Monday, April 23 – 11:14 AM
I knew that Jarrod Parker would be the most expensive player in FAAB this week. I knew that after shelling out one-third of my season budget last week for Santiago Casilla and Johnny Damon, I wouldn’t be able to afford Parker. And I was fine with that. Turns out Parker went for the vickery adjusted price of $10, a totally fair amount but an amount that is definitely out of my price range. Not to mention that the thin 4-man bench in Tout really limits flexibility, forcing you to think twice before dropping one of your reserves. Parker should do well in Oakland, save for the wins department. A’s pitchers always tend to struggle with racking up those W’s. Is it possible that he could be sent down later this summer when both Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson are expected to come back? Maybe, but I don’t see it so long as he remains effective. While I don’t regret passing on him, Fred Zinkie could be in for quite a treat.
Tuesday, April 24 – 2:30 PM
Looks like I picked the wrong aging third baseman. Coming into the season, I liked the idea of taking a chance on either Kevin Youkilis or Alex Rodriguez. In mock drafts, the elite guys at the position were simply costing too much. Even Pablo Sandoval, whom I own in a couple of keeper leagues, was going off the board by the middle of the fourth round, and in most cases even earlier. I figured that Youk and A-Rod both offered some upside potential in relation to where they were being drafted. And to me, Youkilis was slightly less of an injury risk. So I grabbed the “Greek God of Walks” in Tout and my NFBC Satellite league, and he’s absolutely destroying both teams. A .174 average with one homer and five RBIs through 15 games? Really? He’s striking out a ton and isn’t even walking that much. Something’s not right. Maybe he’s hurt. Maybe he’s simply washed up. Who knows? All I do know is that if he doesn’t get his act together this could be one long summer for these two squads. And in a 15-team mixed league, good luck finding a capable stopgap option on the waiver wire. I might need to make a trade. Oh yeah, NFBC doesn’t even allow trading. That could be a problem. The good news? A-Rod isn’t doing much better.
Looks like I didn’t pick the wrong aging third baseman. Looks like I was wrong to pick an aging third baseman.
Tuesday, April 24 – 8:25 PM
When I won Andre Ethier for $13 in my 12-team mixed keeper league, I was OK with it but not overly thrilled. The Dodgers’ outfielder was my third choice for my #2 OF slot, behind Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo. But when the bidding got out of hand for those two, I settled on Ethier, an extremely streaky hitter who was limited to just 135 games last season due to injury. On the bright side, I was able to get him at a bargain basement price and I also knew all about his trademark fast starts. I like those players. They make for great midseason trade chips. Sure enough, Ethier is batting .308 with four homers and 22 RBIs on the young season.
I’m not one to overdo it with the whole sell-high, buy-low thing. I believe in giving my players more time than just one month to establish their value before I even think about trade possibilities. Would dealing Ethier now before his stats level off be a wise move? Probably. I’d have no trouble netting a strong return. But then there’s this. Call it my tragic flaw as a fantasy owner. I often grow too attached to my drafted roster, too resistant to change, particularly this early in the year. I’ll hold onto Ethier for the time being. Chances are I’ll end up holding onto him for too long, but hey, I’m in first place! Why fix what isn’t broken, right? Why make a trade just for the sake of making a trade? That would be impulsive. I’m not impulsive.
Friday, April 27 – 3:16 PM
Slumps are one thing. Injuries are another thing. A hate crime? Well, that’s just inexcusable. Delmon Young, my #3 OF in Tout, is absent from tonight’s Tigers’ lineup. Why? Apparently, he thought it was a good idea to get completely drunk and then physically and verbally assault a group of strangers outside a Manhattan hotel in the wee hours of the morning. Detroit’s left fielder was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment, and it remains to be seen whether or not he will be disciplined by the league, his club, or both. And here I was thinking that Delmon’s character issues were behind him. After all, that whole bat-throwing incident was six years ago.
Saturday, April 28 – 2:58 PM
Last year it was Carlos Zambrano. Now it’s Delmon Young. This makes two times in two years that one of my fantasy players has been placed on the MLB restricted list. He might return to the lineup on Tuesday. He might miss more time, as a suspension is still possible. The bottom line is that I’ll make a conscious effort in drafts next year to avoid these problem players. It’s challenging enough to forecast on-field performance. Why do I need all this added drama?