We never want to see a player get hurt, but when it comes to fantasy baseball; there will be casualties. If it’s going to happen, you want it to affect the one owner in your league who thinks he’s going to come out on top.
My team is surging, and he gets to pick from the likes of Josh Rutledge, J.J. Hardy (waiver out for him if you want him), Alexei Ramirez or Marco Scutaro. Yea, I would say Reyes helps you more than those guys.
Tough break. Er, sprain. Meh, no matter. You think you’re winning your league with Reyes on the shelf? NO WAY JOSE! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Now, THIS is how you get a leg up on the competition!
Check out the jerseys hanging up for the Toronto Marlins Blue Jays. Reyes, Johnson, Bonafacio, Buehrle. Just a part of the new players Toronto got to play north of the border this year. The Blue Jays have long seemed a team ready to take the next step, but they never have. They tried a few different methods. Former GM JP Ricciardi, tried to do it with big signings such as AJ Burnett and, ahem, BJ Ryan? New GM Alex Anthopoulos spent several years building the farm system starting with trading ace Roy Halladay. Well, after acquiring a nice core of young players including Brett Lawrie, and Brandon Morrow, Anthopoulos made some deals to swing for the fences this year. He picked a good year to do it too. The Red Sox are down for sure, the Yankees have serious injury concerns. Is this the year that Toronto gets back to the playoffs after a 20 year absence? If it is, it will be greatly dependent on how this next group of players perform this year and adapt to playing in the great white north.
Let’s see who they acquired to make that playoff (and maybe more) berth a reality. This could be long.
Major Off-Season Moves:
Acquired SS Jose Reyes
Acquired SP Josh Johnson
Acquired SP Mark Buehrle
Acquired OF/2B Emilio Bonafacio
Signed OF Melky Cabrera
Acquired SP RA Dickey
Toronto acquired 5 of the 6 players acquired in the off season are former or current All-Stars. This is a serious influx of talent for a team that already had a pretty good major league roster. Now they had to pretty much deplete their prospects still in the minor leagues, but sometimes that’s what you need to do. In a prefect world, a team can have a stocked minor league while still being a top major league team. I can guarantee that most fans would trade one World Series title if it means there will be a rebuilding phase a few years later. All these players are going to fill starting roles (Bonafacio being the shakiest) and will be significant upgrades over their predecessors.
This was the type of win that builds chemistry when the season is still young. It was a huge victory for the Reds, pushing the Marlins out of town when they should have lost the opening series of the season.
I returned from Easter brunch in time to see Jay Bruce hit his game tying opposite field home run off Heath Bell. Drew Stubbs added an infield single. The Reds started to pile on the pressure on Bell and the Marlins. Hanigan singled to the opposite field and Stubbs advanced to third.
I was never really concerned with this bunch. Even if they had lost today, I’m not concerned. If they lose five games in a row after this–I still have a relaxed sense that at some point the wins are coming. And when Scott Rolen pinch hit and drove a ball hard to third base, Jose Reyes couldn’t field it cleanly. Stubbs scampered home, and the Reds had themselves against a quality opponent.
Marlins exit stage left–they took a nice piece of us last night–but we let Mike Stanton come to town and didn’t surrender any bombs. Statement win on Opening Day followed by letdown loss and finished up with a character and chemistry building win on Easter Sunday.
How about Jay Bruce? He’s never gotten off to a start like this. To see him using all of the field and put a swing on a Bell fast ball on the outer half like he did was no accident–whereas last season when Bruce went the other way with a pitch it looked forced or by mistake. Bruce hit a ball that got caught in the jet stream. The swing looked a little bit like Joey Votto off first glace. The Reds don’t win today without Bruce’s game-tying blast.
Pats on the back go to Zach Cozart, Aroldis Chapman (nice ‘W’ in two scoreless innings of relief), and DatDudeBP for his 1000th hit as a Cincinnati Red.
Bring on the damn Cardinals tomorrow night and let’s get this rivalry going again. We’re going to put a whuppin’ on that ass.
I was thinking about something this morning on my drive into work. I really want Albert Pujols to leave the Cardinals, thus increasing the chances he stays in St. Louis. If Albert leaves the Cardinals, I think the Reds clearly become the front-runner in the National League Central. Let someone else worry about Pujols putting up a career year in the form of lifetime stats against them (see Pujols’ career stats against Cincinnati).
The Miami Marlins have made a 10-year offer to the biggest fish on the free-agent market, first baseman Albert Pujols, baseball sources told ESPN the Magazine’s Buster Olney on Tuesday.
It is unclear what the monetary figure of the offer is, and a key question is whether the Marlins would agree to include a no-trade clause in their offer. The club did not offer shortstop Jose Reyes such a clause, which Pujols had with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Marlins’ latest offer is an increase from the nine-year proposal made in their first meeting with Lozano.
Well this news makes me happy. I know it makes Danny Lozano happy. I just want my Reds to have a run at things in 2012. I’m not scared of a baseball team from Miami that will be in full panic mode come July. Go ahead Albert, sign down in South Beach with your superstar Dominican buddy Reyes. Similar paths worked out well for Lebron.
Let me also add that there’s just no way a legend like Pujols should ever play for a franchise like the Marlins. And he’ll be back in St. Louis even if he has to take fewer years or money. It will be interested to see what happens now that the Marlins have put a little pressure on the Cardinals.
“I was told by a security guard that I can’t hold up the sign when the game is in play. I agreed. That makes complete sense. After he got a hit I put up the sign again and a supervisor then came down to tell me that I can’t have the sign up because it has a website address on it. Ok… again, makes complete sense. I am getting free advertisement LIVE on national television. Makes sense.
I decided to leave the section on my own and walk back to my original spot. I agreed that I wouldn’t show the sign anymore. They didn’t kick me out right off the bat. I folded up my sign and while walking out (while fans booed of course.. they wanted me there) and people around asked how to contact me. I gave out about 10 business cards and that is what set off security even more. That is now soliciting I guess.
The guard asked to see my ticket. I did in fact have one for that section. He then confiscated the ticket and asked me to leave on my own or leave in cuffs. I asked on what charge and he said “now you are trespassing, you don’t have a ticket”. Real classy.” [The 7 Line]