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“The Wizard of Goz” Week #3 HI/LO: The Mysterious Disappearance of Josè Ramirez

I admit it- in an AL only auction draft, with a team that was starting a three year plan, I ponied up $40 for Josè Ramirez. For the record, I was with the vast majority when a few weeks ago I ranked him as, pardon the pun, top dog despite last years El Foldo (see chart below). Image result for k]jose ramirez jpg

1st half 94 29 70 .302 20
2nd half 63 10 35 .218 14
Total 157 39 105 .270 34

For research sake I checked the splits of 2016 and 2017 and found that he actually performed better in one year (2016) and only slightly worse in the other (2017) when comparing 1st/2nd half splits. Digging a tad deeper it was found that he actually got out of the gate quickly both years. QUITE UNLIKE NOW. Stating the obvious, at this moment, he really rots. Through eighteen games he’s managed a lowly 1 HR , 3 RBI, .145 AVG and an unfathomably bad .432 OPS! The only shred of good is the five sacks he swiped.

Also for the record we are talking about, by MLB standards, not a big man. Regardless, At 5’9″ and 190 very solid pounds there’s no reason to believe that he would wear down in the heat of summer. Trouble is brewing in paradise though for Cleveland in 2019. This roster cannot compare to the playoff bound Tribe teams of ’16,’17 and ’18.

Rather than make this a What happened to Cleveland? diatribe just take a look at a box score and you’ll see one of the crappiest outfields in the Bigs and an infield, at least until Lindor returns, that is iffy. We’re talking about an offense that is counting on a banged up Jason Kipnis, an aged Hanley Ramirez, an over-the-hill Carlos Gonzalez. Pitching , despite the loss of Clevinger and the humble beginnings by Kluber and Carrasco, is better than average. And that circles us back to WTF is going on, and more importantly what to do with Mr. Jose Ramirez?

Selling him this early is a real bad idea, or is it? Immediately disregard the schmuck making a ridiculous offer. Power/speed players tend to stay that way. I’m wondering if that 95 MPH fastball he took in a spring training game to the knee has anything to do with this mess… Probably not, no team would be dumb enough to risk the future of a 26 year old superstar. My plan for him remains the same – wait for the slumbering beast to awaken and near the August deadline trade him to a contender for cheap keepers for next year.

For those of you who own Ramirez in redraft leagues – take two valium (per day if necessary) and pray and hope that the arrival of Lindor back to the lineup will help jump start Ramirez back to a semblance of his 30/30 .280 norm. AS A BUYER – you may be able to snake this guy now but most owners will remember the 1st round/ +$35 bid they “blew” and still value him highly. In the meantime expect a hot seat similar to the one depicted on Week 3 Hi/Lo home page and gamble that this unbelievably crappy stretch runs a few more weeks (May 1) and then make a decent multi-player overture.

Week 4 will offer a dozen players, six batters and six pitchers to either buy or sell in the topsy turvy game known as Fantasy Baseball!


Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Cole Freel, and Kyle Amore live on Thursday April 18th, 2019 from 7:30-9pm EST for episode #152 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. You can listen live on blogtalk,, or download the podcast on I-Tunes or any Android podcast app. Cole and Kyle will discuss the latest happenings in the world of MLB and fantasy. They will take a look back on the previous few days and a preview of the coming weekend. Including spot starts, bullpens, offense, and minor league players.

Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Cole Freel live on Sunday April 21st, 2019 from 8-9:30pm EST for episode #153 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. You can listen live on blogtalk,, or download the podcast on I-Tunes or any Android podcast app. We will discuss spot starters for the coming week, plus a weekend update, and look ahead to next week.

Our guest this week are Joe Iannone. Joe is a writer for, his articles publish every Sunday, and is a frequent radio guest.

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