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Yeah, Jeff, I agree that Rios is last. But I would go to $30 on Rios.

For starters if Rios is batting in the middle of the order all year he should get another 15-20 RBI, and that'll help his march towards $30.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 14 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
Amaros- Here's the difference b/w the Bonds' perjury charge and Clemens' non-charge (my expectation). Clemens is from Texas. So is the President. If you watched the hearing, all of the Republicans attacked McNamee and supported Clemens, except for one, who also serves on the committee that oversees illegal narcotics and seemed to back McNamee's change in story.

That came from Bush, a baseball fan and Texan. The U.S. Attorney for Washington, DC will have to indict Clemens. Oh, and the U.S. Attorneys who were pursuing investigations that the President didn't support got fired. Including the one from San Francisco that didn't pursue Bonds. He did try to investigate the murder of one of his deputies who supported liberal causes. Oh, he got fired and was replaced by a guy who chased Bonds down and forgot about the murder of the Asst. U.S. Attorney for San Francisco.

Nobody is going to indict Clemens even if Waxman refers it to the U.S. Attorney for investigation.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 14 '08
David Bush Texas Rangers
No numbers to back it up but as a Brewers fan, he always has seemed to be a guy that pitches great in 5 of 6 or 7 innings, but then loses it in one inning and ruins his game.

As I said in the Capuano comment, I also think he was victimized by the bad Brewer defense. He strikes out enough guys to be good of course, but he also seems to allow a lot of hard hit balls, balls that sometimes need to be turned into outs.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 14 '08
Chris Capuano Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewer defense just killed guys like Capuano last year, as his peripherals were obvously still solid.

With Braun and Hall moved and hopefully with Weeks continuing to improve, Cappy will slide back in that $8-$15 solid #3 starter range.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 14 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
The logic is irrefutable. There's no place for him to play. But he's a good enough hitter to get a job someplace. I've cut his mixed league price to zilch, since he isn't draftable right now, but I'm keeping his updated projection (coming soon!) at about 450 AB. It's going to be hard for him to get them in LA, but it would be crazy for him not to get them somewhere.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 14 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
I looked at the Munson article and it seems fair enough -- certainly not very favorable to Clemens.

Munson, a lawyer, wrote: "Clemens even tried to interrupt committee chairman Henry Waxman to repeat his claim at the end of the hearing, and Waxman gaveled him into angry silence. The problem for Clemens is that Debbie Clemens' alleged use of HGH came two years after Clemens' conversation with Pettitte. And, as Waxman explained, that means Clemens "made untrue statements in his deposition [sworn testimony to the committee last week].""

Translation: Roger is looking at a possible felony perjury rap. Good-bye Cooperstown, hello Leavenworth.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 14 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
OK, let's do it! Wang is a lock, Pettitte looks like he'll survive Congress while Roger goes down for perjury, Hughes is coming off an injury, Moose is done -- indeed was out of the rotation for a while last season -- and Kennedy is the fifth starter. So there might be room for Joba.

On the other hand, the Yankes just announced they're going to limit him to 140 IPs and that he's starting off in the pen.

Yes, Mariano is signed for three, but the Yankes have a succession tradition, which Mariano himself benefited from when he was young, and it looks to me like Joba fits better there than as a starter.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 14 '08
Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
Given the price for ARod and the outlandish bid for Cabrera, Crawford's bid was a discount. He's been the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd best AL 5x5 hitter for each the past what? 5 years, 6 years? That and his real numbers (non-roto) keep getting better. You know, like on base percentage, runs created per 27, even batting average, although slugging declined a bit last year. Plus he's in the right age for a power breakout.

I would have had him in a hurry in this league. Maybe with Ichiro and gone Sweeney lite.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 14 '08
Scott Rolen Cincinnati Reds
I see alot more risk than upside here. The guy is a gamer, an excellent glove, but his body is a mess. Sorry, Scotty, we hardly knew ye.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Ubaldo Jimenez Baltimore Orioles
An E ticket, no doubt.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Livan Hernandez Atlanta Braves
And don't pay by the pound!
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
Well, maybe he looks more like Wade Boggs then George Brett these days, but the guy can still rake. And what a batting eye. 116 walks and 74 K's! Maybe not having to carry this team will revive him this year and he'll hit with a little more numbers impact. I love this guy.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
Sorry Andre, but if you're not even going to platoon, you're taking another, more serious pay cut.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 14 '08
Randy Johnson San Francisco Giants
When he pitched last year, there wasn't much indication that this handsome older man wasn't Randy Johnson, except maybe the homers he allowed. So, here's this pile of 6 foot 10 of upside. He's got to be 15 bucks minimum because those K's are what counts. I'd go $16.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
Guys who get you a quarter of your total stats for a category are extremely rare, especially guys who contribute across the board. $40 looks like a bargain price.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
My curiosity is peaked. How much better is Sizemore than Upton, Granderson and Rios? I would say he's worth a $35 bid. He's at least $5 better than any of them and probably $10, although Upton has the most upside.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
And he's got a little more protection this year with Torii Hunter. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Angels bring in another power hitter either. Here's hoping the new Vlad (2008) is the same as the old Vlad (2006).
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Upton, Rios or Granderson? Are they a tier? Discuss amongst yourselves. I would go for Rios last of these 3 and I wouldn't pay more than $25. Only 7 more homers, 2 more steals in 200 more at bats in 2007.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
$35 means that someone bid $34 probably. That means two owners were totally out of line. Wow! I guess there's more than one guy expecting him to bump up the average to .310 the HR to 35 and the steals to 25. Good luck!
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 14 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
Just to sum up. Sometimes you get a good deal on a player and sometimes you have to pay too much. Each draft is different and you can only act on the information of the moment. Johan Santana is really good: how much you pay for him or his replacements is partly beyond your control. There are no rights and wrongs, just the words 44 dollars or whatever. You have to have a plan and if the plan affords you $44 for Santana, great. If you want to spread the risk more, great, too. My comments were just my opinions: not universal truths.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08

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