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Ian Stewart Loses His Altitude

I’m not even going to try and pretend that I knew this already, so I’ll just cut straight to the chase. ESPN.com’s Christina Kahrl passes along some extremely useful information in her latest article for the Sweet Spot. “…the thing to keep in mind in evaluating this deal is that playing at altitude depresses strikeout […]

Angels Sign Pujols

It’s 10:00 am and my twitter feed has blown up. It was slow at first, one tweet, then another, then a re-tweet… then everyone. Albert Pujols signs with the Angels, 10 yrs, $250 million, full no-trade clause. The first thing that comes to mind? What happens to Mark Trumbo? Kidding… seriously though. What does this mean […]

Bucs Buy Bedard

After missing the entire 2010 season, it’s hard to view Erik Bedard’s 2011 campaign as anything short of a success. After splitting the season with the Mariners and Red Sox, he has parlayed his return into a one year $4.5 million deal with the Pirates. What can reasonably be expected from Bedard in 2012?   […]

Winter Meetings Wheeling and Dealling: Sergio Santos Edition

The White Sox and Blue Jays agreed to a trade on Tuesday. The pale hose sent closer Sergio Santos to the Jays for pitching prospect Nestor Molina. The ramifications in ranking closers for 2012 after this trade is quite intriguing as the door is open for an electric prospect arm to seize the gig in […]

Fire Brand: David Ortiz’s Age 35 Comps

Reports are beginning to surface that the Red Sox are trying to negotiate a two-year deal with free agent David Ortiz. Those reports got me thinking about what Ortiz’s production might look like over the next two years. That thought became an article for Fire Brand of the AL and the comps I looked at […]

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Impact: Reyes and Bell Want to Party in Miami

The new look Miami Marlins weren’t kidding about making a splash this offseason. They added top fantasy closer Heath Bell to a three-year deal and then, before the weekend was over, agreed to terms on a six-year deal with 2011 fantasy stud shortstop Jose Reyes. What do these moves mean for Bell and Reyes? And […]

Breakouts in 2011: Hitters Part 2

Everyone loves owning a breakout player. Often times, they help in leading fantasy owners to titles. Reaching the promise land on the backs of breakout performers can cause owners to harbor irrational love for those players, and a need to own them in future seasons. The important thing is to determine which breakouts were legitimate […]

2012 Keeper Rankings: C

These keeper rankings focus on potential values over the next 3-5 years. With that in mind, you won’t see anyone like Carlos Ruiz or Miguel Olivo, under even the deep league listing.  Victor Martinez is also not ranked because he’ll likely lose eligibility after 2012, but he’s certainly worth keeping in 12-team mixed formats. All […]

Impact: Angels, Rockies Making Moves

Yesterday, the Angels traded Tyler Chatwood for Chris Iannetta. The Rockies then immediately signed veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez to a two-year deal. Here’s how those moves might affect your fantasy team in 2012… As I wrote yesterday on Twitter, the best thing about Chris Iannetta is that he’s not Jeff Mathis.  Jerry Dipoto’s first big […]

Impact: DeJesus Signs with the Cubs

The Cubs signed outfielder David DeJesus to a two-year deal. Here’s how the move could affect your fantasy team in 2012…   Here’s what I wrote about DeJesus in my free agent primer for The Outside Corner:   2011 was a tough season for DeJesus. He put up career lows in AVG and OBP, but […]

Anatomy of a Keeper Champ: The Hitters

My boys, the Rock Hill (SC) Chiefs, are the defending champions in a 16-team, 5 x 5, rotisserie-style keeper league. Our rosters have 25 active players with no more than 10 reserves.  We do have a free agency rule in place which states you can’t keep a player who signed a free agent deal with […]

Tips on Choosing Keepers

Editor’s note: We’ll start busting out our keeper rankings this week, so here are a few keeper tips to kick things off… Choosing keepers is an integral part of building a dominant team and if you do so well enough, your squad will have a sizable advantage for years to come. Here are some tips […]

My Baseball HQ Roto 350 Team

As part of my trip to First Pitch Arizona earlier this month, I decided to participate in Baseball HQ’s Roto 350 contest. Basically, I got $350 (fake) bucks to spend on 40 players, which are the players I will be stuck with for the majority of the season (there are only a couple of chances […]

Breakouts in 2011: Hitters Part 1

Everyone loves owning a breakout player. Often times, they help in leading fantasy owners to titles. Reaching the promise land on the backs of breakout performers can cause owners to harbor irrational love for those players, and a need to own them in future seasons. The important thing is to determine which breakouts were legitimate […]

2011 Overachievers: Pitchers

The 2011 season is in the books, and what the final results were mean little in terms of projecting for the 2012 season. What’s more important is determining how a player reached their final stat line, and whether or not their production lines up with the components. A few players, both hitters and pitchers, stand […]