That was the busiest time of the year for baseball, in some ways, and definitely for fantasy baseball. The trade deadline provides content like no other time — only the winter meetings or spring training come close.
But my favorite piece of the week was an interview of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. We didn’t talk about baseball — we talked about writing. The published author had some interesting things to say about the family politics of a tell-all, and what writing meant to him.
For real baseball, I was skeptical about two trades for veteran general managers. Toronto’s Alex Anthopolous has been pretty blame-proof so far, and maybe his trading away powerful young outfielder Travis Snider for a reliever will work out, but it didn’t look good on paper. And then Kevin Towers in Arizona traded two decent prospects for a third baseman that was demoted from the worst team in baseball last season. Chris Johnson doesn’t have a good glove, or patience, but of course after I point these things out he goes out and catches fire for his new team. We’ll see, we’ll see.
I looked at Travis Snider through more of a fantasy lens, too. He does have some power, but I wanted to look at his new league, division and home park before counting him out. I did something similar for Phillies prospect-turned-regular Domonic Brown. And then I followed up both of those pieces by using the new filters on FanGraphs to find them statistical comps — just a hint, Brown’s got some better names associated with his work so far.