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New Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto’s Major Trade History and Grades

Unlike his predecessor, new Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has previous experience as a top decision-maker (for lack of a better term) in a major league front office.

Dipoto presided over the Arizona Diamondbacks for a short spell as the Snakes went through a transition period. The GM shipped off a number of key players.

Following his stint in the desert, Dipoto took over as the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

However, before we get to the spending and all-in moves made by Dipoto in Anaheim, his tenure in Arizona must be properly gone over with a fine-tooth comb—at least in terms of his trades.

Dipoto made a few major trades in Arizona. The most prominent of which occurred on July 25th, 2010 when he dealt Dan Haren to the Angels for Tyler Skaggs, Rafael Rodriguez, Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin.

Haren was generally pretty outstanding in a Diamondbacks’ jersey. He earned All-Star nods in 2008 and 2009 while finishing fifth in the Cy Young voting in ’09. Over the two seasons he went 30-18 with a sparkling 3.23 ERA and 429 strikeouts in 445.1 innings pitched. His FIP was an even more outstanding 3.12. Haren led the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio in both 2008 and 2009.

The 2010 season was different for Haren. He went 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts. His FIP was a still-respectable 3.88, but it was clear his numbers were nowhere near his usual best. So with the Diamondbacks struggling, Dipoto sent Haren packing to his future employers in Anaheim.

The Haren trade was actually sneaky-good, in retrospect, for the Diamondbacks. Despite the ace posting an impressive 13.2 WAR in two-and-a-half seasons in the desert, he was traded. Haren was essentially dealt for three starting pitcher (Rodriguez threw 2.2 innings for the D-Backs and hasn’t seen the Majors since).

The first pitcher, Skaggs, posted a 5.43 ERA in 13 career starts for the Diamondbacks. The young pitcher was never quite able to put it together in Arizona. Dipoto later acquired Skaggs during his tenure in Anaheim. Skaggs and Adam Eaton to the Angels and White Sox respectively for Mark Trumbo (who strangely enough, was just dealt to Seattle a few months ago).

Saunders was extremely dependable as a member of Arizona’s rotation. He posted a 3.96 ERA in 424.2 innings for the D-Backs, serving as an innings eater. He only won 21 games in three seasons with Arizona, but was worth a 2.1 WAR.

Last-but-not-least, Patrick Corbin is the centerpiece of the deal. The starting pitcher has won 26 games in his three seasons with Arizona. He made the All Star team in 2013 and posted a 14-8 record with a 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 208.1 innings pitched. He missed 2014, but came back to post a 3.60 ERA in 16 starts this season. The 26-year-old is clearly one to build around for the D-Backs.

Haren never posted the brilliant stats he did in Arizona after leaving the desert. The fact that Dipoto received three major league starters for Haren, including an All Star and frontline starter in Corbin, makes the trade a win for him. Dealing an ace is never easy, but when you acquire three big-league starters, it’s looked at as a win—especially when one of the three has the potential to be a front-line starter for the foreseeable future.

Trade Grade: A

Five days after that Dipoto sent Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox for David Holmberg and Daniel Hudson. Continue reading

#FantasyFootball: Should I add Giovani Bernard and/or Doug Martin, or neither?

As Week 4 of the NFL season approaches, TBD sits at 1-2. I recently asked who I should attempt to trade for in order to make the team better. So far, the public has picked Brandon Marshall as the trade target, with Andre Johnson going the other way. I’ve proposed this trade to Marshall’s owner with a message asking what he/she wanted for Marshall. So we’ll wait and see with that. In other transaction news, both Giovani Bernard and Doug Martin have hit the waiver wire. Should I add either of these players, or do I have enough running back depth? Let me know in the usual ways (Twitter: @BenRosener /@knowhitter272, comments, and/or the poll below).

(I’m leaving most all of this up to you guys, even the team name. So long as it’s not vulgar or offensive, send me your suggestions on Twitter @BenRosener /@knowhitter272  or in the comments.)

The Case for Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard Fantasy

Bernard is stuck in a timeshare with Jeremy Hill, who entered the season as the starter in Cincinnati. However, that hasn’t stopped Bernard from ranking fifteenth in scoring amongst fantasy running backs. Hill scored twice in Week 1, racking up 18 points in the process, but has struggled since. He fumbled twice in Week 2 en route to 39 yards on 10 carries. He finished with -1 fantasy points. Week 3 brought a slight improvement, but not much. Hill had 12 carries for 21 yards and two fantasy points.

The stat line for Bernard is extremely different. The running back had eight fantasy points in the first game of the season before taking full advantage of Hill’s fumbles in Week 2. Bernard ran for 123 yards on 20 carries (13 fantasy points). He followed that up with 49 yards on 13 carries in Week 3. He managed seven fantasy points last week.

Both figure to hold value with the Bengals playing so well. One is bound to feature as the team’s top back, and judging on recent performances, that could be Bernard.

The Case for Doug Martin

Doug Martin Fantasy

Martin has been Tampa’s lead back this season, amassing 46 carries over only three games. While those three carries have only gone for 176 yards, having an unquestioned starting running back (no matter what team they play for) can be valuable in fantasy. If nothing else, you know they will get consistent carries each week.

Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims will get looks going forward,

There’s potential with Martin, but just like Bernard, there is risk. He hasn’t come close to equaling his 2012 numbers when he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns in addition to 472 receiving yards and another score through the air.

#FantasyFootball Trade Targets: Melvin Gordon, Larry Fitzgerald, C.J. Anderson, Brandon Marshall and Tyler Eifert

Early votes are in and Arian Foster is the current leader in the race for starting running back in the TBD TBD starting lineup for Week 4 in the NFL.

If you’d like to vote on that (other options include Marshawn Lynch, Todd Gurley and David Johnson) head on over to this link and find the schmancy/snazzy poll at the bottom.

This post, however, will be dedicated to trade targets. TBD TBD is dedicated to trade targets.

(I’m leaving most all of this up to you guys, even the team name. So long as it’s not vulgar or offensive, send me your suggestions on Twitter @BenRosener /@knowhitter272  or in the comments.)

With that in mind, here are some players that could make sense on the team. Vote and decide who you want TBD to try and acquire. If you want more info on the players, check out the bits below.

The Case for Melvin Gordon

Maybe a luxury given the team’s current personnel, but you can never have enough running backs. It would be a different story if Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch weren’t injury concerns, but here we sit. Additionally, Dion Lewis is in an offense that can be extremely fickle towards running backs. Another of the team’s backs, David Johnson, is low on the depth chart in Arizona while Todd Gurley is stuck in a time share.

Gordon hasn’t established himself as a pass catcher in San Diego’s offense yet, but he does seem to be ahead of the pack in terms of rushing. The rookie is extremely talented and could be in for a breakout if he receives the lion’s share of the snaps during passing and rushing downs.

The Case for Larry Fitzgerald

While Gordon is somewhat of a luxury, Fitzgerald is a definite need. Randall Cobb is a must-start every week, but outside of that there aren’t any other locks. John Brown could be in for a breakout here soon, and is clearly Arizona’s second receiver, but hasn’t put up the fantasy points many expected. He’s been respectable so far with 20 points in three games, but that isn’t going to cut it as a starting receiver. Adding Fitzgerald would allow Brown to be worked into the mix at the FLEX slot, where (given his current production) he is a much more appealing play. Did I mention Larry Fitzgerald has 333 yards and five touchdowns over his first three games? Yeah, guy’s pretty good.

The Case for C.J. Anderson

The ultimate low-buy candidate, Anderson has struggled out of the gate. The Denver Broncos’ running back has managed only 74 yards on 32 carries. He has six catches on ten targets for 30 yards. Anderson has zero touchdowns this season. There’s talk of him losing his starting place in the Denver offense, but personally I don’t buy it. Anderson has been banged up with injuries as of late. Once healthy, he should claim the majority of the touches. His production means he can be had for cheap.

The Case for Brandon Marshall

Very similar to Fitzgerald in the sense that TBD needs high-end receivers. Marshall has scored in all three games this season, while eclipsing 100 yards in each of the last two contests. Overall, he’s netted owners 42 points. Translation: He’s a lock for double digit fantasy points, especially when you consider that the Jets don’t have a ton of weapons. Marshall will continue to get looks in New York.

The Case for Tyler Eifert

Eifert seems to have established himself as a secondary target in a suddenly pass-happy Cincinnati offense. He’ll always play second-fiddle to A.J. Green, but that should be fine for fantasy owners as long as Eifert is a prominent pass-catching option in the Cincy aerial attack. He had zero catches last week, so now could be a time to buy low. Additionally, tight end is the weakest position on TBD TBD’s roster, so there is a definite need.  

Here’s the team roster. Let me know who I should trade for any one of Gordon, Fitzgerald, Anderson, Marshall and/or Eifert.

Fantasy Football Advice Roster Fantasy Football Advice Bench

(Note: At this point, Andrew Luck, Randle, Foster, Cobb, Lynch, Gurley and Brown are untouchable either because of production or potential. Everyone else is in play).

Ultimately, you decide what propositions I make, so put on your GM hat and send me your trade ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

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#FantasyFootball Team: Week 3 Recap, Week 4 Lineup Decisions


The TBD TBD (you can still change the name if you want. Drop me a suggestion on Twitter @BenRosener or @knowhitter272 or in the comments, providing it’s not vulgar, spam or offensive) finally won a game! Week 3 around the NFL was kind to the TBDs as the team won 106-77. Despite underwhelming fantasy days from a number of starters, the team pulled through thanks to monster days from Joseph Randle and Randall Cobb. The duo combined for 55 points while Andrew Luck and Dion Lewis chipped in with 16 and 12 respectively.


While Week 3 was a solid result for the team, Week 4 is fast approaching. Lewis’s New England Patriots have a bye this week, so Lewis won’t start. The options are to slot Marshawn Lynch into the other running back slot and field a different FLEX, or start someone like Arian Foster, or another bench option in Lewis’ spot.

Starting Lineup

Should Foster start for his team, the Houston Texans, he would provide an appealing fantasy play this week against the Atlanta Falcons—the team that allowed Randle to run for 87 yards and three scores. Todd Gurley is another option to start. The rookie has massive potential, but could be stuck in a timeshare situation in St. Louis. Arizona’s David Johnson has been effective in limited touches for the Cardinals. Should he surpass Chris Johnson on the depth chart, he’ll have plenty of upside.

Voice your opinion below.

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Detroit Tigers: Neftali Feliz has a Chance to Solidify Himself as the Tigers’ Closer for 2016

With news coming out of Detroit that Brad Ausmus will continue to manage the team next season, and thus keep his job, it’s now a time of evaluation for the Tigers as the team decides which non-core players to keep around next season.


With a number of starting players set in stone (Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander, James McCann, etc.) the likely focus of the evaluation process will be positions where there is uncertainty. Naturally, the most uncertain area of the Tigers’ roster will be under close examination. That uncertain area? The bullpen. More specifically, the back end of the bullpen.

Alex Wilson has performed admirably for Detroit, pitching wherever he’s needed. The former Red Sox pitcher owns a 2.19 ERA in 70 innings and is one of the few relievers with job security heading into next season. However, Wilson’s ERA is nearly a run higher in save situations then it is in non-save situations. He’ll pitch effectively wherever the Tigers pitch him, but ideally the team would probably have Wilson throwing in the seventh or eighth inning in front of a lockdown closer.

Where that closer emerges from (free agency, trade, the minor league system, etc.) remains to be seen, but the Tigers have one building block in Wilson.

With so little certainty in the bullpen heading into next year, especially with Bruce Rondon being sent home early, now is the time for relievers not named Wilson to make their respective marks.

One reliever who could benefit greatly from Rondon’s absence is Neftali Feliz.

The former Texas Ranger still owns an unsightly 7.33 ERA for the Tigers, but a closer look at his numbers reveals a much better product. Feliz’ FIP, or of fielding independent pitching, is 3.78. Additionally, over his last 12 appearances (12.2 innings), the ex-Ranger has a 2.13 ERA and is holding batters to a .178 batting average. Over those innings, Feliz has struck out 11 batters while only walking one. Opposing hitters have managed a .457 OPS against the reliever.

Looking at those stats, Feliz clearly has the talent to be a significant contributor to the Detroit bullpen. He may even end up as closer. As of now, he has three saves in a Tigers’ uniform, two of which have come in the last two wins for the team. With Rondon no longer with the team for the duration of this season, Neftali Feliz has a chance to cement himself as a late-inning option for the Ausmus heading into next season.

All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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Kam Chancellor Returns to the Seahawks: What the Safety Brings Back to the Team

He’s back.

Kam Chancellor ended his holdout and reported to the Seahawks Wednesday.

The Seattle Seahawks were evidently missing one of their leaders, especially on the field where the team allowed over 700 yards of offense (713) and 61 points (!) during the first two games of the NFL season.

So just what does Chancellor (re) add to the team upon his return?

First and foremost is his role as the “muscle,” for-lack-of-a-better-term, of the secondary. Chancellor is very much the enforcer to Earl Thomas’ centerfielder/last line of defense. DeShawn Shead and Dion Bailey (Chancellor’s temporary replacements) show promise, but neither of them can deliver a hit the way Kam Chancellor can.

Here’s Exhibit A:

And Exhibit B:

…And Exhibit C:

Also Exhibit D:

You can see why his nickname is “Bam Bam” (and not just because it rhymes with this first name).

Chancellor’s physical style of play not only meshes with everything the Seahawks do, it also helps the team in terms of intimidating opposing offenses. In a recent story by Michael Silver that ran on NFL.com, defensive end Cliff Avril said the follow about Chancellor, “’His presence, by itself, it puts a lot of fear in the receivers, and even the running backs.’”

It’s one thing to start a player who can make tackles and perform at a high level, it’s a completely different thing when a player actually inspires fear in opposing players. With that kind of a reputation, Chancellor could have a major impact on the game without making a single tackle. In other words, opposing players are fearful of going near Chancellor, they may avoid him for large chunks of the game. Not a bad card to have up your sleeve if you’re running a defense that strives to minimalize the number of big plays.

On top of all that, Chancellor is one of the leaders of the defense, not mention the team in general. Remember, during the Hawks’ offseason trip to Hawaii, it was largely thanks to Chancellor that some of the defensive players went in the first place.

Having all of those qualities in one player, and to have that player back is huge for the Seahawks. Chancellor will likely play on Sunday against the Bears, though how much remains to be seen. Regardless of his snap count on Sunday, expect him to play more, if not the whole game in Week Four.

Did I mention he can also do this?

Fantasy Football Flex Options for Week 3

Per your voting, Cardinals running back David Johnson has been added to the roster with Percy Harvin hitting the waiver wire to make room. Thank you for making that call. In retrospect, it looks like a smart move. Johnson may end up as Arizona’s lead back sooner rather than later, making him a player with a world of fantasy potential. Harvin has yet to establish himself as anything more than a fringe FLEX play.


In other roster news, Joseph Randle moves into one of the two running back slots, with Arian Foster (at least for now) moving into the FLEX spot. Foster is only there because he may not play this week. KPRC 2 News’ Randy Mcllvoy reports that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said he isn’t sure about Foster this week.


With Foster potentially missing this week’s game, his FLEX spot becomes up for grabs. Obviously Martavis Bryant won’t be able to start given his suspension, but the spot is available to everyone else on the bench. Who should the team start in the FLEX spot for Week 3?

Should the team make any other lineup/roster changes? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter  @BenRosener, @knowhitter272 or @kingdomeSEA. Drop me a line if you think the team should be named something other than TBD TBD. As long as the suggestion isn’t vulgar/offensive/spam, all suggestions are welcomed.

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TBD TBD Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Roster Decisions

My Fantasy Football Week 2 ScoreMy fantasy Football teams bench score.

Week 2 wasn’t TBD TBD’s best week. The team totaled 39 points and received underwhelming performances from fantasy stalwarts Andrew Luck, Marshawn Lynch and Adam Vinatieri. Randle Cobb was the only starter to make something happen points wise. In more troubling news, Zach Ertz and Andre Johnson continue to struggle. The only bench player who could’ve done the team any good was Donte Moncrief, who impressed with 18 points thanks to seven catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Changes are going to have to be made for the team to start winning games. I’ve already submitted a claims on a few players on waivers.

(Also, if you have any suggestions in terms of renaming TBD TBD, comment or hit me up on Twitter @BenRosener or @knowhitter272 provided they aren’t spam/vulgar/offensive.)

My fantasy football teams waiver claims Week 3.

My fantasy football teams waiver claims Week 3.

Add Dion Lewis, NE RB

Drop Owen Daniels, DEN TE

Even with Arian Foster returning from injury soon, I’m a bit short on running backs. The Pats’ offense has looked prolific to start the year and Lewis has been a big part of it. Bill Belichick has a tendency to be fickle with his running back selection, so Lewis may have a down game or two, but he’ll play an integral role as the team’s receiving back out of the backfield.

Daniels hasn’t done much over the first two weeks, hauling in five catches for a combined 24 yards. That’s resulted in a singular fantasy point.


Add Eric Ebron, DET TE

Drop Sam Bradford, PHI QB

Ebron has scored in consecutive weeks while catching four passes for 53 yards in Week One and five balls for 43 yards in Week Two. Ertz has struggled, so Ebron will likely slot into the lineup once he’s claimed on waivers.

Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron

Week 3 Lineup

My Fantasy Football team Week 3 Starting Lineup

My Fantasy Football team Week 3 Starting Lineup

Since I’m dropping Bradford, Luck is my only option at QB. I’m betting he’ll bounce back against Tennessee.

Running back wise, it looks like my gamble on Foster could begin to pay off. Lynch and Randle also provide TBD with potentially three top running back options this week. Should Foster be unable to play this weekend, Randle would take his spot next to Lynch, and the FLEX position immediately becomes open for consideration.

I’m going to start Cobb pretty much every week given his status as Aaron Rodgers’ number one target. John Brown on the other hand, seems to have established himself as the number two receiver in Arizona. That means lots of targets from Carson Palmer.

Ertz is here for now, but Ebron will soon take his spot.

Houston face Tampa Bay in Week three, so there’s some potential there facing a rookie QB (even one names Jameis Winston).

Indy is bound to bounce back offensively, which means more kicking opportunities for Vinatieri.

Do you agree with my lineup changes? What changes would you make?

Your Opinion: Roster Moves?

Should I drop Vinatieri? What about Harvin and Bryant?

Because of TBD’s 0-2 record, I’m at the top of the waiver order, so I have top priority in terms of acquiring a player.

Going on this, Robbie Gould is available. He’s fantasy’s best kicker this season while Vinatieri may be one of the worst (statistically speaking). Should I drop Vinatieri for Gould?

Harvin struggled last week, is he worth a roster spot? What about Bryant? Is it worth keeping him around while he’s suspended, or should I give his spot to a player producing this season like Travis Benjamin, Allen Robinson or Cardinals running back David Johnson?

Should I drop anyone?

Should I add anyone?

Be sure to voice your opinion. Vote in one of the polls, send me a Tweet @BenRosener or @knowhitter272 or comment below. I want to hear from you!

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