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The Halos Must Buy Out Vernon Wells

November 14, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Brian Bixler didn't last long with the Houston Astros.
See? We told you Brian Bixler had a weak bat. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

When we last checked in on Vernon Wells in late-September, we acknowledged that he had been better this year, but remained a serious bust because he simply had no way to live up to that silly contract Toronto gave him. Well, he didn’t play much after that and overall, he did manage to reduce his strikeout rate this season, so that’s something.

The problem is Wells is still owed $21 million for each of the next two seasons, which is going to make it hard for the Halos to rid themselves of that deal. But make no mistake, they need to try to do so for payroll flexibility purposes. In two seasons in Anaheim, Wells has compiled 36 homers, 95 RBI and a .221 BA. Ugh. It’s time for the Angels to channel their inner Mets and bite the bullet like New York did with Jason Bay.

Suddenly, the Angels need pitching and making some kind of deal to get out of the Wells contract would go a long way to helping them address their mound issues.

Quick Hits

  • Last year, we wondered how Brian Bixler held down a big league job considering his complete lack of pop. Well, he finally flashed some modest sock this year, but he couldn’t even reach the Mendoza Line, so the Astros (yes, the Astros!) DFAed him in August. It’s pretty sad when a Triple-A team masquerading as a big league team can’t use you. Down at the farm, Bixler saw plenty of action, but again failed to show anything with the stick. Last month, he opted for free agency with the hopes of landing another major league gig in 2013. Um, good luck with that, man.
  • One of the big questions for the Yankees in 2013 is will CC Sabathia hold up, health wise? He definitely showed signs of breaking down physically this year, but when push came to shove, he was the man in the ALDS. He had minor elbow surgery after the season and the team plans to keep an eye both on his pitch counts and his overall workload in 2013, a sure sign that the Yanks are also worried about their ace. It’s definitely something to consider when you are ranking Sabathia on your 2013 cheat sheets.

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Joe Mauer’s Comeback Effort

November 8, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
We love the fact that he stayed healthy enough to set a new career high in at-bats, reached double digits in homers for the third time, enjoyed another big RBI season and rode his best walk rate ever to the highest OBP in the majors this year (.416).
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Alex Rodriguez’s Tumble

October 23, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The broken hand that cost him over a month this season really screwed up his campaign. In the final 28 games of the regular season, Rodriguez managed all of six extra-base hits including just two freaking homers.
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MLB Notes: Will Texas Open a Spot for Jurickson Profar?

September 25, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The southpaw immediately rewarded their confidence by looking like a Cy Young candidate in August. He hasn’t been nearly as effective this month, but he’s still been decent. Overall, he’s been the best Phillies’ starter this season, which tells you as much about how good he’s been as it does about Philly’s season. The fact is, Hamels’ control hasn’t been as sharp as last year and the bottom line numbers have been slightly weaker as a result. He’ll need to be at his absolute best Tuesday if the Phillies are going to stay alive in the playoff race.
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Fantasy Notes: Chase Headley Keeps Raking

September 19, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Chase Headley simply isn’t slowing down. As great as his August was – good enough to make him the first Padre to be NL Player of the Month since Tony Gwynn in May 1997 – he’s smoking it even more this month. How about a .344 mark with six dingers, 21 RBI and a steal?
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