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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING REPORT: HOMER BAILEY'S STOCK HEADING DOWN A BIT

Some news and notes from around fantasy baseball as spring training gets largely underway.

-Bad news out of Cincinnati as it was revealed that number 2 starter Homer Bailey is behind schedule in his rehab from elbow surgery.  Bailey underwent surgery last September to repair a flexor tendon tear in his pitching elbow and he admitted on Wednesday that he has yet to get up on a mound.  Bailey did say he did not suffer any sort of setback and that he fully believes he will be ready to go right out of the gate.  Right now we have to take Bailey at his word but also need to monitor the situation as this could be subject to change.  Right now on talent alone Bailey is a number 3 fantasy baseball starter who is prone to wild swings in his outings.

-The San Francisco Giants have scrapped the Tim Lincecum pitching in the bullpen idea according to manager Bruce Bochy.  The former two-time Cy Young winner will be a part of the rotation in April and in turn try to reverse a drastic three-year decline where Lincecum has pitched poorly for large stretches.  You all know how much I am against dealing with Lincecum under any circumstance given what we have seen the last three seasons.  He has zero control, his arm is losing pop in rapid fashion, and his stuff is more hittable than ever.  The arrogance of Lincecum openly talking about how he never iced his arm after starts looks like it ultimately was his premature undoing.

-Speaking of behind schedule, Bochy also admitted that Tim Hudson is slowly making his way back from January ankle surgery.  The ageless sinkerballer had bone spurs removed from the ankle but he has six weeks to get himself right for his final MLB campaign.  Hudson is nothing more than a SP 5 at this stage of the game but one who could be of assistance.

-The Atlanta Braves like Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr,. and the two sides are said to be discussing a trade.  The Red Sox have no opening right now for Bradley who thus far has struggled badly in hitting under .200 in the majors.  The Braves are rebuilding and could use a young outfielder with potential like Bradley.  Nothing to speak of yet as far as fantasy baseball value. 


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