As Yogi Berra once famously put, “It’s like deja vu all over again.” Yogi also said, “Can you give my son, Dale, a job?” But no one ever talks about that Yogi-ism. This might be a first for me, we’re back with another Carlos Correa 2023 fantasy baseball outlook. This time, it’s for real. I think.
At the 11th hour, the Giants claimed Carlos Correa’s physical revealed an issue. What issue? Oh, just, ya know, something or other. Giants claimed it was from Correa’s time dating back…Dot dot dot. Pre-MLB. This is becoming more and more dubious. Are we going to get Correa’s origin story where he hurt his wrist on a garbage can in junior high, and vowed revenge against all garbage cans, planning to beat them? Giants are the ones with the injury, they got cold feet! Got ‘em! Honestly, would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall for the Giants’ front office convo:
“13 years? This is nuts, can we back out?”
“Sure, we’ll say we found something on his physical.”
“We’re the team that signed Mitch Haniger, and we’re backing out due to an injury risk?”
So, enter stage right: MLB’s own Montgomery Burns, the Mets’ Steve Cohen. “Mr. Cohen, are you sure you want to give Correa $300 million-plus over 12 years? It’s going to cut into your formaldehyde shark money.” That’s Cohen’s financial advisor.
Carlos Correa goes to the 1927 Mets. They’re more stacked than pancakes at IHOP. They’re so stacked Eduardo Escobar won’t even be a regular. Okay, he’s not exactly Howard Johnson, the player, not the motel, but I’m having a hard time imagining a team where he’s not an everyday starter. Maybe the Phillies once Bryce returns. Any hoo! It’s a great lineup, and Correa no longer looks like a diamond in a lineup of zirconia. Metco won’t help Correa; he couldn’t hit 27+ homers with the Crawford Boxes, so he’s not a great bet to do it now. He only once cleared 150 games too. The lineup with his on-base skills will be the biggest net positives. Still think he’s overrated for fantasy, and this isn’t going to help that. For 2023, I’ll give Carlos Correa projections of 104/25/83/.283/2 in 558 ABs. Giants fans, who are feeling down for what might’ve been, try not to think about the Mets too much, and just enjoy all those Wilmer Flores and J.D. Davis at-bats. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason in fantasy baseball:
Seth Lugo – Signed with the Padres. The back-end of their pitching staff is Lugo (better as a reliever), Nick Martinez (better as a reliever) and Morejon (you guess what he is). If you guessed “better as a reliever,” you’re pretty good at this game.
Matt Carpenter – Signed with the Padres. Prolly the most toolsy hitter. Sorry, that was a bad pun, and has nothing to do with his actual ability. Practicing my DJ’ing. Sorry, that’s a bad pun too. DJ as in Dad Jokes. Hey, at least I copped to it, and well within my rights. Sorry, yup, also bad pun. 2023 Projections: 51/16/56/.251/1 in 367 ABs.
Austin Hedges – Signed with the Pirates. So, not only does that bury Endy Rodriguez further, it gets better! To make this move possible with Hedges, the Pirates had to cut Diego Castillo. Not saying Castillo is the next Trea Turner. I’m not even sure he’s the next Kevin Newman. But give him a chance! Man, the Pirates suck.
Brandon Drury – Signed with the Angels. The Angels made a bunch of mid-range moves this offseason. No, big ones. I guess, why bid on the Judge when you can buy off the Drury? So, the Angels just went and got Urshela, but I guess they’ve realized they can’t count on Rendon for anything. Smart thinking! Drury is a bit puzzling. He’s always been able to hit, just has not always hit, if you follow. I won’t discount what he did entirely last year in my projections, but he feels like a guy who will go 15/.240 and be a total bust. For 2023, I’ll give Brandon Drury projections of 61/21/67/.258/3 in 509 ABs.
Garrett Hampson – Signed with the Marlins. Finally out from under the Black cloud, Hampson will become a 15/40/.280 hitter. It’s all coming together! In three months, seeing Miguel Rojas beat Hampson out in Spring Training for a job, “Oh, Hampson needs a trade, clearly.”
Mychal Givens – Signed with the Orioles. Great for him, worst possible landing spot for us. If any team is willing to overlook a top three closer in baseball, and go to a guy that’s been on six teams in three years, it’s absolutely the Orioles. You should be SAGNOF’ing, but if you draft a closer high, you better pray for your Felix Bautista shares.
James McCann – Sent to the Orioles. Imagine being the guy invited to the party to set up the decorations, then right when the party gets good, you’re asked to leave. A kick right in McCann. Nice to see McCann finally get traded at least, after weeks of McCann leaks. *wry smile* McCann will be a backup in Balty-more, and be useless for fantasy.
Connor Joe – Traded from Rockies to the Pirates. Now, you know where he’d come from and where’d he go, Connor-eyed Joe. Rockies are clearing house for Sam Hilliard! Oh, wait, he’s no longer on the Rockies. Come on in, David Dahl! He’s gone too? Ah, well, there’s always Hampson…Oh, right, the Marlins.
Quick question . Im in 12t h2h specific OF pos. We are allowed to keep one player that we drafted in 10th rd or later odr FA pickup for following year only.
My choices M.Harris (thought it was no brainer but after a gazillion bust posts second guessing myself)
Oh and gave you some press on another site (only other pundit I really follow)
February 7, 2023 at 1:11 PM
Excellent as always. Been playing fantasy since 80s. You and Mr. Grey(Razz) are the preeminent experts when it comes to pitching hands down
A+ 98 grade let’s go! Lmao.
Have you watched Ari’s Jew yet?
Hey Grey, 12 team H2H points league, 6 forever keepers. I have Ohtani but I can’t/don’t really use him for pitching (I think it would be even less now that it seems like the Angels wanna pitch him every 6 days), so he basically is just a Utility player, albeit a 600 total fantasy points player.
My current keepers are:
I’ve got a lot of interest in Gunnar Henderson, and I’ve been offered Henderson and a 1st and 2nd round for Ohtani and a 9th and 12th round. I’d likely trade Bregman for a pick as well then to get to 6 keepers. Thoughts?
That doesn’t sound terrible to me if you don’t use Ohtani ever as a pitcher
Thanks, Grey! Happy Holidays!
Thanks, Harry Beanbag! Happy holidays to you too!
Giants realized they aren’t in position to make any noise anyways this year so why commit that kind of money. Joc and Estrada might be the only 2 hitters in the lineup who hit .250, Haniger and Joc might be the only 2 hitters to reach 15 Home Runs, and the 1-2 Punch of Webb and Cobb won’t get them very far either.
Oh absolutely…it was the smart move by them…no idea what they were thinking to begin with
Steve Cohen goes to the Mets training staff with the results of Correa’s physical:
Cohen: “Can you guys work with this?”
Staff: “Sure, we’ve done worse to people.”
HAHAHA…Yeah, I forgot to mention that…Of all the places to go with an injury…Tho, Correa doesn’t really have an injury
Giants got cold feet is my guess
What are your thoughts on A. Santander for 2023 at ($14)? Are you a believer in his power and counting stats numbers continuing?
In standard roto 5×5 formats please rank the following hitters at their relative prices, as they all made an impression last season;
A. Santander ($14), T. Ward ($8), V. Grissom ($8), J. Meneses ($8), J. Naylor ($8)
I love Santander…my rankings are on Patreon now and will be up in mid-january…I think (on phone and going off memory) Ward, Santander, Grissom, Naylor
a. Great read!
b. George Carlin quote of the day for December 22, 2022.
‘The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.’
Thanks! It was a little late today, I accidentally scheduled the post for 2023
And here I assumed you were taking an extended Christmas break.
Haha I goofed…I was on the plane writing this and oops
My day went…
1 00h01 Hawaii Time….No news
2 01h01 Hawaii Time….Still no news
3 07h00 Hawaii Time…OMG Grey posted, gotta find a quote fast!
Yeah, I’m embarrassed
You=goof yet come up roses!
Me=goof and am punished 72 hours by my wife!
Haha, I was panicked this morning when I woke then I realized I goofed