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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller



Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller has written 778 articles so far, you can find them below.


Darren O'Day Traded To Braves

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Darren O'Day (hamstring) has been traded to the Atlanta Braves alongside starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. O'Day is currently out for this season with a knee injury, but the Braves are thinking ahead to next season as well. O'Day has been a strikeout machine for the Orioles the last few seasons and... Read More

1 year ago

Wei-Chieh Huang Headed To Rangers

Arizona Diamondback relief pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang is headed to the Texas Rangers in return for Jake Diekman. Huang has been really good since his promotion to Double-A earlier this season. In 27 innings, including two starts, Huang has a 2.00 ERA and 32 strikeouts. It is likely he will remain in the minor leagues following... Read More

1 year ago

Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow Main Pieces in Chris Archer Trade

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows and starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow appear to be the main two pieces in the Pirates deal to acquire Chris Archer. It appears there will be a third piece involved but that player is still to be decided. The fantasy value of both Meadows and Glasnow will largely depend on the... Read More

1 year ago

Jake Diekman Headed To Diamondbacks

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jake Diekman has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is the second closer that the Rangers have traded this week, after Keone Kela moved to the Pirates yesterday. Diekman has just two saves this season and a 3.69 ERA in 39 innings. For Arizona, this is the second reliever they... Read More

1 year ago

Chris Archer Traded To Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows appear to be headed in the opposite direction, along with a third piece which has not yet been announced. Archer had been due to pitch Thursday for the Rays, but with the Pirates off on... Read More

1 year ago


Austin Meadows And Tyler Glasnow Could Be Traded

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow could both be part of the Chris Archer trade. Archer's reputation meant it was always going to take a lot for anyone to acquire him. Meadows and Glasnow would be an amazing return for the Rays, who already have some really fun young pieces in their... Read More

1 year ago

Pirates Most Likely Destination for Chris Archer

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer is looking more likely to be heading to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates appear to have emerged as a front runner as we close in on the deadline. Archer should receive a boost from going to the National League and getting to face the pitcher each time through... Read More

1 year ago

Adrian Beltre Remaining With Rangers

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has confirmed he will be remaining with the Rangers. Beltre remains undecided on whether he will play past this year but has stated that he will finish his career with the Rangers. The third baseman has spent the last eight seasons with the Rangers, after having spent time with... Read More

1 year ago

Taylor Hearn Traded To Rangers

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Taylor Hearn has been traded to the Texas Rangers. Hearn will be the first of two players heading to the Rangers in return for Keone Kela. The young left-handed pitcher has a 3.12 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 104 innings at Double-A. Hearn adds some strikeout upside to the Rangers farm... Read More

1 year ago

Keone Kela Traded To The Pirates

Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. The Rangers will receive two players to be named later, due to the late timing of the deal completion. It is likely that Kela, who has 24 saves this season, will slot in as one of the Pirates set-up men. He may... Read More

1 year ago


Adrian Beltre Discussions Held Between Rangers and Braves

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been the subject of trade discussions with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves currently have Johan Camargo at third base, who has started 19 of the past 20 games. Given Beltre's injury issues this season, it is conceivable the Braves may view him as a platoon hitter. However, Beltre... Read More

1 year ago

Mike Minor Looks Good Sunday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor had one of his best starts of the season Sunday. Minor went six innings, with eight strikeouts and two earned runs surrendered on four hits and one walk. This season it has been unusual for Minor to have this much success on the road. Sunday's start brings Minor's road... Read More

1 year ago

Keone Kela Not At Absolute Best Sunday

Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela was not at his absolute best in picking up his 24th save Sunday. Kela walked two and gave up an RBI single in the ninth, before getting George Springer to pop out to end the game. Kela then commented after the game that he is fully expecting to be traded before... Read More

1 year ago

Jurickson Profar Does Not Require Stitches

Texas Rangers utility infielder Jurickson Profar did not require stitches after getting spiked in the face by Yulieski Gurriel in the sixth inning Sunday. Fortunately for Profar, it does not seem as though the incident will cause him to miss much time. Sunday was another impressive game for Profar, who went 2-for-4 with a run... Read More

1 year ago

Ito Smith Does Not Practice Sunday

Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith was held out of practice Sunday with a foot contusion. Comments made by head coach Dan Quinn indicated that the injury was not serious, so expect to see Smith back on the practice field in the near future. Smith will have his work cut out in training camp trying... Read More

1 year ago


Calvin Ridley Back At Practice Sunday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (hamstring) was back at practice on Sunday. It would appear that the issue Ridley suffered with his hamstring was cramping during the heat. The rookie wide receiver being on the field will be music to the ears of Matt Ryan and the offense. The young pass catcher is in... Read More

1 year ago

Carlos Tocci Sitting, Delino DeShields Starting Sunday

Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Tocci will receive his first day off since taking over the starting role Tuesday. In his place Delino DeShields will get the start and hit ninth. DeShields struggles at the plate saw him demoted to Triple-A on Tuesday. The interest here is whether DeShields can reclaim his starting role or if... Read More

1 year ago

Robinson Chirinos Returns To Lineup Sunday

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos will return to the lineup at catcher on Sunday. Chirinos received a day off on Saturday, having played the previous three days. Chirinos has been reasonably successful when facing right-handed pitchers in 2018. So far he has 10 of his 14 home runs when facing righties, giving him a .220... Read More

1 year ago

Adrian Beltre Sitting, Isiah Kiner-Falefa Playing Third Base

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will receive a day on the bench on Sunday. In his place utility infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa will remain in the lineup for the third straight day. Kiner-Falefa played third base on Friday and went 4-for-5 with a home run and a double against left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel. He then... Read More

1 year ago

Jurickson Profar Playing Shortstop, Elvis Andrus Sitting

Texas Rangers utility infielder Jurickson Profar will take shortstop Elvis Andrus' spot in the lineup Sunday. Profar will play shortstop and hit third in the lineup against right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers. Profar has hit more consistently against left-handed pitchers, but has shown decent power against righties, with eight home runs. When facing right-handed pitchers, Profar... Read More

1 year ago


Cole Hamels to Chicago Cubs - Fantasy Implications

It did not feel like we would ever get here, but  Cole Hamels was finally traded by the Texas Rangers. Very little in baseball has been more up and down than Hamels' performances this season, but the Rangers finally found a trade partner in the Chicago Cubs, who were willing to give them the return they... Read More

1 year ago

Carlos Tocci Must Continue Hot Week

Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Tocci now faces pressure from the recently recalled Delino DeShields for the starting center fielder spot. Tocci took over in center field when DeShields was optioned on Tuesday. Since then Tocci has had his best spell of the season register five hits in 16 at-bats, with three runs scored and two... Read More

1 year ago

Brandon Mann Optioned To Triple-A

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Brandon Mann was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday. In order to make room for the arrival of Ariel Jurado, a relief pitcher was always likely to be moved. With Eddie Butler now in the bullpen as a long reliever, Mann has been deemed surplus to requirements. Mann has not had much... Read More

1 year ago

Ryan Rua Placed On DL, Delino DeShields Recalled

Texas Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua was placed on the disabled list after being scratched from Saturday's game with back spasm. The move allows the Rangers to recall Delino DeShields who was sent to Triple-A on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see whether DeShields returns to the Rangers starting lineup as of Sunday. DeShields has... Read More

1 year ago

Takkarist McKinley Left With Trainers Saturday

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley suffered just a bruise to his right arm during practice on Saturday. It looked like it might be something worse when he left the practice field with the trainers. Clearly Dan Quinn thought it was something more, as he spoke of his relief when he was told that it... Read More

1 year ago


Rougned Odor Back In Lineup Saturday

Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor returns to the lineup at second base Saturday. In order to get Odor in the lineup Jurickson Profar will take his place on the bench. It has certainly been a mixed season for Odor, and the stats for him today are a little strange. Odor has struggled on the... Read More

1 year ago

Isiah Kiner-Falefa Catching Saturday

Texas Rangers utility infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa will get the nod behind the plate on Saturday. After playing three straight days Robinson Chirinos will get some time on the bench. Kiner-Falefa is coming off a 4-for-5 game with a home run and a double. On the season Kiner-Falefa has three home runs with seven stolen bases... Read More

1 year ago

Calvin Ridley Left Practice Early

Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley left practice early on Saturday with a minor leg/hamstring injury. Initial reports suggested it may be heat related. However, Dan Quinn later informed the media about the minor leg/hamstring issue. Quinn also stated that Ridley will be reassessed Sunday. At this point it would be of little surprise... Read More

1 year ago

Isiah Kiner-Falefa Has Strong Night Friday

Texas Rangers utility infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa had four hits, including a home run, in a strong outing Friday. Kiner-Falefa was a late addition to the lineup after Ryan Rua was scratched with back spasms. Kiner-Falefa continues to have a strong season, with a .263 batting average, and has now added a third home run to... Read More

1 year ago

Ryan Rua Scratched Friday

Texas Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua was scratched from Fridays lineup with back spasms. Rua was replaced in the outfield by Shin-Soo Choo, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa coming into the lineup to play third base. The severity of Rua's injury was not known last night but he will likely be reevaluated Saturday. If Rua does have to... Read More

1 year ago


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