2012 All-Fantasy Bust Team

Lincecum

This is part two of a three part series that reviews the 2012 Fantasy Baseball season. In the first installment, I gave my “All-Fantasy” team. This round will be my “Bust” squad followed by the “Over-achievers” in the last installment. I’ll rundown each position and add Honorable Mentions or in the case of this column, (Dis)honorable Mentions! Continue reading

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Rays Rob the Royals in Blockbuster Trade

WilMyers

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for the bat they have been in need of in top prospect Wil Myers while also adding even more prospects and pitching depth in Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard.

Wil Myers, my number two position prospect in all of baseball behind Jurickson Profar, has Evan Longoria‘s ceiling with the bat while adding a plus arm and above-average range in right field. Like Longoria, he will strike out, but he also has the potential to be a perennial 30+ homerun hitter with the chance to hit .300. Continue reading

Baseball Notes for December 3, 2012

Marvin Miller

So much went on in baseball this past week that this could easily be a 10,000 word article. I will spare you that and try to limit myself to touching base on only the stories I found to be the most urgent and interesting in the week that was. This will probably be just a precursor to even more action this week, as the Winter Meetings are now underway down in Tennessee. Buckle your seatbelts, kids.

***Former MLB union head and labor pioneer Marvin Miller died last Tuesday at the age of 95. Miller helped found the Players Association in 1966 and guided them through legal battles and obstacles, which ultimately led to free agency and exploding player salaries. His 16-year tenure as head of the union was easily the most productive of any of his colleagues in baseball or other sports. Continue reading

Mets Do Right By Wright

Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

The David Wright saga is over. The Mets and David Wright finally agreed on an eight year $138 million dollar contract. Based on Evan Longoria’s recent extension, and the absurd contract the Braves gave to B.J. Upton, the Mets had to realize that signing Wright at $17 Million per season is fair market value.

This is actually unfamiliar territory for the Mets, who tend to let homegrown talent leave rather than retire in a Mets uniform. Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Tug McGraw, Daryl Strawberry, Jerry Koosman, Lenny Dykstra, Jon Matlack, and others have all been dealt, released, or left for free agency. Even stars that come to the Mets via trade or free agency rarely retire as a Met. Met fans have seen Mike Piazza, Jesse Orosco, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, John Franco, David Cone, Ron Darling, and others, not only leave, but excel for other teams.

And so this contract doesn’t guarantee that the Mets won’t someday trade Wright as well. And with their history, it sure doesn’t bode well for their other high profile potential free agent, R.A. Dickey, retiring a Met. But for one day, all seems Wright in Flushing.

For Your Consideration: Adrian Beltre

Last week, Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers, was a regular fixture on ESPN SportsCenter, becoming the only major league player other than Joe DiMaggio to have a three home run game and hit for the cycle in the same week. Despite being a consistently good player for nearly 15 years, it’s been rare for Beltre to get this sort of attention without it involving a mischievous teammate rubbing his head. When looking at his entire body of work, it’s clear that Beltre is one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball and is moving closer and closer to being a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate. Continue reading

Free Russell Branyan

If you know me, or have read any of my works from the past, you would know that I have an unhealthy man crush on Russell Branyan. The crush continues, too, as he is crushing Triple-A pitching and there are a handful of contenders who need help at first base and/or designated hitter. Continue reading

Smyly Escapes Disaster in MLB Debut

With only 127.2 innings under his professional belt the Detroit Tigers number three prospect Drew Smyly made his Major League debut today against the Tampa Bay Rays. Smyly would record four strikeouts in four-plus innings of work and allow only one run but had trouble finding the zone and escaped what could have been a disastrous start.

Smyly threw 28 pitches in the first inning alone, loading the bases with nobody out but escaping the jam without a single run scoring. Take a look at his first inning’s work:

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