appetizing names out there, but both players have gotten off to solid starts.
Weeks is still hitting leadoff for the Brewers and the season is only one-sixth complete, but if you would not pick up a player with Weeks' numbers on free agency then don't let his past reputation prevent you from improving your team. Weeks is not worthy of being owned in a mixed league.
- While the Brewers second baseman struggles, his double play partner is heading to the disabled list. Alex Gonzalez did not elaborate on the injury other then saying it was really bad. He will have an MRI on Monday, but with ACL tears going around like the flu in baseball (Mat Gamel and Mariano Rivera) expect the worst.
- Frieri pitched the last inning in a 4-run game for the Angels and struck out the side. Scott Downs is listed as the Angels closer, but don't be surprised to see Frieri get a chance at some point.
- Given that Mike Trout was starting the year in the minor leagues, who would have ever thought that he would homer before Albert Pujols? Pujols got the day off for the first time this year as Trout hit his first home run of the year and also doubled in the Angels victory.
- Denard Span's 4th inning single saved the Twins from the embarrasment of two no-hitters in one week. Felix Hernandez had to settle for 8 innings of one-hit baseball.
- Not that records mean much these days in baseball, but Chris Capuano is 4-0. He has an ERA in the low 2s and a WHIP of 1.12 - that stuff does mean something.
- Pedro Alvarez hit clean up today for the Pirates and according to Clint Hurdle that's where you can expect him for the foreseeable future.
- Jose Bautista is blaming quality pitches for his slow start thus far this season.
- Travis Wood will get the call for Matt Garza today. Garza should pitch again on Friday.
- Joey Votto has 2 home runs and a .282 batting average. Hardly the numbers owners were expecting from a top ten pick, but he's an easy buy-low candidate. Votto has 11 doubles and is leading all of baseball in walks. All indications seem to point to the fact that he's seeing the ball just fine.
- Speaking of walks, Bryce Harper is already getting the star treatment. Davey Johnson said teams aren't willing to give in. Harper has walked 5 times to 4 strikeouts in the infancy stage of his career.
- The Major League hitter in hits right now is Derek Jeter. He has 46. The next closest player has 38. Jeter is one home run away from matching his total from last year. He also has the best batting average in all of baseball. Guess that answers the question about whether or not he's done.
- Aubrey Huff is expected to be activated on Monday, but it doesn't sound like the Giants are going to play him everyday. Huff will be hitting 5th or 6th when he does play.
- Heath Hembree has 8 saves and a 0.75 WHIP for Triple-A Fresno. Don't sleep on him for those desparate for saves.
- Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias has put together a mini hot streak for Triple-A Pawtucket. Will Middlebrooks was not in the Sox lineup today with a hamstring issue, and if it is serious Gordon Edes suggested on the pregame show that we could see Iglesias at short and Mike Aviles at third base.
- Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels and Rangers could get involved in a bidding war for Miguel Montero in the off-season. He also mentioned that Starling Marte will be up soon for the Pirates and Derrek Lee could be heading to Milwaukee.
- Seven closers will have options after this season, so it's really hard to predict who will be closers at the outset of 2013 (it's also hard to predict who will be their team's closer on Monday).
I would agree that you can get more than that for Beltre and Weeks.
While I would definitely take Weeks over Kipnis at this point, it wouldn't be a big upset if Weeks came back and outplayed Kipnis from today through September.
Given that statement, I don't think there's anyway you can say the same about Francisco versus Beltre. If you aren't competing for whatever goal it is you set out for in another month or so and no better offers come along then you can reevaluate this kind of deal at that time.
The offer I got was Kipnis (14th) and closer Francisco (14th but i'd never keep) for Beltre (2nd) and Weeks (expiring). I'm very hesitant to trade Beltre cuz he's a great hitter in a great lineup in a great park. Even with only 124 gms played last year, he was 30-100-.300. The injuries concern me, but I do have Lawrie and Bautista at 3rd if need be. I'm high on Kipnis, he adds the speed, but is he gonna produce like that? I think I can get more for Beltre than Kipnis and a closer.
I wouldn't trade for those guys straight up, but if you can get the right package to make the prices matchup that would be a little better. Also if Waino has some years left at that value, that gets more enticing in a month or so.
Funny you posted this because I'm also thinking of getting rid of Weeks. I'm in a 10 team 5x5 mixed roto league and I kept Weeks in the last year of his contract. I've picked up Altuve and currently have him in there. I just missed out on getting Kipnis in the draft (14th rd $) but I'm thinking of trying to deal for him. The key piece to use as trade bait is gonna be either Adrian Beltre (2nd rd $) or Bautista (free agent next year). I also have Lawrie as my 3B, use Beltre as my utility IF and Bautista in my OF. I know Bautista is gonna heat up power wise eventually, and I really like Beltre but his health is worrying me about lasting a whole season. Another team is also interested in a 3B, and a potential deal I could make would involve Adam Wainwright (16th rd money). I think thats a great price for a guy like Waino, but i'm hesitant to pull the trigger on dealing either of these 2 so early.
Would you include Bautista or Beltre in a deal involving Waino or Kipnis?