Four years after the Twins and Mets pulled off a blockbuster, almost no one involved is still standing.
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Jason looks at how how relief pitchers perform in the season following a heavy workload.
One of the surprise stories in the National League this season has been the success of the Atlanta Braves. They have the third best record in all of baseball and the second best record in the National League despite the struggles of Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward and the injuries to key players such as Martin Prado.
Injuries and spring training battles have done little to clear up just who is closing where in 2011.
There might only be one more week until Opening Day, but that is still enough time to catch some spring training action, and I’ll be doing just that: on Friday night, I’ll be in Tampa for the Astros/Yankees tilt, and the next afternoon I’ll be catching Blue Jays/Phillies in Clearwater. Since it’s currently thunderhailing as I write this in New York City, you better believe the weekend can’t come quickly enough.
With spring training inching toward a close, closer battles are starting to wind down as well.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, where I admit to the fact that I have the day off of work but may be the only person in the country who is stepping out for reasons that don’t involve either green-tinted festivities or the beginning of the NCAA Tournament. (I’ll watch Boston U get crushed in the first round, and then turn spring training back on, in case you’re wondering.) After a day spent looking at outfielders, we’re back to the bullpen, where there’s much to discuss.
The difference between a successful season and disappointment can often come down to depth.
With the marquee free agents all signed, the blockbuster trades blockbusted, and even most of the bargain bins raided, there's little left to do this winter but count the days until pitchers and catchers report. That is, unless you're into keeping score regarding the players who have crawled out from under rocks or been shaken out of brothels for the purposes of being given a minor-league deals with invitations to spring training, of course. Some of us are, and there's nothing wrong with that. In any event, as teams' major-league rosters come into focus, I figured now would be a good time to examine some laudable moves which teams have made to stock their benches, adding players with the ability to back up at multiple positions, or who can serve as insurance policies to cover for contingencies.
The Jays keep making moves, and Texas tries to fill a hole.
Welcome to this week’s “Value Picks”, in which we cease to pretend we’re going to talk about other teams and just acknowledge that now and forever, we’re just going to bring you the latest and greatest in Toronto Blue Jay news. We’ve had six articles since we returned from postseason hiatus, and in that time we’ve already looked at five relievers who have either just arrived in Toronto or just left. That doesn’t even include Frank Francisco, who was originally discussed on December 2nd as a Ranger, and who features prominently today.
Three AL teams have bolstered their bullpens this week, but what impact does that have for fantasy players?
It almost doesn't seem real (particularly if, like me, you live in the Northeast and have been suffering through something of a brutal winter), but pitchers and catchers are reporting in about a month. We've almost made it! Today, I'm going to focus on a few more relievers who've found new homes recently, but like my fellow Value Picks authors, I'd like to open it up to the readers for the next few weeks until camp starts. Is there a particular job battle that interests you? Wondering if that hot prospect is finally going to make his mark? Feel free to hit me up in the comments or via Twitter (@MikeSciosciasTI) and I'll be happy to accommodate as many requests as I can.
Before we start, last week I briefly touched upon the Tampa closer situation, as Kyle Farnsworth had signed with the Rays just before my article was complete. For a more complete look, be sure to check out BP newcomer Jason Collette's piece from yesterday, where he goes more in-depth at the various Tampa options.