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Fangraphs Dynasty League

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I've got a dynasty league that I'm trying to get started and need a handful more teams to fill it out. If you're interested in joining a fantasy baseball league (with a very good minor league representation), message me and I'll send you the invite. chris "at" 8legs2fangs "dot" com It's not free...but is very reasonable and looks like it will be a fun league (run by Fangraphs). The league will be playing the 'Old School' game type. Right now the draft is scheduled for the 26th, but we can move it around to accommodate everyone. You can check out OttoNeu at the link ...and also here (http://ottoneu.fangraphs.com/support)

"I don't even know why he did it. You don't do that. I am not taking it as a prank. You know, I...

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"I don't even know why he did it. You don't do that. I am not taking it as a prank. You know, I haven't even talked to him since the end of last season. We don't have that type of relationship."

Mike Napoli, on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number. I was reserving judgment on this until I saw Napoli's response, since I figured that, if he wasn't offended by it, I shouldn't be. Now I know what he thinks of it.

Martin Perez is just fine

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"Yes, he needs more seasoning at the Minor League level, but he should. As he approaches legal age, Perez is still far ahead of the prospect curve and has both the stuff and time to turn his three pitch mix into on-field results."

Not So Fast, Kelvin De La Cruz

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Rangers trade Kelvin De La Cruz back to Cleveland for cash.

Perfect Game USA: Possible story behind Beras' new birth date

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"I was with the group from the Dominican Prospect League yesterday afternoon in a private workout and was told this story about what actually happened and what caused the Rangers to believe Beras was eligible to sign. In looking into Beras' background, the Rangers discovered that his father was a Nicaraguan who played in Dominican Summer League (undisclosed for what organization) in 1994 and then returned to Nicaragua. They did the math and figured that there was no way that Beras' actual birthdate could be December 25, 1995 as purported. They dug further into the infamously imperfect Dominican record system and found paperwork substantiating an earlier birthdate that would make Beras 17 years old and eligible to sign immediately. So they made him an offer he couldn't refuse. The Rangers, of course, had no obligation to share this information with anyone else in baseball until after the fact under the current rules. If that story is indeed true, and I have no reason to doubt it considering the source, it would seem as if the Rangers just outworked everyone else. That doesn't mean that Major League Baseball will approve the signing. But is does mean that all the criticism the Rangers have endured since should be tempered a bit."

Martin Perez feature – Perez getting major league experience

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I posted a feature story on left-hander Martin Perez last night, and it's a free one. The story talks about his first Cactus League start (against the Dodgers), his development of a two-seam fastball, and his work over the offseason.