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Fantasy Notes: The End for Travis Lee?

March 25, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
  • Remember when Travis Lee was going to be a fantasy stud for years to come? When a draft loophole allowed him to cash in with a big-money deal from Arizona as a player who was going to be the cornerstone for that fledgling expansion club back in the day? Well, it never happened. And now, at the age of 31, it appears Lee’s run is over after he was released by the Nats Sunday. Lee was given an opportunity to help Washington this year with Nick Johnson expected to be miss the first couple months of the season, but apparently, as he told the team when requesting his release, he no longer has the passion to play. Some would question if he ever did considering he was never able to live up to his great promise in a nine-year career. Lee was a fantastic gloveman at first, but a lifetime BA of .256 with 115 career homers isn’t close to what was expected from the former first-team All American. Lee actually wasn’t having a bad spring, but he had obviously had enough, so it looks like his career is over. So Washington’s first base job until Johnson returns, by default, goes to Dmitri Young.
  • Another National with a gold opportunity this spring was starting pitcher Tim Redding. As recently as four weeks ago, Redding was projected to be Washington’s No. 2 starter in a wide-open race that included John Patterson as ace and a cast of thousands competing for the rest of the jobs. Well, earlier today Redding was outrighted to Triple-A (Joel Hanrahan, another starter projected to break camp with a job, was also optioned out). Redding, 29, can decline the assignment and become a free agent, but let’s get real here. Does he think he’ll have a crack at a job somewhere else after failing in this camp? Redding, once considered a better prospect than Roy Oswalt when the two were both Astros’ farmhands, was just brutul this spring, giving up 16 hits and 11 earned runs in four appearances and 8 2/3 innings. With Redding out of the picture, it looks like another one-time stud prospect — Jerome Williams — will break camp with a rotation spot for the Nats.
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