I’m in the process of writing up a bunch of phony, snarky predictions for 2011 for the Rotoworld annual. It’s thus rather refreshing to read some actual predictions for 2011 that are backed by some genuine baseball thought. The thinker is Joe Sheehan, and some of his predictions are going to rile some of you:
- The Phillies will not be as dominant as you think;
- The Orioles will be a (sorta) contender;
- There will be tons of trades;
- No managers will be fired;
- Ticket prices will fall;
- There will be greater parity; and
- The Red Sox will win it all.
For the reasons — and I agree with more of them than I disagree with — you have to click the link. Good stuff.
The Chicago Cubs have signed free agent infielder Daniel Descalso. The deal is for two years and is worth $5 million, with a club option for 2021 that could bring the total overall value to $8.25 million.
Descalso, 32, has spent the past two seasons in Arizona. Before that he spent two years with the Rockies. He began his career with the Cardinals, playing in St. Louis for five seasons. He’s a career .240/.324/.370 hitter (85 OPS+) who can cover multiple positions. Indeed, in 2018 alone he played first, second, third, left field, DH and he even pitched twice. In his career he has also played a great deal of shortstop, though not regularly for a couple of years.
In an age of short benches and big bullpens, it pays to have a super utility guy. Descalso may not be Marwin Gonzalez as far as quality goes, but he’s just as flexible a lot more affordable. That’s worth at least something.