Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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Josh Beckett has endured a lot of bad press over the last two years, and he’s to blame for pretty much all of it. The good news for bargain-hunting fantasy managers is that all the talk about his bad attitude, poor conditioning, and general selfishness might do wonders for his average draft position. According to Mock Draft Central that hasn’t been the case so far, but I find MDC to be a rather poor representation of what’s actually happening in fantasy leagues. For the most part people draft players in accordance with their pre-draft rank, and MDC mistakenly has Beckett ahead of Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Garza, and Adam Wainwright just to name a few. That said, Beckett did impress after the Red Sox pretty much gave him away to the Dodgers. In 43 innings with LA he posted a 2.93 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 7.95 K/9. The ERA was a bit lucky given the small sample size (3.82 FIP with the Dodgers), but his strikeout rate was back to pre-2011 levels, which, as you may recall, was the beginning of...
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