Fantasy baseball nuggets: Globe Life Park, Jake Odorizzi

      February 5, 2014 @ 16:22:03 PDT


The Texas Rangers have announced the sale of the naming rights of their ballpark. Heretofore, it'll be known as Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Some people still don't care for the corporatization of sports-related entities, but most of us are desensitized by now. Really, this kind of thing isn't a big deal. The yard is the club's commodity. If someone wants to pay to slap its brand and logo all over the sucker for a decade, let them.

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi
Odorizzi primed to capitalize

The Dallas Morning News reported that the City of Arlington will see 0 percent of the cash the Rangers do from this agreement, because of the terms in the team's lease for the stadium. Note: The public coughed up $135 million (71 percent) of the funding that provided the franchise with that asset.

Arlington's track record for payment of bond debts on deals of this nature seems to be pretty good. This yard's was paid off in half of the projected time; AT&T Stadium's forecasts are favorable, according to reports. (The Dallas Cowboys' lease agreement does give the city a portion of the proceeds from its naming-right deal, also according to The Dallas Morning News.

Of course, it's taxpayers who foot the bill, and there's virtually no benefit to them. We can surmise why some politicians support these kinds of arrangements. But why would any citizen vote yes on a referendum that allocates public funds for the construction of sports stadiums? These venues are erected almost exclusively for private gain.

Hey, did you know that the NFL is classified as a nonprofit organization?

Let's hope that things continue to change for the better on these fronts.

Odorizzi becomes a lot more interesting

Jeremy Hellickson has had surgery on his right elbow and is expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the regular season.

Fantasy owners probably have some doubts about how much they can expect from Hellickson as he attempts to rebound from a 5.19 ERA despite improvement in his peripheral numbers. But perhaps the loose bodies in his elbow, since removed, help to explain why his 2013 campaign was such a stinker. Keep that possibility in mind in very deep leagues, anyway.

This development also almost guarantees that Jake Odorizzi opens the season in the Tampa Bay Rays' rotation. I don't think that his strikeout rates from the minors will show up in the majors. He has a history of pretty good walk rates, though, and this club has consistently aided its pitchers in the improvement of their control once they reach The Show.

I think that Odorizzi is already worth a late-round pick in mixed leagues. By the time Hellickson returns, someone else in Tampa Bay's rotation could be unavailable. Besides, the Rays could decide to bring the injured righty back slowly, and they may even ask him to continue work on his issues as a member of the bullpen. It wouldn't surprise me.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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