Scouting notes: Big Papi has a new swing 

March, 29, 2011
Most fantasy owners realize by now that a lot of the media reports that come out of spring training are just noise. The statement that Player X is in the "best shape of his life" has evolved into the realm of parody (including a funny mock article on Miguel Olivo over at To go with that, most owners already realize they shouldn't pay too much attention to spring stats.

Part of our job is to find the spring changes or developments that might be meaningful. Something beyond "Mitch Moreland and Brandon Belt have both looked great this spring." (They have.) Or "Justin Verlander has looked sharp and ready to go." (He has.)