Week 10 Avocado Fantasy League Results
• At long last the free agent journeys of Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel have come to an end. Keuchel has signed with the Atlanta Braves and Kimbrel with the Chicago Cubs. The Braves were known to be wanting to reinforce both ends of their pitching staff and chose their starting rotation over a reunion with their ex-closer. The Cubs were thought to be lacking the funds to pay for big ticket upgrades to the team but it appears that losing Ben Zobrist to a personal matter has opened up some breathing room under the tax line as they brought in Kimbrel to try and lock down a shaky back of the bullpen.
• Adrian Beltre’s #29 jersey was retired by the Texas Rangers Saturday in between games of a day-night doubleheader, only the 4th player to have been given that honor by the Rangers (5th if you include the league-wide retirement of Jackie Robinson’s #42). Elvis Andrus was on hand to present Beltre with a blue robe from the team with his name and number sewn onto the back (and to give the notoriously touch averse Beltre a final tap on the head). Tommy Lasorda, the long-time Dodgers manager who scouted Beltre back in 1994 and was the team’s manager when Beltre was brought up as a 19 year old rookie was also in attendance. George Brett, Mike Schmidt and Chipper Jones also sent their well wishes via video.
• Brent Honeywell was thought to be the Tampa Bay Ray’s ace of the future at this time a couple years ago. He required Tommy John surgery in spring training of 2018 though and lost a full season to that. Now as he was rehabbing that it was announced he fractured a bone in his elbow during a bullpen session and will miss the rest of 2019 season as well. In spite of the injuries he’s still ranked among the top 20-30 prospects in the league.
• The MLB draft took place last week. How did your team do? Any high school/college baseball fans out there that kept an eye out for someone/something specific? Baseball America put together a mega analysis of all teams highlighting top picks and potential sleepers for all 30 teams.
• News broke late Sunday night that retired Red Sox legend David Ortiz had been attacked in his native Dominican Republic by a gunman who drove up behind Ortiz on a motorcycle and fired a single shot into his back at point blank. The shooter was quickly seized and beaten by a crowd of people in the area and was also hospitalized with a variety of injuries, his motive is unknown. Ortiz is in stable condition but still requires intensive care. His gall bladder, as well as parts of his intestine and colon have been removed and there’s damage to the former slugger’s liver as well. He is considered well enough to travel though and the Red Sox have sent the team plane to the DR in order to transport Ortiz to a Boston hospital for additional treatments. Get well soon Big Papi!!
What’s on your minds this week?