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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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Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
Jury Duty is a "Pauly Shore vehicle," which means that it's a movie that didn't play across the street from your house, Alex, but no doubt had lots of T, A, and pot smoking.

Pauly Shore is certainly in the running for least talented person out there, isn't he?

Joba Chamberlain, by the way, is not in the running for that particular Golden Globe.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 8 '08
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
In mixed leagues you have to discount more because he's had such a hard time staying on the field while in his 30s. It isn't that you don't want him, but you have to protect against the good possibility that he's going to miss a month at some point, or even worse, limp along with an injury as he did in 2004. In mixed leagues take chances with cheap guys.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 8 '08
Hard to imagine the bidding war if he'd had even a halfway decent year. As it is, $36 million for two years isn't chopped liver. When he's 32, he'll still be in his prime. Or will he?
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8 '08
Jason Bay Seattle Mariners
The knee was a bigger problem then anyone let on. He's one of those guys who had his breakout and career year at the same time and so we naturally expected him to get better. But really he's a late-bloomer and the real question is how quickly he'll fade away. Not that fast, I think, (unless you're looking for speed) which makes him someone to target this year.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 7 '08
Victor Martinez Detroit Tigers
When you search for AL catchers with the box for 2007 earnings checked, you fully expect to see Victor Martinez at the top of the list, pretty much by himself.

In fact you see Jorge Posada just ahead of him.

But we bid based on expectations, and with position scarcity given more weight than usual in Victor's case (note the 30 games at 1B), the bid limit could be right around $30.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Jason Bay Seattle Mariners
Could his sore right knee be the complete and total explanation of his miserable season? That's surely what both the Pirates and the numerous teams that have been talking turkey with them all winter are trying to decide.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
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

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