NEWS: Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale have No Innings Limit heading into 2013
Fantasy Impact: Both the hurlers from the Windy City will look to have no cap on the amount of innings pitched this year. In the case of Chris Sale, after pitching 71 innings in 2011 to 192 in 2012, The White Sox will let the 24-year-old loose. He did post a troublesome 4.03 ERA post All-Star Break but he has the goods to become a Cy Young award winner in the near future.
Jeff “The Shark” Samardzija pitched 88 innings in 2011 and 174.2 innings in 2012. Keep an eye on him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Samardzija is an excellent Starting Pitching option possessing a high K/9 and 2.69 ERA to close the second half has him trending up fantasy draft boards.
NEWS: Bobby Parnell takes over closer duties in New York
Fantasy Impact:Frank Francisco’s elbow hasn’t improved from 2012 and won’t be available to pitch to start the year for the New York Mets. Bobby Parnell is an excellent choice to fill the closer’s role after he posted a 2.49 ERA in 2012. Another encouraging sign, he had a 0.51 ERA allowing one base-runner over the last 17.2 innings. The CIA expects him to hold his job to start the year.
NEWS: Ryan Madson‘s Elbow MRI status
Fantasy Impact: MLB’s Alden Gonzalez reports, The MRI on Madson’s elbow came back clean and was only inflammation. Expect Ernesto Frieri to take the bulk of the save chances early on as Madson recovers from Tommy John surgery. He should only be considered as a end game move as the timetable for his return remains unclear.
NEWS: No Scott Rolen at Reds’ Spring Training
Fantasy Impact: Scott Rolen hasn’t necessarily retired, the Reds’ official site reports. Rolen on his long awaited decision: “Right now
I’m simply not ready to make a commitment. I would like to leave my options open, without closing any doors. I am looking forward to all of the challenges, both personally and professionally, I will face in the future.” As it stands right now Todd Fraizer can breathe easy as his path to full time At-Bats has certainly become clearer. This improves his draft stock ten-fold becoming finally the everyday Third Baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.
NEWS: Brandon Inge signs a Minor League Deal with the Pirates
Fantasy Impact: Inge always seems to make an appearance during the major league baseball season at some point. As it stands, Inge and his troublesome knees have zapped all power he somewhat possessed over the last three years. Basically, there is nothing to see here.