Austin Jackson signed with the White Sox to rid the world of any hope for Avisail Garcia. “We will trade you Avisail for Jered Weaver wearing a Trout jersey.” That’s Avisail pretending to be the White Sox GM and attempting to trade himself to the Angels. Jackson should see action (BAM!) every day in the outfield in south Chicago and steal some bases. On a related note, in the last two weeks, the White Sox have signed Austin Jackson and Jimmy Rollins, knocking out Avisail and any chance for Tim Anderson. In other words, Brian Sabean is now GM’ing the White Sox. “Guys, can we get a check on Mark Buehrle’s availability?” That’s Sabean sneaking in to be the White Sox GM. For 2016, I’ll give Austin Jackson the projections of 58/7/52/.258/15, and added him to the top 80 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball, updated my top 500 and Fantasy Baseball War Room while deleting Avisail, who looks like he’s not shaking the Avifail label unless he’s traded. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:
Jarrod Dyson – Has a Grade 2 oblique strain and is headed to the DL. Dyson said, “That sucks.” Or maybe it was Dyson made the sound of sucking. My press conference notes are scant at best! I updated the top 100 outfielders for Dyson. Or rather, I didn’t change anything because I always assumed he was going to be a platoon player and only had him down for 300 ABs in my top 500. This means Travis Snider and Paulo Orlando will now share time for the first few weeks of the season. I like to call that platoon, The Orlando Tragic.
Cameron Maybin – Out six weeks with a wrist fracture. That’s so Maybin! I hadn’t ranked Maybin this year because I didn’t think he’d get enough at-bats to warrant it. A wrist fracture fails to assuage my Blink-like intuition. Assuage is also my favorite word to use to make me sound smart. “Would you like fries with that coke?” “You assuage my desires, cashier person!” Seriously, I’ll use it anywhere. Gose stands to gain some playing time here, but I’m comfrotable with where I have him ranked already (top 80 outfielders), because he’s sort of a platoon player even if the Tigers have no one to platoon him with.
Hyun-Jin Ryu – Out for a week with shoulder discomfort. The Dodgers rotation is falling apart quicker than my British Knights. As of right now, I haven’t changed Ryu’s rankings, because I only projected him for 140 innings, and he says he can throw 150 innings this year. Am I confident in him? Ryu crazy?
Brett Anderson – Out three to five months with back surgery. Now the Dodgers turn to Brandon Beachy, Carlos Frias or Bolsinger. Those three guys are better known by Dodgers fans as, Bring Up the Ball Slinger Urias! Why is it whenever I hear Urias, I think, “Have you ever seen Urias?” Then I bend over and moon someone. Am I that juvenile? Apparently, I am! Can we just call Julio Urias, Joe Uranus? I know Julio doesn’t translate to Joe, but Joe Uranus makes me smile and giggle and laugh and I need a nap *claps hands* I’m back and refreshed! What did I miss? So, I removed Brett Anderson from the top 100 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball and added in no one. I added no one, because the Dodgers replacements are not good.