Sheath Shelves TeixeiraMonday, March 18, 2013
I was invited this year to play in the Yahoo! Friends & Family League with a bunch of industry experts and broke down our entire 14-team, 25-round draft this weekend for a column on Rotoworld. You can read all that analysis here. It’s a fairly standard league with a 5x5 scoring format, so I hope the results translate comfortably for most of our readers. This is how my 25-man roster turned out:
C Carlos Santana
1B Adam Dunn
2B Robinson Cano
3B David Wright
SS Erick Aybar
CI Kevin Youkilis
MI J.J. Hardy
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Carlos Beltran
OF Lorenzo Cain
OF Drew Stubbs
UTIL Travis Hafner
UTIL J.P. Arencibia
BN Matt Joyce
P Adam Wainwright
P Yu Darvish
P Matt Moore
P Casey Janssen
P Brandon League
P Josh Johnson
P Alex Cobb
P Shelby Miller
P Ryan Dempster
BN Jaime Garcia
BN Brian Wilson
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Teixeira Out At Least Two Months
Mark Teixeira had to be pulled off Team USA’s roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic on March 5 after experiencing discomfort in his right forearm while hitting balls off a tee before an exhibition game against the White Sox. And now comes word that he’s likely to miss at least the first two months of MLB’s regular season.
Teixeira revealed to reporters on Sunday afternoon in Yankees camp that he has a strained tendon sheath in his right wrist and probably won’t be game-ready again until June. A tendon sheath injury derailed Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista last season and basically ruined the career of Mark DeRosa. Both players eventually required surgery, and it’s possible that Teixeira will face the same fate if he’s not making any progress by late April.
The Yankees owe Teixeira a total of $90 million over the next four seasons, so they’ll take a long-term view on this rather than trying to rush him back. The 32-year-old first baseman posted the worst OPS (.807) of his 10-year career in 2012 and is someone I’m going to avoid entirely in fantasy drafts this spring. Let another owner do the hoping and praying.
Teheran Continues Impressive Spring
Braves right-hander Julio Teheran was at it again Sunday in south Florida, allowing only one earned run over six innings in a Grapefruit League start against the Mets. He walked two but struck out seven and now boasts a 1.35 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 25/6 K/BB ratio through 20 total frames this spring.
It’s usually foolish to read too much into spring training stats, but these results do feel somewhat meaningful. Teheran has long been considered a great talent and was rushed through the Braves’ minor league system because of his raw ability. He hit a wall last year at Triple-A Gwinnett, posting a weak 5.08 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 97/43 K/BB ratio across 131 innings, but he was 21 years old for each one of his 26 starts. Now 22 years old and with a firm grip on a spot in the Braves’ rotation, I think he might be ready to finally flourish.
Teheran’s ADP (average draft position) right now in Yahoo! leagues is 245.7. He should be a steal.
Drew Doubtful For Opening Day
Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was diagnosed with a concussion 11 days ago after taking a pitch to the batting helmet and “has been cleared only to lightly play catch, not to take batting practice or ramp up his physical activity,” Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reported Sunday. Opening Day is just two weeks away and it’s safe to say that Drew is not going to be ready.
The 30-year-old signed a one-year, $9.5 million free agent contract with the Red Sox this winter despite batting just .223/.309/.348 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 79 games last season between the Diamondbacks and A’s. In a draft earlier this spring, I snagged him in the 21st round and felt pretty good about the value there. But I will be ignoring him entirely going forward.
The Red Sox are expected to start Jose Iglesias at shortstop for at least the first couple weeks of the 2013 campaign. He’s a great defensive player but owns a .135/.210/.203 career batting line in 83 major league plate appearances. Don’t bother drafting him in a mixed league.