Our 2013 projections turn to the north side of Chicago where we examine two Cubs with plate discipline issues, but also significant upside. Can Alfonso Soriano stave off a regression at his age? Can Starlin Castro make a big progression at his age?
In somewhat of a surprise move, the Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly inked outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16M deal. Now finished with his 50-game suspension for PED use, questions remain about his performance going forward, but it's skill related stats -- not questions about strenght/endurance -- that keep me optimistic.
Fantasy owners won't be looking at any of these pitchers early in 2013 drafts, but is there any hidden value here, or is staying away the best decision?
The World Series is over and for the standard redraft roto GMs out there, the season has been over for even longer. However, the end of the fall classic brings about an entirely different roto beast: The Keeper Leaguers!
Deciding on who to keep, what values can you get in trades, what positions do you need to upgrade and all at what cost? Oh, yeah, and prospects -- the great unknown! -- who is for real and who is the next Brandon Wood (sorry Brandon, I'm still not over you). It's a complicated decision making game almost (if not) more complex than the regular fantasy baseball season. And keeper league GMs LOVE IT!
I'm in a great keeper league --10 teams, OBP instead of AVG, deep enough rosters that there is still plenty of skill involved in in-season pickups -- and I have found that this league LOVES to trade. After all, acting like a real GM while the real GMs are meeting in California is part of the fantasy. While it is rare that we see star players being traded for star players in this day-and-age, our keeper leagues allow us to do just that. Troy Tulowitski for Jason Heyward? Sure! Michael Bourn for Wil Meyers? Why not?
However, one thing that I have found throughout the years is that I just don't go trade crazy over the winter. There are a few reasons for this, and reasons that might end up saving your fantasy kepeer league team in the long-run...no comments
We continue on with our 2012 Astros projections (see part one here). Warning: Astros fans may want to turn their heads.
This offseason I'm going to focus on my projections above anything else. I'll be working my way through team-by-team, worst regular season record to best record. So that means we start with the newest addition to the American League, the Houston Astros.
Picking up where we left off...no comments