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Al Melchior’s Bold Predictions

With nearly all of my drafts and auctions in the rear view mirror, it's time to tally up the players who wound up on my rosters again and again. It's also an opportunity to take note of which players I avoided like an approaching swarm of bees. I'm carrying C.J. Cron, Franchy Cordero and Alex Claudio, among others, on several of my rosters, even though none was burning up the ADP rankings. What, exactly, are my best hopes for these late-round fliers? And what are my worst fears about the players I completely eschewed?…

Orioles Sign Andrew Cashner to Get Shelled

The Orioles added some much-needed pitching depth on Thursday by signing Andrew Cashner to a two-year deal. While the deal makes perfect sense in the real baseball world, the move just about kills Cashner’s fantasy value. The 31-year-old righty didn’t allow many runs last season and posted a 3.40 ERA. The problem is that his peripheral stats pointed to something much worse, as his ERA estimators were near 5.00. Of the 60 pitchers who threw at least 160 innings last year, his 4.6 K/9 ranked 59th (Ty Blach at 4.0 K/9).…