Sunday, December 8, 2013: All I can say is WOW! Third highest contract in MLB lore in terms of dollars. I just don't see Cano, or anyone else for that matter, being worth $240-mil. I mean, he's not a guy that puts fans in the seats or, as was the case this year especially, doesn't raise your TV ratings when he's the only star on the field. He's also been known to dog it on occasion. There has to be something deeper here, something that we can't quite put our fingers on. I kind of liked what the Yankees did, stand firm. I agree with Tom that the Yankees would have moved up on their offer but not to the tune of either the amount or the length. The Yankees' final offer was actually for a bigger yearly stipend than the Mariners proposal. And, for the life of me, I can't understand why the M's went to 10 years when it was apparent know one else would.
Big fantasy football week for me. I made the playoffs as the #3 seed which means I play the #6 seed this week. This was the team that killed me about a month back when Tom Brady went off for 45 points, a season high. For comparison sake, Drew Brees has scored a total of 48 for me the past 3 weeks. My big question of the week was whether to start Brees (at home) or Nick Foles? Of course I left Houston's Garrett Graham on my bench Thursday night. Not that he exploded with productivity, but his 13 fantasy points would have been my second highest from a TE this season. Back in week 1 Jared Cook put up a 26 spot for me then proceeded to put up 13 points the next 5 weeks. I finally stopped that bleeding by cutting Cook from my squad. I have to hope that Ladarius Green goes off for the Chargers vs Tom's G-Men this Sunday. It looks like I have to go with the moral majority here and leave Drew Brees parked in my line-up. My justification is that Nick Foles is due for a bad game eventually. But, even then, I need Foles to be the gun-slinger he's been since I have Riley Cooper as one of my WR's. It does look like LeVeon Bell has been cleared to play and I do like him against the soft run defense of the Dolphins. Aaron Rodgers is a no-go for GB this weekend which makes me wonder (just a little) if it's a good idea to start Eddie Lacy?
I like what the Tigers did. They must have seen a little bit of a decline in Fielder and they traded him while they could still get a live body for him. Plus they saved countless millions that they can put toward other resources. It is amazing that at his size he could be such an ironman, playing 505 consecutive games and counting. But his 25 HR (in 712 PA) is his lowest total since his first full season in 2006 when he hit 28 (in 648 PA). Fielder does have a 50 HR season on his resume (2007) and another season (2009) when he hit 46. I can see Fielder hitting at least 40 in Texas unless all that weight he's been carrying comes back to haunt him. I personally don't see Fielder going the long haul which made the 9 yr/$214-mil deal the Tigers signed him to a real head scratcher.
Mike Pelfrey would probably do better back in the sanctity of Citi Field and the NL. If they could get him on a very minimal deal, he may be worth the chance. But personally, I would leave Pelfrey to someone else. I do remember in my AL-only this year, an owner tried to sell me on a $7 Pelfrey as a good keeper for 2014. At the time he had an over 6 ERA and a WHIP approaching 1.60. I never responded back to the guy and part of the reason this owner says he's leaving the league is guys like me don't get back to him. But how could any sane person respond to whether or not he or she thinks for $7, Mike Pelfrey is a keeper? Pelfrey's wife would agree with me on this. And in many ways, at least in this case, the Pelfrey fantasy case mirrors the Pelfrey real-life case. But the bottom line to all this is that Mike Pelfrey sucks!