John Harper of the Daily News: Only a sometimes steroids skeptic

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In the wake of this morning’s Daily News column by John Harper, The Common Man takes a look at Harper’s past commentary about players and steroids and finds that, when it comes to New York players, current and former, Harper isn’t nearly so hung up on the issue of whether they were clean or not as he is on Jose Bautista. He either assumed they weren’t or did care.

One other point that several readers have noted: at the moment, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson has 16 homer runs and is on pace to hit 56. This despite his career as, basically, a 20-25 home run hitter and peaking at 30. That more or less described Brady Anderson’s career too, and Harper had no compunction about throwing Anderson into the PED-use camp, so why not Granderson too?

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.