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Free Josh Bell

July 29, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
John Jaso is currently holding down first base for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Are John Jaso and his dreads really going to block Josh Bell for leaving his mark? (ftw.usatoday.com)

Why the hell is Pittsburgh Pirates first base prospect Josh Bell still toiling away at Triple-A?

The Pirates are playing better lately, but losing ground on the Cardinals and still quite a bit back from threatening the NL Central-leading Cubs. However, at first base they continue to trot out the likes of unproductive John Jaso (who excels at looking like a fool trying to steal bases as you can see in the video below), punchless Sean Rodriguez and uninspiring David Freese (who, in fairness, has actually showed some power this year) while all Bell does down on the farm is rake.

In late-June, we recommended Bell as a waiver wire pick, and sure enough, he was recalled a couple of weeks later, but was sent back down after about five minutes despite going 2-for-2 with a grand salami, two walks and three runs scored.
His OPS through four plate appearances? Um, 3500.

It’ll do for a start.

Suddenly, the Pirates now want him to shift to the outfield down at Triple-A. Uh, okay. Apparently, Pittsburgh believes that Bell will not provide better glovework than Jaso. But surely a team near the bottom of the majors in home runs and middling at best in every other major hitting category could use the type of offensive infusion that Bell is capable of providing.

He ranked 29th in MLB’s Mid-Season prospect list, and why not? The dude’s an on-base machine with budding power.

Sure, Bell hasn’t been great in July (.264 BA, .358 slugging), but seems to be snapping out of it (3-for-6 with two RBI and two walks in the last two games) and has a 919 OPS for the season after recording a 946 mark in 35 games at Triple-A last year. Clearly, he’s mastered this level despite the fact his K rate is up this season.

The Pirates have plenty of young talent on the way that they need to clear space for. Could Jaso be moved at the deadline to add help in another area and open the door for Bell? That sounds like a win-win move.

Bell can hit. Just give him a damn chance to prove it, Pittsburgh!

It’s enough to give Fantasy owners manic depression (speaking of which, Ann Wilson just released a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s classic).

If we have to wait until September to see Bell again, maybe the Pirates’ streak of three straight years as a postseason team deserves to be snapped.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what kind of impact you think Bell will have for Fantasy owners.

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MLB Free Agent Watch: Chase Utley

December 4, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
While with the Phils, Utley’s power continued to wane and he was mostly unproductive even though he marginally improved his contact rates. He didn’t attempt steals very often, but when he did, he was successful.
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Anders Lindback 2015-16 Outlook

November 1, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
However, his save percentage plummeted when he went to Tampa. In Lindback’s first season, he had a .902 save percentage with a 2.90 GAA, and in his second season, he had a .891 save percentage with a 2.90 GAA. Last season he topped .905 save percentage for the first time since he was on the Predators. However, at the start of last season when Lindback was on the Stars, he had a .875 save percentage with a 3.71 GAA. It wasn’t until he was traded to Buffalo when he started to post good numbers.
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NHL Free Agency Recap: Forwards, Part Two

October 12, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
We really thought some team was going to fork over a contract of four or more years to Williams, so we’re really surprised at how short of a term the Capitals got him for. We think this is great value for the Capitals and they didn’t have to break the bank. Williams will surely help in the Capitals’ playoff run and can add some much needed secondary scoring.
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Francois Beauchemin 2015-16 Outlook

October 7, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
Beauchemin heading to the Avalanche might lower his point total a little because Anaheim was such a high-scoring team and — last season at least — Colorado was not. The Ducks ranked 10th in goals while the Avalanche was 21st. However, we don’t think that his point total will be too affected by switching teams, but rather that it will drop because last season his shooting percentage was more than double his career average.
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