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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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Kason Gabbard Boston Red Sox
Two dreadful starts in September (10 hits, 12 walks, 12 earned runs in 10 IP) will keep his price down, way down, this spring. Two starts only. The tank was empty or parts were worn out.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
1/3/08: Royals signed RHP Hideo Nomo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Signed a minor league contract with the Padres.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Andy Phillips Cincinnati Reds
Will be in the Reds camp on a minor league contract.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Traded to the Rangers for Tim Hulett, which was cheap enough, and then was signed by the Rangers to a one-year deal for $3.85 million, which seems awfully extravagant if he's only going to be a back-up first baseman. So I'm guessing they're hoping he will be their full-time first baseman, or at least the first baseman in a platoon, by the end of spring training.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
Gunned down 47.5 percent of would-be base thieves -- pretty good in view of all his injuries and far the best among AL catchers (Gerald Laird next at 39.8 percent). Hit .324 with runners in scoring position and slugged 1.000 in 7 AB with the bases loaded. If he can finish out his career as a catcher, Johnny Bench might have to step aside for him, but obviously there's real concern as to whether Mauer will be able to do that.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Jorge Cantu Los Angeles Angels
Released by the Reds in December, and now he's back in Florida, in the National League, on a minor league contract. Whatever turned Cantu into can't do, he's not so old he can't get it back together. Marlins have big shoes to fill at third and a player who hit like a third baseman just three years ago.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Josh Towers Colorado Rockies
Rockies will pay him $400,000 no matter what and an additonal $1,800,000 if he makes the team. So Josh will be motivated, and it's just possible he'll find his way into the starting rotation and be be a Rock bargain.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Francisco Cordero Boston Red Sox
With a rating even better than his WHIP and a K-rate that just shot through the roof, there was nothing flukey about Cordero's success as a closer with the Brewers last year. He was even better as the Rangers' closer in 2004. So he could be simply outstanding as the new Reds' closer. Despite the bump in the road in 2006.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
Non-tendering Otsuka would seem to say Benoit's their first choice as a closer this year. With his 7 blown saves, he'll be fairly cheap. Then it might be a good idea to have a dollar to spare for C.J. Wilson in the end game.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
In 98 AB, held lefty hitters to 11 hits, two doubles and one homer. Pitched well enough against righties to convert all but two save opportunities. If your lowball bid for Benoit prevails, you don't have to worry about anyone else outbidding you for C.J.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Scot Shields Los Angeles Angels
Finally failed to make a profit (in most leagues). Maybe this is the year he'll be cheap enough for me to buy him.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians
The only active player with more stolen bases than Barry Bonds.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Kevin Millar Chicago Cubs
Top 10 Shortest Average Home Runs (minimum 10): Kevin Millar 363, Aaron Hill 364, Brian Roberts 367, Melvin Mora 369, Gregg Zaun 371, Carl Crawford 372, Placido Polanco 373, Miguel Tejada 373, Brandon Inge 373, Nick Markakis 377.

Do we see a pattern here?

In fact, Camden Yards had only the third-highest HR index in the league last year, behind the home fields of White Sox and Blue Jays. For RHB, Camden Yards had the highest index (137), while for LHB it was almost neutral (101).
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
J.D. Drew Boston Red Sox
What on earth is J.D. Drew doing on the Longest Average Home Run list? The full list: Travis Hafner 410, Jonny Gomes 408, Adrian Beltre 406, Mark Teixeira 404, Jack Cust 404, J.D. 403, Justin Morneau 403, Carlos Pena 402, Vladimir Guerrero 401, Jim Thome 401.

Maybe it's the small sample size.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Strange season. Big boost in walk % accompanied by drop in batting average. One of the more extreme flyball hitters in the American League (0.82 G/F ratio, fifth in league), and fastest runners, grounded into DPs at one of the highest rates (3.16 %, sixth in league). More ribbies despite big drop in SLG.

Easily could earn $40 this year.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Curtis Granderson Miami Marlins
Fifth-lowest First Swing %, behind Willits, Abreu, Damon and Youkalis. Seems to have given his BA a big boost, even if thereafter he became much more impatient than Willits, Abreu, Damon and Youkalis. However, fewer walks than the year before are at least partly explained by putting more balls in play.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
It's all about the AB. No one's letting you have him for under $20; how Chipper do you feel as you go past 25?
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Dmitri Young Philadelphia Phillies
Matched his younger bro in doubles and homers last year. What were the odds of that?

Beat him in triples.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Ian Kennedy Kansas City Royals
I love Santana and I think the Yankees are a little nuts not to grab him if only to keep him away from the Red Sox or the Mets, but if Hughes has the potential everyone seems to think he does, giving up Hughes and Kennedy for Santana is a mistake, especially if he might end up on the free agent market next year anyway.

And the Twins aren't trading Santana for Kennedy alone.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 5 '08

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