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Sunday, January 21, 2018: 

Tyson Ross returned to the scene of some of his greatest work, the SD Padres on a minor league deal. I kept Ross in my expert-NL from 2013-2015 and then purchased him for $38 ($360 cap) in the draft of '16. Right after the draft I was offered Gregory Polanco for Ross, but I balked saying that I deserved a little more for a #1 type SP. After 5 1/3 IP of his first start, Ross was lost for the season. Signing a 1 yr$6-mil deal with Texas before '17, Ross could only produce a 7.71/1.84 ERA/WHIP and a 36/37 K/BB in 49 IP, getting (and deserving) his release in Sept.

Tyson Ross was once an all star (2014) when he won 13 games with a 2.81/1.21 ERA/WHIP, 165 HA, and a 195/72 K/BB in 195 2/3 IP. The next season Ross K'd 212 in a league high 33 GS. And this isn't to say that Ross has a spot in the SD rotation which, by comparison, makes the Rockies group look like the '72 Orioles. Clayton Richard, Dinelson Lamet, and maybe even Luis Perdomo have spots "locked" up, leaving scraps for guys like Ross, Colin Rea, Bryan Mitchell, Matt Strahm, and Robbie Erlin.

For the first time in what seems like months there's been a free agent signing in the MLB. I would have gotten on sooner but my computer has been down about 2 hours. Wade Davis signed with the Rockies to a 3yr/$52-mil deal with a 4th year option set at $15-mil. Since becoming a full time RP in 2014, Davis has a 23-6 record with a 1.45/0.95 ERA/WHIP, 143 HA, 79 saves, and a 313/87 K/BB in 241 1/3 IP. There's no question that Davis will man the 9th inning for Colorado and be one of the first closers off the board in mixed league drafts.

I had a foray into employing a Rockies' closer more than a decade ago in my expert-NL. I latched on to Shawn Chacon that season (2004) with my last US dollar with no idea that he'd be named the "closer." Yes, Chacon saved 35 (of his career 36) games that season. But that came with a 7.11/1.94 ERA/WHIP and a 52/52 K/BB. Even the old fantasy adage that "saves are saves" was lost on me that season.


A few of us have been talking on the Facebook site over the failed/stalled career of Jon Singleton, the one time Houston prospect. Lest we forget, before Singleton even played a major league game the Astros signed him to a 5 yr/$10-mil (guaranteed) contract. I was never really that high on him. I will give you this, he knows how to take a base on balls. But I believe his lifetime BA in the majors is something like .160. I googled his career stats in (all of or parts) 9 minor league seasons. Singleton is 783 for 3058 (.256) with an .828 OPS, 506 runs, 135 HR, 529 RBI, and an 858/593 K/BB. In 357 AB in the majors Singleton is a lifetime .171 batter with a .621 OPS, a 151/60 K/BB, 48 runs, 14 HR, and 50 RBI. I don't even believe that Singleton is currently on the Astros' 40 man roster as he's been passed up by names like A.J. Reed, J.D. Davis, and Tyler White. I would say that the only chance for Singleton is a change of scenery. He finished the 2017 season with 18 HR and 62 RBI with a 132/107 K/BB down at Double-A in 385 AB. 

Having said that he's collected $5.5-mil of that 5 yr $10-mil contract that was signed before Singleton ever played in a major league game. I read also if a team claims him they're on the hook for the other $4.5-mil he's owed over the next 2 seasons. So he'll more than likely remain off the 40 man roster over the remainder of his Astros' career. Let's call Singleton a worse version of Russell Branyan or Jack Cust but nevertheless, a true 3 outcome hitter. Except, compared to Singleton, Branyan is a first ballot HOFer.

After hitting a career-high 24 HR and 72 RBI with the Nationals in 2016, Danny Espinosa has hit just .162 with 91 strikeouts in 228 AB this year. He cleared waivers and was released by the Angels in Sept. I remember when I picked up Espinosa before his first game in Sept 2010. After 5 major league games, I was dusting off Espinosa's HOF plaque. Because the Major League Baseball Committee may just waive the 5 year waiting period or even the 10 year playing period! Espinosa was 9 for 16 (.563) with 3 HR and 10 RBI. And I don't think that anyone ever led their league in RBI while only playing in September. That just can't happen. He was on pace for 56 RBI in September and 17 HR. This was a guy that every NL league owner was stepping over each other in order to get him. Well, his next 13 games were like Pablo Sandoval falling down. THUD! Espinosa was 5 for 50 (.100) with 5 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, and a 17/3 K/BB. Sometimes I just want to kick myself in the ass. 




 

 
 
                                                                                                                                

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