|November 1, 2012||Tweet|
|Written by Mallow Hunt|
|Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:40|
**Great news from DobberHockey** - Dobber and Co. have teamed up with Justin Goldman (from The Goalie Guild) to release their first ever Fantasy Goalie Guide. You can catch a glimpse of what's included over here as it'll be released on December 9. This is an absolute must-have for all fantasy hockey managers!
**Even better news right here at DobberBaseball** - We've been preparing for the release of the 2012-2013 DobberBaseball Prospects Guide and it's available for preorder now. It'll be released on November 9, so order it now and get a jump on your competitors for next season!
DobberBaseball's own Mac Vincent wrote up an excellent piece on the Ervin Santana trade (found here), so I'll just touch on it briefly. I like the move for Kansas City, as Santana rates as a high-risk, high-reward starter on a team that has so few quality pitchers (Danny Duffy might be their best, but he's still sidelined after Tommy John surgery).
Santana moving to Kauffman Stadium probably won't help his gopherball problem as Kauffman ranks 16th via Park Factors for HR, while Angels Stadium ranked at 25th. Santana led all of baseball with 39 HR's allowed in 2012, and hasn't allowed less than 20 longballs since his rookie season.
The Angels also appear to be shopping 32 year old Dan Haren in an attempt to try and resign Zack Greinke and squeeze a little more value out of Haren before he hits free agency himself. Haren has an option for the 2013 season but it looks like the Angels will decline to pick it up, even though Haren has stated he'd be willing to re-negotiate a one-year deal that's a bit more "fair" for both sides. The Red Sox appear to be one team that is interested in Haren.
Speaking of Greinke, the free agent ace has already been tagged as having interest from both the Angels and Rangers, and it appears that he will command a high price in what could be an all-out bidding war for the right hander. Fangraphs' Dave Cameron warns of overspending this offseason in this article that includes a Greinke mention.
Even if the Rangers aren't able to bring Greinke to Arlington, it looks like they're committed to making Alexi Ogando a full-time starting pitcher in 2013, as he managed just fine in the role in 2011 (3.51 ERA and 1.14 WHIP)
Teams that aren't weary of overspending could end up paying close to $100 million to bring free agent Michael Bourn on board. No surprise to hear Bourn's new agent is none other than Scott Boras.
The Marlins have found their new manager in former catcher Mike Redmond, signing him to a three year deal. redmond has a history with the Marlins, being drafted by the franchise in 1992 and played for them from 1998-to-2004, winning a championship ring with the team in 2003. Even Ozzie Guillen himself was happy with the signing to replace him. I would expect Rob Brantly's fantasy value to rise slightly with the signing.
The Red Sox also appear to be letting David Ortiz hit the free agent market as well. They'll likely get a deal done to keep Big Papi in Boston, but other teams will be getting a crack and expect to see a team like Baltimore try and lure the slugger away from their AL East rivals.
The Yankees have been also involved with some offseason news with rumblings that Curtis Granderson will give way to Brett Gardner in CF and will occupy a corner outfield spot with Ichiro Suzuki and Nick Swisher expected to not be resigned. The move makes plenty of sense as Gardner is the better defender with more range than Granderson. Since 2007 though, Grandy has only played 22 games in left field and has never played right field.
One replacement option for Swisher or Ichiro could be 37 year old Torii Hunter who is coming off a .313 season with 16 HR and 92 RBI.
It should also be noted that Rafael Soriano has opted out of his contract with the Yankees. He finished 2012 with 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA.
With the legendary Mariano Rivera still pondering "the big R", the Yankees should be at the front of the list to resign Soriano for next season. If Rivera returns it's unlikely Soriano will want to return to the Bronx, especially since Brian Cashman and the Yankees' brass don't seem keen on giving him a similar 3 year, $35 million dollar deal to the one he got prior to 2011.
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