Now you can check out the results of our first Mock Draft Mondays! As I explained in the column, we're dolts and the drafts started once they filled up -- so my first four picks were on auto-pilot. Ahhhh well, it's the first one, so we had to iron out stuff!
The Chicago Sun-Times notes that the White Sox had more winnable games (close and late) last season (115) than they did in either '06 (105) or '05 (113) (their World Series season). That is more evidence that the White Sox bullpen, outside of Bobby Jenks, was brutal and possibly one of their worst pens in the past 50 years.
By the way, if you are interested in joining a mock draft with me at 2pm ET, join this 10-team AL-only H2H draft in this lobby. (It might be full by the time you see this, but people jump in and out frequently, so keep checking.) Emack's NL-only draft in the same format is in this draft lobby.
Our Mock Draft product has been a nice success this spring. One thing I found very interesting is that the most popular style of mock draft so far has been the 10-team Mixed Head-to-Head format. About one-third of ALL the mock drafts are in that style! Take THAT old school Roto guys! ( ... I still like Roto better.)
The Detroit Free Press talks about Curtis Granderson's water-bug metabolism. Apparently, he loses too much weight during the latter part of the season, so the Tigers want him to gain some weight. They're making him eat 3,500 calories a day, which is what Dave Richard calls a light snack. Fatigue? Granderson hit .348 with five homers and nine steals in September last season! That was his best month of the season too!
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that Boof Bonser's 30-lb weight loss this offseason has his confidence sky-high. Opponents hit .301 against him in the second half last season (including .377 in September). Bad conditioning might be part of the reason for his decline and a plus-9.00 ERA in September backs that up. With a new, buff Boof, he could be a nice AL-only sleeper this spring.
Name a better team for Bartolo Colon to sign with than the Red Sox? Their staff is already a great one, so he's not going to have to be a savior, yet they are a little desperate after losing their veteran ace in Curt Schilling for half a season at least. He has a chance at a World Series ring, an offense to support him when he struggles, and a closer to seal his wins when he pitches well. Fantasy-wise, he's still an AL-only pick, although spring training could make him a reserved mixed leaguer depending on the news. He could end up being the starter in April if Clay Buchholz needs some seasoning at Pawtucket. And by May, a Beckett blister could rear it's ugly head again.
The Tampa Tribune is denying reports that they are interested in signing Barry Bonds. Obviously, the HR King would come at a discounted price tag, but this move would make absolutely no sense. Carl Crawford has been commenting about how great this spring has been without the controversies surrounding Elijah Dukes (domestic assault) and Delmon Young (umpire assault). Why bring in one of the biggest controversial players this decade, who probably would cost them as much in one season as any of their current players? They have Rocco Baldelli (granted, not a sure thing), Cliff Floyd and Jonny Gomes expected to share time at the DH spot, as well as in right field.
This rumor does make me think back to the 2000 days of "The Hit Show" campaign, when the (then Devil) Rays signed Jose Canseco, Greg Vaughn and Vinny Castilla (later nicknamed "Cash-Stealah" for his pathetic production at third base). This was a knee-jerk reaction by the organization that originally had started on the "build from within" path with minor leaguers and young talent. He didn't like the fact that Arizona was selling out their stadium and playing great ball with veterans. Then-owner Vince Naimoli charged then-GM Chuck LaMar to abandon his previous plans of youth to go sign this group of has-beens. They finished 2000 with 733 runs scored (third-worst in the majors). While that number ranks them 22nd last season, remember that this was at the height of steroid use and big ball.
The St. Pete Times notes that both B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford wouldn't mind seeing Bonds on the roster. "If they are really serious about it, I'm pretty sure we can adjust to it,'' Crawford said before Monday's workout. "It's Barry Bonds -- who wouldn't want to have him on their team? He still hit, what, 28 home runs last year? He's walking a lot, still been very productive. You can understand why we could be interested in him. I'm surprised to see him not signed yet." Those are great quotes for possible future teammates. Did we expect any of them to say, "BONDS!?!?!?!? Ugh, I can't stand that dude."
Starting this week, Eric Mack and I, along with some other Fantasy staff members, plan to take part in a mock draft every Monday and we invite you to join us!
Our new Mock Draft product is truly a great Fantasy Baseball tool for you to utilize this spring. You can do multiple drafts and it will keep track of each set of draft results. I will take part in a 10-team H2H AL-only mock draft and Emack will do a 10-team H2H NL-only mock draft at 2pm EST today. Join us!
This weekend was filled with entertainment winners (No Country For Old Men, Daniel Day Lewis) and sports losers (Brad Lidge, De'Cody Fagg, Phoenix). I'll try to hit on a lot of that the baseball stuff afternoon.
We adjusted the projections on some players this weekend and apparently we were a little off on Jayson Nix's numbers. One site caught it and called us out on it. We fixed the numbers, don't worry, now he should have 88 homers.