- Grant is dumb and will probably lose all his money (SBN warning), but I’m happy that he would take the over on the A’s.
- Mike already posted this in the lounge, but Balfour tore his meniscus (link by SuSlu) while throwing yesterday and will be out until roughly the start of the season. I’m not too worried because a) seems like he’ll be back in the Majors by mid-April even in the pessimistic scenario and b) we’ve got relievers coming out of our ears.
- I’m interested in doing some infield rosterbation.
- Assume. that OF/DH is well covered by mix-and-match of Cespedes, Reddick, Crisp, Young, and Smith.
- Put down Jaso and Norris for C.
- My nominal plan for a starting infield is Moss (1B), Lowrie (2B), Nakajima (SS), and Donaldson (3B).
- With 12 pitchers, this leaves two spots on the 25 man roster. The two players without options are Rosales and Barton.
- Rosie fills the standard utility man role, but perhaps that isn’t so necessary with Lowrie on the roster.
- Barton seems like a bad pick for the back end of the roster because he lacks positional flexibility… but I think we need an insurance plan in case Moss turns into a pumpkin. My gut tells me that Barton has a higher upside at 1B than, for instance, Sizemore (Steamer agrees, but Oliver predicts them to have very similar wOBA; does anyone know why they don’t have ZiPS projections on fangraphs?).
If I got to make the decision, I think I would keep Barton and Sizemore on the roster, count on Lowrie to back up Nakajima at SS, and then see if Rosales can pass through waivers. Other ideas?
Finally, happy Valentine’s day to all. This one is for our resident Love Guru, Kay.