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|Written by Jeff Hopkins|
|Sunday, 03 February 2013 10:19|
Pitchers and Catchers report this month – happy times are here again!!! Fantasy drafts might soon start happening more and more this month, but hopefully your league commissioners push them off as late into March as possible. A rash of signings happened this week in MLB, with teams and players avoiding arbitration in most places and some still picking off free agents to fill gaps in their rosters. Nothing major or earth-shattering in the fantasy world to report though, just everyday stuff, PED accusations involving ARod and other cheaters, and former players going to jail. Let’s get it!
Some News This Past Week from the NL:
Rants and Ramblings:
Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program. Grace was arrested last August in Scottsdale - his second drunken driving arrest in 15 months - and could have faced more than three years in prison. He had pleaded not guilty in October to four felony counts of aggravated DUI and was scheduled to go on trial March 19. The Diamondbacks fired him as their analyst after the August arrest, but later invited him to participate in a fantasy camp. I fondly remember having Grace at 1B on fantasy teams a decade ago, along with guys like Richard Hidalgo, Daren Erstad, Jeff Kent, Edgar Martinez, Juan Gonzalez and one of my all-time favourites, Larry Walker… ah, the good ole days, before steroids and PEDs became words intertwined with baseball every other week. Seriously though, Vlad Guerrero in his prime and a healthy and young Todd Helton were something to watch!
With spring training almost here, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still trying their best to work out a deal with Francisco Liriano. The roadblock appears to be that the Pirates want to sign Liriano to a minor-league deal (great idea by PIT) with an invitation to major league Spring Training and a real good chance to make the rotation for 2013. Liriano thought wants at least one guaranteed year with an option for 2014. The sides agreed to terms on a two-year, $12.75 million contract on Dec. 22, but shortly after, Liriano suffered a broken right (non-throwing) arm, reportedly in a fall in his bathroom in the Dominican Republic. The Pirates then backed away from the deal. Either way Liriano is what he is right now – a broken down former young budding star derailed by injuries. I will avoid come draft time.
Another PED scandal that includes ARod is on fire in the media again…”whoopdy-do-basel what does it all mean?!” The Miami New Times said Tuesday that the three-time AL MVP bought human-growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., near Rodriguez's offseason home. Also implicated were convicted cheater Melky Cabrera, Nationals young starter Gio Gonzalez, Rangers OF Nelson Cruz and Oakland A’s starter Bartolo Colon. Bosch's lawyer, Susy Ribero-Ayala, said in a statement to the New Times that the report ''is filled with inaccuracies, innuendo and misstatements of fact.'' ''Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated by or associated with him,'' she added. Hearing that guys like ARod, Colon and Melky are linked to this are not shockers, but Gio Gonzalez? (I don’t really buy it).
Don’t forget – Dobber Baseball fantasy guide for 2013 is almost here!!!!
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|Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 14:50|