Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 28, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I always have to laugh when a team says that they’ll listen to offers on a player and then the media jumps all over it and they have that player out of town before the day is over. This is the case with the New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. Let’s see if we can review.

There was the video that came out of Beckham Jr. and a model that had some suspicious behavior in it. When Giants co-owner John Mara was asked about it he mentioned that the team was coming off a – season and that he didn’t believe any player was considered untouchable. Of course everyone in the media took that to mean that the Giants would be trading Beckham Jr. Mara has now said of Beckham Jr. that “he’s not on the (trading) block”. Mara also said “we’re not looking to get rid of him” and added “I’d like him to be a Giant”. Now obviously the Giants aren’t actively shopping Beckham Jr, but any team in their right mind is going to call and see if they can get a deal done.

Will the Giants trade Beckham Jr? They might if the offer is right. While Beckham Jr. is one of the best receiver in the NFL there’s a lot o baggage that comes with him. There’s the video I mentioned earlier that the NFL hasn’t commented on. Beckham Jr. has said that he won’t play this coming season unless he’s given a new contract. He is currently in the final year of his rookie deal, but he wants a new contract and to be the highest paid player in the NFL. So while you get a top player there are also some headaches in dealing with him and if a team came with an offer that just blew the Giants away shouldn’t they take it. Now there are very few teams that have the ammunition the Giants would be looking for in Return for Beckham Jr. You’d have to think that a deal would include multiple 1st round draft picks plus. Is there a team willing to give that up?

The Los Angeles Rams where the first team that appeared to reach out to the Giants about a trade for Beckham Jr. The Rams have the 23rd pick in this draft, but they don’t have a 2nd round pick. It doesn’t appear that the Rams don’t have what it takes to make this type of deal. You can’t blame the Rams for checking in on Beckham Jr. as he would be a huge addition to an off season that’s already been very good.

Where do you have Beckham Jr. playing next season? Will he still be with the Giants? or do you see him wearing another uniform?

We’re just a day away from the opening of the 2018 baseball season. I will be letting you know what are pre-season predictions are for this season on Saturday. All I’m waiting for is for Mr. Fantasy to send me his picks and then will be all set for 2018.

We had our fantasy drafts over the weekend for our auction league and our snake league style draft. Now our leagues are both 20 team leagues; so it’s very difficult not to mention time consuming.

When your leagues are as big as ours it’s very difficult to find anyone willing to go out on a limb and give you sleeper picks. Now you’ll see articles about “Deep Sleeper”, but in a 20 team league these guys aren’t sleepers at all let alone deep sleepers.

Now I can’t be the only guy out there looking for a little fantasy help in a big league. I found an article that tried to sell me on Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians being a sleeper. Now it appears as though Clevinger is going to get a shot at being a regular starter; so that improves his draft position. The fact that he’s on a team that should win 90 plus games is also a positive. Is he really a sleeper though? I’ve been hearing about the Indians giving him a chance to make the starting rotation since questions about Danny Salazar came up early in the off season. Anyone in a big league knew who Clevinger was and what was going on with him in Cleveland. This article was no help at all to anyone who is in a league bigger than say 14 teams. Now I don’t want anyone to think that I’m singling out Clevenger. He was just the top name in the article that I found when I was looking for some fantasy help.

Maybe once your league gets to a certain size the term sleeper should no longer exist. Late in a 20 team draft you’re really taking a chance in a guy. If he works out you look like the smartest guy in the room. If it doesn’t work out, oh well you weren’t really expecting much from that player. Feel free to help me out and find a name for players picked late in larger leagues. Put your ideas in the comments section and we’ll see what we can come up with.

If you’ve been following Shohei Ohtani through spring training and where wondering when you’d get to see him pitch in a regular season game; the Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim answered that for you yesterday. Ohtani will make his first career start on Sunday against the Oakland A’s.

Ohtani threw just 2 2/3rd innings in spring training and he had some issues. Ohtani gave up 9 runs, 8 of which where earned on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. Ohtani’s spring training ERA was 27.00. With throwing such a small number of innings I spring training you have to wonder if Ohtani will go more than 5 innings on Sunday.

Now the Angels haven’t made it clear when will see Ohtani as a DH in their line up. Ohtani had his struggles at the plate in the spring as well. Ohtani  hit .107 going 3 for 28 with 1 RBI while walking 3 times and striking out 9 times.

Do you have Ohtani being a better pitcher or a better hitter this season?

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