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For a month, Jeff Francouer’s teammates on the El Paso Chihuahuas convinced him that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. He didn’t know it was a month long prank until he watched this video with the team in the clubhouse.


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So I did a real draft yesterday for a keeper league but early last week I did a this mock draft. I’d post the keeper one but the keepers throw off who gets drafted where. Here’s who I took and why. Just a little tool you can use to see where someone may go, who drops, and who people reach for. I love this team and wish it was a real draft.

I changed all the team names to what their draft order was so you can see each draft slot and what’s around later in the draft.

If you’re interested in fantasy baseball, we’re still looking to fill the last spot in a new dynasty auction league. Message me your email address. (plus, you have all my strategies)

Round: 1

(1) 1st overall - Mike Trout CF

(2) 2nd overall - Miguel Cabrera 3B

(3) 3rd overall - Carlos Gonzalez LF

(4) 4th overall - Andrew McCutchen CF

(5) 5th overall - Paul Goldschmidt 1B

(6) 6th overall - Clayton Kershaw SP

(7) 7th overall (sportspage) - Jacoby Ellsbury CF

(8) 8th overall - Edwin Encarnacion 1B

(9) 9th overall - Chris Davis 1B

(10) 10th overall - Robinson Cano 2B

1st round I went with Ellsbury. He’s going to have a great year in New York. He will almost single handedly win you steals and I think his swing in his new home stadium will add a few more home runs. On the converse, I think Cano will drop off this year. He’s still going to be a top-3 second baseman. But power numbers will drop off. If he’s still around middle of second round or later, I think it’s an all right pick but I’d rather wait for Kipnis or Pedroia. In fact, there are great 2b bargains low this year.

On another note, I’d be really wary of building my team around Chris Davis or Edwin Encarnacion.

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I can’t resist posting this. All the love for Johhny Utah! But he totally should have been number two so we could post Gary Busey yelling “Utah! Get me Two!

Today the Tigers traded for SS Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles, basically guaranteeing that they won’t sign Stephen Drew. It’s been a long offseason for Drew since rejecting the Red Sox arbitration offer of around $14M. Boras seems to always reject arbitration and it appears as if Boras has lost for once. At least for now. Are we allowed to cheer against agents? I usually root for the players over the owners but for some reason the way that Boras conducts his clients rubs me the wrong way. There were instances in the past where it looked like players passed up resigning with their happy situation because Boars wanted them to test free agency to end up with the highest bidder. As a Red Sox fan, part of me wants to see Drew sign somewhere before the draft so the Sox get a pick but it seems like a bigger victory for Boras to take a loss. I say all this but in the end it always seems like he finds a contract for his clients. Why do owners keep falling for his tricks? As recently as Saturday Boras claimed that Drew has a 3 yr $39M contract on the table. So why not take it? Boras is going through a similar circumstance with Kendrys Morales. Teams are starting to value the draft picks more than ever. Is there something wrong with the way Boras conducted his offseason or are the compensation rules of MLB the real problem?

We’re trying to start a deep dynasty fantasy auction league. It’s going to be a blast. I’d like at least 16 teams. Are you interested? You need to be very committed for years to come. If you are, message me with your email and why we should choose you. We have a few openings left.