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2/1/1982 (35 y, 24 d)
2004 Rule 5 (3A phase) - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
$0.5M / 1 Years (2015)
Machi reported to spring training camp Saturday after being delayed by a visa issue, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. (2/18/2017)
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Machi enjoyed a fairly successful first full-season in the majors in 2013, as he posted a 2.38 ERA with an impressive 4.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 53 innings. He's a right-handed, ground-ball pitcher (54.4%) who relies most heavily on his two-seam and split-finger fastball while using his 81 mph slider as a perfect out-pitch. He'll likely walk into 2014 with a job in the bullpen already in-hand, but has minimal fantasy upside as he'll probably be relegated to more low-leverage situations and not see any holds or saves at all. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Machi will enter the 2014 season as a member of the Giants bullpen and will be looking to improve upon his already solid numbers from 2013. He could provide some fantasy help if you need someone to help stabilize your ratios, but he'll likely pitch in more low-leverage situations which reduces the number of holds or save opportunities that he'll see.
Jean Machi had another impressive ERA in 2014, and now boasts a career 2.71 ERA despite not reaching the majors until his age-30 season. The good news ends at or around there. His peripherals took a hit in 2014 -- his strikeout rate dropped and his walk rate moved up -- and were it not for his slender .230 batting average on balls in play, it seems very likely he would have been a league average hurler. League average is worth something, of course, but it's not worth much in fantasy leagues. Machi is well worth watching early in the 2015 season. If his splitter is diving hard, and hitters can't elevate the offering, then he could maybe ease into higher leverage roles with the Giants. The fact that his manager avoided using him in big moments in the postseason suggests that he has a long way to go in recovering that confidence. Don't rely on him to continue to beat his FIP if hitters are taking him out of the park. (
The Quick Opinion:
Machi has two consecutive good ERA seasons, but his 2014 peripherals worsened considerably. Even at his worst, though, he hasn't been that bad. So if he limits the homers and keeps the grounders coming, he's worth a spot somewhere in your bullpen.
Machi came pretty much out of complete nowhere to have two very productive relief seasons for the Giants. Hitters seemed to have figured him out last year, which was a trend that was starting in 2014 but really showed itself last season. Macho struck out fewer, walked more, and gave up a lot more home runs last season than in the two seasons prior. The result was a very dreadful season split between the Giants and Red Sox. Now, Machi is on a minor league deal with an invite to camp with the Cubs where he will try and land a middle relief spot. It is not out of the realm of possibility, but it is unlikely that Machi matches his 2013 year in terms of ERA, strikeouts, and holds. With that said, even that year he was not ownable in almost all fantasy formats. Since the hope is that he may someway manage to produce close to that, he can safely be left off of fantasy rosters on draft day. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
With two good years and one bad year to his career, the 34-year-old Machi is not a fantasy relevant pitcher entering the year on a minor league deal with the Cubs. There is no need to monitor Machi from a fantasy standpoint.
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Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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