Should you be drafting injured players with a 60-game season?

Yahoo Sports' Scott Pianowski and Fred Zinkie discuss if it's worth drafting injured players for the upcoming 60-game season.

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Video Transcript

- One thing's really changed from the landscape early in the spring. I think we may have hinted about it earlier. You know, some guys who were hurt aren't hurt anymore. Of course, we do have injury news leaking out or player personal news leaking out the last couple of weeks.

And sometimes get read between the lines of what's actually going on. But you know, it seems like it was such a long time ago, but we weren't sure if Justin Verlander would be ready for the start of the season. There were some injury issues with Scherzer, a couple of Yankees. Judge and Stanton had injury flags that may or may not have gone away.

You recently wrote about some of the injuries and updating some situations with a Yahoo piece a few days ago. What did you find out there? And some of the big names I've mentioned, are you in or out on those guys if you're redrafting today?

Yeah. So I think this one's a big, big picture-- a very big picture discussion for me, where-- so Scott, you've always been someone who's really out on injured players as we go through the season. Like, you try to really resist giving them the benefit of the doubt.

I'm going to take that mentality and times it by 10 this year. If players are hurt, I don't really want them. There's just not the time for it to all even out, you know, for you to hold someone for a month and then they come back and you get months of good production possibly from them.

So a good example like Cole Hamels, who's not a big, you know, move the needle type arm anymore. But I saw Cole Hamels has a bit of an injury issue right now, completely off my-- completely off my drafts list. Like, no, I'm not interested in starting a 60-game season with an injured pitcher.

The injured pitcher would have to be like a Max Scherzer type, where you're willing to eat three starts and try to get the last nine or 10. So Aaron Judge-- totally out. I'm fine with Stanton because it looks like he can play every day right now.

And it'll be the same-- like I've given significant drops, especially pitchers who are late coming into camp because they've been dealing with COVID, whether they had a lot of symptoms or not. The bottom line is they're way behind. The season starts in less than two weeks.

If I'm going to draft a closer, it's not going to be Kenley Jansen, for example, at this point. I want a closer, you know, who's been in camp the whole time and is ready to go. He says he'll be ready to go. Hey, maybe he'll be ready to go. I can afford to miss out and just take some-- I'll just take the next closer on my list who's been in camp.

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