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. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Tim Hudson is on track to make a rehab start. If all goes well, and that if is ginormous, then he can return to the Braves for their failed chase for the Wild Card. Recovering from Tommy John is usually the same no matter what, shorty. Pitchers usually return to three-quarters of their former selves or they can become seven-fifths of their former selves, which is to say they can be better. Though they’re not usually better when they are first reactivated. They usually return slightly less than three-quarters. If you’re half as confused by those fractions as I am writing them, let me break it down to you, nice and simple like Minnie Pearl. Tim Hudson’s worth stashing on your DL for matchups, but the upside is merely usable in 12 team leagues. Don’t expect miracles. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Scott Baker – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER. He shows you some solid starts, then he shits your house. Please, blog, may I have some more?
In one league, Rudy just traded Capps for Victorino and in another league he traded Capps for Billingsley. That’s right; he pulled off a classic double upper-decker. (I believe the term upper-decker is still, erm, dangling right outside of the glossary, but with some momentum in the forums it might make it in. Please, blog, may I have some more?
As Sean Connery says, “Shituation: Dire.” Rios has been the pea under your mattress. The splinter in your paw. The tighty-whitey stain that your fourth grade classmates saw when you were changing for gym and have teased you about for the rest of your life (but maybe that was just me). Please, blog, may I have some more?