Is It Too Early to Worry About Cliff Lee?

I’m in a pretty competitive fantasy baseball keeper league.  A few years ago I plucked Cliff Lee off the waiver wire after he made a few good starts. He went on to have one of the greatest seasons ever by a starting pitcher when he went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 170 strikeouts. Needless to say, I kept him and to this day, he’s one of the greatest waiver wire pick ups in the history of baseball. Good for me. I did wait on Jose Bautista, though. Wish I had that back.

Anyway, I’m a little worried about my stalwart pitcher. I may be the only one, but I’d like to see if I’m crazy for my thoughts. Let’s find out.

I loved being a Yellow Dart while I was an Indian. Now I'm a Phillie and I walk batters again.

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Another Baseball Blockbuster

Roy Halladay

I waited until this one became 100% official before commenting on it but now that it has, it’s one of the biggest trades of the decade and I might be selling it short.  The major players of the deal are Roy Halladay going from the Blue Jays to the Philadelphia Phillies and Cliff Lee heading from the Phillies to the Seattle Mariners.  Accompanying the star pitchers are a boat load of top prospects including Michael Taylor, Phillipe Aumont and Brett Wallace.  This is truly a landscape changing trade if I’ve ever seen one.

First I’ll look at the trade from the Phillies perspective.  The Phils are getting arguably the best pitcher in baseball over the last decade (Halladay), three top prospects (Aumont, Tyson Gillies, and JC Ramirez), plus 6 million dollars while giving up a great pitcher who is heading into a contract year (Lee), plus two top prospects (Taylor and Kyle Drabek).

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Big Unit Wins 300

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson

Yesterday, Randy Johnson became the 24th pitcher in big league history to win 300 games.  He may also be the last.  Johnson, a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer, beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 in the rain and in front of about 16 people.

With the win, Johnson cements his place as one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

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2009 Baseball Previews – AL West

I started doing these division by division baseball previews a while ago, planning to space them out a bit.  Then my computer crashed.  Then it took two weeks to get a new one.  So this is the inaugural post from my shiny, new HP laptop.  The typos will probably increase, so watch out for that.  Today we’re going to take a look at the AL West.  Check out the AL East and the AL Central. Continue reading

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