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Posted on: March 9, 2008 11:37 am
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:26 am
 

Newest addition to my Fantasy Domination Tour '08

Just got done drafting on another account(Cause Sportsline only lets you have 3 teams and my friend wanted to be in a sportsline Fantasy Baseball league with me.

Here is my team.

Round                     Name                        Position

1                     Chase Utley                        2B

2                     Hanley Ramirez                 SS

3                     Vladimir Guerrero              OF

4                     Jonathan Papelbon           RP

5                     Justin Morneau                   1B

6                     Nick Markakis                      OF

7                     Felix Hernandez                   SP

8                     Russell Martin                      C

9                     Joe Nathan                           RP

10                  Brad Penny                           SP

11                   Adrian Beltre                        3B

12                   Delmon Young                     OF

13                   Tim Hudson                          SP

14                   Mike Lowell                           3B

15                   Jason Isringhausen            RP

16                  James Loney                         1B

17                  Edgar Renteria                      SS

18                  Kosuke Fukudome               OF

19                  Derek Lowe                            SP

20                  Joba Chamberlain                SP/RP

21                  Jon Lester                              SP

22                  Evan Longoria                        3B

On the Block Trade Candidates:

Mike Lowell or Adrian Beltre(I messed up and forgot about Longoria when i picked Lowell)

Watch List Players:

Adam Loewen - Could be the ace of the Orioles staff. Could be a good strikeout pitcher if he lowers his walks and improves his location.

Mike Sweeney - He batting very well in Spring Training. If this carries over as the starting DH of the A's, he would be a valueable asset to me team

Jay Bruce - If he comes out guns blazing in April, I could desert one of my bench players for him.

Posted on: March 1, 2008 12:33 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:22 am
 

Miami Dolphins outlook of 1st day Free Agency

Friday was a huge day. In my opinion, it ranked just as well as the MLB Trade Deadline does every year. There were so many moves and some where ood some where bad. Here is my list of 1st day winners and Losers......

Miami Dolphins: The Phins were 1-15 last year, the worst season in team history. In the early off-season, they fired coach Cam Cameron and General Manager Randy Mueller to grab a few guys from Dallas. They first hired Bill Parcells, who then hired Jeff Ireland to be General mangers, who then hired Tony Sparano to be Head Coach. They cut plenty of players, including QB Trent Green and LB Zach Thomas, in favor of more younger players.

First Day Signings

Josh McCown/QB formerly of the Oakland Raiders

Ernest Wilford/WR formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars

Sean Ryan/TE formerly of the New York Jets

Justin Smiley/G formerly of the San Francisco 49ers

Randy Starks/DT formerly of the Tennessee Titans

Reggie Torbor/LB formerly of the New York Giants

Then Ireland and Parcells made a deal with the Dallas Cowboys for DT Jason Ferguson. The two teams would swap 6th round picks and the Cowboys would get the Dolphins 2009 6th round pick.

The Dolphins only lost 1 player to Free Agency yesterday, that being Cleo Lemon.

 

Posted on: February 27, 2008 7:02 am
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:20 am
 

Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects for 2008

1: Jordan Shafer/OF http://youtube.com/watch?v=yA_jIcw0LPo

2: Jason Heyward/OF http://youtube.com/watch?v=DOcIjWys60c

3: Jair Jurrjens/RHP Acquired from Detroit Tigers for Edgar Renteria

4: Brandon Jones/OF http://youtube.com/watch?v=9jw9ucmFk0k

5: Gorkys Hernandez/OF Acquired from Detroit Tigers for Edgar Renteria

6: Tommy Hanson/RHP

7: Brent Lillibridge/SS

8: Cole Rohrbough/LHP

9: Jeff Locke/LHP

10: Julio Teheran/RHP

Just Missed: Diory Hernandez(2B); Brandon Hicks(SS)

Posted on: February 26, 2008 7:34 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:19 am
 

Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects for 2008

Here we go......

1: Jarrod Parker/RHP - 2007 1st round draft pick

2: Max Scherzer/RHP - I really like the fast release of the wrist, here is a great vid of his release - http://youtube.com/watch?v=GavPnmQHPcg&feature=related

3: Gerardo Parra/OF -

4: Billy Buckner/RHP - Acquired from the Kansas City Royals for Alberto Callaspohttp://youtube.com/watch?v=QvMvfA1HJiA

5: Brooks Brown/RHP - http://youtube.com/watch?v=piFn0u4s0KM

6: Juan Guttierez/RHP - Acquired from the Houston Astros for Jose Valverde http://youtube.com/watch?v=KfVZ2qTiFO8

7: Emilio Bonaficio/INF -

8: Reynaldo Navarro/SS -

9: Barry Enright/RHP

10: Wes Roemer/RHP

Just missed - Esmerling Vazquez; Clayton Conner; Daniel Perales; Javier Brito

Posted on: February 25, 2008 8:07 pm
 

Barry Zito is not overrated, just overpaid!

Barry Zito is not as overrated as people think he is. He has won a CY Young award, he has a career ERA below 4, around 3.50, he has almost double the strikeouts than walks, he averages 14 wins a season through 8 seasons. He had one lowsy season. Maybe he can make it back up. 11-13 record is pretty good knowing his offense sucked. Remember at the deadline Matt Cain was 3-12 with an ERA below 4. That when you know your offense sucks.

Category: MLB
Tags: Barry Zito
 
Posted on: February 24, 2008 12:26 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:16 am
 

MLB Spring Training trades......

1: player photo Brian Roberts to the Chicago Cubs for Ronny Cedeno, Eric Patterson and Tyler Colvin

I have heard so much stuff about how Roberts wouldn't be a big help for the Cubs. Both Roberts and DeRosa have almost identical career lines, but Roberts will give you way more extra base hits, steals and possibly a few more home runs. I don't see why the O's want another pitcher in this deal when they have 11 battling for 2 rotation spots. I would rather get Cedeno, who fills the gap at shortstop left by Tejada, get Patterson to take full-time second base duties and get a good future outfielder in Tyler Colvin.

2: player photo Joe Blanton to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and Joey Votto

As much as it would hurt the Reds offense getting rid of Votto, exchanging Bailey for Blanton would be great. Hatteberg could probably cut it for a few more seasons and you could always place Adam Dunn at 1B. Hatteberg has one skill thou, walking. The guy gets on base like a machine. Blanton would emmidiatley give the Reds a pretty good Top 3 of the rotation while Bailey can fight for a rotation spot in Oakland and Votto works with Daric Barton at 1B.

3: player photo Joe Crede to the San Francisco Giants for Erick Threets and Rajai Davis

Crede to San Fran has been rumored for some time and I believe it will happen sooner rather than later. Threets is a hard throwing reliever who could fit nicely in the merky White Sox bullpen and Davis, another out of options player, could make a very nice bench player and definitley a great pinch runner.

4: player photo Coco Crisp to the Atlanta Braves for Blaine Boyer

Nobody is currently in the running for Coco but I don't know how the whole Kotsay experiment will work out and I don't know if Matt Diaz can handle a full season starting gig. Francouer is the only above average player in the outfield and the Braves could bring up a guy like Brandon Jones, but they could always use a CF for now.

5: player photo Vicente Padilla (and cash) to the Colorado Rockies for Jose Capellan

Its obvious, any deal involoving Padilla will mean the Rangers have to give cash up, but its for a very good cause. The Rockies currently have a rotation wiith Jeff Francis, Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook, Jason Hirsh, Kip Wells and possibly Mark Redman. Thats not too good. Padilla is not great, but they are not give much up in return. Basically for the Rockies, they get a below average pitcher to add to the rotation mix and get money to pay his salary for a hard throwing righty that has potential but has serious control problems.  

6: player photo Chris Capuano to the New York Mets for Gustavo Molina and Jason Vargas

Capuano has potential. He just never shows it. He has his moments, except last season when he eclipsed the 5.00+ ERA but he could be used as a very nice bullpen addition in the Mets pen. The Brew Crew would be getting a young southpaw who has yet to find his groove and a young catcher in the most historical position families in baseball.

7: player photo Jason Botts to the San Diego Padres for Wil Ledezma

The Rangers have a super surplus of outfielder, they must get rid of either Botts, Nelson Cruz or David Murphy. Botts has less trade value, but could snag a young southpaw like Ledezma since the Pads need a corner outfielder, which is a match for Botts.

8: player photo Dan Johnson to the San Francisco Giants for Merkin Valdez

The Giants have a whole at 1B. There best option is Rich Aurilia, meaning they need a new starter. Johnson is not all that great, but could grab a guy like Merkin Valdez who is out of options and could win a spot in the A's roation or bullpen.

9: player photo Nick Johnson to the New York Yankees for Chase Wright

The Yankees have basically nobody at first base. They have Shelly Duncan and thats about it. Johnson is a low risk- high reward players. Johnson is coming off a season ending injury. Many Red Sox (and yankee) fans remember the 4 straight home runs off of Chase Wright.

10: player photo Xavier Nady to the San Francisco Giants for Fred Davis

The Giants don't have much at either OF or 1B. If they aquired Dan Johnson, it would give them an adequate resting player when Nady is on a day off. He could also potential fall into a starting spot in the outfield.

 

Posted on: February 22, 2008 3:18 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:11 am
 

The story as to why getting worse is better

An organization that has stood for over 50 years. A team that once had one of the best starting rotations in baseball history, the best defensive 3B in baseball history. The new ironman was created here, by both his father and one of the best managers in basebal history. A team that resides in a city named Baltimore.

The Orioles.

A team with a storied history has been awful as of late. The team didn't have teams this bad until a lawyer named Peter Angelos stepped foot in ths franchises doors as the new owner. As long as Angelos has been involved in this teams existence, it has been a horror movie for fans like me. The greatest thing to happen during the Angelos existence has been a man named Calvin Ripken Jr.. Ripken has been the manstay face of the franchise for so many years. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the MLB draft by his father Cal Sr. and manager Earl Weaver. Many O's fans believed he would be good, but nobody expected him to break a record that was, at the time, unbreakable. Until early summer 2007, Angelos hadn't officially done anything to help this franchise out. Early in the summer, he fired manager Sam Perlozzo and hired general managing genious Andy MacPhail.

MacPhail has HoF blood in his veins. He is the son of former AL President Lee MacPhail, and grandson of Larry MacPhail. MacPhail graduated from Dickinson College, a few miles down the road from where I live. MacPhail was general manager of the Minnesota Twins from 1985-1994, there he wound up winning two World Series and an "Executive of the Year" award by Sporting News. He would move on to be the President and CEO of the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006, in which he briefly took part as the Cubs GM from 2000-2001. In 2007, he agreed to be the rescuer to the whole Baltimore Orioles franchise. He took a job that nobody wanted. He knew e was gonna have a hard time finding people that would help him out. At the end of 2007, he said that he will move this team to a rebuilding stage. He told everyone that it would be a few years to fix this team from the horrible damage Peter Angelos and Jim Duquette did to the franchise.

After commiting to the rebuilding stage, nobody(except Nick Markakis) was safe. Markakis is the prize pig in the O's organization. He is slowly becoming one of the best outfielders in the game today and a very, very valuable asset to the franchise. After commiting to rebuilding, MacPhail, one day before the Mitchell report, traded star shortstop Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros for 5 players. Nobody saw the O's getting 5 players for Tejada. His defense was depleting and so were his power numbers. The players he got back were all talented and potential future assets to the O's. The package was built around 29-year old outfielder Luke Scott. Scott will hit somehwere around .270 but will also jack 20-30 home runs a season. They also grabbed the Astros top pitching prospect, lefty Troy Patton. Also in the trade was fireballing right Dennis Sarfate and the Astros 3rd best pitching prospect, Matt Albers, who has been compared to Curt Schilling. The other player aquired was 3B power prospect Mike Costanzo. Then MacPhail traded veteran lefty and Cy Young contender Erik Bedard for 5 players from the Seattle Mariners.

That package was based around another outfielder. His name was Adam Jones. No, he is not that Adam Jones. Jones was the top prospect in Seattle for a ffew years and was said to be a future All-Star. Now he takes an almost automatic starting job in Baltimore to be part of the future with Nick Markakis. In the trade they also got veteran lefty George Sherrill and minor league pitcher Kameron Mickolio, who by the way is 6'9". Then, if that wasn't enought, they got the top 2 pitching prospects from the Mariners, Chris Tillman and Tony Butler.

Before both of these trades, MacPhail cut a dead at the end of the regualar season with the Chicago Cubs. He gave them right handed pitcher Steve Trachsel for righ handed reliever Rocky Cherry and 3B prospect Scott Moore. There is no doubt that getting 12 quality players for 3 is very good. And with those 3 deals, MacPhail started something Baltimore has never seen, a rebuilding process. The team is full of veterans that with have some trade value come the MLB trade deadline. Some of those players include Jaime Walker, Chad Bradford, George Sherrill, Daniel Cabrera, Jeremy Guthrie, Ramon Hernandez, Aubrey Huff, Jay Payton and Brian Roberts. Roberts is a former All-Star and with another All-Star season, could be an amazing trade asset come deadline time. Right now, Robert's stock is somewhere worth 2-3 players. He could easily be worth 4 at the deadline, especially to a team with an outside chance of making the All-Star team. Some teams that could be in the running are the Indians, Braves and Cubs. Ramon Hernandez is another. He could draw some serious interest with a strong first half. Teams that may become interested are the Angels, D'Backs, Brewers, Mets, Phillies, Nationals, Reds and Rockies.

No matter what happens, the Orioles, led by GM Andy MacPhail, are out proving that you can get better by becoming worse.

 

 

 

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 19, 2008 8:02 am
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:08 am
 

My first 2 Fantasy Baseball teams......

Team 1 I was not around to draft, but here is my Team

E-Town O's

C- Jarrod Saltalamacchia; Carlos Ruiz

1B - Adrian Gonzalez; Derrick Lee

2B - Brian Roberts

SS - Khalil Greene

3B - Chone Figgins; Evan Longoria

OF - Grady Sizemore; Adam Dunn; Nick Swisher; Ken Griffey Jr.; Luke Scott

SP- Johan Santana; Dan Haren; Bronson Arroyo; A.J. Burnett; Oliver Perez; Jeremy Guthrie; Gil Meche;

RP- Mariano Rivera; Chad Cordero

 


 

Team 2 I did draft, It took place last night at 5:30

MVP = Markakis

C - Victor Martinez; Bengie Molina

1B - Lance Berkman; Adam A. LaRoche

2B - Kelly Johnson

SS - Khalil Greene

3B - Alex Rodriguez; Adrian Beltre

OF - Curtis Granderson; Nick Markakis; Jeff Francouer; Delmon Young; Jeremy Hermida; Luke Scott

SP - Chad Billingsley; Fausto Carmona; Tim Hudson; Ted Lilly; Adam Wainwright

RP - Jonathan Papelbon; Eric Gagne

 


 

I would like to know everybodies thoughts on my 2 Fantasy teams. My next draft I must wait 1 month for.

 
 
 
 
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