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Something tells me Leyland’s cigarettes tasted especially good today.  Prince Fielder one-upped his hatred of his dad by signing with the Tigers.  Now all of those Cecil fans that held onto his old jersey will look like they’re Prince fans.  Detroit’s Father’s Day funtivities sure will be a tearjerker.  I can’t wait for the soon-to-be-announced Soderbergh film starring Forest Whitaker and Tracy Morgan, “Home Isn’t Just A Plate I Eat Off Of.”  “Viola Davis, you want juicier than The Help?  Well, how about keeping the peace amongst the Fielders!”  That’s her agent talking.  I like how the Tigers are exploiting the DH rule by employing three of them.  Bud Selig, “Hey, no fair!… No, I didn’t say no hair!  This is not a toupee!”  Now it’s up to the Tigers if they want to hold true to Fielder’s aptronym (Word of the Day!) or they want it to be an ironic-onym, pushing him to DH.  My guess is Swiggy will be on the move to third base.  Blasphemy for real baseball, but hallelujah for fantasy baseball.  I imagine even if Swiggy is egregious during Spring Training at 3rd, he will still see enough games during the course of the first couple of weeks to gain 3rd base eligibility pretty quickly.  After Fielder’s first 0-for-10 at DH, the Tigers will put him at first saying he’s more comfortable playing the field, er, um.

For projections in the top 10 for fantasy baseball, I had Swiggy at 105/32/115/.325/3 and Fielder at 90/35/110/.275.  Honestly, I’m not sure how much I could change either projection.  Cabrera had V-Mart behind him when I made those projections, so it wasn’t like he was hitting in front of Nadir Bupkis.  On the other hand, I did think Fielder would go to the Nationals and the NL, so that would’ve suppressed his stats a smidge.  I’m moved him up in the top 10 and I adjusted his stats to 100/37/115/.280.  Maybe now Fielder will dust off the 50-homer plateau just to spite his Papa Bear.  I do not use the term “bear” loosely.

  1. Tom says:
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    Hey guys – does anyone have suggestions / tips for drafting in the 12 spot in a 12 team h2h league – snake draft

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: February Grey will go over draft pairings.

  3. sam says:
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    What are the odds he pulls an Adam Dunn. I know Dunn wasn’t a top 5 MVP, but it seems the move from NL to AL DH for big power hitters isn’t great.

  4. sam says:
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    Nevermind. Miggy is moving to 3B.

  5. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    This is only interesting to me but my NL only keeper team that won last year has Braun, Pujols and Fielder. Gak! It’s looking a tad more wonky than the day we clinched.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sam: Dunn was a lot older too.

    @Schmohawks Bob: Someone obviously wasn’t consulted when these free agents signed/did drugs.

  7. JoeC says:
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    Oh hey, did I say that the Royals were going to win the Central? Well this kind of changes things, dontchyathink? The tiger has new stripes, eh? He has received a blood transfusion. He is eatin’ his vegetables.

    Thus and therefore, I withdraw my previous forecast and replace it with the forecast that everybody else is going to have: Le Tigres win the Central. Royals will coast to a comfortable 2nd place.

    Now if I could just predict the end of this cold that’s kickin’ my whatoosie.

  8. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @Grey: No kidding.

    This makes Miggy super valuable, though.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JoeC: Tigers would have to be the easy favorites at this point. Feel better!

  10. Tom says:
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    Grey can you give a little more detail on “draft pairings”

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @byrone: Like a seesaw teetering, Fielder needs that girth across the diamond.

  12. Ceasar says:
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    Question from the Future: What does Fielder’s departure do to Ryan Braun’s fantasy prowess when Braun is released from captivity?

    In other words, where would Braun have landed in your 2011 rankings without the suspension but with the Fielder departure?

    Thinking about poaching him in a keeper league for the Future.

  13. weas says:
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    Hallelujah for fantasy baseball indeed, I miss Miggy with 3B eligibility.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ceasar: Fielder’s been gone, was just a matter of where to. Braun would’ve been top ten without Fielder or the suspension.

    @weas: Yup

  15. TheNewGuy says:
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    So…the big question is what does this do for Miggys fantasy value? 3B eligability would be a godsend in the dross that is 3B this year…this has gotta make him the clear-cut no1 pick now right?

    Oh and WOW what a splash by the Tigers…Prince’s value’s gotta go up being surrounded by Miggy too right?

  16. Ned Shakeshaft says:
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    Just got ever-so-slightly more psyched for my AL auction. Brings me back to the good old days of Thomas/ McGuire / Delgado / Daddy Fielder et al. Someone’s going $45 on Miggy this year, gare-on-tee.

  17. sean says:
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    Tree Quick Points:

    1. Drinks are on Miggy, who just became the clear #1.

    2. Fielder’s going to miss hitting HRs in Miller Park. Moving outside in the Midwest can crush April/September power numbers. Not to mention center field being a home run graveyard in Comerica…

    3. Dave Cameron asked the $214M question: if the Tigers had $214M to spend this winter, why weren’t they in on Reyes or C.J. Wilson, addressing their glaring weaknesses as opposed to this being more than a desperate reaction to losing V-Mart?

  18. Tom says:
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    Grey – what are your thoughts on me picking up ike davis in the 14th round – 1 keeper 14th round and on – 12 team h2h mixed?

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    @TheNewGuy: Apologies Grey, should always read your post fully before posting mine!

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ned Shakeshaft: Ha…Nice names…

    @sean: They had to react to the V-Mart loss. As mentioned above, Miggy and Verlander are in their prime, the Tigers need to do something now.

    @Tom: Sounds fine.

    @TheNewGuy: No worries.

  21. polczek5 says:
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    @sean: i heard someone suggest (i don’t remember who, may have been in the comments of an earlier post, or maybe Keith Law) that the Tigers had insurance on V-Mart’s contract. so with his injury, they may have gotten money back. probably not $214M, but maybe enough to make a move that the needed to do (as Grey said).

  22. Mike says:
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    6.5 million back in insurance money doesn’t go very far when your looking at 214 million

  23. thefaketom says:
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    @Mike:

    It does if he never plays again (unlikely), and then if/when he does you trade him away .50-.75 on the dollar for a piece you need.

    Fielder>V-Mart

  24. Jon F says:
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    I’m somewhat concerned with the move in ballparks, especially from looking at this spray-chart: http://i.imgur.com/pQUzy.png

    Obviously it doesn’t really work like that, and Cabrera should help, but still I think the power takes a proper hit (or if it doesn’t, it might come at the cost of batting average).

  25. JoeC says:
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    I don’t think this increases Fielder’s value. Worse home park for home runs, no difference in the quality of the hitters ahead of him (besides the pitcher/#9 hitter AL/NL difference), and Cabrera behind him is little different than Braun behind him.

  26. Off Topic Tom says:
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    I have a major man crush on Alex Avila. What will Prince do for Avila’s stats? I can potentially see Avila batting 7th or 8th now. But it also means he will be seeing a lot of pitches do hit. Does this move bump Avila or set up any other Tiger to have a better season?

  27. Chris says:
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    3 posts in 1 day!?

    Excellent….

  28. FWBrodie says:
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    Does Austin Jackson get a significant bump?

  29. JoeC says:
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    @Off Topic Tom: You do realize he’s just replacing Victor Martinez? Prince’s stats, besides the large difference in home runs, are not really all that different from VMart’s, so while there might be an uptick for other Detroit players in the lineup, it will likely be small.

    2011
    Martinez: .330 BA, .380 OBP, 12 HR, 103 RBI
    Fielder: .299 BA, .415 OBP, 38 HR, 120 RBI

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