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Chris Duncan St. Louis Cardinals
Yeah, that's right, an .884 OPS and 44 HR's in 665 career AB's.

His season was derailed by a hernia and had an awful 2nd half (5 HR and .209 BA) before having surgery in September.

He is awful against LHP, but pounds the righties, and should be in line for 450 AB's as he is fully healed from his surgery.

$10 could net you a decent profit.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 16 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
I don't know if I believe Roger Clemens or not, which I seem to have to keep repeating over and over and over. But Brian McNamee has somehow achieved what should have been impossible at the beginning of all of this: he's made Clemens look good by default.

True about Ryan and Cone, but I was responding to ML's query about Clemens' "unusual" Age 35 season. Given their career trajectories, Ryan and Cone's respective seasons were aberrations based on age expectations versus actual performance.

Vitamin injections have been used as early as the 1940s for certain narrow kinds of treatments. It doesn't make sense to me that Clemens would have been getting injections for the reasons he says he was getting them. On the other hand, did Clemens know right up front that McNamee was lying about his phony doctorate or did he only find that out later? Did McNamee make claims about B-12 that were untrue and back up these claims with his "doctoral" knowledge? I don't know.

I've heard the O.J. Simpson comment at least twice now in this thread. I intended to ignore it, but people insist on bringing it up over and over and over again. So I'll address the O.J. point once and hope this ends the discussion, because this is the only thing that has come up so far in this debate that has gotten me mad.

Assuming Roger Clemens is guilty, he's guilty of using illegal drugs. In no way does that compare to the murder of two human beings. Dragging the memories of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman into this discussion is vile, contemptible, and shameful.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 16 '08
Rick Ankiel New York Mets
Needs a bid...

He is going to get his share of AB's in that OF this year if he can stay healthy.

Very steaky, free swinger, but we saw the power...20-25 HR's is quite possible if he can log 450 AB's.

I'm thinking in the $10 - $12 range.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 16 '08
Mark Teahen Washington Nationals
Unfortunately, I think the real Mark Teahen is more of the 2007 version than the 2006 version. He's a ground ball hitter, and expect him to produce more doubles than HR's .

The BA and double digit steals will keep his value in the $12 - $15 range, but I will pass.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 16 '08
Michael Bourn Chicago White Sox
Needs to improve his OBP, but should be a lock for 35-40 SB playing everyday in CF for the Astros.

The steals potential may make him tough to get at these prices.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 16 '08
Austin Kearns Florida Marlins
.301 BA / .454 SLG on the road

.228 BA / .365 SLG at home.

Move to Nationals Park should help his numbers...maybe his 2006 line is a good gauge.

His value will drop based on his poor 2007, so he could be had at bargain prices. Try to snatch him up for under $10 and hope he responds to this new surroundings.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 16 '08
.301 BA / .454 SLG on the road

.228 BA / .365 SLG at home

Move to Nationals Park should help his numbers...maybe his 2006 line is a good gauge.

His value will drop based on his poor 2007, so he could be had at bargain prices. Try to snatch him up for under $10 and hope he responds to this new surroundings.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 16 '08
Josh Willingham Kansas City Royals
Pretty solid bat, and isn't a big name. Willingham is the type of guy I try to get for under $10 and get a profit from.

A $14 bid is in line, but I will set my own personal bid limit at $10.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '08
The best fantasy OF in the NL.

What's not to like? Even throws you 10 steals a year on top of all the rest of the offensive production.

Open up the wallet - like Vlad, he's just a fun player to own.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '08
Carlos Lee Florida Marlins
Sure is made for Minute Maid...he is also sure for $30 - $35 earnings. Has missed just 13 games in the last 5 years, and none in the last three, so you can feel confident in his durability.

63 K's while smacking 32 HR's is a pretty impressive number, and I agree 40 long flies could be on the horizon.

Pay for the consistency he provides, and expect 130 RBI's with that line-up around him.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '08
Willy Taveras Colorado Rockies
I hate bidding on these type players, but I agree with Toz - Taveras is a solid buy at $15-$18.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '08
Spot on, Jurgen.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '08
Hunter Pence Texas Rangers
I like him a lot, too (drafted him in my ML draft 2 years ago).

His K/BB ratio last year shows he has some holes, but his ratios were much better in the minors. His swing is so unorthodox, you are shocked he is able to hit with any kind of power - but he is surprisingly big and strong, which is sometimes masked by his stance.

He has hit at every level, and he will continue to hit at this level. He may not put up a .322 BA this year, but should put up solid all around numbers.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
MikeG,
Gee. You really believe Rocket for a single second? Neither Nolan Ryan nor David Cone (not above using drugs, by the way) had their
trainer injecting their wives and best friends with drugs and then
declaring they never heard of it and know nothing about it. Are you kidding?

Clemens had to admit he was injected by McNamee. Now he will continue to say he knew not what was in the syringe. Period. He will get away with this. So did O.J. Does that make O.J. innocent?
Bruce BUSCHEL BBGUN
Feb 15 '08
Not that we should ignore the last three months, but not to the extent that we end up ignoring his prior two years of MLB experience.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 15 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
At the age of 40, Nolan Ryan struck out 11.48 batters per nine innings. In five of the seven previous years prior to his Age-40 season, Ryan had not struck out a batter per inning. Using this correlative reasoning, Nolan Ryan was a steroids user.

At the age of 34, David Cone struck out 10.25 batters per nine innings. He hadn't struck out more than a batter per inning in the past five years. Using this correlative reasoning, David Cone was a steroids user.

Why aren't the same questions being asked about Nolan Ryan and David Cone, whose performance spikes were more dramatic than Roger Clemens'?

To best answer your question at the bottom of your comment, ML, I think Roger Clemens may or may not be lying. It is certain, however, that Brian McNamee is lying. He admitted on Wednesday in front of a Congressional Committee that he has lied about this matter over and over again in the past.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 15 '08
What ever he's going to do, according to Washington, he may begin doing it in AAA this year. Of course, every manager worth his salt (no pun intended) says it's an "open competition" in any similar situation which leaves the rest of us at the fringes, in particular those who draft early, with just one more thing to contemplate. It's one thing to fret over whether he starts at 1st or Catcher and another thing all together to fret over if he starts in the majors or not. This of course assuming that any body need be fretting over Salty to start with, but considering the state of the Catcher position I'm sure there will be fretters.
Stan Budgell sbud51
Feb 15 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
What about the argument that Clemens' performance is such a statistical outlier that it certainly provokes more questions than it answers? Or the corrollation between his upswing in performance with his supposed steroid use? Or the way Pettitte's performance jumps when he plays with Clemes? Or that he threw a bat at a guy in a game because he "thought it was the ball" (never mind the fact that indian rubber ain't allowed in the WS)? All circumstantial. Nothing definitive. Plus McNamee, dubious witness or no. I mean, it's all conjecture, Mike, but do you really believe he didn't use the stuff? Seriously? Just curious.
Mike Landau ML-
Feb 15 '08
http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=308925

Gregg Zaun denies the allegations in The Mitchell Report.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3217415

Jack Cust denied the allegations in the Mitchell Report.

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/red_sox/view.bg?articleid=1051073

Brendan Donnelly denied the allegations in the Mitchell Report.

I could go on. But, c'mon folks, let's put this tired meme that everyone tied to The Mitchell Report has admitted his guilt to rest. Please.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 15 '08
Francisco Liriano Pittsburgh Pirates
Better visa problems than arm problems keeping Liriano out of camp...so far, so good, as all reports say his arm feels good.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 15 '08

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