The 2010 fantasy baseball rankings are not as far away as you might think. Right now, January Grey is throwing darts at a board to figure out where to place Edwin Jackson. In the meantime, let’s look at the players who have multiple position eligibility for this upcoming 2010 fantasy baseball season. This took me far longer than it probably should’ve. Can’t someone write me a program that sorts all the players by games played at a position? Why do I need to go through every player on every roster? Maybe I’m just a coprocephalic (Nerdy Word of the Day!). I did this list of multi-position eligible players because I figured it would help for your 2010 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m a giver, snitches!Please, blog, may I have some more?
With ace-of-the-staff years dating back to 2002, Roy Halladay was the franchise. Well, the Blue Jays front office gave the Blue Jays fans the kanye shrug. While most pitchers go from good to great or great to mindblowing in the NL, Halladay will have to deal with Citizens Bank. He doesn’t have much history to go on there, but it obviously favors hitters more than Rogers Centre, where Halladay had a 3.23 career ERA. I think we can nullify that park disadvantage with all the weaker lineups and the pitchers he’ll get to face. In his career interleague play, he has a 17-8 record, 3.02 ERA.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m done waiting for this trade to go official so here’s my unofficial take on Mike Lowell going to the Rangers and Max Ramirez going the other way. Mike Lowell has one more hip surgery than my grandmother, but she’s dead so it’s an unfair competition. She would’ve beat you, Mike Lowell! Why I think the Rangers made this trade, besides obviously feeling the need to singlehandedly make the winter meetings interesting, is because the Rangers want to win. They can smell the division crown. They realize no team is winning if their 1st baseman is batting .200 and striking out 300-plus times. Lowell is their insurance. If Davis hits, great! Then Lowell fills in 3 times a week at DH, 1B or 3B and Davis sees 400-450 ABs, remains a sleeper and lives up to his potential. If Davis doesn’t hit, then Lowell swoops in and plays 4 to 5 days a week at 1st base and Davis goes onto the “When is he playing?” carousel and sees 250 ABs. Davis, basically, needs to hit. He’s capable of it. Now let’s see him do it. Anyway, here’s some more winter meetings news and their fantasy baseball implications:
Max Ramirez – It only took the Rangers about a year and half but they are finally down to a manageable number of catchers. (If you wanna read what I said about all of their catchers last year, read how the Rangers thought catching wins championships. Most of it still applies….Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Rangers landed Rich Harden. Most years, Harden is all-tease, little reward. He missed 2006 and 2007 just about completely. Then he stayed healthy in 2008 and 2009, but you may as well put douche quotes around healthy because he never topped 150 innings. Harden’s healthy is two-thirds of a season. He goes to the nurse’s office more than this kid. Though if you can get two-thirds of a season from Harden, it’s usually the good shizz. Last year, he was prone to the homer ball like never before, but I think that was just a hiccup. If Milton Bradley had Derrek Lee’s wingspan, some homers wouldn’t have reached the seats. I don’t think Texas is going to hurt his value more than a tad. In 2009, I expect a line of 3.55/1.20/150 in 130 innings. Anyway, here’s some other trades and signings that went down and their fantasy baseball implications:
Kevin Millwood – To the Orioles. Average pitcher into the AL East. Nothing to see here.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, Max Scherzer to the Tigers and Austin Jackson to obscurity with a new team. The Tigers couldn’t wait to move Edwin Jackson. Why, you may ponder if you ponder things like this. This is Edwin Jackson of a 2.52 ERA before the All-Star Game vs.Please, blog, may I have some more?