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|Written by Jeff Hopkins|
|Monday, 14 January 2013 08:58|
So, between the flu finding its way to my house, and a mega winter storm dropping ~70 cm of snow and knocking out the power for 2+ days with hurricane force winds, I have been kind of tied up and slacked on my writing, and for that I apologize. So, in an effort to make amends let’s try to make the best out of a very quiet couple weeks in the NL. Let’s get to it!
Rants and Ramblings:
Top free agents still not signed – Michael Bourn, Rafael Soriano, Kyle Lohse – the cost of picks and money in return is killing the number of contract offers on Lohse and Bourn, but teams will have these guys signed before pitchers and catchers report in a couple weeks.
Lohse has had talks with the Rangers through agent Scott Boras. Having Satan as an agent will assure Lohse gets paid and the Rangers are one of the few teams who can afford to pay Lohse. Fantasy wise a move to TEX would cripple Lohse’s already precarious value as an SP3 guy as Lohse isn’t the type of pitcher who will fit well in the band-box style hitters’ park in Arlington.
Hall of Fame voting went on this week and first the first time in a long time no one got into the HOF. The first big wave of hall of fame talent tainted by PED use hit the ballot in Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, and it obviously hit the nerve it was expected to do. Now, I am 100% behind hating cheaters and what these guys did, and this comes from a long time (and still) die hard McGwire fan, so beat them up when it happens, but move on. These guys were all HOFers relative to the era they played in and people will have to come to grips to that someday. Sadly Craig Biggio missed out this year – both he and Jeff Bagwell deserve to be in the HOF… man the sports writers are a strange bunch.
The World Baseball Classic is on the go again with teams getting their rosters tidied up. Team Canada includes Russell Martin, John Axford, Jesse Crain, Michael Saunders and Brett Lawrie with Joey Votto an insurance physical away from being on the roster. With studs like Stanton, Braun, Jones and Phillips either on or talking about getting on the Team USA roster, Team CAN will have a tough game on March 10th.
Really I don’t even have much to rant and grumble about it has been such a quiet week in the MLB. Three more weeks until players start to report to spring training so between now and then we will likely start to pick up steam towards the season and we will also be getting closer to seeing the Dobber Baseball fantasy guide for 2013!
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:40|