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Stephen Strasburg is an elite talent, but the guy just cannot seem to stay healthy. The Nationals are hopeful he will make his next start after suffering a lat strain, but even if that is true, is it time to admit that Strasburg will never going live up to expectations that have him pegged as a future Hall of Famer? We'll examine. Jonathan Niese will look to keep up his recent solid work this weekend as it sounds like he will be able to pitch through an injury of his own. Does that make him an add in mixed leagues where he was dropped? Should you bother adding the Yankees' Michael Pineda as he works his way back from a significant should injury? And what about Ubaldo Jimenez... is his hot run of late legit?
The Yankees have a few holes to fill, and instead of making big a big splash like they used to, names like Rivera and Hafner are ruling the day. The Padres continue to add arms to their stable, most recently Freddy Garcia, but it's Tim Stauffer who will be garnering most of the attention in this piece. The Angels brought in a guy to work the 9th inning this year that didn't throw a single big league pitch last season even though they already have a guy who appears to be a fella who can handle 9th inning duties if he's called upon. All of that plus the plight of Michael Bourn (where will he sign), Michael Pineda (when will he be healthy) and Kelly Johnson (should you pay attention on draft day to the newest Ray).
Wednesday was a pretty big day in the world of baseball – both real and fantasy. You’ve got the news that Michael Pineda has a torn labrum in his shoulder and is headed for season-ending surgery before throwing even one regular season pitch for the New York Yankees. Then there’s Paul Konerko hitting his 400th career home run, a solo shot to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning and force it into extras. Or how about The Kansas City Royals ending their 12-game losing streak with a four-home run assault? And if you stayed up late, then what about Javy Guerra taking a vicious line drive off the face and still staying in the game to finish the innings? Just a day steeped in baseball deliciousness.
The weekly Top Ten list will now transition back to fantasy baseball as we approach the Super Bowl. Sure some of you still may be playing fantasy football playoff leagues or survivor pools, but most of you are now getting ready for baseball. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to spring training in a month and fantasy magazines are hitting the newsstands. After an incredible end to the 2011 MLB season and a very entertaining World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers, everyone gets a clean slate and a fresh start. Part of starting anew is evaluating what changes have been made during the offseason. So, without further adieu, here are the Top Ten baseball offseason transactions (as of January 18, 2012) with the most fantasy implications.
Welcome back to another edition of the Tuesday Top Ten list of relevant and newsworthy fantasy baseball stories. After making a triumphant return last week, your appetite has been whetted again to the point where you need your weekly dose. Now, without further adieu, here is the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for August 2, 2011.
Another week is in the books in the 2011 fantasy baseball season, and the news just never stops. The heat might have finally broken here in the Northeast, but divisional races are still heating up, and likely so are the standings in your fantasy leagues. We have news about an injured Mets' star that actually is ending in good news, a pitcher in the Bronx who spun a good tale today, and a closer in Philly who is looking good for now. We have news on a number of prospects, some good, some not so good, and some doing some things for the first time. Finally, we have news on an old train who seems to have finally found a destination spot, and that could be on your fantasy teams as we roll in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
It is hard to think of a guy who has had a better day than Ben Zobrist and I will tell you what you should do following this monumental performance. A closer by the bay looks like he might be getting it straight, and speedster in Texas takes off. We have one young pitcher who continues to deal, while another one wins but isn't as impressive. An injury prone superstar keeps it going, while a young hot corner player might be starting a hot streak. It was a shortened schedule on Thursday, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything important so be sure you check out Rounding The Bases.
A lot of tonight's article revolves around veterans that are off to good starts that I question whether we believe in them or not. Some I decide that I do, while others I severely doubt. There is some news on multiple young pitchers and the exciting starts that they are off too, But we begin with closer news, one that has already lost his job, and another that damn well better before too long. Finally we talk about one of Fantasy Alarm's favorite sleepers and what he has been doing lately. Week three of the fantasy baseball season starts tomorrow and for the most part you still should be patient with the guys that you have but check out the news of the night from Rounding The Bases.