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Austin Kearns Florida Marlins
A .627 OPS for an OF with 313 AB's and only 2 SB's?

He did have injuries last year, but what an awful season. He will probably be the starting RF for the Nats next year, but I would not expect much.

Pass.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Death, taxes and Adam Dunn hitting 40 HR's...

You always know what you are buying when you get Dunn. You just need to get a couple of BA guys to offset the 500+ AB's of .240.

His consistency in the power categories are what make him attractive, and owners typically overspend for that.





Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Asdrubal Cabrera Washington Nationals
Do we remember when he was hitting .184 in June? - (Well, I'm sure Mike Gianella does...)

After his call-up in July, he began to put it back together and showed flashes of the promise he teased us with in 2007.

Had a monster September (.416/.455./.571 in 77 AB's) and finished with a respectable $8 earnings in just 352 AB's.

Nothing stopping him from getting 500 AB's next year. Nice guy to target for a buy low/solid reward MI.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Jeff Kent Los Angeles Dodgers
A HOF'er in my eyes.

You cannot ignore the offensive numbers he put up at 2B.

He should be a lock.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Jesse Litsch Toronto Blue Jays
Quietly earned $18 last year, despite being sent down to AAA in July and losing his rotation spot to David Purcey.

Once he was recalled, finished the season with a 1.92 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in his last 9 starts.

He does not look imposing on the mound, and is not overpowering, but has a good selection of off-speed and breaking pitches that he throws for strikes.

A nice innings eater. I was not a big fan of his coming into last season, but he surprised me. Good interiors despite pitching in the best division in baseball.

Solid $12-$15 pitcher.


Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Jeff Kent Los Angeles Dodgers
Well, hard to call you biased or a simpleton without hearing why you don't think he's a Hall of Famer. I might have the opposite bias -- I saw him play a lot in SF, which were some of his best years, and we even went to the same college. I guess the impressive thing to me was how he worked hard to be a reasonable fielder. He could be pretty brutal early in his SF career, but later on he was really reliable out there (if by no means spectacular). I don't give him demerits for being a prick, otherwise the Hall would probably lose a bunch of guys . . .
mike fenger mike
Dec 6 '08
Greg Maddux Los Angeles Dodgers
Best pitcher of my generation.

Thanks for the memories, Greg.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Brandon Webb Texas Rangers
How do you win four more games and earn a dollar less?

By having your ERA go up almost 30 points while the league ERA drops from 4.43 to 4.29 and the league Ratio drops from 12.61 to 12.52.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 6 '08
C.C. Sabathia New York Yankees
Easily the #1 pitcher in the National League as far as "free loot" is concerned (not drafted in any of the "expert" leagues: CBS Sportsline, Tout Wars, and LABR.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Todd Wellemeyer, Rich Harden, Taylor Buchholz, Ryan Franklin, Cory Wade, John Grabow, Jorge Campillo, Joel Hanrahan, and Mike Adams.

Once again, these are for 4x4 values. Your 5x5 values and mileage will vary.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 6 '08
Kevin Frandsen San Francisco Giants
I got to see this guy play three times in the AFL and he was right on top of his game. Hit the ball hard to the opposite field.

We hope to get the AFL stats into this database. Until then, the highlights for Fransden are .331 BA, 10 SB. Also won the Dernell Stenson Award, which means nothing more -- and nothing less -- than that people liked him.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 6 '08
Tyler Flowers Atlanta Braves
From the end-of-season AFL notes at MLB.com:

Tyler Flowers (CWS) -- Mesa Solar Sox
Fall League home-run leader (12) ... also led the league in slugging percentage (.973) and OPS (1.433) ... hit .387 to rank eighth ... week three Player-of-the Week ... three-homer, seven-RBI game ... 73 total bases ranked third.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 6 '08
Matt Lindstrom Chicago White Sox
Yes, I think we were all expecting more from him in 2008, but his stuff is still electric. All signs point to him being the closer for the Fish next year.

I picked him up after a fellow owner waived him following his atrocious June, and he proceeded to rack up 18 scoreless outings in his next 19 games.

Love this guy. Amazing, amazing stuff.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Mike Gianella and I were talking a month or so back about Garko, and were shocked to see he drove in 90 runs last year. He improved his K/BB ratios, but the 36 XBH's is not what what you want from your 1B/DH.

He earned his 4x4 bid price, and I would not expect any more than that in 2009.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Khalil Greene Texas Rangers
I think this was a pretty good move for the Cardinals considering what they gave up.

I don't think he will ever put up power numbers like he did in 2007, but in a more friendly hitters park and division, he should bounce back.

A lot of owners will be down on him, so he could be had cheap. Has always struggled to play 150 games, but if can stay healthy, 18-20 HR's and 75 RBI's seems very possible in his new environment.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Grant Balfour Tampa Bay Rays
He was the 2007 Rafael Betancourt of last year.

Wow, where did those K's come from?

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
John Bowker Pittsburgh Pirates
Do the Giants have faith in Bowker to be their 1B next year? Or do you think they favor Ishikawa?

I am not overly impressed with his ML scan, and the K/BB ratio is ugly, but he did smack 10 long flies in just 326 AB's for the Giants.

A cheap corner option next year?

We may have to defer to Mike Fenger on this one.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Jay Bruce Seattle Mariners
So what's the consensus on his rookie year after all the hype? Took his lumps after his torrid start, and his plate discipline was poor. His ML scan shows his K rate last year was a typical year from him, but he needs to be more patient.

The power is obviously there. He has an absolutely gorgeous swing, and at 22, his ceiling is very high. I was impressed with what I saw and think 2009 will be a breakout year for him.

He will be a $30 player in 2009.



Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
On the Runs Created front (Abreu thread), guess what? A-Rod's streak of 100 or more, which began in 1996, his first year as a regular, ended last season. He only had 97.

Or so says the 2008 Bill James Handbook (in cyberstores now). Baseball Reference gives him 116 RC last year. So clearly, among the serious stat heads, there's some fairly serious disagreement about what creates a run.

But since Bill James created the category, I think that's who we should go with.

Since it's not a category in any of my leagues, I'm pretty mellow.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 6 '08
Steven Pearce Boston Red Sox
Took a major step back last year. I think the Pirates are now starting to have concerns about his ability to produce consistently at the major league level.

That being said, should be the starting RF for the Pirates next year, so he can have value if he finds that power stroke from 2007.



Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08
Always had a pretty good stick, and he showed he can hit at the big league level last year.

He should have the inside track to winning the Marlins starting catcher job. Have to like that OPS.

Despite the age, I think he will be on a lot of owners radars next year.

I have him at $5 at will probably keep him.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Dec 6 '08

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