Well I've placed my obligatory couple of bids. Doesn't look like I'll be getting anybody this round.
I have to say, win, lose or draw, it has been a very interesting auction this year. The season might prove to be anticlimactic after all of this. Now, if my Pirates could just have a winning season ....
“We're looking for a really solid year out of Esteban. It doesn't have to be his best year as long as it's not his worst. Somewhere in the middle, we'll be happy.” (Billy Beane)
We all have an equal chance of it happening before the start of the season. Drafting an injury-ish guy like VMart, I only increased that chance anyway.
Here's to no more of it for my team!
It happened to me last year with Wainright, and we all saw how that turned out. Maybe it's a good omen.
On that note, I'm stoked about Pineda for 10 bucks. I had him budgeted at 15 before the move to the Bronx. The best part... he doesn't have to face the Yankee's
Courtesy of KLaw:
The Yankees get Michael Pineda, a young starter with front-of-the-rotation potential and five years of team control remaining, although he's not quite the finished product his superficial stats in 2011 might indicate. Pineda has a plus-plus fastball and plus slider, both capable of missing bats right now. His slider is very hard both in velocity and in break, mostly vertical, and he is pretty consistent with his ability to throw it down and away to right-handers. The fastball is fairly straight, which has made Pineda somewhat fly ball-prone -- good in Safeco Field, less good in the Bronx -- and his changeup remains fringy, so he's still somewhat susceptible to better left-handed bats. He's a physical monster, listed at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, built like he can handle 220 innings a year, and if he can keep the ball in the park should slot in as an excellent second starter behind CC Sabathia, eventually taking over the No. 1 spot as Sabathia nears the end of his contract. There's a caution, however: Don't be surprised if Pineda's 2012 looks a lot worse than his 2011 with the change in ballparks, loss of Seattle's great defense behind him, and shift to a tougher division.
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