The Old, The Young And The Pretty
Chris Carpenter was traded. Tommy Hanson has a concussion. Matt Moore won't have an innings pitched limit. The Dodgers named their closer, an it's not who you think. Raul Ibanez is a Yankee. Katharine McPhee is... well you have to keep reading for that.
RHP Chris Carpenter was traded to the Red Sox today. I know, crazy isn't it? Oh wait, we're talking about the 26 year old former Cub, not the Cy Young winning Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals. How made are you at me right now?
Tommy Hanson, who is attempting to return from shoulder woes, has reworked his mechanics to take better advantage of his lower half (i.e. his legs). While that sounds like a good thing, mechanical alterations for pitcher's always make me a bit nervous. Now we get word that Hanson was involved in a car accident yesterday and that he received a Grade 1 concussion that will likely preclude him from doing anything for a few days. I know it's early, but are you getting the unsettling feeling that things may not go Hanson's way this year?
Raul Ibanez signed a one year deal for $1.1 million to join the Yankees. The 39 year old Ibanez is nothing more than an AL-only play at this stage of his career. The expectation at this point is that he will form a solid DH duo with Andruw Jones. If we combine the 2011 production of Jones against lefties and Ibanez against righties the result would be a “player” who produced the following 5x5 line: .263-24-85-36-2. The homer and RBI production is solid, but what is it with these guys aversion to crossing home plate?
Ever do situps first thing in the morning? I tried it today, an I gotta tell ya, not a huge fan. Of course, I have to keep the temple that is my body in shape, so I did it anyway while reading the newspaper (yeah I'm one of those dinosaurs who actually gets a newspaper).
Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times Tuesday that “I'm going into camp thinking Javy Guerra is the guy.” Of course he meant the 9th inning arm for the Dodgers. I know that Kenley Jansen has a huge arm, and I'm a big proponent of the record setting fireballer (see the October 6th Around the Horn), but Guerra did stabilize a Dodgers' bullpen that was a disaster last year and in the process he only blew two of 23 save chances. With the announcement today I wonder if people will change their drafting strategy since Jansen's ADP is 176, roughly 60 picks ahead of Guerra (233) – numbers are from MockDraftCentral.
Big news out of the Rays camp Tuesday is that the club will not have an innings pitched limit for phenom Matt Moore. Executive VP Andrew Friedman said that the arm of Moore has been “built up in a pretty systematic way” which would seem to signal that he could be allowed to toss 200-innings this year. The Rays have certainly shown the ability to develop pitching over the years so I'm inclined to trust them here. If Moore does throw 200 innings he'll finish the year as a top-10 AL strikeout arm who could live up the billing that has his current ADP sitting at 102.4.
Manny Ramirez will arrive at Athletics camp on Friday. He'll make $306,000 on his pro-rated contract which tells you that he really is intent on returning to the game because a guy who has made nearly $207 million in his career certainly doesn't need a few more bucks. He's an AL-only grab, but he did hit .298 with a .870 OPS in 90 games in 2010 so he might be worth a reserve round add.
I admit it, I've watched the first two episodes of Smash (albeit with the controller in my hand to fast forward the slow parts). I know that Katharine McPhee never really made it as a singer, but something about her persona on screen is certainly enticing.
Johan Santana is throwing without pain, an everyone is getting excited. Let me say it again – don't be one of that group. He's coming back off major shoulder surgery and his performance has dipped year over year the past few seasons. Let him be a headache for someone else.
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By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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