It appears I spoke too soon in regards to the rookie year prospects of at least one of my SLP hopefuls. This email was waiting for me in my inbox this afternoon, just a few short hours before the first pitch of opening day:
CBS SportsLine.com Fantasy Baseball Notification
According to MLB.com, the Nationals optioned OF Kory Casto
to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. General manager Jim Bowden
called the final cuts “devastating,” because he felt Casto
performed well enough to make the team. “Tough decisions —
both of those guys (RP Saul Rivera also sent to Triple-A)
deserve to be on the team,” Bowden said. “They won’t let us
carry 27 players. They have options, other guys didn’t. They
will both be back. We all know how many guys we carry. Those
guys in particular will spend a lot of time up here this
year. They deserve to be here.”
It looked as though with the injury to Nook Logan (groin)
that Casto was going to make the team. However, Logan looks
as though he is ready for opening day, and instead of having
to place either Ryan Church or Chris Snelling on waivers,
the easy thing to do was use one of Casto’s options. “(Kory)
handled it very well. It was something that I talked to him
about during spring training and he understood the
situation,” Nationals manager Manny Acta said. “We also made
sure that he knew that he is down there for us to grab
anytime.” Casto will be back at some point this season and
is worth holding onto in keeper and NL-only leagues.
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So, I’m going to wipe Mr. Casto off the leaderboard for now, but keep an eye out for him in case Nook can’t go. Oddly enough, by demoting Casto, the Nationals have added value to another of our rookie candidates, Chris Snelling, who was given a seat on the 25-man bench despite being mired in a horrible slump. Is this a numbers game to keep a more promising player from logging too many games too early in his career? Hard to say.
The only other contender to be sent down was Vinny Rottino from the Brewers. He, too will slide off of the leaderboard unless he gets called up quickly. Narrowing down the field is a good thing, though! Because how many players can really compare to Mr. Pujols? It needs to be a short list.
Let the chase begin on Monday!