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Odds & Ends: Albert Pujols, Giants OF and An ROY Sleeper

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Buster Olney of ESPN has a blurb in his daily blog.  He is hearing the concerns about Albert Pujols' health are very real.  I know I have already decided to not pick him in fantasy baseball drafts.  What I haven't decided at what point I would take Pujols?

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On Grant Paulsen's "Minors & Majors" program on XM Radio, John  Manuel of Baseball America offered the Angels' Nick Adenhart as a dark horse ROY candidate.  Adenhart  has a lot to overcome with the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain and the Red Sox' duo of Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz set to dominate the headlines, but I know I'd rooting for Adenahrt to surprise.

Mr. Manuel pegged Joba at the favorite.  Two 80 pitches on the 20-80 scouting scale is too much to overcome.

Additionally, he pegged Red 1B Joey Votto's chances of starting on Opening Day at 5%.  He cited Hatteberg's experience and performance as too much for Votto to overcome.  I wasn't surprised.  What did surprise me is Mr. Manuel's contention that Votto doesn't have enough power.

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On Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's Saturday radio program on WFAN, he interviewed Giants' manager Bruce Bochy.  In a response to Russo's question about the trio of young OFers competing for rosters spots (Fred Lewis, Rajai Davis & Nate Schierholtz), Bochy admitted some challenge getting all three enough time.  Bochy said Aaron Rowand and Randy Winn were going to play everyday.  That left Dave Roberts as a likely platooner.  The OF Bochy mentioned as his mate?  Rajai Davis.

Davis should be kept on the sleeper list of any NL-only leagues and watched in mixed ones looking for mid-season SBs.  FWIW, Fred Lewis is out of options, so expect Schierholtz to open the season in AAA or to see Lewis dealt.