Well it's early February in Ottawa and the snow/ice is still on the ground in Canada's national capital. The Superbowl is over and sadly, I have to deal with the endless discussion about whether or not Eli Manning is an "elite" quarterback (for the record - he's only one in his own mind). With the end of the NFL season, it's time to start gearing up for the upcoming MLB season and more specifically to the various fantasy baseball league drafts I'll be involved in this year. With some significant changes over the winter, this upcoming year is going to be extremely interest. Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols are now in the American league - joining the likes of Mark Texeria, Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Cabrera in the Jr Circuit and leaving only Joey Votto as the only legitimate power hitting first baseman in the National League. CJ Wilson is now an Angel,, but the Texas Rangers quickly replaced him with Yu Darvish. To me, the 2012 MLB season could be a year of transition...the dominance that Pujols has had over the past few seasons will likely be replaced by someone else.
While this blog will primarily deal with Fantasy Baseball, I won't forget my beloved Toronto Blue Jays who are on the verge of becoming true contenders in the AL East. It was a stake in the heart that the Jays didn't bid nearly enough to get the rights to negotiate with Yu Darvish...in fact, had I been the GM of the Jays I would have spent the money given to Brandon Morrow in an attempt to grab one of the biggest free agent names on the block. Darvish will be a number one for years to come for the Rangers and the Jays missed out not only on a staff ace, but also a major promotional opportunity especially in the MLB International market. This will likely be one of the few things I will not like from the Jays young GM Alex Anthopoulos.
Looking forward to the MLB season and all the fantasy discussions.