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With the offseason upon us, and Larry King done congratulating the Phillies, it’s time we look at offseason moves. The peasant Royals didn’t waste long at all to get the trading under way. They acquired Mike Jacobs from the Marlins for Leo Nunez. The Royals are real movers and shakers now! With Shealy, Butler, Ross Gload and Kila Ka’aihue, the Royals desperately needed an all-power, low-average DH/1st baseman. They must be happy to cross that off their Christmas list. Finally they fill the void that Steve Balboni left twenty some-odd years ago. Going the other way in the trade, the Marlins get a very solid bullpen arm in Leo Nunez. As you can tell from my tone (Aw, am I being harsh?), I think the Royals are boneheads, but this is not for me to decide. Let’s talk about this trade from a fantasy baseball perspective:

Mike Jacobs – The trade to the Royals will not help him hit better than .260. If anything, it might cause him to hit even worse. Now he’ll be facing pitchers that he hadn’t seen at all or only during interleague. I liked Jacobs last year for some late round power and that doesn’t change. Now he has a few more caveats (<–yo, that’s Latin!) attached to his name. He can be easily replaced by the foursome of DH/1st basemen and he’ll be facing unfamiliar pitching. 30 home runs is still his over/under. .250 is his ceiling.

Leo Nunez – The Marlins have to be the most fortunate franchises in the history of baseball. Everything they touch turns to gold and I wouldn’t be surprised if Nunez is just another example. He has some low minor closing experience, so they could possibly use him in that capacity (which is doubtful). He has starting experience so they could use him as a starter — also doubtful. He will more than likely be used as a middle man. He might not be drafted out of the gate in 2009, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gives some fantasy teams a much needed middle reliever boost. Mr. Bs, are you listening?

  1. Steve says:
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    I’m all ears!

    Nunez was great for me this year until he got hurt. Got plenty of Holds and was SP-eligible to boot.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I knew you would be! How does this trade seem from Down Yonder?

  3. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Well, you’d have to say (and you did say!) that looking at the Marlins’ roster, Jacobs looks eminently replaceable (does this mean a regular gig for Cantu at 1B?), and they Marlins get a good arm for their bullpen – they have a pretty strong MR corps now.

    Advantage Marlins, I’d say.

    (I love parentheses)

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I did (and so did you). For a team that dismantles every third year, the Marlins have shown to be rock solid judges of talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nunez becomes a top closer for them.

  5. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It will look even better for the Marlins if someone like Hermida takes another step forward.

    Off topic – I know it’s not your thing, but can you find out if it’s possible for any links that are included in a post to be configured so that they open in a new tab or window (although I doubt any Razzballers use IE!) when they are clicked?

    That way we never have to leave the Razz!

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Rudy and I try and make every link that is in a post that is a Razzball link (like the two above) not open in a new page. So you’re still on Razzball then. Then we try and make every none Razzball link in a post open in a new window. As for the sidebar links — A) I wouldn’t know how to get them to open in a new window. B) I wouldn’t do it any way because most those sites open in the same window to us, so it wouldn’t be fair to do the opposite to them. C) There never is a C, is there?

    I think the standard protocol is to have all links open in the same window because a user can decide if they want to open it in a new tab by right clicking. But we’re not completely standard. I think it’s easier to have all links open in a new window because who wants their reading interrupted by a webpage change? But it is what it is, ya know?

    Betcha never thought an answer to that question would be this long, huh?

  7. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Funnily enough, I did, as I work in this kind of area myself.

    I wasn’t quite clear enough – I should have said any external links – like the Muppet caught by the speed camera I posted yesterday. Makes perfect sense for Razzball links to open in the same tab/window.

    All that said, the right-click is a nice work-around.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: You work in the area of making yes or no answers really long?

    Ahh… The comment links! Yes, I have no idea how to make those a new window. Sorry.

  9. Steve says:
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    @Grey: My specialty is actually asking questions that are nowhere near specific enough!

    Yes, I imagine that links posted in comments are rendered by the WordPress engine and that you are constrained by the capability thereof.

    Long live the right-click. Or Ctrl-click if you’re on a Mac, which I am at home.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: “Yes, I imagine that links posted in comments are rendered by the WordPress engine and that you are constrained by the capability thereof.”

    You lost me at “Yes.”

  11. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ha! You sound just like a couple of guys I work with. Hey! That’s not you at the next desk is it?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: You got me, mate!

  13. Freak says:
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    Anyone could be Grey!!!

    Be on the lookout.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Freak: Could I be you?

  15. Steve says:
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    He walks among us…

    Muahahahaha!

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