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May 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks: Second baseman Aaron Hill has been cleared to start baseball activities after missing the last six weeks with a broken wrist…..Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs was impressive in his season debut but will still be sent back down to AAA. Not the worst thing though for him or the DBacks as they know they […]

Clearing The Bases: AL News & Notes

May 28, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Baltimore Orioles: Well we haven’t had a 2B Brian Roberts update in a little bit, well he has started to resume baseball activities and could return to the team in mid-June…..Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy is still waiting for the go ahead from Dr. James Andrews as to when he can begin a throwing program. The […]

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May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks: Outfielder Adam Eaton suffered a setback in the rehab on his elbow. He has felt discomfort the past couple of days and believes something is wrong. No diagnosis has been made as of yet, but this is obviously not a good thing…..In mixed fantasy leagues that only start one catcher, it may be […]

Clearing The Bases: AL News & Notes

May 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Baltimore Orioles: The O’s are having some problems in their bullpen of late. Closer Jim Johnson has blown three straight saves after nailing 35 straight. There have always been some doubts about Johnson’s ability to be the closer long term, the question is, are those doubts coming to fruition earlier than first thought or is […]

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May 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks: Outfielder Jason Kubel was kept out of the lineup again Wednesday, the sixth time in eight games that he hasn’t started. While it’s true that he has been nursing a couple of nagging injuries since the end of spring training, this doesn’t seem to be injury related. If manager Kirk Gibson continues to […]

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May 14, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles depth in their starting rotation is certainly being tested. First they had to give Freddy Garcia a start and now with Wei-Yin Chen heading to the DL they will call upon Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens has fallen a long way since a hot start to the 2011 season and somehow I don’t […]

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May 8, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Arizona Diamondbacks: Looks like closer J.J. Putz will be lost to the DBacks for a bit of time and possibly even the rest of the season due to an elbow strain. In his absence Heath Bell will get first crack at the job with David Hernandez most likely next in line. If you’re looking for […]

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Clearing The Bases May 7, 2013 by George Kurtz Baltimore Orioles: For those of you dying for a 2B Brian Roberts update, it’s not good, he’s still having problems with his knee and is visiting a specialist to find out what’s wrong…..How on Earth did SP Freddy Garcia almost throw a no-hitter over the Angels […]

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Seems to be only a matter of time until closer J.J. Putz loses his job even though manager Kirk Gibson has come out and said he is safe for now. Problem for fantasy owners is the, who is next in line, David Hernandez or Heath Bell. Hernandez is the better pitcher at this […]

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April 30, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Baltimore Orioles: Well I guess the news about SP Dylan Bundy is good, he had a platelet rich plasma injection earlier this week and has been advised to rest his pitching arm for six weeks. That takes us to early June and he will certainly need some kind of rehab stint before he is ready […]

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April 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks: Starting pitcher Randall Delgado, you know, one of the key pieces in the OF Justin Upton trade, is off to a rough at AAA and may not be the first call up once the Dbacks need help in the rotation, that may go to Tyler Skaggs. Good thing that Upton fellow isn’t off […]

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Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles sent down SP Jake Arrieta to AAA after another subpar performance on Monday. Arrieta has good stuff but doesn’t seem to have figured out how to control it within the strike zone…..Speaking of SPs, Dylan Bundy is going to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews about his ailing elbow. […]

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April 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks: Pretty tough week for the DBacks as they lose 2B Aaron Hill until June with a broken hand. Hill suffered the injury when he was hit by an Edwin Jackson pitch. Tried to play with it over the weekend but just couldn’t do it. Outfielder Jason Kubel was also placed on the DL […]

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April 16, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Boston Red Sox: My thoughts and prayers go out to Boston. Just another senseless act of violence once again. I’m a Yankee fan, and a Cowboy/Islander fan also, and outside of playing for a hockey team called the Blackhawks, I’ve never worn any other team’s jersey other than those three teams, would consider it disloyal, […]

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April 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona Diamondbacks: Centerfielder A.J. Pollock had a big game Wednesday, hitting two HRs and driving in four runs. Pollock may not have even begun the season with the team except for the injuries suffered by Adam Eaton an Cody Ross, problem is when those two return from the DL there may be no room for […]

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April 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Baltimore Orioles: Tough news for 2B Brian Roberts. He ruptured a tendon in the back of his knee and will miss most of, if not all of April. The problem for Roberts is this, even if he does return during the 2-4 week timetable, it would seem to be highly unlikely that he wouldn’t suffer […]

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Funny how things work out. During the off-season the DBacks were making deals because they thought they had a stockpile of outfielders, but after trading Justin Upton and Chris Young, and with the elbow injury suffered by Adam Eaton , that depth has been severely depleted…..Speaking of Upton, he just hit his second […]

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April 2, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Baltimore Orioles: Starting Pitcher Chris Tillman may be on the disabled list, but he is expected to be activated and take his regular turn in the rotation this weekend…..If 2B Brian Roberts can stay healthy and once again become the player he used to be, this would be a pretty big boon to the O’s […]

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March 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Well all of the fantasy rankings have been completed, it’s time to talk about real life baseball. There will be very little fantasy talk in this column as I will be making predictions on how the divisions will end. Predictions are never all that easy and in some cases completely useless once the season begins […]

Clearing The Bases

March 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Well all of the fantasy rankings have been completed, it’s time to talk about real life baseball.  There will be very little fantasy talk in this column as I will be making predictions on how the divisions will end.  Predictions are never all that easy and in some cases completely useless once the season begins […]

Clearing The Bases

March 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to the first day of spring and if you live in the Northeast well then you know it’s about 30 degrees and snowing, not exactly good news for MLB, when the season will begin in about 10 days.  Today we will complete our rankings with the outfielders.  I’m not going to rank designated hitters […]

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March 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Third base is loaded with great players at the top but declines rather quickly.  The top five players will be gone by the end of the 2nd round and although the second tier has some interesting players with some upside, they also come with quite a few warning flags, everything from injury concerns, to one […]

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March 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The position of shortstop is traditionally weak, and this year is no exception.  The first 3-4 players are studs, next two I wouldn’t mind having, then everyone else is pretty much a dartboard throw, hoping they help me more than they hurt me.  What I mean by that is that if I take someone like […]

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March 10, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

Position scarcity seems to be the first phrase that comes to mind when discussing second base.  Hard to argue with the logic, after the top 6-7 players the talent dries up quickly.  Robinson Cano is in consideration for the fourth overall pick in fantasy drafts, but no other 2B will be taken in the 1st […]

Clearing The Bases

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Now we get to a position in which I would spend an early pick or high dollar amount on.  First base is deep, but not with as many top tiered players as there have been in the past.  New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was taken off this list as he suffered a strained list […]

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March 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Catcher is yet another position that I will wait on in my draft.   I love Buster Posey, he’s a great player, but I’m not spending $40 in an auction or using a 1st or 2nd round pick to select him.  The reason is simple.  Catchers are at a much higher risk of injury than any […]

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February 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to relief pitchers, I’m of the mind to wait.  Last season by the middle of May, 15 of the 30 closers that were slated to have that job for their team at the beginning of spring training lost that job due to one reason or another.  Injuries (Rivera, Wilson, Soria, Madson) took […]

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February 19, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

It’s that time of year again.  Players have reported to their respective spring training sites.  Games will begin later this week.  The boys of summer have returned.  This also means that it’s time to start to prepare for your fantasy drafts.  Today we will begin our series of player rankings.  Starting Pitchers are on tap.   […]

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August 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone with a flurry of deals, but all is not lost as far as player movement.  Players can still be traded, they just have to pass through waivers first.  If they pass through unclaimed, they are free to be dealt to anyone.  If they are claimed by one […]

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July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Well the non-waiver trade deadline came and went at 4pm EST earlier today with quite a few deals.  There was some talk that teams wouldn’t do much trading because it wasn’t worth it to possibly only play one playoff game, and that could be on the road.  Instead though there were quite a few trades […]

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July 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the big trades that went down on Monday you would’ve thought it was deadline day, but no, the non-waiver trade deadline is actually a week from today at 4pm EST.  Detroit beat the clock by trading SP Jacob Turner and a couple of minor leaguers to Miami for SP Anibal Sanchez and 2B Omar […]

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July 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Today is the two week mark before the non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball.  Trades are always a fun thing to discuss both in fantasy baseball and reality.  We always wonder where certain players will end up.  Will it help our team?  Will it hurt our team?  Most trades that are mentioned won’t happen, […]

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July 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We talked last week about players that were in the All-Star game that shouldn’t be (Pablo Sandoval, Mike Napoli and others) and also talked about players that were snubbed (AJ Pierzynski, Zack Greinke, etc).  Today we are going to discuss the game itself and the changes I believe should be made to make the game […]

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July 5, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Earlier this week we took a look at players that were snubbed from the 2012 All-Star game, tonight we will look at the opposite side of the spectrum, players that were elected or selected that shouldn’t be there.  In some ways I can understand players that are snubbed.  There are just to many great players, […]

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July 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star game will be held a week from tonight, but we do already know who will be playing in the game, for the most part anyway as there will be players who can’t make the game due to injuries and such.  While I am not a big fan of the […]

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