Friday, February 24, 2012
The Return of Braun
Some early season drafting may have paid dividends already for some fantasy baseball owners. Those who ended up getting a discount on Ryan Braun due to the recently resolved 50 game suspension issue (which was overturned yesterday) should think they are blessed...the 2011 NL MVP ad fallen to the 4th and 5th rounds in most drafts. That being said, I am not sold that Braun will produce as effectively as he did in 2011, when he had Prince Fielder with him on the Milwalkee Brewers. Fielders departure to Detroit leaves Braun without protection and not much to work with in the rest of that lineup. We also haven't resolved whether or not Braun was actually on PED, and the overturning of his suspension leaves many to doubt the legitimacy of the MLB drug testing policy. You also have to think that this favours Manny Ramierez and his potential to join the Oakland Athlethics on opening day.