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Five Years Later: Reviewing the 2008 draft

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They say you have to wait five years before you can properly evaluate a draft class in baseball. Players need to be given an opportunity to climb the minor-league ladder and cut their teeth at the the club in 2009, Simon Weaver has transformed the fortunes of Harrogate Town AFC.The club, which were struggling for money and marooned towards the bottom of the National League North, are now on the brink of a historic promotion to the Football Le big-league level before we start declaring winners and losers. That hasn’t stopped us before, of course, and it won’t sty winger was withdrawn from England’s Euro2020 qualifier with Montenegro after clashing with teammate Joe Gomez.”We have moved on it,” said Hudson-Odoi on Thursday. “We have all discussed it as a team, we have had a little talk with each other, and mop us in the future.

The 2013 draft will begin on Thursday night, making this the perfect time to go back those five years to evaluate the 2008 draft. That class has already given us two Rookies of the Year, an MVP and a batting champion, so it’s off to a pretty great start. With some help from the incomparable , let’s break down the 2008 draft.

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— 14.3 WAR — 2010 Rookie of the Year, 2012 NL MVP, 2012 batting champ, two-time World Series champ … Posey isn’t just the best player from the 2008 draft, he’s one of the very best in baseball. The , , and all passed on him. — 8.7 WAR — Lawrie was drafted by the Brewers before being traded to the Blue Jays for Shaun Marcum in a one-for-one deal. — 8.2 WAR — Broke into the show barely one year after being drafted and hasn’t gone back to the minors. — 7.4 WAR — Arguably the most dominant reliever in baseball, Kimbrel went from hard-throwing but wild junior college pitcher to having a 2.1 BB/9 over the last two years. — 5.6 WAR — Chicago turned Hudson, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery at the moment, into Edwin Jackson at the 2010 trade deadline. — 5.4 WAR — Espinosa tried playing through injury and hasn’t hit much in 2013, but he was close to being a 20-20 player in both 2011 and 2012. — 4.9 WAR — Although he hasn’t become a star as expected, Beckham has done more than most from his draft class. — 4.7 WAR — Lynn spent some time going back and forth between the rotation and bullpen, but he’s a full-time starter now and a very good one. — 4.6 WAR — Very quietly, Crawford is one of the game’s more reliable shortstops. He can really pick it, and his offense is improving. — 4.4 WAR — No one from the 2008 draft class has hit more home runs than Davis, who has 63 career long balls to his name. — 3.8 WAR — Turning an eighth-round pick into a left-handed platoon outfielder is a pretty great return on the investment. — 3.5 WAR — The Phillies got nearly 300 above-average innings (114 ERA+) from Worley before sending him to the Twins for Ben Revere. — 3.4 WAR — Washington used Milone as part of the package to acquire Gio Gonzalez, so this 10th rounder has worked out spendidly. — 3.3 WAR — Miley was the runner-up for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year award. — 3.3 WAR — Arizona used Cook to acquire Trevor Cahill from the Athletics before last season.

Only two other players in the entire draft class have accumulated 3.0+ WAR in the big leagues: reliever (2/57) and catcher (1/10). They’re at 3.3 and 3.0 WAR for their careers, respectively. Now, let’s look at some late-round steals.

— The Athletics have benefited directly from both guys after acquiring them in trades during the 2011-12 offseason. –2.5 WAR — Phelps cracked the big-league roster as the long man last year and has since pitched his way into New York’s rotation. — 2.0 WAR — Campana, who has since moved on to the Diamondbacks, is your 2008 draft class leader with 54 stolen bases. — 1.7 WAR — The Dodgers turned this late-round pick into Hanley Ramirez (and Randy Choate) at the trade deadline last year. — 1.3 WAR — There might not be a more dominant or harder-throwing setup man in the game right now.

Every draft has some busts, and the 2008 class is no different. Obviously, some busts are much more spectacular than others. Here are five high picks who have yet to contribute to the big-league team in a meaninguful way and are unlikely to do so in the future.

— Yes, the top overall pick in the draft. Baseball America continues to rate Beckham as one of the top 10 prospects in Tampa Bay’s system, but it’s obvious he won’t live up to expectations that come with being a first overall pick. — Skipworth did actually reach the show this year and spent a few days on the roster as the backup catcher, but he’s a career .216/.279/.371 hitter in nearly 2,000 minor-league plate appearances. Yikes. — Wallace was considered one of the two or three best hitters in the draft class at the time, but he hasn’t hit in the big leagues at all (87 OPS+). The Cardinals wisely traded him as part of the package for Matt Holliday in 2009. — Along with Beckham, Martin is one of just two top-20 picks from 2008 to fail to reach the show. He has a 4.85 ERA in more than 500 minor-league innings, but Los Angeles was able to trade him to get Shane Victorino at the deadline last year. — Fields was the best reliever in the draft class, but he’s had trouble throwing strikes throughout his career. The Astros took him as a Rule 5 Draft this winter before he hit the DL with a forearm strain.

There are plenty more busts where those five came from, but not all busts are created equally. Some players fail to live up to expectations but remain solid contributors. Are they disappointments? Sure. Are they still useful players? Definitely.

— The 4.9 WAR has a lot to do with playing time — Beckham leads 2 Brann.The goalkeeper joined the Canaries on loan from German giants Schalke last summer, but played just 22 minutes of Premier League football for City, which came in a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in September.Fahrmann said: “Last summer, I moved008 draft position players in games (545) and plate appearances (2,102) by a lot — but the middle-infield bar is so low that he remains a rosterable player. — 2.0 WAR — Matusz tried and failed as a starter, then tried and failed again. And one more time after that. He has settled in as a very good lefty reliever. — 1.7 WAR — He leaves something to be desired on defense and against left-handers, but Alvarez has huge power and doesn’t exactly kill the Pirates at the hot corner. — 1.3 WAR — I was tempted to put Hosmer in the “Biggest Busts” category, but a 96 OPS+ in nearly 1,400 MLB plate appearances is hardly a disaster. — 0.3 WAR — The Rangers are thrilled because they turned Smoak into Cliff Lee, but a 92 OPS+ in over 1,600 plate appearances is only so useful for the Mariners.

Finally, let’s look at the players who got away. These are guys who were drafted in 2008 but declined to sign, only to go back into the draft in future years and become big-league players.

— 6.5 WAR — The Padres were unable to reel Kipnis in as their fourth-rounder, and the next year he went in the second round to the . — 2.5 WAR — Crow turned down Washington as the ninth overall pick only to come out as the 12th overall pick to the Royals in 2009. — 1.7 WAR — Scheppers had some injury concerns but still went 44th overall to the Rangers in 2009.

It’s worth noting that top prospects (1/28 to Yankees) and (27/820 to Braves) both decided to go to college rather than turn pro in 2008, then came out as first-round picks in 2011. Cole went first overall to the Pirates, Rendon sixth to the Nationals. They’re the ultimate “ones who got away.”

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The are starter  on Tuesday to take Brandon McCarthy’s spot in the rotation , .com reports Saturday.

McCarthy hit the disabled list Saturday with shoulder problems. Randall DAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barceloio Graziani is backing Bologna’s move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Bologna sports chief Marco di Vaio has held talks with the off contract LA Galaxy striker about a return to Italy.Bologna are battling Ibra’s former club AC Milan for the Swede and Grazianina keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”elgado was called up to give the bullpen an extra arm, but the club is planning to use Skaggs as McCarthy’s replacement. Skaggs pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts Monday against Texas in his only start of 2013.

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closer earned his 15th save Saturday in the continuation of Friday’s suspended game against the Mets. Kimbrel hit the first batter and then allowed a single before inducing a pop-up and a double-play grounder.

Kimbrel, who has a 2.33 ERA, threw 17 pitches, so the Braves may not want to push him by u’s breakthrough.The 19-year-old will heWatford winger Ken Sema is attracting interest from Italy.Sportitalia says Watford’s Serie A sister club Udinese are keen on the Sweden international.Talks are at an advanced stage with a deal already in place.Sema would arrive on an initial 12 month loan. He has a contract with the Hornets to 2023.Watford and Udinese share the Pozzo family as their owners.ad into next season as one the players to watch at Turf Moor but knows that kicking on will be easier said than done. “We’ve got a very good team and it’s all about competition and keeping your spot,” the Englsing him in the regularly scheduled game Saturday night.

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Twins option opening-day starter Vance Worley to Triple-A

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After allowing eight runs to the Braves on Wednesday and seeing his 2013 ERA swell to 7.21, right-hander was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. This is especially notts there’s frustration after defeat to Barcelona.The result sees Inter dumped to the Europa League.“We failed to score in the second half, although we had the chances. We knew Barcelona were dangerous on the counter, we got stretched out and it wouable since the 25-year-old Worley was the Twins’ opening-day starter this season.

Of course, the decision is understarpool U18 manager Barry Lewtas says the club will take another big step forward with the opening of their new training ground in Kirkby.Lewtas says the move will be hugely beneficial for him and his side as the young players coming through the systemndable, as Worley, whom the Twins acquired from the Phillies as part of the Ben Revere trade last December, is striking out just 4.62 batters per nine and has given up nine home runs in 48 2/3 innings of work. This season, he’s also logged just three quality starts in 10 chances.

e has no regrets over his tough spell with Newcastle United.Doumbia appeared only three times for Newcastle during the 2015-16 season.But the FC Sion striker told the Evening Chronicle: “I was confident because looking back at the seasons before, I uThe team has not yet made a corresponding roster move.

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reliever gave up another run in his appearance on Tuesday night against the Pirates and suffered his third blown save. The right-hander has a 9.20 ERA through 14 2/3 innings pitched.”I definitely am frustrated,” Axford told .com on Wednesday. “I can’t lie about that, but I feel strong, I feel good and that’s where I’ve got to keep building off of. The s Jurgen Klopp insists there’s no reason to change the Champions League.When asked about what changes he would make to the Champions League format given the opportunity, Klopp was prepared with a comical answer for reporters.”If they could make the sfirst four games of this season, that wasn’t me, and that’s something I can get a wash too and brush that away. I felt different; my mechanics weren’t son now over, most of the attention has turned to the summer transfer window.There are stories and speculation swirling around everywhere. Sometimes it feels overwhelming.But please don’t stress, because here at Tribalfootballwe will summarise the biquite right.”Manager Ron Roenicke said he has been thus far.”I don’t know; it’s hard to figure out,” Roenicke stated. “We still have confidence in him, and nothing seems to go right. So we’ll see.”

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outfielder turned in another productive day at the plate Sunday against the Marlins. Crawford finished with two hits in the 5-3 win, including a run-scoring single in the seventh. He also singled in tol fullback Andrew Robertson expects RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland to make a big club move.The Norway international is today being linked with a January move to Liverpool’s rivals Manchester United.Robertson told VG: “He has been a fantastic plahe first and finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored.Crawford is batting .429 (6 for 14) with two RBI since his return to the lineup Friday.

More News 06/13/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/05/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff pes the best for former manager Maurizio Sarri.Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus this month, leaving thlsea boss Frank Lampard defended his substitutions for their 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Billy Gilmour came on for Mateo Kovacic for his debut while Michy Batshuayi replaced two-goal Tammy Abraham.Lampard said,”It was not bold because it was one fe Londoners as Europa League title winners.Asked about Sarri, whose reign was overshadowed by recriminations from fans and rumours of dressing-room u 05/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/13/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/03/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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minor-league pitcher Dan Tuttle was suspiet January market cost them last night’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.Bayern beat Chelsea 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge.A brace from Serge Gnabry and one from Robert Lewandowski in the secoended 100 games for testing positive for a “drug of abuse” for a third time, Baseball America reports. He was previously suspctory over Genoa.Duvan Zapata hit a screamer in injury time for the 2-1 win.” him off during Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Valencia at Stamford Bridge.Mount was substituted after just 16 minutes following a terrible challenge from former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.He told BT Sport: “It did affect the game and we know how welIt was a hard-fought game, we were up against a very impressive Genoa,” Gasperini told DAZN.“However, Atalanta did enough to deserve the victory. Duvan Zapata’s goal was, ended in July, 2011.

Tuttle, who hasn’t made an appearance for any Reds affiliate this season, went 1-3 with a 5.03 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 20:12 K:BB ratio in 34 innings over eight starts with Class A Dayton last year.

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closer did not enter Thursday’s game against the Pirates in a save situation because LaTroy Hawkins was unable to hang on to a slim, late lead. Still, he tossed a scoreless ninth to earn a win.

Parnell (4-0) entered with the game tied 2-2, and set the Pirates down in order after a leadoff single. He struck out one batter and the Mets won, 3-2, in the bottom of the ninth.

Parnell has three saves in five opportunities. He has a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings of work. 

More News 07/24/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 06/05/2017 • by RotoWire Staff o doubts Mikel Arteta will be a success with Arsenal.Laporte enjoyed working with Arteta when he was manager Pep Guardiola’s No2 at City.”Mikel is a great coach and, for me, he has been one of the best people I have met in Manchester,” Laporte said.” 06/02/2017 pable of upsetting Real Madrid.The two teams will meet in the Champions League this week.Andone told AS: “In the last year they are not the Madrid of the thrHarry Winks says signing a long-term extension was a “no-brainer”.The young midfielder put pen to paper on a new contract that lasts until 2024.”I have been at the club since I was five, so when I got the opportunity to sign a new contract, it was a ee Champions Leagues. “They have difficulties, but it is one of the best, if not the best tea • by RotoWire Staff 03/21/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 01/07/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfielder connected for his second home run Wednesday against the Braves, which was a solo shot off Anthony Varvaro in the ninth inning. Bruce finished 1 for 3 with one walk.

Both of Bruce’s home runs have come in the last 16 games. He’s batting .215 (14 for 65) with one triple, three doubles, eight runs and nine RBI in that span.

More News t on the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The fullback was expected to complete a move to the Gunners from the Scottish treble winners.However, a report in The Sun suggests that a £15 million offer was rejected.Celtic want close to twice as muc 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/06/2020 iogo Dalot is playing his own role in the club’s transfer plans.Dalot has attracted support from two United transfer targets after posting an end of season message on social media.Thursday marked 12 months since Dalot moved to United from Porto.”A ye • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 re as important as any striker to the team’s attack.Souness insists that Liverpool ‘s attack must now be regarded as a fab FIVE, given everything the full-backs bring to the party.He said: “Liverpool have won nothing yet, and anything can happen. W • by RotoWire Staff

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The committed two more compete in the EFL Trophy next season.The clubs have previout sell their stars in January.The Foxes are flying in third position on the Premier League after 12 matches.This has lead to the likes of James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu being linked with other clubs, but Rodgers is adamant they are going nowhere.”sly refrained from taking part in the competition, but their r City winger Ian Poveda is delighted with his move to Leeds United.The 19-year-old who joins the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal spoke about his style of play, what he hopes to achieve with the Whites and the prospect of working with Marcelo Bieunder-21 sides will next season become the latest Category One Academy teams to take part.United and Liverpool are part of the 1 errors Monday against the Padres, giving them 27 through 33 games. The Marlins are now tied with the Cubs for the . 

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Andreas Pereira says Mason Greenwood’s emergence

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Tuesday’s rainout against the Tigers forced the to push back starters and Dan Haren each a day. Zimmermann, who was slated to throw Tuesdaheir two-goal Carabao Cup deficit if Manchester City repeat their first-leg performance.The Sky Blues blew United away with a explosive 45 minutes that put them 3-0 ahead at the half-time break.”I felt on the pitch we could have done even better – coy, will start Wednesday and Haren will start Thursday’s rescheduled game.

Zimmermann will now go a week between starts. He is 5-6 with a 3.59Liverpool have allowed Taiwo Awoniyi to join Mainz on a season-long loan deal.The Nigerian will complete a medical and wait for international clearance before the move becomes official.The talented striker has spent time on loan at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron (twice) and KAA Gent.He signed a new long-term contract with the Reds in 2018. ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 16 career starts when he’s had at least six days’ rest. He won his only start this season getting that much rest, allowing one run in six innings in his first start of the season vs. Miami.

More News 04/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff Tonali insists he’s in no rush to leave Brescia.The midfielder has been rated in the “€300m” bracket by Cagliari president Massimo Cellino.He laughed: “I love President Cellino very much and he rates me highly. He’s a great person and I hope to 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/19/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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The started newly acquired Chris Nelson at third base Saturday against Oakland. That left , who had been seeing starts in Kevin Youkilis’ absence, on the bench. 

Nix, 30, is batting .239 in 71 at-bats this season with a homer and six RBI. He’s on a three-game hitting streak in which he’s gone 4 for 11 with a double aierre-Emile Hojbjerg says their 9-0 thrashing by Leicester City was the worst moment of his career.Hojbjerg was forced to apologise to fans on behalf of a shell-shocked Saints dressing room after the worst home defeat in Premier League history, whichnd far from over.Speaking after their friendly against Chivas, Simeone admitted there was still plenty of business to be done.He stated, “Players can leave, they can arrive, until the end of the deadline you cannot know what mazing” Adama Traore after victory at Bournemouth.Wolves won 2-1 with Adama superb on the day.Nuno enthused: “He’s a very important player, like all the players. The idea is to create versatile players, that can adjust, we have a small squad so we will happen. The club works two RBI. 

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starting pitcher fell below ung centre-back enjoyed a successful spell on loan over the past 18 months with Aston Villa, who want to bring him back in a permanent deal.However, the 21-year-old wants to try and break into the first-team at United.The Sunsays manager Solskjaer wi.500 Wednesday against the Mariners in his worst start of the season. Chen fell to 2-3 on the season in an 8-3 loss.

Chen lasted just four innings in his shortest start of the season. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits and three walks, including a two-run home run in the fourth innrighton boss Graham Potter.The Australian tops the Premier League charts for most short passes.He said: “I think it is an asset that you have as a goalkeeper, which is only going to help you, definitely with the direction the game is going.”We work hing that essentially ended his night. He allowed runs in three of his four innings. Chen did manage to strike out six batters, a season high.

This was the first time in six starts that Chen allowed more than three earned runs. He still has a 3.50 ERA in 36 innings of work, with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks. He has a 1.19 WHIP.

Chen is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday to open a series against the Royals. He will try to get back on track against a team that scored nine runs in 10 2/3 innings against him a year ago. 

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Rockies right-handed Jhoulys Chacin has been out since straining his back on April 19. However, , the Rockies expect to activate Chacin in time to start Sunday against the Rays in Coors Field.

The Rockies made the decision aie Howe admits defeat to Burnley was hard tove to Atletico Madrid.Marca says the brother and agent of the striker is in Madrid, drawing up the details of the contract that may, or may not, eventually be signed.Despite the wishes of Atletico and Cavani for the move to go ahead, its completion s take.Jay Rodriguez came off the bench to head the Clarets’ 89th minute winner in a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over Bournemouth.Howe said: “It was not a great game, the conditions played a part in that.”Burfter Chacin looked strong in an extended spring-training game on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old ace this season boasts a 1.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 2.67 K/BB ratio across four starts. For his career, Chacin owns an impressive ERA+ of 130 in 436 innings.

It’s not yet certain what corresmanja Matic is determined to leave Manchester United in January.Sata24 says Matic is considering his options after making just five appearances for the club so far this season. Matic has fallen behind Scott McTominay and Fred in the Manchester Unitedponding move the Rockies will make in order to create room for Chacin on the active roster.

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Stock Watch: Talent, price (small p) right for Moore to replace ace

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is the obvious heir apparent to as  staff ace, and he makes a great one.

Not only is Moore is a terrific pitcher, but he’s also signed to a very long deal. That makes the Rays feel a little bit better about the fact they almost surely must Guirassy has scored four goals and provided one assist for the Ligue 1 side this season after arriving from Bundesliga club FC Koln for £5m last summer.But Amis.The People reports Benitez has snubbed a potential return to Spain after Real Betis made an approach.With Benitez’s future at Newcastle uncertain, the La Liga club are said to have contacted Benitez’s advisers asking if he would be interested in tiens are thought to be willing to sell the 23-year-old for the right price in January or t trade 2012 Cy Young winner David Price. The other thing that makes Tampa Bay folks feel even better: So far Moore is outperforming Price, and it’s not especially close.

Price and NL Cy Young winner are off to less-than-stellar starts (3-6 combined) and nearly made Stock Watch in the undesirable Bear Market but were beaten out by megastars off to simply awful starts.

Without further ado, the Bulls and Bears of Stock Watch follow:

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Moore is perfect for Tampa Bay, a wonderful young pitcher the Rays can keep at reasonable price until he’s 30 (he’s 23 now) if they pick up three club options at the end of his deal. And he’s the right replacement for Price, a free agent after the 2014 season who wouldn’t seem to fit long-term on a Rays payroll, assuming continued good health and no sudden change in the sorry stadium status.

With less fanfare (no surprise since it’s Tampa), Moore has basically matched the other Matt (the Mets’ Harvey) by going 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA so far. “Matt [Moore] is arguably the most talented left-hander in baseball if you break down his stuff,” one competing GM said. “This year he has learned how to p to catch up with Arsene Wenger over the weekend.The pair are attending a UEFA educational program.Arshavin played for the Gunners between 2009 and 2013.Arsène Wenger has been photographed with Andrey Arshavin at an event in Paris. The Russian joineitch and made the adjustment. He’s no longer lets one bad pitch or inning dictate his outcome.”

The left-handed (like Price) Moore leads the majors with a .121 batting average against (including a crazy .075 batting average by right-handed batters). And he’s the first pitcher ever to record five wins with such a low BAA since that record has been kept (1916). The rival GM added, “He will be Tampa’s No. 1 starter once they trade Price (to the or ).”

There’s been a little noise made lately about Tampa possibly keeping Price. And we can’t blame the Rays for dreaming. But that appears to be something of a pipe dream. “No shot,” of that happening, the rival GM said.

Sure, the  lineup is strikeout prone and especially cold right now. But a 17-strikeout performance will never go unnoticed by Stock Watch. His breaking ball was particularly nasty Friday night, though one scout did suggest the Braves were just as responsible for that new single-game Tigers strikeout record. Detroit spent $80 million this winter on a five-year deal for Sanchez, which seemed like a bit of a reach, but so far, so good. He’s 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA and 41 strikeouts.

He’s the final dinosaur, the last remaining high-priced, full-time DH who’s a major threat. While he missed the first few weeks of the season because of lingering foot trouble, he’s hit like a demon since being activated. He was 16 for 31 with a 1.400 OPS through Sunday. Counting the carryover 12 games from last year, he is now on a 20-game hitting streak. Those who thought his career was winding down three or four years ago were sadly mistaken.

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The scary part is that nearly nine years remain on his deal. Pujols complained of great pain from plantar fasciitis this week, causing him to move like a man way older than 33. The real issue, though, is his hitting.

While opposing managers still see a superstar (he has a league-leading five intentional walks even though most often is hitting behind him), he’s limited most of his damage to one big game: April 6 at Texas when he hit both of his home runs. In the past eight days, when he’s 3 for 31 with no home runs and no RBI. Look away, Arte: there’s nearly $225 million to go on his contract (not counting the $10 million personal-services side deal that make it $235 million)

Brother Justin was a previous leader of the Bull Market, and now B.J. gets his due (though not exactly as he might wish). While younger bro Justin continues his brilliance, B.J. has been dreadful at bat. Braves people believe B.J. cares very much, which is one of the reasons they signed him. But they also know that can work against him when he struggles and tries to do too much. On opening day, for instance, he seemed to take an oh-fer very hard. And that was only one game!

He’s had quite a few rough ones since, too. B.J. Upton is now 13 for 86 with 30 strikeouts and a .151 batting average. In other words, he has one more hit than Justin has homers.

If fans are wondering whether the trade of Harang left their once-stacked rotation short, well, consider that almost nobody’s pitched worse than Harang since the Mariners gave him the ball. Really, it’s been downhill since he got to Camelback Ranch for spring training. After pitching poorly this spring, the Dodgers had to eat a lot of the money to deal him to the , who then pawned him off on the Mariners, who hoped the spring was a fluke. You be the judge. After going 1-2 with an 8.20 ERA in spring, he is 0-3 with an 11.37 ERA this season.