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Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds

And Fred Claire probably regretted his own genius, too:

“The irony is that the process left us with one of the best young second baseman in baseball, if not the best,” Claire said.

No, the irony turns out to be you traded Pedro for a guy who cracked a 700 OPS once in three years.

Mike Landau ML-

Good to go back and see how it turned out. Reed made $750,000 in '94, and a total of $2.9 M over the rest of his career. 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

Looking a little more closely, in the 1999 II draft, Brian Feldman effectively dumped Wins and Strikeouts, too, and finished fourth. Two teams with 1400 innings between them finished first and fourth. 

I'm in 1986 coming up, but how I go will be based on the seeding.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds
Mike Dean TMU2009

Speaking of proxies.  Jeff Passan, this morning:

"Let's back up. Can you please explain what all this is even about?

Billionaires and millionaires fighting over billions."

Mike Landau ML-
Jung-Ho Kang Pittsburgh Pirates

Jung Ho Kang (3B) - May. 22

Kang has applied for a return to the KBO, and disciplinary proceedings will open Monday to determine how long of a suspension he will have to serve for his multiple drunk driving cases, Yoo Jee-ho of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He could face a suspension of up to three years for his three drunk driving cases, but since his 2016 arrest happened when he wasn't a KBO player, he may only be penalized for two of the arrests, which could result in a 90-game ban. The Kiwoom Heroes still hold his rights if he is reinstated from the voluntarily retired list. 

Alex Patton Alex
Evan White Seattle Mariners

Evan White (1B) SEA - May. 22

White, who has remained in Arizona while play has been suspended, should be one of the players that resumes working out at the Mariners' spring training facility next week, Greg Johns of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The Mariners will be allowed to reopen their facility in Peoria beginning early next week, and small group workouts will be permitted. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports White has been one of several players that has been able to regularly work out and hit at a facility near Seattle's spring complex, but it appears he'll now have a chance to resume his training with full access to all necessary equipment and accessories. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jose Alvarado Tampa Bay Rays

Jose Alvarado (P) TB - May. 22

Alvarado is one of several Rays players with plenty to prove in 2020, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The hard-throwing left-hander had a largely forgettable 2019 campaign that included a multi-week absence to tend to his ailing mother in Venezuela. The bulk of Alvarado's struggles came during the latter part of the season, as he posted a 9.95 ERA over his last 17 appearances. Alvarado did enter spring with a much clearer mind because he was able to move his parents to the United States during the offseason, and he certainly has the tools for a resurgence in the form of a 98 mph fastball, along with a cutter, sinker and curveball. However, it's worth noting the 25-year-old also endured a rocky Grapefruit League stint before play was paused, as he posted an 8.31 ERA and walked four batters over 4.1 innings across five appearances. 

Alex Patton Alex

At the risk of preaching heresy against our new-found doctrine, in looking at the next battle, 2016, I think I can see paths to winning without dumping anything. Half-dumping might work better, as might an 8-point per cat strategy. Which I couldn't pull off when I tried it in the first draft. But there is less position scarcity in 2016, and a lot of sameness in the stats generally. The homogenized game had taken over.

Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds

Some interesting info out of the local Sarasota paper today regarding why Scooter didn't sign over the winter/spring.  Texpope has made some good points in the past regarding good-but-not-great veterans having a tough time in free agency, and Gemnett is a prime example...

"Gennett details that he did receive some offers, but they were either non-guaranteed or not to his liking from a financial standpoint. The top offer he received was a $1.5MM guarantee with incentives, but he’d been targeting a deal in the $5MM range. "

In retrospect, not such a good call unless you wanna retire at age 30.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Jerry Sloan's death almost bumped me.  Pushed me back a few minutes.  I will post if there is a clip available. 

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Caleb Joseph Arizona Diamondbacks

On April 29, 2015 in Camden Yards...

(Chris) Davis tossed balls to nonexistent fans between innings. Caleb Joseph, then the Orioles catcher, gave imaginary high-fives and signed make-believe autographs.

Alex Patton Alex

The key paragraph:

Sure, social media, gambling and fantasy leagues stir fan interest. U.F.C., NASCAR, golf, German soccer and some other sports are holding competitions without fans on hand. And baseball leagues in South Korea and Taiwan have found early-season television audiences despite empty stadiums. But without live spectators for an extended period, traditional games risk being reduced to mathematics with trading cards, especially once the novelty of sports’ return wears off.

Alex Patton Alex

Ryan Helsley (P) STL - May. 21

Helsley has been able to keep track of key individual metrics with the use of a Rapsodo pitching unit during his throwing sessions while spring training has been suspended, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: A Rapsodo unit enables pitchers to track important performance data such as spin rate, shape and release point when engaging in any type of throwing, and Helsley utilized one throughout his offseason training in an effort to improve on what was a solid rookie campaign in 2019. The 25-year-old posted a 2.95 ERA across 36.2 innings over 24 appearances, and he followed it up with a 1.29 ERA in four Grapefruit League turns before spring training was suspended. During the ongoing shutdown, Helsley has utilized the Rapsodo to help him refine a changeup that he's attempting to add to a repertoire that already includes a high-90s fastball and 88 mph cutter, honing in on the ideal spin rate (1,500 revolutions per minute) and release point with the assistance of the unit. Helsley was thought to be in strong contention for save chances when play was paused, but the projected early July regular-season start date means closer Jordan Hicks (elbow) may be ready to return to game action within the first month of the campaign. 

Alex Patton Alex

Short notice, but i'll be on 670 the Score in Chicago (all times Central) to discuss MLB's proposal and its proxies in the media.

TFW you realize it's the Friday of a long holiday weekend. LET'S GET WILD & STAY INSIDE.

11a- Friday Fung
#SML, Shane's Meat Live, with @shane_riordan
@DavidHaugh & @radiodotcom

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals

Kolten Wong (2B) STL - May. 21

Wong, who initially stayed behind in Jupiter, Florida when spring training was suspended, has been working out in the St. Louis area for some time, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The veteran second baseman has been able to regularly take groundballs as part of his activities according to Goold, and he's presumably gotten hitting work in some form as well. Given his current location, Wong projects to be one of the players that's present for the small group workouts at Busch Stadium that the Cardinals will be allowed to conduct beginning next week. Wong  was building plenty of momentum before play was paused, as he hit .333 (7-for-21) over 10 Grapefruit League contests.


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Brent Honeywell Jr Tampa Bay Rays

Brent Honeywell (P) TB - May. 21

Honeywell underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve Wednesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, was to remove scar tissue from the area of the nerve. Honeywell is scheduled to begin strength and mobility exercises Monday in Port Charlotte. He is without a timetable to return to the mound, and given the fact he was coming back from a multi-year absence anyway, it is unlikely we see Honeywell pitching in the majors at any point in 2020. 

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Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
John Thomas Roll2

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