March 2010

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Designated Hitter Rankings

Only three DHs have positive value for me in a typical 12-team 5x5 mixed league...

  1. Vladimir Guerrero (12) - $9.22
  2. David Ortiz (17) - $7.53
  3. Hideki Matsui (22) - $2.87

I have Vlad and Papi at 525 ABs, Matsui at 500.  If you see them getting more, add a buck or two.  Travis Hafner, Troy Glaus, Jim Thome, and Pat Burrell did not make my cut for positive mixed league fantasy value.  These guys generally have projected ABs of 400 or so, but Glaus doesn't make the cut even with 525.

2010 Sleepers: Julio Borbon

Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon is currently being picked in the 16th round on average, and he could be quite a bargain for your fantasy team.

According to this AP story, Borbon will not be shielded against lefties in 2010.  He is penciled in as the Rangers' center fielder and leadoff man.  Say I put him down for 600 ABs, not atypical for a leadoff man.  In that case Borbon would have a projected fantasy line of .293-5-53-95-40.  It'd be a very Juan Pierre-like line (Pierre is a huge sleeper himself, since he'll play everyday and lead off for the White Sox).

Certain speedsters are not getting proper respect this year.  Borbon, Pierre, Rajai Davis, Everth Cabrera, and Elvis Andrus are all projected to swipe 40+ bags and score 80+ runs, but they're going in the 13th round or later.

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Introducing @CloserNews

@CloserNews is a new venture I am launching for the 2010 season.  The goal is to create a Twitter account focused solely on bringing you instant, breaking information about closer changes or potential closer changes.  My other site, MLB Trade Rumors, has a writer covering baseball hot stove news during most waking hours.  The MLBTR writers will now re-tweet pertinent closer information to the @CloserNews Twitter page.

The idea for @CloserNews came from my own fantasy baseball need.  I am in several competitive mixed leagues where you must be lightning-fast to pick up replacement closers when a team's situation changes due to injury, poor performance, or a trade.  RotoWorld and RotoWire do a great job giving us all fantasy news very quickly on their sites and on Twitter.  @CloserNews should apply a very specific filter to that huge stream of baseball news while also instantly pulling information from the source (beat writers).

The community element will hopefully add to @CloserNews.  First, you need to follow us on Twitter.  Second, you can help us broadcast news instantly!  If you're watching a ballgame or see breaking news online about a potential closer change, and we don't have it yet, tweet about it and include @CloserNews in your message.  Doing so will catch our writer's attention, and he can tweet the information to everyone if necessary.

Starting today, we'll be monitoring stories for @CloserNews, though it may be a few weeks before relevant breaking information starts to surface.  If the project succeeds, I hope to create a website where you can comment/debate on each situation and also stay up-to-date without a Twitter account.  A frequently-updated closer grid would also be helpful.

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