After realizing the 20% off Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon wasn’t redeemable for slugging 2nd basemen, the Marlins parted ways with Dan Uggla.  Now the Marlins have cut loose all the major objectors to Hanley Ramirez’s lack of hustle.  “Yo, I walk with a pimp limp so I can save my energy for when MTV Cribs visits my house.”  <– Not actual Hanley quote.  With the slashed payroll, Jeffrey Loria can get that seventeenth mansion he’s been eyeing.  Good time to be a Marlins fan!  Uggla is really one of those players whose value doesn’t change much with a trade.  30 homers — check!  Not a great average without some luck — check!  Owns douchey Ed Hardy clothing — check!  If anything, Uggla moving to Atlanta will only help his value.  He was better away from Whoever Will Pay The Most Money To Sponsor This Godforsaken Stadium down in Miami.  Last year, he hit .308 in away games and .264 in home games.  Also, he hit 19 of his 33 homers away from home.  Plus, he will be hitting in a better lineup.  For 2011, I see Uggla giving you a line of 90/32/100/.265/5.  Anyway, let’s see what other moves happened recently with fantasy baseball repercussions:

Omar Infante – Heads to the Marlins where he’s sure to be revered by the smartest fans in baseball.  (That’s why there’s only 20-something fans at each game.  They’re smart to stay home.)  Infante had a career year in 2010.  I don’t see him repeating it in Whoever Will Pay The Most Money To Sponsor This Godforsaken Stadium.  He’ll probably play 2nd base or 3rd base and be on and off your waivers all year.  If you’re drafting Infante, you ain’t no friend of mine.

Chris Coghlan – Didn’t go anywhere (because if he drives past a Marie Callender’s, he will breakdown crying), but the moving parts could change his position in 2011.  He may play 2nd base if the Marlins move Infante over to 3rd.  That is a value change that could be huge big interesting for fantasy.  We’ll need to watch in Spring Training to see where Coghlan plays.

John Buck – Heads to the Marlins.  I’m hoping the Toronto Sun’s headline was, “Buck Done Gone.”  But what about Ronny Paulino?!  Or Brett Hayes?!  Or Brad Davis?!  Or… Jesus, the Marlins catchers were terrible.  John Buck should still get his share of homers, say, 15-18 and have his average come back to the vicinity of .250.  In other words, it’s all right in NL-Only leagues.  In other leagues, bleh.

Martin Prado – Will probably play all around the field, except 2nd base next year.  He’ll get his ABs though.  Let’s not forget, Glass Chipper is currently penciled in at 3rd.  Pencil with a giant eraser being the optimal writing tool.

Cameron Maybin – Traded to the Padres.  Not a great place for a hitter, unless that hitter doesn’t hit much and only runs. (First time ever the ability for “only runs” is a good thing being five minutes outside of Tijuana.)  With the huge ballpark, it could give Maybin a chance to hit to the gaps and steal bases.  His average might never be above atrocious with all the strikeouts and I don’t think he’s suddenly going to be an All-Star.  Best case scenario, he has 5th outfielder value in mixed leagues.  That’s so Maybin!

Rajai Davis – Heads to the Blue Jays.  Have to change my projections for him.  Add an extra 50 homers.  After the A’s got David DeJesus, they had to part ways with Rajai.  “Too many crappy outfielders on one team spoils the broth,” said Billy Beane as played by Brad Pitt.  Really this does nothing to Rajai’s value.  He’ll play every day and steal.  That’s his bag!

  1. Ben says:


    Just curious, you mentioned in the Uggla write up that,

    “Plus, he will be hitting in a better lineup”

    Do you really mean that? Or do you mean he’ll be on a *better team*?

    Personally I’d rather hit in a line up with Coghlan, Hanley, Gaby, Stanton,and Morrison. Did you watch that miserable Braves offense down the stretch and in the postseason? No outfielders, usually no Chipper, a rookie 1B next year, and pretty much Prado and McCann for protection.

    Not sure I like Uggla’s protection in that line up.

  2. Tony says:

    oh the florida marlins, how did you ever beat my cleveland indians in the 90’s with such pee poor management.

    i guess a young miggy and josh beckett had something to do with that…. oh and who was it? edgar renteria? BLEH…. Whats the point of locking up Josh Johnson and letting go Uggla and Maybin?

  3. GopherDay says:

    So…Rajai going 50-50…Forget Pujols as my number one pick…Hello Davis!!

    In my dreams…Unless this is like Inception and I’m in my dream…or Grey’s dream.

  4. Coghlan’s Law – Bury the Marlins chances, they stink up the joint.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ben: Just going on the numbers. The Braves were a better offense last year than the Marlins and that was with Infante instead of Uggla. Could the Marlins be better in 2011 because all of those rookies are a year older? Yeah, but was going on last year.

    @Tony: Damn, I forgot to add Maybin into this roundup. I’m just going to do it now.

    @GopherDay: Ha!

    @Rudy Gamble: As for the rest of Coghlan’s Laws, ignore them.

  6. big o says:


    the acquisition of rajai davis by the toronto blue jays should have
    a major impact on the team .

    last year , the blue jays had the 3rd worst stolen base record in the majors ,
    with only 58 sb’s and 20 cs’s …. (the cubs and giants tied for fewest sb’s , with 55) .

    for davis :
    2009 …. 41 sb … 12 cs … .360 obp
    2010 …. 50 sb … 11 cs … .320 obp

    in addition to runs scored/2010 …. toronto 755 vs oakland’s 663 ,
    rajai will be running against 2 of the worst (defensive) clubs :

    yankees …. 132 sb’s allowed , with 23 runners caught
    red sox …. 169 sb’s allowed , with 42 runners caught

    additionally :
    2009 …. davis scored 65 runs in 390 ab’s
    2010 …. ……………….66 runs in 525 ab’s

    huge fantasy up-side for rajai ?
    i think so .

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Well researched, O. I’m sure it’ll help to not have Travis Snider hitting leadoff, but like you said Rajai’s OBP in 2010 wasn’t a thing of beauty either.

  8. SwaggerJackers says:

    Those are some pretty good numbers from Uggla. If he isn’t kept, I might target him as my 2B/SS.

  9. Curly Day says:

    Grey, maybe you can go off on Murray Chase – he is saying the total opposite of what you espouse –

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SwaggerJackers: Yeah, definitely.

    @Curly Day: Chass — and he’s a putz. It’s almost like he keeps his viewpoint just to perpetuate the stereotype of the old guard of reporters who refuse to look at anything new from the last 30 years.

  11. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @big o: You might want to temper that enthusiasm a little?

    NYA, TB, BOS, BAL ranked 2, 3, 6, and 12 in AVG-allowed in AL last year. With BAL being the only soft touch and Rajai’s .164 AVG against those same teams last year (in 122 AB)…? He did get his 10 SB in those 32 GP, so there is that.

  12. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @simply fred: Those rankings are vs. right-handed hitters, which, I believe, Davis is.

  13. Stephen says:

    @Curly Day: @Grey: King Felix wins the AL Cy Young!

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Stephen: That’s good to hear. About time they started making sense.

  15. Steve says:

    And Clint Barmes (sic) rises again in Texas. Wonder if Audrey Landers was part of the deal.

  16. Steve says:

    @Grey: He even used the phrase ‘new-fangled’. Heh.

  17. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Stephen: Might raise the question, “Yeah, but who did he face?”

    Against the AL East (7 GP, 57.1 IP; includes 3 vs. Yanks): he posted a

    0.63 ERA (four earned in those 57.1 IP)

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Thanks for the heads up! Nice Dallas reference too.

    @Steve: Ha!

  19. Stephen says:

    @simply fred: Sounds like you laid that question to rest.

  20. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thoughts on Paulino going the other way? A strike-throwing wildman and the Rockies have been known to get along quite nicely before…

    Oh – and do you think that, if Felix ever gets to face Halladay again, he might throw at him?

  21. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Stephen: Uh, think the King did that talkin’! :-)

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Why would he throw at him? Did Halladay say something like CC should win? You know I love crazy strikeout, wild pitchers. Paulino is now on the radar, for sure.

  23. Steve says:

    @Steve: If Felix gets to pitch to Halladay, is what I meant.

  24. Steve says:

    @Grey: From the column on Chass’ site:

    In a conference call with baseball writers to discuss his Cy Young award Tuesday, Halladay was asked about Hernandez and the Cy Young award given his low victory total.

    “It’s tough,” Halladay said. “Felix’s numbers are very, very impressive, but ultimately they look at how guys are able to win games. Sometimes the run support isn’t there, but you find ways to win games. Guys who are winning deserve a strong look no matter what Felix’s numbers are. When teams bring pitchers over, ultimately they want to win games.”

  25. Elijah says:

    Grats to Felix, he deserved it.

  26. Elijah says:


    That being said, I think Halladay has a point. In this case tho Felix’ #’s were better across the board and by a significant margin so he deserved it this time.

  27. Stephen says:

    The phrase “pitchers find ways to win games,” really irks me in an odd way. A pitchers job isn’t to “find ways to win games,” a pitchers job is to minimize opposing teams ability to score. It is the job of the hitters to score more runs than their pitcher gives up. Pitchers can keep teams in games, but the sole act of pitching doesn’t “find ways to win games.” A high amount of wins means your offense scored more runs than your pitching induced. A pitcher may find ways to strikeout out a batter, induce a double-play, etc. However, beyond the NL where pitchers have a say in the offensive side of the game, finding ways to win falls typically on the batters shoulders.

  28. Steve says:

    @Stephen: Yeah, maybe I’m wanting to see something in Halladay’s comments that isn’t really there, but only a fool would argue that Felix didn’t do almost evrything humanly possible to give his team a chance to win when he was starting.

  29. Stephen says:

    @Steve: The “good pitchers find ways to win games” was Mr. Chass’s main point and argument in his outdated logic.

  30. big o says:

    @simply fred:

    re : rajai

    90 runs … 55 sb’s … .350 obp …. not out of the question .

  31. Steve says:

    @Grey: He always has been on the radar though, hasn’t he?

    Now he gets a worse home park, but I’m assuming that his being on a better team and a in more pitcher-friendly division is what has got your mustache twitching.

  32. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @big o: I love you man. But, really, stay away from that stuff you are sniffin’. Nothing in the record warrants that kind of enthusiasm. Over those same 122 AB, his OBP was .184 (maybe slightly higher; I had to calc sans sacrifice flies). His overall OBP was .320 last year, but one has to anticipate a significant drop, not an improvement, given his track record against the AL East.

    Generous would be .220 AVG and .300 OBP. His final numbers will be much closer to that than what you are hoping for him. It’s base-a-ball. Anything can happen. With those numbers he won’t stay in the lineup full-time and won’t get the R nor SB. HE LOST HIS JOB TO COCO CHANELLE with better numbers for crying out loud.

    He is a very poor pick for any meaningful return, IMO.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: @Elijah: I agree with Stephen. There is nothing that a pitcher can do to win a game offensively. All he can do is pitch better than everyone else and hope his team scores some runs.

  34. big o says:

    @simply fred:

    i’m aware of your fondness for small sample sizes , but i think
    that you owe it to your computer to feed it a bit more data .

    rajai did have 390 ab’s in 2009 . perhaps some of those will add to the
    122 ab’s sample size …. more information can’t hurt , can it ?

    get back to me .

    there are other issues , of a rather unique nature , that make rajai’s
    projections for 2011 difficult to pinpoint .

  35. Steve says:

    @Grey: Oh – I was trying to say the same thing, perhaps in a slightly roundabout way.

    @Stephen: Wasn’t inferring you were a fool ;-)

  36. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @big o: Ah, my computer is named Shallow Hal. Not in my nature to drudge up old data that has less relevance to future projections than current data. Happy to see how the winds blow. I have an open mind…say, 10 guys in similar situations with current stats vs. old stats compared to results. “Get back to me” on that track record. :-)

  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: How dare you! I mean, oh, my bad.

  38. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah – I’m with you guys – 100% behind Felix getting the award and think that Hallday maybe didn’t need to say some of the the things he said.

  39. Steve says:

    @Steve: And that inasmuch as pitchers are able to ‘win’ games, Felix pretty much did everything he could.

  40. big o says:

    @simply fred:

    you’re funny .

    yahoo has stats for last 30 days / 14 days / 7 days to assist
    your current data requirements , and to make your stats more
    meaningful .

  41. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @big o: OK, remember, YOU ASKED FOR THIS:

    R. Davis, 2009 & 2010 combined vs. BAL/BOS/NYA/TB:

    .201 AVG

    .232 OBP

    Would you like to add his minor league stats? How about that powder puff league?

  42. big o says:

    @simply fred:

    i see up-side .

    i’ll take the “over” .

  43. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    Hey, anything I can do to help out. Trying to get his price down really cheap for you. :-)

  44. big o says:

    @simply fred:

    try this out for size :

    in 2010 :
    rajai batted at the top of the order for 100 games .
    including those 100 abs , rajai led off an inning 141 times during the season .

    and while his obp and average for those ab’s mimicked his season totals ,
    (.329 vs .320 and .277 vs .284) , for those 141 ab’s
    he was never thrown out while attempting to steal a base .

    reason ?
    he never once attempted to steal a base , when he led off an inning .

    go figure .

  45. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @big o: You are scaring me. Big O–Stats MENSA! I like it!

    Wow, that one is pretty esoteric. Don’t know what thought process led you to drill down to that.

    A new angle for me…hmmm…if I can get the attempted SB while leading off from Yahoo for seven games…it’s a lock!

  46. Steve says:

    @big o: @simply fred: Take it from me, Rajay (thanks Grey!) will drive you crazy. I owned him for a while at the end of the season and while he does steal ’em in bunches, he also goes through some soul-crushing dry spells.

    Not that I wouldn’t own him again, but cust kayin’.

  47. Jah says:

    we were already at the tipping point of douchey dragon clothing here in Atlanta. Now I don’t like this trade.

  48. Dah says:

    As a Jays fan, the talk is that Davis only makes sense as our 4th OF, most of us don’t truly see him being an everyday player .. also talk of Alex Anthropolous using him as a bargaining chip for additional offseason trades.
    We are hoping for Manny or J Upside .. I wouldn’t put my money on either.

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