You don’t want to consistently fish memories. Just because you caught a monster northern pike or trophy walleye in that spot doesn’t mean there’s more coming. Sometimes it’s just a matter of lightning striking in a bottle. Fantasy owners should look at players the same way. Ubaldo Jimenez helped win me a fantasy baseball league championship on the final day of the 2008 season. Jimenez won 19 games in 2010, but hasn’t been the same pitcher since. His mechanics have frequently gone awry the last few seasons along with diminished velocity. How much the diminished velocity comes from bad mechanics remains to be seen. Jimenez is owned in 13% of Yahoo and 12.1% of ESPN leagues. His velocity was up to 95 mph vs. the Blue Jays, while last season the average fastball velocity was 92.5 mph. The SO/9 last year fell off to 7.3 from 8.6 in 2011. The BB/9 went up from 3.7 to 4.8.
Often times the physical skills of the player don’t tend to erode at the age of 27. Jimenez is only 29 and has made 31 or more starts in each season since 2008. The potential for high strikeout totals could be there with increased fastball velocity. His contract has a team option of $8 million dollar for 2014 with a $1 million dollar buyout. The Tribe would probably get peppered with offers if Jimenez is able to correct his market value. Maybe I’m fishing a memory by adding Jimenez to Fall Guy Stuntman Association. The waiver move only cost $1 making the potential risk-reward too enticing to pass up this early in the season.