Orlando Cabrera taxied into Cleveland yesterday. Does Cleveland’s middle infield of Orlando and Asdrubal remind anyone else of an embarrassing moment at Epcot that I blamed on a 5-year-old? Probably just me. Hopefully not too many mixed leaguers are doing handstands over this news. Orlando Cabrera is good for 7-10 homers and 7-10 steals and by “good” I mean bad and not bad as in good. Too bad Cabrera’s first name doesn’t start with an S, then he can be S-Cab. Anyway, here’s some other fantasy baseball news:
Scott Podsednik – Signed with the Blue Jays. Don’t the Jays already have Podsednik but call him Rajai Davis? Perplexing news to say the least, though saying the least wouldn’t have me saying anything. Maybe the Jays signed Podsednik because his wife keeps morale up around the clubhouse. Wokka, wokka, wokka. Right now, Podsednik will work as a fourth outfielder and will probably see around 400 ABs. I’m not too concerned about Davis, Snider or Juan Rivera’s playing times. They all need a rest once in a while and Rivera can’t stay healthy.
Joe Nathan – Threw off the mound yesterday. He’s sure trying to make me look bad for saying he won’t be ready for the start of the season, that Nathan’s a hot dog. I’d still be tentative about drafting Nathan and would grab Capps real late as the handcuff.
Kendry Morales – Said that he might not be ready to go on Opening Day because of the rehabilitation for his limp-off homer. Only thing less surprising than this would be if Morneau announces he has lingering concussion symptoms. Since pulling a Kotchman started on the Angels, it’s only appropriate that Kendry carries on the tradition. Seriously, Al Green mended a broken heart quicker than Morales and his stupid leg. Put on a cast, grab a wire hanger for itching and be done with it. I didn’t want to draft Morales before, as my top 20 1st basemen for 2011 fantasy baseball shows, this news doesn’t help matters.
Russell Branyan – Signed with the Diamondbacks. I.e., Brandon Allen can’t get a break and this sure doesn’t help Juan Miranda’s value. I’ll never understand why a team going nowhere would sign a go-nowhere vet rather than give their youngsters a chance. Guess that’s why they’re going nowhere. As for Branyan, if you can platoon him in NL-Only leagues vs. righties, he could get you 20+ homers in 400 ABs.
Joel Hanrahan – Was announced Hanrahanananan would be the closer for the Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow over Evan Meek. Hanrahanananan should be a solid donkeycorn by the time May rolls around. You can continue to draft Meek, but you might look a little desperate.