Ray’s Ramblings: Grab Bag
Bundy is ready to open up the arsenal. Kang is in trouble. Phillips can't take a hint. Is the WBC a good idea? Would Trout actually break his Angels contract?
Another day, another series of Brian Dozier trade comments. Again, nothing is happening. It’s all just talk. #Tiring
Jung Ho Kang is in trouble. Been writing about it for a while now. His future at the start of the 2017 season is completely up in the air. He obviously has a major problem with alcohol. “At the appropriate time, we will consider Kang's participation in any treatment program that may be recommended when determining what additional club action, if any, is appropriate,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said.
Colby Lewis posted a 3.71 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP last season for the Rangers. He allows way too many homers, and seems to often be dealing with physical woes, but he’s still an effective hurler, even at 37 years of age. Sounds like he will not be back with the Rangers though. Have to think he nabs a starting gig with someone at some point.
Brandon Phillips, will you accept a trade already? My goodness. The Reds don’t want you. They haven’t for years. You’re blocking their future up the middle. Why won’t you accept a trade to a place that actually wants you? It’s not like you won’t get your money. It sounds like there is still a chance he would accept a move to the Braves. Phillips is still a solid performer, even at 35 years of age, and is coming off a second straight .290-11-65-60 season.
Alex Reyes has to be on an innings pitched limit this season, a fact I wrote about in Rookie Outlooks. So of course, Reyes has chosen to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Horrible decision. I get wanting to represent your country, but what about showing a commitment to your employer, you know, the person who pays you to work for them? Reyes only has a certain amount of bullets this season. Too bad for the Cardinals, and for fantasy fans, that some of them will take place in a meaningless tournament.
Geovany Soto is now a member of the White Sox organization after signing a minor league deal. The depth chart with the Sox is pretty damn thin meaning that Soto could see substantial time in Chicago in 2017. In fact, he’s likely the leader for the starting gig ahead of Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith. Soto has had a ton of injuries over the years, but he proved the bat still has some juice left when he posted a .809 OPS in 26 games last year. He’s a potential lower level second catcher in mixed leagues with the signing.
C.J. Wilson is hoping to continue his career as his recovery from shoulder surgery is going well. One of the most consistent lefty hurlers in baseball from 2011-2013, Wilson didn’t thrown a pitch last season. Can the 36 year old recapture the form that allowed him to post a 3.89 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 21 starts in 2015?
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