Ray’s Ramblings: Minor Signings On The Hill
Dunn, D. Holland, Milone and Uehara all have new homes. Where will they be plying their trade in 2017? Should you care about any of them in the fantasy game?
Mike Dunn signed a 3-year, $19 million deal with the Rockies. The deal includes a vesting option of $6 million for 2020 that includes a $1 million buyout if the Rockies want to move on at that time. Dunn is a 31 year old lefty – man do I wish my Dad made me a lefty like him – and that leads to work. The Rockies, desperate for reliable arms, paid a ton for a guy who has failed to throw 60-innings in 5-of-6 years. Dunn was held to 42.1 innings in 2016, his lowest mark in four years, as he posted a 3.40 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 8.08 K/9 and 0.65 GB/FB. That was a career worst GB/FB rate by the way, it will play horribly in Denver, and his 8.08 K/9 rate was nearly two full batters below his career rate (9.97). He can get lefties out. Other than that... I wish I was a lefty.
Derek Holland agreed to a one year deal for $6 million with the White Sox. "One of the greatest things about this whole process is how the White Sox came at me," said Holland. "I got to speak to both [White Sox manager Rick] Renteria and [pitching coach Don] Cooper and we just got to touch base.” Holland, no pressure, will be asked to replace Chris Sale in a rotation that includes Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon, James Shields and Miguel Gonzalez. That is if Holland can hold off prospect Carson Fulmer for a starting spot... until the Sox deal Quintana or Shields of course. Holland last threw 120-innings in 2013, and over the last two seasons he’s been outright bad when on the hill having thrown 166 innings the last two years as injuries have crushed him. Holland has gone 11-12 with a 4.93 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 5.86 K/9 and a 2.82 BB/9 rate over the 166 frames of mediocrity. He’s also been extremely fly ball prone with a 1.41 HR/9 rate. Pitching in that park in Chicago ain’t gonna help that. AL-only is Holland.
Jamal Anderson... PWO... or the old penile whip out.
Tommy Milone signed a 1-year, $1.25 million deal with the Brewers. The lefty could end up as a swing man for the budget conscious Brewers, but it seems likely that he will make starts, potentially many. Last season he was a mess with a 5.71 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, and even at his best he’s nothing to look at in the fantasy game (4.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 6.45 K/9, 1.00 GB/FB).
Koji Uehara signed with the Cubs on a 1-year, $6 million deal. The righty will turn 42 in April, he was actually born on the same day as my brother, and he cannot be trusted to rack up the innings (he’s failed to reach 50-innings the last two seasons). Still though, the guy, when healthy, can get men out with the best of them. Even last year he posted a 3.45 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, 12.06 K/9 and 5.73 K/BB ratio. Folks, those are elite numbers. He doesn’t beat himself with the walk, throws that splitter a ton (45 percent last year), and just gets outs. Strong signing by the Cubs.
THIS AND THAT
Jeurys Familia will not face any jail time as the case against him has been dismissed. However, the case was for domestic assault, and we’ve seen Major League Baseball suspend players even if they weren’t convicted of anything. If you are doing an early draft, better make sure you handcuff Familia with Addison Reed who dominated last year (1.97 WHIP, 91 Ks in 77.2 IP).
Matt Harvey says he can feel his fingers, minus the tingling, after having surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. "The way things are feeling now, I'd say it feels great," Harvey said. "Obviously, being healthy through Spring Training and getting to the season and being healthy through the season is a big plus for me. It's something that I'm looking forward to doing. But as far as the offseason goes, I'm right where I want to be. Everything's feeling great." It’s way too early to be bullish on Harvey, but this sounds good. Until he’s throwing 95 mph, with control, I’m not buying any of it.
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