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MLB Weekly Wrap: Bye bye, Andruw.

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Andruw Jones has officially retired, ending my pipe dream of seeing him in the Major Leagues again.

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Andruw Jones is hanging 'em up.

This after he told us that he was going to try to latch on with a big league club in 2016.

This news deeply saddens the '90s and early 2000s child in me, as I grew up watching him roam center field in a Braves uniform for many years. No one else could be more off balance as he drove a ball out of the ballpark. No other player had the audacity to attach his glove to his hip like a basket to catch a fly ball so nonchalantly (and drop one occasionally and catch a death stare from Bobby Cox).

I'm gonna miss him. At least he wants to get back involved with an organization in some capacity, though, which will be good to see.

Anyways, here are some headlines I saw this week.

"The Phils will be horrible for fantasy this year."

"The Phillies have lost the most fans in MLB."

Those are some of the articles you will find on The Good Phight, our sister website covering the Philadelphia Phillies. It's safe to say the writing staff there does not believe that the Phillies will have anything better than a horrific season.

Maybe actual baseball will help alleviate some of the deep depression, and I can only hope that is the case for our friend John Stolnis.

Stolnis writes in the first article mentioned that only two Phillies players are in the ESPN Top 250 fantasy players in baseball this season. They are Maikel Franco and Aaron Nola. Also noted, Ryan Howard is rated as the 38th best first baseman on this list. There are 30 Major League Baseball teams. Yikes.

Every week, as I sift through the news and keep up with the slow-moving offseason, I keep thinking, "Poor Phillies."

But then again, Ruben Amaro Jr. got them into this mess. And what a mess it is.

The Miami Marlins continue to have interest in signing a veteran starting pitcher to round out the rotation, and much of the interest is circulating around Kyle Lohse, a 37-year-old that went 5-13 with a 5.85 ERA in 2015. Yet, he will likely sign a short-term deal with a high annual value.

Fish Stripes discussed earlier this week the impact that Lohse's agent, Scott Boras, may have on the Marlins' ability to sign Lohse. Miami may not have the best relationship with the powerful agent, but recent signing Wei-Yin Chen was a Boras client, and that went over just fine. They don't want to spend a lot of money on a starter, but they may have to, a la the Braves and Ervin Santana a few years back.

'Twas a pretty busy week for the Braves, to say the least. We discovered Jace Peterson played a majority of the season with a badly injured thumb, which may explain his offensive malaise in the second half of the year.

Atlanta has great interest in this Cuban prospect named Lazarito, who sounds like a mythical creature and is only 16 years old, so you won't have to worry about him for a while.

Lastly, those darn Washington Nationals, two-time reigning Paper Champions of the world. After looking like the best team in the history of baseball (OK, slight exaggeration, but really not that much) on paper the last two years, they have impressively fallen miles short of expectations.

America picked up on this, and backed off the Nationals hype train. Bryce Harper now is trying reverse psychology on America.

"I hope everybody in the book dismisses us," he said to reporters, via Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

"Because that means we're going to go out there and do everything we can to prove people wrong. We're a great team, we're a great organization. I think we have the staff, I think we have the coaches and the manager to do it.

It's not going to work Bryce.

Lastly, pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks. Hallelujah!