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Randy Wolf Detroit Tigers
There is no way Wolf gets an $8 bid in 5x5. One thing to look at, however, are the strikeouts. 94 in 102.2 innings is a lot for Wolf. Counting on more than 120 IP, however, is the rub. I think he is worth a $2 bid at best; I hope your league is deep, or has a reserve list.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 21 '08
Mike Piazza New York Mets
Throwing was always a problem for Piazza, but except for that small detail he was actually a pretty good catcher. Nice traget, soft glove, good rapport with the pitchers. Uniform covered with dirt at the end of the game. Offhand I can't think of a catcher who compared to him as a hitter.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 21 '08
Mike Gonzalez Washington Nationals
You might be right Jeff, though I've been reading a lot of chatter about B.J. Ryan (he was the closer with the Blue Jays last year before he got hurt, if you're an N.L. only guy) who had TJ early last year and might be back within 11 or 12 months. Apparently, the recovery arc from the surgery is narrower than it has ever been, according to the stuff I've been reading about Ryan.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Randy Wolf Detroit Tigers
Amazingly, he was the Dodgers best starter the first half of '07. Then the inevitable elbow injury hit. Could it be his left-handedness? He actually looked like the old Wolf for awhile. He's definitely worth a bid if he's pitching in Petco. However, have someone ready in reserve for the next inevitable injury.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Kyle Kendrick Boston Red Sox
The bid looks low, but the unfortunate comp here is Jeremy Sowers in 2006.

And Kendrick didn't have the pedigree that Sowers did.

And Kendrick pitches in CBP.

Someone's going to pay more than $1, but it's going to be an awfully bumpy ride.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Noah Lowry San Francisco Giants
Another crafty lefty. Why are they so effective? I guess because the hitters don't see that many of them. Like lefty servers in tennis. I heard him mentioned as trade bait to the AL a couple of times, so be careful when drafting him. Lowry's ERA's are mind-boggling except for 2006, especially with his K/BB.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Doug Davis Chicago Cubs
Command sucks, but he's a workhorse. I guess being a lefty makes your faults seem less important. And in Arizona, his mistakes will only be magnified. At least Paul Byrd doesn't look like he should be better.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Akinori Otsuka Texas Rangers
OWtsuka!
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Chad Qualls Colorado Rockies
Lyon is an accident waiting to happen. Pena can't get into the country because he changed his name. Qualls is the closer by default.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Mike Gonzalez Washington Nationals
He had his surgery in May, so mid-season may be a little optimistic. It's wierd that he only has thrown 172 major league innings. Seems like he's been around forever.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
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
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

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