Javier Vázquez will return to the National League after signing a one-year deal with the Marlins. Javier will look to rebound from his ugly season in New York and lock up a multi-year deal, similar to what Adrian Beltre did in Boston. Here’s the sad thing about Javier’s 2010 season, he posted a 1.40 WHIP while sporting the best BABIP of his career. His bouts with wildness seemed to be solved in June and July, but resurfaced during the last two months of the season. Finally, Javier lost over 2 mph on his fastball and never showed signs of regaining the lost velocity (April 89.0 mph, May 89.0 mph, June 88.9 mph, July 88.8 mph, August 88.2 mph and September 88.5 mph). It’s safe to say that I will not be messing with Javier Vázquez in 2011 fantasy drafts.
Jon Garland will stay in the NL West after signing with the Dodgers. We all know the story with Judy, you’re getting low strikeout totals and pedestrian ratios. He actually hurts your team in leagues that use a Innings Pitched cap. Garland will be useful only in terms of NL-Only leagues and H2H streaming. Enjoy those games against San Diego.
Juan Uribe signed a three-year deal with the Dodgers today. Bad news for Ryan Theriot as Uribe is expected to play most games at Second Base. We should know what to expect from Uribe these days, .250-.260 AVG, 20 HR and 70-80 RBI.
Tsuyohi Nishioka could play Second Base (or Shortstop) for the Twinkies if the two sides can negotiate a contract. Nishioka is a 26-year old switch hitter who played for Team Japan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and 2008 Bejing Olympics. During the WBC, Bobby Valentine said Nishi was one of the cornerstones of the team. He tried pulling an Ichiro in 2007 by using only his first name on his jersey, but went back to his full name in 2008. Nishi can hit for Average, get On Base, has a little pop in his bat and can steal bases (although he’s not particularly fast). If he fills O-Dog’s No.2 slot in the lineup, he will be useful. The only problem, he has a history of injuries.
Neftali Feliz could be moved into the starting rotation if the Rangers do not re-sign Cliff Lee. This would be very interesting if it happened. I’m assuming Neftali would have to rely on his Changeup more often if he started, he used his Fastball 82.8% of the time last season (Justin Masterson led the majors with a 78.1% usage rate). Neftali’s Changeup was slightly below average, but that won’t stop the young hurler from being dominant. Neftali’s Fastball and Curveball are great and he limits Walks, Home Runs and Line Drives while striking out a ton of hitters.
Zack Duke was claimed by the Diamondbacks. I’m assuming he will fill the back end of their rotation. I think the only reason he was claimed was because he is a Lefty. There is no fantasy value here, moving on.
Justin Morneau says he’s working out and going about his normal routines now. About damn time. The guy played his last game on July 7th. A slight knee from John McDonald should not have knocked out a 6’4 233 lb First Baseman for five months. MLB clips are not available on Youtube, but this Bob Sapp video is a good reenactment of what happened to Morneau. I won’t be able to bring myself to draft this guy again, he goes down faster than Superhead. Morneau’s injury tool page is littered with all types of bumps and bruises: a hand contusion, elbow strain and bone spurs, a fractured face, bruised lung, knee contusion, thigh strain, inner ear infection, lower back stress fracture, upper back soreness, infectious disease and the John McDonald flying knee to the dome.
Kazuo Matsui and Aki Iwamura went back to Japan.