Vernon Wells was primed for his ‘every 3rd year’ routine, but now he’s strained the same hamstring he hurt last year that caused him to miss 50+ games. Word out of Blue Jay camp is he’ll miss at least 4 weeks. A broken-down VW isn’t going to help your team go anywhere. Just forget about the 30/100/.300/10 guy and think of him as that 20/80/.270/5 guy. Hate to say it, but he’s a lot closer to Aaron Rowand than an elite fantasy OF. The best thing to come out of Vernon’s hammy injury is Adam Lind and Travis Snider could see more time. Anyway, here’s some other things going on during spring training that effect 2009 fantasy baseball:
Garrett Anderson – GA signed with the Braves. This does nothing for his value. And prior to this, he had no value. You do the math!
Orlando Hudson – Joyce DeWitt was so proud when I anointed her son a 2009 fantasy sleeper. Oh, well. She’ll always have the hand she played in inventing Jiggle TV. (And it wasn’t a hand — wokka, wokka, wokka…) Orlando Hudson’s picture is next to the definition of yawnstipating. You should not be drafting him in any leagues.
Blake DeWitt – His value is now K to the aput.
Nyjer Morgan – Sounds like he’ll be opening day left fielder. Stay tuned because he could be a cheap source of steals. SAGNOF!
Chase Utley – He’s already taking batting practice. I think he’s the Phillies starting 2nd baseman when they take the field for their first game of the season, with him and Hamels sharing hair gel. Does the hip effect his speed? He steals 10 instead of 15. I’m just hoping my drafts happen soon so I can get Utley at a discount. You should be hoping the same thing.
Melvin Mora – He said he’s going to put up “.340, 20-plus (home runs) and 100-plus (RBIs).” Otherwise known as Bill James’s projections for Chris Davis.