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.
Matt Lindstrom – Now with the Astros. With Valverde and Hawkins gone, Astros brass said, “We feel (Lindstrom) has the capability to be our closer or to at least share those responsibilities.” Obviously they haven’t seen him pitch.
Brandon Lyon – And I’m assuming the Astros management would say the exact same thing about Lyon. That he can be their closer or share responsibilities. This will all get figured out in Spring Training. Those drafting before have to assume either can be the closer. My money says Lyon will be the closer. If you’re wondering what the Astros are thinking with these moves, here’s a sneak peek inside their minds. Valverde and Hawkins were surprisingly reliable last year…. We need surprisingly unreliable!
Leo Nunez – Now the closer for the Marlins. Grey became a fan of Leo Nunez and suggested you become a fan too. Nunez’ll be a sneaky donkey-corn in the preseason. Could easily see him outperforming his draft position…. Assuming everyone else doesn’t think the same thing and then he suddenly moves up draft boards.
Randy Wolf – To the Brewers. Loved him last year in Dodgers Stadium, not as much in Miller Park. In 2009, Miller Park played as a pitcher’s park, but it’s more neutral than that. It’s no Coors, but it’s also no Metco. Either way, Wolf was fortunate to have a 3.23 ERA last year and probably shouldn’t be counted on for anything below a 3.90. Ownable, just not terrific. Why the Brewers felt they needed Wolf like a fat kid needs cake, I’m not sure.
Bobby Crosby – Signed by the Pirates. You know, I had a conversation with myself like Emeril does and I said, “Self, what do the Pirates need this offseason?” Self replied with over a hundred different things. Bobby Crosby was never mentioned.