FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
Happy St Pat’s. I got some spring training in this weekend and took care of all my St Pats responsibilities while in Florida so tonight will be very low key in front of the TV.
We should have some big news soon regarding the show and wanted to remind everyone that as of now we will go five days a week starting Monday April 6th the show will be podcast in its entirety and you will also be able to find the on demand links on our landing page and shorter more specific clips from the show on MLB.com. We hope to have a brand new 411 landing page in the coming weeks.
Some quick observations from the two games I saw.
Sunday 3/15 Cardinals @ Phillies: Great to see Utley back in action. He looked a little slow but that is to be expected. I doubt he stays near the end of the first round if he keeps playing every day I can see him getting back in the top 10 by the end of the month should there be no setbacks. Jayson Werth looked great granted it was against lesser pitching but man he crushed the ball. It was the biggest crowd in the history of Bright House Field and as much as I love the Yankees and Cardinals spring training homes the Phillies do it better than anyone. This was also the game where a swarm of bees took over the 3rd base line, pretty wild stuff.
Monday 3/16 Phillies @ Yanks: Phillies had the B squad out except for Howard and Ibanez. Kendrick started and got roughed up and hurt by some very sloppy defense. Joba started for the Yanks and even though I thought he labored a little he came out looking good and pretty much locked up his role as a starter for 09′. I was bummed that Mariano’s debut is tonight instead of yesterday but knowing that and the Yanks up 11-0 in the 7th made me feel guilt free to cut out and get a late lunch. No pun intended but Ransom is soooo much smaller than A-Rod.
Cory and Corey will be shooting the show any second. Lots of injury updates and news on Pudge………Siano
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
Am I crazy for thinking that with 550+ PAs, Ryan Spilborghs will be
good for a .290+ BA, 15-20 hrs, 10-15 SBs? Does this make him more
valuable than Andre Ethier (who doesn’t steal)? If Spil hits leadoff
for the Rockies, is 90-100 runs likely? Is it better to make a pie with
canned peaches instead of fresh ones?
-Dan in LA
Dan, while it’s not out of the question that Spilborghs puts up those
kinds of numbers, I’d be surprised. The reality is that since
joining the bigs, he’s yet to hold an everyday job, and I think it’s
dangerous to take stats from a limited sample size and just prorate
them for a full season. The Rockies’ outfield is also a crowded one with Spilborghs, Seth Smith, and Carlos Gonzalez competing for two spots, not to mention if Dexter Fowler either starts with the big club or gets called up early in the season. In other words, Spilborghs will have pressure to perform. I’d rather have Ethier for the main reason that
I’ve seen him produce while playing 141 games. 5-10 steals doesn’t do
much to change my thinking.
These next few weeks are undoubtedly the most exciting time of the year for sports fans. You’ve got March Madness, you’ve got the end of the NBA regular season, the start of the baseball season, and, last but obviously not least, the fantasy baseball draft season is officially underway. My next three Sundays are booked solid, all due to fantasy drafts. From now through April 5th, I will spend approximately 16 hours sitting in front of my computer drafting my fantasy teams and countless others thinking about who I’m going to draft along with contingency plans should my guy get taken the pick before I’m up, something I’ve experienced way too many times. But enough complaining, I know this happens to everyone. Just got to make the best out of it. Good luck everyone!
Let’s hear your questions.
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
Will Carlos Marmol’s poor performance in the World Baseball Classic haunt him as we enter the ’09 season?
Olin — I’ve done some research on this and found that pitchers who
appeared in the WBC in 2006 did decline somewhat compared to 2005, but
not as much as all other MLB pitchers in general… in other words,
statistically, having a pitcher in the WBC is not a big concern for me.
The psychological issue you point out with Marmol is a cause for
concern, as I’ve become more and more convinced over the years that
there is a little something extra to being a closer, but then again, we
don’t have any reason to think he CAN’T do it. Bottom line is, he is a
far, far superior pitcher to Gregg, so while you might have to worry
about Marmol’s head a little bit for now, his arm makes him a major
favorite for saves in Wrigleyville.
Siano in Florida today so it’ll be me and Schwartz with you. Just three weeks away from the start of the season, Dodgers fans have something to be concerned about. Manny Ramirez was scratched from the lineup shortly before yesterday’s exhibition game due to a tight hamstring. While this will probably turn out to be no big deal, I love Manny’s quote of “Maybe age is catching up to me.” Not exactly what Dodgers’ brass wants to hear after inking him to a 45 million dollar contract!
Well, enjoy this weekend’s WBC action. And remember, don’t let a player’s performance influence your judgment of them heading into drafts, unless, of course, it’s an injury.
Keep the questions coming.
Good news concerning the recent podcasts. The 411 is featured very nicely on the sports podcasting page in the iTunes store so you should have no problem locating it and subscribing. The season preview show is up and is actually posted under tv shows in iTunes not podcasts so just click on tv shows in the left nav of the itunes store then MLB.com in the right nav of that next page , scroll to bottom and frank viola.
The MLB.com Fantasy Roundtable is back and this weeks topic is all underrated team. All the members of the fantasy team here get a vote and then we get one player to write about. I strongly disagree with catcher but otherwise think it’s a good list.
Me and Corey Gottlieb will host today’s show. We’ll talk Mauer (our Twins writer Kelly Thesier joins us), Morrow, Choo and answer an e-mail or two.
I won’t be too active on the blog for a while. Taking wifey down to Florida tomorrow for a quick vacation that’s pretty much all about me, but then again I turn 34 Sunday and that’s really depressing since I swear I was 28 five minutes ago. It’s gonna be a good time. Golf and Berns steakhouse on Saturday, Phillies game and cocktails in Clearwater on Sunday and the Yanks on Monday. Mariano Rivera is supposed to make his spring debut on Monday so I’m psyched to see that.
Have a great weekend and I’ll talk to you all again on Tuesday or Wednesday……..Siano
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
What kind of value am I getting with Soriano in the 29th overall pick?
Ed in Chicago
I’m on record as not being a big Soriano fan, but I think 29th pick is
very fair value for him. If he stays healthy he’ll blow that away, and
even if he doesn’t he can put up decent enough numbers that you’re not
getting robbed. Plus he says he wants to steal 30 bags this year, and
while we hear a lot of talk like that each spring, the difference is
that Soriano has actually done it before… it’s not like Matt Kemp
saying he’s going 40-40.
Who said the World Baseball Classic wouldn’t be a must watch? Some great games so far, especially USA vs Canada and of course the two Netherlands vs Dominican Republic games. What a disaster for the D.R. A team full of MLB All-Stars falls once again, their offense silenced.
Anyway, how does this relate to fantasy? I view this upset as good news for owners of Reyes, Hanley, Cano and company. Now they get to go back to their respective teams and focus on the season. I never like the idea of my fantasy stud playing all out in an exhibition (no matter how intense it is) in the middle of Spring Training. I just think it throws their preparation off and could lead to an early injury.
Lastly, I wanted to formally announce that Pitch or Ditch will be found exclusively on the blog this season. In addition to the daily posts, you’ll find a Pitch or Ditch post each afternoon. I’ll list my picks and Mike, Cory, and others can chime in and say how much they disagree with me:-)
Let’s get to your questions.
Editors Note: The preview show actually won’t show up until Wednesday now since it takes about 24 hours for iTunes to process a submission. Today’s show was just shot. A-Rod, Big Erv and more were discussed. There is a bonus Chase Utley interview at the end. Stay for the credits.
The 30 minute season preview show should be in iTunes at some point today so keep checking. For those of you who missed it we are now back in the iTunes store. You can get audio or video but it looks like you need to subscribe (free) if you are only getting one format.
Here they are the studs and busts of 09′ as selected by me and Cory. For the analysis of our picks check iTunes for the new show.
Overrated (Siano’s Picks)
C Mike Napoli
1B Ryan Garko
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Hank Blalock
SS Mike Aviles
OF Vladimir Guerrero
OF Nelson Cruz
OF Denard Span
SP Cliff Lee
SP AJ Burnett
RP Kerry Wood
Overrated (Cory’s Picks)
C Ryan Doumit
1B Ryan Howard
2B Alexei Ramirez
3B Kevin Youkilis
SS Michael Young
OF Manny Ramirez
OF Jason Bay
OF Andre Ethier
SP Francisco Liriano
SP A.J. Burnett
RP Bobby Jenks
Underrated (Siano’s Picks)
C Jeff Clement
1B Kendry Morales
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Josh Fields
SS Elvis Andrus
OF Coco Crisp
OF Carlos Gomez
OF Shin-Soo Choo
SP Justin Verlander
SP John Smoltz
RP Joel Zumaya
Underrated (Cory’s Picks)
C Kelly Shoppach
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Kelly Johnson
3B Adrian Beltre
SS Derek Jeter
OF Chris Young
OF Jayson Werth
OF Ryan Spilborghs
SP Jered Weaver
SP Wandy Rodriguez
RP Joel Hanrahan
I wanted to let everyone know that the 411 is back in the iTunes store. If you enter 411 in the search you will find our video and audio versions under podcasts. Thanks for being patient while we dealt with some confusing red tape.
Speaking of iTunes our 2009 Season Preview Show of sleepers and busts hits the store later today or early tomorrow. We will post the names in tomorrow’s blog and look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Lastly I will send the Bryan Hoch interview that Paul Devlin conducted on Sunday to the 411 podcast so you can download it and get the latest out of Yankees camp on Alex. Should be there in a few hours.
Lots to do on iTunes this week and I am psyched about it.
With the news about Manny returning to Chavez Ravine I thought I would share my halloween costume with you in celebration…………Siano
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
1B Questions: What is it fair to expect from Votto this year? How much difference do you predict between him, D.Lee, Atkins or Huff, or the drop down to LaRoche? I am trying to establish at what point it is too much of a reach for Votto given that those are the only other 1B options available in my draft that I trust.
Good question. Going off Votto’s game against Team USA the other day you’d think
he was a first rounder, but in all reality he is still right around
Lee’s value. I’d much rather have Votto than Atkins or Huff and he is a
better player than LaRoche. However, if you want to pass on all of them
and take LaRoche very late it may not be the worst risk in the world.
Votto is at best a 6th rounder but not much worse then an 8th or 9th.
His ADP has him in the 7th. If you are going safe take Lee, but if you are
going ceiling or in a keeper go Votto.
Editor’s Note: We just shot a new show and Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus joined us. Check out his latest column of Under the Knife on A-Rod.
Could there have been any more news yesterday? Between A-Rod, Manny and even a little NFL shocker with TO it was a wild day. When we shot the show yesterday it was literally 10 minutes after the news had broke on A-Rod’s potential hip surgery. We decided to go on knowing number one that this was just the beginning and number two stories weren’t even posted on the web yet, not even ESPN.com who broke it electronically before editorially. Now that we have some more news since the Yankees have spoke and the experts have weighed in from the medical field Cory and I will jump in the studio this afternoon and shoot a new show just on A-Rod. Look for it around 3pmish ET.
In other news…….
Anyone still looking for a league to join that is recognized by the 411 just head on over to Tony in Hitchin and Jay at the mafia site. Below is the info from Jay.
We are still filling Keeper Leagues for 2009 as Mr. Siano has indicated and they are spawned of the vanilla Fantasy 411 Leagues often referenced on the show. Email Tony and I and we’ll slot you in.
Most Leagues have been going 3 years strong, so you can count on active participation and a high level of competition.
The Mafia Constitution can be found here:
Our contact details are below.
tomorrow is the FantasyPros911.com telethon on blogtalkradio.com starting tomorrow. Click here to find out all the info you need. Cory will join the show at 2:40pm ET. I will be on during the 411 sponsored 6pm ET hour. Looking forward to it.
some sad news out of Connecticut. The Connecticut School of Broadcasting has shut down due to financial issues. I was a CSB grad in 1997 and I owe much of the success I have today to the place. It gave me a chance to hone my producer skills and meet the people that eventually brought me over to MLB.com. I’ll be celebrating my 9 yr anniversary at MLB.com this June 5th and it all started at CSB.
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
How are things going to iron out in the Minnesota OF/DH with Span, Young, Cuddyer, Gomez and Kubel?
I agree with Siano on this one… Gardy is very resourceful about getting all of his bats into the lineup. Kubel does not hit lefties particularly well, so he’ll share DH AB’s
with Young and Cuddyer, and of course Gomez could stink his way out of
the lineup at any point and leave CF to Span. Plus Span overachieved
last year compared to his minor league stats, and is also a lefty, so
he could lose AB’s to Young or Cuddyer. Or someone could get traded or
hurt. These things have a way of working themselves out, so I expect
plenty of AB’s for everyone.
Alex Cushing – MLB.com
Joe Sheehan – Baseball Prospectus
Jeff Erickson – Rotowire.com
Mike Siano – MLB.com
Jeffrey Ma – Citizen Sports
Jason Collette – Fanball.com
Nando Di Fino / Tom Herrera – WSJ.com / AOL.com
Will Carroll – Baseball Prospectus
Cory Schwartz – MLB.com
Lawr Michaels – CREATiVESPORTS.com
Zach Steinhorn – MLB.com
Tony Cincotta – Fantasypros911.com
R1 P1 Alex Cushing Ramirez, Hanley
R1 P2 Joe Sheehan Reyes, Jose
R1 P3 Jeff Erickson Rodriguez, Alex
R1 P4 Mike Siano Pujols, Albert
R1 P5 Jeffrey Ma Wright, David
R1 P6 Jason Collette Sizemore, Grady
R1 P7 Nando Di Fino Howard, Ryan
R1 P8 Will Carroll Upton, B.J.
R1 P9 Cory Schwartz Braun, Ryan
R1 P10 Lawr Michaels Utley, Chase
R1 P11 Zach Steinhorn Rollins, Jimmy
R1 P12 Tony Cincotta Cabrera, Miguel
R2 P1 Tony Cincotta Hamilton, Josh
R2 P2 Zach Steinhorn Teixeira, Mark
R2 P3 Lawr Michaels Morneau, Justin
R2 P4 Cory Schwartz Kinsler, Ian
R2 P5 Will Carroll Santana, Johan
R2 P6 Nando Di Fino Hamels, Cole
R2 P7 Jason Collette Longoria, Evan
R2 P8 Jeffrey Ma Lincecum, Tim
R2 P9 Mike Siano Beltran, Carlos
R2 P10 Jeff Erickson Holliday, Matt
R2 P11 Joe Sheehan Soriano, Alfonso
R2 P12 Alex Cushing Lee, Carlos
R3 P1 Alex Cushing Ramirez, Manny
R3 P2 Joe Sheehan Kemp, Matt
R3 P3 Jeff Erickson Suzuki, Ichiro
R3 P4 Mike Siano Pedroia, Dustin
R3 P5 Jeffrey Ma Sabathia, CC
R3 P6 Jason Collette Crawford, Carl
R3 P7 Nando Di Fino Markakis, Nick
R3 P8 Will Carroll Berkman, Lance
R3 P9 Cory Schwartz Roberts, Brian
R3 P10 Lawr Michaels Youkilis, Kevin
R3 P11 Zach Steinhorn Phillips, Brandon
R3 P12 Tony Cincotta Ramirez, Aramis
R4 P1 Tony Cincotta Ramirez, Alexei
R4 P2 Zach Steinhorn Bay, Jason
R4 P3 Lawr Michaels Drew, Stephen
R4 P4 Cory Schwartz Fielder, Prince
R4 P5 Will Carroll McCann, Brian
R4 P6 Nando Di Fino Rios, Alex
R4 P7 Jason Collette Martin, Russell
R4 P8 Jeffrey Ma Ellsbury, Jacoby
R4 P9 Mike Siano Quentin, Carlos
R4 P10 Jeff Erickson Webb, Brandon
R4 P11 Joe Sheehan Peavy, Jake
R4 P12 Alex Cushing Ortiz, David
R5 P1 Alex Cushing Granderson, Curtis
R5 P2 Joe Sheehan Mauer, Joe
R5 P3 Jeff Erickson Soto, Geovany
R5 P4 Mike Siano Papelbon, Jonathan
R5 P5 Jeffrey Ma Hart, Corey
R5 P6 Jason Collette Gonzalez, Adrian
R5 P7 Nando Di Fino Guerrero, Vladimir
R5 P8 Will Carroll Jones, Chipper
R5 P9 Cory Schwartz Victorino, Shane
R5 P10 Lawr Michaels Haren, Dan
R5 P11 Zach Steinhorn Dunn, Adam
R5 P12 Tony Cincotta McLouth, Nate
R6 P1 Tony Cincotta Rodriguez, Francisco
R6 P2 Zach Steinhorn Nathan, Joe
R6 P3 Lawr Michaels Billingsley, Chad
R6 P4 Cory Schwartz Rivera, Mariano
R6 P5 Will Carroll Halladay, Roy
R6 P6 Nando Di Fino Furcal, Rafael
R6 P7 Jason Collette Oswalt, Roy
R6 P8 Jeffrey Ma Lidge, Brad
R6 P9 Mike Siano Abreu, Bobby
R6 P10 Jeff Erickson Davis, Chris
R6 P11 Joe Sheehan Hernandez, Felix
R6 P12 Alex Cushing Soria, Joakim
R7 P1 Alex Cushing Martinez, Victor
R7 P2 Joe Sheehan Lackey, John
R7 P3 Jeff Erickson Tulowitzki, Troy
R7 P4 Mike Siano Young, Michael
R7 P5 Jeffrey Ma Liriano, Francisco
Jason Collette Shields, James
R7 P7 Nando Di Fino Beckett, Josh
R7 P8 Will Carroll Uggla, Dan
R7 P9 Cory Schwartz Pence, Hunter
R7 P10 Lawr Michaels Napoli, Mike
R7 P11 Zach Steinhorn Matsuzaka, Daisuke
R7 P12 Tony Cincotta Hardy, J.J.
R8 P1 Tony Cincotta Santana, Ervin
R8 P2 Zach Steinhorn Young, Chris
R8 P3 Lawr Michaels Ordonez, Magglio
R8 P4 Cory Schwartz Votto, Joey
R8 P5 Will Carroll Bruce, Jay
R8 P6 Nando Di Fino Kazmir, Scott
R8 P7 Jason Collette Valverde, Jose
R8 P8 Jeffrey Ma Iannetta, Chris
R8 P9 Mike Siano Doumit, Ryan
R8 P10 Jeff Erickson Cano, Robinson
R8 P11 Joe Sheehan Pena, Carlos
R8 P12 Alex Cushing Lee, Derrek
R9 P1 Alex Cushing Vazquez, Javier
R9 P2 Joe Sheehan Chamberlain, Joba
R9 P3 Jeff Erickson Lee, Cliff
R9 P4 Mike Siano Huff, Aubrey
R9 P5 Jeffrey Ma Marmol, Carlos
R9 P6 Jason Collette Jeter, Derek
R9 P7 Nando Di Fino Ludwick, Ryan
R9 P8 Will Carroll Maybin, Cameron
R9 P9 Cory Schwartz Peralta, Jhonny
R9 P10 Lawr Michaels Figgins, Chone
R9 P11 Zach Steinhorn Damon, Johnny
R9 P12 Tony Cincotta Molina, Bengie
R10 P1 Tony Cincotta Burnett, A.J.
R10 P2 Zach Steinhorn Fuentes, Brian
R10 P3 Lawr Michaels Ryan, B.J.
R10 P4 Cory Schwartz Encarnacion, Edwin
R10 P5 Will Carroll Milledge, Lastings
R10 P6 Nando Di Fino Volquez, Edinson
R10 P7 Jason Collette Gordon, Alex
R10 P8 Jeffrey Ma Atkins, Garrett
R10 P9 Mike Siano Lester, Jon
R10 P10 Jeff Erickson Wood, Kerry
R10 P11 Joe Sheehan Kendrick, Howie
R10 P12 Alex Cushing Zimmerman, Ryan
R11 P1 Alex Cushing Greinke, Zack
R11 P2 Joe Sheehan Broxton, Jonathan
R11 P3 Jeff Erickson Gallardo, Yovani
R11 P4 Mike Siano Cordero, Francisco
R11 P5 Jeffrey Ma Wieters, Matt
R11 P6 Jason Collette Cruz, Nelson
R11 P7 Nando Di Fino Hoffman, Trevor
R11 P8 Will Carroll Jenks, Bobby
R11 P9 Cory Schwartz Bell, Heath
R11 P10 Lawr Michaels Ethier, Andre
R11 P11 Zach Steinhorn Zambrano, Carlos
R11 P12 Tony Cincotta Lindstrom, Matt
R12 P1 Tony Cincotta Matsui, Kaz
R12 P2 Zach Steinhorn Beltre, Adrian
R12 P3 Lawr Michaels Werth, Jayson
R12 P4 Cory Schwartz Nolasco, Ricky
R12 P5 Will Carroll Harden, Rich
R12 P6 Nando Di Fino Blalock, Hank
R12 P7 Jason Collette Lopez, Jose
R12 P8 Jeffrey Ma Aviles, Mike
R12 P9 Mike Siano Verlander, Justin
R12 P10 Jeff Erickson Loney, James
R12 P11 Joe Sheehan Upton, Justin
R12 P12 Alex Cushing Capps, Matt
R13 P1 Alex Cushing Gonzalez, Mike
R13 P2 Joe Sheehan Hawpe, Brad
R13 P3 Jeff Erickson Ibanez, Raul
R13 P4 Mike Siano Cain, Matt
R13 P5 Jeffrey Ma Bradley, Milton
R13 P6 Jason Collette Devine, Joey
R13 P7 Nando Di Fino Sheets, Ben
R13 P8 Will Carroll Guzman, Cristian
R13 P9 Cory Schwartz Wainwright, Adam
R13 P10 Lawr Michaels Span, Denard
R13 P11 Zach Steinhorn Myers, Brett
R13 P12 Tony Cincotta Hunter, Torii
R14 P1 Tony Cincotta Taveras, Willy
R14 P2 Zach Steinhorn Johnson, Kelly
R14 P3 Lawr Michaels Navarro, Dioner
R14 P4 Cory Schwartz Wells, Vernon
R14 P5 Will Carroll Wilson, Brian
R14 P6 Nando Di Fino Iwamura, Akinori
R14 P7 Jason Collette Dye, Jermaine
R14 P8 Jeffrey Ma Jackson, Conor
R14 P9 Mike Siano Delgado, Carlos
R14 P10 Jeff Erickson DeRosa, Mark
R14 P11 Joe Sheehan Price, David
R14 P12 Alex Cushing Polanco, Placido
R15 P1 Alex Cushing Danks, John
R15 P2 Joe Sheehan Scherzer, Max
R15 P3 Jeff Ericks
on Garza, Matt
R15 P4 Mike Siano Dempster, Ryan
R15 P5 Jeffrey Ma Escobar, Yunel
R15 P6 Jason Collette Lowe, Derek
R15 P7 Nando Di Fino Tejada, Miguel
R15 P8 Will Carroll Kershaw, Clayton
R15 P9 Cory Schwartz Lilly, Ted
R15 P10 Lawr Michaels Baker, Scott
R15 P11 Zach Steinhorn LaRoche, Adam
R15 P12 Tony Cincotta Burrell, Pat
R16 P1 Tony Cincotta Suzuki, Kurt
R16 P2 Zach Steinhorn Posada, Jorge
R16 P3 Lawr Michaels Sanchez, Jonathan
R16 P4 Cory Schwartz Hanrahan, Joel
R16 P5 Will Carroll Reynolds, Mark
R16 P6 Nando Di Fino Bedard, Erik
R16 P7 Jason Collette Slowey, Kevin
R16 P8 Jeffrey Ma Weeks, Rickie
R16 P9 Mike Siano Cabrera, Orlando
R16 P10 Jeff Erickson Qualls, Chad
R16 P11 Joe Sheehan Stewart, Ian
R16 P12 Alex Cushing Weaver, Jered
R17 P1 Alex Cushing Nady, Xavier
R17 P2 Joe Sheehan Dukes, Elijah
R17 P3 Jeff Erickson Jones, Adam
R17 P4 Mike Siano Cantu, Jorge
R17 P5 Jeffrey Ma Gomez, Carlos
R17 P6 Jason Collette Guillen, Carlos
R17 P7 Nando Di Fino Konerko, Paul
R17 P8 Will Carroll Johnson, Randy
R17 P9 Cory Schwartz Pierzynski, A.J.
R17 P10 Lawr Michaels Saunders, Joe
R17 P11 Zach Steinhorn Harang, Aaron
R17 P12 Tony Cincotta Sandoval, Pablo
R18 P1 Tony Cincotta Johnson, Josh
R18 P2 Zach Steinhorn Hernandez, Ramon
R18 P3 Lawr Michaels Sherrill, George
R18 P4 Cory Schwartz Young, Chris
R18 P5 Will Carroll Francisco, Frank
R18 P6 Nando Di Fino Byrnes, Eric
R18 P7 Jason Collette Lewis, Fred
R18 P8 Jeffrey Ma Balfour, Grant
R18 P9 Mike Siano Morrow, Brandon
R18 P10 Jeff Erickson Matsui, Hideki
R18 P11 Joe Sheehan Renteria, Edgar
R18 P12 Alex Cushing Lopez, Felipe
R19 P1 Alex Cushing Crisp, Coco
R19 P2 Joe Sheehan Saltalamaccia, Jarrod
R19 P3 Jeff Erickson Lind, Adam
R19 P4 Mike Siano Young, Delmon
R19 P5 Jeffrey Ma Hermida, Jeremy
R19 P6 Jason Collette Clement, Jeff
R19 P7 Nando Di Fino Kendall, Jason
R19 P8 Will Carroll Theriot, Ryan
R19 P9 Cory Schwartz Cameron, Mike
R19 P10 Lawr Michaels Jurrjens, Jair
R19 P11 Zach Steinhorn Maine, John
R19 P12 Tony Cincotta Street, Huston
R20 P1 Tony Cincotta Wang, Chien-Ming
R20 P2 Zach Steinhorn Pettitte, Andy
R20 P3 Lawr Michaels Drew, J.D.
R20 P4 Cory Schwartz Shoppach, Kelly
R20 P5 Will Carroll Ankiel, Rick
R20 P6 Nando Di Fino Perez, Oliver
R20 P7 Jason Collette Parra, Manny
R20 P8 Jeffrey Ma Hafner, Travis
R20 P9 Mike Siano Pierre, Juan
R20 P10 Jeff Erickson Duchscherer, Justin
R20 P11 Joe Sheehan Butler, Billy
R20 P12 Alex Cushing Kotchman, Casey
R21 P1 Alex Cushing Cueto, Johnny
R21 P2 Joe Sheehan Lyon, Brandon
R21 P3 Jeff Erickson Hanson, Tommy
R21 P4 Mike Siano Laird, Gerald
R21 P5 Jeffrey Ma Penny, Brad
R21 P6 Jason Collette Rodriguez, Wandy
R21 P7 Nando Di Fino Varitek, Jason
R21 P8 Will Carroll Floyd, Gavin
R21 P9 Cory Schwartz Meche, Gil
R21 P10 Lawr Michaels Blake, Casey
R21 P11 Zach Steinhorn Putz, J.J.
R21 P12 Tony Cincotta Jacobs, Mike
R22 P1 Tony Cincotta Jimenez, Ubaldo
R22 P2 Zach Steinhorn Francoeur, Jeff
R22 P3 Lawr Michaels Hudson, Orlando
R22 P4 Cory Schwartz Kuo, Hong-Chih
R22 P5 Will Carroll Snider, Travis
R22 P6 Nando Di Fino Giambi, Jason
R22 P7 Jason Collette Wheeler, Dan
R22 P8 Jeffrey Ma Pelfrey, Mike
R22 P9 Mike Siano Ziegler, Brad
R22 P10 Jeff Erickson Baker, John
R22 P11 Joe Sheehan DeJesus,
R22 P12 Alex Cushing Johjima, Kenji
R23 P1 Alex Cushing Kawakami, Kenshin
R23 P2 Joe Sheehan Volstad, Chris
R23 P3 Jeff Erickson Kuroda, Hiroki
R23 P4 Mike Siano Zumaya, Joel
R23 P5 Jeffrey Ma Escobar, Kelvim
R23 P6 Jason Collette Hill, Aaron
R23 P7 Nando Di Fino Buchholz, Clay
R23 P8 Will Carroll Snyder, Chris
R23 P9 Cory Schwartz Choo, Shin-Soo
R23 P10 Lawr Michaels Ray, Chris
R23 P11 Zach Steinhorn Helton, Todd
R23 P12 Tony Cincotta Guthrie, Jeremy
(Editor’s Note: There will be a show on Friday to delve even deeper into this A-Rod news. There is a ton of dust to settle and a surgery to be had so I wouldn’t panic if I have A-Rod in a keeper league just yet, but I just don’t know what the ramifications in a straight draft and auction will be yet. Cory and I will discuss tomorrow so check out today’s show with me and Petey Mac and look out for a special show tomorrow…………Siano)
Well, Alex Rodriguez just can’t get himself out of the headlines. The latest bombshell has Rodriguez missing about 10 weeks as he’ll undergo surgery to remove a cyst on his right hip. Is A-Rod still a top five pick now? Not so sure.
Check out today’s 411 podcast which will be up on the site later this afternoon. The guys will discuss the A-Rod news and Manny signing among other topics.
Also, our two month long mock draft is finally over! I’ll post the complete results shortly.
Lots to discuss, so let’s get this thing started.
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
In my league, one of the members couldn’t make it for the Yahoo! live draft so he was autodrafted and he got Scherzer. He dropped him in favor of Huston Street. I have number 2 waiver priority and I know for sure the number 1 guy isn’t going to grab him. Should I use my waiver now, or wait until later in the season for a possible Tommy Hanson callup?
Thanks again, Matthew in Southern California
I’d wait. #1 waiver can also be used for a backup position player who takes over or gets traded and becomes a starter or a new closer. I’m not saying hang onto it forever since the quicker you use it the quicker you get back up to the top. I definitely agree on Hanson, but right now Scherzer is banged up and the 5th starter so he will just sit on your bench for at least two weeks. If he starts the season on the DL and you can wait on him to clear waivers that’s cool. But I will almost guarantee that anyone who picks him up will cut him and he will clear waivers at some point early on.