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Rafael Furcal returns to the Braves, which can’t be a good thing for 2009 fantasy baseball owners. I mean, it can, but it probably won’t be. This move will have people slightly too excited about Furcal.  Then you throw in his great April in 2008 — hitting .357 with 5 home runs and 8 steals in only 36 games.  Again, this could lead to unrealistic expectations.  36 games does not a season make.  Don’t think Furcal has a .350+ average in his tuba case.  He doesn’t.  Last year, Furcal had a BABIP of .380 in April.  A number that would’ve came down if he played the rest of the season, leading Furcal to be the .285 hitter he is. Hey, a 15/35, .285 hitter is nothing to sneeze at. Oh, yeah? Well, atchoo! No, that wasn’t Casey Kotchman with mono. Furcal is now 31 and hasn’t had a productive season in three seasons.  Maybe he can rebound like Yao Ming, but Furcal’s now coming off back surgery.  Does that still sound promising to you?  It shouldn’t.  If Furcal drops in your 2009 fantasy baseball draft, then, by all means, pounce like Davey Boy Smith, but I don’t want any part of Furcal before the tenth shortstop off the draft board. Unless, and once again for the hyperopic, UNLESS Furcal moves to second base.  Which brings us to…

Yunel Escobar/Kelly Johnson – Um, wasn’t Yunel going to play short?  Okay, so either a trade is going to happen — which Peavy, his family and his goumadas will welcome already — or Kelly Johnson will go to the outfield, Yunel to short and Furcal to 2nd base or Furcal stays at short and Yunel and Kelly Johnson split time at 2nd.  If Yunel doesn’t get out of Turner South and the last option comes to fruition, this could really hurt Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson’s 2009 fantasy value. Stay tuned!*

*This post was brought to you by TBS and Frank TV.

UPDATE: Turns out that airline ticket was nonrefundable and this post was brought to by KTLA.  I still think Furcal is nothing more than the tenth shortstop off the board.  What I said about him above doesn’t change. That’s what I see for Rafael Furcal in 2009.   Thankfully, this doesn’t effect Yunel and Johnson like I feared.

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    FYI, there’s only one spot left in the 14 team Razzball readers mock draft set to begin tomorrow. There’s a thread of the specifics in the forum.

  2. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I believe it is full now – at least that’s what some automated-email-thingy told me this morning (NZ time).

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: There was a message posted in the forum thread that there’s one slot left.

  4. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Quite so.

  5. VanHammersly says:
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    I thought I had registered for the last spot in the Mock Draft about 2-3 hours ago, but the main draft page is still saying there is one opening. But at the same time, the “My Drafts” section of the site seems to indicate I’m in. Who knows–I hope it all comes together and we get some good commentary out of it.

    The couchmanagers.com website appears to be the illegitimate child of Geocities and Tripod born in 1996 and then quickly put up for adoption. Real easy on the eyes.

  6. Eric W says:
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    as long as they dont have michael kay on they can have frank caliendo come in as a special guest umpire for a inning or to and i wont care

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @VanHammersly: Geocities — ha! I completely agree.

    @Eric W: Careful what you wish for.

  8. big o says:
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    @VanHammersly:
    suggest you return to http://www.couchmanagers.com
    at top of homepage hit MY HOME …. see if you’re still listed under MY Drafts .

    line-up does not list you … and that someones else has slid to the 14th spot .

    most recent communication with the admin has him searching out .
    should hear from him soon .

  9. big o says:
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    @VanHammersly:

    if you’re still listed as registered under MY DRAFTS , you should let me know asap so that i might notify the site administrator .

  10. big o says:
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    @Grey: @VanHammersly:

    order has been restored at couchmanagers .

    van has been slotted back in the 14th spot .

    chata has announced his 1st pick of hanley ramirez .
    planet 10 … although queued (Q1) , has not revealed his choice .
    downpat75 will be on the clock @ 1 pm tomorrow , with the 3rd pick over-all .

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Excellent, I’m glad it worked out.

  12. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’ll never draft Furcal again, he’s dead to me. Like Fredo, I’d rather have Yunel.

  13. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, Furcal would have to drop pretty far for him to end up on one of my teams.

  14. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: BTW, what’s the over under on Manny signing with the Angels?

    I put it at 100 million. I’ll take the over.

  15. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: 3 years for $75 million is my guess. From the Yanks.

  16. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: OK, here’s the bet.

    I say 100 you say 75, whoever’s closer to the number wins. No matter the team.

    I lose, I donate another Pina Colada to the fund, same as the last. I win, you send me a gift of your choosing to the Bootheel. Deal?

  17. sean says:
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    Any thoughts on the Gathright signing by the Cubs? Is it an indication that they won’t sign Milton Bradley? I can’t imagine Reed Johnson is an everyday CF…

  18. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    if you sign up at couchmanagers , you could access the draft any time you want .

    you would be restricted from commenting in the draft room , however .

  19. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Sounds like a good deal. Maybe I’ll send you some Razzball coffee, if I lose.

    @sean: You read my mind. I love the Gathright signing for deep leagues who utilize the SAGNOF principles. I’ll be covering this on a future post. I don’t think anyone *wants* to sign Bradley, but someone will. I don’t think it will be the Cubs.

    @big o: Thanks for the heads up on that.

  20. big o says:
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    @Grey: @sean:

    i thought milton was going to toronto ?

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