Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fantasy Baseball 2012 Rankings-Top 50

Below are my Fantasy Baseball Rankings for the top 50 players in 2012

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1. Albert Pujols (1B- Angels)

2.Miguel Cabrera (1B/3B- Tigers)

3. Matt Kemp (OF- Dodgers)

4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS- Rockies)

5. José Bautista (3B/OF- Blue Jays)

6. Robinson Cano (2B- Yankees)

7. Prince Fielder (1B- Tigers)

8. Adrian Gonzalez (1B- Red Sox)

9. Evan Longoria (3B- Rays)

10. Justin Upton (OF- Diamondbacks)

11. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF- Red Sox)

12. Joey Votto (1B- Reds)

13. Justin Verlander (SP- Tigers)

14. José Reyes (SS- Marlins)

15. Hanley Ramirez (3B/SS- Marlins)

16. Mike Stanton (OF- Marlins)

17 . Clayton Kershaw (SP- Dodgers)

18. Matt Holliday (OF- Cardinals)

19. Curtis Granderson (OF- Yankees)

20. Ian Kinsler (2B- Rangers)

21. Andrew McCutchen (OF- Pirates)

22. Roy Halladay (SP- Phillies)

23. David Wright (3B- Mets)

24. Ryan Braun (OF- Brewers)

25. Carlos Gonzalez (OF- Rockies)

26. Brian McCann (C- Braves)

27. Tim Lincecum (SP- Giants)

28. Mark Teixeira (1B- Yankees)

29. Dustin Pedroia (2B- Red Sox)

30. Josh Hamilton (OF- Rangers)

31. Ryan Zimmerman (3B- Nationals)

32. Felix Hernandez (SP- Mariners)

33. CC Sabathia (SP- Yankees)

34. Adrian Beltre (3B- Rangers)

35. Cliff Lee (SP- Phillies)

36. Jay Bruce (OF- Reds)

37. Jered Weaver (SP- Angels)

38. Buster Posey (C- Giants)

39. Brett Lawrie (3B- Blue Jays)

40. Elvis Andrus (SS- Rangers)

41. Carlos Santana (C- Indians)

42. Michael Young (1B/3B- Rangers)

43. Hunter Pence (OF- Phillies)

44. Alex Rodriguez (3B- Yankees)

45. Nelson Cruz (OF- Rangers)

46. Desmond Jennings (OF- Rays)

47. Starlin Castro (SS- Cubs)

48. Pablo Sandoval (3B- Giants)

49. Dan Haren (SP- Angels)

50. Carl Crawford (OF- Red Sox)

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Oh So Close :

51. Brandon Phillips (2B- Reds)

52. Mike Napoli (C- Rangers)

53. David Price (SP- Rays)

54. Michael Bourn (OF- Braves)

55. Paul Konerko (1B- White Sox)

56. Matt Cain (SP- Giants)

57. Jimmy Rollins (SS- Phillies)

58. Craig Kimbrel (CL- Braves)

59. Alex Avila (C- Tigers)

60. Dustin Ackley (2B- Mariners)

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Oh and by the way, Brett Lawrie is going to rake this year.

The Manoman

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Sailing Ship?

Problem: The Yankees have too many starters.

Question: How do you get rid of A.J. Burnett?

Answer: Deal him to the Pirates.

A.J. Burnett

When the Yankees signed him during their massive offseason shopping spree in 2008, it looked like a fairly good deal. Burnett was coming off of an 18-10 season with the Blue Jays, during which he posted a 4.07 E.R.A. Those were pretty appealing numbers, leading the Yankees to sign him to a 5 year, $85 million deal to fill in the vacancy left by 20 game winner, Mike Mussina. In his first year with the club, Burnett pitched decently, posting a 13-9 record with a 4.04 E.R.A., but things just went downhill from there. In his last two years with the Yankees, he has a combined 21-26 record and a 5.21 E.R.A., along with control and attitude issues. He is also being paid $17 million a year lest we forget, and has now become the New York’s biggest enigma since the Mets had Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez.  Luckily, there is a shining star in the distance, it being that there is a way to deal Burnett. The Pirates, coming off one of their most successful seasons in the past 20 years, are engaged in serious trade talks with the Yankees involving Burnett, and are even looking to take on $10 million of his salary for the next two years. However, the Yankees do not believe that this is enough, and are seeking to acquire a player such as Garrett Jones in addition to having the Pirates take on the $10 million.

I say that the Yankees deal Burnett while he still has any interested trade suitors left and still holds any trade value. With the position that the Yankees are in with their solid rotation, and their willingness to get under the luxury tax in the coming years, having a $17 million long reliever does not make any sense for the club. If the Yankees truly want a player back in the deal, they should go after a Double A prospect or something along those lines, not a potential key players for the Pirates in 2012. They should deal Burnett while they still can.

What do you guys think?

The Manoman

Darvish, Texas Ranger

Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, Neftali Feliz. That rotation (with the exception of C.J. Wilson) was the one that won the Rangers their 2nd consecutive AL Pennant. Now add Yu Darvish to that mix. Good luck Angels.

Darvish was a star in Japan, to a level that arguably eclipsed that of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He doesn’t have a “gyroball” but this was a guy who dominated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and posted a 18-6 record with a 1.44 ERA. After years of waiting and anticipation, Darvish was finally posted by the Nippon-Ham Fighters this offseason. As soon as Davish was posted, rumors began to fly, with teams from the Blue Jays to the Yankees all being interested in the stud right hander. In the end, it was the Rangers who came out on top, putting up a $51.7 million posting fee to acquire the rights to negotiate  with Darvish, and then signed him 6 year, $60 million contract to lock him up for good. Now with six talented starters,  how do the Rangers format their rotation? Here’s how I have it set up:

2012 Rangers Rotation

1. Yu Darvish (R)- 18-6, 1.44 ERA (Japan-2011)

Yu Darvish

2. Derek Holland (L)- 16-5, 3.95 ERA

Derek Holland

3. Colby Lewis (R)- 14-10, 4.40 ERA

Colby Lewis

4. Matt Harrison (L)- 14-9, 3.39 ERA

Matt Harrison

5. Neftali Feliz (R)- 32 SV, 2.74 ERA (Closer-2011)

Neftali Feliz

When it’s all said and done, the Rangers will have a fearsome rotation in 2011 and will be a force to be reckoned with in the now competitive AL West race. The addition of Darvish moves Alexi Ogando back into the Texas bullpen, which gives the team another weapon in a talented bullpen that already includes studs Matt Adams, Koji Uehara, and the newly acquired Joe Nathan, who will serve as the closer for the club. I do not believe that the Rangers should go after Roy Oswalt as there have been rumors circulating that they may make a run for him, and frankly I don’t think that they will need him with the dominant rotation that they already possess.

The 2012 AL West race will certainly be an interesting one to watch, don’t Yu worry. (I just had to throw a Yu pun in there, had to 🙂  )

The Manoman