Meanwhile, the fact that Martinez will not need to bring his outfield glove with him — Boston boasts a terrific, young defensive outfield already — is a good thing, in theory. Perhaps it keeps him healthier. Martinez will keep outfield eligibility in fantasy all of 2018. He might not have it in 2019, but I would argue it is not relevant, even in a dynasty format. It should not stop anyone from acquiring Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz, for example, and Martinez is a lot younger and similarly productive. It did not stop fantasy managers from loving David Ortiz. Do not worry about positional qualifications in the early rounds of drafts.
As for others affected here statistically, there are a few. For one, the Red Sox will likely platoon lefty-hitting first baseman Mitch Moreland with right-handed Hanley Ramirez, and based on production, this is certainly wise.
It just means that the human story is more complicated than the heroic myth. There’s enough space for that, and people are intelligent enough, one would hope, to deal with it.
The redemption story can be fine for White for himself because he did have to overcome his own internal struggles, and an injury like he had to someone who has never suffered a serious injury must have been a shock and hard to deal with. But it’s dishonest to sell someone as a hero to the public, using all the good attributes to promote it while ignoring (or outright silencing) anything negative about him. At that point, it’s propaganda.
Losing David Ortiz is losing someone who is charismatic and a great leader, Werner said. I know there have been some comments that I respect that we didn’t have the most popular team, but when I look at (Andrew) Benintendi and Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers and Bogaerts and Bradley, I see energized, young, exciting players.
I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view, but I think we’ve got a fun team. And if it’s healthy, I think we’re going to be — we’ll bring the fans back.
Fuller burst onto the scene with a strong rookie season, but injuries and Chicago’s general badness has made the former first-round pick an afterthought as he stands on the brink of free agency. He missed the entire 2016 season due to a knee injury and had the Bears decline the fifth year of his rookie contract. But a solid season should make him a useful commodity in free agency in 2018. Fuller knocked down 22 passes and made a pair of interceptions to reclaim his value, and playing in a more stable environment than a rebuilding Bears team should do wonders for his career.