First things first. If you are surprised by the Ryan Braun suspension, you just haven’t been paying attention. Braun had already met with the MLB and had become target 1b (behind A-Rod). The documents showed that he was involved with Biogenesis and he could not escape the facts. By not appealing this suspension, he provides all the credibility to Anthony Bosch’s information that the MLB needs. Braun, in fact, gave the MLB more ammo to attack the players on the Biogenesis list. I think the MLB is going to start handing out suspensions left and right after this. Most players will probably appeal and get suspended at the beginning of next year. Also, I have read that the evidence against A-Rod is SOOOOOO MUCH GREATER than the evidence against Ryan Braun. His suspension could end his career. That is going to be the most interesting thing that happens with the Biogenesis scandal, and I want to see who all of the other players are. This could be another cloud that looms over baseball for a long time if handled incorrectly. So far so good MLB, don’t screw it up.
Fantasy baseball side of this suspension… buy low in keeper/dynasty leagues. I just bought him in one league and I couldn’t be happier. He may not have as much power as before, but he will still be a top 10 player next year. Assuming he stops cheating.
I wrote yesterday that the Matt Garza deal fell apart over the weekend. Well, it happened yesterday. The Cubs sent Garza to the Rangers in return for a package of prospects with the headliner being Mike Olt. I think this is a good trade for both sides, right now. If the Rangers DO NOT make the playoffs, Cubs win this deal. Matt Garza may not sign with the Rangers after this season, just like Cliff Lee in 2010. Actually, I change my mind within 2 sentences. Rangers need to win the World Series or Matt Garza needs to sign long term and perform, otherwise the Cubs win this. They get players that are under their control for a long time and could be on a team that is contending a couple years from now. It should be interesting to see who wins this trade a couple years from now.
Von Miller being suspended by the NFL would make me the happiest man in the world for Week 1, but after that, I would be upset. He is an unbelievable talent and has proven it with his 30 sacks in two NFL seasons. Miller is exciting to watch and I love watching him attack the quarterback, unless it is Joe Flacco. This is why I would be happy if he was out Week 1. If he is out Week 1, the Ravens road to a victory just got easier. Since Denver lost Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens, the Broncos would not have any pass rush. When Flacco is not under pressure, he is a star. He can light up a scoreboard. If he is under pressure, he is VERY inconsistent, to put it lightly. The reason the Ravens won the Super Bowl is Flacco was consistent under pressure, but I am not so confident it stays that way in the 2013 season. That is why having a game with no pass rush on opening day would help carry the momentum of the Super Bowl into the 2013 season. He should carve up the Broncos, much like he did in the 2012 playoffs, and the Ravens defense would just have to not crumble for a victory.