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Craig Kimbrel Chicago Cubs

Joe Sheehan didn't just pan Kimbrel last year in Rotowire (Allard thread), he nailed him.

"Kimbrel looks for all the world like Wade Davis did a year ago, a great reliever at his peak who is hitting the free-agent market just in time to go south... his skill set -- Kimbrel had his lowest fastball rate in seven years, and he walked one of every eight batters he faced, 15th in MLB among relievers -- is fading  Whatever contract Kimbrel signs, he won't be the closer by the end of it."

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Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers

Luckily, I still have last year's Rotowire (Allard post). Joe Sheehan's first pick was Corbin Burnes.

"... As much fun as 'bullpenning' was last season, Craig Counsell will go back to a more conventional approach this year, with Burned a big part of that. He'll be innings-light, but the rates will be exceptional and he'll bring 150 strikeouts to the table."

He was right about the K-rate but surely wasn't expecting the HR/FB to triple.

Alex Patton Alex
Kolby Allard Texas Rangers

Joe Sheehan, kicking off his Picks and Pans in this year's Rotowire Fantasy Baseball:

"... if you read this piece in last year's edition... well, thanks for reading again. While I pegged Rafael Devers as a pick and Crag Kimbrel as a pan, the lists were among the weakest in the decade that I've been writing this article."

This is surely what separates Joe from the average pundit. Who else would make such an admission?

Not me.

He offers a weak excuse -- something about all of the late signings a year ago -- and then says, "Really, though I made some bad calls. Time to get up, knock the dirt off and do better."

His first pick is Koby Allard.

Alex Patton Alex
Jordan Yamamoto Miami Marlins

Jordan Yamamoto (P) MIA - Feb. 23

Yamamoto allowed three runs (two earned) in two innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Joe Frisaro of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He was victimized by some shaky outfield defense in the first inning -- Monte Harrison lost a Pete Alonso flyball in the sun, and JJ Bleday followed by misplaying a Wilson Ramos fly after the wind pushed it into the corner for a bases-loaded ground-rule double -- but Yamamoto rebounded in the second. He threw 38 pitches in total (22 strikes) and at least showed he can handle some adversity. The right-hander, who posted a 4.46 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 82:36 K:BB in 78.2 big-league innings last year, is fighting for a spot in the Marlins' rotation this spring.

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Victor Caratini Chicago Cubs

Victor Caratini (C) CHI-N - Feb. 23

Caratini went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's 4-2 Cactus League loss to the Dodgers.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Caratini started his spring on a nice note after a solid 2019. The 26-year-old will serve as a backup at catcher and first base this year, and his fantasy value could rise if an injury opens up a more regular role. 

Alex Patton Alex
Anthony Alford Toronto Blue Jays

Anthony Alford (OF) TOR - Feb. 23

Alford stole three bases -- one of which resulted in the eventual winning run -- in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, Gregor Chisholm of The Toronto Star reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 25-year-old is out of minor-league options, so it's either head north with the big-league club or head to the waiver wire for Alford this spring. He's making his case early with his legs, but the outfielder will also need to prove he can handle himself defensively in all three spots and contribute a little with his bat if he's going to win a spot on the Jays' bench. The most important thing for Alford this spring might be to just stay healthy, however -- he played only 96 games last year between the minors and majors, and he's never played more than 125 in any season in his career. 

Alex Patton Alex
Dusty Baker Washington Nationals

Funniest thing about this ST game was the ironic "sign stealing."  Fans entering with signs to heckle the Astros had their signs stolen, er, taken away, by security.

If Dusty can reverse his bullpen management issues, I'll happily support him.  And I saw a recent data-based arguement that those issues were mostly bad luck, not errors.  If he was simply splitting aces and eights, but drew bad cards, then let him keep playing.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Manny Pina Milwaukee Brewers

I'm sure it's been looked at but it seems like it's Hispanic players with a special character in the name (Pina, Mejia) which we can't correctly search. Of course, why can't SOME people find them and others can that I don't know. 

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Brock Holt Milwaukee Brewers

Looking at this again, MLB Trade Rumors predicted $4M a year. Holt signed for 3.25M plus a 750K buyout next year if the Brewers don't extend. That's $4M for 2020.

And if they do extend, he'll be paid $8.25M for two years, close to the MLB Traderumors estimate. 

I mocked them a bit, they were pretty dead on.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dusty Baker Washington Nationals

When Manfred described the penalties for violating the rule he said GMs and Managers would pay, no players. Why he didn't stick to this in his press appearances is mystifying. Worst PR guy ever.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Manny Pina Milwaukee Brewers

Here's what happens: You sort the stats by Catcher. You get the Top 20 or so. If you click the 2 button for the next group you lose the Catcher sort filter. Which makes it kind of worthless for deep searches.

Colin, there should be a fix for that, no?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

What is the problem here? Except that Manny  Pina should get more at bats.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Tyler O'Neill St. Louis Cardinals

Started in LF on grapefruit "opening day" and hit a 3-1 pitch over the left center wall v Stroman. With Bader in CF and Carlson banging on the door for PT, he needs a big spring as that $33M Fowler is owed isn't going anywhere. Change of scenery may be best case scenario for both parties. 

Kris Kay BigTrain
Pete Alonso New York Mets

CBS pushed him up to $29.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

Yep - we're supposed to wait for CBS to put up a link, since they host.  But P&Co has the data to put in the update.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Manny Pina Milwaukee Brewers

FWIW, it is hard to find guys with the stats link as well.  If you are Acuna, no problem. If you are Sean Rodriguez...good luck. No worries though. If you have looked into it and don't have a solution, it's all good.

paul schneider badgermania

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Manny Pina Milwaukee Brewers

Excellent solution.

Colin, who programs this site, has never been able to figure out why some players don't come up for some people in a search.

Alex Patton Alex
Brusdar Graterol Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers pitching staff is amazing this year. A ton of these guys are going to have positive fantasy $ even out of the pen.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

I imagine it takes him a few days to write up and have posted the accompanying article and he'll tweet out a link when it is up.

John Thomas Roll2

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