Rotoman's Guide Newsletter 3/31

The Slow Drip


I got up this morning figuring I’d be scrambling all day to keep up with the cuts and roster moves big league teams are making to get their rosters legal for opening day. But while there has been big news (Nationals Covid Strike, Mondesi and Lewis to the DL) the major adds have been the Cubs signing Tony Wolters and the Phillies finding roster room for Ronald Torreyes.

You have to figure when Torreyes leaves the playing field he’s going to go to work as Joe Torre’s inside man, right?

We don’t know yet who the four Nationals players who are going to miss at least a week are, or who is going to replace them, so there isn’t much to say except this is clearly a preview of this season’s craziness, ramping up a full slate of games as virus cases start to gain again.

Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) and Kyle Lewis are expected to miss about two weeks. Nicky Lopez was recalled to play shortstop while Mondesi is out. Jake Fraley and Jose Marmalejos figure to see time in Lewis’s spot.

Notable in the Royals opening day lineup is Kyle Isbel, a third-round pick in 2018 who hit .216 in High-A in 2019. He had a scorching spring, has a little power and a little more speed but also has the low walks but strikes out profile that is often a problem. He doesn’t have enough history to be doomed to repeat himself, but the Royals like him and think he’s ready. Maybe they’re right, if you’re not worried about getting on base too much.

If you play in an NL-only league watch out for the hitting free agent list. I’ve lost Brendan Rodgers for the first month or so in Tout NL and went to set up my FAAB bids for tonight. There is one hitter really worth bidding on and he’s a platooner for an injured player. The rest of the hitting side is bad.

In Tout we have the Swingman position, in which the usual fifth outfielder can either be a second UT or a P. I’ve got bids in for both, but it’s not a happy situation. I suspect a lot of leagues will be looking to eliminate a hitting slot next year to better reflect the way MLB teams are staffing their roster.

A programming note: After the Tout FAAB run tonight I’ll be in the Tout Wars zoom room chatting about tonight’s moves and what we know about this weekend’s games. We’re trying this out for the first few weeks. If there’s interest we’ll try and get someone in the room each Sunday night, for the regular FAAB runs. Stop in from 8:30 to 9:30 pm ET and say hi.

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