Andrew Bailey bettah work on his non-rhotic (Word of the Day!) pronunciations cause he’s headed to the town of beans.¬† This is my town and these are my beans!¬† Not to say I told you so, but to tell you I told you so.¬† When Melancon went to the Sawx, I said, “The GM over in Beantown says Melancon is ‚Äúcapable of closing.‚ÄĚ¬† In big market speak, that means he won‚Äôt be the closer.¬† Melancon is the stereotypical small market closer, big market set-up man.”¬† Prescient ain’t just a word you need a spell checker for.¬† It’s a state of mind!¬† Bailey will be absolutely fine as a closer when he’s healthy, which is to say maybe 4 of 6 months of the season if the Sawx are lucky.¬† So Melancon will get some saves, say, maybe, I don’t know, interjection, 10 saves.¬† It’s not bad for a guy that won’t be drafted in many leagues.¬† This also solidifies the Sawx’s intention of putting Bard into the rotation.¬† I think it’s slightly crazy talk, but I’m wearing a burlap sack and drinking a Capri Sun without a straw so what do I know?¬† Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves and what they mean for 2012 fantasy baseball:
Sike!¬† Before we get into today’s post, just want to say that if you’re into fantasy basketball, you should check out the work Adam’s doing; it’s smart and funny, and I don’t know basketball at all.¬† One time I was playing a pick up basketball game and I tried to do a layup and I threw the ball over the backboard.¬† I was like, “Call me Calista Flockhart cause I’m throwing up shizz.”¬† Ah, the laughs we had.¬† Then I was never picked to play on a team again.¬† Anyway II, some offseason moves for 2012 fantasy baseball:
Josh Reddick – Heads to the A’s on the other side of the Bailey hullabaloo.¬† Did Beane get enough?¬† I don’t know.¬† Instead, let’s ask ourselves this:¬† Did Braun test positive because he was treating herpes?¬† In Triple-A, Reddick hit .127 in 2009, then .266 in 2010, then .230 last year.¬† So I’d be surprised if he hits above .260 over the course of the 2012 season.¬† He has shown the ability to hit for power, but now he moves to the unfriendly confines of Oakland.¬† Best case scenario, you’re getting a 15/10/.260 guy.¬† It’s all right, but if he fails to meet those modest expectations, he’s nothing but a third outfielder for AL-Only leagues.¬† Herpes, Braun, really?¬† That’s your defense?¬† That’s like telling your wife you killed her cat to take your mind off cheating on her.¬† Braun, you couldn’t say you tested positive because you were taking some non-FDA approved Chinese medicine for migraines?¬† Who’s advising this schmohawk?
Casey Blake – To Rockies.¬† When Blake’s healthy, Cuddyer will move to the outfield.¬† (30% of the time.)¬† When Blake’s injured, Cuddyer will play 3rd base.¬† (45% of the time.)¬† When Helton’s injured, Cuddyer will play 1st base. (20% of the time.)¬† When Cuddyer and Blake are both healthy, but the Rockies feel like playing someone else they’ll work in Seth Smith or Eric Young Jr.¬† (15% of the time.)¬† (I have no idea if those percentages add up, but you get the general gist.¬† By the way, General Gist would be a great band name.¬† “Have you heard General Gist’s new album, Neither Here Nor There?¬† It’s awesome!”¬† Speaking of great bands, loving the new Black Keys album.¬† Love!)¬† In the end, this has nothing to do with Casey Blake or Michael Cuddyer or even Nolan Arenado.¬† The Rockies absolutely refuse to give Seth Smith a regular job.¬† Maybe someone in the front office has a lisp and can’t stand to say Seth Smith has a starting job.¬† Oh, and they hate Eric Young Jr.’s guts.¬† The Rockies are Mike Scioscia and Eric Young Jr. is Mike Napoli.¬† Just trade that ain’t-getting-any-younger Young to a team that will let him play.¬† Please.
Sean Marshall – Off to the Reds in a swap of Marshall and Travis Wood.¬† Right now the Reds are saying Marshall may serve as the closer.¬† That’s just a bargaining tool against Francisco Cordero.¬† Marshall’s not going to be the closer.¬† He’ll be a setup man to either Cordero or Chapman, who is supposed to start as of right now but I don’t think that’s gonna happen either.¬† Here’s a formula for you:¬† What a GM Says + Reality = Nothing.
Travis Wood – To the Cubs in the aforementioned mentioning of Marshall.¬† I have a feeling the Reds are going to regret losing Wood.¬† Dusty Baker, “I haven’t lost wood since that one time in the 70’s when George Foster unexpectedly walked into my hotel room.”¬† If the Cubs play their hand right, they’ll send Wood to the minors to regain his confidence then bring him back when the time is right.¬† If he makes the rotation, he’s nothing but a cheap flyer in NL-Only leagues.¬† I would be very aware of him in keeper leagues though.¬† He does have number two starter upside.
Gio Gonzalez¬†– Beane pulled another trade.¬† Can someone say Moneyball sequel?!¬† Actually, if you can’t say it, you should see a speech therapist.¬† How about the Nats looking like they’re gonna be contenders?¬† Hopefully they get some new announcers so it’s not as wretched watching them.¬† Get back Dibble so he can call into question a guy headed for Tommy John surgery!¬† I love that kind of manic enthusiasm.¬† Anyway, Gonzalez wasn’t nearly the pitcher his 3.12 ERA showed last year, but he has far exceeded his xFIP the last two years while posting solid K numbers.¬† I’m willing to get on the Gio aeroplane in twelve past twenty (BTW, that’s what I’m calling 2012, go with it).¬† A guy that is moving to the NL with a 8.78 K-rate is plenty all right, even with the wonky walks.
Brad Peacock – With Gio going to the Nats, Peacock gets inserted into the A’s.¬† That sounds like it hurts!¬† Which Billy Beane is making these trades anyway?¬† Peacock had a great season in Double- and Triple-A last year, putting up a 2.39 ERA and a 177/47 K/BB line.¬† The A’s basically got Gio Gonzalez back.¬† I’m gonna be all about Peacock in 2012 like I just woke up from a nap after drinking seven glasses of water.
Tommy Milone – Just another great arm bagged by Beane.¬† I’m not saying the Nats paid too much for Gio but — Well, actually, I am saying that.¬† They just paid the price of two potential Gios for one real Gio.¬† (Not to mention, A.J. Cole, who was also received, has a great arm but is just a bit young for our purposes, and Derek Norris will slide in nicely once the A’s move on from their Suzuki sidekick. What an ugly trade by the Nats.)¬† Milone’s 2011 in Triple-A was 3.22 ERA with a 155/16 K/BB ratio.¬† Hello, beautiful.¬† Peacock and Milone will have match-ups appeal in 2012 for mixed leagues and be sexy sleepers for AL-Only leagues.
Jim Johnson – O’s said he’ll open the season as the closer.¬† I’d go ahead and drink that Jim Johnson Kool-Aid.¬† O’s are competing for 4th place in the AL East so they have no reason not to use Johnson.¬† Though I think Selig now made the 4th place finisher in the AL East a playoff team.¬† Need to double check that.