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The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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Eric Hinske Arizona Diamondbacks
There goes another sure keeper along with Milton Bradley...the way my freeze list is going, it's almost time to prep for 2010.
Mike Landau ML-
Feb 7 '09
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
SI is reporting that ARod's anonymous test from 2003 was positive. So much for anonymity. So much for the 5th Amendment and specific warrants. I guess this is what Bud wanted the whole time, the entire sport destroyed.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 7 '09
Fernando Martinez Houston Astros
e) I wonder what he can do from the locker room.
Shawn Douglas ShawnD
Feb 7 '09
Rich Hill Los Angeles Dodgers
MASNsports has a little something up on their site regarding a phone interview with Hill:

http://masnsports.com/2009/02/hill-locating-home-plate-issue.html

In the interview, he attributes most of the problems to changes in his delivery in order to compensate for the back issues he had. He claims to have moved to a weight-lifting program and altered his diet.

Making the assumption that this is all correct and the he was just handled poorly, I'd be willing to up my limit to $3 or 4 in order to take a chance on him.
Shawn Douglas ShawnD
Feb 7 '09
Heath Bell Tampa Bay Rays
Yes, but in that case he was 23/30 in save opportunities, not zero for seven.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 7 '09
If you fail to convert a hold, aren't you giving up the lead?
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
How many of those blown saves weren't true save opportunities, but non-converted holds in the seventh or eight innings. Blown saves for those who don't finish games are abbreviated BS for a reason.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 6 '09
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants
Shelled in his last start to raise his ERA almost 20 points. Had his best month in August (2.77 ERA) and worst in September (6.16 ERA). He hit the wall. Even though he's not the biggest guy in the world, there's no reason he shouldn't bounce right back. Quite hefty bets will be placed on him, especially in 5x5.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Heath Bell Tampa Bay Rays
If he was still the set-up guy, we'd be running from him, because we all know that good set-ups guys get worn out and thrown on the scrap heap. It's possible the adrenalin of pitching the ninth inning will put him right back in 2007 form, but last year he had seven save opportunities and blew them all.

I wish I had panned him in Rotoman's magazone (Herija Green picks him); thanks to the database I always get a second chance.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Solid numbers for a player who's so far down on a team's depth chart. Could crack double figures in wins as a long reliever. Could eventually crack the rotation.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Joel Hanrahan Detroit Tigers
With a first-half ERA of 4.26, WHIP of 1.42, he didn't exactly clamor to be the closer. Nevertheless, while converting 9 of 12 opportunities in the second half, he posted solid set-up guy qualitatives: 3.48 ERA, 1.28 WHIP. He'll be even cheaper for us than he is for the Nats.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Aaron Cook Boston Red Sox
In 102 IP on the road: 32 BB, 52 S0. In 110 IP at Coors: 16 BB and 44 S0. Smart guy. He won 10 of 16 starts on the road, and if he had had similar luck at Coors (where his ERA was slightly higher, his WHIP substantially lower), he would have been a 20-game winner.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Jonathan Broxton St. Louis Cardinals
Pitched well, once again, as the set-up guy, and then even better as the closer. Closers are taken better care of.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Hong-Chih Kuo Los Angeles Dodgers
Now here is a guy you want to have in a Strat-O-Matic League. A case can be made that he was the Dodger MVP.

Which makes the fact that he was left off the roster for the first round of the playoffs, due to a sore elbow, even more ominous.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Chad Qualls Colorado Rockies
Great comment by JeffJaffee a year ago. Mine was okay, but I won't be sorry when our last-year bid prices come down (at end of this weekend).

My guess is Qualls will again be a bargain this year, albeit not a cheap one. The best of both worlds: groundball pitcher who strikes people out. 2.29 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in the second half.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6 '09
Ty Wigginton Philadelphia Phillies
I picked up Wiggy and Keppinger for the final month in '08 and proceded to fade from 1st to 3rd. Gave up Dexter Fowler and I'm still kicking myself.
jeff merk jeffamerk
Feb 5 '09
Fernando Martinez Houston Astros
From Rotoworld:

Fernando Martinez, who homered off the bench on Tuesday, is done for the Caribbean Series because of a sore right elbow.

He homered off the bench?

Fun at home! Complete the punchline!
a) Wow! Not even Babe Ruth did that.
b) What are the Mets waiting for? Bring him up!
c) I knew it was easier to hit in the winter leagues, but this is ridiculous.
d) That ump sure had a wide strike zone.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 5 '09
Ty Wigginton Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Dunn isn't that much of a spring chicken himself (29?), and Wiggy isn't really that old (maybe just seems like it) either. Not to mention that Dunn probably costs two or three times as much to the Orioles. Actually, in real baseball, Wigginton is exactly the type of guy who helps a team that stands a chance win a pennant. Unfortunately the Orioles don't appear that they're going to be remotely near to that team any time soon. As far as to what we're concerned with here (unreal baseball?) Wiggy is a pretty darn consistent player. Look at the numbers for the last three years. Yes, I Know for you guys that play in those vanilla mixed leagues he wont factor in much for your draft, although there may not have been a hotter pick-up down the stretch last year, but in an AL only I'd be happy to get a guy with his numbers, and that qualifies at a couple of positions, for $12-$13.
Stan Budgell sbud51
Feb 5 '09
David Price Boston Red Sox
Am toying with low price (relatively) high reward pitching (so will spend $$ on hitting), and Price and Hanson (who was electric in AZ) as starting points in our no keepers league. Is an interesting list of guys like them.
Noah Hirsch NSH
Feb 5 '09
J.J. Putz Arizona Diamondbacks
It's funny. He's better than KRod, and b/c he's not the single season saves leader, nor the guy getting the big paycheck, he will be used in more leveraged situations- seventh inning, one on, up by two, the proper use. It's kind of an accidental proper use of relievers situation.

Of course he's only better if he's healthy, which he wasn't last year.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 5 '09

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