Carlos Beltran just had surgery on his knee. It’s said that he’ll only need 8-12 weeks for rehab and should be ready for Opening Day. Here’s my thought, why wait until January to have surgery that needs 12 weeks to recover from? Couple of reasons come to mind — 1) Beltran’s injury is more serious than anyone’s letting on.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We almost went with the title, “Vlad to Answer Question – How Would Juan Gone Play at 35?” But it wasn’t that good, but it’s good enough for the post content… You guys get the best! So Vladimir Guerrero signed with Texas hoping to get some oil for his knees. We’ll see, those knees are woefully low on viscosity and there have been murmurs about a thermal breakdown. The Rangers are probably the best place for Vlad. He’s historically been a beast in that stadium — .394 with 14 homers in 193 ABs. Then again, that was against the Rangers pitching staff and 6 of those homers came in 2004 *cough* Chan Ho *cough*. Vlad’s knees have had a tougher last few years then Amy Winehouse’s face. I think he’s capable of a 25 homer, .300 season, but steals are no longer a part of his game and he has Utility-only eligibility, which really kills any value he might have. So he’s that same old fart with that new fart smell. Here’s another signing and what it means for fantasy baseball:
Aroldis Chapman – He fired the agent that smuggled him out of Cuba and went with an agent that told him it was a good idea to sign with a Dusty Baker-led pitching staff. Now would be a good time for Chapman’s family to step in and make sure he doesn’t buy a million dollar stamp of an upside airplane and postmark it. I went over Aroldis Chapman when he first defected. It’s a fun read. I counted only three typos. His stuff is wicked awesome and his control is wicked awful. But he wouldn’t be the first guy to struggle there. Hello, Randy Johnson. That’s a tall order, literally. But he’s someone I’m excited about in keepers and deep leagues. He should be owned in keepers from the jump. In one year leagues, I’d take a flier on him in the final rounds to see if he breaks camp. If he doesn’t, then you drop him.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Just went over the top 10 for 2010 fantasy baseball and today we give you our top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball. Then we’ll go over the top 20 catchers for 2010 fantasy baseball then top 20 1st basemen and so on and so forth as we do onto our 2010 Fantasy Baseball rankings as you would want them done onto you. In the top 10, I battled with maybe one or two spots, but this top 20 that I gave birth to was a true labor of love, battling with myself on just about every spot. I’m pleased with what I settled on, but I could see an argument made to reshuffle some of these players. The 2nd round is easily the hardest round to peg. In some cases, I think I’d prefer the 3rd round to the 2nd round. Yes, the 3rd round is the new 2nd round. This will probably need its own post. As always, tiers are mentioned and my 2010 fantasy baseball projections. Anyway, here’s the top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball:
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Drop the balloons and get out your noisemakers, it’s time for the 2010 Fantasy Baseball Rankings. It’s a celebration, snitches! All the 2010 Fantasy Baseball rankings will live in that link. The 2010 fantasy baseball rankings can also be found at the top of the page.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Our first look at closers for the 2010 fantasy baseball season, including some recent movees. I already went over Billy Wagner to the Braves, Lindstrom to the Astros, Rafael Soriano to the Rays and Capps to the Nats. Since then, Mike Gonzalez is a movee to Baltimore. Bobby Cox was unable to get fully behind a lefty cl0ser, but that doesn’t mean Mike Gonzalez can’t find success with the Orioles. The only major negative with Mike Gonzalez is I have to write out Mike Gonzalez’s entire name every time I mention Mike Gonzalez because it doesn’t sound right any other way. It’s still real early in the preseason for closers. Sometimes these battles aren’t decided until the last week of spring training (you still have time, Astros!). So this is a like a Google Map of closers that might lead you down a road closed for construction. Anyway, here’s all of the closers for your fantasy baseball team, as of right now:
You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Matt Holliday signed with the Cardinals after it became clear that no one else was signing him. Other than going to the Padres or A’s (again) or some other terrible team/park, I didn’t think it mattered much where Holliday signed. He is in the prime of his career and is what he is. A .315, 15 steal, 25-30 home run hitter. His absurd 28 steals in 2008 looks to be an outlier. As does his 36 homer season in 2007. He’s not signing on for Coors II, The Humidor Breaks. Currently, I have Matt Holliday ranked in my top 20 for 2010. (The rankings begin next Monday. You can hardly wait! No, you!) I ranked him there knowing he was probably staying in The Bootheel. Anyway, here’s other signings and trades and what they mean for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Casey Kotchman – Off to the Mariners. When your career is five years in and your defining moment is an eight month bout with mono as immortalized by Pulling a Kotchman, you got problems. A junket to Safeco ain’t helping the cause. Sorta gives you a good idea about imbalance when Kotchman was a back-up’s back-up on the Sawx and is now the starting first baseman for the M’s. Conor Jackson looks at Kotchman’s power upside and laughs (then coughs from Valley Fever as he pulled his own Kotchman last year.) I.e.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Kick this post off with a little side note copulation. Big Stein had it all wrong when he called Dave Winfield, Mr. May. Jason Bay is Mr. May. From 2005 to 2009, he’s hit 9, 12, 4, 7 and 10 homers, respectively. Each May has been his biggest home run production month. Even in 2007 when he hit 4 homers, it was still his biggest homer month for that year and easily his best average month at .336. Like a drunk middle-aged man at Fantasy Fest, Bay is streaky. But side note, um, aside, what does it mean for Jason Bay’s fantasy value now that he’s on the Mets? We call The Mets Answer To The Stadium Adjacent To The House That Ruth Built, Metco. In jest, partly. Let’s face it, it’s not Petco. Petco’s like those old-timey stadiums that had the monuments in center field. That isn’t Kyle Blanks, that’s a Nate Colbert statue. Metco isn’t that bad. It’s still no cup of chamomile. It’ll hurt Bay’s value a tad bit to go from Fenway to Metco, but his splits weren’t terrible. He only had a few Fenway-aided homers. Fenway did more to help his average, Runs and RBIs. 315 foot doubles can do that. But these are quibbles. His value isn’t going down the drain in Flushing. Is he a 36 homer hitter? I doubt it. But I didn’t think he was even in Fenway. He’s a 27-32 homer guy who has 10+ steal speed. His average is always the iffy category. He’s not much more than a .275 hitter without some luck. So you’re looking at 95/30/110/.275/12 in 2010. Anyway, here’s some more trades, signings, whatever-you-want-to-call-its and what they mean for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Mark DeRosa – Just when you think the Giants have turned the corner from giving out contracts to aging vets, along comes DeRosa. Maybe Rich Aurilla can teach him how to go from productive to albatross. DeRosa has flexibility with his position eligibility but other than for your 5th outfielder spot, you can do better.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Javier Vazquez heads to the Yankees. This should help the Yankees contend for a division– Oh, wait. They just won the World Series. Well, this should help a rotation that struggled– Oh, wait, they have Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Joba, Hughes and now Javier Vazquez.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In prepping for 2010 fantasy baseball draft day, I read that one wants/needs reliability at the top of the draft. Got me to thinking about which players and teams have the best records for durability. I selected any player that had 150 GP for any one season from 2006 through 2009, four years.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The comments were shut off on the Position Eligibility for 2010 Fantasy Baseball post because that post was just listing players and their eligibility for 2010 fantasy baseball. Now, in this here post, we get down to business. Or bidness, if you mispronounce business. That business is pointing out players that gain some advantage by having more eligibility than they know what to do with. Are you going to finish the rest of that 3rd base eligibility?Please, blog, may I have some more?