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I think both were OK deals, but I like Dempster's more. He got market value for a pitcher of his caliber. I don't like 2-yrs for Ichiro due to his age, but $6.5M AAV is OK considering his plus-plus defense. He still has to stave off regression at the plate though.
1 year, 8 months ago on 2012's Biggest Offseason Moves: Dempster, Ichiro
@mrcar @CharlieSaponara I'll be sure to add those in going forward. For now...
Lowrie 366 AB
1 year, 10 months ago on 2013 Projections: Lowrie, Maxwell, Altuve
Not a free agent
1 year, 11 months ago on Bang for the buck: Offseason signings that paid off big-time | September | 2012 Articles
@Mathew Not losing intrest, just incredibly busy working for a minor league baseball team. The season just ended, so expect a lot more content from me going forward. I've also been writing for Project Prospect and The Outside Corner when I have a chance.
1 year, 12 months ago on Impact: The Boston/LA Mega Deal Pt.1 | August
@CollegeWolf No joke. We may never see a trade like this one again!
2 years ago on Impact: The Boston/LA Mega Deal Pt.1 | August
@CollegeWolf Way too small of a sample size and it was his first look at the big leagues. I'm not counting on him being a superstar right away, but it's hard to imagine him being THAT bad for a prolonged period of time.
2 years, 2 months ago on The Upside of Anthony Rizzo | June
@TheGreatOne Bauer over Miley, but yeah, move on from Beachy if you're playing to win now.
@mark.schruender Interesting that you would mention him questioning him self with a slow start. I just happened to catch this tweet from Kevin Goldstein, having to do with Rizzo's makeup https://twitter.com/Kevin_Goldstein/status/217771598743224320
Timmy's velocity has been picking up of late, which is encouraging. It seems like he has had a hard time adjusting to the fact that his heater was getting crushed. If the velo keeps improving, I'll buy in a little, but I'm not sold at this point.
2 years, 2 months ago on Daily Notes | Tim Lincecum's Season Turns Around Tonight | Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove
Love the point about his slider. That has always been his big whiff pitch that played a huge part in his 2010 success.
2 years, 2 months ago on Is Francisco Liriano Back? | June
@TheGreatOne Rule of thumb: Always buy on Cano. Lynn is having a great season, but he can't sustain this level for the entire season. I agree with Mark, Beltre and Lynn for Cano is fair, especially since you have Lawrie/Bautista to fill in.
Long term, I would rank those arms: Moore, Parker, Worley, Lynn, Peavy,
2 years, 2 months ago on Buy or Sell: Rosario and Goldschmidt | June
@AlecStevens Fantasy baseball is about predicting what a player WILL do, not what he HAS done. Clearly, he's hitting like an MVP right now, but based on my analysis, that is unlikely to last. Absolutely enjoy the ride, but if the right offer comes along, I'd jump on it.
2 years, 3 months ago on It's Time to Cash in on Mark Trumbo | May
@CollegeWolf I think he's going to be a guy that has big hot streaks and big cold streaks due to below average plate discipline, so ride em while he's hot, but sell high if you have a good offer.
@CollegeWolf Yeah, terrible timing for this article! I saw he got a double in his first at bat right when I started writing. By the time I published it, he was out of the game.
2 years, 3 months ago on Trade Will Middlebrooks now! | May
@mattmcmillen365 @CollegeWolf This. I believe he'll fade a bit in the second half, but overall the numbers are going to look good. It might be time to throw out some feelers to gauge interest before that AVG slips.
2 years, 3 months ago on Sell High on Paul Konerko? | May
@mistake by the lake One time, late in his career, Rickey got on the team plane and sat toward the back row of seats. One of his teammates said, "Rickey, you've got tenure, why don't you sit in front of the plane?" to which Rickey replied, "Ten Year? Rickey got twenty year."
2 years, 4 months ago on Rickey Henderson sets the record straight about “Rickey Stories” | January
@Ritch I like the Garza/EE side better. Is this a league where you think you can snag a closer as soon as there is more turnover? If so, I'd hold for now. There's bound to be more closer turnover as the season goes on.
2 years, 4 months ago on It’s not time to panic just yet | February
@RaphRadia I'd go for it there. Especially if you get to keep him long-term.
2 years, 5 months ago on Players That I will Avoid on Draft Day | March
@goosejoak And like I wrote, I love Hosmer long-term, but I of all people should know the risk involved with over-drafting a hot prospect **cough**MattWieters**cough**
@nevercloser07 Yeah, that random bracket was intended to be rather random (hence the Fred McGriff "I give it my full en-dorse-ment" Baseball World inclusion.
Definitely wanted to steer clear of Summer Catch though. If it weren't for the Jessica Biel pool scene, there would be no reason to watch that one again.
2 years, 5 months ago on Baseball Movie March Madness! | March
I'm still hoping Baseball World's Defensive Drills makes it to the second round. http://content.bandzoogle.com/users/TheDriveBy/images/content/mcgriff-emanski.png
@Beantown 143 He did get that chance with the Cubs, but let's call a spade a spade at this point.
2 years, 6 months ago on Basing roster decisions on spring training performance doesn’t make any sense | February
@mattmcmillen365 Brett Lawrie vs. Matt Wieters. Go!
2 years, 6 months ago on Brett Lawrie Player Projection No. 39 | Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove
@begsler Again, read the intro to the rankings. These are not rankings for 2012 only, but rather for the long-term.
2 years, 6 months ago on 2012 Top 100 Keeper Rankings: HItters | February
@begsler Calmer than you are. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_CwVx5WXWRag/TD8s9coN8DI/AAAAAAAAACA/S8PK8TVRc6s/s400/walter.jpg
@begsler If you're basing keeper rankings, or general fantasy baseball rankings for that matter, on what a player HAS done and not what he WILL do, then my friend, you are the sucker. Trout has seven years on Kemp and has MLB experience, which is why he made the list and not Harper. As I wrote at the top of the article, "All players listed have spent time in the big leagues. For prospect analysis, check out our 5x5 prospect rankings."
Besides, Trout has every chance to be a superstar within the next three years and to maintain that status for the next decade.
Also, as started in the very first sentence of the article, these rankings focus on 3-5 years down the road, not for 2012 alone.
As much as I like Hosmer long-term, I like this trade for you. SPing is vital in H2H leagues and you have the depth to makeup for the loss of Hosmer.
2 years, 6 months ago on Matt Cain Player Projection No. 46 | Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove
@Beantown 143 This is true (about players not getting a chance), but then again, Fox is a career .237/.288/.425 hitter and he wasn't going to play over Wieters, Guerrero, Luke Scott or Derrek Lee.
@Richie I'd put him after Mauer on my list, which would rank him 9th.
2 years, 6 months ago on 2012 Catcher Rankings | February
@endlessgamble Obviously Matt and I are in agreement on this. I see Duda as a late bloomer that is learning to tap into his natural power. With the fences moved in at Citi Field, he's a definite sleeper.
I do think Huff has some bounce-back potential in him, but his age is a concern as well as his playing time should he struggle early with Belt, Posey (to keep him fresh) and Panda able to man the position.
2 years, 6 months ago on 2012 First Base Rankings | February
@raybos1918 Man-o-man. Left him off both the SS and 3B rankings too (though I left him off of SS on purpose).
One of these days I'll get everyone who belongs on the list on the list. Promise.
@justinthill Damn. Another one that slipped through the cracks. Updated. Thanks for the heads-up.
@JedSerby The list is comprised of only players that have played in the big leagues. If Harper reaches the bigs this season, he'll appear toward the very top of this list next year. You can check out our Nationals prospect rankings here: http://fantasybaseball365.com/2012-articles/february/nationals-5x5-2012-prospect-rankings.html
@TomJones Yikes. Here's in his rightful spot now.
I understand that teams feel they need to overpay to win now, but the Cardinals lost Pujols and may actually be better via cheaper contracts with fewer years of commitment.
2 years, 7 months ago on For Better or Worse: The Offseason’s Biggest Spenders | January
@mattmcmillen365 I don't see this working out well for the Tigers. M-cab is going to hit, but the pitching staff can only take so much. When's the last time Miggy had to make that long throw from 3rd to 1st constantly? He'll gain eligibility for 2012 and 2013, but I can't see him being there for the next 3-5 years.
2 years, 7 months ago on 2012 Third Base Keeper Rankings | January
@StiffLeftJab Given the size of his head, it shouldn't be hard to miss.
2 years, 7 months ago on Jose Canseco: "I am going to play this year" | January
What's funny is that there is actually a pitch clock in the official rules and it's less than the proposed XBL rule...
When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call Ball. The 12-second timing starts when the pitcher is in possession of the ball and the batter is in the box, alert to the pitcher. The timing stops when the pitcher releases the ball.
2 years, 7 months ago on What Would an XFL-Style Baseball League Be Like? Here's Our Version. | January
@monkeywithahalo Damn it! That's a better one for CF than Morgan. That does make me think, however, that Mike Scioscia should definitely manage the all-scrappy team.
2 years, 7 months ago on David Eckstein Retires, Who Are Baseball’s New “Scrappiest” Players? | January
@dharris89 I laughed at the comedic aspect of this comment the first time I read it, but then I realized that there may actually be some merit to it. Ozzie's not for everyone and perhaps his style, combined with the pressures of the Chicago media, was too much for Beckham. Interesting and perhaps quite valid.
2 years, 7 months ago on A Thought on Gordon Beckham, Who Might Be Thinking Too Much | January
@Mark Smith Exactly, he wasn't throwing across his body in high school. No idea why they would change his delivery so early in his pro career. You can see the video I took of it at Project Prospect http://projectprospect.com/article/2011/05/25/tyler-matzek-scouting-report
2 years, 7 months ago on Reaping What You Sow: 2012 Risers? | January
A couple notes on a couple guys I saw a few times last season...
Michael Choice - His power is just fun to watch. If you can, sneak a peek at him taking BP. However, I think his swing is too long and it gets longer against breaking balls. I'm going to guess that his numbers aren't quite as good at AA when looking at AVG/OBP
Tyler Matzek - The first time I saw him, he was both dominant and wild. When he located, hitters seemed to have little chance, but once he fell apart, he was all over the zone, or right in the middle of it. He was allowed to go back and work with his high school pitching coach (I believe), so maybe he worked out some kinks. When I saw him, he was throwing across his body, which I didn't think worked for him at all.
@Mathew Thanks for the head-up on that! I was fighting off sleep toward the end of this one. Yes, I was going for repetition and bolded the last one for emphasis.
2 years, 7 months ago on 2012 First Round Risks | January
@CollegeWolf Two people voted for Brad Radke. That tells you everything you need to know about some of the writers voting on this.
2 years, 7 months ago on Barry Larkin Only Player Voted Into Hall of Fame for 2012 | January
@fire joe buck Eckstein came up a lot in our group emails and he was one of the first names I thought of, but I wanted to go with active players. Brynes is an interesting one. He had some good seasons, one really good one, but his effort always seemed to outweigh his raw skills.
2 years, 7 months ago on Baseball’s Most "Tebow-ish" Players | January
@CollegeWolf@Jose lamo Bailey hasn't been 100% healthy over the last 2 yrs, but he should get plenty of SV opps in BOS. Also a little worried how moving from OAK to Fenway will affect him (FB pitcher). If healthy, though, he could easily be a top-10 guy.
I could see Holland getting some looks in KC, but I think Soria will bounce back. Maybe if he's traded at some point. Holland's a good guy to keep in your back pocket.
2 years, 8 months ago on Early 2012 Outlook: Top 10 Closers | October
@Jose lamo In all honesty, CL rankings are fairly worthless anyway. Relievers are so volatile and they're numbers are subject to small sample sizes.
That being said, I have to disagree with your ranking of Broxton. Now with KC, he has Soria in front of him, who I should have put on this list.
I'm sure our CL rankings will change come Feb.
@irockphilly Given how much the Phills dished out for Paps, it's unlikely that they'd bring Madson back, even as a setup guy. Even on a one-year deal, he'd be looking at a minimum of $7-9M.
2 years, 8 months ago on Ryan Madson Should Consider a One-Year Contract | December
@CollegeWolf Yep, not good for baseball at all. The A's need to be able to build their own stadium. They've added some good prospects in the Cahill and Gio trades, but prospects are far and away from sure things. If healthy, Bailey is going to be a good reliever.
Having Bailey in that fantasy league should pay off big-time. Again, if he can stay healthy, 40 saves is quite realistic.
2 years, 8 months ago on Andrew Bailey Traded to the Red Sox as Oakland's Fire Sale Continues | December
@retired blogger dude There's no question that it's a frustrating situation for A's fans. It's a bad situation for baseball as a whole. The A's are the only team that still plays in a multi-purpose stadium and one that is built more for football than baseball. I hope they have the chance to move soon, because this situation is not going to get better in the meantime.