2010 projected leaders: Runs scored & RBI

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
Runs
1. Ryan Braun – 113
1. Albert Pujols – 113
1. Alex Rodriguez – 113
4. Dustin Pedroia – 112
5. Jose Reyes – 110
5. Jimmy Rollins – 110
7. Mark Teixeira – 109
8. Derek Jeter – 108
8. Hanley Ramirez – 108
10. Chase Utley – 107
11. Jacoby Ellsbury – 106
11. Grady Sizemore – 106
13. Carl Crawford – 103
13. Brian Roberts – 103
– On a per at-bat basis, Joe Mauer would be in the top five. I have him scoring 100 runs in 526 at-bats.
– With two exceptions, everyone in my top 28 for runs scored is projected to finish with at least a .360 OBP. Ellsbury comes in just south of that at .356. Rollins, on the other hand, isn’t even close. I have him at .327. Last year, he scored 100 runs despite getting on base at a .296 clip.
RBI
1. Ryan Howard – 133
2. Mark Teixeira – 125
3. Prince Fielder – 124
4. Albert Pujols – 122
5. Evan Longoria – 121
6. Alex Rodriguez – 119
7. Matt Holliday – 117
8. Miguel Cabrera – 116
9. Justin Morneau – 114
10. Mark Reynolds – 111
11. Ryan Braun – 110
12. Jason Bay – 109
12. Carlos Lee – 109
14. Adam Lind – 108
14. Nick Markakis – 108
– If a .360 OBP is the cutoff for the first list, a .500 slugging percentage fills the role here. The lowest mark in the top 15 is Markakis’ .501, though Lee (.510), Reynolds (.512) and Morneau (.514) don’t come in a whole lot higher. Everyone in the top 28, though, is projected with at least a .500 SLG. Victor Martinez is the highest player in the rankings to fail to reach the mark. Since he’ll be batting behind Ellsbury and Pedroia, I have him driving in 99 runs with a .468 SLG.

Athletics trade Billy Burns to the Royals for Brett Eibner

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 13: Billy Burns #1 of the Oakland Athletics waits on deck to bat during the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 13, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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The Athletics and Royals swapped outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent Billy Burns to Kansas City and the Royals sent Brett Eibner to Oakland.

Burns, 26, doesn’t provide much in the way of offense, but he runs the bases well and plays solid defense. He was hitting .234/.270/.303 with 11 doubles, four triples, and 14 stolen bases in 274 plate appearances.

Eibner, 27, was batting .231/.286/.423 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 85 plate appearances. He has spent most of the season with Triple-A Omaha, where he’s put up a .902 OPS in 219 PA. Eibner played the outfield corners in the majors, but racked up a ton of time playing center in the minors, so his versatility will be valuable to the A’s.

Burns will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2017 season while Eibner has hardly accrued any service time, which might explain part of the motivation behind the trade for the small-market Athletics.

Nationals acquire closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 20:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies on May 20, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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The Nationals announced on Saturday afternoon that the club acquired closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates in exchange for reliever Felipe Rivero and minor league pitcher Taylor Hearn.

Melancon, 31, put together another solid season for the Pirates, leaving the club with 30 saves, a 1.51 ERA, and a 38/9 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. He led the majors last season with 51 saves and has a 1.80 ERA since joining the Pirates in 2013. Melancon is earning $9.65 million this season and can become eligible for free agency after the season.

With Melancon out of the picture, the Pirates intend to have Tony Watson take over the closer’s role.

Rivero, 25, has handled the seventh and eighth innings for the Nationals this season, compiling a 4.53 ERA and a 53/15 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings. He’s just shy of one year of service time, so the Pirates will have control of him for a long time.

Hearn, 21, was rated the Nationals’ 27th-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was originally drafted by the Pirates in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft but he didn’t sign and ended up going back to college. The Nationals took him in the fifth round of last year’s draft. This season, between rookie ball and Single-A Hagerstown, Hearn put up a 2.79 ERA and a 39/13 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. He’s a long way away from the majors, so he’s essentially a lottery ticket for the Pirates.

The Nationals needed an upgrade at closer as Jonathan Papelbon has struggled this season. The right-hander has allowed runs in each of his last three appearances, ballooning his ERA up to 4.41 with a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. It will be interesting to see how Papelbon, who has never made a habit of letting his feelings go unspoken, handles a demotion to the eighth inning.