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I saw him play late in the year in SF, and he looked fine. He had double figures in homers and steals, so I'm thinking maybe he had nagging injuries all year. The only number completely out of whack is his batting average. I don't think Frandsen is more than a utility player. He hustles, but his skill set is pretty mediocre. Boche may wring another decent season out of the old guy. Not a bad play for a few bucks.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Justin Leone New York Yankees
His Fresno numbers are strangely reminiscent of Pedro Feliz.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
If Willie Mac played only in Dodger Stadium and Shea Stadium, he would have had hundreds of more homers. He just tatooed the ball every time he played the Mets and Dodgers. An extreme pull hitter, he really mashed. I think he was a better hitter than Cepeda or Stargell. Liner to Bobby Richardson in 1962 World Series is, unfortunately, at the top of his highlight list. Candlestick really hurt his totals.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Orlando Cepeda San Francisco Giants
The Baby Bull could rake, but I don't think he belongs in the HOF. However, he probably belongs in the Marijuana HOF with Fergy Jenkins and Doc Ellis. Since Cepeda is in the Hall, tip your hat and don't throw him a fastball.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Mike Piazza New York Mets
I don't get what you mean if he wasn't a catcher, Alex. He WAS a catcher, although if you saw him play every day you could argue that he only fulfilled the Casey Stengel definition of someone who stopped the ball from rolling to the screen. The guy was as good a hitter as most of the other catchers in the Hall. I was there the day he hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium in left field which is one of the rarest sights in baseball. He had a great knack for slaughtering the ball to right center, and in his hey day, he was one of the top hitters in the league. Definitely a HOF hitter, but his glove and especially his arm wouldn't make the Little League Hall. As far as drafting him now, I wouldn't chance it, but for a buck....
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Adam Everett Detroit Tigers
Everett is the classic old-time shortstop who is out there entirely because his position is the most important one on the field. He brings to mind Mark Belanger who covered an immense amount of ground but didn't hit much in a powerful Orioles' lineup. It would be a bonanza if he repeated 2005, but the move from Minute Maid to the House of Baggies doesn't bode well for that. A guy to stay away from unless you're desperate for steals.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
If I'm not mistaken, Pujols has had this elbow problem for years, so drafting him is taking the same chance you've always taken (the inury probably led to his original move to 1B). I believe he also has plantar fascitis issues, but the guy is an animal and plays at the highest level through his pains. Not being able to straighten your arm does sound like a siren call, so don't count your chickens, but getting Albert in the 30's is a gift that keeps on giving.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Kyle Kendrick Boston Red Sox
If he's that gullible (aka stupid), maybe you don't want him on your team. And too bad the K's in Kyle Kendrick don't korrespond with strikeouts.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Duke Snider was my favorite player when I was a kid. He was a tremendous all-around center fielder and slugger, but suffered because he was always compared to Mays and Mantle. Had he been the only stud in NY at the time, he would have been held in much higher esteem in baseball history. He was an excellent ballplayer and a real gentleman.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Edwin Jackson Oakland Athletics
I saw him pitch his first game at Dodger Stadium when he beat Randy Johnson and he looked the part of the future stud. The guy definitely has skills, but I guess the space between his ears hasn't caught up yet. He showed some signs late last year and he brings some heat. Another guy worth a late flyer. You can always drop a stiff pitcher and replace with a reliever or another starter showing something.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Kyle Kendrick Boston Red Sox
All right, Peter. Here's my bid. I'll take the hot dog man.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
Sportsline has had a 23-man active roster with a 7-man reserve list, and that's been the format since I've been in the league. You would think that with 30-man rosters that pitching would be hard to come by during the regular season.

But that isn't the case. Arms float through the free agent pipeline all year long that we didn't see coming. Some of these arms are guys who looked like R4s or R5s who wind up rushing through the minors in a hurry. Others are R2s who didn't get picked and made a bigger impact than anticipated.

But most of these guys are R3s. As Alex has said for years and years, there are more R3s than we can shake a stick at, and it's far harder to predict who the pitching R3s are who are going to make the biggest impact.

There will be a handful of hitters out there who will make a free agent impact. But there were be many more pitchers.

I see DiNardo as an R3 who will either wind up in the pen or struggle as a starter. You see him as a $1 endgame flier. To toss out another old Alex gem, the R3s and the $1 pitchers are pretty much interchangeable.

Does ADL still play with a reserve list? If any of you ADLers are lurking, what is the ADL experience in this regard?
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
theoldfart was way ahead of this discussion, but Guide contributor Tim McLeod tells me that Pujols dropped this past weekend to the bottom of the Top 10 in his mock drafts. I'm not sure how to tell if this is based on real information or represents a panic, but the talk of real risk is clearly getting around.

Not that I was worried about the Pujols risk in November, which seems like a long time ago, so I'm not sure I stopped where I did. Nor do I know why I stopped on Ichiro, except that we already had a No. 1 steals guy and really needed power. I'm sure that Brian Giles had nothing to do with it, but his OBP will help us all season long in which he's able to play.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
I don't keep track of the A's as much as A's Nation. And DiNardo isn't a stud by any means. But, if you are looking for arms- arms that are going to throw big league innings this year, why not take someone who is already in the rotation of a team in a relatively weak division, who had a solid ERA last season, despite questionable components.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '08
Sean Casey Boston Red Sox
Whatever, he was an absolutely dreadful player last season. It really takes talent, drive and determination to knock in 54 runs in that Detroit lineup, but Casey at the Bat never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Well, hardly ever.

We can freeze him at $9, but won't.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 20 '08
Amaros have AP at $19 this coming season. We're charter members of the American Dream League and so the competition is pretty stiff (including Alex and Peter), and starting pitching has been going high lately.

To freeze or not to freeze? Can't say which way we're leaning at the moment... but AP sure has been Mr. Reliable, HGH or no HGH...

Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 20 '08
Kyle Kendrick Boston Red Sox
Maybe it's because of the trade that he has no single league bids?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 20 '08
Here's the Duke, Dan. You're right; very similar to Piazza. Especially if he had the good sense to hang them up a couple of years earlier.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Adam Everett Detroit Tigers
Painful to own, unless you play Strat-0-Matic; by all accounts he's a truly talented defender.

In the Fielding Bible Awards that John Dewan champions, Everett, in his shortened season, received more votes from the panel of ten experts than every shortstop in the majors except Troy Tulowitzky. Voters, choosing the ten best, listed him on every ballot. The Strato-O-Matic guy (Hal Richman) ranked him number one. Matt Olkin listed him as number 2. Rob Neyer as number 3.

In Dewan's plus/minus system, in which the average defender at a position gets zero points, Everett comes out as +92 over the last three years. The next best shortstop -- as it happens, his predecessor, Jason Bartlett -- gets +45.

Rafael Furcal gets +36.

Omar Vizquel gets +31

Bill Hall (very surprisingly) gets +24.

Now, even after you've carefully read Dewan's explanation of plus/minus, it's hard to know how seriously to take these numbers. In the end it seems to boil down to someone sitting in the stands saying "he got to a ball that the average shortstop wouldn't get to" or "he missed a ball that the average shortstop would get to." But let's go on.

Hanley Ramirez gets -43.

Michael Young gets -64.

Derek Jeter gets -90.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Mike Piazza New York Mets
I cant quite figure out how to post a stat line here, but Piazza's look similar to Duke Snider's, though the Duke had a bit more speed (85 triples and 99 career SB's in an era when 15 for the season might lead the league). Snider had 358 2B, 407 HR, 1333 RBI, and a career BA of .295.

I hadn't thought of Piazza as HOF-er, but, yeah, sure, why not. There are worse guys in there.
Dan Domike SeattleDan
Feb 20 '08

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