You Don’t Have to Avoid These AL Fantasy Players, But Temper Expectations


Well, we’re approaching another fantasy baseball season.  Every year, we draft players who end up being disappointments.  Here now is my list of players I would be wary about drafting/bidding on this upcoming season.  They may not kill your team results, but you could end of overspending/drafting these players. Continue reading


Texas Rangers Offseason Eight Ball

The Rangers are probably seeking a catcher or two, an outfielder and adding pitching both starters and bullpen help.

Guaranteed Contracts

Ian Kinsler, 2B: $75M throught 2017
Adrian Beltre, 3B: $51M through 2015
Yu Darvish, SP: $50.5M through 2017
Derek Holland, SP: $24.3M through 2016
Michael Young, UT: $16M through 2013
Elvis Andrus, SS: $11.3M through 2014
Nelson Cruz, OF: $10.5M through 2013
Leonys Martin, OF: $8.75 through 2015
Colby Lewis, SP: $2M through 2013

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Hellickson Breaks Out a Cutter and Sinker, Continues BABIP Success

Tampa Bay Rays third starter and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson was a popular non-choice among sabermetric-minded writers last year due to a low K/9 rate, high LOB%, and a BAIBIP of .223 which led to a FIP of 4.44 and many to believe his season was one that was full of luck.

Yesterday, Hellickson continued his lucky ways holding the New York Yankees to only four hits in 8.2 innings for a BABIP of .120 and he only struck out four batters while walking four and stranding 100% of allowed base runners. Yes, there were some nice defensive plays and positioning behind Hellickson but his success was in large part thanks to keeping hitters off balance with five different pitches, getting his fair share of infield fly balls, and successfully breaking out a new cutter and two-seam fastball/sinker.
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Locking Up Moore is Huge for Him and the Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms with top prospect Matt Moore on a guaranteed $14M over five years and the entire deal could be for $40M over eight years if all three options are picked up and Moore meets all the escalator clauses in the contract.

What does this deal mean for Matt Moore?

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Hellickson is a Deserving Rookie of the Year Winner

The BBWAA announced their Jackie Robinson award winners today and they named Atlanta Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel the National League rookie of the year and Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson the American League rookie of the year.

We will find little-to-no griping or complaining about Kimbrel’s name being announced for the Jackie Robinson award but we will hear some griping and complaining about Hellickson’s name being announced, and it will mostly be from my peers and fellow stat heads like me.

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2011 American League Awards

First off, I would like to apologize for my disappearance over the last few weeks. I’ve just been very busy but a break should be coming soon!

Here are my American League regular season award winners for 2011:

Rookie of the Year: Michael Pineda

The top 5 candidates for me were Pineda, Jeremy Hellickson, Ivan Nova, Mark Trumbo, and Dustin Ackley. Ultimately Pineda had the edge and he really turned out an impressive rookie season. Pineda was second in theALamongst rookie pitchers in WAR with 3.4. He had a 3.74 ERA and a 3.42 FIP which ranked first amongst AL rookie starters. He had a very impressive 9.11 K/9 ranking first among rookie starters and third amongst all AL starters with at least 50 innings pitched. He proved to have one of the best (and fastballs in the entire league). It was a great year for Pineda and he is very deserving of this award.

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Willie Mays Award Winners Announced by BBA

We here at MLBdirt are proud members of the BBA (Baseball Bloggers Alliance) and the BBA is now in its third year of announcing post season awards. The second award announced is the Willie Mays Award, given to the top rookies in each league. You can see our American League ballot and National League ballot by clicking the links.

Here is the press release from the BBA with the results:

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