Sergio Santos was traded to the Blue Jays for Nestor Molina, no relation to Alfred. Santos will take over the Blue Jays closing job with Frank Francisco being waved away like a stale fart — Stank Fartcisco, if you will. Santos was made for this job. He’s a cyborg. A cyborg of Ks who was sent here from the future to save games and to dance to the club remix of O Canada. Only wish he wasn’t traded so less people would be aware of him and he’d come as a bargain in 2012 fantasy drafts. Alas, he’s still gonna be worth a high (for a closer) draft pick. Last year he had 92 Ks in 63 1/3 IP. Who are you, Carlos Marmol? I love you, Santos, now have my babies and then name them something with a K. Like Klancy or Kasey or Keith. Anyway, here’s some more moves for 2012 fantasy baseball:
Heath Bell – Signed with the Miami Marlins to replace Juan Carlos Oviedo, who wants to know why the Florida Marlins can change their name but he can’t. Heath Bell will be a capable closer that I may or may not have on my fantasy teams, depending on where he’s drafted. I think he’ll probably be too rich for my blood. If I get a transfusion, I’ll revisit him.
Luke Gregerson – As of right now he’s going to be the Padres closer. His K-rate was about as ugly as it gets for relievers. Easily the worst K-rate for a successful reliever. (No data was shifted through to verify this, but he had a 5.50 K-rate; that’s egregious. Or Egregerson, if you will.) Does any of this matter if Gregerson’s on the board late and he’s still the closer in March (the Padres might get someone else or change their minds; it’s their prerogative)? Nah, I’d draft Gregerson on every team of mine if he’s the closer.
Jon Rauch – Is anyone changing teams besides relievers? C’mon, Pujols and Fielder, sign already! For now, we have Rauch to talk about. Yay. He signed with the Mets to set-up in the 8th inning and reach things off of high shelves.
Frank Francisco – Hey, it’s Stank Fartcisco! Long time no hear from. The Mets brass, “Francisco and Rauch were so good in Toronto last year, let’s get them to close out our wins!” Janitor overhearing them, “They weren’t good.” Mets brass, “Hey, Janitor, you wanna manage the team?” Janitor, “I am. I’m Terry Collins.” Mets brass, “Who?” I’d be more than willing to draft Francisco since he’ll be getting saves, but it won’t be pretty. I guarantee at least five times during 2012 you’ll hear me say, “Rauch is now the closer.” Then a week later I’ll say, “Francisco’s the closer.” Then a week after that I’ll say, “Hey, whatever happened to Bobby Parnell?”
Angel Pagan – Was traded to the Giants for Andres Torres (and Ramon Ramirez). This trade happens in your fantasy league when two owners grow bored and trade apples for apples. Neither of these apples are delicious.
Joe Saunders – Stays with the Diamondbacks. NL West hitters rejoice.
Nate McLouth – Goes back to Pittsburgh. Pirates obviously want to put together a McOutfield. First one between Tabata and Presley to add Mc gets the starting gig. There hasn’t been a complete McOutfield since the Federal League’s Boston Bogtrotters in 1915.
Matt Capps – Resigns with the Twins. Member when Nathan signed with the Rangers and you asked me, “Grey, que paso? Donde es Twins closer ahora?” And I said, “Shut the SAP button off your computer.” Good times we had. Any hoo! Capps will be the closer in Minny until he turds up their games and Gardenhire starts picking his bullpen scab.
Jerry Hairston Jr. – Signed by the Dodgers. First Harang and now Hairston Jr.! Dodgers look like they’re putting together a team using Groupons.
Kendrys Morales – Has been swinging aggressively and jogging on a weightless treadmill. Looks like NASA’s got their first baseman! In the moon league that Kendrys is training for, when you celebrate a game-winning home run, you gently fall down to home plate.
Kevin Slowey – To the Rockies. That’s like dressing up Tina Turner as a piñata and inviting her to a quinceañera.
Aroldis Chapman – Sounds like he won’t be in the rotation again in 2012. Him and Joba should commiserate about how their clubs are totally Mr. Bungling their careers and costing them millions.
Bryce Harper – I already went over my Bryce Harper 2012 fantasy. I wrote it while receiving shock therapy. Since then the Nats said he might be the starting right fielder out of camp. If I may read between the lines, what they actually said was, “We are not having Harper start out of camp, but we’d sure like to sell some tickets to our home games in April besides the ones Strasburg is pitching.”