The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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Dakota Hudson St. Louis Cardinals

Something that happens as players advance is their BB rate goes up and their K rate goes down. That's pretty normal. For players who succeed, obviously you might say, with more experience they walk fewer and strike out more. 

I don't know any fool proof way to filter out the pretenders from the contenders, but scouting, an indication of evolution, and scouting help. Hudson looks like he might be a number 3 or 4. For cheap he's a cheap bet this year. You certainly shouldn't get aggressive about him.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

Perfect option for Alex Reyes truthers like myself. Hudson will probably have some success initially, and hold down the position for a bit. But then he'll probably scuffle a little due to lack of overpowering stuff and open the door for Reyes to enter the starting rotation in June.

But I do find it truly amazing that you can walk 18 batters in 27 innings and still have a 2.63 ERA, unless it also comes with 40+ Ks. That's some kind of voodoo right there.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Hunter Strickland Seattle Mariners

Remember Armstrong, who had a nice year last year, is also hurt. Everything coming up Strickland. 

scott pianowski ballfour
Dakota Hudson St. Louis Cardinals
It looks like he's going to break camp as the fifth starter. With CarMart out for an indefinite period and Reyes in the pen, he could get an extended opportunity in the Cards rotation.
Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Corey Knebel Milwaukee Brewers

The diagnosis and verdict are in and it appears that Knebel is dealing with a partial tear of the UCL and he has been pitching with it for a while. That's info we needed to know a bit sooner, or at least I did. He's seeking a second opinion so we'll know probably in the next several days if it's rest or TJ. The fact that the Brewers have been showing an interest in Craig Kimbrel is now fully understood.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

The March 21 Update is posted. Lots and lots of changes in my prices cutting released players and getting down to the 3120 limit. Actually we're all there, but Alex has a few too many NL and FA pitchers. 

You can track significant changes here, but in the massive reckoning I did lots of plus and minus ones to get down to it. Those aren't tracked.

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We're also releasing a snapshot in time set of lists tomorrow for those who didn't want to subscribe to the whole package, but could use a price list to get read for their auctions this week. 

More tomorrow about that.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Eduardo Perez Seattle Mariners

Didn't watch, but I was an Eduardo Perez fan when he was a player.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Matt Olson Oakland Athletics

Absolutely, though we don't know much about this. But hand injuries and power hitters are a bad match. So, bid less, but with the knowledge we don't know whether it matters. So risk takers can bid a bit more.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox

Agree completely with SandCrab.

Alex Patton Alex
Tim Beckham Seattle Mariners

He's earned $2 in two games.

Alex Patton Alex
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

In my NL home league, 5x5 keeper with little inflation, he went for $24. 

carter carter GypsySoul
Eduardo Perez Seattle Mariners

And he doesn't repeat or rephrase what the other person in the booth said 2 minutes earlier. 

van wilhoite LVW
Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox
Suddenly the long term signings of guys blowing through their control years makes me wonder - are MLB execs just accepting that after 2021 the landscape is going to change, and they're not going to have the same kind of control for 6 years?

It may be by the 2021 season that owners have negotiated away a couple of those years ... in which for a player like Eloy the last two years might be a bargain for the ChiSox.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope

I love deals like this one, and the Snell and Lowe ones of the Rays.  Much more fair to young players than having to wait for FA, and much better for small and mid-market teams.  The team gets the reward for development, fans develop long-term following of guys,  no FA distraction talk,  total security from injury for the players, overall, a balanced give and take.  

Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

50 million more reasons why we should all stop worrying about these guys not getting paid.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Jameson Taillon Pittsburgh Pirates

According to Fangraphs, that slider that Taillon added was on May 27th.

Before May 27th, he had a 4.56 ERA, after it was 2.71

Keith Prosseda andypro
Matt Olson Oakland Athletics

Should we be concerned about Olson leaving this morning's game with a hand injury? 

Scott Shea SJS
Bud Norris Toronto Blue Jays

Also from the Monkey today:

Toronto Blue Jays — Ryan Tepera and John Axford are experiencing the dreaded elbow pain, leaving Bud Norris (whose deadline to opt-out of his minor league deal is today), Joe Biagini, and Tim Mayza to set up Ken Giles.

Updated hierarchy: Giles | Norris| Biagini.

Alex Patton Alex
Hunter Strickland Seattle Mariners

The Monkey didn't waste any time. 

March 21, 2019

Seattle Mariners — With a long fly ball that fell to earth one foot from the left field fence in the Tokyo Dome a few minutes ago, Hunter Strickland picked up his second save in two days. Anthony Swarzak is on the injured list, so it was lefty Zac Rosscup setting up Strickland both days — although he’s put four guys on base in 1.2 innings. We’ll move Rosscup into the hierarchy, but Cory Gearrin looks like a better bet to fill in for Strickland if necessary.

As I saw it, the ball fell to earth on the left field fence, separated from it by Domingo Santana's glove. I'm still not raising the bid.

Alex Patton Alex
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

How does the ump call him on his last AB? I mean, it was really close.

Alex Patton Alex

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