mlb 07/31/07 12:14 PM ET Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for]]> With that in mind, this week's Exchange will focus on some of those prospects who've recently found new teams. We won't ignore some other interesting tidbits, like a certain Yankees pitching prospect changing roles in Triple-A, but for the most part, this week will be our own version of "Lets Make a Deal."

In the bigs

The trade of Tad Iguchi to the Phillies opened the door at second base to Danny Richar, who joined the White Sox in June in a trade that sent Aaron Cunningham to the Diamondbacks. The 24-year-old was just raking in Triple-A, hitting .346 and slugging .556 in 32 games for Charlotte. He's intermittently shown the ability to hit for power and run over his career, during which he's moved a little slowly, just getting to Triple-A for the first time this year. For now, I wouldn't expect much power or too many steals right off the bat, but he could hit for a little average his first time around in the Majors. Most don't have to worry about him just yet, but if you're in an AL-only league and either need a replacement for Iguchi or have a deep keeper list, it wouldn't be a bad idea to give him a look.

The Kenny Lofton deal may look nice to the Indians in terms of providing veteran leadership, but it's not fun for us prospect fans. Ben Francisco got sent down as a result, and it is reasonable to think that Francisco could have been just as productive as Lofton will be the rest of the way. He's hit well in the Minors all year with a .324 average and 15 steals to go along with a .384 on-base percentage, and he handled himself well in his brief big-league time. He even hit right-handed pitching well with Triple-A Buffalo to the tune of a .358 average, making the fact that Lofton is a left-handed hitter a little less relevant in my book. Franklin Gutierrez is still up but will see a lot more bench time. He homered in back-to-back games earlier last week, then got just five at-bats in the first three contests in which Lofton was in uniform -- and only one was a start. The only way it seems Gutierrez is going to get in will be by starting in place of Trot Nixon, something that should happen but probably won't. If you're in a keeper league, hold onto him, but if you need someone playing every day, he's not going to be your guy at this point.

A quick note on some pitchers who have recently come up or will soon get the call: The Cardinals recalled Anthony Reyes, and there's reason to believe he's better than the version who struggled earlier this season. He had pitched exceptionally well in Triple-A following his demotion with a 2.79 ERA over six starts. Then he came up and got his first big-league win of the season with six solid frames. Now he's likely going to stick in the rotation after that start. The Cards are playing good ball now and are only six back of the Brewers. Reyes could start piling up some good stats and some wins (though chasing those is a no-no). NL-only players should grab him now if they need help. ... Over in Cleveland, it's looking like lefty Aaron Laffey will nab Cliff Lee's rotation spot. He hasn't lost a game since May and has a combined 2.94 ERA this season. While his K rate has improved this year, that's not his game. Command is (25 BB in 113 1/3 IP this year), so he's not going to come up and set the world on fire. But he can throw strikes and keep his team in games; pitching for a club that's fourth in the Majors in runs scored, he could help you out, especially you AL-only players.

A phone call away

Don't look now, but Joba Chamberlain is becoming a reliever. It's not permanent, though. He'll toss an inning on Monday out of Triple-A Scranton's 'pen, then another on Wednesday, and he could be in the big leagues by the end of the week. I don't see him helping a fantasy team out this season since he'll be used in a setup role, though he should rack up more than a fair share of Ks the rest of the way. Keep in mind, though, that he's never pitched in a relief role before. Of course, Mariano Rivera hadn't really done much relieving before the 1995 season, and that worked out OK. In all seriousness, this move is important mostly for those of you who need a guy to get called up in order to be able to pick him up and/or keep him. Chamberlain is worth holding onto since he's got a chance to hit that rotation at some point in 2008. ... So could Ian Kennedy, who was promoted along with Chamberlain to Triple-A recently. He made his debut at that level on Saturday and allowed two hits over six shutout innings. He now has a combined 1.76 ERA on the year with just 68 hits allowed in 117 2/3 innings to go along with 135 Ks. Don't get too excited, as he's not going to be a big strikeout pitcher in the big leagues, but he could be a real nice back-of-the-rotation guy for your fantasy team soon.

A year away

Will Inman was supposed to make his debut in the San Diego Padres organization yesterday for San Antonio, but weather canceled that plan. The right-hander came to the Padres in the Scott Linebrink deal, and it will be interesting to see how quickly he can continue to move through his new system. He had a rough start to his Double-A career with the Brewers after getting promoted there in June, but made some nice adjustments with a 2.74 ERA over his last four starts. His 140 strikeouts in 118 1/3 combined innings are second in the Minor Leagues. If you didn't know who he was before the trade, get to know him now. The idea of him pitching in that park in San Diego should make any pitching-hungry fantasy owner happy.

It's not official as of this writing, but it's looking like the Rangers are getting a bunch of prospects from the Braves in return for >Mark Teixeira (in addition to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, of course). One of them will be Matt Harrison, assuming the left-handed pitcher shows he's healthy. He's been dealing with some shoulder stiffness, but when he's right, he's a command lefty who can throw three outstanding pitches for strikes. He won't blow hitters away but knows how to get them out. The Rangers are always looking for pitching, and Harrison could get a long look in his bid for a rotation spot early in 2008.

Down the Road

Another prospect in that Tex trade is shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is, if nothing else, intriguing. Just 18 years old, he's been playing all year in the Carolina League and went to the Futures Game. He clearly has skills -- he does have 25 steals on the season -- but they haven't necessarily caught up in terms of performance. Andrus is hitting just .244. That being said, he's so young that repeating a level wouldn't hurt him at all. He's quite raw but has shown glimpses of being a complete package at short. It's going to take a while for him to get to the point of being a valuable fantasy commodity, but keep him on your radar screen. Next year, his age-19 season, could be a big one for him in terms of a leap in productivity.

The Rangers have been busy, also dealing veteran outfielder Lofton to the Indians for catcher Max Ramirez. Perhaps catcher should be in quotes, because no one actually thinks Ramirez will be able to stay behind the plate long term. He joined Andrus, likely his new teammate in Bakersfield the rest of the season, at the Futures Game this July and has shown some acumen with the bat. Ramirez carried a .304 average into this season with a .398 OBP. He's followed that up this year with a .303 average and 12 homers in 79 total games, just one off his career high. His .419 OBP this year shows an even greater understanding of the strike zone, but the problem is that he doesn't have a set position. If he can't catch, you're looking at a 5-foot-11 first baseman, which doesn't excite most people out there. His bat may get him to the bigs in a reserve role, so fantasy players shouldn't get too excited by seeing his offensive numbers and that C next to his name for position. ]]>