Roto Imbeciles
Fantasy Baseball for the Roto Enthusiast
Wednesday, December 17, 2014: Back some 40 odd years ago when I'd be working for my late father during the winter months he would say to me in the morning that we have a lot of running around to do. I always thought to myself that we'd be driving and not running but today I know what he meant. I've probably put 60 miles on my car today, never getting more than 9 miles from my house. It's good to sit at the computer and talk some football. Yes, I was down 34 points coming into Monday night's match-up with Drew Brees at my ready and the other owner having Mark Ingram. Brees, as the great Zinter pointed out, had a big first half. In fact, at halftime, I was down 16 points and given a 30% chance to win by Yahoo. The second half started well for Brees and I and I actually got to within 4 points and a 46% chance of seeing the gold. But Jimmy Graham dropped a TD pass that would have put me ahead and NO settled on a FG. Graham hasn't looked the same these past 5 weeks as he just can't seem to find the handle. Even Brees looked bemused. Toward the end I knew it would be tough since NO was mostly running the ball to use up some clock. When Ingram went in for the final TD, my fantasy night was over and I lost by 12 points. But, as my father used to say, we didn't get much done today let's give it hell tomorrow. I am in the consolation game in Yahoo this week. 3rd place, where I finished last season, does pay out 100 big ones. But the fact is, I'm still waiting to get paid from last year!

I wonder how many fans of baseball, and I mean purists, are saying that "crime does pay." Lest we forget, Melky Cabrera has had a little help from his friends amassing pretty stealthy numbers after a woeful beginning in the form of PED's and has profited greatly from those indiscretions. From 2011 until the present day, Cabrera holds a .309 BA with an .809 OPS. But the White Sox are trying to put together a competitive club so I won't fault their signing of Cabrera. I actually have him in my AL-only for $7 and will be keeping him for a 3rd season with Thwarted Sarfate, my ball club. I remember (like it was yesterday) at the 2013 AL draft when I bought up the name "Melky Cabrera" for $7 and the only noise in the room was crickets. I wondered at the time if the other owners were appalled that I would draft such an offender. In fact, no one in the league has talked to me since then, except for the commissioner Stork. Cabrera hit .301 in '14 with 16 HR, 73 RBI, 81 runs, and an .808 OPS. So just based on the numbers the White Sox did pretty good for themselves getting his name on the dotted line for 3 yrs/$42-mil.

I'm not sure that anyone in baseball (even Mike Trout) is worth $325-mil. The one thing that Stanton has going for him (that Pujols didn't have) is that he's still a young man. And from what I've seen of him in interviews and the like, he seems like a good man who wants to give the fans of Miami (yes, all 10 of them David) a winning ball club. I'm sure that the Marlins' accountants have figured this whole money thing down to the core. If the Marlins can't make money off this signing with the new stadium deal possibilities and future free agent signings to make them a winner, then why would they do all this? In a way it makes sense for the Marlins but my gut feeling is that the money is a wee bit high and the years may come back to bite them in the ass. As the years have a way of doing with all of us!

Can I add on to the statement I made on this very thread about 3 weeks ago. I'd love to live in a world where Russell Martin can get a 5 yr contract for $82-mil. It is a real head scratcher, that's for sure. I guess the Blue Jays weren't enthralled with their catching corps of Dioner Navarro and Josh Thole. I will agree with David that this is a bad contract and with Abbie when he says that Martin may not even be catching in 3 years. If history is any barometer, aren't MLB catchers usually on the decline after the age of 30. Yes, Martin did put up his best season in a bunch of years in '14 but please! I was thinking a 3 yr/$45-mil deal for Martin but what do I know?

This is a contract that I said at the time would cause a ripple in the budget of the US. On Jan 2, 2013 the Cubs inked Edwin Jackson to a 4 yr/$52-mil contract. At the time I said that this is one of the worst contracts in professional sports' history. The Cubs have received 58 GS from Jackson with a 258/122 K/BB, 365 HA, and a 5.58/1.54 ERA/WHIP in 316 IP. Now that's really taking a lighter and torching your money if you're the Cubbies.

Although Alfonso Soriano was a consensus #1 or 2 draft pick in straight (or gay) fantasy drafts in the early 2000's, I don't believe he did quite enough to merit election into the Hall of Fame. Yes, he did have some Hall of Fame seasons. The 2002 season with the Yankees stands out. 128 runs, 209 hits, 51 doubles, 39 HR, 41 SB, .880 OPS. But as one of our bloggers David Lucibello said, he couldn't lay off the bad pitch as indicated by his 157/23 K/BB that season. His only season in the nation's capitol (2006) was his 40/40 season. His numbers that season were also Hall worthy. 46 HR, 41 SB, .911 OPS, 41 doubles and 119 runs. Then he signed that hideous (for the team) deal with the Cubs and may forever be remembered as an under-achiever. But I choose to remember the good times for Soriano which included 7 seasons of 32 or more HR, a .270 BA in 7750 AB, 412 HR (50th all time), an .819 OPS, 481 doubles, 1159 RBI, 1152 runs, and 289 SB. I'll choose to forget the career 1803/496 K/BB. By the by, when the Yankees acquired Soriano from the Cubs in the summer of '13, he did carry them with 17 HR and 50 RBI in 58 games, 37 runs and an .850 OPS. But something went woefully wrong in '14 before the Yankees mercifully released him in the summer. He batted .221 with a .611 OPS, 6 HR, 23 RBI, and a 71/6 K/BB. I will only hope that Soriano stands by this decision to call it quits.

When Kevin Youkilis was still in the minors I always loved his nickname "The Greek God of Walks." Then I find out years later that the Youk is really Jewish. Who knew? While I agree with you guys that Youkilis should give most of his Yankee money back, he did enjoy some success in the show as he was a major cog in the Red Sox getting back to respectability. He was a 3x all star and even has a Gold Glove on his resume. He ends his career with 150 HR, 618 RBI, 653 runs, a .281 BA in 3749 AB, an .861 OPS, and an 828/539 K/BB. I actually liked the signing by the Yankees before the '13 season, though I did report at the time that $12-mil was a bit on the steep side. His 118 plate appearances for the Bombers netted out to $101,695 every time he stepped to the dish. Even a dope like me could do that! Injuries did ruin a pretty steady early part of his career, one that didn't start full blown in MLB until he was 27 yrs old. I wish him well in retirement.



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