For the third straight year the Senior Circuit gets to keep the World Series trophy after stunning and dominant performance by the Giants.  Not sure how the Tigers put up such a dud, might have been one of the worst team performances in the World Series ever.  Let’s get it!

Top Performances in the WS:

  • Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF: 9-24, 4R, 2 2B, 2HR, 6RBI – Panda became the 4th player ever to have 3 home runs in a WS game doing it in his first three ABs.  After game 1 he really didn’t do too much more going 4-12, but game 1 was enough to put his name on the MVP trophy and in the history books.
  • The SF defense gets props for basically locking down any chance the Tigers may have had with only a single error committed, 4 DPs and a.993 team fielding %.
  • Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF: 7.0 IP, Win, 3H, 0ER, 8K:2BB – After a dread couple starts Bumgarner came up huge in the World Series with easily the best performance by a starter.
  • Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF: 5.2 IP, Win, 5H, 0ER, 4K:3BB – Another great start, can’t say enough good things about this whole story.
  • Barry Zito, SP, SF: 5.2IP, Win, 6H, 1ER, 3K:1BB – Don’t really know what to say here. To even hint that SF now got their monies worth out of one of the worst deals ever is still a stretch as Zito’s deal was so bad, but two WS titles in 3 years and he won when he had to this post season.
  • Sergio Romo, RP, SF: 3.0 IP, 3-3 saves, 0ER, 0H, 5K:0BB – To be honest I am not sure why SF would really care to get Brian Wilson back as a closer, Romo I think is better and was absolutely lights out in the World Series closing out the three games that only went 9 innings.


Rants and Ramblings:


It’s been almost a week of reviewing the performance by the Giants and the disappearing job by the Tigers, so I won’t go on and on about it.  In the end the Giants absolutely dismantled the Tigers with air tight defense and good pitching and the vaunted Tigers offense pressed and pressed and did nothing at the plate.  NL baseball at its best!


So far we have seen some options get picked up that we expected in the NL, a few declines or not met – here are some of the highlights from the very early days on the hot stove in the NL:


  • Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT – This one was a no-brainer for the Pirates after Alvarez had a break out year.  If he can cut his strikeouts down and take a few more walks his value could sky rocket, but for now I would expect another .240-60-20-80 season as a minimum for now in 2013, but in a contract year who knows what he might find.
  • Carlos Zambrano, SP, MIA – Big Z didn’t meet the minimums for force the vesting option in his deal to kick in…both CHC and MIA are both likely doing the happy dance.  Hopefully Big Z goes away and doesn’t come back to MLB.
  • Jose Contreras, SP/RP, PHI – The Phillies decline this option…I would guess it is because they don’t want a pitcher who might really be 64 years old.
  • RA Dickey, SP, NYM – Obviously the Mets pick up the option of the likely NL Cy Young winner.  At $4.75M in 2012 this might be the biggest bargain in recent years, and $5M in 2013 is easy to take…likely won’t be as dominant in 2013 but should be solid.
  • Tim Hudson, SP, ATL – The Braves were never going to decline this option, Huddy is worth too much to this clubhouse, especially with Chipper now gone.
  • Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS – after having a big year on likely the youngest and most talented team in MLB LaRoche declines the mutual option…I am vexed with this move, as I doubt he will get a better chance to win for much more money anywhere, so testing the FA market just seems odd when he had it so good.  Don’t expect another year(s) like 2012 from him anymore.
  • Ryan Madsen, RP, CIN – Madsen declined his mutual option…recovering from Tommy John…had $11M option…I am lost here…
  • Brian McCann, C, ATL – Option picked up by the Braves, don’t think there was ever any doubt really…expect a massive year from him in his contract year in 2013.
  • JJ Putz, RP, ARZ – The D-backs picked up this option easily, keeping Putz in the pen for 2013 after a good 2012 with 32 saves.  At $6.5M he is good value for 30-35 saves, expect the same in 2013 if he is healthy as H Bell is a bum and Ziegler likely won’t take the closer job from Putz.
  • Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI – The Phillies easily picked up this option after a career year by Ruiz, and $5M for 2013 is a great price for a catcher who can hit .300 with 15HR and 60 RBI.


The Cardinals made a great move offering the mandatory $13.3M qualifying offer to Lohse – if he takes it they get good value for a good price while only committing to one year on a 34 year old starter who has excelled in STL. If he declines they get compensation in picks. Win-win for STL and Loshe really – regardless of where he ends up he should be a sure bet for 15 wins with a 3.00 ERA or so, but low K rates are standard here.


The top NL free agent in this crop is easily Michael Bourn – he might just land a $100M contract too, but I would expect some teams might be hesitant to give a speedster a huge deal…think Carl Crawford…yes Bourn is 30, and history seems to show the majority of speedsters fall apart from the wear and tear.  There definitely will be many teams taking a run at Bourn who is one of the best defensive CFs in the game and the Braves will at least get compensation in picks if he leaves.


Once the hot stove officially gears up and gets going I will try to keep up and discuss the moves and the fantasy outfall each week and start looking at the projections for 2013 and the studs and duds and all that.


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