If I keep talking this way, someone might accuse me of David Price bashing.
But I can't help it. I just get this strange feeling he'll open the season in the minor leagues. Hey, someone has to, and Jeff Niemann can't. Price at least has options.
And then this happens: Jason Hammel throws four shutout innings against the Blue Jays on Sunday. He now has six shutout innings this spring and wants to win the starting job. He said it.
Now, Hammel is no Price, obviously. Neither is Niemann. But both have talent, and the Rays have to find room for them. Both could go to the bullpen, yes, but they can't go to the minor leagues. Price can. The solution sounds almost too logical, as much as you hate to hear it in Fantasy.
Whatever. I know I won't draft Price anyway. Too much uncertainty for where I'd have to draft him. Too much hype.
Speaking of hype ...
Joey Votto homered and even stole a base Sunday, raising his batting average to .538. Great. The young slugger might as well just keep piling on the unrealistic expectations since nobody stops to question them on Draft Day anyway. It's not that I have anything against Votto himself. After his nine home runs in September last year, I liked him as a sleeper ... until the actual drafting began and I realized nobody with half a pulse came anywhere close to sleeping on him. I've seen him go as early as the sixth round in a 12-team mixed league. He simply has no value there.
Two of my favorite sleeper pitchers, Aaron Harang and Gil Meche, bombed Sunday. It's early. I hate to say I don't care about their struggles, but ... I don't. Check back with me March 31. Then again, I doubt I'll care then for two proven veterans. I'd like to see something from Harang this spring, though, coming off that miserable season.
After he homered for the second straight day, I still can't bring myself to trust Jeremy Hermida with a late-round sleeper pick. I have in the past, and he burned me. Bad blood there. Still, he has my attention.
You hear that, Jeremy? I'm watching you.